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(459) – THE FLESH 2

The apostle John makes the following declaration in his gospel: “No one has seen God at any time. The one and only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him” (John 1:18). I mentioned this verse to some Argentinean theologians who visited me in my house ten years ago, and I told them that, in the Old Testament, God was not known, and that only Jesus had brought him to the knowledge of men. They said that God had revealed himself, but because they had been blind, Jesus, then, had made Him known. But one thing is certain: They called John a liar, as he said that God had never been seen by men, and it is written that the god of the Old Testament was seen (Ex. 24:9-10). These theologians called Jehovah a liar, too, for Jehovah affirms that he made himself known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Ex. 6:2-3). And Jehovah said more: “I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me” (Ps. 87:4).

But why has not the natural man ever seen God, or known Him? That is because the natural man, this man stained with sin, who is under the powers of darkness, has things that are incompatible with the nature of God (Eph. 2:2-3; Col. 1:12-13). Let us look at the barriers that separate men from the true God:

  1. Man is an animal, for Solomon said: “I said in my heart, ‘As for the sons of men, God tests them, so that they may see that they themselves are like animals. For that which happens to the sons of men happens to animals. Even one thing happens to them. As the one dies, so the other dies. Yes, they have all one breath; and man has no advantage over the animals: for all is vanity. All go to one place. All are from the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knows the spirit of man, whether it goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, whether it goes downward to the earth?” (Eccl. 3:18-21). And God, on the contrary, is a spirit, and he is of a purely spiritual nature.
  2. Man is darkness, and God is light. Jesus declared: “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in the darkness” (John 12:46). “He who says He is in the light and hates his brother, is in the darkness even until now” (1 John 2:9). Man needs to leave darkness in order to be able to see and know God. Paul was sent by Jesus: “to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God” (Acts 26:18). The one who is in darkness is under the will and the government of Satan and, therefore, blind to the things of God  (2 Cor. 4:4). God is light (1 John 1:5).
  3. Man is unclean, and God is pure and immaculate. Concerning the uncleanness of man, we read in the book of Job: “What is man, that he should be clean? What is he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?” (Job 15:14). “How then can man be just with God? Or how can he who is born of a woman be clean? Behold, even the moon has no brightness, and the stars are not pure in his sight; How much less man, who is a worm, the son of man, who is a worm!” (Job 25:4-6). “They have all gone aside. They have together become corrupt. There is none who does good, no, not one” (Ps. 14:3).
  4. Man is a sinner, and God is holy. Since Adam and Eve, all men are under sin. Paul gives a picture of all humanity since Adam, saying: “Therefore, as sin entered into the world through one man, and death through sin; and so death passed to all men, because all sinned.” (Rom. 5:12). And the same Paul tells us: “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).
  5. Man is a liar, and God is truth. Paul wrote: “Let God be found true, but every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4; Ps. 62:9). John, in his gospel, said: “For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).

How can man come close to God in this state of moral poverty?  How can God come close to man, as man are generated by sin, by lust, by selfishness, by pride, by anger, by arrogance, by interest, by vanity, etc., etc. According to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, in order for man to come to God he has to be born again (John 3:3-6). To see God, man has to be created anew by Jesus Christ, therefore Paul says: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). Man is begotten from an unclean seed. To come to God, he has to be generated again by another seed. Peter says: “Therefore having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which lives and remains forever” (1 Pet. 1:23).

To say that God revealed himself to men in the Old Testament before Jesus Christ is to cancel the work of Christ in man, and for man. Only the blind do not see this aberration.

 

By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira

(458) – THE FLESH 1

We read in the New Testament that God is Spirit and can only be worshipped in spirit (John 4:24). The text states clearly that true worship is worship in the spirit. Another enlightening text of John says: “But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name: who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13). In this passage we see through correct reasoning that God, the Father of Jesus Christ, does not beget children in the flesh, but only in the Spirit. This birth of the Spirit takes place by faith in Christ. The same Jesus spoke: “Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can’t see the Kingdom of God. Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into the Kingdom of God! That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit’” (John 3:3-6). If the one which is born of the Spirit is a child of God, according to John 4:24, the one which is born of the flesh is a child of another.

Jesus declared that our flesh is not good for anything, and does not bring any benefit. If human flesh does not bring any advantageous return, it is garbage and cannot be recycled (John 6:63). Paul reveals that no good resides in the flesh (Rom. 7:18). And the same Paul affirms that the flesh and blood are corruption, and that corruption cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 15:50). When Paul says that that which is corruptible should be clothed of incorruptibility, he is referring to our flesh (1 Cor. 15:53). Even when the saint is pure and without sin, his flesh is corrupted with time. The flesh is such filthy matter, that in the universal epistle of St. Jude, we read: “And some save, snatching them out of the fire with fear, hating even the clothing stained by the flesh” (Jude 23). There are people who enjoy good health; nevertheless they emit unbearable smells from their flesh. The deodorant industries make fortunes to eliminate or disguise the smells of the human flesh. Many divorces take place because a spouse cannot stand the odors of their mate. The Bible reveals that what attracts so much opposite sexes are the desires of the filth of the flesh (2 Pet. 2:10). Considering the epidermis alone, there are innumerous maladies, which by the lack of proper daily hygiene, show up as fungus, scabies, dermatosis, skin cancer, and skin infections in general.

For a man to get into the presence of God, the Father, he has to be born again (John 3:3-6); has to be a new creature, that is to say, he has to be created in righteousness and holiness. Paul says: “That you put away, as concerning your former way of life, the old man, that grows corrupt after the lusts of deceit” (Eph. 4:22). This flesh, which we are made of, has to go through regeneration, in other words, this that is corruptible must be clothed in incorruptibility, and this that is mortal must be clothed in immortality so as to get to God. This incorruptibility begins before the resurrection through the word of God. Peter says: “Having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which lives and remains forever” (1 Pet. 1:23). The corruptible seed is the law of the carnal commandment.  We read in the letter to the Hebrews that Jesus is a priest that was not established according to the carnal commandment, but according to the virtue of the incorruptible life (Heb. 7:15-16); and this virtue of the incorruptible life is the gospel of incorruptibility. Paul says: “But in the hidden person of the heart, in the incorruptible adornment of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God very precious” (1 Pet. 3:4). Paul finishes, saying: “Be not therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but suffer evil along with the glad tidings, according to the power of God; who has saved us, and has called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to [his] own purpose and grace, which [was] given to us in Christ Jesus before [the] ages of time, but has been made manifest now by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who has annulled death, and brought to light life and incorruptibility by the glad tidings”  Darby Version (2 Tim. 1:8-10). And Peter declares that at the end of this world, recounted in detail in 2 Pet. 3:7-14, in verse fourteen: “Wherefore, beloved, as ye wait for these things, be diligent to be found of him in peace, without spot and blameless”.

Now, we are surprised with the declaration of Jehovah, made by the mouth of Jeremiah: “Behold, I am Jehovah, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” (Jer. 32:27). Is Jehovah the god of the corruptible flesh? (1 Sam. 1:3; 1 Chr. 16:29; Ps. 99:9). Isaiah says that all flesh worships Jehovah (Is. 66:23). Jehovah lives together with the flesh in its state of corruption (Gen. 18:1-8). And Jehovah dwells with the corruptible flesh (Ezra 2:68; Ps. 135:21).

And the people with whom Jehovah dwelt, he himself compared to Sodom and Gomorrah (Is. 1:8-11).

It is a matter of thinking a little about it …

By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira

(457) – MANIFESTATION OF CHRIST 6

Heb. 9:26

Jesus remained anonymous for thirty years. He did not do any works during those years. John the Baptist, the last prophet of the Old Testament, was the door for the manifestation of Jesus. He said: “I didn’t know him, but for this reason I came baptizing in water: that he would be revealed to Israel” (John 1:31). And so Jesus began the great mission in Israel. What mission?

1. Manifesting the works of God.

Jesus saw a man who had been blind since birth. The disciples asked him: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, ‘Neither did this man sin, nor his parents; but, that the works of God might be revealed in him. I must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day. The night is coming, when no one can work’” (John 9:1-4). The word manifest means to bring to the light what is not of public knowledge, yet. Jehovah, the god of Israel, never healed the blind, but he did blind them. He clothed Isaiah with the gift of blinding, when this prophet had a vision of Jehovah on his throne, with Seraphim flying above him. One of the Seraphim touched the lips of the prophet with a burning coal and cleansed his sin. Then Jehovah said: Whom shall I send and who will go for us? Isaiah said: Here I am. Send me. Then Jehovah said: “Go, and tell this people, ‘You hear indeed, but don’t understand; and you see indeed, but don’t perceive. Make the heart of this people fat. Make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn again, and be healed’” (Is. 6:7-10). Jeremiah, a prophet who came 600 years before Christ, said: “Hear now this, foolish people, and without understanding; who have eyes, and don’t see; who have ears, and don’t hear” (Jer. 5:21). Jehovah had said, himself: “Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears” (Is. 43:8). And this blindness lasted until Jesus Christ: “But though he had done so many signs before them, yet they didn’t believe in him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke, ‘Lord, who has believed our report? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’ For this cause they couldn’t believe, for Isaiah said again, ‘He has blinded their eyes and he hardened their heart, lest they should see with their eyes, and perceive with their heart, and would turn, and I would heal them.’ Isaiah said these things when he saw his glory, and spoke of him” (John 12:37-41). It is very obvious that Jehovah blinded the eyes of the Jews so that they would not believe in Jesus. This is the reason why Jehovah did not heal the blind. Now, if Jehovah did not heal the blind of Israel, for he blinded them himself, this is proof that whoever sent Jesus to heal the men blind from birth was not Jehovah, but the Father. The captivity of the Jews in Babylon began in the year 587 before Christ, and Manasseh ruled 110 years prior to that, a very bad king. After Manasseh Josiah ruled, a very good king, but, despite the good works of Josiah, Jehovah did not desist from his anger until he destroyed the kingdom of Judah by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar. These were 700 years of wrath, in all, in which Jehovah did not perform any healing and did not do any miracles, as he himself declared (Is. 1:15; 59:1-3).

Now, if Jesus came to manifest the works of God, healing, those were not works of Jehovah, but works of the Father.2

2.Christ was manifested to reveal the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the mission of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament was of Jehovah, who is an angry god. He declares himself: “For a fire is kindled in my anger, Burns to the lowest Sheol, Devours the earth with its increase, and sets the foundations of the mountains on fire.” (Deut. 32:22). The wrath of hell can only be the wrath of Satan; for wrath, if it were good, would come from heaven. The wrath of Jehovah is so violent, that he destroys a kingdom or an entire nation in a movement of fury. When Aaron made the golden calf, and the people deteriorated in a Dionysian orgy, Jehovah thundered, saying: “God is a righteous judge, yes, a God who has indignation every day” (Ps. 7:11). Saul, despite his stature, was meek; but the sacred text says that in a critical moment of their history, “The Spirit of God came mightily on Saul when he heard those words, and his anger was kindled greatly” (1 Sam. 11:6). The spirit of Jehovah was also murderous. Every time he came over Samson there was death (Judges 14:15-16,19). Elisha, the Tisbite, used to anoint with the spirit to kill (1 Kings 19:15-17). Also, the holy spirit of Jehovah was his standard of war (Is. 59:19). Also, the holy spirit of Jehovah became an adversary to his people, and this very spirit fought against them (Is. 63:10).

