Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Revelation 15:5

After these things I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened,
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Temple;   Vision;   The Topic Concordance - Wrath;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Heaven, Heavens, Heavenlies;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Jesus Christ;   Order;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Heaven;   Revelation of John, the;   Tabernacle;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Revelation, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Fire;   Type;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Tabernacle, the;   Temple, the;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Print;   Retribution;   Revelation of John:;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

The temple of the tabernacle of the testimony - The temple which succeeded the tabernacle, in which was the testimony, viz., the two tables, Aaron's rod, pot of manna, holy anointing oil, etc. All bearing testimony to the truth of God and his miraculous interposition in their behalf.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

And after that I looked - After I had seen in vision the redeemed thus referred to, celebrating the praises of God, I saw the preparation made for the execution of these purposes of judgment.

And behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony - Not the whole temple, but only that part to which this name was given. The word “tabernacle” - σκηνή skēnē- means properly a booth, hut, tent, and was the name commonly given to the tent or tabernacle that was erected in the wilderness for the service of God. See the notes on Acts 7:44. The same word came naturally to be applied to the temple that was reared for the same purpose in Jerusalem. It is called the “tabernacle of testimony,” because it was a testimony or witness of the presence of God among the people - that is, it served to keep up the remembrance of him. See the notes as above on Acts 7:44, where the same Greek phrase is used as here - rendered there “tabernacle of witness.” The word “temple” here - ναὸς naos- does not refer to the whole of the building called the “temple,” but to the holy of holies. See the notes on Hebrews 9:3. This was regarded as the unique dwelling-place of God; and it was this sacred place, usually closed from all access, that now seemed to be opened, implying that the command to execute these purposes came directly from God himself.

In heaven - That is, that part of heaven which corresponds to the most holy place in the temple was opened; to wit, what is the unique residence of God himself.

Was opened - Was thrown open to the viewer John, so that he was permitted to look, as it were, upon the very dwelling-place of God. From his holy presence now came forth the angels to execute his purposes of judgment on that anti-Christian power which had so long corrupted religion and oppressed the world.

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

And after these things I saw, and the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

The temple of the tabernacle of the testimony ... "John is here seeing this picture, not in terms of the Jewish temple, but in terms of the ancient tabernacle."[32] In this, he joins so much of the rest of the New Testament in absolutely ignoring and bypassing the Jewish temple. "This phrase, tabernacle of the testimony is found in only one other place in the New Testament (Acts 7:44),"[33] where it occurs in the address of Stephen. One of the most significant things in the New Testament is this absolute bypassing of the Jewish temple by New Testament writers. The author of Hebrews is another conspicuous example. We have commented upon this extensively in this series: Commentary on Acts, pp. 142ff, Commentary on Mark, pp. 272ff, Commentary on 1Corinthians, pp. 50ff, and Commentary on 1Peter, pp. 192ff. It was the ancient tabernacle, not the Jewish temple, that was made like the pattern God showed to Moses.

[32] William Barclay, op. cit., p. 121.

[33] Martin Rist, op. cit., p. 479.

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And after that I looked,.... That is, after John had seen the above vision, he looked again, and saw what follows:

and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened; this does not refer to heaven itself, the antitype of the holy of holies, which is opened by the blood of Christ, by which he himself has entered, and his people have boldness to enter now by faith, and where their souls always enter upon their departure from their bodies; for of this temple cannot be said what is in Revelation 15:8 nor to the Jerusalem state, or the most glorious state of the church on earth, during the thousand years' reign; for in that there will be no temple, Revelation 21:22 much less to any material temple on earth; the temple at Jerusalem was destroyed before this vision was, and is never to be rebuilt; nor will there be any third temple, as the Jews vainly expect: but to the church of God in the spiritual reign of Christ, under the blowing of the seventh trumpet; and designs the same thing as in Revelation 11:19 and this is to be understood as what will be, not before, but after the seven angels have poured out their vials; for till they have fulfilled the seven plagues, there is no entering into the temple for smoke, Revelation 15:8 and besides, it was after these things; after John had seen the seven angels, with the seven last plagues, Revelation 15:1 that he beheld the temple opened. The church is called "the temple", in allusion to Solomon's temple, because of its builder, materials, situation, magnificence, strength, holiness, and use; See Gill on 2 Corinthians 6:16 and the tabernacle, in allusion to the tabernacle of Moses, which was before the temple, because God dwells in it, as he did in that; and because like that it is movable, and but for a while; and points at this church state, which will not always be so, but change and sink into the Laodicean state: and it is called "the tabernacle of the testimony", as that was; the testimony was the law, or the two tables of stone, so called, because they testified what was the good, and perfect, and acceptable will of God; and these being put into the ark, were a testimony of the covenant between God and the people of Israel, and were a witness against them, when they transgressed them, Deuteronomy 31:26 and over these were the mercy seat, and cherubim, as a testimony of the divine Presence; and the law being put into the ark, hence the ark was called the ark of the testimony, and that being placed in the tabernacle, that was called the tabernacle of the testimony, or of witness, Numbers 1:50 and all these were types of, and came to signify Christ, and the covenant of grace, the Gospel, and the mysteries of it: so that by the opening of the temple, &c. is meant a free exercise of the true religion, a setting up of Gospel churches according to the original plan, a keeping of the ordinances, as they were first delivered, and a more clear discovery of Gospel truths: it is the same with the open door in the Philadelphian church state, Revelation 3:8 as well as that at this time there will be a full manifestation of the judgments of God upon antichrist: the Alexandrian copy leaves out the word "behold".

