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Within the Veil

In the early Church there was a natural open heaven.  In the book of 1st Samuel this experience was termed open vision. Paul the Apostle spoke of there being “a veil of people’s hearts and minds or Israel.”  

Recently while in prayer and meditation I saw an image in my mind’s eye, of a veil.  It was like a huge tent over the Church separating the Church from seeing God and the glory of their calling. The Church that I saw was under this shroud of darkness, and was regressing as well. Beginning from a revived state it was losing bits and pieces of the anointing and the gifts pf the Spirit. As the Church imploded in on itself -- the shroud of darkness tightened around the Church’s decreasing level of revelation and understanding of the things of God as a boa constrictor squeezes the life out of its victim. – And the preachers would proudly proclaim: “This is all there is in God.” And the Church continued to contract and would suffer loss, and the veil tightened further contracting with the Church – and the preachers would proudly proclaim: “This is all there is in God.” And this continued as the church continued wither and shrivel.  

And God said to me, there is an event coming, when someone is going to pierce this veil that has been over  the heart and mind of the Church for these last 1800 years. Someone is going to break forth unto the Lord and lift up a standard, and in that day shall all men be drawn unto that standard or an open heaven.

Paul the Apostle speaks of the Veil

2 Corinthians 3:6-7 Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

Paul says that we have been made able ministers by the Spirit, and that we have been made ministers of life by the Spirit. In the time of Jesus and the Apostles this was the norm in the Church – this was part of what we would define as an open heaven. Receiving a constant infusion of life and revelation from God via the Holy Spirit and dispensing this life and revelation to others. 

However Paul speaks also here of a second class of ministers.  These he calls these “ministers of the letter.” These ministers he tells us are ministers of death and they are empowered by the letter as much as the ministers of the Spirit are to be empowered by the Spirit. This second class of ministers also have a ministry; -- the ministration of death.  In the day of Christ and the Apostles this class of ministry was limited to the Jews. However during the course of the last 1800 backslidden years of the Church, Satan accomplished a major coup, he successfully transformed those who once were ministers of life into being ministers of death. 

Part of the problem for those who live in this hour is that there is a certain level of glory in the ministration of death. And though it has been greatly diminished, the remnants of that glory still exist in the ministration of the letter to this day.  

2 Corinthians 3:8-11 How shall not the ministration of the Spirit be rather glorious?  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.  For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.  For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

So Paul asks the Church of his day how or why won’t the ministration of the Spirit be more glorious than the ministration of the letter? Paul says that the ministration of Righteousness (or Sanctification) exceeds in glory. Paul says that when you turn on the glory of the ministration of the Spirit the light or glory of the ministration of the letter becomes darkness. Even as a candle flame casts a shadow when it is set before a greater light. We are also told that the ministration of death is to be done away (to be annulled) by the ministration of life. Somewhere in our convoluted thinking we have come to a belief that these two are co-equal, that they are partners and are to ever abide together.  Paul makes it clear here that these two are incompatible – this same incompatibility was brought up by Christ when he spoke of new cloth patches on old garments and new wine in old wineskins.

What the Church has done is it has turned back to the old garment and has been patching it all over with new cloth  -- and what you have as a result is a shredded rag that covers nothing. When worn this rag leaves your flesh exposed everywhere – or naked as the Laodicean congregants are described in Revelation. This nakedness speaks of defilement, a defilement that has come from mixing the ministration of death and the ministration of life.   So we can see in this passage that the divine order is that the ministration of the letter was to be swallowed up by the ministration of the Spirit. However after the fall of the Church the enemy persuaded men to return to the old garment, and in more recent history we have come to the notion of patching this garment with the ministration of the Spirit; causing the defilement of many before God. 

2 Corinthians 3:12-18  Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:  But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ.  But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart.  Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.  Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 

And so we come down the veil that covers the glory. The veil was supposed to prevent Israel from seeing it fade away. But this veil went from being a visual perception in the people of Israel to blindness in their hearts and Spirits. So the irony of all this is that the ministers of the letter and death are blind to the letter that they so worship, because it has put a veil upon their heart and Spirit 

2 Corinthians 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

So then Paul says to the early Church that this veil was to be done away with, that when a person in Paul’s day turns to the Lord  -- the veil was taken away.  And that as this new believer spent time beholding this glory, beholding the life and revelation of the Spirit through a glass (darkly) he was to be changed into the same image or light from glory by glory.

Now unfortunately we are not on equal footing with this early church. As I mentioned before we are in a recovery process. A recovery process which, entails the recovery of the open heaven that was once delivered unto the saints. A recovery process which, entails the removal of the torn garment of the letter. A recovery process which, entails the removal of the veil that has blinded our hearts and spirits.

How then is that veil removed from our hearts and minds?

Though the ministration of righteousness or sanctification. 

Sanctification is the process of being made Holy unto the Lord. In the Law of Mosses the priests, the temple and the altars were to be anointed day in and day out for a period of time until they became most Holy unto the Lord. As we pray, worship and wait before Him in His presence we are transformed from glory to glory. As we become filled with the very life and glory of the Lord, we then can take that life and glory and minister it to others.      

Christ did away with the veil

Hebrews 6:18-19 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

They way, Paul says, the veil has been opened unto us. – We have to press in to receive – We have to press into pierce that veil. We have to press into the veil to return to that state of open heaven of the early Church that the early Church had..

Do you so press? Do you so yearn?