Jesus manifested himself to bring from heaven the Holy Spirit of the Father, who teaches us all things (John 14:26). Also, the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth (John 16:13). It is the Holy Spirit who fights against our flesh (Gal. 5:16-17). It is the Holy Spirit that changes the passions and desires of the flesh (Rom. 8:13-14). It is the Holy Spirit that regenerates the sinners (1 Cor. 6:10-11; Titus 3:5). It is the Holy Spirit who sanctifies us (2 Thess. 2:13). It is the Holy Spirit who intercedes for us before God with groannings too deep for words (Rom. 8:26). It is the Holy Spirit that gives wisdom to speak (Matt. 10:19-20). It is the Holy Spirit that reveals the mysteries of God, which are hidden form men (1 Cor. 2:9-10). It is the Holy Spirit who chooses and sets apart the Christians able for each work (Acts 13:1-2). It was the Holy Spirit who constituted shepherds and elders to keep the flock of God (Acts 20:28). It is the Holy Spirit that fills the Christian with the love of God (Rom. 5:5). It is the Holy Spirit of the Father that, through the spiritual gifts, leads the Christians into overcoming their limitations (1 Cor. 12:7-11). Finally, it is the Holy Spirit that forms the body of Jesus Christ, which is the Church formed by the saints (1 Cor. 12:12-13).

With clarity and without any doubt, the holy spirit of the Old Testament has nothing to do with the Holy Spirit of the Father. This is the reason why the apostle John has registered what Jesus said: “He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, from within him will flow rivers of living water. But he said this about the Spirit, which those believing in him were to receive. For the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus wasn’t yet glorified” (John 7:38-39). And Jesus declared: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I don’t go away, the Counselor won’t come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you” (John 16:7).

By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira

(456) – THE MANIFESTATION OF CHRIST 5

Why was Christ manifested to men in flesh? Was it in order to be famous? To reveal his glory? To kill and destroy sinners? To make war against evil? To accuse sinners? To rule with an iron rod? To judge the world? To force the wicked to drink the chalice of dregs of men? To cast in hell? To force the keeping of the law? To impose heavy slavery? To be the owner of silver and gold? To be the Messiah of Israel according to the flesh? To restore the throne of David? To perform signs and prodigies? To show off? To compete against men that are spiritually dead and morally bankrupt? TO WHAT PURPOSE WAS CHRIST MANIFESTED?

Fame was not the reason, for he forbade a leper to spread the news of the healing received from him (Mark 1:44). Jesus raised a girl called Talitha, the daughter of an official of the synagogue of Capharnaum named Jairus, but commanded him to tell no one about it, so that no one would know (Mark 5:41-43). Fame is for the ambitious, not for the humble. Whoever wants to be famous likes to show off and praises himself. Jehovah, on the contrary, loved to be famous. Isaiah, the prophet, reveals this god’s vanity: “I will set a sign among them, and I will send such as escape of them to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the islands afar off, who have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the nations” (Is. 66:19). Jehovah did not save Israel from Egypt because he loved them and wanted them to have peace and rest. Look at what the psalmist says: “Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power known” (Ps. 106:8).

Jesus did not manifest himself to reveal his glory, for he said: “But I don’t seek my own glory. There is one who seeks and judges” (John 8:50). Jehovah, yes, sought his own glory: “Everyone who is called by my name, and whom I have created for my glory, whom I have formed, yes, whom I have made” (Is. 43:7; Jer. 13:11). Jesus did not manifest himself for the purpose of killing and destroying, as it happened with Jehovah, when Elijah called out fire from heaven to destroy fifty soldiers and one captain. Jehovah sent fire from heaven and burnt them. It was the very opposite with Jesus: As he was going up to Jerusalem there was a village of Samaritans that did not receive him. James and John, then, said to Jesus: Do you want us to call out fire from heaven and destroy them as Elijah did? Jesus, however, rebuked them saying: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost” (2 Kings 1:9-12; Luke 9:51-56).

Jesus did not come to make war against evil, as Jehovah did, who destroyed all humanity in the Flood (Gen. 6:5-8): “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

Jesus declared, saying: “Don’t think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you, even Moses, on whom you have set your hope” (John 5:45). Moses was the mouthpiece of Jehovah, so that the one who accused was Jehovah, who gave the accusing law.

Jesus did not manifest himself to rule with an iron rod, as was prophesied by Jehovah in Ps. 2:7-9, for he declared to Pilate: “My Kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). Jehovah ruled with an iron rod: “As I live, says the Lord Jehovah, surely with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out, will I be king over you” (Ezek. 20:33). Jesus, the good shepherd, tends his sheep with love (John 10:11).

He did not manifest himself to judge the world, either. Jehovah is the judge of this world, as Abraham said (Gen. 18:23-25). “Oh let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you will judge the peoples with equity, and govern the nations on earth. Selah” (Ps. 67:4). And Jesus made the following declaration: “If anyone listens to my sayings, and doesn’t believe, I don’t judge him. For I came not to judge the world, but to save the world” (John 12:47). And Paul reveals that the church is going to judge the world (1 Cor. 6:1-3).

Jesus was not manifested to give the cup of dregs to eat, nor water and gall to drink, as Jehovah used to do to Israel (Ps. 75:8; Is. 51:17; Jer. 9:15-16). Jesus manifested himself so as to receive in his body our sins and forgive them, to save us and make us children of God (1 Pet. 2:24; John 1:12-13).

Did Jesus by any chance come to this world to cast the lost into hell? Never! Jesus manifested himself to save the lost. Paul says: “The saying is faithful and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” (1 Tim. 1:15). The one who cast into hell was Jehovah. The prophet Ezekiel said to the king of Assyria: “I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to Sheol with those who descend into the pit” (Ezek. 31:16).

