Understanding Unlawful Images

What is above the Law?

 

  • The first commandment given to Israel upon coming out of Egypt was as follows:

Exodus 19:5 

Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

Jeremiah 11:3 

And say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD Alahayim of Israel; Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant,

Jeremiah 11:4 

Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your Alahayim:

Jeremiah 11:5 

That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day. Then answered I, and said, So be it, O LORD.

  • Obeying Ahayah’s voice must be done and precedes His commands in His law. Hence for example, it’s unlawful to kill and it’s righteous to have mercy, yet Saul was rejected for not obeying the word of the Lord to kill Amalek when he spared him:

1Sa 15:2 

Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.

1Sa 15:3  

Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

1Sa 15:7 

And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt.

1Sa 15:8 

And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

1Sa 15:9 

But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

1Sa 15:10 

Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying,

1Sa 15:11 

It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.

1 Samuel 15:22 

And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

1 Samuel 15:23 

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

  • Also, the Israelites made league with the Canaanites though commanded not to and it was a snare unto them for not obeying the Lord’s voice. 

Joshua 23:11 

Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your Alahayim.

Joshua 23:12 

Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you:

Joshua 23:13 

Know for a certainty that the LORD your Alahayim will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your Alahayim hath given you.

  • Sadly they didn’t obey his voice: 

Judges 2:1 

And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.

Judges 2:2 

And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?

Judges 2:3 

Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their alahayim shall be a snare unto you.

  • Also, though it is not lawful to make molten images, Moses was commanded to make a serpent

Num 21:8  

And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

  • He obeyed Ahayah’s voice which made his act righteous, though making the image was unlawful to do which shows obeying His voice is above all else: 

Barnabas 12:6 

Yea and further though Moses gave the commandment; Ye shall not have a molten or a carved image for your Alahayim, yet he himself made one that he might show them a type of Yache. So Moses maketh a brazen serpent, and setteth it up conspicuously, and summoneth the people by proclamation.

  • Moses was blameless in that he obeyed the Lord’s voice to make what was unlawful by the commandments. There was a purpose for what Ahayah commanded to be done as well:

Barnabas 12:7 

When therefore they were assembled together they entreated Moses that he should offer up intercession for them that they might be healed. And Moses said unto them; Whensoever, said he, one of you shall be bitten, let him come to the serpent which is placed on the tree, and let him believe and hope that the serpent being himself dead can make alive; and forthwith he shall be saved. And so they did. Here again thou hast in these things also the glory of Yache, how that in Him and unto Him are all things.

  • So the brazen serpent being put up on a tree and believing the dead serpent can make them alive was a testimony of Yache who was to die on the cross/tree so that believing on him, we may live: 

John 3:14 

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

John 3:15 

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

  • The testimony of the serpent also showed that it is by Ahayah's word that we are saved not by the serpent that was seen:

Wisdom of Solomon 16:6 

But they were troubled for a small season, that they might be admonished, having a sign of salvation, to put them in remembrance of the commandment of thy law.

Wisdom of Solomon 16:7 

For he that turned himself toward it was not saved by the thing that he saw, but by thee, that art the Saviour of all.

Wisdom of Solomon 16:12 

For it was neither herb, nor mollifying plaister, that restored them to health: but thy word, O Lord, which healeth all things.

  • The serpent was a testimony of obeying Ahayah’s voice, which is what saves us and his word heals as the people obeyed what he said to do to be healed and they were healed by that word. We have other examples of how, obeying Ahayah’s voice proceeds everything else in Levi who was commanded to exact vengeance and kill though the law commands not to kill and vengeance is the Lord’s: 

Testament of Levi 5:3-4

Then the angel brought me down to the earth, and gave me a shield and a sword, and said to me: Execute vengeance on Shechem because 4 of Dinah, thy sister, and I will be with thee because THE LORD hath sent me. And I destroyed at 5 that time the sons of Hamor, as it is written in the heavenly tables. 

Testament of Levi 6:1-4

6 1 And when I was going to my father, I found a brazen shield; wherefore also the name of the 2 mountain is Aspis, which is near Gebal, to the south of Abila and I kept these words in my 3 heart. And after this I counseled my father, and Reuben my brother, to bid the sons of Hamor not to be circumcised; for I was zealous because of the abomination which they had wrought on 4, 5 my sister. 

  • Ahayah was with Levi to execute vengeance. He lead Simeon to deceive the Shechemites to destroy them, though “bearing false witness” is against the law.

Jasher 33:37-39, 52

37. And Simeon said to them , here is a proper advice for you; tell them to circumcise every male amongst them as we are circumcised, and if they do not wish to do this, we shall take our daughter from them and go away. 38. And if they consent to do this and will do it, then when they are sunk down with pain, we will attack them with our swords as upon one who is quiet and peaceable, and we will slay every male person amongst them. 39. And Simeon's advice pleased them, and Simeon and Levi resolved to do unto them as it was proposed.

52. And they circumcised Shechem and Hamor his father, and the five brothers of Shechem, and then everyone rose up and went home, for this thing was from AHAYAH against the city of Shechem, and from AHAYAH was Simeon's counsel in this matter, in order that AHAYAH might deliver the city of Shechem into the hands of Jacob's two sons.

  • Ahayah has his reasons for all things though it might not look right to man: 

Testament of Levi 6:5-11

And I slew Shechem first, and Simeon slew Hamor. And after this my brothers 6 came and smote that city with the edge of the sword. And my father heard these things and was wroth, and he was grieved in that they had received the circumcision, and after that had been 7 put to death, and in his blessings he looked amiss upon us. For we sinned because we had done 8 this thing against his will, and he was sick on that day. But I saw that the sentence of Alahayim was for evil upon Shechem; for they sought to do to Sarah and Rebecca as they had done to Dinah our 9 sister, but THE LORD prevented them. And they persecuted Abraham our father when he was a stranger, and they vexed his flocks when they were big with young; and Eblaen, who was born in his 10 house, they most shamefully handled. And thus they did to all strangers, taking away their 11 wives by force, and they banished them. But the wrath of THE LORD came upon them to the uttermost.

  • Though it seemed a sin to Jacob, for Levi and Simeon obeying Ahayah's voice were counted righteous on the heavenly tablets to help understand obeying Ahayah’s voice is essential even if others may not understand or agree.

Jubilees 30:17,20

17. For this reason I have commanded thee, saying: "Testify this testimony to Israel: see how the Shechemites fared and their sons: how they were delivered into the hands of two sons of Jacob, and they slew them under tortures, and it was (reckoned) unto them for righteousness, and it is written down to them for righteousness.  20. And we remember the righteousness which the man fulfilled during his life, at all periods of the year; until a thousand generations they will record it, and it will come to him and to his descendants after him, and he hath been recorded on the heavenly tables as a friend and a righteous man.

  • Though the law says not to kill, when weighed in the balance the act is just when obeying Ahayah’s voice: 

Testament of Asher 4:1-5

4 1 For good men, even they that are of single face, though they be thought by them that are double 2 faced to sin, are just before Alahayim. For many in killing the wicked do two works, of good and evil; 3 but the whole is good, because he hath uprooted and destroyed that which is evil.

  • In all actions, one has to weigh whats right in the sight of Alahayim not man, to ensure we are obeying the Lord’s voice to be seen as truly good in his sight:

4 One man hateth the merciful and unjust man, and the man who committeth adultery and fasteth: this, too, hath a twofold aspect, but the whole work is good, because he followeth THE LORD’s example, in that he accepteth not the seeming good as the genuine good. 5 For such men are like to stags and to hinds, because in the manner of wild animals they seem to be unclean, but they are altogether clean; because they walk in zeal for THE LORD and abstain from what Alahayim also hateth and forbiddeth by His commandments, warding off the evil from the good.

  • Through the law and testimonies, obeying Ahayah’s voice is above all and our simplicity is to be truly good walking in what is right in the sight of Alahayim obeying his voice regardless of what others may think, so that we may live:

Matthew 4:4 

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of Alahayim.

Were the Images of the Temple Lawful?

  • Understanding that obeying Ahayah’s voice comes first and there is meaning to the testimonies left to us, let's example whether the images made when Solomon built the House of Ahayah were lawful. Firstly, Ahayah showed Moses the pattern of the tabernacle in heaven: 

Heb 8:5  

Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of Alahayim when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. 

  • So what Moses was to make was the replica of what is in heaven. Mind you, it’s unlawful to make graven images, the similitude of any figure, likeness of male or female, or a molten image:

Deu 27:15  

Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen. 

Deuteronomy 4:15 

Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:

Deuteronomy 4:16 

Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,

Deuteronomy 4:17 

The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,

Deuteronomy 4:18 

The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:

  • These commands are right and true, yet these commands do not precede the first commandment given to Israel upon coming out of Egypt:

Exodus 19:5 

Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

  • Knowing the Law and the first covenant of obeying the Lord’s voice, If Ahayah commands something to be made, though unlawful to do in His law, it is still a just work because one is obeying his voice. Now, let’s see what Ahayah commands:

Exodus 25:1 

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Exodus 25:2 

Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.

Exodus 25:8 

And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

Exodus 25:9 

According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.

Exodus 25:18 

And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.

Exo 26:31

 And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made:

Exodus 26:1 

Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them.

  • The sanctuary being made after the pattern of the one in heaven helps understand that cherubim's are apart of the design and they are lawful to make for the sanctuary of Ahayah because that is obeying his voice to do it for His sanctuary. Though it’s not lawful to make molten images of gold nor carved images in general which makes making an image of a cherubim for any other purpose unlawful because of the commandments not to make graven images, likenesses, or similitudes of any male or female figure in heaven. For confirmation that making cherubim are righteous for the house of Ahayah, Ezekiel saw the vision of the house of Ahayah that Israel is to build in Christ’s kingdom and it will also have cherubim's: 

 

Ezekiel 40:2-4 

In the visions of Alahayim brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.

Ezekiel 40:3 

And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.

Ezekiel 40:4 

And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall shew thee; for to the intent that I might shew them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel.

Ezekiel 41:1, 18-25 

Afterward he brought me to the temple, and measured the posts, six cubits broad on the one side, and six cubits broad on the other side, which was the breadth of the tabernacle.

Ezekiel 41:17 To that above the door, even unto the inner house, and without, and by all the wall round about within and without, by measure.

Ezekiel 41:18 

And it was made with cherubims and palm trees, so that a palm tree was between a cherub and a cherub; and every cherub had two faces;

Ezekiel 41:19 

So that the face of a man was toward the palm tree on the one side, and the face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other side: it was made through all the house round about.

Ezekiel 41:20 

From the ground unto above the door were cherubims and palm trees made, and on the wall of the temple.

Ezekiel 41:23 

And the temple and the sanctuary had two doors.

Ezekiel 41:25 

And there were made on them, on the doors of the temple, cherubims and palm trees, like as were made upon the walls; and there were thick planks upon the face of the porch without.

Eze 43:10-12

Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.

Eze 43:11  

And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.

Eze 43:12  

This is the law of the house; Upon the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.

 

  • Through scripture understanding the form, fashion and law of the house to come and know of the pattern shown to Moses in the heavens, both of which we see there are cherubims, but no bull or lion figures in them or commanded to be made. Solomon made cherubims in the house of Ahayah as well which was lawful to do as we now know by Ahayah’s commands and the patterns of the tabernacle of old and the fashion of the House to come in Christ’s kingdom:

 

1 Kings 6:11, 19, 23, 27-29, 31-32

And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD.

1 Kings 6:16

And he built twenty cubits on the sides of the house, both the floor and the walls with boards of cedar: he even built them for it within, even for the oracle, even for the most holy place.

1 Kings 6:19

And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there the ark of the covenant of the LORD.

1 Kings 6:23

And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive tree, each ten cubits high.

1 Kings 6:27

And he set the cherubims within the inner house: and they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst of the house.

1 Kings 6:28

And he overlaid the cherubims with gold.

1 Kings 6:29

And he carved all the walls of the house round about with carved figures of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, within and without.

1 Kings 6:31

And for the entering of the oracle he made doors of olive tree: the lintel and side posts were a fifth part of the wall.

1 Kings 6:32 

The two doors also were of olive tree; and he carved upon them carvings of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold, and spread gold upon the cherubims, and upon the palm trees.

  • So Cherubim statues of gold were erected in the Holy place along with the doors and the walls round about the house were covered with cherubim. All this was lawful to do for the House of Ahayah because cherubim's were used for the tabernacle Moses made as well.

The unlawful images of the House of the Lord

  • Solomon hired Hiram, a man of Tyre, [I Kings 7:13-14]and he made a molten sea, bases, and wheel plates with similitudes of creatures that Ahayah didn’t command. [I kings 7:29-50] These items went outside of the House on the porch in the courts to the south eastern side of the House:

1 Kings 7:13-14 

And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.

1 Kings 7:14 

He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.

  • The sea for the priest was put in the court of the House:

2 Chronicles 4:9, 6 

Furthermore he made the court of the priests, and the great court, and doors for the court, and overlaid the doors of them with brass.

2 Chronicles 4:6 

He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on the left, to wash in them: such things as they offered for the burnt offering they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in.

1 Kings 7:39 

And he put five bases on the right side of the house, and five on the left side of the house: and he set the sea on the right side of the house eastward over against the south.

  • The bases and the sea for the priests were outside of the House in the inner courts. There were unlawful images made by Hiram on the items in the inner court of the House:

2 Chronicles 4:2-3 

Also he made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and five cubits the height thereof; and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.

2 Chronicles 4:3 

And under it was the similitude of oxen, which did compass it round about: ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about. Two rows of oxen were cast, when it was cast.

  • The bases with wheels and plates

1 Kings 7:27 

And he made ten bases of brass; four cubits was the length of one base, and four cubits the breadth thereof, and three cubits the height of it.

1 Kings 7:29 

And on the borders that were between the ledges were lions, oxen, and cherubims: and upon the ledges there was a base above: and beneath the lions and oxen were certain additions made of thin work.

  • The wheel plates of the bases

1 Kings 7:30, 36-37, 40 

And every base had four brasen wheels, and plates of brass: and the four corners thereof had undersetters: under the laver were undersetters molten, at the side of every addition.

1 Kings 7:36 

For on the plates of the ledges thereof, and on the borders thereof, he graved cherubims, lions, and palm trees, according to the proportion of every one, and additions round about.

1 Kings 7:37 

After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them had one casting, one measure, and one size.

1 Kings 7:40 

And Hiram made the lavers, and the shovels, and the basons. So Hiram made an end of doing all the work that he made king Solomon for the house of the LORD:

  • Through scripture we see, the bulls and lions made by Hiram weren’t in the actual sanctuary but the inner courts and Ahayah never commanded Moses to make bulls and lions, neither are they in the pattern shown to Moses in the mount, nor were those images in the temple to come in Christ’s kingdom. For such reasons as afore mentioned, it was against the law and should not have been put in the courts of the house. Ahayah suffered it to be so as a testimony against the Israelites, for we are the inner courts (Rev11:1) where his altar is. The idols inside the inner courts of the temple symbolizes the idols in our hearts (Jer 9:26; Eze 11:21) and the temple being destroyed symbolizes the wrath that shall come upon those that separate themselves from Ahayah to serve their idols. 

Barnabas 16:7 

I find then that there is a temple, How then shall it be built in the name of THE LORD? Understand ye. Before we believed on Alahayim, the abode of our heart was corrupt and weak, a temple truly built by hands; for it was full of idolatry and was a house of demons, because we did whatsoever was contrary to Alahayim.

  • Christ will build the true temple made without hands in our heart free of idols and demons:

Barnabas 16:8 

But it shall be built in the name of THE LORD. Give heed then that the temple of THE LORD may be built gloriously.

Barnabas 16:9 

How? Understand ye. By receiving the remission of our sins and hoping on the Name we became new, created afresh from the beginning. Wherefore Alahayim dwelleth truly in our habitation within us. How? The word of his faith, the calling of his promise, the wisdom of the ordinances, the commandments of the teaching, He Himself prophesying in us, He Himself dwelling in us, opening for us who had been in bondage unto death the door of the temple, which is the mouth, and giving us repentance leadeth us to the incorruptible temple.

  • The true temple is being built and we must be found faithful in all things to partake in it by having our hearts purified by faith, both Jew and Gentile. (Acts 15:7-9) Now may one understand the words of Yache, when it was said that he will destroy this temple and make another without hands. [Mrk 14:58] 

Mark 14:58 

We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.

  • He was referring to building the true temple gloriously built in our hearts.

Barnabas 16:6 

But let us enquire whether there be any temple of Alahayim. There is; in the place where he himself undertakes to make and finish it. For it is written And it shall come to pass, when the week is being accomplished, the temple of Alahayim shall be built gloriously in the name of THE LORD.

Barnabas 6:15 

For a holy temple unto THE LORD, my brethren, is the abode of our heart

  • Solomon should not have allowed Hiram nor Huram to make those graven images, yet we understand why Ahayah suffered them to do it, because it wasn't his true temple. The temple was left for a testimony against us because the temple with idols was destroyed by the Babylonians as a token that the man of an idolatrous heart shall also be destroyed. On the other hand, the temple made without hands, which is the holy temple of the heart [Barnabas 6:15] purified by the blood of Christ [Heb 9:14] and sanctification of the Holy Spirit,[Rom 3:28-30;5:5;15:16] shall be built up with the remnant of Israel [Rev 7:4,10;14;1-4] and the brethren of the Gentiles [Rev 7:9-10] that are called. [Amos 9:11-12] 

  • Solomon did error as well in making lions in his own house.

1 Kings 9:10

10  And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, when Solomon had built the two houses, the house of Ahayah, and the king's house,

1 Kings 10:18-20

18  Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the best gold.

19  The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round behind: and there were stays on either side on the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the stays.

20  And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps: there was not the like made in any kingdom.

  • Solomon was an ensign, that not by a multitude of wisdom and knowledge were Yache's people going to be delivered, [Sirach 19:24] but by obedience in obeying His voice. [Jer 9:23-24] because he had a lot of wisdom but transgressed the law as well diminishing his glory:

Ecclesiasticus 19:24 

He that hath small understanding, and feareth Alahayim, is better than one that hath much wisdom, and transgresseth the law of the most High.

 

  • Solomon was also a testimony of how head knowledge alone will not make us perfect of heart. David had not a plethora of knowledge, but an obedient heart and walked in simplicity being merciful [I Sam 13;14; I Macc 2:57; I kings 11:4] and his heart was found perfect. Praise Ahayah that Solomon received the seal through repentance [Testament of Solomon] by confessing his faults, that he may receive mercy [James 5:15-16] which was promised to his father David, that Ahayah's mercy would not depart from him. [2 Sam 7:15]

Wisdom of Solomon 11:23

But thou hast mercy upon all; for thou canst do all things, and winkest at the sins of men, because they should amend.

 

  • Ahayah winked at the ignorance, but we are by no means are justified to do the same errors today. We are aware of the laws, the meaning of why Solomon and Hiram were suffered to make the images and what it symbolized for us, so to make or continue with unlawful images would be be unwise, seeing as though the righteous understood unlawful images were against the law as a confirmation for us to know it is indeed against the law for us today: 

4 macc 17:7

[7] And had it been lawful for us to paint, as might some artist, the tale of thy piety, would not the spectators have shuddered at the mother of seven sons suffering for righteousness' sake multitudinous tortures even unto death?

  • It being unlawful to make the similitude of male and female made it unlawful to paint a portrait of the woman and her seven sons suffering. The unlearned make unlawful images: 

Wisdom of Solomon 13:1-10,13-15
[1]Surely vain are all men by nature, who are ignorant of Alahayim, and could not out of the good things that are seen know him that is: neither by considering the works did they acknowledge the workmaster;
[2]But deemed either fire, or wind, or the swift air, or the circle of the stars, or the violent water, or the lights of heaven, to be the alahayim which govern the world.
[3]With whose beauty if they being delighted took them to be alahayim; let them know how much better the Lord of them is: for the first author of beauty hath created them.
[4]But if they were astonished at their power and virtue, let them understand by them, how much mightier he is that made them.
[5]For by the greatness and beauty of the creatures proportionably the maker of them is seen.
[6]But yet for this they are the less to be blamed: for they peradventure err, seeking Alahayim, and desirous  find him.
[7]For being conversant in his works they search him diligently, and believe their sight: because the things are beautiful that are seen.
[8]Howbeit neither are they to be pardoned. 

  • (though we were trying to  find Ahayah and erred, we still will not be pardoned for our iniquity, so ignorance is no excuse for the reason following:) 

[9]For if they were able to know so much, that they could aim at the world; how did they not sooner find out the Lord thereof? 

  • (This is why we are not to be pardoned, because he gave us the mental ability to find him, yet we didn't apply it, even though his creation attest of his existence every day to us.)

[10]But miserable are they, and in dead things is their hope, who call them alahayim, which are the works of men's hands, gold and silver, to shew art in, and resemblances of beasts, or a stone good for nothing, the work of an ancient hand. 

  • This is showing they were making pictures or portraits to resemble beasts in their art from the ancient times

[13]And taking the very refuse among those which served to no use, being a crooked piece of wood, and full of knots, hath carved it diligently, when he had nothing else to do, and formed it by the skill of his understanding, and fashioned it to the image of a man;
[14]Or made it like some vile beast, laying it over with vermilion, and with paint colouring it red, and covering every spot therein;
[15]And when he had made a convenient room for it,
set it in a wall, and made it fast with iron

  • (Its describing how after one has made the picture or image they nail up upon a wall. As one can see picture making is ancient idolatry.)

Wis 13:16 

For he provided for it that it might not fall, knowing that it was unable to help itself; for it is an image, and hath need of help:

  • We are not justified to make unlawful images today because the makers of unlawful images will be punished along with the images they make:

Wis 14:9 

For the unholy and his unholiness are both alike hateful unto Alahayim.

Wis 14:10 

For that which is made shall be punished together with him that made it.

  • Nor is it right to lust after unlawful images:

Wis 15:5 

The sight whereof enticeth fools to lust after it, and so they desire the form of a dead image, that hath no breath.

Wis 15:6 

Both they that make them, they that desire them, and they that worship them, are lovers of evil things, and are worthy to have such things to trust upon.

  • Not only worshipping unlawful images is evil, but making them and desiring them is also evil. 

 

Understanding Unlawful Images

  • An image is unlawful when they go against the commands of the Lord

Exo 20:4  

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 

  • Why shall we not make a carved image or  the likeness of anything?

Deu 4:16

  Lest ye corrupt yourselves,

  • They actually corrupt us when we make them so that is the reason we ought not to make them. What are the types of things that corrupt us if we make their likeness exactly?

and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,

Deu 4:17

  The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,

Deu 4:18

 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:

  • So the making of likeness or similitude of the figure of creatures of heaven, earth or the waters will corrupt us. What other things shall we not make?

Leviticus 26:1

[1]Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image,

  • Not only shall we not make graven images (sculptures/carved images) or likenesses (images) of creatures, but we also shall not make idols (deities) as well. So even if we aren’t making a graven image or likeness of a creature our deity, its still unlawful to make it. What else shall we not do?

neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am Ahayah your Alahayim.

  • We cannot set up standing images (pillars/stumps) or  images of stone to bow down unto. An image of Stone that we shall not bow own unto is self explanatory, don’t make an image of stone, nor bow down to one that someone else has made. Also, example of a standing image  that one bows down to is a Christmas tree:

Jer 10:3  

For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

Jer 10:4  

They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

Jer 10:5  

They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

  • Other unlawful images to make are:

Exo 34:17

 Thou shalt make thee no molten alahayim.

Exo 20:23

 Ye shall not make with me alahayim of silver, neither shall ye make unto you alahayim of gold.

  • We shall not make molten deities casted of metal, gold or silver. Images can be lawful when they do not resemble male or female creatures, aren’t made to worship, or aren’t molten deities. For example, apples aren’t creatures so they are lawful:

Proverbs 25:11 

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

  • Pictures of the sun, moon, stars, aren’t unlawful because they aren’t creatures either. Stars are circles as well:

Wis 13:2 

But deemed either fire, or wind, or the swift air, or the circle of the stars, or the violent water, or the lights of heaven, to be the deities which govern the world.

  • Jacob’s children made maps of stars to know images of stars aren’t unlawful to make:

Jasher 53:18-19

18. And he ordered them to bring before him his map of the stars, whereby Joseph knew all the times, and Joseph said unto Benjamin, I have heard that the Hebrews are acquainted with all wisdom, dost thou know anything of this? 19. And Benjamin said, thy servant is knowing also in all the wisdom which my father taught me,……

  • We just can’t worship the luminaries of heaven but it’s not unlawful to make images of them:

Deu 4:19  

And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy Alahayim hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven. 

  • We do have to be mindful to abstain from all appearance of evil though and the star of Chiun is to be avoided which history shows is the six pointed star:

Amos 5:26

But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your alahayim, which ye made to yourselves.

  • The 6 pointed star, among many other images, are demonic symbols used for the worship of Satan, demons, and evil spirits. The actual luminaries of heaven are circular according to the scriptures while the 6 pointed star is the hexagon of 666. {Revelations 13:18} 

 1Th 5:22  

Abstain from all appearance of evil. 

  • So not all images are unlawful, just the images that resemble male or female creatures, are made to bow down to, are metal casted deities, or 6 pointed stars. Other lawful images  are: trees, fruits, herbs and nature because as they aren’t resembling the creatures in heaven, earth, or the sea according to the law.

Unclean Simulacra

Simulacra: an image or representation of someone or something.

  •  The children of men, lead by malignant spirits, made molten images, graven images and unclean simulacra:

Jubilees 11:4

4. And they made for themselves molten images, and they worshipped each the idol, the molten image which they had made for themselves, and they began to make graven images and unclean simulacra, and malignant spirits assisted and seduced (them) into committing transgression and uncleanness

5. And the prince Mastema exerted himself to do all this, and he sent forth other spirits, those which were put under his hand to do all manner of wrong and sin, and all manner of transgression, to corrupt and destroy, and to shed blood upon the earth.

  • The devil exerted himself to do all this to make man commit transgression, hence its evil in the sight of the Lord to make graven images or the likeness of creatures (paintings/pictures) which are unclean simulacra because they are the representation of a creature.

Deu 4:25 

When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy Alahayim, to provoke him to anger:

  • These unlawful images are made by the assistance of evil spirits then the images have evil spirits dwell in them and are hidden from men. 

Acts of Thomas 

77 And when the devil had said these things and even more, the apostle said: Yache commands you and your son through me not to enter anymore into the habitation of man: but go now and depart and dwell far apart from the territory of men. And the devils said to him: you have punished us harshly with your commandment: but what are you going to do about the others that are hidden from you? These people of India have created all types of images, rejoice in them far more than what you do: Many of these people do mostly worship and perform their own will, sacrificing to these images and bringing them gifts of food, by libations and by wine, water and offering with oblations.

  • The devils were hidden in the images people created. There is a judgement for the pictures, graven image, molten image, and idols along with the person that made them: 

Wis 14:10  

For that which is made shall be punished together with him that made it.

  • Notice the idol itself will be punished as well? Because an evil spirit dwells there. Also the person that made the image will be punished as well because he transgressed the law that commanded not to make a graven image or likeness of anything. Peter saw that the souls of these devils that dwell in unlawful images will be punished as well as the unlawful images too:

Apocalypse of Peter chapter 2. 

Uriel, the angel of Alahayim, shall bring forth the souls of those sinners who perished in the flood, and of all that dwelt in all idols, in every molten image, in every (object of) love, and in pictures, and of those that dwelt on all hills and in stones and by the wayside, whom men called alahayim: they shall burn them with them in everlasting fire; and after that all of them with their dwelling places are destroyed, they shall be punished eternally

  • Idols, molten images, Unclean simulacra (pictures) are dwelling places of the souls of devils so it is unlawful for us to even paint an image in respect of the law in Exodus 20:4 not to make likenesses and also so as not to corrupt ourselves by making the similitude of any figure to create a dwelling place for devils to hide in:

4 Maccabees 17:7

And had it been lawful for us to paint, as might some artist, the tale of thy piety, would not the spectators have shuddered at the mother of seven sons suffering for righteousness' sake multitudinous tortures even unto death?

  • His comment showed it wasn’t lawful for us to paint people even to show the traumatic experience of what the mother and children went through because it would be making a similitude of male and female to help understand it’s not lawful to make images of living creatures even if we aren’t worshipping them.

Can we make unlawful images if we do not worship them?

  • Through the testimonies, the person that makes an unlawful image is cursed along with the image that he made.

Wis 14:8 

But that which is made with hands is cursed, as well it, as he that made it: he, because he made it; and it, because, being corruptible, it was called alahayim.

Wis 14:10  

For that which is made shall be punished together with him that made it.

Wis 14:12 

 For the devising of idols was the beginning of spiritual fornication, and the invention of them the corruption of life. 

