It is not so much the truth that a man knows, that gets him into trouble; but rather it is what he believes is true, that just isn’t so. Any decision based on an error will hinder our pursuit of a truth. But, most egregious of all, that same error will halt our advancement into deeper truths. Adopting an errors (false images), as a truth, is like creating a file in our mind that is useless. In fact, this erroneous file is less than useless; for when a real truth comes along, we are more likely to toss that truth out without any real consideration of it, because it does not fit anywhere in our file cabinet.
False Images Are Deadly
We all have “false images.” These are not images created of gold, silver, wood or stone but rather they are images in our minds that depict a false reality. We have received these false images from our family, friends, schools, TV, radio, the written word and even pastors. We have been taught the ways we “should go all our life; but is it possible that those ways are, in reality, the ways we should not go? Is it possible that those ways are in fact the ways that lead to death and destruction?
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. (Pro 16:25)
Jeremiah speaks of these errors as it relates to the last days saying,
O Yehovah (O LORD), my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto You from the ends of the earth, and shall say, surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. Jer 16:19
Thus says Yehovah: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls. Jer 6:16
False Images Can Be Toppled
We all want rest for our souls (our minds and our emotions), but our false images prevent us from coming to that rest. Identifying and, even more, destroying the many false images that we have all grown so accustomed to is a monumental task; and requires not only a change of mind, but also a change of the heart, in order to allow our mind to even accept the possibility of errors in our reasoning.
The knowledge that there is a possibility of errors, false images, in our minds; gives us the opportunity to look at other possibilities and, hopefully, come to the knowledge of the truth. As Jeremiah said “stand in the ways” (look at other options) and search out the “old paths,” the “narrow way” and walk in it.
Our False Images Control Our Actions
This realignment of our heart and mind will also result in a change in our actions, which the Creator of the universe says He will judge every man according to.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear Elohim [the lawmaker and judge], and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of the man [Ha-a-dam]. For Elohim shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Ecc 12:13-14
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, Yehovah, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man [eesh] according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings. Jer 17:9-10
Renewing Our Mind Begins With Toppling False Images
Apostle Paul speaks of this tearing down of false images as the “renewing of the mind.”
And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Elohim. Rom 12:2
Notice, it is only the “will of Yehovah” which is “good, and acceptable, and perfect.” All other wills, my will, your will and the wills of all others are imperfect and lead to destruction.
For the commandments are a lamp, and the Torah a light; reproofs of instruction are the way of life. (Pro 6:23)
Thus says Yehovah: “Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death. (Jer 21:8)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgments. (Psa 119:105-106)
Here Is An Example Of A False Image
Is being “left behind” good or bad? We have all heard songs that say, “I wish we’d all been ready” so none would have been “left behind.” Let’s see what Yeshua, talking about these latter days, actually said about those who get “taken away.”
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the son of man be. Mat 24:37-39
Who were the ones who actually remained on the earth in Yeshua’s example? Was it not righteous Noah and his family who remained; and the people who were “eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage” who were “taken away” from the earth by the flood?
For the upright will dwell in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the earth, and the unfaithful will be uprooted from it. Pro 2:21-22
The righteous will never be removed, but the wicked will not inhabit the earth. Pro 10:30
For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on Yehovah, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more. (Psa 37:9-10)
The face of Yehovah is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. (Psa 34:16)
So we see, “left behind” is very good, while being “taken away,” is very bad.
Most People Will Be Destroyed Because Of The False Images They Cherish So Dearly
False images must be torn down and disposed of before they destroy us. Even John the baptist brought false images to the attention of the men he baptized.
Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, and were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Mat 3:5-7
When the Pharisees and the Sadducees came to him, with their “false image of righteousness” he said,
Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance. Mat 3:5-7
And even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Mat 3:10
Only those who bear fruits worthy of repentance will be “left behind,” while all others (with their families) will be destroyed because their deeds and their works are wicked.
Tearing down a false images like that of being “left behind” is a good start; but it can not be done without replacing it with the correct image found Yehovah’s word.
Tearing Down False Images Begins With Building A Firm Foundation
Precepts are the building blocks, the foundation that these true images must be built on. So let’s begin by formulating a set of precepts that will last an eternity; a set of truths that do not change. With these precepts under our belts, so to speak, we can begin to discern between our many false images and Yehovah’s true images, and at the same time, gain a deeper and truer understanding of how wonderful and righteous the Creator is.
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31 thoughts on “False Images”
You are always auch a blessing.
El Shaddai is having a Shavuot celebration / picnic Sun. 5/23 @ Clarks Creek South park S.W. of downtown Puyallup… 10 – 3 is the official time, Early bird worship and prayer @ 8:30 to assemble all by the 3rd hour, 9:00 – Hoping for moderate weather.
Thanks Michael – you are to kind!
Ha – I am glad they having this feast on the correct day. Sounds like a nice gathering is planned!
Thanks, Michael! Adonai bless you.
Thank you Denise – He does bless me with friends like you!
Wonderful post!!! thank you so much!!!
Thank you Michael, for sharing with me…I never tire of learning YHWH’S truths and precepts. You are a blessing ! Shalom
Wow! Thank you Michael. This is a confirmation of things Jesus has been telling me.
It is fun to see others coming to the same point where I have been standing. But just because there are several of us “here” doesn’t prove we are in the correct place!One of my favorite quotes, “I know some of the things I believe are just not true. I wish I knew which ones they are.” Through repeated study of the Word we will root out all those inherited falsehoods if we constantly hold our images up to the Truth for comparison.
