The veil was woven with fine white linen, blue, purple, and scarlet threads. If you have read my earlier posts on the tabernacle, you know that these colors are symbolic of the righeousness, sonship, kingship, and sacrificial nature of the Messiah. Also woven into the veil are cherubim (angels), symbolic of the very presence of God and of guarding His throne.
The veil was torn from top to bottom at the very moment of the death of Yeshua (Jesus). No longer are we kept from the throne of God Almighty, and no longer is the Holy of Holies restricted to the high priest. Yeshua Himself has become our High Priest, and we have been given direct access to Him.
Behind the veil we find the ark of the covenant.
The atonement cover, called the mercy seat, was the lid for the ark. On top of it stood two cherubim at the two ends, facing each other. The cherubim, symbols of God’s divine presence and power, were facing downward toward the ark with outstretched wings that covered the atonement cover. The whole structure was beaten out of one piece of pure gold. The atonement cover was God’s dwelling place in the tabernacle. It was His throne, flanked by angels. God said to Moses:
- The manna represented the bread of life that was given to sustain the Israelites in the wilderness. Today, Yeshua is our Bread of Life.
- The rod of Aaron had budded with almonds and blossoms, symbolizing God's choice of the Levites for the priesthood. We are reminded that Yeshua has become our high priest.
- The ten commandments represented the standard of living that was given to the Israelites. The presence of the commandments is there to remind us that Yeshua fulfilled the requirements of the law while on earth.