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Both the Tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem had an inner room called the “Holy of Holies” which had a thick curtain or veil that separated it from the outer room. This inner room was God’s special dwelling place in the midst of his people.

Once a year the high priest solemnly lifted a corner of this veil to enter the room bringing blood and holy incense. This occurred on a prescribed day called the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). The high priest then passed into the immediate presence of Jehovah.

But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the sins of the people. (Hebrews 9:7)

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The tearing of the veil at the moment of Jesus’ death dramatically symbolized that His sacrifice, the shedding of His own blood, was a sufficient atonement for sins.

[50] Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
[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;

Matthew 27

Blood sacrifices from an unspotted firstborn lamb are no longer required. Christ’s sacrifice answers the ends of law unto all who have broken heart and contrite spirit. (See: Psalm 51:17 & 2 Nephi 2:7)

[19] Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
[20] By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh.

Hebrews 10

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Furthermore, the tearing of the veil upon Jesus’ death laid open the sacred place.

The veil rent top to bottom gives ample space for all to enter, to approach the throne, receive God’s grace and to commune with Him.

God’s presence is now accessible to all who humbly seek Him.

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– Tom Irvine

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