210 – ALL MEN ARE LIKE DUST
Jehovah hated Esau and loved Jacob. “I have loved you, saith Jehovah. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith Jehovah: yet I loved Jacob, and I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith Jehovah of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom Jehovah hath indignation for ever” (Mal. 1:1-4). Is that correct? Jehovah rejected Esau in his mother’s womb (Gen. 25:21-23). Election of the one presupposes rejection of the other. There were peoples hated and rejected by Jehovah forever. Amalek fought against Israel and Jehovah hated and rejected them forever (Ex. 17:8,16). The Ammonites and the Moabites rented the magician Balaam to curse Israel, and Jehovah hated him forever (Deut. 23:3-4). The future generation is not guilty of the evil works of the present generation. Is this hatred coming from Jehovah justified? Jehovah elected Israel to be his own dear people. “For thou art an holy people unto Jehovah thy God, and Jehovah hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth” (Deut. 14:2). When he elected Israel, he also elected the Egyptians, but to hate, despise, and destroy them through the plagues, and to kill them in the bottom of the Red Sea. And this was his glory (Ex. 14:4,30).
The difficult part to understand is that Jehovah declares that all men are alike in both nature and works. Let us look at it:
All men are dust, or better, they are made of the same dust, therefore, they are all alike as to their nature. “And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7). After eating from the tree of the science of good and evil, the condemnation was: “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Gen. 3:19). Well, if the prize for sin is to return to dust, and in returning to dust, Jehovah Elohim told them, for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return, he was revealing that whoever is made of dust cannot be better than dust. As Adam was made out of the dust, Jehovah did not have any intention for Adam to be different, and Adam fell because he was dust. What is the dust, however, in the language of Jehovah Elohim? Dust is food for the serpent. “And the Jehovah said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life” (Gen. 3:14). As serpents do not eat dust, for as a carnivorous animal they feed on meat, the dust that it eats are men, for Jehovah call them dust. When Jehovah Elohim made Adam from the dust of the earth, he was preparing the feast for the devil, for the serpent is the devil, or Satan. “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world” (Rev. 12:9). What is dust, really? Dust is flesh. Jehovah said, for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return, that is, before death, when still in the flesh. Adam was dust, and after the flesh is dead, it turns into dust. If before the physical death man is dust, dust is flesh, and flesh is the food of the serpent. The prophet Zephaniah declares, “And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Jehovah: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung” (Zeph. 1:17). “When He rained meat upon them like the dust, even winged fowl like the sand of the seas” (Ps. 78:27).
The prophecy of Jehovah over Israel was that they would be dust. The promise to Abraham: “For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered” (Gen. 13:15-16). To Jacob, Jehovah also said, “And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 28:14). But dust is food for the serpent, that is, for the devil. Israel was created to be food for the serpent (Gen. 3:14).
Jehovah promised to create new heavens and a new earth. “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: AND DUST SHALL BE THE SERPENT’S MEAT” Is. 65:17-25).
This is very strange. Jehovah is going to create a new heaven and a new earth as imperfect as the first ones? There will be young men dying when they are 100 years old, in there; there will be tired old men; there will be cursed sinners; they will build houses and plant vineyards; and as there will be death, there will be abundant food for the devil, for dust will be the food for the serpent. And all of this will be forever, says verse 18. This all contradicts what Jesus and the disciples taught. In the new heavens that Jesus is going to create, there will no longer be death. “And [God] shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away” (Rev. 21:4). “And there shall no longer be any curse” (Rev. 22:3). They will neither build any houses, because the celestial Jerusalem comes all ready(Rev. 21:2). And as everyone will have eternal life, there will not be any food for the serpent, that is, dust. And there will not be any serpent or devil, for he will be thrown in the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet will be (Rev. 20:10). Death and hell will also be thrown in the lake of fire (Rev. 20:14).
They are, therefore, two different creations and two different projects. In the project of Jehovah, chaos will go on, and the devil will reign with death.
Christians have only a small problem: they have to stop being dust, that is, flesh. They need to find out that flesh and blood do not inherit the kingdom of God, nor corruption inherits incorruption. The place of the flesh is not in heaven, but on the cross. “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Gal. 5:24).
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira