Son 5:1-, “I have come into My garden, My sister, My spouse; I have gathered My myrrh with My spice; I have eaten My honeycomb with My honey; I have drunk My wine with My milk (Isa 7:14-, “But the Lord will still show you this sign: ‘The young woman is pregnant and will give birth to a son. She will name Him Immanuel. He will eat milk curds and honey as He learns to choose good and refuse evil'”), ‘Eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly,’ O Beloved!”
I sleep, but my heart is awake. It is the sound of my Beloved that knocks, saying, “Open to Me, My sister, My love, My dove, My undefiled; for My head is filled with dew, My locks with the drops of the night.”
“I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?” My Beloved put in His hand by the hole of the door, and my heart was moved for Him. I rose up to open to my Beloved; and my hands dripped with myrrh, and my fingers flowing with myrrh on the handles of the bolt. I opened to my Beloved, but my Beloved had left. He passed on. My soul went out when He spoke.
“I sought Him, but I could not find Him. I called Him, but He did not answer me. The watchmen who went about the city found me and struck me; they wounded me. The keepers of the wall lifted my veil from me.
“I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my Beloved, what do you tell Him? Tell Him that I am sick with love.” “What is your Beloved more than another beloved,” most beautiful among women? “what is your Beloved more than another beloved, that you adjure us so?”
Jesus, on his way to Golgotha, said these words to the women, who also were beating themselves and lamenting Him, “A time is coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the women who never bore children, and the breasts which have never given nourishment.’ Then will they begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us;’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ For if they are doing these things in the case of the green tree, what will be done in that of the dry?”
One may wonder why Jesus gave them those ‘parting words’. One would have thought He would have told them that He was on his way to prepare an opportunity for them to have access ‘behind the veil’. Ponder on the following, consider what happened on the ‘third day’ and the destruction of that temple, too, Eze 24:15-, “The LORD spoke to me, ‘Mortal man,’ He said, ‘with one blow I am going to take away the person you love most. You are not to complain or cry or shed any tears. Don’t let your sobbing be heard. Do not go bareheaded or barefoot as a sign of mourning. Don’t cover your face or eat the food that mourners eat.’
“Early in the day I was talking with the people. That evening my wife died, and the next day I did as I had been told. The people asked me, ‘Why are you acting like this?’ So I said to them, ‘The LORD spoke to me and told me to give you Israelites this message: You are proud of the strength of the Temple. You like to look at it and to visit it, but the LORD is going to profane it. And the younger members of your families who are left in Jerusalem will be killed in war.
“’Then you will do what I have done. You will not cover your faces or eat the food that mourners eat. You will not go bareheaded or barefoot or mourn or cry. You will waste away because of your sins, and you will groan to one another. Then I will be a sign to you; you will do everything I have done. The LORD says that when this happens, you will know that He is the Sovereign LORD.’
“The LORD said, ‘Now, mortal man, I will take away from them the strong Temple that was their pride and joy, which they liked to look at and to visit. And I will take away their sons and daughters. On the day that I do this, some who escape the destruction will come and tell you about it. That same day you will get back the power of speech which you had lost, and you will talk with them. In this way you will be a sign to the people, and they will know that I am the LORD.’” And, so it happened, Eze 33:22.
Why did all this happen? Weren’t they, the Jews, the apple of God’s eye? Yes, indeed they were. It’s one thing to be the apple of somebody’s eye it’s another to remain that ‘apple’. The best one can do is to find out why one is somebody’s ‘apple’ and keep up, better still, improve whatever. Consider, Isa 6:1-, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on his throne, high and exalted, and his robe filled the whole Temple.
“Around Him flaming creatures were standing, each of which had six wings. Each creature covered its face with two wings, and its body with two, and used the other two for flying. They were calling out to each other: ‘Holy, holy, holy! The LORD Almighty is holy! His glory fills the world.’ The sound of their voices made the foundation of the Temple shake, and the Temple itself became filled with smoke.
