|Jewish women recreating Temple veil|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Tuesday, 03 June 2014 13:06|
A small group of Jewish women from the Biblical community of Shiloh have begun efforts at reconstructing the veil of the Temple. The group have established a workshop in Shiloh, the place whether the tabernacle once stood, with the hope of being able to recover some of the techniques used in the creation of the original veil. But it's likely to be a process fraught with difficulties. The veil had to be woven according to a specific pattern mentioned in the book of Exodus, and the dye the wool must also be obtained in accordance with Biblical requirements. The size of the veil itself, measuring around ten metres wide by twenty metres high and ten centimetres thick, will also be a challenge to reproduce.
Quote: "The women of the veil chamber," as they call themselves, have founded a little workshop in the biblical Samarian community of Shiloh that is filled with weaving devices and wool. Their attempt to weave the veil is in accordance with the commandment: "you shall make a veil woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen. It shall be woven with an artistic design of cherubim" (Ex. 26:31). Learning how to weave the veil is another way of preparing for the day the Temple will be rebuilt.
I was in Israel just a few weeks ago and had the privilege of visiting the Temple Institute's shop in Jerusalem and seeing several of the artefacts that have been recreated for use in the Third Temple first hand. Although it is not permissible to take photographs there, many of these artefacts can be viewed on the Temple Institute's own website. While I was there I did ask the lady about the proposed design of the Third Temple. She said around ninety percent of it is based on the Temple in Ezekiel's prophecy, but that there were things that Ezekiel does not mention and also things they still do not understand. For Ezekiel's description of the Millennial Temple does not mention the laver, the table of shewbread, the menorah, the altar of incense, the veil or the ark of the covenant. Some believe the Temple that will exist during the Millennial Reign will be for a memorial only, to serve as a reminder to the people of the holiness of God and what the Messiah has done in order to put away our sin. Just as the first two Temples and the sacrificial system pointed forward to Christ's work on the cross, so this last earthly Temple will point back to it.
When thinking about the recreation of the veil, it's hard not to think about that occasion when the veil of the Second Temple was torn in two. This great veil, which measured ten metres wide and twenty metres high and was ten centimetres thick, existed to keep sinful man out of the presence of a holy and righteous God. Yet it was torn in two from top to bottom, signifying that through the sacrifice of the Messiah on the cross for sin, the presence of God is now open for all.
As you can see from today's news, preparations are well underway for the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. The prophecies of Ezekiel, Daniel and Revelation all indicate that the sacrificial system will recommence and a Third Temple will stand in Jerusalem in a coming day. Of course we know that troublous times are ahead for Israel, and that this Third Temple must first be defiled by the Antichrist. But this shows us just how close the coming of the Lord is. Are you ready to meet Him? Have you trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation? Turn away from your sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation today.