As we have showed in the leaflet “DRAGON 2”, Jehovah said: “I will open my mouth in a parable. I will utter dark sayings of old” (Ps. 78:2). And the apostle Paul revealed to us a parable of Jehovah in the New Testament: “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). In this allegory Paul reveals that the covenant of Jehovah is in this world, and reveals that the people of Israel, which is the people of Jehovah, is slave to the law. The earthly Jerusalem is the basis for this covenant, and Jehovah declares that he lives in the earthly Jerusalem. “For Jehovah has chosen Zion. He has desired it for his habitation. This is my resting place forever. Here I will live, for I have desired it” (Ps. 132:13-14). “Blessed be Jehovah from Zion, Who dwells at Jerusalem. Praise Jehovah!” (Ps. 135:21). “Some of the heads of fathers’ [houses], when they came to the house of Jehovah which is in Jerusalem, offered willingly for the house of God to set it up in its place” (Ezra 2:68). “So you will know that I am Jehovah, your God, dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain. Then Jerusalem will be holy, and no strangers will pass through her any more” (Joel 3:17).
Now, Jesus declared: “You are from beneath. I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world” (John 8:23). And he also said: “My Kingdom is not of this world. If my Kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight, that I wouldn’t be delivered to the Jews. But now my Kingdom is not from here” (John 18:36). And Paul declared: “And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me for his heavenly Kingdom” (2 Tim. 4:18). Therefore they are two kingdoms with two different heads. Jehovah preached only the earthly kingdom, and Jesus preached only the heavenly kingdom, which was never mentioned in the Old Testament. Jesus said: “The law and the prophets were until John. From that time the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached” (Luke 16:16). When Jehovah called Abram, he was 75 years old and lived in Haran (Gen. 12:1-4). Jehovah called him to show him the land of the Canaanites as an everlasting inheritance. “I will give to you, and to your seed after you, the land where you are traveling, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession. I will be their God” (Gen. 17:8). But Stephen declares another thing about Abram’s calling: “‘Brothers and fathers, listen. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,’ and said to him, ‘Get out of your land, and from your relatives, and come into a land which I will show you.’ Then he came out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and lived in Haran. From there, when his father was dead, God moved him into this land [Canaan], where you are now living. He gave him no inheritance in it” (Acts 7:2-5). In Gen. 12:1-4 Jehovah called Abram when he lived in Haran. Stephen, in the above text of Acts 7:2-5, declared that there was another calling when Abram was in Ur of the Chaldeans; therefore Abram must have been very young, for his father lived a long time in Haran, and Abram moved to Canaan only after his death. Certainly it was Jesus, the God of Glory, who appeared to Abraham in Ur of the Chaldeans and preached to him the gospel, as we read in Gal. 3:5-9. And John reveals about this that Abram saw the day of Christ and rejoiced (John 8:56). And Christ also spoke to him about the kingdom of God, the Father, and of the heavenly Jerusalem, and of the resurrection of the saved and the cross, etc. And Abram believed in Christ; therefore, when later Jehovah promised the land of Canaan as an inheritance, Abram received the heavenly inheritance, that is, the heavenly Jerusalem, and did not accept the gift of Jehovah (Heb. 11:8-10). Jehovah, frustrated with Abram’s firmness in the future promise of Christ, took him to Egypt to pervert Sarai there, as a lover of Pharaoh, and gave Hagar to Abram, expecting him to fall because of her. This did not happen, because Abram was righteous. As Egypt was corrupt, as we read in Ez. 23:1-4,8,19,27, if Jehovah took Abram and Sarai to the pigpen, it is obvious that he wanted them in the filth. The slave given to Abram was beautiful and sensual. It was a perfect project to spoil and make the plan of Christ not viable, and configure his earthly plan. The truth is that Abram returned from Egypt as faithful as when he moved to it, and he lived in the land of promise of Jehovah, as in a foreign land, for 100 years, for he went to Canaan when he was 75 years old, and died when he was 175 (Gen. 25:7). And Abraham, for his name was changed, lived in Canaan, the gift of Jehovah, as a stranger and wanderer, longing depart for the heavenly country (Heb. 11:13-16).
The Scriptures say about Pharaoh: “Thus says the Lord Jehovah: ‘Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great monster that lies in the midst of his rivers, that has said, “My river is my own, and I have made it for myself”’” (Ezek. 23:1-4). We read about Egypt in the book of Revelations, speaking of the two witnesses of Jesus: “When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them. Their dead bodies will be in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified” (Rev. 11:7-8). Egypt’s corruption, according to the book of Revelations, was compared to the corruption of Sodom and Jerusalem, the latter fed by the impure milk of Egypt, as we read in Ezek. 23:1-4. And about the dragon, which was Pharaoh, we read: “The great dragon was thrown down, the old serpent, he who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him” (Rev. 12:9). This was the scenario prepared by Jehovah to contaminate Sarai, who is a picture of the nation of Israel, just as Abram is a picture of Jehovah himself. Jehovah also introduced the Egyptian slave into Abram’s family. As he had promised a son to Abram (Gen. 15:1-4), for ten years Abram and Sarai, waited for a promised, longed for, son. Finally, disillusioned, Sarai forced Abram to lay with the Egyptian Hagar to bring forth the promised son. The son of Hagar was born, whom Jehovah’s angel named Ishmael, signifying “god is listening”. After his birth, when he was 14 years old, Sarai, without sexual intercourse, miraculously conceived, and Isaac was born, the promised son, who is not a picture of Israel, but of the Church, as we read in Gal. 4:21-26. The picture of Israel is Ishmael. We see that Pharaoh, the great dragon, performed an extremely important role in the project of Jehovah, and that the degenerated influence of Egypt was so amalgamated in Israel’s heart, that it caused the destruction of the two kingdoms. And the book of Revelations, written more than 100 years after Christ, calls Jerusalem, the city where Jehovah lived, Sodom and Egypt (Rev. 11:7-8). As Jehovah calls himself the potter, who makes the people as he wills, like the potter makes the vessel, he is the author of the corruption and destruction of the kingdom of Israel.
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira