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Number of Memorial Partakers increasing rapidly

memorial-partakers144,000 has a religious significance for Jehovah’s Witnesses because they believe this small number represents the total number of humans who have a “heavenly hope” and will reign with Christ in heaven. Those with this “heavenly hope” take part of the symbols during the annual celebration of the “Lord’s Evening Meal”, or “Memorial of Christ’s Death”. Every year the Watchtower Society publishes the number of these “Memorial Partakers”.

Because the Watchtower Society teaches that ” … the number of anointed ones on the earth has decreased over the decades… ” (Watchtower Feb 15 2009 par.14 pp.27-28) it is remarkable to see the number of “Memorial Partakers” is rising despite these recent remarks in The Watchtower. Don’t the brothers on Bethel’s writing department consult the annual service reports? In 2008 there was almost a 10% increase in the number of Partakers over 2007! According to the latest service report there were 9986 “Memorial Partakers” in 2008.

This was not a new trend because there were increases in the previous years too. The lowest number of “Memorial Partakers” that the Watchtower Society reported was 8524 in 2005. The number has gone up every year since then. In 2008 the number of Partakers is 17% more than three years before.

The decreasing number of “The Remnant” has long been seen as a proof that we live in the “Last Days”:

“Six Convincing Lines of Evidence” that we are in the Last Days. … 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.” (Watchtower 2000 Jan 15 p.13)

But the number of “The Remnant” is actually increasing rapidly.

Watch the following video for a better insight into this subject:

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  1. Nomi Draper
    December 14th, 2014 at 19:39 | #1

    I have been a JW for many years. I have seen the “increase” somewhat from the ’60’s on, in those claiming to be one of the 144,000. My opinion is that this may be because some may mistakenly think they are. I am sure for some, its not easy to discard the idea perpetuated by most religions, that “all” go to Heaven. BUT the bottomline is, that Christ will know who is, and who is not one.

  2. awake
    April 27th, 2013 at 23:01 | #2

    This is the most ridiculous garbage I have ever read. What kind of false teachers are you people? NO where in the Bible is this stated no matter how hard you try to twist the Word of God. Lord have mercy!!
    Did you know Russell was part of the Illuminati. Wake up get out of this CULT.
    Let the real Word of God set you free. Refuse to read from any Bible but an original KING JAMES! The Lord said he would preserve his Word..He did- in the KJV all other Bibles are manmade and false. Those that change the Word are cursed.
    No real Christian could every become a JW. The only people who are JW are people that are born into it and don’t know any better, or people that never know the Word and could be fooled like this. It makes me so mad that people are so unthinking and could be part of a cult. I feel so sad for the kids. You know it was a spiritual medium that changed John 1:1 in the NWT. Does that sound like a good thing to you people??

  3. Markus
    November 19th, 2012 at 09:57 | #3

    Quite so my good man, Jehovah does not give a toss to those he created. Those that think for themselves … birdfood, those who did not believe a madman that said there was to be a flood … birdfood, those that say give my son a blood transfusion … birdfood. For Jesus so loveth mankind he died for them, and then decided to murder the majority for they happened to think for themselves. Pretty good logic hey, give them a free mind and when they do not think like us murder them. Reminds me of someone in the late 1930’s whose name started with a H. Lucky for us it all nonesence.

  4. Elijahovah
    November 18th, 2012 at 19:26 | #4

    When the Flood came, babies drowned, toddlers drowned, teens drowned, disabled grandmas drowned. Where JWs fail in their answer is the atitude of God being personally selective of who he likes and doesnt like, when Jesus said he likes the one wants specific people to burn in hell or die at Armageddon.

  5. Elijahovah
    November 18th, 2012 at 19:22 | #5

    @Aaron Uchenna
    I am not so sure any of you know why 144,000 is selected in Revelation or where John got it, and so nor can appreciate the number. To speak of appreciation for a select number does not explain WHY that number. Yet Jehovah unburied 1000s of tablets from 2000bc that say their were 144,000 kings (elders) men getting old while Noah was 940. And specifically Egypt says dynasties (generations 5 thru 8) which would be Peleg thru Nahor. They all died before Noah’s year 1000.

