While listening to the song “Hallelujah to the Lamb” (by Don Moen) very early this morning, I shut my eyes for a few moments, to worship.
As the second line in the chorus, “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! By the blood of Christ we stand!” was sung, suddenly, right in front of me (in my inner vision) there was a CURTAIN of “the blood” pouring down,
It wasn’t DROPS of blood. It wasn’t a RIVULET (a small river). It was a full on WALL of blood, flowing downward in a perfect curtain–never stopping–never interrupted–never failing.
I opened my eyes, grabbed a piece of scrap paper, and started writing. As I got to the point where I had just written the previous sentence, I realized…
The Veil of the Temple, which was set in front of the Ark of the Covenant, was accessible (in Old Testament times–before the death of Jesus on the cross–before the veil was “torn in two” at that time) only by the High Priest–once a year, for the atonement of sins for himself and the entire nation of Israel. (Leviticus 16)
As you can read in the links above, and more specifically in Matthew 27:50-54, the Veil of the Temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom, at exactly the point in time that Jesus spent his last breath on the cross at Calvary.
THE BLOOD (1 Peter 2:1-10)
It was at that time that a DIFFERENT veil was put in place–THE BLOOD OF THE PERFECT SACRIFICIAL LAMB (Hebrews 10).
Since that time, those who have accepted Jesus as Lord (He was the sacrificed Lamb), have been made a “kingdom of priests,” and our way to the “shekinah” of the Lord is secured simply by walking into/through that CURTAIN of BLOOD that gives us that privilege.
This isn’t a new story to me, or probably to most of you reading this. It is, however, the first time that I have actually SEEN the blood poured out for us by Jesus AS the veil of the temple! It explains more fully (to me, at least) why the blood of the man form of Jesus was shed as the final, perfect sacrifice that can never be changed.
Once we have received that blood, shed for us, THAT IS STILL RUNNING, AND RUNNING, AND RUNNING DOWN, FORMING THAT VEIL that protects the Ark of the Covenant, we are totally free, AT ANY GIVEN TIME (indeed, ALL THE TIME), to access that “shekinah”–the glory cloud of God that covers us and protects us at all times. There is, therefore, no separation…none at all…from the fullness of God–the Lord (Father) Jesus (Son) Christ (Holy Spirit). Not only is there no separation, but nothing CAN separate us from Him. PERIOD. (Romans 8:31-39)
Once we run THROUGH that curtain of the blood shed by Jesus on the cross, letting it cover us completely, making Him our Savior, we should be living with total confidence that what He has already promised us, He WILL provide…but that’s another part of the story…
BONUS…Here are two views of a photo taken by my brother Gary Minish, in 2015. The waterfall is Bridal Veil Falls, in Keystone Canyon, on the highway between Valdez and Anchorage, Alaska. This waterfall isn’t as dense as the falls I saw in my vision, but all the while I was writing this, I was reminded of this very special place in my 71-year-old memory (I grew up in Valdez). Be sure to scroll down to read Gary’s descriptions, and click on the “expand” button at the top right corner of the photos, to see more pixels per inch.
The rainbow in the photos reminds me of God’s promise after Noah’s experience with the Ark.
NOTE: As usual, I’ll be adding ongoing revelation about this vision, in the comments below. They will show up with the most recent at the top, so be sure to scroll down to the last one you see, and travel upwards. 😀