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The Veil of the Temple was Rent in Twain

This tiny little scripture usually doesn’t mean anything to a good number of Christians, the veil of the temple was rent in twain, but hopefully after this short read, it means a lot more to you!

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In Matthew 27, Jesus was killed and in His last bit of pain He cried aloud and gave up the spirit (breath of life) and died. The very next verse is a rim-rocker.

Matthew chapter 27:

51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

The veil of the temple was rent in twain or in two from the top of it all the way to the bottom. In addition to this, there was an earthquake that just had to scare the lights out of everyone, but back to the veil.

The Veil of the Temple was Rent in Twain

Why was this important?

To learn why this was important, we have to understand what the veil in the temple was for. While we will not get elaborate in this short post, we do want to offer great insight.

In Leviticus 4 we certainly learn what the veil in the temple is for… see below:

And the priest that is anointed shall take of the bullock’s blood, and bring it to the tabernacle of the congregation:

And the priest shall dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle of the blood seven times before the Lord, before the vail of the sanctuary.

The set of verses from Leviticus explains what the veil in the temple was for. The anointed priest takes the blood of the animal and brings it into the tabernacle of the congregation. He dips his finger into the blood, and sprinkles the blood seven times before the Lord. Where is the Lord?

The Veil of the Temple was Rent in TwainThe Veil of the Temple was Rent in Twain and This is What It Means

The Lord is behind the veil of the sanctuary in the Most Holy Place (MHP).

“I still don’t get it!”

No worries…

The priest made sacrifices for the sins of himself, his house, and the nation. When Jesus died on the cross, the earthquake destroyed some things. The veil in the temple was the most important thing it destroyed.

The Veil of the Temple was Rent in Twain

This signified the end of the animal sacrifices because the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus Christ, had been sacrificed. The veil was meant for sprinkling the blood upon it. When it was torn, there is no longer a need to perform this.

There is no longer a need for the killing of animals, and no longer a need for an office of men to do the whole routine. For a moment, there is no more need of the Levites to offer goats and bulls.

This is what it means when we read verse 51 in Matthew 27, the veil of the temple was rent in twain. The animal sacrificial law was abolished, nailed to the cross, over with. We are free from this … we are now to go to the High Priest who sits on the right hand of the Father to intercede for us!

Learn More About Animal Sacrifice with Leviticus 4 Summary on Sacrifices


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  1. Bruce t. Prosper sr. Bruce t. Prosper sr.

    I have looked up verse after verse to try and find out what rent in twain meant but could not understand what they meant until I looked it up here ..thank you do much I understand ..

    • Blessings to you brother Bruce; thank you for stopping by. Continue in the grace of God.

  2. Kurt Allen Kurt Allen

    Thank you for explaining this verse. I had just read this portion of Matthew, reading from beginning to end for the first time, and didn’t know the meaning and found your explanation. I must say, so far I have found Matthew 24 to be strikingly profound.

    • Brother Kurt, thank you for your edifying comment. Praise the LORD for you; we shall keep our studying!

  3. We can now all be members of God’s Holy Priesthood…we now have access to the Holy of Holies which is a type of Heaven. When we worship God in spirit and truth we can experience the presence of His Holy Spirit…this is like Heaven on earth.
    See 1 Peter 2:5-9 for a clear explanation of this gift God has given us His Church….His Bride.

  4. Elizabeth Grosenheider Elizabeth Grosenheider

    Thank you for this very detailed explanation. My husband was reading aloud out of the holy bible as I looked up your explanation of the veil being rent in twain. Thank you Christ Jesus and God Almighty! I had no idea what the veil meant or the significance of it.

    • Praise God from whom all blessings flow sis Elizabeth. Bless you and your house in the name of the LORD Jesus.

  5. Jermaine Saunders-Warner Jermaine Saunders-Warner

    I thank you most profoundly for this clear understanding of this aspect of the Bible. May God continue to give you the ability to bring understanding of His Word.

    • Grace and blessings bro Jermaine, praise the ALMIGHTY. Thank you for your blessing and may the LORD enrich us all. Amen

      Brthr Nhmyh

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