The Veil Was Rent – What’s That Really Mean for Us Today? The Father’s House Church of Stockton

Posted on May 5, 2012


The Veil Was Rent – What’s That Really Mean for Us Today? The Father’s House Church of Stockton

As Jesus was said to give up the ghost while on the cross, the Word tells us that the veil in the temple was rent or torn. So what was the purpose of the veil being torn and did it release any particular benefits to the New Testament church?

Matthew 27: 50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

This tearing of the veil is celebrated by most as a freer access to the Holy of Holies or God’s presence that came by the suffering and shed blood of Jesus on the cross.  Often this idea is united with Hebrews 4:16 which tells us to boldly come to the throne of grace.  Others combine Ephesians 2:14 which talks of a middle wall being removed.  The next passage in Hebrews tell more about the blood Jesus making a way for us, but mentioning the tearing of the veil.

Hebrews 10:19  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21  And having an high priest over the house of God;

This passage clearly tells us to arrive in the holiest place of God is by blood Jesus not because a veil was torn but because of the price Jesus paid, saying Jesus in the flesh became the new veil to the Holy of Holies. The Word goes even future telling us Jesus is the door and path in other passages.

John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

Revelation 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

As we read these passages and study even future in Hebrews, we find not a torn veil that is opened for casual passage, but Jesus either presenting doors to us or being the door himself.  So it appears the door or veil remains it has just been replaced by Jesus and work of the cross.

We must realize that sin is still defined by the law; we just have the grace of God through the blood of Jesus to overcome the consequences of the law. Likewise the symbolism and realty of the Holy of Holies, the deep presence of God as defined by instructions giving to Moses in Mount Sinai are the same today, just like the law, but access is through Jesus not ceremonies of the law. Just as sin defined by the law is still sinful, God’s presence is still extremely Holy as defined by the Old Testament. Eleven times as the law is being giving to Moses the words “die not” are used telling the Hebrews how to respect the presence of God so they literally would not be struck dead in God’s presence.  Miss-handling of the Ark of God in the book of Samuel was directly related to a plague on the Philistines and the death of over fifty thousand Israelites.  God is still Holy and his presence is still precious and the greater the level of His presence the greater consequences to lack of respect and a cavalier attitude toward it. The New Testament example of this is the story of Ananias and Sapphira.

Acts 5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. 9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. 11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

What we have to realize in that during this time the testimonies were that are sick people were healed and all people with demons were set free. When Peter preached on Pentecost three thousand were saved, miracles were common. This was a time that the church was in such a Holy presence of God, it was like living in the Holy of Holies. From what the Bible tells us Ananias and Sapphira, as well as others made public vows before man and God to sell possessions and lands and give the proceeds to the work of God. Ananias and Sapphira are said to have lied to the Holy Spirit and backed out their commitment and only gave a portion.  Under the law, anything dedicated to the Lord becomes most holy.

Leviticus 27:28 Notwithstanding no devoted thing, that a man shall devote unto the LORD of all that he hath, both of man and beast, and of the field of his possession, shall be sold or redeemed: every devoted thing is most holy unto the LORD.

Ananias and Sapphira had made their offering most holy by their commitment, made at a time equal to walking daily life in the Holy of Holies.  Their actions disrespected the Holy presence of God they were blessed to live in and it cost them their lives. People today break these vows nearly every day and nothing evident and obvious happens and the reason is, we don’t have the same measure of God’s Holy Presence that they had. Churches and media ministries have a common practice, which is totally not biblical, of having people make pledges to give certain amounts of money for a ministry or project over a year.  If we had the presence like the emerging church had, most pledge card people would be dead for keeping their pledge to give.

As seen with Ananias and Sapphira, the presence and power of God, as found in the Holy of Holies is not causally walked in and out of without great respect. The power and presence released the more signs, wonders, and healings, but also the more consequences for disrespect.

Luke 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

The more we want, the more we had better reverence our God.

What Most Miss In The Veil Being Rent

Understanding the tabernacle shows such a great picture for us today. It is so important to study, especially since we are the tabernacle today. Every bit of the tabernacle was holy and set apart for God. There was a court yard, which had a veiled gateway to come through. In the court yard was the brazen alter, a picture of the cross and salvation.  Before the tabernacle could be entered the priest had to wash in the laver which is a picture of daily confession and staying right with God as a way of life. Next is the second gate of set veils which one must pass to enter the holy place. This veil or the one for the court yard were not rent and still must be passed by in salvation and a closer walk with God. Once inside the tabernacle the table of shew bread is on the right, the lamp stand on the left, and alter of incense before the next veil.  All these are symbols of a deeper walk with God, feeding on the bread of the God in the light of the Holy Spirit.  Becoming a person of prayer and praise, sending your own incense to God.  The last veil, the one that was rent, concealed the most holy and secret part of God.  This last veil not only hid the ark and its cherubim that were on the mercy seat but had cherubim pictured on it as well.  The cherubim were like guardians of the holiness of God, because it is that holy!

The big message of the veil being rent.  Let the Bible interpret the Bible. So where is the pattern and example of items being rent? Sixty three times in the Bible the word rent appears, the overwhelming majority of those times are when a person has just received bad news and is broken, they rent their covering or garments and often put on sack cloth and ashes.  When news of Joseph being lost was heard by both Rueben and Jacob, they rent their clothes. When Joshua lost the first battle at Ai he rent his clothes and went broken before the Lord. Even in the New Testament, when the people wished to make Paul and Barnabas gods, they rent their clothes for the wrong the people were doing. The Jews were said to be very reserved about any nudity and tearing their clothes exposed what typically had been private and personal in an extreme cry of brokenness.  When Jesus died on the cross and gave up the ghost, I believe the Father rent his own covering, the cover that concealed the most private and intimate place of God, the Holy of Holies.  So one that was showing more private areas did not draw more looks toward them, but it had the opposite effect, being exposed caused others to turn away.  When the priests saw the Holy of Holies was exposed as Jesus died on the cross, in respect for the Holy of Holies they could not stare at the place, because it is Holy and not common.

Just like no person in the Bible remained in torn clothing but after the crisis they mended their clothing or put others on to cover their private areas, because the private were still private.  Likewise today the Holy of Holies, whether we talked about His presence we carry or corporate encounters we have with the Holy Presence of God, His presence is still extremely Holy today and to be well reverenced.

So today we can boldly come into the presence of God, through the door of Jesus and His shed blood, but we must not forget to honor and reverence the Holy encounters that we have.  We serve a Holy God!

Pastor Farris Baker

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