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Thursday, December 22 2016
What Curtain Did The Messiah Open?
"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; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose ... By a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh; And having an High Priest over the house of God"
According to the specific instructions of the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour), a "vail" / "veil" (King James Version), or curtain (see The Building Of The Tabernacle and The Needlework of Blue, Purple and Scarlet Linen), was hung to divide the Holy Place of the Tabernacle with the Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle where the Ark of the Covenant was placed (see The Glory Of The LORD In His Tabernacle). That curtain was opened only once per year, by the High Priest alone, when he entered the Most Holy Place on the Day of Atonement (see the Fact Finder question below).
"26:31 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: 26:32 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. 26:33 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. 26:34 And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place. 26:35 And thou shalt set the table without the vail, and the candlestick over against the table on the side of the tabernacle toward the south: and thou shalt put the table on the north side." (Exodus 26:31-35 KJV)
The Temple in Jerusalem replaced the original Tabernacle (see David's House Of Cedars and The LORD's Tabernacle). The Temple was much larger, but its design was the same. A curtain divided the Most Holy Place from everywhere else. It was that curtain that was miraculously torn at the moment that the Messiah's Sacrifice was accomplished.
"27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
What has always been the prophetic symbolism of the High Priest entering the Most Holy Place with the Messiah's once for all time Sacrifice for the repentant?
"9:11 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; 9:12 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." (Hebrews 9:11-12 KJV)
Fact Finder: How and why has the Day of Atonement always been Christian?
This Day In History, December 22
640: The Saracens (i.e. a term for Muslims during the Crusades; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) under Amrou conquered Alexandria, having invaded Egypt two years earlier.
880: Luoyang, eastern capital of the Tang Dynasty, was captured by the rebel leader Huang Chao during the reign of Emperor Xizong (see also The First Chinese American War).
1135: Stephen of Blois was crowned as the king of England.
1216: Pope Honorius III approved the establishment of the Order of Preachers, more commonly known as the Dominicans.
1681: New England colonists revoked a 22 year-old ban on Christmas celebrations; the ban on the pagan-based festival was soon observed again (listen to our Sermon The Ho-Ho Hoax).
1715: James Stuart, the "Old Pretender" and claimant to the British throne, landed at Peterhead from exile in France to start a rebellion.
1769: The Sino-Burmese War (1765-1769) ended.
1790: The Turkish fortress of Izmail was captured by Alexander Suvorov and his Russian armies.
1807: The U.S. Congress passed the Embargo Act. While it banned all U.S. trade with all other countries, it was directed primarily at Britain and France. The Act was repealed a few years later due to the devastating effect that isolationism had on the U.S. economy itself i.e. it "defended" jobs and business that were negatively affected by competition from imports, but it destroyed the many U.S. jobs and businesses that were dependent upon exports.
1851: India's first freight train began service in Roorkee, India.
1885: Ito- Hirobumi, a samurai warrior, became the first Prime Minister of Japan.
1894: Alfred Dreyfus, French artillery officer, was convicted of selling secrets to Germany and sentenced to imprisonment on Devils Island. He was completely exonerated in 1906.
1896: An arbitration tribunal in Paris ruled that the Bering Sea, a vast area of the north Pacific Ocean between the continents of Asia and North America, was international waters, not a U.S. possession. The Bering Sea was named after Vitus Bering, the Danish-born Russian explorer and military officer who mapped the sea in multiple voyages between Siberia and Alaska (Alaska was then a Russian possession) before the U.S. even existed.
1942: After his Nazi air force consistently lost to the Royal Air Force in air combat over Britain, Adolf Hitler signed an order to develop rockets as a weapon that could be safely launched from Europe onto Britain (beginning the modern age of combat-from-a-desk, "push button" no-courage-required warfare).
1968: The 82-man crew of the U.S. spy ship Pueblo were released after being seized by North Korea. The ship itself remains in North Korea to this day.
1988: A Pan Am 747 airliner was blown up by a terrorist bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland. All 295 people on board, and 11 people on the ground, were killed.
1989: A revolution in Romania overthrew communist leader Nicolea Ceausescu after 23 years as president.
1990: Former "Solidarity" union leader Lech Walesa became Poland's President.