Did Jesus manifest himself as the owner of gold and silver? Never! The gold and the silver of Jesus are different from the gold and the silver of this world. He said: “Don’t lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don’t break through and steal” (Matt. 6:19-20). And Jesus told the parable of the foolish rich man who gathered great wealth: “But God said to him, ‘You foolish one, tonight your soul is required of you. The things which you have prepared–whose will they be?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:16-21).

The owner of the gold and silver of this world is Jehovah (Hagg. 2:8). Job declares: The Almighty is the one who gives the gold and the silver of this world (Job 11:21-27). Jehovah is the maker of the rich and of the poor (Prov. 22:2). Jehovah is the one who makes rich and who makes poor (1 Sam. 2:7).

The wealth of the kingdom of god is the work of charity (1 Tim. 6:17-19).

By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira

(455) – MAINFESTATONS OF CHRIST 4

Jesus Christ was not manifested in the Old Testament. Paul explains it: The Old Testament is the dispensation of the law, and the New Testament is the dispensation of grace. The Bible text says: “if it is so that you have heard of the administration of that grace of God which was given me toward you; how that by revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I wrote before in few words, by which, when you read, you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ; which in other generations was not made known to the children of men, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of his promise in Christ Jesus through the Good News” (Eph. 3:2-6).

The manifestation of Christ is the manifestation of the grace of God. Paul says again: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9). At another time, Paul said: “the mystery which has been hidden for ages and generations. But now it has been revealed to his saints, to whom God was pleased to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:26-27).

Since grace is an ordinance of God to the Gentiles in the New Testament, and Jehovah rejected the Gentiles in the Old Testament as unclean and uncircumcised (Ps. 10:16), Jesus Christ was not manifested in the Old Testament. And Christ was manifested only in the flesh. Paul said: “Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great: God was revealed in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, and received up in glory” (1 Tim. 3:16). And the apostle John says: “The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

The angels saw Christ only after he had been incarnated. Men also saw Christ only after the incarnation. It is proven that Christ was never manifested before the incarnation. That was the mystery that was hidden from everyone throughout all the centuries.

Let us consider now the reason why Jesus Christ was manifested:

  1. In the first place Jesus was manifested in the flesh to reveal the grace of God: “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men” (Titus 2:11). Prior to Christ, ‘salvation’ was for the Jews only.
  2. “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. To this end the Son of God was revealed, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). This text shows clearly that the works of the devil were not destroyed. In other words, the devil, which is also Satan, did whatever he pleased, and Jehovah pretended not to see. Satan and Jehovah were so intimate that, when David numbered the people of Israel, in 2 Sam. 24:1 we read that Jehovah incited David, and in 1 Chr. 21:1 we read that Satan incited him. Jehovah, who declares to have produced the Old Testament while his spirit put the texts together (Is. 34:16), approves of what is written. In other words, what Jehovah does, Satan equally does, and what Satan does, Jehovah equally does. Another fact that proves this is: Jehovah and Satan agreed to debilitate Job (Job 23:16) and to oppress him (Job 10:2-3).
  3. Is then proven that Jehovah did not undo the works of Satan in the Old Testament; therefore Jesus was not there, and also Jehovah is not Jesus, as those who do not read the Bible say.
  4. Jesus was manifested to abolish death. Paul says: “Therefore don’t be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but endure hardship for the Good News according to the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before times eternal, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the Good News” (2 Tim. 1:8-10). As all were dead, Christ was not there (Rom. 5:17).
  5. Christ was manifested to reveal the love of God: “By this God’s love was revealed in us, that God has sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him” (1 John 4:9). “Who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of times for your sake” (1 Pet. 1:20). Wherever there is love, there is no wrath. Paul says that, “Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails” (1 Cor. 13:4-8).
  6. Jesus manifested the name of God. He said: “I revealed your name to the people whom you have given me out of the world. They were yours, and you have given them to me. They have kept your word” (John 17:6). And Jesus said more: “All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and he to whomever the Son desires to reveal him” (Luke 10:22). It is obvious that it was not Jehovah, or Yahweh, who revealed his name to Moses in Ex. 3:15 and 15:3. He said to Isaiah: “I am Jehovah. That is my name” (Is. 42:8). “Our Redeemer, Jehovah of Armies is his name” (Is. 47:4). “For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves on the God of Israel; Jehovah of Armies is his name” (Is. 48:2). Everyone knew the name of Jehovah. Even the harlot Rahab knew it (Ps. 87:4).

If Jesus said that no one knows who the Father is and reveals to men the name of the Father, Jehovah was not the name of the Father.

By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira

(454) – THINGS OF THE DEVIL 2

Death is ugly and is represented by a horrid skeleton wrapped in a sheet, with an hourglass in one hand and a sickle in the other, to reap lives. Death is linked to sin, and the devil sins from the beginning. John says: “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning” (1 John 3:8). The word sheol in Hebrew is translated sepulcher, hell, grave. Sheol is the place of the dead, and sheol is also hell, a place of condemnation for sinners. Jesus declares that whoever calls the brother fool is guilty of the fire of hell (from Greek geena). Well, in the letter to the Hebrew we read concerning the great redemptive work of Jesus Christ: “Since then the children have shared in flesh and blood, he also himself in the same way partook of the same, that through death he might bring to nothing him who had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Heb. 2:14). The empire of death belongs to the devil, the king of hell.

Surprisingly, however, he who condemns to death is Jehovah; for he said to Adam: “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it; for in the day that you eat of it you will surely die” (Gen. 2:17). And Adam ate and formed the empire of Satan, or the devil, that are the same person (Rev. 12:9). Was the author of death Adam, or Jehovah? That is the question. So let us explain.

  1. Who gave the law? It was Jehovah (Deut. 4:10-14). What does the law create in men? Paul answers: “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? May it never be! However, I wouldn’t have known sin, except through the law. For I wouldn’t have known coveting, unless the law had said, ‘You shall not covet.’ But sin, finding occasion through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of coveting. For apart from the law, sin is dead” (Rom. 7:7-8). James completes the thought: “Then the lust, when it has conceived, bears sin; and the sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death” (James 1:15). Since the law is the mother of the desire of the flesh, in the long run it produces sinful passions. Again Paul reveals something fatal: “For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were through the law, worked in our members to bring forth fruit to death” (Rom. 7:5). And Paul says something more: “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law” (1 Cor. 15:56). What is our conclusion? We conclude that the law of Jehovah feeds the empire of the devil, for the knowledge of sin comes though the Law, and whoever sins is of the devil (Rom. 3:20; 1 John 3:8). And Paul closes the argument, saying: “Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could make alive, most certainly righteousness would have been of the law” (Gal. 3:21). The law only makes Satan and the empire richer. And it is against the grace of Christ, as Paul says: “Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and don’t be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Behold, I, Paul, tell you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will profit you nothing. Yes, I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. You are alienated from Christ, you who desire to be justified by the law. You have fallen away from grace” (Gal. 5:1-4). And Jehovah feeds the empire of the devil with abundance. Jeremiah declares: “Thus says Jehovah of Armies, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great storm shall be raised up from the uttermost parts of the earth. The slain of Jehovah shall be at that day from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung on the surface of the ground” (Jer. 25:32-33). Through the Flood alone Jehovah killed billions of people. This is why Solomon said: “Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; and a man’s eyes are never satisfied” (Prov. 27:20).
  2. The lion, in the New Testament, is a figure of Satan. Why? That is because the lion is the king of the animals, and Satan is the king of the sinners, for whoever commits sin is of the devil (1 John 3:8). Second, when a lion catches a prey, it does not escape from his jaws. In the same way, when a Christian falls in any sin, he becomes a servant of that sin, more exactly, a slave of sin (Rom. 6:16-17). Third, the lion devours his prey, and Satan, through sinful passions, devours the souls. Let us explain how Satan devours: For example, a teenager, or even a child, knows how to surf the Internet. A schoolmate comments that he sees pornography on the Internet. The teenager is tempted to look. Even if he resists, with time he ends up connecting a clandestine site. He feels guilty and frightened. He decides he will not do it again. But now the desire feeds the temptation, and he looks a second time. Well, nobody knows about it. It is a secret, and the monitor does not speak. After he looks a third time at the obscene images that are corruptive of respect for himself and his neighbor, and at the diabolic poison that corrodes moral principles, everything becomes normal. The lion has already devoured the one that watches pornographic movies. Peter says: “Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). Paul said: “But the Lord stood by me, and strengthened me, that through me the message might be fully proclaimed, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion” (2 Tim. 4:17).

Jehovah is also a devouring lion, and this matter puzzles and amazes the meticulous reader of the Bible. Hosea, the prophet declares it: “They will walk after Jehovah, who will roar like a lion; for he will roar, and the children will come trembling from the west” (Hos. 11:10). “For I will be to Ephraim like a lion, and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I myself will tear in pieces and go away. I will carry off, and there will be no one to deliver” (Hos. 5:14). “The lion has roared. Who will not fear? The Lord Jehovah has spoken. Who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:8). “If my head is held high, you hunt me like a lion. Again you show yourself powerful to me” (Job 10:16). “I will meet them like a bear that is bereaved of her cubs, and will tear the covering of their heart. There I will devour them like a lioness” (Hos. 13:8).

We draw the only logical conclusion: that Jehovah is the great devourer of souls, and that the devil is the devourer of the family.

Beware of the devouring lions!

 

By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira

(453) – THINGS THAT ARE SEEN

2 Cor. 4:18

Jesus said: “Don’t think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn’t come to destroy, but to fulfill” (Matt. 5:17). And, in order to fulfill the law, Jesus Christ had to be born under the law. Paul says: “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent out his Son, born to a woman, born under the law, that he might redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of children” (Gal. 4:4-5). And, in order to fulfill the law, Jesus had to be born in the flesh to be like us, lost sinners.

The apostle John says: “The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). And what was the glory of Jesus? TO BE WITHOUT SIN: “For we don’t have a high priest who can’t be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15). The glory of Jesus was not to heal the blind, lame, leprous, and crippled men. Jesus performed these miracles by the hundreds, but he forbade the healed persons to divulge them. After the Sermon of the Mount Jesus went down and a great multitude followed him. And, behold, a leper came and worshipped him, saying: “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean. Jesus stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, ‘I want to. Be made clean.’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Jesus said to him, ‘See that you tell nobody’” (Matt. 8:1-4). Jesus was ashamed of being glorified for external physical signs, but those who were healed proclaimed them. Another time Jesus healed two blind men, and in order that they did not tell anyone, Jesus threatened them, saying: “See that no one knows about this” (Matt. 9:27-30).

Jesus was glorified with invisible miracles operated in the hearts of those who were regenerated. Jesus was glorified when Paul died to the law of Jehovah and was born to the gospel of Christ (Gal. 2:19-20; 1:11-12). Jesus was glorified when Paul died to the law of Jehovah and was born to the gospel of Christ (Gal. 2:19-20; 1:11-12). Jesus was glorified when a woman who was a sinner, being converted, came into the house of the Pharisee Simon where Jesus was eating. The woman came into the house with a vase of fine aromatic oil and, weeping, washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. She kissed his feet and anointed them with the oil (Luke 7:36-38). Jesus was not glorified in the things that were seen, but in the things that were not seen, because the things that are seen are temporal, and the things that are not seen are eternal (2 Cor. 4:18). In this rested the glory of Jesus.

In the Old Testament the glory of god Jehovah was revealed in pestilences and plagues, rods transformed in serpents, water turned into blood, pillars of smoke during the day and pillars of fire during the night. Jehovah himself declares it, saying: “…all those men who have seen my glory, and my signs, which I worked in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have tempted me these ten times, and have not listened to my voice; surely they shall not see the land which I swore to their fathers” (Num. 14:22-23).

Holiness, to Jehovah, was found in outward things. For example, when Moses saw the bush that was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed, at the foot of Mount Horeb, he found it strange and came near it to see. Then Jehovah said: “‘Moses! Moses!’ He said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Don’t come close. Take your sandals off of your feet, for the place you are standing on is holy ground’” (Ex. 3:1-5). Earth is earth. Any unclean animal could defile that place. Or was it holy because it was Jehovah’s property, maybe? Another example: The temple of Jehovah was holy. Inside it was the sanctuary, and following the second veil was the Holy of Hollies, where the Ark of the Covenant was placed together with the tablets of the law. Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the temple of the law, the place of his dwelling, in the year 597 before Christ. He also destroyed the holy city, that is to say, Jerusalem (2 Chr. 36:18). Jehovah is the owner of all gold and silver (Hagg. 2:8). Inside the temple was the place of the treasure of Jehovah: holy treasure: tons of gold and silver. It was all taken to Babylon and became part of the treasure of Nebuchadnezzar (2 Chr. 36:18). But who is Nebuchadnezzar? He is the great king of Babylon. And what is Babylon? It is Babel. And Babel means CONFUSION, CHAOS (Gen. 11:1-9). Jehovah was plundered by Nebuchadnezzar — his holy utensils (Ex. 40:9-11), his holy temple, the place of his dwelling (1 Kings 8:12-13), the holy city of Jerusalem, where Jehovah also lived (Ezra 2:68; Ps. 132:13-14; 135:21). All that was holy was stolen or destroyed. Jehovah, then, prophesied the restoration of the holy city and the holy temple. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah recount this great episode. Ezra and Zerubbabel were sent with a company of 1,800 men. They went to Jerusalem to restore the temple and the city. Jehovah said that the glory of the second temple would be greater than the glory of the first, edified by Solomon. But it was destroyed a second time in the year 70 after Christ, and has never been rebuilt. Two thousand and five hundred years have gone by. In the temple’s place rises the Mosque of Omar, a Muslim temple that has been there for 1,400 years. The temple of Solomon stood there less than 500 years.

Let us cover another issue. Nebuchadnezzar is the figure of Satan. Jeremiah, the prophet, reveals that the king of Babylon is a devouring dragon, and the dragon is Satan (Rev. 12:9; Jer.  51:34). There is another stronger argument in the Bible. In the book of Isaiah we have a prophecy directed to Nebuchadnezzar. I begins like this: “…that you will take up this parable against the king of Babylon, and say, ‘How the oppressor has ceased! The golden city has ceased! Jerusalem has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers, who struck the peoples in wrath with a continual stroke, who ruled the nations in anger, with a persecution that none restrained’” (Is. 14:4-6). And theologians, Christians in general, and all the Christian churches since the apostolic times credit to Satan the prophecy against Nebuchadnezzar (Is. 14:11-17).

If Nebuchadnezzar is really a figure of Satan, Jehovah has been overcome and plundered by Satan.

  1. The kingdom that Jehovah established was destroyed by the devil (2 Kings 23:27).
  2. The law and the priesthood of Jehovah were destroyed by the devil (Heb. 7:12-19; Mal. 2:1-3).
  3. The people of Jehovah were seduced by the devil (John 8:44).
  4. The covenant of Jehovah was destroyed by the devil (Jer. 31:31-34).
  5. The covenant of Jehovah is not the covenant of Christ. Paul explains it in Gal. 4:21-31).

By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira

(452) – THE GOD OF THIS EARTH 2

Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, declares that this world has a god. Who would be the god of this world? Jesus declared that this world provokes him, for their works are evil (John 7:7). He also declares that this world is from below, and that he is from above; and he argues that the Jews are of this world (John 8:23). John tells us not to love this world, nor the things of this world, for the one who loves this world the love of the Father is not in him, for three things in this world: the desire of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life are things of this world, and do not come from the Father, but from the world (1 John 2:15-16). Saint James declares that Christians who are friends of this world are adulterers and make themselves enemies of God (James 4:4). “The devil, leading him up on a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. The devil said to him, ‘I will give you all this authority, and their glory, for it has been delivered to me; and I give it to whomever I want. If you therefore will worship before me, it will all be yours.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Get behind me Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only”’” (Luke 4:5-8). Jesus did not deny Satan’s declaration; only cast him out. It looks like the devil is the god of this world. But the very Satan said to Jesus that the kingdoms of this world had been handed to him; and it is obvious that the god of this world was who handed the world to Satan; for God, the Father of Jesus Christ, would never do this.

Jesus declared: “All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and he to whomever the Son desires to reveal him” (Luke 10:22). Look at the difference: The Father delivered all things in the hands of the Son, and Satan affirms that someone has delivered to him all the kingdoms of this world, and this one was not the Father. And this one that has delivered all the kingdoms of this world to Satan was the same that submitted all creation to a regimen of vanity and slavery to corruption (Rom. 8:20-21). This one that submitted all creation is not Satan, for he is considered a god, and Satan has sinned and lied since the beginning (1 John 3:8; John 8:44).

God, the Father, does not have any connections with this world, and his kingdom is not of this world. The texts that prove this are:  2 Tim. 4:18; 1 Pet. 1:3-4; John 14:1-3. And there is a complete disconnect between this world and God the Father (1 Tim. 6:16; John 1:18).

The Father sent Jesus to save the condemned and captives of this world (John 3:16-17). And the price of the prince of this world was the life of the Son of God the Father (1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 Cor. 6:19-20). Jesus bought us; and we that believed are taken from the powers of darkness (demonic powers), and are taken into the kingdom of God (Col. 1:12-13). Paul refers to this powers in this way: “…in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience; among whom we also all once lived in the lust of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest” (Eph. 2:2-3). Jesus came to this world with the only purpose of saving the sinners (Gal. 1:4). But Jesus has nothing to do with this world (John 8:23; John 17:13-16). The god of this world is a personality that is very connected to it, and has a lot of power.