  • The scriptures show, it was not lawful to paint an image in the old testament and in the days of the Apostles, making portraits of people is not seemly for a believer either: 

Acts of John 27

27 The painter, then, on the first day made an outline of him and went away. And on the next he painted him in with his colours, and so delivered the portrait to Lycomedes to his great joy. And he took it and set it up in his own bedchamber and hung it with garlands: so that later John, when he perceived it, said to him: My beloved child, what is it that thou always doest when thou comest in from the bath into thy bedchamber alone? do not I pray with thee and the rest of the brethren? or is there something thou art hiding from us? And as he said this and talked jestingly with him, he went into the bedchamber, and saw the portrait of an old man crowned with garlands, and lamps and altars set before it. And he called him and said: Lycomedes, what meanest thou by this matter of the portrait? can it be one of thy deities that is painted here? for I see that thou art still living in heathen fashion.

  • Its heathen fashion to paint images of male or female creatures:

And Lycomedes answered him: My only Deity is he who raised me up from death with my wife: but if, next to that Alahayim, it be right that the men who have benefited us should be called deities -it is thou, father, whom I have had painted in that portrait, whom I crown and love and reverence as having become my good guide.

Acts of John 28

28 And John who had never at any time seen his own face said to him: Thou mockest me, child: am I like that in form, thy Lord? how canst thou persuade me that the portrait is like me? And Lycomedes brought him a mirror. And when he had seen himself in the mirror and looked earnestly at the portrait, he said: As the Lord Yache Christ liveth, the portrait is like me: yet not like me, child, but like my fleshly image; for if this painter, who hath imitated this my face, desireth to draw me in a portrait, he will be at a loss, the colours that are now given to thee, and boards and plaster and glue, and the position of my shape, and old age and youth and all things that are seen with the eye.

Acts of John 29

29 …….But this that thou hast now done is childish and imperfect: thou hast drawn a dead likeness of the dead.

  • Making portraits of people is the fashion of the heathen and considered childish and imperfect because children are unlearned in the words of righteousness to know not to commit the transgression. (Heb 5:13-14):

Heb 5:13 

For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

  • A man of full age is able to discern good from evil and knows not to make the portraits of people and creatures:

Heb 5:14 

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

  • Good and evil is discerned by walking in the Lord’s ways keeping his commandments, statutes, and judgements:

Psa 18:30 

As for Alahayim, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

Psa 19:7 

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

Deu 30:15

 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

Deu 30:16 

In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy Alahayim, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy Alahayim shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

  • For further edification to know images of living creatures are unlawful, the Israelites were in enticed by evil spirits to transgress making pictures on their walls too and it was considered a wicked abomination. 

Eze 8:9  

And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.

Eze 8:10  

So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about.

  • There we see pictures of creatures and whatever idol they worshipped. Today, folks have pictures of deities they believe in and creatures around their house for decoration or memorabilia unawares of the spirits dwelling in them: 

Eze 8:12  

Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, Ahayah seeth us not; Ahayah hath forsaken the earth.

  • They had shrines to their idols and images on the walls to help understand pictures are abominations too, not merely statutes and such. The Canaanites had pictures and graven images and molten images and we were to destroy them all for good reason to rid the land of the evil understanding the devils that were hidden in them through precepts:

Num 33:52 

 Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, H4906 and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places 

Definition:

Image H6754

From an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, that is, (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure, especially an idol: - image, vain shew.

  • By the definition of an image, we are shown that an unlawful image has to be fashioned in detail and/or shaded in to resemble the creature while an outline alone is not unlawful, hence the Hebrew alphabet wasn’t against the law.

What defines lawful vs unlawful images in drawings?

  • The difference of lawful or unlawful is based on fashioning the outline with detail. The Hebrew alphabet helps understand by looking at an image of the actual writing: 

From the image the Hebrew letters that are represented by body parts of creatures aren't fashioned in detail. The letters, A is an outline of a ox head, R is an outline of a man's head,  I is an outline of an eye. The hair line in the "R" looks to just indicate it's a man's head but isn't fashioned in detail and the "I" and "A are just outlines. The Hebrew word for image and the Hebrew alphabet help understand the outline of a creature is lawful so long as one doesn’t fashion it detail or shade it in with color like the Hebrew alphabet.

 

Here are some images for example:

Unlawful:
https://images.app.goo.gl/FEz9aMrqczFWwt529

Unlawful

https://images.app.goo.gl/PokSqBTvPexVAVup6

Lawful

https://images.app.goo.gl/yXKfieyScdvfVX5h9

For Categories of unlawful images hit the link below for a PDF:

 

Questions about Unlawful Images

What about Emojis?

  • Emojis that aren’t fashioned in detail to resemble persons or creatures are lawful to use.

 

What about books?

  • Now sadly the unbelievers have sought to paint their images in the holy books before:

1 Maccabees 3:48 

And laid open the book of the law, wherein the heathen had sought to paint the likeness of their images.

  • They wanted to put pictures of their images in the holy books, so you can see it’s of the heathen to put their pictures in books hence we find books with people’s pictures so prominent today. Knowing the law and it was not permitted to paint our images, the Jews were concerned of what to do with the book of the law that now had people’s likenesses in them:

1 Maccabees 3:50 

Then cried they with a loud voice toward heaven, saying, What shall we do with these, and whither shall we carry them away?

 

  • The people were concerned knowing these pictures of people are unclean simulacra, yet the people understood, they still needed the information in the books so we couldn’t throw the books away just because someone put their image in there. Even so today, we retain the books though there are unlawful images in them. 

What of Children’s books/toys?

  • Now knowing what is lawful and unlawful, children’s books with images are no transgression to use, so long as we do not shade or color in any of the outlines of creatures in respect of the law. The books can be used to teach children as necessary while being mindful of the law. Children’s toys that aren’t the images of creatures are seemly. There are peg dolls that do not resemble people that can be used for example.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toys

  •  The diviners used waxed dolls in their witchcrafts as well: 

Jasher 61:8-10

8. And amongst the servants of Angeas was a youth of fifteen years old, Balaam son of Beor was his name, and the youth was very wise and understood the art of witchcraft. 9. And Angeas said unto Balaam, conjure for us, I pray thee, with the witchcraft, that we may know who will prevail in this battle to which we are now proceeding. 10. And Balaam ordered that they should bring him wax, and he made thereof the likeness of chariots and horsemen representing the army of Angeas and the army of Egypt; and he put them in the cunningly prepared waters that he had for that purpose, and he took in his hand the boughs of myrtle trees, and he exercised his cunning, and he joined them over the water, and there appeared unto him in the water the images resembling the hosts of Angeas falling before the images resembling the Egyptians and the sons of Jacob

  • Knowing that there are spirits in these graven images and they are used for witchcraft, giving these things unto our children for toys is not well seeing as though these spirits cleave to the innocent hearts, hence you find children attached to their toys, teddy bears and objects of love like blankets and  etc.

What about our government documents?

 

  • We keep our ID, money, work badges, etc because they belong to Caesar and we must render unto him what’s his being under servitude to the nations, or else we wouldn’t be able to have money to survive:

Luke 20:24 

Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar's.

  • That’s money with a person’s image  just like money today 

Luke 20:25 

And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto Alahayim the things which be Alahayim's. 

  • Though the money has unlawful images, we still use it as believer for its purposes: 

Act 4:36  

And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,

Act 4:37  

Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

  • The Lord has given us grace in our captivities to keep the things needful for our well-being. In regards to making pictures, its unseemly to do if we aren’t doing it for government/work mandated purposes. For example, one would have to take a picture for a work i.d., but  woudn’t take a picture because one may want to show someone on Facebook a new haircut. Rather one can make a live video to avoid offense.

Can we have family pictures in our homes?

  • It was also a practice of unbelievers to make likenesses (pictures) of their loved ones on their walls as is common for folks to have family pictures around the house today:

Jasher 80:45

45. Also the likenesses of the firstborn of Egypt that were carved in the walls of their houses, were destroyed and fell to the ground

  • We know this is something we ought not to do because Ahayah commanded us not to do after the doings of Egypt:

Lev 18:2 

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your Alahayim.

Lev 18:3 

After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.

  • Knowing his commands and that portraits of people are unlawful, it is unseemly for a believer to do after the manner of the Egyptians and have pictures of their loved ones in their home.

Unlawful Imagery in our homes

  • Having the books with unlawful images in our homes is not a sin as we have the books for necessary uses. We also have to buy groceries and appliances with unlawful images, yet, we haven’t sinned by buying what we need. On the other hand, we do have to be sure not to bring any items from idols into our homes though lest we be accursed like it: 

Deu 7:25  

The graven images of their alahayim shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy Alahayim.

Deu 7:26  

Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.

  • So things devoted to idols shouldn’t be brought into our homes:

Imagery on our Clothing

  • With our clothes, it’s a heathen practice to put unlawful images on our clothing:

Jasher 74:14

14. And king Azdrubal had a very beautiful daughter, whose name was Ushpezena, and all the men of Africa embroidered her likeness on their garments, on account of her great beauty and comely appearance. 

 

  • We know an idol is nothing and the unlawful image on the clothing is nothing, so having an image on a clothing tag can just be cut off  for conscience sake and we would not wear clothing with images of creatures on our outer garments like the heathen lest we set a stumbling block to an unbeliever. For work related purposes, we would have to wear whatever uniform the company requires as we are under the hand of Caesar, unless it is immodest or or inappropriate, yet in our personal clothing we wouldn’t wear clothing with unclean simulacra on the outer part of our garments like the heathen as we aren’t to follow their customs:

Jer 10:1 

Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

Jer 10:2

 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

 

Videos

  • John referred to the picture made of him as “a dead likeness of the dead.”  Videos are not dead likenesses (pictures). They are live and in real-time wherein we see the actual beings not a likeness or similitude since the person or creature is breathing, speaking etc, unlike an unlawful image’s dead likeness, so it’s not against the law to make videos of creatures.

Wis 15:4  

For neither did the mischievous invention of men deceive us, nor an image spotted with divers colours, the painter's fruitless labour;

  • Notice, the invention of men are idols, graven and molten images, but the image of divers colors are pictures made by painters. 

Wis 15:5  

The sight whereof enticeth fools to lust after it, and so they desire the form of a dead image, that hath no breath.

  • Notice, a picture is a dead image that has no breath, just as John referred to it as a dead likeness of the dead, yet a video, is in real-time of a creature, hence its lawful. Live videos of living creatures aren’t unlawful images according to the definitions of “likeness” and “pictures” in scripture: 

Definition:

Likeness H8544

Original: תּמנה תּמוּנה

BDB Definition: form, image, likeness, representation, semblance

Strong's Definition: From H4327; something portioned (that is, fashioned) out, as a shape, that is, (indefinitely) phantom, or (specifically) embodiment, or (figuratively) manifestation (of favor): - image, likeness, similitude

Picture/Image H4906

Original: משׂכּית

BDB Definition: show-piece, figure, imagination, image, idol, picture

Strong's Definition: From the same as H7906; a figure (carved on stone, the wall, or any object);figuratively imagination: - conceit, image (-ry), picture, X wish

 

Show-piece: something which attracts attention or admiration as an outstanding example of its type; Something that is seen as an excellent or outstanding example of something.

Images: semblance or likeness;

Pictures: a painting, portrait, or drawing

  • Now concerning the second commandment, the law says "don't make graven images or the likeness of anything living like people, creatures, birds and fish." 

Exodus 20:4

[4]Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

  • We have been commanded not to make "the likeness" of anything living. A video is a moving visual image in real time, not a graven image, nor the likeness of living creatures, but the actual live visual of the living creatures in motion, which can see, hear, speak, and are breathing in the live video, all of which ensure us according to the law that videos are not graven images or the likeness of living creatures, because they are the live visuals of the living creatures themselves, not a similitude, phantom, or semblance, but the real actual living creature so the law does not forbid us from making videos. It forbids us from making likenesses of living creatures on surfaces, in pictures, paintings, statues, walls, etc or even within videos for that matter, but it does not forbid us from doing live videos since it is not "a likeness"' of us because it is actually us live, breathing, speaking, and hearing unlike a graven image or picture which can’t speak, hear, or breath, etc. 

  • A video is not a "motion picture" like old days because it's not a series of pictures rolling together to make the effect of motion. Contrariwise, we literally are in motion, which makes our lessons videos, not motion pictures (images) like the old days of movies. It is not a transgressions of the law to make a video so long as no pictures of living creatures or graven images are within the video. It is unlawful to make videos of unlawful images because we would be using unlawful images.

Understanding Cartoons, Anime and CGI movies

  • Cartoons, Animation, and CGI films are transgressions of the law to make when they contain the likenesses of living creatures. The process that is required to make these types of movies cause transgressions of the law when they contain likenesses of living creatures because the creators are drawing or making frame by frame images to give the illusion of live motion when in truth the frame by frame pictures of living creatures are likenesses which we are commanded not to make. The creators of cartoons have to draw the likeness of the living creatures, while the creators of Anime mostly draw images frame by frame and the creators of CGI films have to literally make the 3D likeness of the living creatures to animate them, all of which are transgressions of the Law. When one creates a likeness of a creature or similitude of the figure of a creature, there is an evil spirit that causes one to do it [Jub 11:3] and when the image is created an evil spirit is hidden in the image [Acts of Thomas 77] and dwells there. [Apocalypse of Peter 6] These drawings, pictures, and/or 3D images have evil spirits that enter into them and they seek to attach themselves to those who watch the films. Hence children and adults can get attached to watching these films or start behaving like the characters because of the spirit's influence on the viewer. It is not a sin to see a CGI film, Anime, or cartoon, but one ought to teach one’s children that they aren’t lawful to make and one must be mindful of the spiritual attack that it can bring upon one's self or young children who are easily influenced. As parents, one should watch the film with the child to use it as a teaching opportunity to help the child understand right from wrong as there are some good messages within films that can be used as a teaching tool and unseemly behavior that can be used to help children understand what they ought not to do as well.

 

 

Social Media

  • Social media is not against the law, nor is keeping up with loved ones. We just have to be mindful not to make pictures of ourselves to avoid offense to the Lord. Making videos is a means of providing visuals for loved ones without offense to Alahayim. We also have to be mindful of lusting after images of people in the world nor on social media:

Wis 15:4  

For neither did the mischievous invention of men deceive us, nor an image spotted with divers colours, the painter's fruitless labour;

Wis 15:5  

The sight whereof enticeth fools to lust after it, and so they desire the form of a dead image, that hath no breath.

  • The sight of pictures of people lead fools to lust after it desiring the forms of dead images. It’s common of old for folks to desire enticing images of people just like folks covet after images on social media platforms today: 

Eze 23:13  

Then I saw that she was defiled, that they took both one way,

Eze 23:14  

And that she increased her whoredoms: for when she saw men pourtrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans pourtrayed with vermilion,

Eze 23:15  

Girded with girdles upon their loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity:

Eze 23:16  

And as soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea.

  • You can see how pictures had the same effect of old as they do today.

Wis 15:6  

Both they that make them, they that desire them, and they that worship them, are lovers of evil things, and are worthy to have such things to trust upon.

  • So image makers, those that desire the images made, and they that worship the images are all lovers of evil things. 

 

Why is it so important to avoid unlawful images?

  • Making unlawful images was an occasion to deceive the whole world prophesied by Solomon to help us to understand to avoid them:

Wisdom of Solomon 14:12, 15-21, 27

For the devising of idols was the beginning of spiritual fornication, and the invention of them the corruption of life.

Wisdom of Solomon 14:15

For a father afflicted with untimely mourning, when he hath made an image of his child soon taken away, now honoured him as a alahayim, which was then a dead man, and delivered to those that were under him ceremonies and sacrifices.

Wisdom of Solomon 14:16

 Thus in process of time an unholy custom grown strong was kept as a law, and graven images were worshipped by the commandments of kings.

Wisdom of Solomon 14:17

 Whom men could not honour in presence, because they dwelt far off, they took the counterfeit of his visage from far, and made an express image of a king whom they honoured, to the end that by this their forwardness they might flatter him that was absent, as if he were present.

Wisdom of Solomon 14:18

Also the singular diligence of the artificer did help to set forward the ignorant to more superstition.

Wisdom of Solomon 14:19

For he, peradventure willing to please one in authority, forced all his skill to make the resemblance of the best fashion.

Wisdom of Solomon 14:20

 And so the multitude, allured by the grace of the work, took him now for a alahayim, which a little before was but honoured.

Wisdom of Solomon 14:21

And this was an occasion to deceive the world: for men, serving either calamity or tyranny, did ascribe unto stones and stocks the incommunicable name.

Wisdom of Solomon 14:27

For the worshipping of idols not to be named is the beginning, the cause, and the end, of all evil.

  • What was prophesied of old is prominent in the world as images of men, creatures, stones and stocks are worshipped around the world. All this is preparing the world for accepting the image of Satan when the false prophet comes:

Ascension of Isaiah 4:4, 9-11

4. This angel, Beliar, will come in the form of that king and with him will come all the powers of this world, and they will obey him in every wish.

9. And the majority of those who have associated together to receive the Beloved, he will turn aside after him.

10. And the power of his miracles will be in every city and district.

11. And he will set up his image before him in every city.

  • The acceptance of unlawful images will also open folks up to acceptance of the image of the Beast to come as well:

Revelation 13:14

And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Revelation 13:15

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

  • Hopefully these events to come help understand why believers avoid unlawful images in respect of the law and the events to come.

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