    November 9th, 2012 at 08:43 | #6

    @Allan McLeod
    Do you believe Jesus came to destroy families as do Jehovah’s Witnesses. Read Matthew 10:34-39 and answer: Do not think I came to put peace upon the earth; I came to put, not peace,u but a sword. 35 For I came to cause division, with a man against his father father, and a daughter against her mother, and a young wife against her mother-in-law.a 36 Indeed,a man’s enemies will be persons of his own household. 37 He that has greater affection for father or mother than for me is not worthy of me; and he that has greater affection for son or daughter than for me is not worthy of me.

    Please, think twice!!!

  7. Ron Anderson
    April 12th, 2012 at 06:37 | #7

    It is strange that the numbers of partakers at the memorial service should be increasing, 11,000 in 2011. The numbers should be 0 as according to the chronology of the Witnesses that only those who were witnesses in 1914 could have the heavenly hope. Rutherford in 1935 announced that the gates of heaven were now closed and only an earthly great crowd to inherit the earth. Maybe new light has dawned as it seems to be a habit of the Watchtower to keep changing the goal posts to suit.

  8. Leeca
    February 10th, 2012 at 01:01 | #8

    Your kidding aren’t you. 20 years ago increasing numbers in partaking of the emblems was an embarrassment
    to the wt. I remember many talks on this subject, about who should and shouldn’t be partaking. So no this
    is not a new problem. But if you haven’t been a jw for too long, then you won’t realize that this is not a new
    problem for the society. Maybe you should check out older publications and see that the wt keeps going
    around in circles, that these problems with the wt has been going on for many years, instead of blaming
    people the society has decided to label. You just look ignorant to those of us that have personally lived
    through the many changes made over the years.

  9. Phil
    February 9th, 2012 at 22:16 | #9

    I have studied God’s word for over 60 years and as a JW never could agree about 144,000 In fact as Jesus commission was to preach to jews exclusively its plain to me that when he spoke of “Other Sheep” he was talking about “Gentiles” nowhere does the bible support any from earth going to heaven…also how could it be possible for someone who just happened to be born at a certain time be above (As it were) John the baptist whom Jesus said a greater man had not lived. To me it is obvious that the words of Matt 11:11 Jesus was saying that John would have to die due to Adamic sin, however no heavenly creatures would ever have to, so greater in that sense. The final bottom line is what 1 Cor:4:5 says God will reveal what is truth,not man.

    October 7th, 2011 at 15:29 | #10


  11. DOG
    June 15th, 2011 at 12:49 | #11

    Markus… Nothing but another sack of dust particles that ” accidently ” became animated and nothing but unanimated dust particles it will ultimately, perhaps, go back to be. Unless your body is not made up the minerals of this planet.Have you ever asked yourself if you are actually real or exist. Or is that just a figment of YOUR fairy tale imagination? Hey! You could be a robot. You never know. One question Markus. Is human Intelligence Artificial?

  12. Markus
    May 10th, 2011 at 02:54 | #12

    Allan McLeod

    Haha what tripe. You have livened up my day. ‘The meek will inherit the Earth’ ho ho you must be kidding mate. The ‘Evil doers will be cut off’, this holy book of yours really cracks me up.


  13. Markus
    May 10th, 2011 at 02:49 | #13

    Femi Taiwo
    How the heck can I fight against a fairy tale.

  14. Femi Taiwo
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:20 | #14

    hmm beware don’t fight against GOD

  15. Femi Taiwo
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:12 | #15

    Ido not understand who is the owner of this site ? beware of what you post and the conversation you stir sin against holyspirit is unforgivable

  16. Markus
    February 15th, 2011 at 09:32 | #16


    Not sure what you mean, but when you say ‘our journey has been a blessed one’.
    Blessed of what? I ask with crocodile tears in my eyes.
    When the few of the self appointed faithful and discrete ones preach false dates? When false teachings for example: ‘Vaccinations are the devils work’,as documented in the Watchtower magazine? When life given blood is denied because of what of old literate and therefore superior desert mongers scribbled down in their dusty diaries.
    I hereby sentence you to attend kingdom hall meetings 3 times a week for the rest of your life, with of course the usual disappointment every week that Armageddon did not come about. Enjoy.


  17. Margarett
    February 15th, 2011 at 00:43 | #17

    Percentage wise, it ‘is’ going down, even including the fraudulent ones. (Of which, on an individual basis, we can’t judge.)

    Let a trees ‘own’ leaves reveal its integrity or lack of. Examine the pages of ‘our’ publications.

    This seasons “leaves” should suffice, but if you want to examine our history, our journey has been a blessed one. Regards.

  18. WitnessofJesus
    January 15th, 2011 at 20:41 | #18

    Yes, I’ve asked about these increasing numbers, and the official reply was that the Society is not in the habit of prohibiting anyone from partaking of the Memorial, but if they do, they are to be counted, and the decision as to who is truly ‘anointed’ and who is not, is left where it belongs, in Jehovah’s hands. He is the Supreme Judge of all, and this increase of late, in my opinion, is due to a few factors that must be taken into consideration: 1) Apostates within our midst- there are thousands of ‘apostates’ or ‘wolves’ within our midst, many who post on anti-Witness blogs found on the Internet under psuedo names and yet still attend the meetings and pretend they are Witnesses, but inwardly, they are apostates who haven’t come out yet, I know that they’ve been partaking on an increasing level because you can find on their Blogs discussions relating to this, because they’re trying to make the Society out to be a liar, so they continue to ‘increase’ the numbers in an attempt to make Jehovah’s visible organization out to be a liar, but it will only back fire on them in the coming years 2) the Increase in attendees at the Memorial also increases the chances that those who are ‘interested ones’ or even ‘Bible students’ who haven’t studied this topic yet partook of the emblems based upon their previously doing so in their churches, so these are just a few of the valid reasons why the numbers appear to be ‘increasing’, but be assured that the ‘real’ number of anointed has continued to go down since 2005, albeit the numbers reported continue to go up, we have the testimony of Scripture that the “Lord knoweth those that are His” and that partaking of the Memorial emblems unworthily, as these under-cover apostates are doing, only marks them for the ‘greater damnation’ for those who part do such under false pretense.

  19. Shivraj
    August 17th, 2010 at 18:56 | #19

    @ xyz
    i want to say all people that every religious books are not 100% perfect becouse of many reasons. Some knowledge from bible is true. If you are not trust in god then you are a fool man in world because you did not recognise the real truth. spiritual research is very hard than science. Please dont be foolish smart. Keep trust in god.he will give you better place after death. No matter whatever his name.

  20. July 30th, 2010 at 14:10 | #20

    todas estas personas que se expresan asi de nuestro maravilloso creador el que traera venganza sobre los que practican apostasia y sobre los fornicadores e idolatras sobre los que se dejkan dominar por la lujuria y la avidez los que no tienen el temor piadoso de jehova seran barridos y seran abono para la tierra. para que cuando las personas mansas que temen amorosamente a jehova vivan eternamente sobre el paraiso venidero. se que estas personas fueron testigos de jehova y ayhora atacan en contra por que estan dominados por el espiritu de satanas,por que no fueron capaz de renunciar a sus propios deseos el deceo de la carne y el deseo de los ojos como menciona 1 de juan 2:15 en adelante. pero jehova quien es mas poderoso que cualquier ser humano que supera en poder al propio satanas les hara saber que el es el todo poderoso y traera venganza sobre los apostatas y cuando vean que se estan cumpliendo las profecias de nuestro rey jesucristo que mateo 24 mencionan que tienen que suceder es alli donde sera su llanto y el crujir de dientes.

  21. personanongrata
    July 24th, 2010 at 11:16 | #21

    I believe the real issue here is not what God decides to do, but that the Watchtower claimed that part of the sign of the end of days was a DECREASE in annoited participating in the Memorial. However, there has been an INCREASE. The issue is not God, it’s the Watchtower.

  22. Sergeant
    June 30th, 2010 at 02:35 | #22

    Interesting reading – once again I have to say that arguing and speculating over this situation is a waste of time – I God wants 144,000 brought from the earth then let him have them, it is His choice and those chosen will be blessed, if God wants 24 elders then again that is His choice, those chosen will also be blessed in the assignment he provides and if that is to rule over the earth as kings and priests then so be it….who are any of you to judge God on that issue. If he provides a paradise earth for the meek or the ‘great crowd of unnumbered individuals to inherit then again so be it. If I recall though there is a scripture that God would take out of the tribes of the earth a nation for His name sake, and if his name is Jehovah then what concern is it of all of you to question who or what that nations name might be, if these people are a witness to their God Jehovah then the name Jehovah’s witnesses might make sense. If not, then if the Bible is to be believed there will come a time when all of this will be proved true or not, if you happen to be on the “not” side well maybe its time to do as one of the providers of the comments said ‘do some real intense research’. An again hey Otto you mentioned that the bible might be in your opinion be nothing but an ad infinitum toilet paper – you go for it, I recall reading in there I believe at Hebrews chapter 4 verse 12 that according to God his word is sharper than an two edged sword – so pal go use maybe you might be needing that blood transfusion that that 15 year old didn’t take that you made your opinion in a rather foul manner known.

  23. April 27th, 2010 at 15:39 | #23

    THey will reign from heave because that’s what the Bible says in Rev 5:9:10
    @Sheila Rae

  24. April 27th, 2010 at 15:35 | #24

    why is then that in Hebrews 11:32-33 says that David was a rightous man? Does the Bible say that about you or me? I think not. Once again I will choose to believe what the bible says.

  25. April 27th, 2010 at 15:32 | #25

    Do you know what I find most interesting about religion. It’s that they all teach the same lies. Christians / Ancient Babylon / Ancient Egypt / Hindus / Budists
    Trinity Trinity Trinity Trinity Trinity
    Cross Cross Cross Cross Cross
    Heaven For good Same same same same
    Immortal Soul Same same same same
    Virgen Mother of God Same same same same
    Hell Hell Hell Hell Hell

    I find it very strange that you don’t expose these doctrines that have been around since the time of Nimrod. I find it very strange that The Cristian religion can’t even defend the most basic scripture in the whole entire BiBle. “The Lords Prayer”
    1st it says to Glorify the name of the Father not the titles. Jehovah or Yahweh being his name. Not the Son. Not the Holy Spirit. Not the Pope. Not the Virgen Mary. The opposite of what YOU TEACH. 2nd that we are to pray until GODS or Jehovahs kingdom come to earth. The OPPOSITE of what YOU TEACH. SATAN is the Father of the lie. Therefore would be teaching the OPPOSITE of the truth. Once again,if you can’t even defend the LORDS PRAYER but teach the OPPOSITE. Why do you think God would allow you to understand the rest. @ Rev. 14:3 the bible says that 144000 would be bought from the earth. Rev 5:9-10 says they will be ruling over the earth. A specific #. Rev 7:9 speaks of a Great Crowd. A non specific #. So when Jesus says in Matt 5:3 its says the a people aware of their spiritual need have a hope of the Heaven. Matt 5:5 says that there is another people, a meek people, will inherite the earth. The OPPOSITE of what you TEACH. I choose to believe what Jesus says, not the OPPOSITE. Luke 12:32 says the little flock have been approved of the kingdom of the heavens or the 144000 (Matt5:3). John 10:16 says (JESUS SAYS) and I have another fold (or the Great Crowd)Matt 5:5. So if you read the Bible from front to back you will see that it all goes back to the Lords prayer. 7210 times originally the bible in Hebrew and Greek used Jehovas/Yawehs name goes stright to glorifying the Fathers name. When David/Isaiah/Jerimiah/Jesus/ all spoke of a hope of life on earth. This is going back to the Lords Prayer. The OPPOSITE of what Religion teaches. Satan teaches the OPPOSITE of the truth. John 15:19 onward shows that his followers would be a hated people. Why would they be hated? Jesus said “The truth will set you free” or the OPPOSITE of what the world believes. 1 John 5:19 says the whole world is in the power of the wicked one(SATAN). Therefore, when the whole world teaches in the Trinity/Cross/Heaven/Hell/Virgen Mother of God/Imortal Soul and Satan is the Ruler of the World, there’s a reason for this. Satan does not what you to know the TRUTH. I have researched most religions, I found that they come from the same owner, or SATAN. That is why they always teach very similar things. I have also notted that in their same books, that they admit to the fact that ORIGINALLY what they teach came from a pagan DOCTRINE. The Bible says that THE FOUR WINDS WON’T BE RELEASED UNTIL THE 144000 have been sealed for the 2nd time. No one has the right to say when that is other then God himself. Man does not have this right to say who goes to heaven and who stays on earth. God does however give us the right to know how many will go to heaven. What Jehovahs Witnesses say is that in 1935 is that the # of the Great Crowd would be the ones that are to be gathered, at least the majority. The reason their have been Over 50,000 in the last 100 years is because the truth was hidden from man ever since the 2nd-3rd century. You cannot be an anoited of the Christ unless you have the TRUTH, or the OPPOSITE of what SATAN teaches. That is why very few were chosen from the 3rd century onward. Even Daniel suports this when it’s mention that the secrets would be a secret until the appointed time, or the last genereation. The OPPOSITE of what you teach. Even the Apostle Paul said that there would be a great apostasy first, or the Trinity/Hell/Heave/Cross/Virgen/Imortal Soul. This was this GREAT APOSTASY. Please, if your going to bash someone, if your going to try to treat someone like the Jews treated Jesus, at least think about WHY your doing this. Have you researched all world religions and found out that they teach something very close to what you teach? Have you searched for this TRUTH as I did? Are you the most hated on the earth as Jesus was, or are you teaching what the rest of the world teaches? Do you teach the same or the OPPOSITE using the BIBLE and 100% able to defend the most Basic scripture “The Lords Prayer”? The Lords Prayer teaches the opposite. Do you? Please, know that the hate of someone is a quality from Satan. Love however can conquer. Why not expose these GREAT lies first and realize that we are all under GODS undeserved kindness. Anyone who is great in their own eyes is someone not worthy in the eyes of God. The TRUTH should be the most important thing to us since Jesus said The Truth will set you FREE. We aren’t free unless we have this truth, or the OPPOSITE of what the world teaches. I hope you take this to heart, and make sure that this truth is the only thing that is important to you untill God finally does this 2nd sealling on these presious 144000 that are suffering and dying just to speak this TRUTH. One more thing. Abraham was a friend of god. The 144000 are adopted sons of god. That’s why no-one before Crist had this priveledge. He was the first as the bible says. So when the BEAST or the United Nations destroys the HARLOT or The world empire of false religion, and the Bible says to have not part of her if you do not want to share in her plagues. This is something we should be making sure of that we are no part of. This prophecy is starting to happen right now publicly. Maybe you should make sure you are hated by this world too.

  26. September 24th, 2009 at 10:07 | #26

    Am happy that you know the significance of the number 144,000 but quite sure you dont fully appreciate why the bible categorically associate that number with members christ bride.
    If you have chosen you would go to heaven,nobody will argue with you for you have the right to believe anything you want.
    The noise you made about the witnesses belief in your thesis is obviously immaterial and lack substance in all ramification.
    We expect dissenting voices and bitter criticism from people like yourself for Jesus himself was virulently opposed and he said that his true followers will be object of hatred by people of the nations like yourself. But instead of inflicting so much pain and anguish on yourself why not get yourself acquainted with more productive enterprise?

