According to the teaching of the Jehovah's Witnesses, their global evangelical work is the fulfillment of Revelations 7:9 in which the Apostle John says:
After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
The Jehovah's Witnesses in their teaching, claim that the "Great Crowd" in Revelation refers to ordinary members of the Jehovah's Witnesses organization and that they are different from a special select group of "144000" represented in the present world by the leadership of the Jehovah's Witnesses organization referred to in affected modesty as the "discrete slave class." The special class of 144,000, according to the Governing Body of the Jehovah's Witnesses which sets the doctrines and teachings of the group, will rule as spirit beings with Christ in heaven while the "Great Crowd which no man can count" have no hope of going to heaven but will live forever in paradise on earth under the government of Christ and his "spiritual brothers" that is, the 14,000.
According to the Jehovah's Witnesses, Jehovah God has largely completed the gathering of the anointed 144,000 which began with the down-pouring of the holy spirit on Pentecost and members of the Jehovah's Witnesses leadership are the remnant of this specially anointed and privileged group. The present global evangelical work of the Jehovah's Witness is God's program for ingathering of "sheeplike ones" (as distinct from the rest of us "goat-like" ones whom God will destroy in the battle of Armageddon) who will be earthly subjects of God's Kingdom ruling from heaven. Only those who accept the gospel as preached by Jehovah's Witnesses and become part of "Gods visible organization on earth," i.e. the Jehovah's Witnesses, will survive the prophesied Armageddon in which God will destroy all non-Jehovah's witnesses (as it was in the days of Noah so shall it be at Armageddon).
But why is God delaying execution of judgment on us wicked folk for so long? The 1914 Generation which is supposed to see the end of this "wicked system of things" has passed, yet God is withholding his wrath against the stiffnecked majority of humanity who have refused to join themselves to Jehovah and his only true organization on earth.
According to the website Jwfacts.com, the Jehovah's Witnesses leadership quotes 2 Peter 3: 9:
Jehovah is not slow respecting his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with YOU because he does not desire any to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance.
The Jehovah's Witnesses leadership claims that God has in recent times been speeding up the growth of the Watchtower Society to fulfill the ingathering of "sheeplike ones" from all nations, tongues and races, a "Great Crowd" which no man can count and who will survive Armageddon into God's new paradise on earth. (They make this claim even though statistics show that in recent times the rate of growth of the Jehovah's Witnesses organization has slowed down significantly.) Watchtower Magazine, explains:
JEHOVAH is now speeding up the ingathering of sheeplike ones. Surely, then, this is no time for his people to slow down in their Kingdom-preaching and disciple-making work. (Isaiah 60:8, 22; Matthew 24:14; 28:19, 20) ? Indeed, increased witnessing activity by so many more publishers and pioneers is now stirring up the world field. And the momentum of this joyous ingathering will yet grow.?Isaiah 60:11?
A quick calculation by jwfacts.com website shows, however, just how monstrously faulty the Jehovah's Witnesses excuse for God's delaying of Armageddon really is. According to the site, on the average, more than 200,000 people are born worldwide , but the daily increase in Jehovah's witnesses as at 2005 was only 224 persons. This means that for each day Armageddon delays God will have to destroy approximately an extra 200,000 people.
Surely, Jehovah God would do better to speed up Armageddon and get the gory job done rather than delay endlessly!