B J Kotwall
(Investigator No. 60 1998 May)
In the past the Watchtower Society (WTS) claimed that the "glorious ones" in 2 Peter 2:10-12 and Jude 8 are of the "anointed" or "144,000" or "remnant" of such.
Recently this changed and the "glorious ones" are now the Jehovah’s Witness (JW) elders. (Note some Bibles translate the Greek doxa, as "celestial beings" or "dignities" instead of "glorious ones".)
In the New
Translation of the
Scriptures (1984) the two verses say:
In like manner,
too, indulging in dreams, are defiling the flesh and disregarding
and speaking abusively of glorious ones. Jude 8
and speaking abusively of
glorious ones," evidently maligning such
individuals as anointed Christian overseers who had
glory conferred upon them. (Jude 3, 4, 8)
Watchtower 92 November 15 p. 22
Michael, who would
even bring a judgment against the Devil in abusive terms, the ungodly
spoke abusively of "glorious ones," evidently those with certain
glory conferred upon them by God and Christ as anointed elders.
Let us not show disrespect for God-given authority!
Watchtower 91 April 15 p. 31
Surely, we do
not want to
be like the
men" of Jude's day who disregarded lordship and spoke abusively of glorious
Christian elders with God-given glory, or honor,
conferred upon them. –
Jude 3, 4, 8.
Watchtower 89 September 15 p.22
So now all JW elders in the WTS are "divinely constituted authority". They represent "Jehovah and Jesus" on earth; they are the "glorious ones" and other JWs are required to "tremble" at them!
No explanation for the change is provided in The Watchtower of September 1.
Some ex JWs I spoke to think that due to the dwindling ranks (by last WTS’s count 8757 persons) of the "anointed" the WTS is now grooming the elders of the "other sheep" class to take up the mantle of the "anointed".