The September Watchtower is about to announce “increased light” on the 144,000 – that they have been wrong for about 100 years and that the number is now understood to be symbolic and not literal. It is suggested they will retain the two-class teaching (heavenly and earthly) and just change the meaning of 144,000.
This will help to resolve the anomaly of the “anointed remnant” increasing in number instead of decreasing.
In 1935 there were 52,465 Witnesses who claimed to be part of the “anointed remnant” with a heavenly hope. In 1936 that number was dramatically reduced after “increased light” on the subject when only 39,225 partook of the bread and wine. The numbers partaking continued to reduce till 1975 when there were only 10,550 “anointed” Witnesses partaking.
2005 saw the lowest number since 1975 – only 8,524. And that number should have continued to drop. But it didn’t.
In 2018 there were 19,521 claiming to have a heavenly hope – almost 9,000 more since 1975. No doubt, there were even more this year who took the bread and wine at the memorial service. How timely that the Governing Body have now received “increased light” through Jehovah’s spirit to explain the reason why the numbers continue to increase. After clinging tenaciously to the wrong interpretation for over 100 years Jehovah has now given them clearer understanding.
This “increased light” from Jehovah will also help to solve the problem of the Governing Body running out of “anointed” ones who alone are eligible to replace the older members of the Governing Body (as they die off).
Theologically, it overcomes the contradiction in their original view that 12 x 12,000 from each tribe is symbolic (they are not literal Jewish male virgins from 12 literal tribes) while maintaining this somehow equals a literal total of 144,000. Looks like the Governing Body are now being forced to admit that you can’t say one part of Revelation is literal while the rest is symbolic. Wonder when they will be forced to admit they also got 1914 wrong?