The Holy Place was divided into two rooms by a veil of blue, purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen, called the Veil. Exodus 26:31-33, “You are to make a veil of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and finely spun linen with a design of cherubim worked into it. Hang it on four gold-plated posts of acacia wood that have gold hooks and that stand on four silver bases. Hang the veil under the clasps and bring the ark of the testimony there behind the veil, so the veil will make a separation for you between the holy place and the most holy place” (Holman Christian Study Bible). The purpose of the veil was to hide and to bar everyone from entering into the presence of God except the High Priest on the Day of Atonement. But he could never enter without the blood of the sacrifice (Lev. 16). The figure of the cherubim woven on the Veil taught the same lesson; sinful man can come no further as the cherubim standing at the east gate of the garden of Eden. No entrance!
The Jewish historian Josephus said the veil in Herod’s Temple, at the time of Jesus, was four inches thick, and that horses tied to each side could not pull the veil apart. But something happened in the Temple at the very moment that Christ died on the cross. Mark 15:37-38 tells us when He died, “Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last. And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” The Mercy Seat, unseen by ordinary man before, was now open to view. The Cherubims who were woven into the veil now rendered; the Ark of the Covenant, sprinkled with blood, was there. The way into the Holy of Holies was now opened, as a new and a living way was opened for ALL forever. Entrance to the Father open. Entrance to the tree of Life open. Jesus being the way the truth and the life. Man can never put up a veil to the way to God again. Never again can only a priest enter into God’s presence. A way, whereby, humanity from all over the world, can find the way to the Mercy Seat – into the very presence of God. Hebrews 9:12 tells us that He entered once for all time into the most holy place—entering, not with the blood of goats or calves or some other prescribed animal, but offering His own blood and thus obtaining redemption for us for all time. He (Jesus) has opened it for us through the curtain (that is, His flesh), so we can draw near with a true heart in full assurance of Christ’s faith, our hearts cleansed from an evil conscience (Hebrews 10). Jesus removed the veil. Jesus reveals us in fullness.
The veil which was in place in Adam/humanity’s mind that God would be angry with him and distanced himself after failing in his authority to subdue satan in the garden of Eden when he was tempted, therefore giving the authority to satan to subdue himself (Adam and subsequently all of humanity). Adam felt naked. Adam walked away from his true identity (image and likeness of God) in his own mind. This veil was not put in place by God, but by Adam himself. Even though the veil has been torn by Jesus’ complete sacrifice, and we were in Him, yet we each place our own barriers between our physical existence and our true identity. Accepting the finished work of Jesus removes those barriers (“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind”). Jesus removed the veil between the holy place (mind, soul) and the holy of holies (Spirit). Our spiritual realm (Holy Place) now consists of the spirit and mind united for the first time since Adam. There is now only one Holy place, us united in the oneness of the Godhead.
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