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The Woman’s Tichel

This is the most beautiful explanation for wearing a head covering (by a woman and not a man) that I have ever heard. It does represent who I am in Yeshua as His Bride.

The first time I put one on my head I felt like a Queen, a Princess, part of the Royal Priesthood. Since I have no issue with the mitzvah (and holding to the tradition spoken of by Paul in 1 Corinthians 11), I join with this young woman in being a ‘proud Jewish woman’. After all, my Bridegroom is Jewish and everything in his life – past, present, and future – will someday be mine in its totality. Like this lovely woman, I don’t mind ‘sticking out’ though I did feel more ‘at home’ and ‘accepted’ in Israel than I’ve ever felt anywhere else while covering.

She mentioned Numbers 5 (B’Midbar) where the woman’s tichel was removed while determining if she was an adultress.  I actually had a pastor tear mine off my head and call me a gypsy.  In essence he was saying that according to Torah that I was an unfaithful wife! This woman expresses the humiliation I felt like no one else.

It is halacha, a way to walk out a life of faith through an incredible expression, and I’m honored to be walking with her.  More importantly, it is the halacha of women who are especially betrothed to Yeshua, our Bridegroom, a testimony of their faithfulness to him.

A Sign for You

Elohim uses many different signs in the Scriptures to reveal Himself, to direct people where they should go, to be a testimony in a believer’s life and to establish covenants.  Signs set people, covenants and events apart as “Holy to Yahweh” because they are given by Him.  The response to a sign reveals an individual’s relationship to Elohim and His relationship with us.


“This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12).

This ‘sign’ from Elohim was to shepherds.  They were in the fields near the Migdal Eder known as the ‘watchtower of the flock’ just outside of Bethlehem.  More than anyone, they would understand the significance of the baby’s birth because these shepherds tended the sheep raised for the sacrifices in the Temple.   Through angelic messengers, these shepherds were given a ‘sign’ for recognizing the ‘lamb of God’.  As they met Immanu’el, God in the flesh, they knew their sheep-herding days for sacrifices were nearing an end.

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

This prophetic sign the prophet Isaiah directed toward young virgin women in Isra’el.  This was the ‘sign’ many virgin women in Isra’el hoped for in their own lives – to be the vessel of Elohim for bringing the nation’s deliverance through Messiah.  They placed their faith and hope in this ‘sign’ that would bring forth the promised ‘Seed’.

Lights in the Heavens

“God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to divide the day from the night; let them be for signs, seasons, days and years…” (Genesis 1:14).

Elohim created the sun, moon and stars as ‘signs’ for ‘seasons, days, and years.’  The sun ruled the day, sunset to sunset; the moon determined the months from one new moon to another, and the stars signaled the seasons of planting and harvest.  In Hebrew the word for ‘season’ is mo’ed and is tied to the ‘appointed times’ or ‘appointed seasons’ of God.

There are seven days in a week with the seventh being the Sabbath.  New moons were witnessed and the days of the months were counted by moon phases for establishing Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits and Feast of Weeks.  Yom Teruah or Feast of Trumpets is the first day of the seventh month and a new moon festival that establisheds the dates for the fall ‘appointed times’ of the Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles.  The constellations and their movement in the heavens determine the ‘seasons’ for each of the Feasts of the LORD.

The Covenant Sign for Noach

“And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come.  I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember  my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind.  Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy life” (Genesis 9:12).

Elohim gave Noah a ‘sign’ for the covenant He made with mankind never to completely destroy the earth and its inhabitants by water again. The rainbow appearing in the clouds would be a reminder to Elohim of His covenant with mankind.  Though this was most likely not the first rainbow, its appearance after the flood became a ‘sign.’ Rainbows continue to appear in the clouds, a ‘sign’ that remains from the days of Noah as a memorial to a covenant made by the Creator.

Abraham and Circumcision

“I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.  This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep:  Every male among you shall be circumcised.  You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.  For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner – those who are not your offspring” (Genesis 17:11, 10-12).

Elohim promised Abraham that He would increase his descendants.  He ‘cuts’ a covenant with Abraham and gives him the ‘sign’ of circumcision as a promise that many nations would come from his loins.  All of his offspring along with those servants he had purchased were to keep the ‘sign’ of the covenant. This ‘sign’ continues today as a memorial to the promise to Abraham and his faith.

“And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised.   So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised (the gentiles), in order that righteousness might be credited to them.   And he is also the father of the circumcised (the Jews)  who not only are circumcised (in the flesh), but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised” (Romans 4:11).

Abraham was Hebrew; he was not a Jew.  At this time there were no Jews as there was no Isaac or Jacob or Judah.  This ‘sign’ of the covenant was an outward expression of Abraham’s faith in the promises of El Shaddai, the condition of his heart, not a conversion to Judaism.  Circumcision was not the way of faith in the God of Isra’el, but a ‘sign’ of faith.  Yeshua was an offspring of Abraham through Isaac, Jacob, Judah and King David.  He was circumcised eight days after he was born according to the command given Abraham.  We keep the covenant of circumcision through the Spirit of God who circumcises our hearts (Romans 2:26-27).

Passover and the Blood

“The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt” (Exodus 12:13).

Elohim was going to deliver the Hebrews from their enslaved lives in Egypt.  He sent 10 plagues of judgment on the Egyptians with the last plague bringing death on the firstborn.   Sacrificing a lamb and placing it’s blood on the doorposts and lintel of a Hebrews’ home would be a ‘sign’  for the Destroyer to ‘pass over’ that home.  Those families without the ‘sign’ of blood would experience the death of their firstborn from their children to their livestock. To have or not have this ‘sign’ would result in either death or life.


“I gave them my Sabbaths as a sign between us, so that they would know that I, Adonai, made them holy.  Keep my Sabbaths holy, that they may be a sign between us.  Then you will know that I am Adonai your God” (Ezekiel 20:12-20).

Elohim gave Isra’el a ‘sign’ that would set them apart from all other nations in the world.  Observing this ‘sign’ would show the world the relationship that Elohim has with His chosen people and those who join themselves to Him through Yeshua.   Keeping and guarding the Sabbath day is a ‘sign’ that gives evidence that Yahweh, the Creator, the Restorer of all things,  is our God.

Believer’s Testimony

“And these sign will accompany those who believe.  In my Name [Yeshua] they will drive out demons, they will speak in new languages; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well” (Mark 16:17,18).

Yeshua says that ‘signs’ will be a testimony of the Spirit’s power in a believer’s life.  ‘Signs’ like healing, driving out demons, being able to drink deadly poison, and picking up snakes are some of the signs.


“Tongues are a sign, not for believers, but for unbelievers …” (1 Corinthians 14:22).

Sha’ul discusses tongues or speaking in other languages as a ‘sign’ for unbelievers.  The purpose of ‘tongues’ is revealed in Acts 2 when Jews from every known nation gathered in Jerusalem for Shavuot.  They heard the message of salvation in their own language.  Because they were going to return to their respective nations, they needed to hear the message in their native ‘tongue’ so they could share the message they heard and understood with the nations.

Woman’s Head Covering

“For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of power/authority on her head to pray and prophesy” (1 Corinthians 11:10).

The woman’s head covering or veil is another ‘sign’ given in the Scriptures.  The reason for wearing a covering is ‘because of the angels.’ It is a ‘sign’ of authority and power when a woman prays or prophesies in the presence of these spiritual beings.   Though few women wear them in western cultures, the ‘sign’ of the head covering is completely spiritual.  Women who honor the ‘sign,’ receive the blessing of ‘authority’ in the spiritual realm given to them by God.

Making Aliyah

“Here am I, and the children Adonai has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the Adonai Tzva’ot, who dwells on Mount Tzion” (Isaiah 8:18).

This verse was placed on a website of friends who live in Isra’el.   They chose this prophetic verse because of its ‘sign’ to the endtimes when the Jewish people would be regathered back to the Land.   Seeing men, women and children making aliyah is a ‘sign’ that Elohim still dwells on Mount Tzion.

There are many more ‘signs’ in Scripture that connect us with our Biblical heritage and faith walk. The rainbow ties us to Noah and the understanding that there was a worldwide flood and an ‘older’ earth.  Circumcision binds us to Abraham and his faith in the coming ‘Seed.’ of our own hearts.   The sun, moon, and stars are ‘signs’ that our Creator gave us His holy days.   Sabbath is a ‘sign’ that unites us with Elohim as His treasured people.   Head coverings reveal that there is a spiritual realm with angels.  The virgin and the baby wrapped in cloths is evidence that Elohim became flesh and lived among His people as Yeshua, the Messiah.

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The Woman’s Covering of Authority

“I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you.  But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.  Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head.  But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved.  For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to  have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.

“A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.  For man did not come from woman, but woman from man;  neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.  It is for this reason that a woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels.   Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman.  For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.

“Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?  Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him,  but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering.  If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice—nor do the churches of God” (1 Corinthians 11:2-16).

I am often asked how I defend wearing my head covering when women respond with “That was a Jewish tradition,” or “I’ve read that and my hair is my covering,” or “I’m not good enough yet,” or “My husband doesn’t want me to wear one,” or “It’s not for today,” or “My pastor doesn’t teach this.”

Jewish Tradition

“I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you…” (Verse 2).

Yes, veils or head coverings were a Jewish tradition, however, in verse 2 of  1 Corinthians 11, Paul praises the Corinthians for holding to the traditions just as he taught them.  Even Yeshua taught that all traditions weren’t bad; only the ones that nullified a commandment (Mark 7:7).  Being immersed in the Jewish culture, Paul would have understood the veil from a Jewish perspective, especially within the context of betrothal and marriage. However, Paul’s discourse about this tradition holds deeper spiritual implications.

The woman’s covering is found in other Scriptures. Rebecca covers herself  in Genesis 24:65 when she is about to meet her betrothed, Isaac.  It is evident that Leah was covered when she married Jacob, and for this reason, Jacob didn’t note the switch of women (Genesis 29).  Tamar covers herself with a veil so that Judah doesn’t recognize her as his widowed daughter-in-law (Genesis 38).  In the Song of Songs Chapter 4, the Lover speaks of the beauty of his Beloved’s eyes behind her veil. What should we be doing as the ‘Bride of Messiah?’

As the apostle to the gentiles, Paul was speaking to a congregation in Corinth which was made up of non-Jewish men and women.  Whether or not there were Jewish women present, doesn’t matter.  He didn’t need to teach them about the veil for they already understood its purpose.  This was a Jewish tradition being explained to non-Jewish women who were being grafted into the commonwealth of Israel.  Apparently, it was also a tradition that some of  the women of Corinth were ignoring while the rest of the congregations practiced the tradition. These congregations would include the congregations in Ephesus, Galatia, Philipi, and Collosae.

“However, if anyone wants to argue about it, the fact remains that we have no such custom [of unveiling], nor do the Messianic communities of God” (Verse 16).

This verse is often used to argue that after Paul spends a lot of time writing about the deeply-rooted meaning and purpose for the veil, he negates the whole teaching by stating there is no such custom.  What he means is that there is no such custom for a woman to remain unveiled and they as a congregation are to make a decision: 

“Is it appropriate for a woman to pray to God when she is unveiled? (verses 13).

In the second letter to the Corinthians, it appears that Paul’s correction about the traditional veil was heeded.  Even more significant is the revelation that now the veil was only covering the women’s heads, not their faces.

So all of us, with faces unveiled, see as in a mirror the glory of the LORD; and we are being changed into his very image, from one degree of glory to the next, by the LORD of the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

It’s not for today.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16).

First and foremost, every believer, and in this case women specifically in the Body of Messiah, must address the Scriptures prayerfully with a teachable heart and mind.  Do you honestly believe that all Scripture is God-breathed or only some Scriptures?  Which Scriptures do you think are not for today or were not given through the eternal Holy Spirit? Do you desire to be trained in righteousness?  Is obedience to a command (your cross) more painful than Yeshua’s death by the way of the cross?

We must willingly lay down our lives every day so that we can be transformed into the image of Yeshua. The bottom line to any command in the Word of God begins in the heart of the believer.  If you love God and believe in the inerrancy of His Word, then you should desire to show  Him your love.  Rooted in love for God,  every command falls into place and becomes easy through the strengthening power of His Spirit.  Justification for sin thorugh faith in Yeshua is a free gift from God; sanctification, however, comes with a price.

As a parent who desires simple obedience to a command from my children, my loving Father expects nothing less.  He has precious lessons to teach us, but he can only do that after we stop making rationalizations for disobedience.   Yeshua says in John 14:15, “If you love me you will obey my commands and I will ask the Father and He will send another counselor – the Spirit of Truth.”

With every command from the Father you must become as a child – understanding the why of the command isn’t always understood until you obey, and even then, the reason may not become apparent until you mature.   According to Yeshua, receiving the Spirit of Truth (understanding) follows our obedience not vice versa. 

My hair is my covering.

Using a Greek lexicon for the word ‘cover’ in 1 Corinthians 11, there are two different words used.  Verses 6-7 use the Greek word katakalupto which means “to cover oneself.”  This is a verb which implies an action or something the woman has to do.  In verse 15,  the Greek word peribolaion is used denoting “something thrown around.”  It is a noun, an object.

If Greek is Greek to you, then read the passage changing the word covering to hair beginning with verse 4:

“Every man who prays or prophesies with ‘hair on his head’ dishonors his head.  And every woman who prays or prophesies ‘without hair’ dishonors her head  – it is just as though her head were shaved.”

If hair were the covering or katakalupto, then every man should be without hair or bald while praying and prophesying.  Concurrently,  every woman who prays or prophesies without hair should shave her head.  How can a woman shave her head if she is already without hair?  Neither concept makes sense because the Greek word for ‘covering’ is not hair.  It is an action taken, not a noun.  In the American Standard Version Bible, verse 6 uses the verb form of the Greek word correctly with the phrase “let her be veiled” because “let her have hair” makes no sense. 

“For if a woman is not veiled, let her also be shorn: but if it is a shame to be a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be veiled.”

Let’s do the same thing with verse 15 and the noun peribolaion:

“… but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory?  For long hair is given to her as “hair.”

In this verse, when the noun is used,  hair is given to a woman as hair.   This makes sense.   This latter Greek word denotes that the noun hair is given to a woman as “something thrown around” her literal head.  There is nothing a woman has to do to let her hair grow.  Hair is a natural occurrence.

God’s Divine Order

“But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Messiah, and the head of the woman is man,  and the head of Messiah is God…. A man ought not to cover his head since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.  For man did not come from woman, but woman from man;  neither was man created for woman, but woman for man …” (verses 3, 7).

I put these verses together to show that the Creator’s divine order of God, Messiah, Man and Woman is found in the creational order.  Man was created first in the image of God in order to glorify his Creator (Genesis 1:27).   Because of his image, he is not to cover his head.  Woman was created from the flesh of man for the purpose of being the glory of man.

Praying and Prophesying

“But every woman who prays or prophesies …” (verse 5).

Praying and prophesying are not cultural or even traditions.  They are spiritual actions done by believers in Messiah.

What specifically is praying and prophesying?  I heard a pastor speak on this passage a long time ago and I thought he gave simple and logical definitions.  I use them because I like them.  Praying is talking to God and prophesying is talking about God.  The Amplified Bible elaborates on prophecy in this verse: “Any woman who (publicly) prays or prophesies (teaches, refutes, reproves, admonishes, or comforts) when she is bareheaded dishonors her head; it is the same as (if her head were) shaved.”

Before Yeshua, Jewish men and women prayed and prophesied  separately in the Temple with an outer court specifically designed for women.  It is the same today in an ultra-orthodox synagogue as well as at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.  Men and women are separated and pray on different sides of a barrier or fence.   However, in Messiah,  men and women are co-heirs together through faith in Yeshua because there is no ‘Jew or gentile, male nor female’ in the spiritual body.  This is significant to the unity of worship of God in a congregation that includes men and women, Jew and non-Jew praying and prophesying.

“As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches.  They are not allowed to speak …” (1Corinthians 14:33-34).

Though this verse may sound harsh toward women, it is meant to avoid what is happening in the church today – uncovered women praying and prophesying, giving testimonies, leading worship and teaching men.  Many times the authority taken by women leads to complacent, unspiritual men.  This is contrary to the line of authority established by God.   Women, who want the authority to pray and prophesy publicly are commanded to be covered or should remain silent.  This allows for men to lead as they are supposed to in the realm where they are supposed to lead.  Whatever your personal conviction about these verses,  if you are a woman in the Body of Messiah and desire greater spiritual leadership from your husband,  I counsel you to seek the Lord seriously about remaining silent when in a congregational setting or covering your head if you desire to pray or prophesy aloud. 

If a woman is to remain silent in a public assembly, when does she teach, refute, reprove, admonish or comfort as written in The Amplified Bible?

“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers … then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God”  (Titus 2:3-5).

A woman’s place or realm of authority is in the home where she is to be busy,  teach and train her children, and be subject to her husband.  While doing these profound spiritual works, she will be praying for her children and speaking the Scriptures to them.  She will ultimately be blessing her husband as the helpmeet she was created to be and no one will malign the word of God.  As she grows older, she has the opportunity to encourage younger women God brings into her home.

What about women’s conventions, rallies, and seminars?  Many of these gatherings are not about encouraging women to be set apart  and holy for the Lord, strengthening them in the wisdom of Scriptures. Most are emotional, feel-good milk toast formula messages sprinkled in with comedy and mocking the woman’s soul, her home, her husband and her children.   Take a closer look at the women who are leading these seminars.  Most of them are shorn, something that is called ‘shameful’ by God.   When it comes to attending women’s conferences,  make sure the leaders are really virtuous women preaching and teaching the Word of God, encouraging you to become a Proverbs 31 woman warrior and not tickling your itching ears or rationalizing a carnal culture into your  spiritual life and home.   Any woman who leads, teaches, trains, and rebukes should have her head covered.

I’m not submissive enough.

Many years ago, a woman who didn’t cover told me that I needed a covering because I wasn’t submissive to my husband.  At first I was hurt by her accusation because wives are to submit to their husbands as to the Lord and I didn’t want to be falling short of that calling (Ephesians 5:22).  However, if women didn’t have a problem with submitting to their husbands,  God wouldn’t have commanded us to do it.   With that reasoning, the head covering became a blessed reminder to honor my husband as I would the Lord.  It wasn’t long after our discussion that this woman began attending a church that taught the woman’s covering.  She had to choose whether or not to wear what she considered a sign of submission.

The verses in Corinthians don’t give any prerequisite for wearing a covering.  Moreover, nowhere does 1 Corinthians 11 even suggest that the woman’s covering is a sign of submission to her husband or that she has to perfect submission before she wears it.

Sign of Authority

“It is for this reason [creational order] that a woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head …” (verse 10).

This particular understanding of the veil was taught to me by the Spirit of God long after I put one on my head.  As with many of God’s commands, understanding doesn’t come until there is obedience.   At this point, let me make it very clear that wearing a head covering has nothing to do with being justified before God.   Covering is an act of obedience after initial salvation, a step in  the sanctification process that makes a woman more like Messiah.  It becomes a blessing only when a woman exercises her faith in God by covering.

When a woman covers her head, she acknowledges her submission to the divine order that God established for her at Creation: God, Messiah, Man, Woman.  If you would follow this divine order to  its literal conclusion,  a woman should be taking her prayers to the man (her husband) and the man to Messiah and Messiah to God.

In Messiah, however, a woman is a spiritual co-heir with man and  she can pray directly to the Father through Yeshua.   She can prophesy about God to those He brings into her life just as a man does.  She can make disciples from all nations and take authority over the enemy just as any spiritually discerning man  (Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 10:19).  Because she has been given equal authority in the spiritual realm, a  woman wears a sign of authority so that it will be evident that such overwhelming power comes from God and not from herself (2 Corinthians 4:7). 

In the practical realm of my life, as I teach my children at home,  I wear the sign of authority so that they know that God, Yeshua, and Daddy have put me in the position of teaching them and praying with them.  It also shows them that I don’t have to ask permission for every little thing that I plan to do.  Authority has been given me by my head, my husband, and we’re both under the authority of Messiah and God.   There have been times that I have had to do spiritual battle with and for my children.  As I wear the sign of authority, I am showing forth not only God’s divine order, but the power He has given to me as a woman of valor.

Some versions of the Bible translate the ‘sign of authority’ to a sign of power. What kind of power does a woman, a prophetess have when wearing a veil?  Though the power was misused, Ezekiel 13:20-22 gives a glimpse into the power behind the veil: 

‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against your magic charms with which you ensnare people like birds and I will tear them from your arms; I will set free the people that you ensnare like birds.  I will tear off your veils and save my people from your hands, and they will no longer fall prey to your power. Then you will know that I am the LORD.  Because you disheartened the righteous with your lies, when I had brought them no grief, and because you encouraged the wicked not to turn from their evil ways and so save their lives ….”

God says that he will tear off the veils of false prophetesses in order to save His people from their power.  The fact that the veil is a sign of power over people becomes clear.  Even more telling is that when women falsely prophesy, tell lies, and encourage wickedness (lawlessness), their veils are removed.  Up until the 1960s women wore hats in church.  Then came the women’s liberation movement that infiltrated not only modern western society, but the western church.  Could the fact that the head covering is missing from American Christian women today suggest that it was God Himself who removed the sign of power from women because they forsook His ways?  He won’t tolerate false prophetesses in His Kingdom any more than He tolerated false prophets and prophetesses in Israel.

Because of the Angels

“For this reason and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head” (verse 10). 

For this reason follows the outline of creational order already discussed.  And adds another dimension to the reason for a woman’s covering – because of the angels. 

What are some aspects we know about angels from the Scriptures.    They are created beings (Colossians 1:16).   They ascend and descend from heaven (Genesis 28:12).  They stand in the presence of God (Job 1:6).  They obey God’s will (Psalm 103:20).  They minister to those who inherit salvation (Hebrews 1:14).  They will separate the wicked from the righteous (Matthew 13:49).   They never die (Luke 20:36).  They submit to Yeshua who is at the Right Hand of God (1 Peter 3:22).  They long to know the gospel as it has been given to mankind (1 Peter 1:12).  They guard the congregations of Messiah (Revelation 1:20).  They will be judged by men (1 Corinthians 6:3).  They give signs and need signs (Luke 2:12, 1 Corinthians 11:10). 

Though Paul is not specific about the reason the sign of authority is needed because of the angels, they obviously need one.  Angels, unlike God, cannot see or know what is in our hearts or minds.  Perhaps the angels need the sign of authority so they can recognize a woman who has placed herself willingly within God’s divine order.  When it comes to separating the wicked from the righteous, what if the woman’s head covering sets her apart from the unrighteous remain outside the gates of the New Jerusalem?  What if the angels in the spiritual realm are put into a state of confusion when an uncovered woman prays or prophesies and they can’t battle for her in the heavenly realm leaving her prayers unanswered?   Psalm 91 says “He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways….” How do angels know the women to guard in all their ways?

There is also another group of angels to whom Paul may be referring: the fallen ones.   

Jude verse 6 (The Amplified Bible):  “And the angels who did not keep (care for, guard, and hold to) their positions of authority (own first place of power) but abandoned their own home (proper dwellings) – these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.”

Notice that some angels did not keep their first place of authority, but abandoned their proper dwelling place and went somewhere else.  They didn’t value their first place of power and abandoned their own home.   Because of this, they are being kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains waiting for judgment.  Could “because of the angels” have something to do with these fallen angels?   Jude actually quotes these verses from the book of Enoch as there was no ‘canon of Scripture’ when he was writing.

“Go and make known to the Watchers of heaven who have abandoned the high heaven, the holy eternal place, and have defiled themselves with women” (1 Enoch 12:4).

“For what reason have you abandoned the high, holy, and eternal heaven; and slept with women and defiled yourselves with the daughters of the people … I did not make wives for you for the proper dwelling place of spiritual beings of heaven is heaven” (1 Enoch 15:3, 7).

“Bind Azazel hand and foot and throw him into the darkness….He covered his face in order that he may not see light; and in order that he may be sent into the fire on the great day of judgment” (1 Enoch 10:4-6).

“Bind Semjaza and the others who are with him, who fornicated with the women, that they will die together with them in all their defilement…Bind them for seventy generations underneath the rocks of the ground until the day of their judgment and of their consummation, until the eternal judgment is concluded” (1 Enoch 10:11-12:).

From these verses in Enoch, the fallen angels are most likely those spoken of in Genesis before the flood.  These are the angels who left their place of authority in the heavenly realm and came to earth. They had sexual relations with the daughters of men and gave birth to giants.  There are some allusions in the book of Enoch that these angels were attracted to human women’s long beuatiful hair.   Could the woman’s head covering be a sign to the offspring of the fallen angels, the Nephilim, that this woman is ‘off limits’ to their seductive powers?  Could the covering of her hair be a woman’s protection as the world enters the ‘days of Noah?’  Could the covering actually be a protection for the angels that didn’t fall, but may be tempted?

In our modern feminist era, women need to understand what abandoning their their husbands, children, and homes means in the eyes of God.  He uses the angels as an example to those who refuse to accept their first position of authority. Believing they have been liberated from the bondage of God’s divine order,  women leave their homes for church leadership and worldly careers. They pass the fruit of this disobedience onto their children.  They lack discernment and live in darkness, bound by spiritual chains that may eventually cost them and their children (daughters’) protection.   “Because of the angels” gives the woman’s head covering definitive spiritual significance that needs to be prayerfully considered by women in the Body of Messiah today. 

The Glory of God, Man and Woman

“A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. …  that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory?” (verses 7,15).

The Hebrew word for ‘glory’ is kavod and holds the idea of ‘something heavy’ or ‘falling down upon.’  In Greek, the word ‘glory’ is doxa and means ‘great honor, praise and splendor’ specifically in reference to people.  It also carries with it the idea of delight.  Combining the Hebrew and Greek definitions, glory is the ‘honor, praise and splendor falling down upon the people of God bringing Him delight.’

Using this terminology, man is the delight and splendor of God, woman is the delight and splendor of man, and the woman’s  hair is the delight and splendor of woman.  In the natural realm, God gives women hair in which to delight.  And, we do delight in it for how many women spend unending hours and wads of money fixing their hair for church?  What are the motives behind beautiful hair during worship?  Make other women jealous?  Entice men?

When a woman covers her hair,  she chooses to cover her own glory and protect the men around her.  God wants men made in His image to pray and prophesy without distraction so their prayers aren’t hindered.   Hair is very seductive to men and even seductive to  our ‘guardian’ angels.  Women with uncovered long hair are mostly likely leading some man into lust of the flesh or even testing the ministering angels.    Is that what a Godly woman wants to be doing in a church setting?   Is it worth stumbling a brother because you don’t want to cover your hair?

Many years ago,  I had a man in church ask me why I covered my head when I had such beautiful hair.  I responded with, “Why are you looking at my hair when you should be worshiping the Lord?”  He was embarrassed and remained silent –  and my hair was covered!   How many men are distracted in church because of the woman’s unwillingness to follow a simple ordinance?

I once met an elderly Jewish woman who was the wife of a rabbi.  She was not saved, but she was blessed by my covering.  She was awed that I, a gentile woman, would cover myself in the presence of a holy God.  It actually brought tears to her eyes.  I had never really been enlightened to that aspect of the covering.   For me, it suddenly became symbolic of Moses taking off his shoes because he stood on holy ground.  He also wore a a veil because the glory of God was so powerful that no one could look at him.   My covering touched her heart enough to open the door for me to share Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah and salvation, with her. 

God doesn’t want our individual glory, our delight to be shining in the sanctuary.  He wants His; and man is His glory.  There is something transcendent about acknowledging God’s holiness by covering our glorious hair and allowing His glory to fall powerfully on the Body of Messiah. 

The Age of Accountability

Some women have asked the age or marital status when a covering should be worn.  For the answer, I looked up woman in my Greek lexicon, but it wasn’t listed for 1 Corinthians 11.   So, I am depending on the Spirit of God to show me the answer to this question.  Logically, I would think the covering should include all women, not just married women.  I say this because divine order shouldn’t just apply to married women.  Divine order is a command for all women who are part of God’s Kingdom.  If the passage were only for married women,  single women would  be free to live out of God’s divine order.  This is foolishness because a woman should always be (or at least used to always be) under the authority of a man, whether it’s her husband, father, or brother.  The sign that a single woman knows and accepts the order of headship is just as important as a married woman accepting that order.

At what age should a single woman wear a veil if the ordinance is for all women?  My answer would be when she enters womanhood.  In the Old Testament, a boy became a man at 12.  I would assume that a girl became a woman around 12, too.  At this time, I would present the Scripture to a young woman and then let the Lord do His work in her heart regarding the veil.   She needs to hear and be informed of the passage from an early age so that she has time to be challenged by God and changed by His Holy Spirit.  If we force or require a young woman to wear a veil, then her  heart is not at the bottom of the issue and the veil because a job to do. 

My husband doesn’t want me to wear a covering.

Most women have read the passage, but want to continue in their rebellion.  They love their hair and don’t want to cover it.  They may have tried to wear one, but it slips off.  Maybe they are praying for the ‘right time’ that never comes.  Many times women use their husbands as an excuse for not wearing the head covering.

Quite frankly, your husband doesn’t want you covered.  You are his glory, his delight.  He loves your long hair.  It is attractive to him.  This is good and right and natural.  However, when it comes to the glory of God that should be honored, it is  his own flesh desires that keep him from allowing you to obey.  This is sin. 