  1. This powerful being established his kingdom in this world. He said to the people of Israel: “You shall be to me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation” (Ex. 19:6).
  2. This powerful being has his offspring generated by the flesh in this world. He said: “You are the children of Jehovah your God: you shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead” (Deut. 14:1). The children of Jehovah are not born of the Holy Spirit. This new birth came only when Jesus became flesh (John 3:3-6). Those born of the flesh are not children of God the Father (John 1:12-13).
  3. The inheritance of Jehovah to his children is in this world, the land of Canaan, more exactly, the Palestine, which was promised to Abraham and his offspring with an oath, as an eternal possession (Gen. 17:8). And the very Abram did not believe Jehovah, for by faith he believed in the celestial Jerusalem (Heb. 11:8-10).
  4. The capital of the kingdom of Jehovah is the Jerusalem of the earth, which belonged to the Jebusees (2 Sam. 5:6-7). This is the Jerusalem of this world, where Jehovah lives (Esra 2:68; 1 Chr. 23:25; Ps. 68:16; Ps. 132:13-14; Ps. 135:21). This was the dream of Jehovah (Ex. 15:17-18). Paul declares that the two Jerusalem are two different inheritances (Gal. 4:21-26; Gal. 4:30-31). We see that Abraham is the father of the faith because he chose the true Jerusalem and not the false one (Gal. 3:6-9).
  5. Jehovah himself declares that this world and the men of this world belong to him (Ps. 24:1).
  6. Jehovah also rules over the nations of this world (Ps. 47:7-8; Ps. 22:28; 96:10; 99:1).
  7. Jehovah elects the kings of this world: the good ones and the bad ones. “The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones; to the intent that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever he will, and sets up over it the lowest of men” (Dan. 4:17). Jehovah delivered all the kingdoms under the rule of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, cruel and wicked king that destroyed Jerusalem and burnt the temple where Jehovah dwelled with fire (Jer. 27:5-8). Judah was taken captive, and the famine there was such, that pious women ate their own children (Lam. 4:10).
  8. We cannot deny it. The god of this world, to whom Paul refers in 2 Cor. 4:4, is Jehovah, and he has so much power, that he blinds Christians so completely, that they worship him as if he were the true god.

By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira

(451) – THE TWO SONS

Abraham had two sons: One was his child and the other one was not. Let us explain it: Jehovah called Abraham to be a great blessing, but Sarai was barren. Jehovah tells Abraham to look to the north and to the south, to the east and to the west, and promises that he will give all that land to his seed (Gen. 13:15). The years went by and Sarai, who was still barren and tired of waiting for the miracle, said to Abraham: Behold, Jehovah has prevented me from bearing children. Go into my servant: perhaps I will obtain children through her. And Abraham entered into Hagar, and she conceived. (That was ten years after the promise – Gen. 16:1-4). After 25 years after the promise, when Ishmael, son of the Egyptian slave, was fourteen years old, and Abraham, ninety-nine, Sara was made pregnant by Jehovah, and gave him a son, whose name was Isaac (Gen. 21:1-5).

As we have said above, Abraham had two sons: one that was his, and another one that was not. The one that was his child was born according to the flesh, that is to say, was born of human intercourse with Hagar. The son that was not his child was begotten by the work of Jehovah; therefore he was not Abraham’s son.

The one that was Abraham’s, the angel named him Ishmael (Gen. 16:11).

The on that was not Abraham’s, Jehovah named him Isaac (Gen. 17:19).

The legitimate son of Abraham, begotten in the womb of Hagar, was rejected before birth. This is in Gen. 16:4-11. This rejection became real later, when Ishmael, the carnal son of Abraham, persecuted the carnal son of Jehovah (Gen. 21:9-13). We say carnal son of Jehovah, because Jehovah begot Isaac in the flesh in the carnal womb of Sara. Then something difficult to understand happened.

The son that was Abraham’s was rejected as not being his son and banished by both Abraham and Jehovah (Gen. 21:9-12). And the son that belonged to Jehovah was considered an illegitimate son and heir of Abraham. This is why, when Abraham offered Isaac in holocaust to Jehovah, the Bible says that Abraham sacrificed his only begotten son (Heb. 11:17).

It is worthy of notice that Abraham, after the death of Sara, remarried with Keturah and begot six more children besides Ishmael, whose names are Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah — these six: not including the children of the concubines (Gen. 25:1-7). But Abraham gave gifts to all his children, and the heir of everything he had was Isaac, the one that was not his son. Ishmael did not inherit anything.

The problem resides in that Jehovah begot Isaac in the flesh; therefore Isaac cannot be an only begotten son, for an only begotten is the only one to be generated. In the New Testament we read that God does not generate children in the flesh. The apostle John wrote: “But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name: who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13). And if God does not beget children in the flesh, how did Jehovah beget Isaac in the flesh? It is written in the New Testament that every man generated in the flesh by his carnal parents, in order to be a child of God, has to be born again; in other words, he has to be spiritually generated by the Holy Spirit. The story happened in the following manner: “Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. The same came to him by night, and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can’t see the Kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into the Kingdom of God! That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit’ (John 3:1-6). According to Jesus’ explanation in John 3:1-6, Isaac could not be the only begotten son of Abraham, for he had been generated by Jehovah, in the flesh, and Abraham had the firstborn in the flesh, which was Ishmael, plus six more children with Keturah, and the children of the concubines, besides. Also, Isaac could not be an only begotten son in the spirit, because he had not been born again by the Holy Spirit.