“I said, ‘There is no hope for me! I am doomed because every word that passes my lips is sinful, and I live among a people whose every word is sinful. And yet, with my own eyes I have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.’ Then one of the creatures flew down to me, carrying a burning coal that he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with the burning coal and said, ‘This has touched your lips, and now your guilt is gone, and your sins are forgiven.’
“Then I heard the Lord say, ‘Whom shall I send? Who will be our messenger?’ I answered, ‘I will go! Send me!’ So He told me to go and give the people this message: ‘No matter how much you listen, you will not understand. No matter how much you look, you will not know what is happening.’ Then He said to me, ‘Make the minds of these people dull, their ears deaf, and their eyes blind, so that they cannot see or hear or understand. If they did, they might turn to Me and be healed.’
“I asked, ‘How long will it be like this, Lord?’ He answered, ‘Until the cities are ruined and empty—until the houses are uninhabited—until the land itself is a desolate wasteland. I will send the people far away and make the whole land desolate. Even if one person out of ten remains in the land, he too will be destroyed; he will be like the stump of an oak tree that has been cut down.’ (The stump represents a new beginning for God’s people.)” So it was in the time of Jesus, Joh 12:37-, “Even though Jesus had performed all these miracles in their presence, they did not believe in Him, so that what the prophet Isaiah had said might come true: ‘Lord, who believed the message we told? To whom did the Lord reveal his power(his power of distruction)?’
“And so they were not able to believe, because Isaiah also said, ‘God has blinded their eyes and closed their minds, so that their eyes would not see, and their minds would not understand, and they would not turn to Me, says God, for Me to heal them.’ Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about Him.” And so it remains to this day as is written, 1Co 14:1-, “Be eager in your pursuit of this Love (chapter 13), and be earnestly ambitious for spiritual gifts, but let it be chiefly so in order that you may prophesy.
“For he who speaks in an unknown tongue is not speaking to men, but to God; for no one understands him. Yet in the Spirit he is speaking secret truths. But he who prophesies speaks to men words of edification, encouragement and comfort. He who speaks in an unknown tongue does good to himself, but he who prophesies does good to the Church.
“I should be right glad were you all to speak in ‘tongues,’ but yet gladder were you all to prophesy. And, in fact, the man who prophesies is superior to him who speaks in ‘tongues,’ except when the latter can interpret in order that the Church may get a blessing. But, brethren, as things are, if I come to you speaking in ‘tongues,’ what benefit shall I confer on you, if the utterance is neither in the form of a revelation nor of additional knowledge nor of prophecy nor of teaching?
“Even inanimate things—flutes or harps, for instance—when yielding a sound, if they make no distinction in the notes, how shall the tune which is played on the flute or the harp be known? If the bugle—to take another example—gives an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle? And so with you; if with the living voice you fail to utter intelligible words, how will people know what you are saying? You will be talking to the winds.
“There are, we will suppose, a great number of languages in the world, and no creature is without a language. If, however, I do not know the meaning of the particular language, I shall seem to the speaker of it, and he to me, to be merely talking some foreign tongue. Therefore, seeing that you are ambitious for spiritual gifts, seek to excel in them so as to benefit the Church.
“Therefore let a man who has the gift of tongues pray for the power of interpreting them. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is barren. How then does the matter stand? I will pray in spirit, and I will pray with my understanding also. I will praise God in spirit, and I will praise Him with my understanding also. Otherwise, if you bless God in spirit only, how shall he who is in the position of an ungifted man say the ‘Amen’ to your giving of thanks, when he does not know what your words mean?
“Rightly enough you are giving thanks, and yet your neighbour is not benefited. I speak in a tongue, thank God, more than all of you; but in the Church I would rather speak five words with my understanding—so as to instruct others also—than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. Brethren, do not prove yourselves to be children in your minds. As regards evil, indeed, be utter babes, but as regards your minds prove yourselves to be men of ripe years.
“In the Law it stands written, ‘BY MEN OF UNKNOWN TONGUES AND BY THE LIPS OF AN UNKNOWN NATION WILL I SPEAK TO THIS PEOPLE, BUT EVEN THEN THEY WILL NOT LISTEN TO ME, says the Lord.’ This shows that the gift of tongues is intended as a sign not to those who believe but to unbelievers (Rom 11:14, I hope in this way to make some of my own people jealous enough to be saved), but prophecy is intended not for unbelievers but for those who believe.
“Accordingly if the whole Church has assembled and all are speaking in ‘tongues,’ and there come in ungifted men, or unbelievers, will they not say that you are all mad? If, on the other hand, every one is prophesying and an unbeliever or an ungifted man comes in, he is convicted by all and closely examined by all, and the hidden evils of his heart are brought to light. And, as the result, he will fall on his face and worship God, and will report to others that of a truth God is among you.
“What then, brethren? Whenever you assemble, there is not one of you (did Paul not say this to their shame?) who is not ready either with a song of praise, a sermon, a revelation, a ‘tongue,’ or an interpretation. Let everything be done with a view to the building up of faith and character. If there is speaking in an unknown tongue, only two or at the most three should speak, and they should do so one at a time, and one should interpret; or if there is no interpreter, let the man with the gift be silent in the Church, speaking to himself and to God.
“But if there are Prophets, let only two or three speak and let the rest judge. And if anything is revealed to some one else who is seated there, let the first be silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged: and the spirits of Prophets yield submission to Prophets. For, God is not a God of disorder, but of peace, as He is in all the Churches of His people.
“Let your women be silent in the Churches, for they are not permitted to speak. They must be content with a subordinate place, as the Law also says; and if they wish to ask questions, they should ask their own husbands at home. For it is disgraceful for a woman to speak at a Church assembly. Was it from you that God’s Message first went forth, or is it to you only that it has come?
“If any one deems himself to be a Prophet or a man with spiritual gifts, let him recognize as the Lord’s command all that I am now writing to you. But if any one is ignorant, let him be ignorant. The conclusion, my brethren, is this. Be earnestly ambitious to prophesy, and do not check speaking with tongues; only let everything be done in a becoming and orderly manner.”
‘The shoe is now on the other one’s foot’, those of the Faith (the now apples of God’s eye), Gal 3:20, “But when God gave the promise, there was no mediator, because a mediator is not needed when there is only one side, and God is that one. Does this mean that the law works against God’s promises? Of course not! The law was never God’s way of giving new life to people. If it were, then we could be made right with God by following the law.
“But this is not possible. The Scriptures put the whole world in prison under the control of sin, so that the only way for people to get what God promised would be through faith in Jesus Christ. It is given to those who believe in Him. Before this faith came, the law held us (the Jews) as prisoners. We had no freedom until God showed us the way of faith that was coming.
“I mean the law was the guardian in charge of us (the Jews) until Christ came. After He came, we could be made right with God through faith. Now that the way of faith has come, we (the Jews) no longer need the law to be our guardian. You were all baptized into Christ, and so you were all clothed with Christ. This shows that you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Now, in Christ, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or free, male or female. You are all individuals (each a member of his body) in Christ Jesus. You belong to Christ, so you are Abraham’s descendants. You get all of God’s blessings because of the promise that God made to Abraham.”
Are Christians still ‘the apples of God’s eye’? Yes, ‘we are proud of the strength of our temples, our church buildings. We like to look at them and to visit them’ but in which of them do one find the above teachings practised? Replacement theology, in many ways, is flourishing and dates for Jesus’ return too, are ‘replaced’ from time to time. Consider, 2Th 2:1-, “Now, brothers, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we beseech you, not to be quickly shaken from your mind, nor be disturbed, neither by spirit nor by word nor by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ has come.
“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is unveiled, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or every object of worship, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” The ‘falling away’ is slowly but surely coming to an end. It started towards the end of Paul’s ministry, 2Ti 1:15-, “You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.”
The believers of the ‘circumcision party’ won the battle. Paul then gave this timely charge to Timothy, 2Ti 4:1-, “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom. Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry. For, I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” God, too, is in the ‘replacement’ business, Heb 8:1-, “The whole point of what we are saying is that we have such a High Priest, who sits at the right of the throne of the Divine Majesty in heaven.
