Guy Cohen and wife Tali

Harvest of Asher Congregation leader
Tents of Mercy Network
"We have become numbed to the majesty, to the undeserved privilege we casually read about in the Bible."

The Invitation

Too often we take for granted the invitation to enter into the holy of holies. We have become numbed to the majesty, to the undeserved privilege we casually read about in the Bible. The high priests were not so insensitive. For them it was an exalted, transcendent moment of awe.

An Appointment

When we make an appointment with an important person such as the owner of a company, we do not just walk into his office. There are terms of entrance and a protocol for setting the appointment. There is a waiting room. Only when the owner is available and notifies us, can we go into his posh, oak-paneled executive suite and meet with him from the far side of his oversized mahogany desk, and even then only for a brief visit. He is busy.

Greater Tabernacle

How much more weighty is it to be invited into the presence of God in His heavenly tabernacle!

Hebrews 9 describes the Tabernacle God commanded Moses to build on earth, giving intricate details of the work and the sacrifices to be made for the people and for the priests (Exodus 25:9-40). We read a description of the Holy Place and what it contained, continuing on into the Holy of Holies where the ark of the covenant rested holding manna, Aaron's rod and the tablets of the covenant (Hebrews 9:4).

The veil (parochet) separated the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. Only once a year could it be entered, and then only by the high priest (cohen gadol) on the Day of Atonement with intensive preparation. The veil was a double veil, with an interior and an exterior layer. When the high priest went in with his incense he entered the veil through the side and not the middle. The south end of the outer veil was open to the Holy Place. The north end of the inner veil was open to the Holy of Holies.

The earthly Tabernacle was built by the hands of men, whereas the heavenly one is the work of Yeshua. At His death the veil was torn in two down the middle (Luke 23:45).

"Messiah came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation." (Hebrews 9:11)

Sprinkled and Washed

The Holy of Holies, the most important place in the Temple, was not entered lightly. The high priest had to follow many conditions and processes of purification. God spelled out these instructions for purification and sacrifices in Leviticus 16.

What about us as believers today? Unlike the high priests, we have been granted an open invitation to continually enter in! God's grace purifies us - not the work of our hands but the work of His. He gave all men a way, through His blood and sacrifice, to enter the Holy of Holies.

"Therefore brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Yeshua, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh ... let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water." (Hebrews 10:19-22)

By Guy Cohen
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08:57 04Mar15 Marlene Wetherly -
This is a powerful message, reminding us who we belong to. Respecting and Honoring the Creator of heaven and earth. The one who is the reflection of our life. The one who gave His Son who redeemed us and made a way through His Blood, to be in the presence of our Heavenly Father.

11:17 04Mar15 Geraldine Winfrey -
I really needed to read this message. The Lord Jesus has been convicting me of taking His Presence for granted. May God grant me deep repentance. He has been so good to me. Pray that I will give Him the Honor and Respect He deserves. God bless your ministry.

08:26 05Mar15 Chris Palmer -
Beautiful, thank God for his gracious one and his grace. Thank you for the wonderful explanation of His scriptures.

17:34 05Mar15 G.J. -
Thank you so much for writing this message. My heart is very moved by the goodness, mercy and grace of God. Oh God, help me never take this underserved privilege for granted!

08:32 26Mar15 Eva H. -
This is wonderful to think about that we can enter into the Holy of holies by the blood of Yeshua! Thank you for writing about this! We need to be humble,poor in spirit, Matt 5:3, and be hungry for him the Bread John 6:32. We need more to come into his presence. it is wonderful to learn to know Yeshua more - have him as a Friend and to learn to know his voice more and feel his presence. I think worship is important because God is in the center, we lift him up and his presence comes. It is like a precios oil from our hearts to God like the woman at Yeshua's feet gave him a present from her heart. Yeshua is worthy and Ps 149:3 tell us that we will praise his name with dance so we also need this dance. We need more of Yeshua and because he is the Word we need our daily Bread-the Word, too.

00:23 14Aug15 Sid -
Just recently reread Exodus and the building of the Tabernacle. What the high priest had to do to enter the Holy of Holies once a year and then to think about what Jesus has done for us Christians by shedding His blood to cover our sins and allowing us to enter into the presence of our Father, GOD. What an amazing gift!!!

Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Daniel Juster: Sign of the Kingdom Coming
Daniel Juster's article in French: Signe de la Venue du Royaume
Eitan Shiskoff: Life Rising out of Death
Yevgeny: A Heart for the IDF
Asher Intrater: Turning Point
Asher Intrater: Evil Empire