The latest Watchtower is now out and they make this statement -
7 During the Thousand Year Rule of Christ, all of Jehovah’s earthly children will have to make changes to please him. So all of them will have true fellow feeling as they help the resurrected ones to combat sinful tendencies and to live by Jehovah’s standards. (1 Pet. 3:8)
They have taught for decades that those on earth will not become God's children until the end of the thousand years.
This is from the ws 2012 7/15
God’s friends: The other sheep are God’s friends. They will become part of God’sunited family at the end of the thousand years when they become his children...
God’s children: All who are part of God’s family. The anointed have already been gathered into this family, so they are now children of God. At the end of the thousand years, all people on earth will also be God’s children
Also, the teaching is found in the W 06 2/15
At the end of the Millennial Reign, all these “things on the earth” will be subjected to a final test. Those proving faithful will be adopted as earthly “children of God.”—Ephesians 1:10; Romans 8:21; Revelation 20:7, 8.
Surely this can't be an error by the writers since they go to great lengths to keep their teachings consistent and thoroughly check their articles.
The idea was that the other sheep would only be adopted as God's children at the end of the thousand years, after they had reached perfection and proved themselves faithful after that final test but the new article states
all of Jehovah’s earthly children will have to make changes to please him.
This means that they are saying that they are God's children before they make changes and are therefore earthly individuals who are still imperfect and living during the thousand year reign.
Now the 64 thousand dollar question is, at what point in time is the Watchtower now teaching that the other sheep are considered to be God's children? And also, what other new teachings will they alter to go along with this? Such as, the other sheep now viewing Jehovah as their true heavenly father (in every sense), having Jesus as their mediator, being part of the body of Christ, being part of Jesus' congregation, being part of the New Covenant and having the law written on their hearts?
Or am I simply over-reaching on this and if the Watchtower were to defend what apparently looks like a new teaching would simply say that they were referring to 'potential' children of God because, after all, they were referring to earthly individuals who will one day be children of God being at the end of the millennial rule?