I never thought too much about the significance of the veil until recently. It’s funny how you can read something over & over again, and suddenly you see the connection or meaning of something.
The High Priest were only allowed to go into the Holy of Holies room of the temple once a year on the Day of Atonement. No one else was ever allowed in this room. He would burn sacrifices for the nation’s sin. But after Jesus was sacrificed the veil was torn.
The veil covered the entrance to the Holy of Holies room. the veil separated our evil from God’s Holiness. It was made with special instructions given by God. Many believe that the veil was about 4″ thick and about 60′ high & 30′ wide, and according to Exodus was amazingly beautiful. Exodus 26:30-33 (KJV) And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was shewed thee in the mount. 31 And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made: 32 And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, upon the four sockets of silver. 33 And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.
Not only was the veil beautiful but massive. The thickness & height made for a very strong veil, which would make it very hard to destroy. The veil was indestructible until Jesus died on the cross. Matthew 27:50-51 (KJV) 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;
Jesus’ death was the final sacrifice for mankind. Hebrews 9:11-14 (KJV) But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Something else of importance happened when the veil was torn in two; it tore from the top to the bottom. The significance of this is that it was torn my God, from Heaven to Earth. Not by man, from Earth to Heaven. It shows that God’s will was fulfilled and we no longer need a High Priest to intervene & make a sacrifice for our sins. The death of Jesus freed us and gave us the ability to approach God ourselves. God made a covenant with man through the blood of Jesus. A covenant is a promise. Hebrews 10:16-21 (KJV) This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 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;
Can any man enter into this covenant that God made with man? Yes, but only if they accept Jesus as their Savoir. 2 Corinthians 3:14-16 (KJV) 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.
I hope you found this informative. Let me know what you think below. Have a blessed week.