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Unleavened Bread Ministries with David Eells

Veil and Head Coverings

Linda Conner - 04/06/2007
Listen to David read this testimony during UBBS

Here is what the Lord caused me to understand by word of knowledge. He told me that the primary focus of the veil in 1 Corinthians 11 is not about submission. The primary focus is about glory.

He said that since a woman's glory is her hair and it is given to her as a glorious covering, that when she ministers to the Lord whether in prayer (or exhibiting other spiritual gifts), she is to veil her glory out of a sense of respect for God. She is, in essence, submitting her fleshly "glory" and veiling it in HIS presence and that this act is witnessed by the angelic beings. This shows the angelic beings that she is bowing herself down and showing reverence and respect for God's Order of things; that being, the man as head, Christ as head of the man and God being the head of Christ. The veil is actually a sign in the spiritual realm that the woman has submitted to God's Order. When she submits to this, she is actually given authority in the heavenly realm (this is where the angels come in). This would be the authority of God to speak prophetically as well as any gifting that she has been given.

If she does not veil her glory, then that automatically brings dishonor to her head who is the man since she is the glory of the man. He caused me to understand that what is not said is that she has brought dishonor to herself as well. Conversely, the man does not veil his head because he reflects the glory of Christ. (I Cor.11:7).

He caused me to understand that the devil had come in and tweaked the emphasis that the church has put on this and made us to think that the whole emphasis is on submission when the emphasis is really how the woman can manifest God's glory (which must be expressed in divine order just as Christ submitted Himself to the Father, even though He is God) rather than her own glory, and thus bring honor to herself and her husband. It was meant as a positive thing for a woman to veil her head rather than a negative thing that it seems to have become.

Finally, the point Paul is trying to make is that since the woman's hair is her glory, if she doesn't veil it in The Presence, then she is to be shaved which is extremely shameful. He is drawing the parallel that it is extremely shameful for a woman to be uncovered in the presence of God Almighty.

As I have practiced veiling my hair this week it has made me feel protected in a way I have not known before. It has made me feel cherished by the Lord rather than being thought of as a "second class citizen" in the kingdom.

I had asked the Lord to show me the prophetic picture of the veil in the Old Testament. He reminded me of the story of Rebekah. So, I went back and read the story in Genesis 24. When Rebekah learned from the servant who was escorting her that she was about to meet the man she was betrothed to (Isaac), she took a veil and concealed herself with it.

Note from David: I agree with Linda. This is an honor, a blessing, and it shows love to the Lord to keep His commandments. You will notice in the verses below something that is not evident in some more careless translations. There is a different Greek word for covering than veil. Plainly stated below, the hair is given for a natural covering, which is to be covered with a veil. If a woman is not veiled she should be shorn. This covering is at least for the purpose of her praying or prophesying in the assembly. Veiling her glory is a sign of submission to her authority.

{1Co.11:1} Be ye imitators of me, even as I also am of Christ. {2} Now I praise you that ye remember me in all things, and hold fast the traditions, even as I delivered them to you. {3} But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. {4} Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoreth his head. {5} But every woman praying or prophesying with her head unveiled dishonoreth her head; for it is one and the same thing as if she were shaven. {6} For if a woman is not veiled, let her also be shorn: but if it is a shame to a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be veiled. {7} For a man indeed ought not to have his head veiled, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. {8} For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man: {9} for neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man: {10} for this cause ought the woman to have [a sign of] authority on her head, because of the angels. {11} Nevertheless, neither is the woman without the man, nor the man without the woman, in the Lord. {12} For as the woman is of the man, so is the man also by the woman; but all things are of God. {13} Judge ye in yourselves: is it seemly that a woman pray unto God unveiled? {14} Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a dishonor to him? {15} But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. {16} But if any man seemeth to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.

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