134 – THE ARMIES OF JEHOVAH 1
On the first book of the Kings of Israel we read the following: “I saw Jehovah sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left” (1 Kings 22:19). Jehovah wished to kill Ahab, so he asked the angels about it, saying: “‘Who will entice Ahab to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said this while another said that” (1 Kings 22:20). These verses prove that in the Old Testament the Trinity did not rule. There were millions of angels giving advice (Job 25:3).The prophet Daniel reveals that Jehovah works according to his will through the armies of heaven and through the inhabitants of the earth (Dan.4:35). The king David expresses himself like this: “Jehovah has established His throne in the heavens; and His sovereignty rules over all. Bless the Lord, you His angels, mighty in strength, who perform His word, obeying the voice of His word!” (Ps.103:19-20).
Jehovah has a captain who gives orders to his armies (Josh.5:13-14).
These armies do battle with swords and chariots of fire drawn by horses (Gen.3:24; 1 Chr.21:30; 2 Kings 6:17).
One single angel can kill 180 thousand men (2 Kings 19:35).
The angels also destroy, for two of them destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah(Gen.19:1,13,24).
The angels of Jehovah curse (Judg.5:23).
The angels of Jehovah persecute men (Ps.35:5-6).
The angels place lies in the mouths of the prophets of Jehovah (1 Kings 22:19-23).
An angel of Jehovah taught Jacob to deceive Laban (Gen.30:37-43; 31:11-12).
It is evident that “The angel of Jehovah encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them” (Ps.34:7). The problem is that he did not keep Gideon, his faithful servant, from idolatry, and as a punishment he killed 69 of his 70 sons (Judg.6:11-14; 8:30; 9:5). He did not deliver David from adultery or from murder (2 Sam.11 e 12). He did not deliver Solomon from idolatry and fornication (1 Kings 11:1-11).
Let us continue to speak about the armies of Jehovah, which is our subject. The angels of Jehovah are warriors; the angels of Jehovah kill; the angels of Jehovah persecute; the angels of Jehovah deceive; the angels of Jehovah curse; the angels of Jehovah destroy. The angels of Jehovah save (Is.63:9). The angels of Jehovah act and have supreme power.
Jehovah, though, declares that he has other armies that are not exactly compatible with his deity, holiness and justice: “Then I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the creeping locust, the stripping locust, and the gnawing locust, my great army which I sent among you” (Joel 2:25). Instead of the armies of angels coming down from heaven, Jehovah uses plagues as his armies. The poor people of God, who Jehovah delivered from Egypt with great promises of a paradisiacal land to dwell, where honey and milk flowed, planted their vegetables and could not eat them because of the various locusts that devoured everything. In those days they did not have pesticides. There was no way of preventing the plagues or, better, the armies of Jehovah.
The prophet Joel reveals from Jehovah: “Tell your sons about it, and let your sons tell their sons, and their sons the next generation. What the gnawing locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten; and what the swarming locust has left, the creeping locust has eaten” (Joel 1:3-4). “The field is ruined, the land mourns, for the grain is ruined, the new wine dries up, fresh oil fails. Be ashamed, O farmers, wail. O vinedressers, for the wheat and the barley; because the harvest of the field is destroyed. The vine dries up, and the fig tree fails; the pomegranade, the palm also, and the apple tree. All the trees of the field dry up, indeed, rejoicing dries up from the sons of men. Gird yourselves with sackcloth, and lament, O priests; wail, O ministers of the altar!” (Joel 1:10-13). Men could not defend themselves from the predatory armies of Jehovah. But Jehovah has more armies: “Then Jehovah said to Moses, ‘Say to Aaron, “stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, that it may become gnats through all the land of Egypt”’” (Ex.8:16). I have believed all my life that worms, locusts, gnats, and ants were satanic plagues to torment men. Also what we read in the book of Revelation: “And out of the smoke came forth locusts upon the earth; and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And they were told that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. […] They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon” (Rev.9:1-11). Abaddon means Destroyer. The destroyer is either imitating Jehovah, or is being imitated by him. Both Apollyon’s (or Abaddon’s) locusts and Jehovah’s locusts are men’s tormentors.
But Jehovah also has armies of flies. Jehovah spoke by the mouth of Moses to Pharaoh, saying: “For if you will not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms of insects on you and on your servants and on your ´people and into your houses; and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of insects, and also the ground on which they dwell” (Ex.8:20-21). The Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out demons by Beelzebub, the prince of demons (Matt.12:24). Beelzebub means “Lord of the Flies.” Whoever reads the Bible gets confused, not knowing who is the lord of the flies, this filthy insect that transmits germs and pestilences. Is it Beelzebub or is it Jehovah?
In order to open up a way for the armies of Israel, Jehovah sent before them armies of wasps, the black kind, with a sting responsible for an unbearable pain by mortal venom (Deut.7:20; Ex.23:28; Josh 24:11-12).
But Jehovah has more armies: the armies of serpents. The people, wandering through the desert, under burning sun, tired and oppressed, seeing their little children dry up by the lack of bread and water, complained, speaking against Moses and against Jehovah. Jehovah then sent an army of mortally poisonous serpents. A great number of people died. Then they humbled themselves, and Jehovah told Moses to make a serpent of metal and set it up on a pole. Whoever looked at the serpent was healed(Num.21:4-9).
The biggest nonsense one can notice is that Jesus revealed a good God, forgiving, patient, savior, merciful, peaceful and friendly towards men, completely opposite to this Jehovah, whose works are also the works of Satan. Whoever says that Jehovah is the spiritual father of Jesus places arguments in the hands of writers such as Jack Miles who wrote the book God, a Biography where he says that Satan is one of the faces of God. Christians who observe the Law are so intent on glorifying a god who has a Satan hidden in him, that they end up despising the God revealed by Jesus, and who is like Jesus (John 14:9).
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira