It doesn't surprise me that some/many thought it was coming.My MiL seemed a bit depressed that the Rapture didn't come on time as the Witlesses had predicted. After all, how can the holy writ of the Bible be anything but the infallible word of god. I think she was hacked off that god hadn't shown up and smited the unbelieving.
The 144,000 that go to heaven are the 'governors'; like the bosses; think world parliament kind of thing.I asked her why the JWs spent so much time and effort on Pioneer work (i.e ringing peoples doorbells and pissing them off) when only 144,000 will go to heaven. What happens if they get a new recruit and as there are more than that number around the world how do they work out who gets to sit with the big fella.
I never did get a convincing answer. As best I could ascertain all the dead people rise from their graves and live for all eternity on a paradisiacal Earth. So all beer and skittles for the 144K sat upstairs with god and zombie apocalypse down here.
Something to look forward to I suppose.
The rest live on Paradise Earth.
A good JW would be to sit down, with a Bible, and explain it all to you using the scripture to back up what they say. I've a friend who is an ex-JW and a bible expert. While he was one his wife (a 2nd gen JW) was banging her dentist boss and she later ran off with an ex-squaddie who was doing some security job in Iraq.
He's now remarried (a divorcee). I don't know the ins/outs, but I think because his wife had an affair, the JWs would see him as single, but they would not accept his wife as HIS wife because she's still married to the previous bloke in God's eyes.
Or something daft like that.