The year 2014 was a year of preparation; and this preparation was to be achieved through the doors of repentance, consecration and the purification of His Word.
As we enter the year 2015, the theme that was impressed in my heart as I quieted myself before the Lord was the unmistakable phrase “Beyond the Veil”. Indeed, I believe 2015 will be a year of continued preparation, yet above and beyond, we will begin a journey of immersing in a deeper level of His Presence.
But first, what is this veil? The word “veil” in Hebrew means a separator that conceals. Within the Holy Place of the Tabernacle, there was an inner and more sacred room called the Holy of Holies- God’s special dwelling place in the midst of His people, over which God appeared as a pillar of fire or cloud. A thick curtain, known as the “veil”, divided the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies, which held the Ark of the Covenant.
and the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron your brother not to come at any time into the Holy Place inside the veil, before the mercy seat that is on the ark, so that he may not die. For I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat. (Lev 16:2, ESV)
Significance of the veil
Anyone except the high priest who passed beyond the veil would perish, and even the high priest could only do so on an ordained day called the Day of Atonement. Moreover, the high priest would have to wash himself, don special clothes, bring burning incense with smoke to shield his eyes from a direct view of God, and bring blood with him to make atonement for sins committed in ignorance (Heb 9:7). Hence, it is clear that the symbol of the veil was to emphasise to men that the holiness of God was not something to be taken lightly, for God “canst not look on iniquity” (Hab 1:13, KJV)
Hence, there are three main gleanings we can gather from this, which are visible continuations of God’s ordinances for us from the past year 2014.
Key 1: To cross the veil, we first have to ready ourselves for the Presence beyond the veil.
The first insight we must carry into this new year that God is purposing for us to have a deeper walk in his holiness (like the second door from 2014’s prophecy) and to learn a reverent fear for His Presence.
We must recognize that just as there were three altars as one approached the Holy of Holies, there are three distinct preparations that we must make if we desire to pursue a deeper walk with Him beyond the veil.
First, there is an altar of stone—which represents the first step of repentance (Door 1 from last year). Then there is the altar of brass, which signifies the flesh being laid on the fires of purification through the Word. (Door 3 from last year)
Finally, we must approach the altar of gold, which is the place of worship, where we lay ourselves down and let God pick up the work.
Only after we have passed through the three-stepped process and lay ourselves and carnal desires upon the altar, then we are ready to pass through the Holy Place and approach the veil with the reverent fear for His Presence and His Holy Person.
Key 2: As we pass the veil, we must remember why we can access His Presence.
not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another— He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. (Hebrews 9:25-26, NKJV)
The fundamental reason why we can strive to move “beyond the veil” is because of Christ’s finished work on the cross
When He died, the curtain in the Jerusalem temple (60 feet in height, 30 feet in width and four inches thick) was torn in half, from the top to the bottom, exposing the Holy of Holies was exposed and making God’s presence was accessible to all. For us as the New Testament believer, we have every right to pursue a deeper walk with Him and fellowship with Him not just in the Holy Place, but in the Holy of Holies. This does not mean that we are guaranteed His intimate fellowship- which itself is born out of a life of consecration, diligent pursuit and complete yieldedness, but it does mean that we have the birthright to press for the Presence of our Father and our King.
Key 3: Most importantly, we must constantly remember what being beyond the veil is; Far from a one-time experience; it is to be a lifestyle of intercessory prayer and consecration.
Being beyond the veil is not just having a simple “feel-good” encounter in a normal Sunday morning service or goose bumps from an intercessory meeting on a Wednesday night. It is glimpsing, peering into, experiencing and finally dwelling in the raw power and presence of a Holy and Almighty God.
The Holy of Holies is a representation of heaven itself; we know that the Holy of Holies was a cube of 15 feet on each side, just as the New Jerusalem is also a perfect cube, 1,500 miles on each side (Revelation 21:16). As such, whenever we choose to intercede, move past, and stay within the place of being “beyond the veil”, we are in fact travailing for the manifest presence of Heaven in our midst. Unlike the priest that could only come into His fellowship once a year, and leave, we must instead learn to tarry- and achieve is a lifestyle of pursuing His intimate Presence, His Person, and the very substance of Heaven which comes beyond the veil.
Unlike some of the prophetic words issued in the past, the journey to begin living beyond the veil isn’t one that we can simply “try out” and give up when it is too difficult. Rather, when we choose to embark on this journey there is no turning back, not just because of the gravity of the call to live in a deeper realm of His Presence, but also because of the urgency of the times we are about to face. This exhortation to move “beyond the veil” is important in 2015 as it will be for the season of the next 7 to 10 years.
Just as the veil in the Tabernacle was described to mask the God’s glory in the Holy of Holies, the veil was even more commonly used as a small garment over one’s face, and most generally worn by an unmarried woman in the presence of her future husband. In the same manner, we must live the next few years as the bride awaiting her Bridegroom. We must constantly soak in and be transformed by His Presence, such that we too can be like Moses in Exodus 34:35, and that His glory will shine in us and through us.