    I pray for Jehovah’s undeserved kindness for you and his grace to be upon you so that you will come back to your senses like the 1st century Apostle Paul.

    Thank you.

  27. Monique W
    September 2nd, 2009 at 04:42 | #27

    I love you all as brothers and sisters and will continue to seek Jehovah always.

  28. Sheila Rae
    July 2nd, 2009 at 18:28 | #28

    “And they will certainly become my people, and I myself shall become theirGod. And I will give them one heart, and one way in order to fear me always for good to them and to their sons after them. And I will conclude with them an indefinitely lasting COVENANT, that I shall not turn back from behind them, for me to do them good, and the fear of me I shall put in their heart in order not to turn aside from me. And I wll exult over them to do them good and I WILL PLANT THEM IN THIS LAND in trueness with all my heart and with all my soul.” Jeremiah 33:38-41

  29. Sheila Rae
    July 2nd, 2009 at 18:06 | #29

    Most of the numbers in Revelation are symbolic. More likely than not, the number 144,000 is a number which represents a much larger number. For example, the 7 spirits of God, is that a literal number or a number which represents a much larger number. The 24 elders sitting around the throne of God, is 24 a literal number or a number which represents a much larger nunber? The Governing Body would say, that these “represents a much larger number.” So why do they say that 144,000 DOESN’T also represent a much larger number?

    The Governing Body taught for many years that 1935 was the year that closed the heavenly door. They now admit that they were wrong. So what makes one believe that they are right about the number 144,000 being a literal number?

    A much closer examination shows that there is no heavenly hope. That is, no ones home is going to be up in heaven. The kingdom COMES to the earth. The expression “heavenly kinggdom” merely means that it is a kingdom which orignates from God and is not a kingdom ‘OF THIS SATANIC REALM’. This is why Jesus said” “my kingdom is not OF THIS WORLD”. It will be a different world, because Satan will no longer be ruling but God will.

    Here is a Scripture which shows that the 144,000 is just a symbolic number:

    “And the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, saying, ‘Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers. As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.’ ” Jeremiah 33:19-22

    And what makes the Governing Body think that the “anointed” will reign FROM HEAVEN? They will reign with Christ ON THE EARTH:

    “And they will certainly become my people, and I myself shall become theirGod. And I will give them one heart, and one way in order to fear me always for good to them and to their sons after them. And I will conclude with them an indefinitely lasting COVENANT, that I shall not turn back from behind them, for me to do them good, and the fear of me I shall put in their heart in order not to turn aside from me. And I wll exult over them to do them good and I WILL PLANT THEM IN THIS LAND in trueness with all my heart and with all my soul.”

    As we know, the Governing Body claims that the NEW COVENANT is only for those who they claims will have THE HEAVENLY HOPE.

    But why does the above Scripture say that Yahweh (Jehovah) will “PLANT THEM IN THIS LAND.”?

    As I said, a deeper Bible study shows that no one will be having their home up in heaven, but mankinds home is right here on the earth.

    “The heavens, even the heavens are the LORDS; but THE EARTH hath He GIVEN TO THE SONS OF MEN.” Psalms 114:16

    Thanks for sharing this video. It just goes to show how Jehovah’s Witnesses are being misled by the leaders of the Jehovah’s Witness Organisation.

    Sheila Rae

    This is the reason why Jesus said at Matthew 5:5: “The meek WILL INHERIT THE EARTH.”

    “But the meek SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.” Psalms 37:11-12

    “Who is the man who fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way he should choose. His soul will abide in prosperity, and his descendants WILL INHERIT THE LAND. The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him AND HE WILL MAKE THEM KNOW HIS COVENANT.” Psalms 25:12-14

    “For evil doers shall be cut off; But those that wait upon the LORD, THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.” Psalms 37:9

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