The 144,000 (or those on the earth) are not the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Originally Posted by Ruminator
At Hebrews 13:17, Paul wrote: Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. (KJV)
The Greek rendered "rule over you" has the meaning "steer a ship, direct, govern"
This is what the group of Christians in Jerusalem did as recorded at Acts 15:1-29. So not all of the 144,000 on the earth at that time were members of the Governing Body, and they aren't today.
“Can we conceive of a greater incongruity, than for a Christian to go from his closet, where he has been praying for his enemies, and command his troops to plunge the weapons of death with fiend like fury, into the hearts of those very enemies? In the one case, he happily resembles his dying Master; but whom does he resemble in the other? Jesus prayed for his murderers. Christians murder those for whom they pray.” - Henry Grew, 1828