Thursday, January 26, 2017

Yeshua our Messiah expired and the curtain of the Temple was torn: a day that changed mankind's history

"But Yeshua cried out again with a loud voice, and His spirit departed.
Then the curtain was torn from top to bottom in two pieces.
The earth quaked and the rocks were split." Matthew 27:50-51 Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels

This is a very Jewish representation of Yeshua hanging on a tree 
Torah reference: Deuteronomy 21:23

"In the four hundred and eightieth year after the people of Israel came out of the land of Egypt of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month of ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of the Lord. The house that King Solomon built for the Lord was sixty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and thirty cubits high." 1 Kings 6:1-2

"Forty years before the Temple was destroyed (i.e 40 years before 70 AD, the gates of the Hekel (Temple) opened themselves, until rabbi Yochanan bae Zakkai rebuked them ( the gates), saying: "Hekel, Hekel, why are you alarming us? We know that you are destined to be destroyed." 
Talmud, Sancino version, Yoma 39b

The very dramatic moment during which our Messiah expired induced a true revolution in mankind history. Because most of us focus more on Resurrection ( which makes sense), a few details about the tragic moment of Yeshua's death may be overlooked. The Gospels report that, in the very moment Yeshua's spirit departed, the Temple's curtain was torn from top to bottom into two pieces.

How does this event affect us?

If one is not really familiar with Torah, it becomes quite hard to understand the importance of the Parochet haheichal (פרֹכת ההיכל), the veil of the Temple, which is the part that is hiding and gives access to the Holy of the holies- a very special place that only the Kohen Gadol ( the high priest) authorized to cross on the Day of Yom Kippur during the ceremony of atonement for the sins.

The rituals to follow where very precise as they are explained in Leviticus, Chapter 16, Vayikra.
The following website will also allow you to reflect upon a deeper meaning of the same Torah chapter.

Not following the precise instructions given by Hashem could cost one's life. This is precisely how two of Aaron's sons died because of their unauthorized offering:

" And Hashem spoke to Moshe after the two sons of Aharon, who brought an unauthorized offering before Hashem and they died.  Hashem said to Moshe: "Speak to your brother Aharon, and let him not enter the inner sanctuary that is beyond the concealing the ark, so that he won't die, since I appear over the ark in a cloud."

A great majority of people don't realize that our Lord is so holy that the vision of His Shekinah ( cloud of glory) can kill you straight away.

Things dramatically changed when Yeshua became our Kohen Gadol ( High Priest)

Only a thorough reading and understanding of the Book of Leviticus, chapter 16 will open the readers' eyes to Hashem's majestic holiness. This is the very reason why accessing the Holy of the holies was forbidden for almost any living being.

I am referring again to the Orach Chayim blog where the following quote can be found, so you will come to a deeper awareness of Hashem's holy dwelling place:

"The Torah teaches that the Holy of the holies is such an awesome place that even an angel has no permission to go there. Only through the merits of Sacrifice may the Kohen Gadol enter."

Yeshua's Sacrifice ended the animal sacrifice. By fulfilling His painful mission for the atonement of the sins of ALL, Yeshua OPENED the Holy of the holies to us. He granted us direct access via His awesome and holy person and literally became our Kohen Gadol before our Father. 
Therefore, anybody who calls upon the Name of Yeshua earnestly and asks for forgiveness of sins will be granted access. 

Yeshua, the greatest of all, became the last of all, so we may ALL be saved-given the condition that we repent of our sins and that we accept Him as our Lord and Savior.

Let our hearts dwell in gratefulness for our Moschiach King who loves us endlessly!

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

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