“He serves as high priest in the Most Holy Place, that is, in the real tent which was put up by the Lord, not by human hands. Every high priest is appointed to present offerings and animal sacrifices to God, and so our High Priest must also have something to offer. If He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer the gifts required by the Jewish Law.
“The work they do as priests is really only a copy and a shadow of what is in heaven. It is the same as it was with Moses. When he was about to build the Sacred Tent, God told him, ‘Be sure to make everything according to the pattern you were shown on the mountain.’ But now, Jesus has been given priestly work which is superior to theirs, just as the covenant which He arranged between God and his people is a better one, because it is based on promises of better things.
“If there had been nothing wrong with the first covenant, there would have been no need for a second one. But God finds fault with his people when He says, ‘The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will draw up a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by the hand and led them out of Egypt. They were not faithful to the covenant I made with them, and so I paid no attention to them.
“Now, this is the covenant that I will make with the people of Israel in the days to come, says the Lord: ‘I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.’ None of them will have to teach their friends or tell their neighbours ‘Know the Lord.’ For they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest. I will forgive their sins and will no longer remember their wrongs. By speaking of a new covenant, God has made the first one old; and anything that becomes old and worn out will soon disappear.”
God’s plan of salvation is no longer a mystery; it had leaked, Rom 11:17;, “Some of the branches of the cultivated olive tree have been broken off, and a branch of a wild olive tree has been joined to it. You Gentiles are like that wild olive tree, and now you share the strong spiritual life of the Jews. So then, you must not despise those who were broken off like branches. How can you be proud? You are just a branch; you don’t support the roots—the roots support you.
“But you will say, ‘Yes, but the branches were broken off to make room for me.’ That is true. They were broken off because they did not believe, while you remain in place because you do believe. But do not be proud of it; instead, be afraid. God did not spare the Jews, who are like natural branches; do you think he will spare you? Here we see how kind and how severe God is. He is severe toward those who have fallen, but kind to you—if you continue in his kindness. But if you do not, you too will be broken off.
“And if the Jews abandon their unbelief, they will be put back in the place where they were; for God is able to do that. You Gentiles are like the branch of a wild olive tree that is broken off and then, contrary to nature, is joined to a cultivated olive tree. The Jews are like this cultivated tree; and it will be much easier for God to join these broken-off branches to their own tree again.
“There is a secret truth, my friends, which I want you to know, for it will keep you from thinking how wise you are. It is that the stubbornness of the people of Israel is not permanent, but will last only until the complete number of Gentiles comes to God. And this is how all Israel will be saved. As the scripture says, ‘The Saviour will come from Zion and remove all wickedness from the descendants of Jacob. I will make this covenant with them when I take away their sins.’
“Because they reject the Good News, the Jews are God’s enemies for the sake of you Gentiles. But because of God’s choice, they are his friends because of their ancestors. For God does not change his mind about whom he chooses and blesses. As for you Gentiles, you disobeyed God in the past; but now you have received God’s mercy because the Jews were disobedient.
“In the same way, because of the mercy that you have received, the Jews now disobey God, in order that they also may now receive God’s mercy. For, God has made all people prisoners of disobedience, so that He might show mercy to them all. How great are God’s riches! How deep are his wisdom and knowledge! Who can explain his decisions? Who can understand his ways?”
Heb 9:1-, “The first covenant had rules for worship and a place made for worship as well. A tent was put up, the outer one, which was called the Holy Place. In it were the lamp stand and the table with the bread offered to God. Behind the second curtain was the tent called the Most Holy Place. In it were the gold altar for the burning of incense and the Covenant Box all covered with gold and containing the gold jar with the manna in it, Aaron’s stick that had sprouted leaves, and the two stone tablets with the commandments written on them.
“Above the Box were the winged creatures representing God’s presence, with their wings spread over the place where sins were forgiven. But now is not the time to explain everything in detail. This is how those things have been arranged. The priests go into the outer tent every day to perform their duties, but only the high priest goes into the inner tent, and he does so only once a year. He takes with him blood which he offers to God on behalf of himself and for the sins which the people have committed without knowing they were sinning.
