Number of Memorial Partakers increasing rapidly
144,000 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.
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