Hi, I enjoyed your comments and they are very thought provoking and actually, very deep, when you think about it.
Let's examine the quote from the actual Watchtower article, that "Ozziepost" first listed.
para 8: "Those prophetic words referred to the remnant gathered out of Babylonian captivity..."
When you look up the word "Remnant" in the Dictionary what do we find the word actually means?
"...what is left over, remainder or residue, a small remaining part, quanitity, or number, fragment that is LEFT OVER...A piece of cloth, ribbon, etc. LEFT OVER or unsold as at the end of bolt of material." -- Websters 20th Century Dictionary Unabridged.
The quote above clearly says the "remnant gathered out of Babylonish captivity."
How is this even possible. This sentence is actually, an impossibility.
Because it would mean Jehovah has "anointed" christians who are in total captivity to Babylon the Great.
It is clear that for a person to be "anointed" by Jehovah God, he must first, yes first, be TAUGHT TRUTH.
Isaiah 54:13, shows that Jehovah's Sons will ALL be taught by Him. Jehovah is a God of knowledge. So if Jehovah's Witnesses, (or International Bible Students) were anointed while in Babylon the Great, or the churches of Christendom (as they teach), That would mean that Jehovah God taught them truth even while they were still prisoners in Babylon The Great, before the actual anointing occurred. That is completely a stupid idea!
Therefore, He would not "anoint" anyone who does not possess the "truth," about His word, certainly not someone who is still in "captivity" to Babylon the Great.
This is NOT what occurred at Pentecost.
The "anointing" would have to occur in a CLEAN environment. Which is why Jesus pulled his disciples out of all "leavened Judaism" first, before they were anointed. Jesus needed to "liberate" his disciples from false "teachings" and practices found in the nation of "Israel." (Matthew 16:12; Luke 4:18, 19)
Romans 8:14-16 & 1 John 2:27: In a clean environment, the Holy Spirit can thus, "lead" the anointed disciples to a heightened spiritual level in their service to God. Also, as "anointed" persons, Sons of God, now the Holy Spirit could "teach" them to such an extent that "they would not need anyone to teach them."
So, the WTS is not using the word "Remnant", in the proper sense. It would be impossible for JWs to be a "remnant" of anything "anointed" from Babylon the Great, since that would mean the "larger part of the whole" of number of the 144,000 were left back in Babylon.