12 In recent years, we have seen an increase in the number of those partaking at the Memorial of Christ’s death. That trend contrasts with the decrease in the number of partakers that we saw for many decades. Should this increase trouble us? No. Let us consider some key factors to keep in mind.
13 “Jehovah knows those who belong to him.” (2 Tim. 2:19) Those taking the count at the Memorial cannot judge who truly have the heavenly hope. The number of partakers includes those who mistakenly think that they are anointed. Some who at one point started to partake of the emblems later stopped. Others may have mental or emotional problems that lead them to believe that they will rule with Christ in heaven. Therefore, the number of partakers does not accurately indicate the number of anointed ones left on earth.
I really feel the need to point out that the decrease in partakers over the last several decades was (only a few short years ago!) presented as evidence that we were close to the end, as per the January 1st Watchtower article "Keep on the Watch".
18 Sixth, the number of genuine anointed disciples of Christ is dwindling, though some will evidently still be on earth when the great tribulation begins. Most of the remnant are quite elderly, and over the years the number of those who are truly anointed has been getting smaller. Yet, referring to the great tribulation, Jesus stated: “Unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.” (Matthew 24:21, 22) Evidently, then, some of Christ’s “chosen ones” will still be on earth when the great tribulation begins.
Of note, this was presented as one of six "convincing lines of evidence" that we were in the last days.
I'm sure the more gifted writers on this forum are writing up an article far superior to my offering, but this really irked me. The fact that now we're using "emotional problems" to stall our made-up timeline makes it look like we're really grasping at straws.
Of course, if they immediately retracted the entire teaching, the argument could be make that we're just dropping erroneous teachings if they don't suit us anymore. Sort of one of those "darned if you do, darned if you don't" scenarios.
What ever happened to "no one knows the day or the hour"? I think I read that somewhere...
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