A few years ago the Holy Spirit pricked my heart concerning the Rapture. Through studying the Word and being directed to various Torah Observant believers, Yeshua showed me that what had been taught concerning a Pre-Trib. Rapture was a false teaching which led to complacent Believers.
Thanks for sharing what YHVH shows you. I look forward to learning & growing more. This is one sheep who likes to eat.
what a great and wonderful teaching from the Word.
Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
This scripture, has taken hold of my heart this day.
How often do we stop short reading only up for our mind to be renewed…And not looking, searching what is the perfect will of Yah.
As I have used the word “we”, I know that ” I ” have been guilty of this!
And by reading this, a truth has come and settled in my heart. What more can we asked for, praise Yah for setting His people free!
Thanks for the reminder about the false christ’s to come before real Lord and savior appears in clouds to the Holy Church of Christ. I am fully vigelent and prayerfully waiting for Christ. Pray for me and for the CRRD ministry, this ministry God has shown to me to revive people those who lost in sin after accepting the true Lord the Christ the Messiah.
Thank you for your thought-provoking articles. Go where the Peace is…
Thank you Grant!
Thank you for these teachings of truths, I never received it in the churches of the world.
Thank you Michael, for sharing with meâ€¦I never tire of learning YHWHâ€™S truths and precepts. You are a blessing ! Shalom
Thought you might like to know that it was Elbert Hubbard, an old country philosopher of the late 1800’s that said, “Tain’t what we don’t know that hurts us. It’s what we know that just ain’t so!”
This is a profound truth, and one that has even split congregations!
I have always given Samuel Clemens the credit for that quote.
It is so true!
Shalom Michael, thank you for this teaching! May you be blessed my brother.
Thank you once again Michael. This brought so much peace to my mind.
Love this teaching! Thank you!
Blessings, Brother Micheal, Thank you for the teaching!
So true and refreshing the word of Yehovah refreshes the soul and spirit.
I love The law. I delight in it!
Dear sweet Bonnie Lou,
I love that you are a woman who has eyes that see and a heart that is beginning to understand Yehovah’s ways for a man and His woman. It is easy to just approve a comment for my blog and not say anything. But I always want to see to it that His word and ways are not being misunderstood. In my writings you will see (probably have seen already) that Yehovah’s “law”, His Torah, His instructions, were only given to His Ezrach (born in the land) men. He speaks to them and they speak to their women, children, male and female servants and even the Ger who dwells with them.
As I have said many times, Yehovah never told a woman to do anything, that is up to her man.
I believe that what you ARE saying is that you love His eternal and unchanging ways, His system concerning how His men and their woman are to live. I too delight in that righteous system.
Thanks for reading Bonnie and for leaving this beautiful comment for me and others.
I want to learn more about the most high god and know the real truth.
I also need to know if the Bible for everybody, cause I’m being told it’s not.
Dear sweet Dawn,
I’m going to try to answer both of your comments with this message. “Is the Bible for everybody?” Sounds like a simple question for most people, but it is really a complex question. First, what is this thing that people call the “Bible”? This book is composed of many things. It begins with Yehovah’s words given to Israel, His spiritually born men, through Moses. It also contains His words given to Israel through His prophets as well. These ONLY are Yehovah’s words and it is through these words that people come to know Him.
There are also many other books that describe Israel’s history, including books of wisdom but these are NOT Yehovah’s words or what Peter calls His oracles. The way that leads to life for a man and for a man’s woman are NOT the same. It is by learning His oracles that we begin to understand the created purpose for a man and for a woman. I have written many articles to help women understand their role. Probably the best place for you to start is with the “Woman Of Worth” article which will lead you to many other articles.
There are two real problems that we face in developing deeper understandings. The first goes back to understanding what Yehovah’s words, His oracles, actually are. Like me, for the first 45 years of my life, most people spend their time reading their “New Testament” which is NOT Yehovah’s word. Those books were actually added to the Hebrew Scriptures in the 4th century by the Catholic Church. Here is an article that I found recently that confirmed what I have suspected for almost 15 years. It is called “New Testament Origins“. That said, please close your NT and begin learning Yehovah’s words anew. I have taught Torah, The first five books of the Tanakh verse by verse (the Old Testament) for many years. All those teaching are available here. Journey Through Torah
So as I said, the first problem is not being able to distinguish between what is Yehovah’s word is in this thing we call the Bible. The second has to do with a phenomenon that began about 150 years ago. It is called “feminism” and it has led women in a way that Yehovah never intended for them to go. This is why I say that that we must learn the role of a man and the role of a man’s woman! A woman NEVER comes before Yehovah. It is only the man who can appear before Yehovah and then ONLY AFTER he has left the kingdom of His birth and joined himself to Yehovah’s spiritually born Ezrach men, Israel. Yehovah did not give a single commandment to the Egyptians or any Gentiles, He gave them to His Ezrach men AFTER they left Egypt with their families.
Hope this, and especially these links, will help you develop some better and deeper understandings.
In His Service,
What is the false images
As I said in the first paragraph of this article.
Most of my writings on this site addresses the false images we have held in our minds that are “just not so”. It is truth that set people free of them. We currently live in a time of great political awakening and may are coming to the light. But there is sooo much more to see and understand. (For example:Understanding the created purpose for a man and for a woman. How does a man join himself to Yehovah’s people and then enter into a covenant with Him. What are Yehovah’s expectations for a woman. What is righteousness and what is sin. Here is a good one. Is the New Testament Yehovah’s word? And a 1000+ other questions.) We have learned many lies and those lies are the “false images” we hold as true in our minds.