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Jehovah’s Witnesses: Should a member of the “great crowd” be allowed to serve on the governing body?

As you know, the current rule is that one has to be a member of the “anointed class” and get a personal invitation from the existing members of that body. Of course, there have been some mistakes in this selection process. (At least one member of the governing body was disfellowshipped. In fact, in 1980, there was a “purge” of the lower-level leadership where the “spiritual fornicators,” “the mentally diseased,” and “the insane” were forced to leave.)
But here’s the difficult situation I see coming in the future. Since one is not allowed to be a member of the governing body unless he is in the anointed class, then what happens when the number of anointed witnesses hits the limit of 144,000? At some point in the future, there won’t be any anointed brothers remaining to fill the seats on the governing body. In fact, the pool from which the Watchtower can choose new Governing Body members is quickly drying up.
I know that you believe that God only communicates through his “anointed” leadership. If the leaders are no longer of the anointed class, will the Watchtower have a major crisis of authority?
Jeshurun: So what you’re saying is that the Watchtower maintains some kind of a list of the living members of the anointed class (the ones who partake in communion). Of course, as time goes on, this list has gotten smaller because members have died. Anyway, the end of the world (Armageddon) must occur prior to the time that the last anointed Jehovah’s Witness deceases. Seeing as how most members of the anointed class are quite elderly, I’m guessing the world has 20 years at the most before everything ends. Is that your take on it?

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  1. Just wanted to say awesome question. I’m not a JW nor do I subscribe to their particular ideology, so I don’t have an answer, but I hope you get one ’cause I’d like to know as well!

  2. You have got to be kidding!
    Why do you even entertain such thoughts?
    Are you saying God cannot rersolve that situation?
    Now, you’re saying, “Sure he can.”
    THEN LET HIM!

  3. The Understanding is that there will be those of the anointed here with us on earth until Armageddon.
    There is no rule on how many Governing Body members there should be, so there could be two, or three on this body.
    Edit: I’m sorry, I do believe there might be some of the anointed after Armageddon. I would like to elaborate, but I’m not feeling that well tonight. I hope you have a nice night.

  4. maybe 144,000 is actually in hexadecimal… Then they’d have 1,327,104 members of the annointed class to choose from.

  5. I did hear about a Watch Tower purge.
    The fact is that the number of anointed has risen.
    1935 – 52,465
    1965 – 11,550
    1994 – 8,617
    1995 – 8,645
    2005 – 8,524
    2006 – 8,758
    2007 – 9,105
    2008 – 9,986
    The number of ‘anointed’ from 1914/1935 has fallen.
    Here is the latest variation: As of Oct 3, 2009 It seems this idea is being encouraged:
    Bro. Barr (96 yrs) The Righteous Ones will Shine as Brightly as the Sun
    Based on Matt 13. Sower of the wheat and the weeds. Sower is Jesus, the son of man, started to sow in 33 C.E. with the holy spirit being poured out. The sowing DOES NOT mean the preaching and teaching work to bring in the new sons.
    These ARE sons NOT will become sons!! This process of gathering sons will end. It has its limits.
    Main point we got was what Bro. Barr repeated twice, “Jesus Christ meant lives of the anointed who were on hand in 1914 would overlap with those whose lives of the anointed see the start of the Great Tribulation.”We see the urgency of Jesus’ words. The generation will have a definite end, can’t be excessive long. Many of the anointed both older ones and younger ones have died BUT not all will die before the Great Tribulation.
    {[ the key word is “”overlap”” in this talk]}
    Brother Barr is adding time by saying::
    The lives of 1914’s ‘anointed’ would ‘overlap’ with ‘anointed’ to see the Great Tribulation.

  6. You haven’t attended meetings in a while have you??? This will never be a problem because the number of people partaking in the memorial slightly increased within the last 5 years. I think that number will keep around the same amount until people finallty realise what a sham this religion is.

  7. I am quite confident they will redefine some word in the dictionary to allow them to do whatever they need to do, even if that is to renegotiate their concept of God, or make raping children their main mode of proselytizing.

  8. RUSTIC……..BUT WHAT ABOUT THE DOCTRINE THAT I WAS TAUGHT BETWEEN 1962 AND 1989 WHEN I LEFT ???
    THE WATCHTOWER DEFINITELY SAID……THAT THE ANOINTED CLASS WOULD BE BORN BETWEEN 1900 AND 1914…….SO THAT THEY COULD SEE THE END OF DAYS……..WW1….WW2….KOREA….ETC.
    WELL…….THEY ARE ALL DEAD NOW..!!!
    AND ALSO THE WATCHTOWER SAID THAT SEPT 1, 1975 WOULD BE THE BEGINNING OF ARMAGEDDON………..
    REFUSING TO ADMIT THAT THE GOVERNING BODY AND THE WATCHTOWER ORG………WAS…. “OUT OF GAS OVER” THESE PREDICTIONS…….
    THEY SCRAMBLED UP NEW THEOLOGY FOR A NEW GENERATION TO DEVOTE THEIR LIVES TO……….
    ITS LIKE THEY KEEP ON “KICKING THE STOOL OUT FROM UNDER THEM” WHEN IT COMES TO THEOLOGY………….

  9. Greetings,
    As every one of Jehovah’s Witnesses knows, it has already been taken care of. As the anointed become older, members of the Great Crowd are already being trained and given experience at organizing the preaching work and other functions.
    See the article “Jehovah’s Provision, the ‘Given Ones’” in the April 15, 1992, issue of The Watchtower.
    BAR-ANERGES

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