*** w88 10/15 p. 12 par. 13 "This Is the Day of All Days" ***
Thus, John's visionary measuring of the temple sanctuary was a guarantee that during the Lord's day, all of Jehovah's purposes regarding the temple would be fulfilled. In harmony with this and according to all the evidence, those of the anointed who had already died faithful began to be resurrected to their promised place in the heavenly sanctuary starting in 1918. (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 6:9-11)
*** w86 10/1 p. 14 Comfort From the God of Peace ***
The Watchtower has long presented the view that this resurrection of anointed Christians from death commenced in the year 1918.
*** w79 6/15 p. 29 pars. 9-10 Living Now in That "Last Day" of Resurrection ***
Not yet were those spirit-begotten Christians to be glorified in heaven, to "be caught away in clouds to meet the Lord in the air." Their experiencing this was not scheduled to "precede" the resurrection of Christians who had "fallen asleep in death through Jesus" down till 1918. Rather, as 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 points out, "those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first." Fittingly, their resurrection first would precede the reviving or resuscitating of the Kingdom proclaimers to their further work in the flesh on earth during this "time of the end." This reviving occurred in spring of 1919.
10 The spiritual resurrection of the "dead in Christ" in the spring of 1918, three and a half years from the enthronement of Christ at the end of the Gentile Times in autumn of 1914, would parallel Jesus' own resurrection on Nisan 16, 33 C.E., "at the half of the week." (Dan. 9:27) Thus they did "rise first." Their doing so did "precede" the resurrecting of those surviving to Christ's "presence," or parousia, and to the killing of Kingdom preaching.
*** w70 6/1 p. 331 par. 22 Do You Have "Faith to the Preserving Alive of the Soul"? ***
The resurrection of the anointed Christians, who number 144,000, is to spirit life in heaven and it began to occur in 1918 C.E., after the establishment of the heavenly Kingdom in 1914. (Rev. 12:1-5; 14:1, 4; 20:4-6; 1 Cor. 15:50-55) Such Christians are "made perfect" in the heavens prior to the earthly resurrection of faithful pre-Christian witnesses of Jehovah.