Beyond the Veil
So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom ... Do return, O Lord; how long will it be?
Psalm 90:4, 13a
The God and Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, Y'shua HaMashiach, moves sovereignly over His creation. He appoints times and fulfills His promise to reveal all things before they are brought to pass. This collection of writings bears witness to that truth as the Lord of Glory is opening the scroll of the book and granting insight into things that have long been held “beyond the veil.” The veil obscuring the Lord's plans from our eyes is retreating, being moved back, revealing even His schedule of appointments with man.
Surely the Lord God does nothing Unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets.
Have you ever considered what it might mean that this church age began on the day of Pentecost, also known as Shavuot; a Jewish festival? I had been taught by respected scholars that it didn't really mean anything because the times of the church were secret, and disconnected from the Jewish calendar. Eventually, though, I came to see that the observed connection was very important. The so-called Jewish calendar, at least the biblical version of it, is the Lord's own calendar, and He is the Head of the church of His Body. According to the language of the Young's Literal Translation, we see the sense that the remarkable event documented in the second chapter of Acts was fulfilling the Feast as an annually celebrated prophetic model.
1 And in the day of the Pentecost being fulfilled, they were all with one accord at the same place, 2 and there came suddenly out of the heaven a sound as of a bearing violent breath, and it filled all the house where they were sitting, 3 and there appeared to them divided tongues, as it were of fire; it sat also upon each one of them, 4 and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, according as the Spirit was giving them to declare.
Acts 2:2-4 YLT
The Lord's calendar is big on anniversaries and cycles of time. Cycles of time begin when they end. What began on Pentecost will have an end on Pentecost, which is the second of three harvest festivals. The truth of it will soon be manifest, with the second in sequence following very shortly after the first.
We are justly expected to be able to interpret this present time, representing where we are now on His schedule of appointments with man.
54 And He was also saying to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it turns out. 55 And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, ‘It will be a hot day,’ and it turns out that way. 56 You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time?
So, where are we now in the outworking of the restoration of all things? The answers lie “Beyond the Veil.” The deeper truth of the holy scriptures is esoteric. The Lord's secrets are concealed for protection but are revealed to the right people at the appropriate time. This is why He directed us to watch and pray, to stay awake and sober.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
9 His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant. 10 And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.
For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.
Luke 8:9-10, 17
The plan of God for the age is to us a lot like a jigsaw puzzle. We students of the scriptures have had only a limited number of the puzzle pieces and no picture of the completed puzzle for a guide, like you find on the cover of the puzzle box. What we see today in the doctrines of the Church is an abstraction like a partially assembled Picasso or Kandinsky. Different doctrinal and historical parts of the puzzle have been put together with regard to matching shapes but not colors, or, vice versa, with pieces being forced where they don't really fit. The first thing a skillful jigsaw puzzle assembler does is to find all the pieces with a straight edge, because these form the border. The border defines the puzzle's dimensions and gives it structure. This is where a wise builder begins the work because it establishes the context within which the other pieces fit.
Friends, the border pieces are those dealing with chronology. Just like how chronology gives order to the events of the past, it gives order to what we know about the future, the subject of what we see in the present time as prophetic. Knowledge of the order and sequencing of events enables us to fit the border of the puzzle together. When we know the order of the events, the relationship between the events exposes crucial information that unveils their meaning. When we get a block of pieces fitting together, we step back and with a new perspective begin to see how the various blocks of pieces are looking and the picture of the whole plan on the cover of a box we've never seen begins to come into view.
Honestly, we are no smarter than those who have gone before us. Over the years, men of far greater intelligence than I have tried in vain to discover the Lord's schedule of appointments with man. It is apparent that they failed because it's been hidden until these final hours. As the age draws to a close, help has come! Those sent to illuminate the project with light from above have been busy about the work. By His grace this is our privilege and legacy, to discover such a revelation in our time!
It should not be our goal to merely have a look at His appointment book, but rather to be found in Him as a true friend, familiar with His ways and able to be trusted with the intimate knowledge of His plans. Receiving The Love of The Truth, together with genuine knowledge of the times and epochs is a two-fold requirement for saints who will find the greatest prize of the age, being found worthy of the Bridgroom Himself. (Audio: Our Hope - Two-fold Bride Qualification)
If you understand about the Bible's harvest allegory, you may understand these studies collected into “Beyond the Veil” as a kind of Farmer's Almanac for the age. An almanac is a precious resource for a wise farmer. An almanac is: “An annual publication including calendars with weather forecasts, astronomical information, tide tables, and other related tabular information.” The almanac is used for a timely guide to the signs and seasons that are the key to successfully producing a high-yield crop. Are you familiar with the parable of the sower and the seed, of the soils, which is declared to be the basis for understanding parables? Is your labor going to produce a bountiful crop?
7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. 8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.
This is now the latter showers of the latter rain.
5 Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
2 Timothy 2:5-7
Be a hard working farmer, and as an athlete, compete according to the rules. Work hard and smart. Don't ignore the almanac. Compete According to the Rules - or Forfeit the Prize! Do not participate in the lawless deeds of the mother and daughters of Babylon.
33 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon is like a threshingfloor, it is time to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come.
Jeremiah 51:33 KJV
The time of threshing is upon us, of the harvest.
Over the many years of my life I have sometimes drawn conclusions that are not valid. Even having received an apostolic anointing, I see only in part.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12
I accept responsibility for my workmanship, and so must you.
It is my prayer that this presentation will be a blessing to you as you seek The One who is Truth with your whole heart. May you find His joy as you are further conformed to His will and learn obedience in all things. By the grace of Y'shua haMashiach, may there come a drawing near to Him with an increased level of intimate communion to sustain and encourage you. May the one who opens the ears and eyes grant you a revelation of Himself that will stir in you the most passionate love. And, may you be found worthy of Him at His soon coming!