How many anointed were there in the first century?

The Watchtower study for 30 march to 5 april 2020 talks about the anointed and in paragraph 14 it says something interesting about the first century Christians.

The Watchtower says that in the first century all Christians were anointed. This is interesting because the place where we get the number 144.000 is in the book of Revelation. It was written by the end of the first century. And according to scholars, by that time there were already around 500.000 Christians.

So if the Watchtower is correct and all first century Christians were anointed, the 144.000 anointed were already fulfilled 3 and a half times over by the time the number is even mentioned in Revelation. So either the Watchtower is wrong about all Christians being anointed, or they are wrong about only 144.000 being anointed.

Find out if you are anointed by taking this simple quiz.

Every knee will bend

If you do a search for “knee” and “bend” in the NWT Bible, you get three results from Isaiah, Romans and Philippians. Let’s see the first one:

Isaiah 45:23 By myself I have sworn; The word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness, And it will not return: To me every knee will bend, Every tongue will swear loyalty

If you look at the context this chapter talks about Jehovah. Every knee will bend and every mouth will acknowledge him. So far so good. Let’s see the next one:

Romans 14:11 For it is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says Jehovah, ‘to me every knee will bend, and every tongue will make open acknowledgment to God.’”

Romans obviously quite or paraphrase Isaiah here. It says that every knee will bend and every tongue acknowledge him. Who is he? Here the NWT alters God’s word by adding “Jehovah” where the manuscripts say “Lord”. Ironically trying to sneak in Jehovah here only makes things worse when we have a look at the third scripture:

Philippians 2:9-11 – For this very reason, God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name, 10 so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend—of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground—11 and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

So Philippians shows that inserting “Jehovah” in Romans was a dumb idea, because here it reveals before which name every knee shall bend and every tongue acknowledge: Jesus.

So the one whom every knee will bend before and whom every tongue shall acknowledge is Jesus. And as we read in Isaiah the same one is called Jehovah. This shows that Jesus is Jehovah if the Old Testament. Jesus just means “Jehovah saves”. This also explains why the name Jehovah has no place in the New Testament and why scriptures like Romans 14:11 are mistranslated in the NWT.

After all, Jesus is the name above every other name, including the name “Jehovah”. So if you put the name of Jehovah as the primary importance, you’re not honoring God the proper way, by giving glory to Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 3:16,17 – The sufficiency of the Bible

2 Timothy 3:16,17 — All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.

You know it, I know it, you’ve used it a billion times. But have you ever thought about what it means when it comes to how you should read your Bible?

The Watchtower has long claimed that without their literature there is no way for people to understand the Bible. Even Russell wrote:

if he then lays [The Studies in the Scriptures] aside and ignores them and goes to the Bible alone, though he has understood his Bible for ten years, our experience shows that within two years he goes into darkness.

So the question is, can we understand the Bible ourselves, or do we need someone to interpret it for us?

Think of the wording of 2 Timothy 3:16,17. “All Scripture is inspired of God”. All of it. This is in stark contrast to what the Watchtower says about the spiritual guidance of the Governing Body, that it’s “neither inspired nor infallible”. So which one is the wisest to trust?

After listing the benefits, verse 17 goes on to say why the scripture is inspired by God. “so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.” God inspired the Bible so that reading it, and it alone, we will be fully competent and completely equipped.

What does fully and completely mean?

They mean that there is nothing else to add. In other words, the Bible contains all the information we need.

But what if there’s something we don’t understand?

We sometimes need help to understand the Bible. Jesus knew this, but did he tell us to “Look it up in the Insight book” or “Search the library for an article from the Watchtower about it”?

No, this is what he said:

John 16:13 — However, when that one comes, the spirit of the truth, **he will guide you into all the truth**, for he will not speak of his own initiative, but what he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things to come.

Our Helper, the Holy Spirit is the one who will guide us into all the truth. Not the Watchtower. The Holy Spirit. And God has promised to give Holy Spirit to everyone who asks for it.

John further underscores this in his first letter:

1 John 2:27 — And as for you, the anointing that you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to be teaching you; but the anointing from him is teaching you about all things and is true and is no lie. Just as it has taught you, remain in union with him.

(If you think that you’re not anointed by Holy Spirit then take this simple test and find out. The answer might surprise you.)

Is there other help?

I’m glad you asked. There are many many excellent concordances, dictionaries and Bible commentaries with which you can do research and see what scholars say about different passages. But remember that you should never trust any human completely in their interpretations of the Bible, just as you should not trust the Watchtower’s interpretation without checking with other sources.

Especially considering that the Watchtower Society is notoriously uneducated. They basically have no scholars of their own but rely heavily on cherry picking Christendom’s scholarly research.

For example, the reason why the NWT translation committee wanted to stay anonymous is because of their lack of education. Only one of them had even a rudimentary understanding of Greek, the rest, none. They basically just copy-pasted other English works and added, removed and changed words to fit their doctrine.

The Bible tells us

1 John 4:1 — Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired statement, but test the inspired statements to see whether they originate with God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

The Bible commands you to not trust the Watchtower but to test their statements to see whether they are false prophets or not.

So read only the Bible, let the Holy Spirit guide you, look up words and context you need to understand. But if you want to see what other humans have said about it, compare many scholars and be sure to not put your complete trust in any particular interpretation, but let Holy Spirit guide you.