Who Are The 144,000?
The 144,000, 'little flock' doctrine of the Watchtower refers to Jehovah's Witnesses and saints since the time of Jesus who expect to go to heaven when they die.
According to the organization only a few thousand 'anointed' ones are alive today out of the 144,000 Jehovah's Witnesses who hope to go to heaven.
These chosen ones are referred to as the 'anointed remnant'. The Watchtower teaches that only 144000 are in an exclusive relationship with Jesus. See Mediator
The 144,000 'Little Flock' Vs The 'Great Crowd'.
Jehovah's Witnesses believe they belong to either the 144,000 'little flock' or the 'great crowd'. The little flock (or the 144,000) goes to heaven to rule the earth with Jesus. The great crowd or 'other sheep' have an 'earthly hope', - everlasting life on a paradise earth.
The majority of Witnesses believe they are part of the great crowd. Millions of them believe they are not in a spiritual relationship with Jesus. That's why they don't partake of the wine and bread that represents Christ's body. Only the anointed remnant who are part of the 144,000 can accept communion. All others reject it. See Memorial Celebration.
Even though the great crowd is not in a covenant relationship with Jesus, the Watchtower teaches that everyone can earn eternal life through Jesus, by fully cooperating with the 144,000 anointed remnant. See Mediator
Other Terminology For the 144,000.
- The little flock
- The faithful and discreet slave
- Spiritual Israelites
- Anointed remnant
- Anointed ones
Why Is It A Scam?
Critics say the 144,000 doctrine is a scam because it tricks JW's into believing thousands of people who are in communication with God (i.e. 'anointed') direct the organization, and the only way to benefit from the ransom sacrifice of Jesus is to fully cooperated with these special anointed ones.
The truth however is that all Jehovah's Witnesses must obey the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses whether they are part of the 144,000, or the Great Crowd (other sheep).     
Even though individuals who are part of the 144,000 expect to rule the earth with Jesus when they die, they must obey congregation elders (who are usually of the 'great crowd' class) and the 'anointed' Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses until they pass away. Failure to do so, can result in disfellowshipping and losing their position in the elite 144,000 anointed class.
Watch a video about a member of the 144000 who got disfellowshipped.
Why The Watchtower Is Wrong.
The Bible says that Christians have a direct relationship with Jesus symbolized by baptism. Matthew 28:18,19; Christians are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, - not Jehovah and their favorite religion. Jesus is their only authority. Matthew 28:18;
The Watchtower says this, 'And should we not strive to be obedient and submissive to those taking the lead in our local congregation?' WT, Nov 15, 2009, Article: 'Treasure Your Place in the Congregation', par 5.
SLAVES should 'strive to be obedient and submissive. God's people are free. They answer only to God. JW's know that Jehovah is a jealous God. He doesn't share, just like a jealous husband will not share his wife with another man.
Christians have no other Gods. Listening respectfully to Elders and teachers at church services or when we ask for advice is a good thing. Love for Elders and all people is commendable too. However obedience in order to earn the 'prize' of everlasting life, would be idolatry. Would it not? The Bible teaches that Jesus is the only path to eternal life. John 3:16,36; Matthew 22:21
Critics say the 144,000 doctrine is a scam. It's a gross distortion of what the Bible says.
God does not require obedience to the Watchtower and it's Governing Body. It's a scam.
The Bible tells us to love God will ALL our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Christ's gift of eternal life is free. You don't need to work for a free gift. All that God asks is that we love one another.
Love sounds too simplistic. JW's believe much more is required. However they are wrong. Working hard for a publishing company in NY and distributing colorful literature is not the path to eternal life.
Love is the path and God's love is not easy. It's the narrow path and few have found it. Find out why by reading this article 'narrow road that leads to eternal life'
Why JW's Have Two Masters.
If a Jehovah's Witness reads their Bible, prays to God, and gets an answer, that answer must harmonize with what the organization says is the truth. In this way, the organization comes between and interferes with their direct communication with God. The organization speaks for God as his channel of communication. And Jehovah's Witnesses obey the organization.
If a Witness prays about a serious matter such as blood transfusions for example, and gets an answer different than what the Watchtower says, they must put the organization first ahead of God. Shouldn't Christians put God first? 
The doctrine of the 144,000 and the 'faithful and discreet slave', puts Jesus in relationship exclusively with the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses. Thus, in order to be saved by Jesus, a Witness must have a good relationship with the path to Jesus, i.e. the Governing Body. This is in opposition to Jesus and what the Bible says.
At the time of writing this article, the only way to put God first is to leave.
Why Jehovah's Witnesses Are Leaving Their Religion.
The Bible says this, 'Then the disciples came to him and asked, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?" He replied, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit." ' Matthew 15:12-14
Even though the GB would like us to believe we should fully cooperate with them because they represent God's faithful and discreet slave (the 144,000), [5a] notice how they discredit the 144,000's spiritual relationship with Jesus at the same time.
The WT says this. 'Christians who have truly received this anointing do not demand special attention. They do not believe that their being of the anointed gives them special insights beyond what even some experienced members of the “great crowd” may have. (Rev. 7:9) They do not believe that they necessarily have more holy spirit than their companions of the “other sheep” have.' The Watchtower, June 15, 2009, Article: "The Faithful Steward and Its Governing Body", pages 23, 24. Watchtower July 15, 2010 pages 22, 23.
- Why are the Jehovah's Witnesses and the organization mentioned in their Baptism Vows to God ???
