QUESTION: An article in the January, 2016, Watchtower, on paragraph 14, states that the Bible does not say how many of the anointed will be left at the time that the tribulation begins. However, I have understood from previous podcasts and articles of yours that there will be 7000. I take it this means that the Bible does not state how many will be there when the great tribulation begins, but it does state how many will be there at the end of the tribulation and just prior to Armageddon. If that is so, will those extra ones that die before the end of the GT die a martyr’s death? Also, can you explain or point out to me your reasoning for coming up with the 7000? What scriptures talk about this?
There are many things that the leadership of the Watchtower does not understand or accept. The numbering of the 7,000 remaining ones is just one of many sacred secrets that Jehovah has seen fit to conceal from them. Of course, Jehovah does not actively close their minds. The reason they are in the dark on such matters as these is because of their having been deluded by their own 1914 dogma.
Organizations have a tendency to take on a life all their own, and not necessarily in a good way. And that has certainly been the case with the Watchtower organization.
As all of Jehovah’s Witnesses know the central teaching of the Watchtower is that the Lord’s day has begun. The Society has unabashedly declared that the sacred secret of God was brought to a glorious and magnificent conclusion in 1914. That is when the seals of the symbolic scroll of Revelation were all unsealed, purportedly. Virtually everything in Revelation has been fulfilled already except for the destruction of Babylon the Great and Armageddon, at least according to Bethel. Jehovah’s Witnesses have been convinced that the seven angels have blown their trumpets and the seven plagues have been poured out, or at least six. Does it even matter what those plagues may have been? I doubt if 1 out of 1,000 of Jehovah’s Witnesses could even explain it.
Essentially, the Watchtower has rendered the awe-inspiring revelation of Christ into a non-event and Jehovah’s Witnesses have no recourse except to accept it.
But as regards the 7,000, the 11th chapter of Revelation reveals the number of the remaining ones who belong to the “city” who are killed along with the two witnesses. Here is what Revelation states: “In that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; and 7,000 persons were killed by the earthquake, and the rest became frightened and gave glory to the God of heaven.”
To situate this event in God’s timeline it is advisable to consider the entire chapter. In the opening verses of the 11th chapter we are informed that the events that unfold are during the 42-months when the nations are allowed to dominate the holy city and the temple. That period, also expressed as 1,260 days and time, times and half a time, commences after the beast arises from the abyss. In other words, after the system recovers from its crash.
Contrary to what Jehovah’s Witnesses have been compelled to believe, to-date there is nothing in modern history that we can point to as proof that the Anglo-American empire has suffered anything comparable to a mortal wound, much less a miraculous recovery —as if returning from the grave.