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THE SECOND VEIL.

The seven outer court experiences are (A) Repentance ( The first veil), (B) Faith and the cleansing of the blood ( The bronze altar ), (C) Removing of the old garments ( Laying aside the old manner of life ), (D) Washing in the water of the laver ( Water baptism ), (E) The putting on of the new garments ( Being clothed with Christ, the garments of praise, The garments of righteousness ), (F) The anointing of oil, ( The baptism of the Holy Spirit ), (G) The consecration offering, ( Giving ourselves to do the whole will of God ). All of these seven outer court experiences are preparatory to entering through the second veil. Jesus said " I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one can come to the Father except through Me. The first veil is Jesus, the way. The second veil is Jesus, the truth. The third veil is Jesus, the life. Passing through to the Father involves experiencing Jesus in each of these measures. Following the consecration offering we are faced with Jesus Christ, the TRUTH. At first this may seem like a blessed experience to receive a further revelation of Christ. This word truth is better translated as reality. Reality is experiential truth, or truth that is realized in our experience. The great shock comes when we see Jesus! When we see Him, we also see ourselves. Then we are faced with the truth or reality about ourselves. ISA 6:1 In the year of King Uzziah's death, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. ISA 6:2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. ISA 6:3 And one called out to another and said, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory." ISA 6:4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. ISA 6:5 Then I said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of UNCLEAN lips, And I live among a people of UNCLEAN lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the \Lord\ of hosts." ISA 6:6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, with a burning coal in his hand which he had taken from the altar with tongs. ISA 6:7 And he touched my mouth {with it} and said, "Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away, and your sin is forgiven." ISA 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!" Isaiah had prophesied great things for five chapters and surely considered himself a man of God who was called and anointed. Yet when he saw the Lord, he at the same time saw himself. Until he saw the Lord he could prophesy with great boldness. After he saw the Lord he was finished and totally devastated. It was only then that he realized he was unclean. This is exactly what happens when we see the Lord at the second veil. With Isaiah, he saw the Lord in a vision and the angel came to take a coal off the altar and cleansed him. Then he could go for the Lord. This was a great blessing for Isaiah to see this in a vision, otherwise he may have done like so many over the years have done, they quit. When they saw themselves, they saw their own uncleanness, their own inability. their own failures. Then, when they see that others also have many problems and are unclean, they run away. This is a dangerous time and many quit or backslide. They are so close to breaking through to a new level of ministry, but because they see the reality about themselves they quit before they step through. The veil is not really that thick. It is just a short step through. When the fire from off the altar comes, it is quick to work. That prepares us for the next phase of ministry, as we see in Isaiah's situation. When the cleansing work is done we can see Christ and hear the call," Who will go for us ?". If we run away before the fire comes, we really are finished. The fact is we are all unclean when seen in the light of Jesus Christ. We all lack ability. We are all failures. But at the second veil, it is clear, we can only continue by the grace and mercy of God. We should see we can only continue by the anointing and just within the grace and calling we have. After the revelation of the second veil, the pastor will have a clear understanding that he cannot function as a prophet, or as an evangelist, or as an apostle, or as a teacher. Now he can easily find the grace to leave those ministries to someone else. In the lampstand, it is clear there is no competition between the lamps. Each must burn in it's own place. All are necessary for the illumination of the Holy Place. No lamp burns itself. It must burn the oil. The lamp will not destroy itself if it just burns the oil. This is why the lampstand is not a candlestick, as some translations say. After the candle burns itself out you throw it away and get another. God has designed the lamps to burn oil. The wicks need to be trimmed and the oil renewed, but the lamp is not destroyed. All are called to be priests after the order of Melchizedek, and all are invited to share in the life and ministry of the Holy Place. However all who approach the second veil must see the truth and reality of who and what they really are. There will always be a veil over the understanding until we see Jesus Christ. Then it is clear we are full of arrogance, pride, self-will, self-exaltation, selfishness, jealousy, self-importance and we lack self-control. We are quick to speak and give advice. We demand faithfulness in others and lack patience ourselves, until God can work. When we see our own hypocrisy, our shortcomings, our failures, uncleanness and our inability to overcome, we are finished. We finally see we are not fit for the ministry and the first thought is to quit. How can I preach to others when I am such a mess. Everyone who tries to enter through that veil must come to this same revelation. How can we stand that close to the presence of a Holy God with all these characteristics that are so unlike Jesus Christ. LEV 10:1 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. LEV 10:2 And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. LEV 10:3 Then Moses said to Aaron, "It is what the Lord spoke, saying, ' By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be honored. '"So Aaron, therefore, kept silent. How can our consecration be fulfilled if we quit at the very next step. When we finally see the consecration offering, we are convinced this is only logical for those who will stand before the Lord, to minister to the Lord, to burn incense and be His ministers. 2CH 29:11 "My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has chosen you to stand before Him, to minister to Him, and to be His ministers and burn incense." Certainly the consecration must be real and therefore tested. Some of the worst suffering is when we see ourselves as we really are. If we are really going to minister by the grace of God and the mercy of God, we must truly know we need the grace of God and the mercy of God. Once God shows us what we really are, it is difficult to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think. Those who sit on their little thrones in the church have a big surprise coming. How can a person be a servant who thinks he is a king? The real Kingdom is beyond the second veil. From that vantage point it is clear who the King is. When Paul said he was the very least of all the saints it was not just a false humility. What he saw in the third heaven made him know that for a fact. Like everybody, Paul didn't start out with the same attitude that he later acquired. GAL 2:6 But from those who were of high reputation (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)-- well, those who were of reputation contributed nothing to me. This was written in A.D. 56 and reflects Paul's attitude and confidence then. 1CO 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. This was written in A.D. 61 and reflects a change of attitude. EPH 3:8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, This was written in A.D. 62 and we see his position in the things of God changing again. 1TI 1:15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost {of all.} 1TI 1:16 And yet for this reason I found mercy, in order that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience, as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. This was written in A.D. 65 and indicates that Paul had seen Christ and therefore had seen himself. In the Kingdom, the greatest MUST be the least. How do we arrive at that place? Buy cleaning the toilets? That works in the outer court but it is the revelation of Christ that destroys our imaginary throne. It is at the revelation of Jesus Christ that the servant of God must have the most compassionate encouragement and reassurance. Otherwise it is so easy to get discouraged and give up. God will always pull you through if you can stand the pull. The thing to know is, God is for you and not against you. He is the one who is doing the pulling. Just give up and slip through!! THE REASON IS THIS; THE END TIME MINISTRY BEGINS IN THE HOLY PLACE, NOT THE OUTER COURT. IF WE DON'T PASS THE SECOND VEIL, WHAT WILL WE DO AT THE THIRD VEIL?? IF WE DON'T EXPERIENCE DEATH OF OURSELVES HOW WILL WE EXPERIENCE" THE LIFE" OF THE THIRD VEIL??. DON'T GIVE UP!!