Why God Eventually Removes the Veil: The Cause for Judgment
- As we’ve discovered, God is in charge of veils and no other entity should manipulate them beyond the Lord’s control or authority. He alone is in charge of veils, the purpose they are designs to protect and the judgment they are created to prevent. But in the most consequential moments, God will ultimately remove the great veil that shields humanity from the power of His presence, the time for judgment will begin.
- God’s dealings with people nations has two parts. His initial business is with His people, those who a part of His covenant and their willingness to obey it. After addressing the elect, He handles the Gentiles, those outside of His covenant. The are judged by how they respond to the knowledge they are given and how they treat His people.
- When judgement befalls any people, whether individual societies or the eventually the world, it is because the righteousness within and around them has approached extinction by force or by choice, and the collective population has become spoiled beyond restoration. One type and shadow of how judgment begins is found in scriptures account of the days of Noah.
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. 5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
- Perhaps the most interesting detail within this passage is the presence of gross sexual sin. Additionally, this sin appears to involve the intermingling of the spirit realm with the natural realm—a type of act which has always been highly destructive to the plan of God.
- This scripture clearly says that there were giants in the earth in those days. There is scriptural evidence to suggest that these men were physically larger than other humans though some religious scholars will debate this claim. Regardless, the sexual and spiritual communication present in the days of Noah produced supernatural power by which wicked men ruled over others,.
- NOTE: All throughout History, immoral sex was used to leverage power. The Egyptians and Romans committed incestuous acts to maintain power within a royal bloodlines. Today, gross sexual acts remain a large part of the various industries where large amounts of money and power are exchanged. In all of these instances, the purpose of sexual sin goes beyond fleshly pleasure; It is attempt to gain power.
- As expected, the Bible has prophesied that a shamelessly sexual culture would precede the return of Christ.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
- At first glance, this scripture appears to suggest that people will be participating in normal behavior prior to the coming of the Lord. However, upon closer observation it is worth considering whether this scripture is speaking of humanity’s abuse of veils and manipulation of marital covenants in order to advance its sinful ways.
- In another scripture, the word of God warns us that the pervasiveness of sexual sin, which symbolizes the blatant disregard for the Lord’s veils, is a cause for the Lord’s judgment.
3Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 4For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
5I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. 6And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 7Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
8Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.*
- In this scripture about the things which provoke the Lord’s judgment, there is an unmistakable common thread—sexual sin.
- Even within the first example scenario speaking of the theophany-like judgement of Israel after Moses’ descent from the mountain, there was sexual sin which often goes overlooked. According to the story of the golden calf in Exodus 32, Moses came down from the mountain to see the people “dancing” (Exodus 32:19). Seem innocent? Well, earlier in the passage, a particular euphemism is used to say the children “rose up to play” (Exodus 32:6). This word “play” is the same Hebrew word (6711. tsachaq; mə-ṣa-ḥêq) used by Abimilech to describe his witness of Isaac “playing” with his wife (Genesis 26:8). Of course, the word play did not describe a mere game, but it was rather a sensitive way to speak of sex. So it seems that the “playing happening at the foot of Mt. Sinai was a sexual fertility ritual performed in worship of Baal. Furthermore, in the context of Jude 1, all of the other scenarios mentioned include sexual sin in some way. There are the angels who “kept not their first estate” and Sodom and Gomorrah which is known for its gross sexual sin.
21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
- In the end, survival rate of righteousness reaches dangerous levels immediately prior to God’s judgement.
God Deals with His People First
- We are the New Covenant’s law keepers. That doesn’t mean that we march around demanding obedience to hundreds of Jewish laws. It means that we are examples of Christ’s love in action, demonstrating our obedience to the greatest commandment of them all. Therefore, as the children of God and imitators of Christ, we are now the veil that shields the world from the judgement of God. This is why our intercession and evangelism are the acts that should follow our knowledge and revelation.
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
- When we fail to demonstrate the great law of love, we fail to preserve the earth and prevent its destruction at the hands of the wicked. In one sense the earth is a like a food item containing salt as a preservative. If the salt ceases to preserve the food, the entire thing is good for nothing but to be thrown away. This is why at the initiation of most all scriptural instances of judgment, the is search for a righteous remnant and a testing of them as well. In the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham petitioned God to find a righteous remnant within the city, and there was none except lot. At the foot of the Mr Sinai, God called for those who were on the Lord’s side before execution commenced. Then, in the biblical story of Mt. Carmel, Elijah first challenges the children of Israel for failing to boldly stand on their faith in God.
*1 Kings 18:17-21
17And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? 18And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim. 19Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.
