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					                                     Iconoclasts
By Apostle John Eckhardt, www.impactnetwork.net




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In Greek Iconoclast literally means “image breaker”. It has come to mean one who attacks
cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc. …

[i·con·o·clast [ahy-kon-uh-klast–noun]



 1. A breaker or destroyer of images, esp. those set up for religious veneration. 2. a person who
attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc., as being based on error or superstition.

I found this definition on Joanne Panettieri’s website – Kingdom Iconoclasts. As I meditated on
this term, I began to think of how much images affect us. Jesus is the true image (icon) of God.
False images abound today, and need to be torn down by present day iconoclasts.



People who engage in or support iconoclasm are called “iconoclasts”„ a term that has come to
        be applied to any person who challenges established dogma or conventions.

The greatest iconoclast in biblical history was King Josiah of Judah, who finally destroyed the
  altar at Bethel which even Jehu had spared and also instituted a campaign to destroy both
 pagan and Yahwist shrines everywhere in his realm except within the Temple of Jerusalem.
      For his iconoclastic zeal, Josiah would be hailed as the greatest king since David.



Deuteronomy 12:3
And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and
ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that
place.
The most famous iconoclastic episode of the Bible is the incident of the Golden Calf, in which
Moses led the destruction of the image (Exodus 32) which the Israelites had constructed while
Moses was on Mount Sinai (Ex. 32:5).



        Images must be destroyed because they are incorrect pictures of God. They are
                            misrepresentations of the true God.

They are false concepts and lies that are taught as truth. False images are a sign of departing
                                      from the true God.

This includes traditional teachings that are contrary to scripture, and have essentially become
                                             idols.

 Revival always comes when images and idols are torn down. False teaching and concepts of
                         God must be confronted and torn down.

2 Kings 23:24
Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and
all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away,
that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the
priests found in the house of the LORD.



  Notice that images are connected to witchcraft. Josiah removed the images and wizards
   from the Land. There is a strong spirit of witchcraft connected to false teaching and
traditions contrary to the word of God. This results in the minds of people being controlled
                                    and manipulated.



  Tearing down images was what godly kings and leaders did. This brought reformation and
             change to society. Images must be destroyed, and burned with fire.

           The truth must be rediscovered as it was by Hilkiah in the days of Josiah.

   Images that have been erected by previous generations must be torn down in the present
                                        generation.
Biblical Iconoclasts include Jacob (Genesis 35:2-4), Moses (Exodus 32:19,20), Gideon
(Judges 6:28-32), David (2 Samuel 5:21; 1 Chronicles 14:12), Jehu (1 Kings 10:26-28),
Jehoiada (1 Kings 11:18), Hezekiah (1 Kings 18:3-6), Josiah (1 Kings 23:4-20), Asa (1
Chronicles 14:3-5;15:8-16), Jehoshaphat (1 Chronicles 17:6;19:3), Jews (1 Chronicles
30:14), and Manasseh (1 Chronicles 33:15).




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