Torn Veil

In all three synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke say that the veil in the Temple was torn from top to bottom, “in two” the very instant that Jesus died. The veil was ripped and symbolically the “Most Holy Place”, where God would meet “above the Mercy Seat” only once per year with the “High Priest”, was now visible from the “Holy Place” where the priests served daily.

Mar 15:37-38 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.[3] And the veil of the temple was rent (torn) in twain (two) from the top to the bottom.”

Many theologies believe that the ripping of “the Veil” symbolizes that God made access to everyone who believes in Christ. Peter says that those who place their faith in Christ have become priests and will/must perform the duties of a priest which allows daily access to view (worship/serve) into the “Most Holy Place” and see the throne of God, the “Mercy Seat”.

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

For about 1500 years before Christ, “the Veil” was first placed in the Tabernacle and later in the Temple. “The Veil” was a large curtain that separated the “Holy Place” in the Tabernacle/Temple, where the priests ministered daily, from the area known as “the Holy of Holies.” “The Holy of Holies” or “Most Holy Place” was the place where God would meet with the “High Priest” face to face, once yearly.

According to Jewish law, it was only to be entered into once a year on the “Day of Atonement”. And then, only the “High Priest” could enter and make atonement for the people of Israel. No one else had any access to the “Holy of Holies”, because it represented the place where God lived. It was deemed to be too sacred and too holy. The Bible says if anyone entered other than the “High Priest” on the “Day of Atonement” they would be put to death!

Atonement was reparation (payment) for a wrong or injury. Propitiation was the action of atoning, propitiating, or appeasing a god, spirit, or person.

“Day of Atonement”, also called “Yom Kippur”, is considered the most important holiday in the Jewish faith. On that day the “High Priest” was to make amends and ask forgiveness for sins committed by the people of Israel during the past year.

An important aspect of the Old Testament is it is like the first part of a mystery book that contains much of the information and clues to solve the mystery which is finished in the book of Revelation on the last trumpet!

Revelation 10:7 But that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets. (esv)

Part of understanding the mystery is seeing how the Old Testament promises/prophecies/and typology are fulfilled in the New Testament. These fulfillments are like clues when understood that start to point to an understanding of the mystery.

Understanding how the “ripped Veil” and the work of the Old Testament priest relates/pictures the daily work and access to God of a New Testament believer.

In the New Testament, “born again”, believer no longer needs another human to intercede for us, we have access to God through Christ. The Christian no longer has to wait for one day a year to communicate with God like the Old Testament High Priest. God was granting access to every Christian through Christ our High Priest. We now have access to God 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Worshipers in the old covenant were restricted in their access to God in the temple, and could approach him only through sacrifice and prayer, not at any time they chose, and never could they enter the “Most Holy Place”. Only a high priest on the Day of Atonement, who was ritually pure and without defect could approach Yahweh without being put to death.

Hebrews 10:19–20 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, [20] by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,

Not only did Christ’s death rip “the Veil”, but His crucifixion also fulfilled the purification aspects of the “Day of Atonement”, providing atonement for all believers.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice (propitiation) for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (niv)

Christ’s crucifixion (atonement) was sufficient for the whole world, everyone, but efficient for those who are born again!

Christ’s crucifixion fulfilled the promises, prophecy, and typology of Gen 3:15, Gen 3:21, and many others that we will discuss in the future.

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Christ was the “Seed of Eve”! The New Testament will connect the Seed concept of Eve, Abraham, Moses, David, and Christ. Galatians 3:16 and 29 are some very clear statements that also will be discussed fully in the future.

Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

The above two verses show the promise/type of the Old Testament to fulfillment/anti-type (typology) in the New Testament.

Typology is the study and interpretation of types and symbols, especially: one holding that things (people, places, things, events, et) in Christian belief in the New Testament are prefigured or symbolized by things in the Old Testament.

Gen 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Jesus provided that “coat of skins”, covering for our sins!

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice (propitiation) for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (niv)

1Co 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

This shows the unity of the Bible, one book a “Mystery” about Christ. Jesus has revealed God more fully to us than the Old Testament law, which was a shadow of God.

Heb 1:1-2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,[2] Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;[3] Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Jesus is the perfect revelation of God, but the Jews were blinded. Only when one has faith is Christ can they see beyond the veil.

2Co 3:14-16 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.[15] But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.[16] Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

“Turning to the Lord” is the same as “being born again” of the Holy Spirit of Christ. The Holy Spirit is required for us to enter the “Holy Place” and view into the “Most Holy Place” and come boldly before the Throne of God (grace) through Christ our High Priest.

Heb 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

Question: What is the chief End of Man? Answer: Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’ With this agree the four and twenty elders who fall on their faces to worship Him that liveth forever and ever, saying, `Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure, they are and were created.’ (Rev 4:11)

The veil was symbolic of Christ Himself as the only way to the Father (John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.)

We have salvation and access to God only through faith in Christ and His shed blood on the Cross.

As Paul told the Church at Corinth!

1Co 2:1-2 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.[2]For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

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