During the WT study yesterday I had a confused look on my face the whole meeting. More of a, WTF, face.
One paragraph says, "Therefore,the number of partakers does not accurately indicate the number of anointed ones left on earth.". Then the review question asks, "Why should we not be worried about the number of those who eat the bread and drink the wine at the Memorial?—Rom. 9:11, 16.".
You had JW's commenting the whole meeting about how the number of partakers is inaccurate and not a true number of the actual anointed.
So either come the 2017 Year Book the number of partakers is gone or everyone will just think it's an inaccurate number. If they keep it, why even print it then? Your own publication says it's inaccurate and now your members think it's inaccurate. So are they just admitting the number is a load of crap and if so, why print it all now?
That was the most confused I've been at a meeting in a long time. Heck the generation teaching makes more sense then this article.