"And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom..." (Matthew 27:50)
- The tearing of the Temple curtain was a statement that the separation between God and a Holy God was at an end. The sacrifices performed by the High Priest were no longer necessary, since Christ (the ultimate passover Lamb) died for the sins of the world.
- The curtain really symbolized the great separation that existed between man and a God (who is perfect in all His ways) Whoever entered into the Holy of Holies was entering the very presence of God. In fact, anyone except the high priest who entered the Holy of Holies would die.
- The size and thickness of the veil makes so much more momentous the events described as occurring at the exact moment of Jesus' death upon a cross nearly 2000 years ago.
- The replica of curtain was about 60 feet in height, 30 feet in width and four inches thick. Furthermore, it was torn from top down, meaning this act must have come from above.
Josephus documents that the veil was four inches thick, and that horses tied to each side could not pull the veil apart.
There is extra-NON biblical evidence for the Torn Curtain.
1. Roman historian Tacitus (Hist. V. 13),
2. Jewish historian Josephus (Wars of the Jews VI, 5, 3)
3. Jewish Talmud (Jer. Yoma 43c; Yoma 39b) all make reference to some "great catastrophe, betokening the impending destruction of the Temple, (that) had occurred in the Sanctuary about this very time."