“The Holy Spirit clearly teaches from all these arrangements that the way into the Most Holy Place has not yet been opened as long as the outer tent still stands. This is a symbol which points to the present time. It means that the offerings and animal sacrifices presented to God cannot make the worshiper’s heart perfect, since they have to do only with food, drink, and various purification ceremonies. These are all outward rules, which apply only until the time when God will establish the new order.
“But Christ has already come as the High Priest of the good things that are already here. The tent in which He serves is greater and more perfect; it is not a tent made by human hands, that is, it is not a part of this created world. When Christ went through the tent and entered once and for all into the Most Holy Place, He did not take the blood of goats and bulls to offer as a sacrifice; rather, He took his own blood and obtained eternal salvation for us.
“The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a burnt calf are sprinkled on the people who are ritually unclean, and this purifies them by taking away their ritual impurity. Since this is true, how much more is accomplished by the blood of Christ! Who, having an eternal Spirit, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to God. His blood will purify our consciences from useless rituals, so that we may serve the living God.
“And because of this, of a new covenant He is mediator, that, death having come, for redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, those called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance, for where a covenant is, the death of the covenant-victim to come in is necessary, for a covenant over dead victims is steadfast, since it is no force at all when the covenant-victim liveth.” For this reason one cannot be ‘born again’ before one first dies; one’s death must first be announced, Rom 6:3-, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
“Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.”
All this happened at the ninth hour, Mar 15:34-, “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which is, being interpreted, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken Me?’ And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, ‘Behold, He calleth Elias.’ And one ran and filled a sponge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave Him to drink, saying, ‘Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take Him down.’ And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
“And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.”
One now has access ‘behind the veil’, Heb 10:12, “But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right of God, from then on expecting until His enemies are made his footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified. The Holy Spirit also is a witness to us; for after He had said before, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord; I will put My Laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,’ also He adds, ‘their sins and their iniquities I will remember no more.’
“Now, where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Therefore, brothers, having boldness to enter into the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He has consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say, His flesh; and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies having been washed with pure water (when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people [we are just immersed in pure/clean water]); Saying, ‘This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you).
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering (for He is faithful who promised), and let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together (that is ‘behind the veil’; now being rent in twain), as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
”For if we sin wilfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins (however, we may now enter the ‘holy of holies’, 1Jn 1:1-, “That which was to a beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life [For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us]: That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
“And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and his word is not in us), but a certain fearful looking for judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
“He who despised Moses’ Law died without mercy on the word of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy of punishment, the one who has trampled the Son of God, and who has counted the blood of the covenant with which he was sanctified an unholy thing, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who has said, ‘Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, says the Lord.’ And again, ‘The Lord shall judge His people.’ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God.”
Yes, I know ‘this assembling of ourselves together’ are, by most understood as, “We should keep on encouraging each other to be thoughtful and to do helpful things. Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer,” meaning one must attend church meetings. There’s nothing wrong with likeminded to gather together but, do not replace is with one’s own meeting with God behind the veil as is written, Mat 6:6, “But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees from the hidden place will reward you.”
The same can be said concerning the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ which, to this day is still being prayed. That prayer has been answered. God’s kingdom has come, Luk 17:21-, “Neither will they say, ‘Lo here!’ or ‘lo there!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” We have ‘our daily Bread’, Joh 6:47-, “Verily, verily, I say to you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life. I am that Bread of life.
“Your fathers ate manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the Bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat of it, and not die. I am the living Bread which came down from heaven: if any man shall eat of this Bread, he shall live for ever: and the Bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” Our trespasses have been forgiven. It is up to us to forgive those ‘who trespass against us’. Yes, pray, “And lead me not into temptation; but deliver me from evil,” whenever you are ‘behind the veil’; 1Th 5:17, “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophesying. Prove all things, hold fast to the good. Abstain from every appearance of evil. And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blamelessly at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who called you, who also will do it.”