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The Veil over the old Testament



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In the New Testament, it explains that there is a veil that lies over Moses and the Old Testament, and this veil hides understanding from those who are perishing. Perishing' does not mean dying', it means becoming useless for the purpose for which they were created; like perished rubber^.

This veil is described in 2 Corinthians 3:14-17 and the Bible says: ..... For until this day, the same veil remains un-lifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless, when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.' Slightly further along, in 2 Corinthians 4:3, it says: But even if our Gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.'

For Christians, Jesus is Lord and Christ - but this theologically accepted knowledge does not remove the veil which lies over the Old Testament, nor do ministers of the Christian religion believe in Moses! Instead they think, believe and teach that the Old Testament, the writings of Moses, the Ten Commandments, and the Sabbath apply only to the Jews.

So how does one lift the veil and what does the lifting of this cover reveal?

The first step indicated by the Bible to remove the veil over the Old Testament, is to turn to Christ. Most Christians would argue that they have turned to Jesus Christ and accept him as their Lord and Saviour. Question - has this lifted the veil over the Old Testament for them? Can they read and truly understand the wealth of meaning and information contained in the Old Testament books?

As Jesus is Lord' they would believe that they have turned to the Lord', yet is the veil over Moses is lifted for them? If so, what do they understand of the writings of Moses? Nothing! Absolutely nothing, as is evidenced by their lack of acceptance of what they understand to be Jewish ways' but which are actually truly Biblical.

So what's wrong? For one thing, there are two steps in this process of revelation, yet they can only see one, which is a stumbling block' to them anyway, causing them to miss-step!

The first step is to turn to Yeshua* the Messiah (This is the original name of the Son of God check it out!) to uncover understanding of the Old Testament, and then to lift the veil over Moses in particular, the next step is to turn to the LORD God - but the belief that Jesus is Lord' is the major stumbling block, because Christians believe that the Lord here is Jesus, but it means the LORD God God the Father.

Verses 16 & 17 in Second Corinthians say: Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil [over Moses] is taken away. Now the Lord is Spirit......' So the substance of God is Spirit and any part' of Him is referred to Biblically as the Holy Spirit'. (So much for the Trinity Doctrine!)

So it is not the Son of God who is the Lord spoken of in this context, for God is Spirit' (John 4:24) as the Son is not! For as the Son of God himself said, "Handle me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have." Luke 24:39.

So when we turn to Yeshua as the Messiah, we will understand the Old Testament generally and then when we turn to the LORD God, we can understand Moses specifically.

The Son himself even said, "For if you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you will not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?" (John 5:46)

When we understand why the Son of God deemed Moses to be so important, then we will know that the veil has been lifted.

As he also said, until heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or tittle will pass from the law'. (Matthew 5:18) and this is not mere rhetoric. Heaven and earth will pass away (Revelation 21:1), after the thousand years of his reign. So until then, the books of Moses remain valid and pertinent.

Thankfully, one of God's promises, contained in Isaiah 25:7 is 'And He will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.'

So there is hope for us all.




^ David Pawson's video tape The Final Act'
* The New Book Of Knowledge Dictionary

 

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