The servant Russell – The Watchtower 12/1/1916 p. 372 – Rejoicing in our Pastors Victory
I deem it a privilege and an honor on this occasion to offer a tribute of love and esteem in memory of our departed Brother and Pastor… Eminently chosen of the Lord to serve the “Household of Faith with meat in due season,” and elsewhere (Ezekiel 9:2,11) described as the “man in linen with the writer’s ink horn at his side,” HE HAS DONE AS HE WAS COMMANDED, finished the work given him to do.
The ‘servant’ class – Vindication (1931)
p. 105 – The “servant” class, pictured by the man with the writing material and clothed in linen, must go through the midst of Christendom… These words of Jesus serve to further identify the man clothed in linen with the writer’s inkhorn by his side, and definitely show that he represented the “servant” class.
p.109 – The work of the “servant” class, pictured by the man in linen and with the writer’s inkhorn, is therefore clearly and definitely marked out.
The Remnant – The Watchtower 11/15/1952 p. 678 – Marking Those Who Sigh and Cry
In times past it was thought that the man in linen with the writer’s inkhorn by his side pictured a certain individual in modern times [C.T. Russell]. Such would be attaching too much importance to a man and would savor of creature worship. Rather, all the facts indicate that this man in linen with a writer’s inkhorn by his side pictures or represents the body of faithful anointed Christians working as a unit for the accomplishment of Jehovah’s purposes in the earth, and who are working together under divine direction as the “faithful and discreet slave”.
The Remnant – The Watchtower 1/15/1972 pp. 47-48 par. 26 – Has the King’s Secretary Called on You Recently?
“Not just the name, but the work carried out by them since then proves that this anointed remnant of Christian witnesses of the Most High God are unmistakably the twentieth-century fulfillment of the man ‘clothed with linen, with a secretary’s inkhorn.'”
Anointed and non-anointed – The Watchtower 9/15/1988 p. 14 par. 18 Listen—Jehovah’s Watchman Speaks!
The antitypical ‘man in linen’ is the class of anointed Christians. They go from house to house to put a symbolic mark on those who become part of the “great crowd” of Christ’s “other sheep.” The “mark” is the evidence that such sheep are dedicated, baptized individuals with a Christlike personality. Their “mark” will make it plain to God’s executional forces that they should be spared during the “great tribulation.” They can retain that “mark” by sharing with the anointed ones in marking yet others. So, if you have been ‘marked,’ share zealously in the ‘marking’ work.
The Remnant – The Watchtower 1/1/2000 p. 12 par. 3 – “The Little One” Has Become “a Thousand”
In a fine explanation of Ezekiel 9:1-11, [w91 9/1] showed that the man with the writer’s inkhorn mentioned in those verses represents the anointed remnant
Jesus, the angels, Jehovah – 2015 Annual General Meeting Geoffrey Jackson Talk: “The Mark For Survival”
“Faithful Christians today have not yet received that mark.”
“Who decides whether someone is a sheep or a goat? It’s Jesus Christ… Jesus is the one who makes this determination… Additionally, looking at our adjusted understanding of the parable of the sheep and goats we realize the time frame. Not now, but during the Great Tribulation.”
“Jehovah’s people today do not mark those who will survive, just the same as in Ezekiels time.”
“Jesus Christ and the angels will, in effect, be putting marks on the foreheads of those who will survive.”
“Jehovah and Jesus will select those who truly should survive the Great Tribulation.”