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Increase in Emblem Partakers at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Memorial

Submitted by Jaymes on April 5, 2012 - 1:10 pm 26 Comments
Jehovah's Witnesses Memorial Invitation 2012

Thanks to 3Mozzies for the Image

When I was a child, my parents always made a big deal of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Memorial of Christs Death. As we drove to the Kingdom Hall, my father would say, every year without fail, “You know what? This could be the very last memorial we ever go to. The new system is so close!”

How were we supposed to know that the end was nigh? Because the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society taught that when Armageddon arrived, there would still be some of the 144,000 anointed people left on Earth. “The Generation that will by no means pass away,” they said.

As most of the anointed were very old and dying, the number of anointed left on earth was dwindling. At the memorial, only the anointed are to partake of the bread and wine, thus giving everybody an update on how many of them had floated up to heaven over the past year and left us one death closer to the great day of Armageddon.

But if Jehovah’s Witness doctrine is to be believed, each year that passes means that the end is getting even further away. How? Because each year, the number of people partaking of the emblems is increasing:

Year
Partakers
2000
8,661
2001
8,730
2002
8,760
2003
8,565
2004
8,570
2005
8,524
2006
8,758
2007
9,105
2008
9,986
2009
10,857
2010
11,202
2011
11,824

Of course, the Watchtower caught onto this fact, saw that we’re nearly 100 years on since 1914 (or over 75 years if you believe the anointed had all been chosen by 1935, as they also taught)  and saw they were in a little bit of a pickle. All of the anointed were dead or old and dying. At best, they had a few more years.

They obviously needed to redefine what “generation” meant. So they did! Now, the “generation” that will by no means pass away includes any other people who lived during the time of the anointed themselves. So if the last anointed person died today, a child born today would be part of the same generation.

It’s always funny when the Jehovah’s Witnesses try to redefine what words mean, but you have to admit that this one is a classic, and a stretch. I don’t consider my children to be from the same generation as me and I am sure none of you would either. The rank and file Jehovah’s Witness soaked up the new definition as the Governing Body rubbed their hands together in glee at having bought themselves another hundred or so years of “last days” to work from.

There are other reasons why the emblem partakers is rising, according to the Watchtower 2011 Aug 15 p.22:

Does this total represent the number of anointed ones on earth? Not necessarily. A number of factors — including past religious beliefs or even mental or emotional imbalance — might cause some to assume mistakenly that they have the heavenly calling. We thus have no way of knowing the exact number of anointed ones on earth; nor do we need to know.

Oh my! Some who take the emblems must have a mental imbalance, so say the Governing Body – a group of anointed who partake of the emblems every year… And if they don’t need to know how many people partake, why do they keep a record?!

Before I go, let me just leave you with this quote from the Watchtower Feb 15 2009, par.14 on p.27-28. Being as the statistics above come from their own published reports, it makes this lie a really special gem:

…the number of anointed ones on the earth has decreased over the decades…

So, if you are going to the memorial today, take a good look at the children and the senior citizens and remember that they are all part of your generation. Also, when the 2012 stats come out about how many people partook of the emblems (remember you read it here first), notice that the number of anointed will have increased yet again.

  • Ken

    The sad fact of the matter is that simply too many people within the JW organization feel trapped and have been taught that everyone outside of their religion is “worldly” and part of Satan’s system of things, they do not know where to go for help. They could not be further from the truth, not everyone outside of their organization is going to die because they aren’t a Jehovah’s Witness. The last time I checked the scriptures refer to Jesus in the Bible as a “friend of sinners,” even he recognized the need to become active and involved in the world of his time. The last time I also checked, “worldly” is not even mentioned in the Bible. I was a JW for twenty years and I am so thankful for having left the organization. After many years of wandering I have become spiritually satisfied, graduated from seminary and I am a Christian. The bottom line is that there are many people of all different religious and ethnic backgrounds who find favor in the eyes of God. It is not up to us as individuals to judge a person and say that he or she is not going to find favor with the Lord, that is for the Lord himself to judge. God loves you and the real “Truth” will indeed set you free. I welcome any emails from individuals who need help at breaking away from this organization and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. adenkenneth@gmail.com

    With Humble Blessings.
    Ken
    Northwestern Seminary

  • Jennifer

    Are you serious!!?? I have been waiting for this (although I am a bit late to the news)! I left in 2004 and have been wondering how they are going to get around the whole”this generation will by no means pass away” line. Well, I was hoping it would crumble the foundation of the religion and people like my mother, who is incredibly faithful and is getting older–I’d really like for her to experience REAL life before old age catches up with her, and she dies a JW, separated from her daughters and grandchildren (she separates herself)–, would be released from the society’s lies. OF COURSE they found a way around it!!! How blatantly deceitful!! It makes me both sick and sad….That is some “corner” they have!

  • Merri-Ella

    oh my i would imagine many, many, many

  • Spankfish

    @Macdonald-R.S.A – I know this is an old post, but If you get it come over to Facebook and join us on Ex-Jehovah’s Witness Recovery Group 3! There are several gay memebers who may help you, plus ome ex-elders and a bunch of really nice people. Hope to see you there!

  • Loudog44

    wow…i am not alone! As a kid growing up in the 60’s the whole JW thing was really getting revved up for the big 1975 blow out. and as we all know nothing happened. except a third of the group “falling way” from the “truth” I am here to say that the scars of that group of folks run deep with me. Both my mom and and brother still remain and i am basically an outcast. Question for the ex-JWs one of my lasting effects of being forced into that nonsense was while most normal kids were having birthdays, xmas etc and having their brains hardwired to enjoy such events those of us who were JW kids did not. Does anyone else kind of feel no real joy in holidays? my wife gets all happy at xmas and hates that i could care less. Not because dont want to…i just dont know how? i am 35 years out of that mess and still don’t get the holiday spirit and really have to fake it pretty hard for those around me.

  • johnny

    About 20 yrs ago the wts biggest enemy was satan now its the internet

  • http://www.JehovahsWitnessBlog.com Andrew

    @Jehovahs Defender – Three comments on one post, and none of them make sense. The Watchtower are actually a lot like the Catholic Church you accuse of not being gods people. Just check out the latest news about the Jehovah’s Witnesses Child Abuse scandal – http://www.jehovahswitnessblog.com/jehovahs-witness-leadership/jehovahs-witnesses-child-abuse/

  • jehovahs defender

    who is the more knowledgeable the one who thus not read the bible like chatolics or the one who read and understand the bible prophecys and knows god name …? like JW

  • jehovahs defender

    well … psalms says: those wicked ones will be vanish in earth ..
    and the revelation 21:1 said that there will be a new earth and heaven then … those wicked one will be vanish and will Jehovah destroyed them ..

  • jehovahs defender

    Don`t u know what happen to you when you destruct the name of Jehovah, and put his name in to embarassment?
    now i`ll tell u …
    psalms 37:10-11 .. who are the destructer of ones own bodily movement is a satans group…

  • http://www.JehovahsWitnessBlog.com Teeny

    @Macdonald-R.S.A.

    Drive safely. It would be best to pull over and comment.

    I see you’re in Bahadurgarh now. Quite a way away from South Africa now. Are you travelling?

    Also, I can tell you that Satan isn’t behind this blog. From what I’ve seen, he pays quite well. If he is behind JWB, I’ve not seen a cent!

    If you haven’t read this article yet, I advise that you do – http://www.jehovahswitnessblog.com/jehovahs-witness-beliefs/gay-jehovahs-witness-victims/.

    We’re here to help you, so feel free to email us (when you’re not driving). I personally wouldn’t confide in the elders. What do they know? What training have they been given? Find out all you can about this cult and then make your move.

    Regards,
    Teeny

  • http://jehovahswitnessblog.com Macdonald-R.S.A

    excuse the missing Letters and words im typing while driving

  • http://jehovahswitnessblog.com Macdonald-R.S.A

    i realy dont know what to say real i dnt know whether to call it been brainwashed or maybe satan is realing using you i dont know im also kinda having doubts about JW ORGANSATION,im from Jw family i got baptisd 2005 im from SOUTH AFRICA i just came across ur blog on the net while trying do research about my secret that im living with IM GAY but scared to tell the elders theres alot of things or info i came across that finaly got me thinking n doubting whether this is a true religion because some of the thing i came across was about the translation of the big black book that it was translated in order to suit the organsation and also that the people who did the translation were not even qualified to translate and didnt even know the ancient languages i dont know if i should get out because my conscience still acting strongly and me being gay makes my life a living hell i wish i was never even born i even consider suicide and i still do im put on a smile when i go to meetings pretend as if all is fine and im happy but im not im scare to be disowned and diswhorshiped

  • http://www.JehovahsWitnessBlog.com Ben

    @Donnie – I don’t understand. In fact, it’s something I never understand – when someone rejects the Witnesses because they see through their false beliefs, but then cling on to some kind of off-shoot. It makes no sense as you can disprove both viewpoints with the same logic…

    Ben

  • http://facebook Donnie Allen

    I was baptized on December 25,1971 as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I soon now will be 56 years old. I studied and researched deeply as a Christian member. Wherever I am I still feel my connection with the new birth. When I was disfellowshipped in 1996,the judicial committee even brought up my personal belief of a heavenly calling. They countered it with “mental imbalance” as I had had problems I later found out were no doubt genetic from both sides of my family and that I did not have that hope. Doctors had me misdiagnosed and on the wrong medications for 11 years from 1973-84. I felt like a “guinea pig” with the hell I went through but survived. OMG I thought who do these men think they are? I am glad the hope and new birth does NOT come from men or we would all be in a pickle. Peace and love to you all.

  • http://www.JehovahsWitnessBlog.com Ben

    Hi Jilly! Welcome to Jehovah’s Witness Blog. Thanks for the compliments – both Teeny and I are happy that you enjoy our posts.

    I have family members who are still Jehovah’s Witnesses which is very frustrating because I’ve tried no end to tell them how it is, but, as you say, they are brainwashed and use illogical arguments. I hope that some of your family members will wake up, but even if not, you can be happy that you are free – I for one can’t go a single day without appreciating how great it feels not to be in the cult. It really made a huge difference in my life and general happiness.

    Ben

  • jilly

    Great blog, I’ve been ‘out and proud’ for 6 years now, and don’t think a great deal about it anymore, but I much prefer the rational reasoned approach of your writing. If only they weren’t so brain washed, however as I used to be one of them and totally believed it at the time I know how it feels. Every one of my family members are still JWs, I wonder how long before they start to question!

  • http://www.JehovahsWitnessBlog.com Teeny

    @Rowland,

    Cheers for the compliment mate.

    Expect the 144,000 number to become symbolic any time soon.

    Regards,
    Teeny

  • http://www.JehovahsWitnessBlog.com Ben

    @Rowland Thanks for your kind comments about Jehovah’s Witness Blog. You are absolutely right that the internet has been a major problem for the Watchtower. Information is so freely available that anyone can find out the truth about the JWs and the UN, or lies they have made. It’s also easy to check their quotes and see how they omit important bits. That is why they have so many rules about staying clear of ‘apostate’ sources, even if those sources are correct.

    I think there are many, many Jehovah’s Witnesses in the cult who are stuck there because, well, it’s a cult. Fear of losing family and friends, support and being shunned as ‘mentally diseased’ people keep many in. It certainly slowed down my exit. How old were you when you got out, and what woke you up? I’d be very interested to hear your story.

    Regards,

    Ben

  • Rowland Nelken

    How many Kingdom Hall attenders, do you think, no longer believe all the JW hogwash, but merely attend for family or other personal reasons?

  • Rowland Nelken

    Ex and anti JW stuff on the net far outweighs the official bullshit, both in quantity and quality. The WBTS cannot cope with the interactive internet age. This excellent blog can only help the decline of the cult. As a JW kid in the 1950s it was the absolute Jehovah issued TRUTH that Armageddon was due before the death of the last annointed ones (qualifying date for admission, a pre 1914 JW baptism).

  • Guy Barton

    You Have Spoken The Truth ! My Life Was Ruined By This Cult ! Evil People ! From Satan !

  • http://www.JehovahsWitnessBlog.com Ben

    @Steven: That’s a shame they won’t publish the statistics, though here’s hoping that it wakes some of the Witnesses up.
    @Fora: Thanks for the comment!
    @Sampson: So glad you like the site and it helps you get through the week. Tell your sister to tell her friends about JWB!

    Also, go and ‘Like’ the JWB facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/JehovahsWitnessBlog

    Regards,

    Ben

  • Sampson amens

    Great article fellas. Keep up the good work. I have to go unfortunately, as I am apparently still a practising witness. It such a long hour though. I wish they would just pass around those emblems and allow us to go home!

    Thanks for all the funny articles. You make my week. I’ve shown them to my sister too and she’s secretly started to read through your website.

    Praise Jah!

  • Fora Reilly

    That picture is hilarious! Well done 3Mozzies!

    My parents also told us the exact same thing – that this would be our last memorial. That was in 1988.

  • Steven Verilenko

    I think they won’t be publishing the partaker figures this year. I know many in my hall that questioned the elders about this and from what I read, Witnesses from all over the world have been raising questions about this.