From what I read in 1 Corinthians 11, wearing a covering is not up for discussion between husbands and wives, men and women.   God desires obedience in all areas of our lives and this one area is no exception.  Though we are commanded to submit to our husbands, should our husbands encourage us to dishonor this tradition if we are truly being convicted by the Spirit of God?

I was blessed that my husband bought me my first covering.  This is not always the case.   Most husbands shy away from the woman’s covering for the reasons already mentioned and many others, too.   If you truly desire to cover, I would suggest you be in earnest prayer for your husband’s eyes to be opened to the deeper meaning of the Scripture passage. Pray for his heart to be changed regarding this unique tradition given to women. Pray for him have the glory of God fall on him.

Several years ago my husband asked if I would remove my covering when we’re just hanging out at home.  He does enjoy my hair and as his wife, I submitted to that request.  However, whenever we have guests or I leave my home, I am covered because I have no idea if God is going to call on me to pray or prophesy and I want to have His sign of authority.

My pastor doesn’t teach this.

Why isn’t the woman’s head covering taught in most American churches today?  Simply put, feminism in the Body of Messiah.  Feminism is as old as Eve picking the fruit, taking it to Adam, pressuring him to do what she wants and he submits.  They both die in disobedience.

It’s in a woman’s sin nature not to be submissive and it is fed by a culture of women’s equal rights, even in the church.  Pastors know this and fear it because feminism is Satan’s stronghold in America.  How many pastors want to lose their jobs over a woman’s head covering?  These leadership insecurities cause women in the Body to miss an incredible blessing and cause unnecessary confusion in the divine order.

Romans 13:2 states “He who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”   This verse is talking about governing authorities that have been established by God.  First Corinthians 11 outlines one such governing authority and the sign that shows it is being heeded.

Personal Battles and Thank You

This has not been an easy walk for me.  I have been attacked by women, men and especially pastors.  I have been called names and been accused of being a heretic.   I have had my moments of rebellion and disobedience.  There were times I’m sure I had an attitude of self-righteousness and coercion because I was weary of standing alone.  Sometimes the Lord gently reminded me of my falling away and brought me back; other times He had to jolt me with guilt and sorrow for my disobedience to the truths He has so generously taught me through the head covering.

I know wearing a veil has brought attention to me, but that is part of my witness to what God has done in my heart and life.   People should know and see I am a follower of Messiah and not of the world.  I am not to make my sisters stumble into sin, but I am to challenge them into good works.   If I have stumbled anyone into sin through my covering, I ask forgiveness.   My prayer has always been that women of God would be convicted by the Holy Spirit and desire a deeper understanding of being Messiah’s pure and holy bride. 

Judy and Shelley, you blessed me on that Tabernacles day. Mr. African pastor, (God knows your name), you blessed and encouraged me, too.  I learned that at least in the greater Body of Messiah around the world, my sisters cover.  Carol, you encouraged me in ways that you will never completely understand.  Thank you.   Divine intervention happens when we submit to the Living Word.   That sword surely is two-edged.  Pam,  it was a joy to meet someone through the internet, nearly 20 years ago, who willingly wore a veil in a church that taught the covering without coercion.   The heart of your daughter was a blessing to me.  Kathy, thank you for receiving my Passover gift and wearing it expectantly.  Kay, thank you for the beautiful silk head covering that came from your heart.  Lucette, thank you for telling me to “stand firm.”  I know there will continue to be times ahead where I am persecuted, challenged and even discouraged by believers because of my head covering.   Theresa, thank you for asking so many questions and being the watering can.  Renee, what can I say but praise God for your conviction that took me deeper into this walk.  Calling me a faithful sister in your book was quite an honor.  Teresa, it was worth the wait for a like-minded sister.  Pastors Dave, Doug and Greg, thank you for all the persecution.  Your words and actions only helped challenge me to pray and ask my heavenly Father why the head covering incites judgment, mockery and disrespect among male leaders in church.    I bless you with revelation, understanding, wisdom, and true discipleship in the Word of God.

Finally, thank you Yeshua for giving me such an incredible walk and testimony.   I have an answer now for anyone who asks why I wear the head covering.   Simply, I obey the Word of  God.

Another beautiful testimony for the head covering.

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