20So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. 21And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.*
- In this story presenting a type and shadow of judgment yet again, notice that the first thing Elijah does is challenge the faith of God’s people. He asks them, “How long will ye halt between two opinions”? This reveals how God chastises His own people for their failure to keep His law and preserve life even before he deals with the rest. God has little patience for lukewarm Saints and those who yoke themselves with Baal and the world. Next, notice what else transpires….
*1 Kings 18:22-29
22Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 23Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: 24And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
25And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. 26And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. 27And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. 28And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. 29And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.*
- In this showdown of the gods vs God at Mt. Carmel, Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal to produce power through fire. In an attempt to create such power, the false prophets began bloodletting. They cut themselves with knives and lancets until blood was released. Put another way they began tearing their veils.
1 Peter 4:12-18
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
Passage Through the Veil
When man manipulates a veil in any way, he seeks access or gives access to the power of the spiritual realm. With Jesus and with with believers, it is God who opens the veil in season, so that the power released is productive rather than destructive. The only way positive results can come from broken veils is if God controls it. If a man forces his way through a veil, his intentions are to invoke the power of the spirit Realm and conjoin two powers but not according to the authority of God. As the false prophets cut themselves at the foot of the mountain, they broke their own veil in search of the spiritual power in the kingdom of darkness.
- Herein lies the revelatory answer behind whether the children of God should tattoo themselves. Again, it’s not about the physical act but the spiritual purpose. God has never once asked His children to destroy or mark their own veils. There are only laws forbidding such practices. Today’s professing Christians will often justify tattoo culture by saying we are no longer bound by the Old Covenant’s laws, but such reasoning lacks spiritual depth and understanding. Tattooing is a milder form of ritual bloodletting and not a form of Godly worship. The children of God worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24), so drawing disproportionate attention to the flesh is an act that ranges from carnal to deceptive to hypocritical. It is a deed that places the perpetrator in danger of demonic influence and/or possession. Additionally, the evidence of our faith is internal, and drawing attention to the flesh is a counterproductive and dangerous distraction.
- The abuse and disregard of veils by man or the kingdom of darkness is what it’s always been—a power move. If Satan can get men to destroy their own veils, he can cause them to commit to a covenant with himself. As in the garden, this gives him power to act in and upon men in the earth who have come into agreement with him. Demonic possession and influence occur when veils are neglected or manipulated.
These are examples of pathways through the veil that exist in the body:
Today, people can definitely be influenced by spiritual power, and we must be careful and protective of the ways. If our body is a veil shielding and protecting our important spirit within, it is imperative that we know how and where to be on guard. If you think about every “hole” and opening in your body, these are the places to protect
- Eyes Matthew 5:29
And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
- Nose Genesis 2:7
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
- Ears Matthew 13:16-17
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
- Mouth Proverbs 18:21, James 3:1-5
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
1Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to control his whole body. 3When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can guide the whole animal. 4Consider ships as well. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot is inclined. 5In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it boasts of great things. Consider how small a spark sets a great forest ablaze. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of wickedness among the parts of the body. It pollutes the whole person, sets the course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.a
- Last but certainly not least, there are the sexual organs which are a part of the reproductive system which we have discussed extensively already.
Then God deals with the whole
- After God addresses the failures of those who don’t uphold his laws of faith, He moves on to address the rest of the population. After handling iniquity within His own people, God turns to the world to judge the evil in them.
- The cause for the a nation’s destruction—and subsequently the destruction of the world—is not only due to the failure of the righteous but also the persecution and murder of the righteous at the hands of the wicked. In the end, a lawless world destroys its own veil as it kills the saints who keep the law of love.
9And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
12And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?*
- In the end, judgement has two causes. They are the failure of the elect and the persecution of the same by the wicked. Both bring about and eventual extinction of the saving power operating in the earth, and both warrant God visiting the earth to judge it. The previous passage in revelation contain both the cause and effect in the 5th and 6th seals.
The Patience of God and the Perseverance of the Saints
The Lord has great patience for the purpose of Salvation. We must always consider that His goal is to save as many as possible. As we read in Revelation 6, God would suffer the physical death of His own children, even His Son if it meant a greater portion of man would be saved from eternal damnation. Consider the story of the Shepherd who left 99 sheep to pursue one that was lost.
Our righteousness is valuable to the Father, because it serves as the protective veil of the earth. When we are made aware of the trouble that exist in the earth, it is our responsibility to bring men to a God and Savior who reconciles and restores. Consider Jonah who was one man sent to save an entire city from the wrath and judgment of God, Abraham whose prayers of Sodom and Gomorrah were honored, Gideon small but perfectly successful army or Moses who delivered an entire nation from enslavement to an Egyptian empire.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
As long as we walk in righteousness we have the power and responsibility to make prayer and intercession for the world we live in. Let us not fail to be the salt or the light.