Im reading up on this book REVELATION- ITS GRAND CLIMAX AT HAND.
Its a book Ive never read before. Very interesting. Ive noticed a couple of Brilliant examples of organizational Tacking so as to arrive at Divine truth. Here is one of them. It is pertaining to the organization realizing that the were TWO CLASSES in the church. Those going to heaven, and those with an Earthly Calling Page 117:
QUOTE/.The general selection of the true Israel of God proceeded from the day of Pentecost 33 C.E. down to 1935 when, at a historic convention of Jehovah's Witnesses in Washington, D.C., emphasis was shifted to the ingathering of a great crowd with earthly life prospects
Now that ,of course, is the PRESENT TRUTH understanding that we as Jehovahs people currently hold to. It is not carved in stone, but it is as much light as we have at present on the subject. But it is not the position that the organization has ALWAYS held on the subject. There has, down the years, been some Tacking about, as the fallible men running Jehovahs Org grope with their lamps of enlightenment searching for the understanding that is in the mind of God.
Page 120 shows some positional shifts of understanding down the years:
QUOTE/. Worldly commentators have interpreted this great crowd to be fleshly non-Jews converted to Christianity or to be heaven-bound Christian martyrs. Even the Bible Students in the past regarded them as a secondary heavenly class, as noted in 1886 in Volume I of StudiesintheScriptures,TheDivinePlanoftheAges: "They lose the prize of the throne and the divine nature, but will finally reach birth as spirit beings of an order lower than the divine nature.
So in 1886 Pastor Russell was certainly on the wrong tack in reaching an insight intoGods mind on the subject of the GREAT CROWD. He thought they were going to heaven, they just wouldnt be seated as close to Jesus as himself. Lol. Page 120 continues:
QUOTE/..There were, however, other associates of the anointed Christians who later became most zealous in the preaching work. They had no aspirations of going to heaven. Indeed, their hope was in line with the title of a public talk featured by Jehovah's people from 1918 to 1922. Originally, this was "The World Has Ended-Millions Now Living Will Never Die." Soon thereafter, the WatchTower magazine of October 15, 1923, explained Jesus' parable of the sheep and the goats stating: "Sheep represent all the peoples of the nations, not spirit-begotten but disposed toward righteousness, who mentallyacknowledgeJesusChrist as the Lord and who are looking for and hoping for a better time under his reign."
Here we can see that in 1923 the MILLIONS campaign, while associated with what some might cruelly call a FALSE PROPHECY, was actually an event where Jehovah tried to reveal the truth about the Great Crowd, but the brothers, unfortunately, were too focused on the EXPECTATION of Armaggedon in 1925 to apprehend what Jehovah was trying to show to them.Why Jehovah had caused the FDS to actually write the truth in the Watchtower magazine of October 15, 1923! As highlighted. But the brothers just didnt register it, They needed to put a bit more oil in their lamps still. Its interesting to note that one of the things that started to show to the Remnant that, maybe, there was an Earthly Class was this:
QUOTE/. There were, however, other associates of the anointed Christians who later became most zealous in the preaching work. They had no aspirations of going to heaven
I never knew that one myself brothers, That there were thousands of people wandering around at the meetings saying that they didnt FEEL like they should be going to heaven. But obviously they were there, causing that John class to pray, search the scriptures, and pour even more oil into their lamps so they could see thru the gloom of their own misunderstandings. But it didnt happen too soon, because, by 1930 the John class was tacking in the wrong direction again:
QUOTE/.Though these are truly consecrated, they are overcome by the worldly spirit to such an extent that they fail to render their lives in sacrifice." And as late as 1930, the thought was expressed in Light, Book One: "Those who make up this great crowd fail to respond to the invitation to become the zealous witnesses for the Lord." They were described as a self-righteous group that had a knowledge of the truth but did little about preaching it. They were to get to heaven as a secondary class that would not share in reigning with Christ.
Most unfortunate brothers. Still, Jehovahs time was at hand, within a few years the FDS John Class had a dazzling flash of spiritual understanding . At last they Apprehended what Jehovah had been trying to show them for so long.
QUOTE/.Vindication, Book Three, released in 1932, described the upright heart attitude of the non-Israelite man Jehonadab, who joined Israel's anointed King Jehu in his chariot and went along to see Jehu's zeal in executing false religionists. (2 Kings 10:15-17) The book commented: "Jehonadab represented or foreshadowed that class of people now on the earth during the time that the Jehu work [of declaring Jehovah's judgments] is in progress who are of good will, are out of harmony with Satan's organization, who take their stand on the side of righteousness, and are the ones whom the Lord will preserve during the time of Armageddon, take them through that trouble, and give them everlasting life on the earth.
Hallelujah! Clarity at last. Page 125 of the book wraps it all up into a neat bundle that even those of the other sheep class can understand:
QUOTE/. For their part, those of the John class on earth got to learn the identity of the great crowd by closely observing what Jehovah was performing in their midst. They were quick to appreciate the dazzling flash of divine light that emblazoned the theocratic firmament in 1935, at Jehovah's due time.
During the 1920's and early 1930's, the John class had stressed the heavenly hope, both in the publications and in the preaching work. Apparently, the full number of the 144,000 had yet to be filled. But increasing numbers of those who heeded the message and who showed zeal in the witness work came to profess an interest in living forever on the Paradise earth. They had no desire to go to heaven. That was not their calling. They were no part of the little flock but rather of the other sheep. Their being identified in 1935 as the great crowd of other sheep was an indication that the choosing of the 144,000 was then about complete
So during those years of Tacking about the organization did, in fact, make some erroneous conclusions. But GENERALLY they were heading in the right direction and were fulfilling Gods purpose anyway, because most of those who joined the org prior to 1935 were of the Remnant anyway. God was performing His own marvellous work, and, why, as soon as the 144000 were sealed in 1935, God IMMEDIATELY revealed the new understanding about all those others associated with the Org. Amazing stuff. Of course, being fallible men, those brothers of the remnant during those days may have, occasionally fallen into despair, a despair caused by their inability to see the future:
QUOTE/.During those dark days, and shortly before his death in January 1942, J. F. Rutherford, president of the Watch Tower Society, was heard to say: "Well . . . it looks as though the great multitude is not going to be so great after all." But divine blessing directed otherwise! By 1946 the number of Witnesses ministering worldwide had jumped to 176,456-most of these being of the great crowd. In 1987 there were 3,395,612 Witnesses who were serving Jehovah faithfully in 210 different lands-truly A GREAT CROWD! And the number keeps on increasing.
Not just a GREAT CROWD brothers, but in fact.MILLIONS. The very millions of Brother Rutherfords millions campaign. Brother Rutherfords Millions speech, rather than a FALSE PROPHECY was , in fact, a FAR SEEING prophecy! Seeing 50 years ahead to the Organization today. I wish Brother Rutherford were still alive so I could tell him not to be down hearted.
Edited by - refiners fire on 14 February 2003 23:38:6