However, Paul gives us his version so as to spare us from exasperation. He says: “Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, don’t you listen to the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the handmaid, and one by the free woman. However, the son by the handmaid was born according to the flesh, but the son by the free woman was born through promise. These things contain an allegory, for these are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children to bondage, which is Hagar. For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to the Jerusalem that exists now, for she is in bondage with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, which is the mother of us all” (Gal. 4:21-26).

Now, I ask: Did Jehovah make a covenant in Sinai with Hagar and the Ishmaelites, Ishmael’s descendants? No! Jehovah established a covenant with the descendants of Isaac on Mount Sinai. What do we make of this? Let us explain:

Paul declares that both women and their sons are an allegory. In an allegory the elements that are used are not literal. Therefore Hagar and her son are a covenant; and Sara and her son are another covenant. In the covenant of the earthly inheritance, which is the Jerusalem of the earth, there are Hagar and her children, which are rejected. Sara and her children are the heavenly inheritance, that is to say, the covenant of grace and of all the delivered from the captivity of this world. The text of Gal. 4:21-31 explains both inheritances.

By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira

(450) – THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL 6

Jehovah pronounces himself god, in other words, testifies of himself: “For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy” (Is. 57:15). Jehovah himself declared: “I am God” (Is. 43:12). And Jesus declared the following: “If I testify about myself, my witness is not valid” (John 5:31). The one who testifies of Jesus Christ is God the Father, Jesus said: “It is another who testifies about me. I know that the testimony which he testifies about me is true” (John 5:32). And the same John wrote: “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is God’s testimony which he has testified concerning his Son. He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. He who doesn’t believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. The testimony is this, that God gave to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has the life. He who doesn’t have God’s Son doesn’t have the life” (1 John 5:9-12). Jehovah, testifying of himself, dealt out condemnation and death to all men. And Christ, who did not testify of himself, was condemned in our place and gives us eternal life (Gal. 1:4). The one who testifies of himself reveals pride; the humble can be seen only when others testify of him. The proud and touchy man takes offense in any thing (Lev. 10:1-2; 2 Sam. 6:6-7). The humble is like a dumb sheep when it goes unjustly to the slaughter (Is. 53:7). No arrogant or proud are holy. We are going to offer various biblical arguments to prove that Jehovah is not holy:

  1. Jehovah was offended by king Saul and put in him an evil spirit (1 Sam. 16:14-15). The Hebrew text says torments, but the defenders of Jehovah changed it to trouble. Where have you heard of a saint placing evil demons in needy sinners? Jesus, who is really holy, does not send evil spirits, on the contrary he delivers all the oppressed (Mark 1:23-26).
  2. Jehovah supports the lie. When Israel was planning to kill Ahab, the king of Israel, he asked the opinion of the angels. An evil spirit came out from among them and said: “‘Who shall entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ One said one thing; and another said another. A spirit came out and stood before Jehovah, and said, ‘I will entice him.’ Jehovah said to him, ‘How?’ He said, ‘I will go out and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ He said, ‘You will entice him, and will also prevail. Go out and do so’” (1 Kings 22:19-23). The one who supports the lie has never been holy.
  3. Jehovah kills innocent children when their parents sin: “Prepare for slaughter of his children because of the iniquity of their fathers, that they not rise up and possess the earth” (Is. 14:21). This commandment was given to the Chaldeans, but Jehovah uses the same measure with his most dear servants. David was the closest servant to Jehovah, who witnessed the following: “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my heart, who will do all my will” (Acts 13:22). For when David committed adultery and homicide, Jehovah said: Because with this deed you gave opportunity for Jehovah’s enemies to blaspheme, and also the son that will be born will die. David, knowing that Jehovah loved him, fasted and prayed seven days. But Jehovah did not forgive; on the contrary, he killed the newborn baby (2 Sam. 12:14-20). When he killed the child of David, Jehovah committed an injustice, and the unjust is not holy.
  4. Jehovah keeps wrath and vengeance against those he dislikes for thousands of generations. The problem that presents itself in this attitude of Jehovah is the eternal wrath. Amalek made war with Israel in the desert when they left Egypt, and Jehovah said: “Jehovah has sworn: ‘Jehovah will have war with Amalek from generation to generation’” (Ex. 17:16). Four hundred and fifty years later Jehovah gave the following order to Saul: “I have marked that which Amalek did to Israel, how he set himself against him in the way, when he came up out of Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and don’t spare them; but kill both man and woman, infant and nursing baby, ox and sheep, camel and donkey” (1 Sam. 15:2-3). Wait there. Nine or ten generations had passed, and Amalek had already been dead for 400 years, and Jehovah was still turning the matter over and over in his mind with hatred and vengeance for over almost 500 years? He orders the death of people that did not have any remembrance of what had happened and were, therefore, innocent of the crime of their predecessors? A god that broods vengeful hatred for four centuries is far from being holy (1 Sam. 15:1-3).
  5. When Moses refused to go to Egypt and deliver Israel, claiming that he was not eloquent but was slow of speech and slow of tongue, Jehovah said to him: “Who made man’s mouth? Or who makes one mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Isn’t it I, Jehovah?” Has Jehovah made the speaking and also the dumb? Does he make the seeing and also the blind? The god who does these things is not righteous or holy (Ex. 4:10-11).
  6. One of the special punishments of Jehovah was to prostitute the wife of the disobedient sinner: “You shall betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: you shall build a house, and you shall not dwell therein: you shall plant a vineyard, and shall not use its fruit” (Deut. 28:30). Jehovah says, in the case of Israel’s apostasy: “Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to those who shall possess them: for everyone from the least even to the greatest is given to covetousness; from the prophet even to the priest every one deals falsely” (Jer. 8:10). And at the end of the history of Israel, Jehovah decreed evil, saying: “For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city will be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished” (Zech. 14:2).

The one who does these things claims to be holy. But this is a lie. Therefore Jehovah is the father of lies, has never been holy, and will never be.

By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira