(292) – DRAGON 4

 

We recounted how Jehovah took Abraham and Sarai to Egypt, in the leaflet “DRAGON 2”. Because of the famine, Abram went down to Egypt; Sarai was taken as Pharaoh’s lover; Abram became rich through the favors of Pharaoh; Jehovah stroke Pharaoh and his house with terrible plagues; Pharaoh, then, returned Sarai, and Abram went away from Egypt a rich man. Jehovah told Abram that his offspring would wander as slaves in a foreign land for 400 years, and would depart afterwards with great wealth (Gen. 15:13-14). The method used by Jehovah was to cause to happen in the lives of Abram and Sarai what would happen in the time of Moses. Let us see how this picture was fulfilled: Two hundred years later Jacob was more than 100 years old, and his sons went to Sechem to watch over his father’s sheep (Gen. 37:18). Eleven of his sons went, for Joseph, Jacob’s favorite, remained back home. As they delayed, Jacob sent Joseph after them to see if all was well (Gen. 37:13-14). His brothers saw him and conspired to kill him, because they were envious and jealous of him (Gen. 37:18). Reuben, Jacob’s first-born, was against the crime (Gen. 37:21). There came a caravan of Ishmaelite, so Judah suggested selling Joseph as slave. When the idea was approved, they killed a male goat and smeared the blood on Joseph’s varicolored tunic, which was a gift from his father Jacob (Gen. 37:26-31). The perverse sons told Jacob that a wild animal had killed Joseph, and showed him the tunic stained with blood. Jacob tore his garments, and put sackcloth on his loins, and mourned for his beloved son many days (Gen. 37:32-35). The Ishmaelite (descendants of Ishmael, son of Abraham) sold Joseph in Egypt, to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh (Gen. 39:1). Jehovah blessed everything that Joseph did, and the business of Potiphar, eunuch of Pharaoh, prospered very much (Gen. 39:1-6). The wife of Potiphar tried to seduce Joseph, who, being righteous and faithful, refused. Feeling offended, she grabbed his garment and accused him before Potiphar. Furious, Potiphar sent Joseph to prison. There, in the prison, were Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker, accused of sinning against the king. The cupbearer told Joseph a dream: “The chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, “In my dream, behold, a vine was in front of me, and in the vine were three branches. It was as though it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes. Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand” (Gen. 40:9-11). Joseph interpreted it, saying: “This is its interpretation: the three branches are three days. Within three more days, Pharaoh will lift up your head, and restore you to your office. You will give Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, the way you did when you were his cupbearer” (Gen. 40:12-13). And it happened exactly as Joseph had said. Two years passed, and Pharaoh had a dream: “It happened at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and behold, he stood by the river. Behold, there came up out of the river seven cattle, sleek and fat, and they fed in the marsh grass. Behold, seven other cattle came up after them out of the river, ugly and thin, and stood by the other cattle on the brink of the river. The ugly and thin cattle ate up the seven sleek and fat cattle. So Pharaoh awoke” (Gen.41:1-4). And Pharaoh dreamed another dream: “He slept and dreamed a second time: and behold, seven heads of grain came up on one stalk, healthy and good. Behold, seven heads of grain, thin and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them. The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy and full ears. Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream” (Gen. 41:5-7). Pharaoh, disturbed, sent for the wise men of Egypt, but none of them could interpret the dreams. Then the cupbearer remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh how he had been restored in his functions (Gen. 41:10-13). Pharaoh urgently sent for Joseph and told him his two dreams. Then, Joseph, enlightened by Jehovah, who is the author of this remarkable story, self-confidently told Pharaoh: “The dream of Pharaoh is one. What God is about to do he has declared to Pharaoh. The seven good cattle are seven years; and the seven good heads of grain are seven years. The dream is one. The seven thin and ugly cattle that came up after them are seven years, and also the seven empty heads of grain blasted with the east wind; they will be seven years of famine. That is the thing which I spoke to Pharaoh. What God is about to do he has shown to Pharaoh. Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt. There will arise after them seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land” (Gen. 41:25-30).

And Joseph said to Pharaoh: “Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand, and put it on Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in robes of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck, and he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had. They cried before him, ‘Bow the knee!’ He set him over all the land of Egypt. Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I am Pharaoh, and without you shall no man lift up his hand or his foot in all the land of Egypt’” (Gen. 41:42-44).

The fields produced in abundance for seven years, and Joseph stored up the grain for seven years. When the seven years of famine came, Joseph gathered the gold of Egypt and of the surrounding nations, and brought it to the hands of Pharaoh (Gen. 47:13-14). After that the livestock was brought to Pharaoh (Gen. 47:15-17), and after that, the owners of land sold their properties for food, and finally, the people became slaves to Pharaoh for food (Gen. 47:19-24).

Now, Jehovah declared that Pharaoh is the great dragon (Ezek. 29:3). In the book of Revelations we read that the dragon is Satan (Rev. 12:9). Pharaoh is a picture of Satan. Therefore, who established Joseph as the lord of all Egypt? It was Satan who said: “Only in the throne I will be greater than you” (Gen. 41:40). The glory of Joseph came from Satan. Joseph worked to increase the riches of Pharaoh, that is, Satan, the great dragon.

Joseph declared to his brothers that they were not guilty of selling him as slaves to the Ishmaelites. The author of the whole project, with all its details, was Jehovah. And he told them that he was placed as lord over Egypt to help them in the time of famine (Gen. 45:1-8).

But the plan of Jehovah was to take the family of Jacob to Egypt, and that was what happened. Joseph sent for his father (Gen. 45:9-10), and Jacob hurried to Egypt with 67 souls of his household (Gen. 46:26). The innocent Joseph thought that he was saving his people from death from the famine, but, on the contrary, he was taking his father and family to be nurtured with the milk of Sodom; for in Revelation, Sodom and Egypt were identical as to corruption of costumes (Rev. 11:8). The project of Jehovah was to destroy the people of Israel before they became a kingdom. Jehovah himself said it: “Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother: and they played the prostitute in Egypt; they played the prostitute in their youth; there were their breasts pressed, and there was handled the bosom of their virginity. The names of them were Oholah the elder, and Oholibah her sister: and they became mine, and they bore sons and daughters. As for their names, Samaria is Oholah, and Jerusalem Oholibah” (Ezek. 23:2-4). “Neither has she left her prostitution since [the days of] Egypt; for in her youth they lay with her, and they handled the bosom of her virginity; and they poured out their prostitution on her” (Ezek. 23:8). Poor Joseph, who was manipulated into doing evil to his people thinking that he was doing good.

(to be continued in DRAGON 5)

By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira

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