Heavenly v. Earthly Class
Reading another topic here on the anointed class of believers, I was wondering if anyone could point me towards a good article that might explain this more at length? From what I've been able to ascertain, gaining the heavenly class status has sizable benefits over being an earthly class peon, right? Further, the John-class (anointed) at one time was considered part and parcel of the faithful and discreet slave (now reserved for the Governing Body-class).
Now are all members of the GB part of the anointed? They must be somehow superior because they have consolidated power and manage to retain their jobs at Bethel while others tend to be expendable. But when all is said and done and the resurrection dawns, the heavenly class manages to live in the presence of God while everyone else inherits the earth. So after that, what then? What do the heavenly John-class people do that the angels can't do? Do they rule those on Earth? And if so, why would they need ruling?
These anointed are the ones who partake of the emblems while alive, but they don't enjoy any other status of their election in mortality. In fact, some claimants are ridiculed when they do partake. But does that status necessarily have anything to do with personal righteousness? When, during someone's life, are they anointed? At birth? Can't some people be rough around the edges and still be of the heavenly class? John the Baptist was as great as any prophet ever, but whoever's least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he, right? This means (or used to mean) that John the Baptist was not of the heavenly class. But his greatness could nevertheless not be questioned. Is that correct?
Finally, is there any penalty for partaking of the emblems wrongly, or mistakenly? And are any people turned away when they attempt to partake?
CS: "--What do the heavenly John-class people do that the angels can't do? Do they rule those on Earth?
for one thing, supposedly being immortal they can combat Satan and the Demons. That why wt now wants the "anointed" to die, be raptured early in the Great Tribulation, well before Armageddon,*** so they can deal with the mere mortal angels. and don't forget apostates. *** if they die before Armageddon, they cant be the generation that Jesus talked about, because he said they would not pass aw ay, flesh of the chosen ones, or the anointed to be saved.
CS: "--Finally, is there any penalty for partaking of the emblems wrongly, or mistakenly? there should not be, for the wine, symbol of the New Covenant is for forgiveness of sins, but if you partake unworthily, being drunk (with power), who knows, the talking snake with the fork will get you.
Wow...it's amazing someone can get all that out of the Bible! It takes quite an imagination. As far as I know, the JWs are the only ones that have two classes of salvation. The Greek Orthodox believe that the fall of man happened because otherwise man could not have realized his heavenly potential. Thus, Adam fell so man could die, and Jesus came so that man could be redeemed to his full potential. That is actually biblical, but not the dual classes the WTBTS teach.