From time immemorial men and women from different traditions have covered their heads and veiled their faces in public.
Veils have been used in all sorts of ways. They have concealed the identity of courtesans and adorned the heads of brides on their wedding day. They have expressed religious consecration as well as enhanced the performance of belly dancers. They have been modest accessories of social etiquette, they have protected fair skins from the sun and afforded privacy to grieving widows.
But in the Bible veils have been a symbol of separation from God’s presence. So it is that Moses received God’s manifesto on Sinai and covered his face lest anyone would see in it the divine radiance and die. A thick veil also separated the most holy place from the rest of the temple of Jerusalem lest the priests should see God’s glory. Later, this veil was ripped from top to bottom when Yeshua* died on the cross as a sign that all men could now access the very throne of God.
Beyond this the Bible tells us that a veil covers the eyes of the Jewish people and prevents them from seeing the truth. Yet God promised that He would lift it before Yeshua’s final return just as a bridegroom lifts the veil from his Jewish bride at the end of the wedding ceremony.
Significantly, this veil is being lifted today as many of God’s ancient people are increasingly recognizing Him as their long awaited Messiah.
“I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved.” Romans 11: 25
* Yeshua is the Hebrew name of Jesus.