- Quotes from the WT say they have no divine inspiration and mistakes are possible. Therefore what they teach may not be from God. Some or all of what they say could be a incorrect. 2 Cor 11:14
Where Can JW's Go After Leaving Their Religion?
Where can a JW go when they leave their religion? Attending any Christian church for fellowship and study of God's Word is good. However looking for a better religion isn't the answer. They won't find a better religion anywhere. All religions are imperfect because people are imperfect. Humans can't save us, no matter how spiritually enlightened they claim to be. God is the only path to eternal life. Study the Bible by yourself or with other people, pray to God, and listen for guidance from Holy Spirit.
Simon Peter said it best, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God." John 6:68,69
The Bible says this. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" He answered: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live." Luke 10:25-28
Christians love God with ALL their heart, soul, strength, and mind. This is one of the reasons why JW's are leaving their religion Contrary to what zealous JW's believe, leaving the Watchtower doesn't need to mean they are joining Satan's world by default. They have more than two choices. They could leave their religion, to give God all the glory.
1. WT, Feb 15, 1995, Article: 'Have No Fear, Little Flock';
2. WT, Feb 15, 2006, Article: 'Gathering Things in Heaven and Things on Earth';
3. WT, Sept 1, 2005, Questions from Readers: 'Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses take the number 144,000 mentioned in the book of Revelation literally and not symbolically?';
4. 'a limited number of anointed men have the responsibility of representing the slave class. They make up the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. .. Whether we are “domestics,” who are part of the anointed remnant, or we are members of the great crowd, let it be our determination to cooperate fully with the faithful steward and its Governing Body.' WT June 15, 2009, Article: 'The Faithful Steward and Its Governing Body.'
5a. The 144,000 is also referred 'the faithful and discreet slave' or 'faithful steward' (i.e. God's slave based on a parable of Jesus Matthew 24:45-51) For decades JW's believed that 144,000 guided the organization because of their spiritual anointing. We were also told that only the 144,000 have a relationship with Jesus. However all Witnesses could earn eternal life on a paradise earth by fully cooperating with the 144,000. This was not true. All Witnesses - even the 144,000 who are supposedly God's 'faithful and discreet slave', obey the Governing Body. Today the Watchtower says that the GB represents the 144,000, faithful and discreet slave class. They say this, 'Today, the Governing Body represents the faithful and discreet slave class. There was a similar arrangement in the first century'. WT June 15, 2009. Article: 'The Faithful Steward and Its Governing Body'.
5b. Since members of the anointed 144,000 can get disfellowshipped for disobeying congregation Elders, it is obvious they have absolutely no say about doctrines or how the organization is run. The GB and a few men in NY call all the shots. Watch this video testimony about a member of the 144,000 who got disfellowshipped and why.
6. If any Witness disobeys the organization in order to put God first, they may face a judicial committee, disassociation, and shunning. These tactics are designed to manipulate and control Witnesses through fear and intimidation. See Reasons To Leave The Jehovah's Witnesses.
7. In most religions, ministers and teachers are respected. They might even assume a title such as reverend or father. JW's say that honoring humans in such a way is excessive. Only God should be given that much respect. Ironically, JW elders are not only respected like the clergy of Christendom, - they are also obeyed. In fact Rebellion against the organization is thought to be virtually the same as rebellion against God.
7b. The Watchtower has told us that the clergy of Christendom are 'lawless' and worshippers who belong to false Christian religions will be destroyed by God at armageddon. They say this, ' Christendom’s clergy are lawless in that they have misled millions by promoting teachings, holidays, and behavior contrary to the Bible. Like the religious leaders whom Jesus condemned, the modern-day worshippers who are part of “the son of destruction” face destruction with no hope of a resurrection. (2 Thess. 1:6-9) ' WT June 15, 2008, Article: ' Things From Which We Must Flee ', Subtitle: ' A Future Wrath From Which to Flee ', par 7
7c. The clergy of Christendom are respected but obedience is not required. However Watchtower Elders are respected and obeyed because the Governing Body holds the keys to eternal life. See mediator
7d. Failure to obey Elders and the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses can lead to a punishment called disfellowshipping and shunning. Critics say the Watchtower is guilty of the same sins they condemn the clergy of, except on a much grander scale. With regard to obedience, the Watchtower says this, 'And should we not strive to be obedient and submissive to those taking the lead in our local congregation?' WT, Nov 15, 2009, Article: 'Treasure Your Place in the Congregation', par 5.
7e. Why is obedience to the organization's leaders required in the JW faith? According to the Watchtower Jehovah is a jealous God and does not tolerate competition. They say that Jehovah demands 'exclusive devotion'. Look at this Watchtower quote, 'Jehovah is “a God who is jealous (zealous); a God not tolerating rivalry.” (Exodus 20:5, footnote) Being the Creator, he has the right to demand our exclusive devotion.'
WT July 15, 2001, Article 'Are You Truly Tolerant?', Subtitle 'Jehovah Is Forgiving All Your Error'
7f. Even though Jehovah demands 'exclusive devotion', JW's dedicate their life to Jehovah and the Watchtower organization. See Baptism Vows
7g. The Watchtower has no divine inspiration. This means they can't be God's 'channel of communication'. Some or all of what they teach could be wrong.
8. JW's are told they must obey God's spirit-directed organization because it is God's 'faithful and discreet slave'. Who then really is 'The Faithful and Discreet Slave'?
Is it 144,000 spiritual Israelites who are 'anointed' and go to heaven to rule with Jesus? Or is it a few men in NYC and the Governing Body? What is the truth according to the Watchtower?