Are Jehovah's Witnesses anointed with God's Holy Spirit? And if so, do Jehovah's Witnesses go to heaven?
According to Bill Cetnar, a prominent Jehovah's Witness who worked directly with the Watchtower's president, the doctrine of the great crowd with the earthly hope was fabricated out of necessity in the 1930's.
Prior to that all Jehovah's Witnesses believed they went to heaven after death. They believed they were part of the 'little flock'.  Why did the Watchtower need to make changes in the 1930's?
Jehovah's Witnesses believe only a 'little flock' or 144,000 people go to heaven. According to Bill Cetnar, by the 1930's the Watchtower organization grew and there was no more room left in heaven for new Jehovah's Witnesses.
In Bill Cetnar's testimony,  the doctrine of the 'great crowd' was invented in the 1930's because the membership of Jehovah's Witnesses had grown substantially. Since they believe only 144000 go to heaven, some Jehovah's Witnesses couldn't go.
Therefore a 'new truth' was released. It was decided that newly baptized members would be part of the Great Crowd and they would have an 'earthly hope'. The anointed Jehovah's Witness who joined earlier would go to heaven and rule over the earth. These anointed Christians are referred to as 'the anointed remnant'.
The anointed remnant was put in charge of gathering up the 'great crowd' before armageddon. New members who were baptized after the mid 1930's automatically became members of the 'great crowd' because the seats in heaven were filled.
The problem today is that most of the baptized Jehovah's Witnesses who were active prior to 1935 and part of the 144,000 are no longer living. Therefore in recent years some say that it has become necessary to appoint members of the 'great crowd' to sit on the Governing Body.
This is hard to confirm either way, however if Bill Cetnar's testimony is correct, it makes sense that anointed Jehovah's Witnesses who were baptized prior to the mid 1930's might be too old at this point in time to serve on the Governing Body.
This could also be why the importance of anointed Jehovah's Witnesses over members of the great crowd have been downplayed by the Watchtower in recent years. See "The Faithful Steward and Its Governing Body", The Watchtower, June 15, 2009, pages 23, 24. Watchtower July 15, 2010 pages 22, 23. Franz, Raymond, In Search of Christian Freedom. Commentary Press, 2007, page 153. ISBN 0-914675-17-6.
Learn more about the Governing Body and whether they are anointed with God's Holy Spirit or not.
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