“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,” Matthew 25:51.
Under the Old Covenant, no one was allowed or came behind the veil in the Temple.
During the Jewish Feast of Atonement, only the High Priest during the Feast of Atonement entered beyond the veil to make an offering for the people.
The High Priest had to perform his duties without error, for the law demanded he perform his rituals with exacting detail. For everything that he did then could result not only in disaster for himself but for the whole nation.
But now we have a high priest, His name is Jesus, and He accomplished the greatest mission of all by giving His life as a ransom for many.
Now all can enter into the Holy of Holies without the need for an earthly high priest.
“Aaron shall make atonement on its horns once a year. With the blood of the sin offering of atonement he shall make atonement for it once in the year throughout your generations. It is most holy to The LORD,” Exodus 30:10.
Now the walls between God and man have come tumbling down. Both Jews and Gentile now can have the righteousness of God, and there is no distinction between the two.
Before this time, the clergy could claim superiority over the common man, but now all can speak with Jesus.
With the fall of the wall between God and man, the walls between our neighbors and us fell also. Now there is no distinction between not only Jew and Gentile but also between men and women.
Now no one can claim to be closer to God because of position or gender. Through the death and resurrection of Christ, Jesus made peace in every human relationship.
The older order with its demands upon the duties of the high priest and its exacting performance, led to separation.
However now through the new covenant and its gift of righteousness, we are led to a union rather than a separation. When God became one with us through Christ, we became one with each other.
At that time the Jewish people expected their Messiah/ King to build the true temple of God. But they soon found out that this Messiah came not to build an earthly stone temple but rather it was to be a spiritual one built of living stones.
This place then where heaven was to touch earth, would no longer be a building in Jerusalem, but rather it would be God’s people instead.
The entire world changed when He rose from the dead, for God Himself was shown not to be confined to the great temples made by man. For in Luke 13:35 we see how this prophecy was fulfilled as the Romans destroyed the temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
“Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of The LORD!'” Luke 13:35.
For as the old temple still stood, its stones still reminded many of the Old Covenant.
“By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper,” Hebrews 9:8-9.
In Matthew 24 Jesus prophesies about Herod’s Temple and says that not even a stone will remain:
“Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down,” Matthew 24:1-2.
The whole world changed the day Jesus rose from the dead, and it is no wonder Jesus prophesied that the Old Covenant Temple’s days were numbered.
In Matthew 24, Jesus pointed to Herod’s Temple and said it would be thrown down,
“with not one stone left… upon another, and His words came to pass. In just seven years after the temple was built, the Romans destroyed it. In the great fire that engulfed the structure, the Temple’s vast quantities of gold melted, and to recover it all, the Romans tore down each and every stone.”
God Himself made it quite clear that mankind could not take down the veil. This could only be accomplished as the curtain was torn in half and Jesus Himself took that place.
No amount of human achievement or sacrifices on our part could accomplish that. Many would try perhaps to put up the veil again, and yet it then only is seen as a thing of fabric and not something that is actually performed in the spiritual, for it now done away with.
Now there is nothing hidden that cannot be seen. We are not prevented from beholding all that has been given to us through God’s Son.
Moses’ face was blinded from the light that shown forth from the burning bush of God. But now through the Son we can behold that light that has come down from above.
We need not even a pastor, teacher, or any other minister to usher us into His presence. We all have access and equal footing to enter in.
We must go beyond the veil and then behold the face of Yeshua, our Lord.
Then all walls will come tumbling down.
Then we will be able to come boldly into the Holy of Holies, past the golden candlesticks and everything that was in those temples made by human hands.
Then we will behold Him face-to-face, and then we will be known as we are now fully now.
Now we know in part, then we will know fully as all things will have become new and the former things will no longer even be remembered.
“But that night the Lord spoke his word to Nathan, “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Will you build a house for me to live in? From the time I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until now I have not lived in a house. I have been moving around all this time with a tent as my home. As I have moved with the Israelites, I have never said to the tribes, whom I commanded to take care of my people Israel, “Why haven’t you built me a house of cedar?”’ 2 Samuel 7:4-7.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?