The Governing Body Experiment—1944 to Present
Governing Body 1976
The “Governing Body” coup of 1976 is a purposeful development utilizing the 1944 introduction of the “governing body” idea (among JWs). The “idea” is that Acts 15 describes a “governing body” in some sort of supreme authority and perpetuity, which idea is actually originally from Christendom, which self-same “rule by committee” concept and entity also played a guiding role in how that ship went well off course.
And if we notice in Acts 15, a “body” is not mentioned at all. In fact the SEPARATE entities of the emergency meeting were listed as apostles, older men, and even the “congregation” was involved in the decision:
(Acts 15:2) But when there had occurred no little dissension and disputing by Paul and Barnabas with them, they arranged for Paul and Barnabas and some others of them to go up to the apostles and older men in Jerusalem regarding this dispute.
(Acts 15:22) Then the apostles and the older men together with the whole congregation favored…
Now the point is the “itemized” “attendance list” was to established so that a “body” was NOT to be the outcome of this one time only meeting. No “body” is mentioned whatsoever, in fact the opposite, the authoritative components of the emergency session are listed, one by one, not a “body”. The idea of a body is superimposed later.
Even Christendom clerics of the Protestant bend, have also noted this distinction:
Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers (Acts 15:1-4)
“The reference of the question to the “Apostles and elders” is in many ways important. (1) As against the dogmatic system of the Church of Rome.”
And so the point is, while some used that distinction to argue against the Papal “body”, in time Christendom adopted this same “governing body” “synod” technique of ministerial control and eventual subversion as well, also using Acts 15 to do so, long before the WTBTS “board of directors” latest version of 1976:
Pulpit Commentary (Acts 15:2)
“”The apostles and elders. This phrase marks the constitution of the governing part of the Church of Jerusalem.””
Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (Acts 15:2)
“”These with the elders appear now as the governing body of the infant church.””
The term “governing body” has only been used by the WTBTS since 1944.
1944— [[“governing body”]] Idea
Now we know what brother Rutherford thought about “board of directors” attempted takeovers since 1917:
***Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Divine Purpose (1959); pp. 70-71***
“”There he persisted in his efforts to persuade Rutherford to send him back to England so that he might make his position more secure. When Brother Rutherford refused, he sought assistance from the board of directors and finally persuaded four members to side with him in this issue by making it appear that Brother Rutherford was unfit to serve as president of the Society. Since the board of directors consisted of only seven men, this meant that now the majority of the board of directors had gone in opposition to President Rutherford, Vice-President Pierson and Secretary-Treasurer Van Amburgh. This put the officers of the Society on one side of the issue and the directors who were trying to wrest administrative control from the president on the other side.
TOM: How did they expect to do that?
JOHN: Their idea was to make the president’s position secondary to the board of directors and limit his authority to that of an adviser. That would have meant making a change in the corporation’s bylaws, and since it was a complete departure from the provisions of the original charter it warned of serious trouble ahead.
Throughout the entire administration of Pastor Russell, the president and the other officers of the Society had been the ones to decide on new publications; the board of directors, as a body, was not consulted. Brother Rutherford continued this same policy as he took up the new administration. “”
So the point is it is very interesting the “governing body” idea, to cloak the WTBTS “board of directors”, resurfaced in 1944 AFTER Rutherford died on January 8, 1942:
*** w71 12/15 pp. 755-756 A Governing Body as Different from a Legal Corporation ***
“”The official magazine of Jehovah’s Christian witnesses is The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom. In the year 1944 the Watchtower magazine began to speak about the governing body of the Christian congregation.””
And by 1971 they even “lifted up” the capitalization of their self-glorified title to “Governing Body”:
“”The Watchtower of December 15, 1971 was the first to unambiguously capitalize the term “Governing Body of Jehovah’s witnesses” as the defined group leading the religion, with a series of articles explaining its role and its relationship with the Watch Tower Society.””
And from that first 1971 “GB Title” “lift up” (2Thess2:3-4) the Governing Body error fully ” slipped in” (Jude4) AFTER Rutherford had died. At one time the “legal servant body” was the whole WTBTS corporation, no mention of Acts 15:
Let God Be True 1946
“”In 1884 the legal servant body of this international association was incorporated under Pennsylvania law. That non-profit corporation, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, and the governing body of Jehovah’s witnesses have been inseparably associated ever since.“”
See how they just slip it all in, as if it was all always there since 1884 (and back to Acts 15), in the then non-existent “governing body”, by such smooth association?
“… and the governing body of Jehovah’s witnesses have been inseparably associated ever since” 
(And this in 1944-1946 two to four years AFTER Rutherford died?)
1976—Governing Body Coup
And yet that whole GB concept and entity, “slipped in” in 1944, is well before the Bethel coup stunt they pulled off in the 1976 WTBTS takeover of the JW ministry by takeover of corporate Bethel, to be run by a dictatorial “Governing Body” as if present since 1884, as if present since the first century in Acts 15 already common superimposition.
So by the time of the 1976 Governing Body total power coup, Fred Franz had this to say:
“”The vice president said he too thought the two organizations were going to run parallel (per-haps like Antioch and Jerusalem?) and said: “I never had in mind what the Governing Body wants to do now.” [(in being a collective dictatorship)]
Fred Franz: “”…went on to say that he had not been in favor of the [(GB)] change then and that from that point forward he had “just been watching” to see what would result.”” (Crisis of Conscience; Ch. 4)
Which more than implies, along with Fred Franz and Nathan Knorr advising AGAINST such a GB dictatorial scheme, that Fred had a suspicion about the Governing Body dictatorship.
And now, approximately 40 years after the coup of 1976, (approximately 1/3 of the whole post 1914 Jehovah’s witnesses ministry (Rev8:12)), we are starting to see why Fred Franz was not comfortable with that dictatorial GB decision, he was “just watching” to see what that experimental GB ” time bomb” would blow up into.
As Geoffrey Jackson stated to the Australian Royal Commission inquiry into child abuse polices in the WTBTS:
“”But even people who fly aeroplanes realise you can’t fly an aeroplane by committee, there has to be a pilot and a copilot. “”
And you cannot fly an anointed Christian ministry “by committee” either, as the leaderless and apostate GB has now hit the mountain.
The “Governing Body” Rule By Committee” is an Experiment
But the point is, an error in the Governing Body concept and entity is the problem since 1944- 1976 , not the entire formerly valid and clean ministry of Jehovah’s witnesses and the anointed Christians  that were using that visible earthly ministerial vessel for the foretold final global witnessing campaign. (Rev8-11, twice )
God is using Caesar “superior authorities” to just begin to expose some of the other major problems (1Pet4:15-17) with this Governing Body and its lopsided and over extended [private corporate] “judicial system”, which now disobeys both God and men, goes well BEYOND “the things that are written”, and is near removal by God (Zech3:4-5).
And this is because it will not reform nor make full disclosure, on its own, the Governing Body development, 1944-1976 to present regime, IS AN EXPERIMENT. An [[experiment]] in ministerial management by committee, that has FAILED, and it is not Biblical to begin with.
God allowed the error to develop, for greater future purposes.
The “Governing Body” is the entity that has now guided the post 1969 Christian ministry of Jehovah’s witnesses totally off course , as they even became a member of the ‘ United Nation of Non-Kingdom Organizations’ as UN NGO UN sponsors (rather than tell JWs and the world that that 3rd UN presentation of 1990 is ALSO a prophecy at Daniel 11:31b; Daniel 8:23).
JW “The End” Hoax
But as stated at other times here, this actually evil “set in opposition” GB entity (Dan11:32a), OBVIOUSLY 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 “lifting themselves over every one” in the global-congregation of Jehovah’s witnesses, can also use that 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 premature end delusion “to the effect the day of Jehovah is here” too soon, to smokescreen the real reason for the coming Bethel downfall (1Pet4:17; Dan11:41; Dan8:13-14), for divine disapproval (Zech3:1-5; Dan8:11-13), NOT “the end” as JWs are expecting TOO SOON.
They use the USSR retained error as well, to bypass all this prophecy , and to keep JWs in premature expectation of “the end” way too soon.
So this is NO WAY just a random disaster all “falling into place” at this time, AND COMING TO LIGHT ALL AT ONCE, as in the Australian Royal Commission, as far as globally-examining REAL Bethel problems and liabilities.
This is final, signal, apostasy at Bethel, as foretold in the same prophecies they now divert, >>by recent error<<, that can be proven to be error in light of that 1990 3rd UN presentation, and its concealment as to prophecy. PAY ATTENTION, please consider this whole rationale for later, because this anti-JW-org development will get worse in the near future. (And as it does, many JWs will think it is “the end”, but well too soon of prophecy reality. )
In REALITY the King North progress in 3rd UN manifestation (1990), AND the [modern] Bethel apostasy, CO-DEVELOP in prophecy and these events just outlined above, simultaneously and parallel. 
1944: The Governing Body Birthday
From Simple “Governing Body” Error to Full Blown LIE. How?
1969—The JW Peak of Spiritual Enlightenment: Revelation Complete
Russia Framed as King North—The Purpose
Bethel Hoax: Premature End Expectation
Bethel’s Main Delusion: The End is Near, Jehovah’s Day is Here! – is a Signal of The Final Apostasy
Daniel 8 and 11 Final Apostasy and 3rd UN Placement (1990) Connections and Parallels
Daniel Prophecy and 8th King Globalists
Daniel 11:36-41 and Daniel 8:23-25 8th King Globalist Details and the Bethel Apostasy Co-Development
Bethel Apostasy Foretold in Daniel 8 and 11