Actually, the new class was invented to support the numbers. It seemed that by 1935, there were more than the allotted 144,000 witnesses, so a change had to be made, a new class. Paul Johnson, who formed the Laymen's Home Missionary Movement in 1918 after being kicked out by Rutherford, created an "unbegotten" class by claiming the door was officially shut in 1916. Another group formed in 1919, the Standfast Bible Students Association claimed the door was closed in 1914 and that Jehovah rejected the Society in 1918. Rutherford toyed with the idea and finally created the class in 1935.
Interestingly, it was in the early 1920s that Testimony meetings and character development studies were touted as "tools of the devil," Rutheford stated that preaching was of the utmost importance, not character development of Christ. Thus with this being lost, and the advocating of preaching stressed and Watchtower/book studies replaced actual Bible Studies, much was lost sight of.
If anyone has ever read Rutherford's books in chronological order one would see a progression of "new light" each book contradicting the last, is it any wonder the friends knew anything?
Eventually this was the start of the Society breeding a class of idiots, who hanged on every word of the Society. At the same time those Bible Students who refuse to give up their Christian freedom, defected and formed independent congregations, by 1931, some three-quarters of the orginal Bible Students were now organizaed outside of the Society and this prompted Rutherford to change the name to "Jehovah's witnesses," so as not to be confused with the independent Bible Students.
One of the funny stories I was told is that in the 1930s and 1940s when the new class was formed, the halls were divided into two, the anointed ones all sat together. In fact the name "Jehovah's witnesses [small "w"] was only indicative of the anointed ones, the great crowd had no designation. Some of the older convention reports and annoucements were dubbed "Jehovah's witnesses and thier Companions."
Franz, under Knorrs presidency made the change to reflect ALL members of the Society were "Jehovah's witnesses."
Never take a laxative and a sleeping pill on the same night.