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Revelation 15:5

ESV After this I looked, and the sanctuary of the tent of witness in heaven was opened,
NIV After this I looked, and I saw in heaven the temple--that is, the tabernacle of the covenant law--and it was opened.
NASB After these things I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened,
CSB After this I looked, and the heavenly temple--the tabernacle of testimony--was opened.
NLT Then I looked and saw that the Temple in heaven, God’s Tabernacle, was thrown wide open.
KJV And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

What does Revelation 15:5 mean?

After hearing the harps and voices blending in the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb—songs of redemption and victory— John looked and saw the temple being opened in heaven. This temple is a real temple. In Revelation 8:3–5 the prayers of God's people ascend to the golden altar. In Revelation 11:19, we read that God's temple in heaven opened and revealed the ark of the covenant. When God commanded Moses to build the tabernacle's furnishings, He instructed him: "See that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain" (Exodus 25:40; 26:30; 27:8) Hebrews 9:23 calls the tabernacle's furnishings, "copies of the heavenly things." So, currently there is a temple in heaven, and John saw that it was opened in heaven. However, the New Jerusalem will not include a temple, "for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb" (Revelation 21:22).
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