Jehovah declared out loud: “I myself am JEHOVAH; and besides me there is no savior” (Is. 43:11). And he said further: “For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool; but my righteousness shall be forever, and my salvation to all generations” (Is. 51:8). And he even said: “Israel will be saved by JEHOVAH with an everlasting salvation. You will not be disappointed nor confounded to ages everlasting” (Is. 45:17).
The salvation of Jesus is eternal, for it is written: “One who believes in the Son has eternal life, but one who disobeys the Son won’t see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36). “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 5:11-12).
The salvation of Jehovah is not eternal, for James said in his epistle: “Now I desire to remind you, though you already know this, that the Lord, having saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who didn’t believe” (Jude 5). How can this be? If he saved them, they were saved. How could he destroy them, after they were already saved? The explanation is easy: Jehovah would save them, and after he had saved them, he gave them the law, and the people were forced to keep the law. If they violated the law, they would die and lose their salvation. David, counseling his son Solomon, said: “You, Solomon my son, know the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind; for Jehovah searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever” (1 Chr. 28:9).
Jehovah proclaimed his great salvation, saying: “’I have declared, I have saved, and I have shown; and there was no strange god among you. Therefore you are my witnesses,’ says Jehovah, ‘and I am God.’” (Is. 43:12). We read in the Psalms: “For they didn’t get the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them; but your right hand, and your arm, and the light of your face, because you were favorable to them” (Ps. 44:3). But Jeremiah declares something terrifying: “How has the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger! He has cast down from heaven to the earth the beauty of Israel, and hasn’t remembered his footstool in the day of his anger. The Lord has swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and has not pitied: He has thrown down in his wrath the strongholds of the daughter of Judah; He has brought them down to the ground; he has profaned the kingdom and its princes. He has cut off in fierce anger all the horn of Israel; He has drawn back his right hand from before the enemy: He has burned up Jacob like a flaming fire, which devours all around. He has bent his bow like an enemy, he has stood with his right hand as an adversary, Has killed all that were pleasant to the eye: In the tent of the daughter of Zion he has poured out his wrath like fire. The Lord is become as an enemy, he has swallowed up Israel; He has swallowed up all her palaces, he has destroyed his strongholds; He has multiplied in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation” (Lam. 2:1-5).
It is proven that Jehovah saves and withdraws salvation afterwards; and besides withdrawing it, he sends to captivity to torture, oppress, and devastate; and confesses that he delights in killing and destroying. Moses, in the law of Jehovah, revealed the following: “If you will not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and fearful name, JEHOVAH YOUR GOD; then Jehovah will make your plagues wonderful, and the plagues of your seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and severe sicknesses, and of long continuance. He will bring on you again all the diseases of Egypt, which you were afraid of; and they shall cling to you” (Deut. 28:58-60). Jehovah saved them from Egypt planning to torture them in the future with the same evils they suffered in Egypt. He, therefore, did not save, but only pretended to save. But Jehovah continues, saying: “Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, Jehovah will bring them on you, until you are destroyed. You shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of the sky for multitude; because you didn’t listen to the voice of Jehovah your God. It shall happen that as Jehovah rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you, so Jehovah will rejoice over you to cause you to perish, and to destroy you; and you shall be plucked from off the land where you go in to possess it” (Deut. 28:61-63).
It is fantastic! Jehovah saves, and afterwards becomes an enemy of those he has saved. Isaiah pronounced the words of Jehovah: “Surely, they are my people, children who will not deal falsely:” so he was their Savior. In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bore them, and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled, and grieved his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, [and] himself fought against them” (Is. 63:8-10).
Jehovah states that he saved them because of his love and compassion for them, but that he turned into an enemy because they were rebellious, and so he himself fought against them. He loved them, or did he not? He saved them, or did he not? When they were rebellious did his compassion end?
Let us take the salvation of Jesus Christ and verify whether it is the same salvation or another one: if it is true salvation, or a non-saving salvation, which lays yokes on men. A sinner, a woman, went into the house of a certain Pharisee who had invited Jesus to eat and had knelt before Jesus and anointed his feet; she cried and washed his feet with her tears, and dried them with her hair. The Pharisee thought: If this one were a prophet, he would know that this woman is a sinner. Jesus, knowing his thoughts, said: I entered into your house, and you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head. “You gave me no kiss, but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss my feet. You didn’t anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much”. Finally, he said to the woman: “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace” (Luke 7:36-50).
What a difference between them! Jehovah saved but did not forgive sins, and when the saved ones sinned, they were killed, torn, or fell victims of malignant and deadly diseases, and were taken to degrading captivities.
Jesus forgives the many sins we commit; therefore we are truly saved. The salvation of Jehovah was a joke. Glory be to Jesus.
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira