I see EOM's point. The GB like to stack the deck in their favor. They will be just vague enough to confuse the sheeple. At the same time they will double-down on the Big A being soon! They get to buy some time for themselves while also explaining why old JW anointed ones are dropping like flies 100 years after 1914. I think many, many JWs ar getting tired, deep down in their souls they are getting tired. The GB see it. So the GB have to raise awareness. It's pep-rally time!!
What can you do? Either you admit that you are just guessing, or you press on and tack in the wind!! Do you think that the WTBTS tries to join places like the UN and OSCE to get the inside scoop on world events? Maybe they are gambling on the outbreak of a huge terrorist or economic event? Remember that they claimed prior knowledge about 1914 AFTER the fact. Tons of "worldly" newspapers talked about the League of Nations becoming the UN before the JWs claimed it as their prophecy.
Something else puzzles me. How can you say from a "scriptural" standpoint when someone becomes anointed? How can you know if you are part of the second overlap? Did you have to be a Bethel and eat lunch with A GB member? Or just meet them at a DC? Besides being a candidate because you are alive, how can you make the determination? Is there a up and coming Bethelite who has not yet declared his heavenly calling? Is it just men that can be part of the generation? They make it sound like not EVERY partaker today is part of the second overlap, right?? So how can they know who is? Are they going to claim that ONLY the GB/FDS is part of the overlapping generation? It raises many questions.