A PROPHETIC PICTURE
(Investigator 80, 2001
The Mordecai class are Jehovah's Witnesses who joined the sect before 1919 and stayed active after that date. The Esther class are JWs who joined from 1919 to 1935.
Judge Rutherford, the second president of JWs, taught that many Old Testament stories were prophetic "pictures" and had 20th century parallels.
The good guys in
represented JWs or some sub-category among them. The bad guys
such groups as the clergy, Christendom, ex JWs, governments, etc.
MORDECAI AND ESTHER
One "picture" – elaborated in Rutherford's book Preservation (1932) – is the story of Mordecai and Esther.
In the Bible
Jewish girl who
married Ahasuerus the King of Persia. Mordecai was her uncle. Haman was
the King's chief minister who got the King to sign a decree allowing
enemies of the Jews to exterminate them. Haman did not know that Esther
– the King's wife – was a Jew too. The King then issued another decree
permitting the Jews to defend themselves and exterminate those who
to exterminate them.
THE PARALLEL – TWO CLASSES OF "REMNANT"
the Persian King pictured either Jesus or Satan in different parts of
story and Haman pictured the Christian clergy. (Preservation p. 17)
Mordecai in the
the king fitly
pictures that class of faithful servants and followers of Christ who
now in the service of Jehovah…and who were performing service in the
years of the Elijah work of the church, particularly from 1914 to 1919…
Mordecai pictures the faithful followers of Christ in service during the Elijah period of the church's work at the second coming of the Lord in 1914 and who continued faithful thereafter in the Elisha work [commencing 1919] of the church. (Ibid p. 45)
In JW theology only 144,000 go to heaven. These were chosen through the centuries starting in Jesus' time. In the 20th century the last 50,000 of the 144,000 were chosen – all of them JWs. These are the "remaining ones" or "remnant".
introduced yet another
class – the "great multitude" or "great crowd". These are JWs who get
life on Earth. The "harvest" of the remnant ended in 1935, except to
a few unfaithful ones. Then began the gathering of the "great crowd":
As discussed in
the book Life
Everlasting – in
Freedom of the Sons of God, pages 147 to 151, evidence indicates
by 1934 God's attention turned to developing the "great crowd" of
who will survive the coming "great tribulation" to enter into an
New Order and that by that time the number of those called to the
kingdom had reached its full number 144,000. (Rev. 7:9-14; 14:1-3)
it would be expected that thenceforth only as a result of an anointed
proving unfaithful would there be occasion for another person to be
as a replacement. (The
February 15 p. 108)
SLAUGHTER PICTURED ARMAGEDDON
Now back to the
The Jewish slaughter
of their enemies supposedly pictured Armageddon – the destruction of
people other than JWs. The remnant of the 144,000 on Earth won't share
in this slaughter but the ones in heaven will:
MORDECAI CLASS ON EARTH AFTER ARMAGEDDON
After the Jews
in the Persian Empire they – including Mordecai and Esther – celebrated
a festival. Similarly with the remnant – the Mordecai and Esther
Of course the remnant on Earth after Armageddon could mean the Esther class – 1919-1935. Rutherford is vague on this. But for the parallel to hold we'd expect people from both classes of remnant to survive Armageddon – because both Mordecai and Esther were around after the slaughter of the Jews' enemies. JW writers after Rutherford agree with our expectation:
In 1969 the
of whom we're informed:
Frederick W Franz (1893-1992), the fourth president of JWs, was baptized in 1913 – hence of the Mordecai class. When Franz died, aged 99, he was among the last of the Mordecai class – and Armageddon had not come.
ESTHER CLASS – MAINLY FRAUDS
year JWs hold
the "Memorial" of
Christ's death. The remnant take of the bread and wine and are called
The majority of people who attend – JWs of the "great crowd" and the
public – look on as observers or "non partakers".
the remnant has decreased:
Remember, the door to heaven closed in 1935 except to replace a small number of unfaithful ones.
If we assume the average age of JWs in 1935 was 30, then the average age of the remnant would now – 66 years later – be about 96. The proportion of people who reach 96 is under 1%. Hence the 52,465 partakers of 1935 should be down to about 500 – even if a few unfaithful were replaced.
Therefore, even if we accept the JW interpretation that Mordecai and Esther pictured JWs selected by 1935 to go to heaven, it follows that most of the current claimants for heaven are frauds.