The Full Reality of Hebrews 10:19 Understood

Something “unexplainable” happened to the DOORS of the Temple in Jerusalem around 30 AD – making full the reality of Hebrews 10:19.

There is debate among scholars as to the exact year AD that Yeshua/Jesus was crucified. The question arises on how those who created the Gregorian calendar (our common usage calendar today) decided to begin the first year AD. The Gregorian was a supposed “upgrade” in 1582 to previous calendars, but we have no need for further history here. Because of the question, crucifixion dates range from 30-33 AD. You can do a search and find the “facts” from a variety of experts.

The dating is just a side note to what we will look at below. We know, first of all, that at the moment of Yeshua’s death, Matthew 27:51 relates that, “the VEIL of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” In Hebrew, this veil is called the פָּרֹכֶת parokhet. This was the large curtain that separated the Holy Place in the Temple from the inner Holy of Holies, which the High Priest could only enter once a year, on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur (Leviticus 16:34).

The veil tearing from top to bottom

Jonathan Cahn explained that in the Temple there were TWO major barriers separating God from man. The first were the two massive doors of gold to the Holy Place, the הֵיכָל heykhal. These doors separated the Holy Place from the Temple courts. The second was the פָּרֹכֶת parokhet, the veil.

Scripture does not record about the הֵיכָל heykhal at Yeshua’s death, but significantly the Jewish Talmud does (obviously with no reference to Yeshua). As Cahn points out, even the Rabbis who would not admit to Yeshua being the Messiah wrote about an event with the הֵיכָל heykhal. Also bear in mind that Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed by Rome in 70 AD, roughly 40 years following the death (and resurrection) of Yeshua. The Talmud recorded that those doors opened by themselves “forty years prior to the destruction of the Temple.”

Model of the Second Temple in Jerusalem; doors of gold are in the center.

So not only was the veil in front of the Holy of Holies torn in two, but the first entry into the Temple, the initial doors into the Temple, opened on their own. Does this not make full the reality spoken of in Hebrew 10:19 (ESV), “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter ‘the holy places’ by the blood of Jesus….” The Priests could work behind the first set of doors; believers today are called Priests of Messiah (1 Peter 2:5, 9). The opening of the doors AND the tearing of the פָּרֹכֶת parokhet enables believers, as Priests, to approach the very throne of Heaven through our prayers, praise, and worship.

The following three paragraphs are quoted from the Talmud as on sefaria.org, in a volume called Yoma, tractate 39 [all bolding and emphases were done by sefaria]:

The Sages taught: During the tenure of Shimon HaTzaddik, the lot for God always arose in the High Priest’s right hand; after his death, it occurred only occasionally; but during the forty years prior to the destruction of the Second Temple, the lot for God did not arise in the High Priest’s right hand at all. So too, the strip of crimson wool that was tied to the head of the goat that was sent to Azazel did not turn white, and the westernmost lamp of the candelabrum did not burn continually.

And the doors of the Sanctuary opened by themselves as a sign that they would soon be opened by enemies, until Rabban Yoḥanan ben Zakkai scolded them. He said to the Sanctuary: Sanctuary, Sanctuary, why do you frighten yourself with these signs? I know about you that you will ultimately be destroyed, and Zechariah, son of Ido, has already prophesied concerning you: “Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour your cedars” (Zechariah 11:1). Lebanon being an appellation for the Temple.

Rabbi Yitzḥak ben Tavlai said: Why is the Temple called Lebanon [Levanon]? Because it whitens [malbin] the Jewish people’s sins, alluded to by the root lavan, meaning white.”

Thus Hebrews 4:16 also explodes to life: “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

1 Peter 1:6-7 “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Psalm 91:1, 16 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High (עֶלְיוֹן Elyon) will abide in the shadow of the Almighty (שָׂדַי Shaddai)… With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation” (יְשׁוּעָה y’shu-ah).

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