Lotus - thanks for your post. I know you'll get a lot of food throwing from us "not so patient" ex-jw's, but I'm sure your intentions are sincere.
I'm posting my response to your comments on being annointed here as I noticed that you are new and would probably see it here first. However, may I suggest that if you would like to continue a discussion on these topics with me, let's move it to the "Beliefs & Doctrines" form as it's probably more appropriate.
That being said - You are not one of the "elect few" with a heavenly hope, but one of many. Please re-read Revelation Chatper 7 (not just a verse or two, the entire chapter - Rev. 1:3 "Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy...").
You'll notice, that yes 144,000 are in heaven, but read on in verse 9 - where is the "Great Crowd"? Before the throne of God. Where is the Throne of God? in Heaven! In fact, if you re-read the entire book of Revelation, you will see that both the 144,000 and the great crowd are all in heaven until after Armageddon.
Jesus said "I am the way" - it is through Jesus and Jesus alone that we are saved. I am a born again chrisitian now, and based on the bible I believe in a heavenly hope.