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Geneva Study Bible

9 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

(9) The second part of the narration (as was noted in) {See (Revelation 15:2) } in which first the authority of the whole argument and matter is figured by a forerunning type of a temple opened in heaven, as in (Revelation 11:19) namely that all those things are divine and of God, that proceed from thence in this verse. Secondly, the administers or executors, come out of the Temple in (Revelation 15:6). Thirdly, they are furnished with instruments of the judgments of God, and weapons fit for the manner of the same judgments; (Revelation 15:7). Finally, they are confirmed by testimony of the visible glory of God, in (Revelation 15:8). A similar testimony to which was exhibited of old in the law; (Exodus 40:34).
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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

So Revelation 11:19; compare Revelation 16:17. “The tabernacle of the testimony” appropriately here comes to view, where God‘s faithfulness in avenging His people with judgments on their foes is about to be set forth. We need to get a glimpse within the Holy place to “understand” the secret spring and the end of God‘s righteous dealings.

behold — omitted by A, B, C, Syriac, and Andreas. It is supported only by Vulgate, Coptic, and Primasius, but no manuscript.

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Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

The temple of the tabernacle of the testimony (ο ναος της σκηνης του μαρτυριουho naos tēs skēnēs tou marturiou). Charles calls this “strange” language. Probably the tabernacle or tent of witness (Numbers 9:15; Numbers 17:7) is in mind and the tent of meeting (Exodus 27:21 rather than the temple in Jerusalem.

Was opened (ηνοιγηēnoigē). Second aorist passive indicative of ανοιγωanoigō as in Revelation 11:19. For ναοςnaos see Revelation 3:12; Revelation 7:15; Revelation 14:15, Revelation 14:17; Revelation 16:1, Revelation 16:17.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Behold

Omit.

The temple of the tabernacle ( ὁ ναὸς τῆς σκηνῆς )

The sanctuary of the tabernacle. See on Matthew 4:5.

Of the testimony

See Acts 7:44. The tabernacle was called “the Tabernacle of the Testimony” because it contained the ark with the law of God which testifies against sin. See Exodus 25:16, Exodus 25:21; Exodus 30:36; Exodus 34:29; Exodus 38:21. Compare Revelation 11:19.

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

After these things the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony — The holiest of all.

Was opened — Disclosing a new theatre for the coming forth of the judgments of God now made manifest.

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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

The tent under which the ark was sheltered during the journeyings of the children of Israel was called the tabernacle of the testimony, or the tabernacle of witness, as it contained, in the manifestation of the divine glory which appeared between the cherubim, a testimony or evidence of the divine presence and protection. The temple of this tabernacle is the inner or most sacred part of it.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

Ver. 5. The temple of the tabernacle] These words are all one with those Revelation 11:19, to the consideration whereof we are here recalled, after so long an interruption.

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Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, 1. The vision which St. John had: he thought he saw the Holy of holies open to him, and seven angels coming forth with seven plagues, as the executioners of God's judgments upon idolatrous persons.

Where note, 1. The instruments employed by God for executing his wrath upon sinners, angels, seven angels; not that he needs them, but he is pleased to make use of them; and they are but instruments in his hand, his bow and his battle-axe, mere dead tools, who receive all their efficacy from the hand that uses them: their presence adds no strength to him, their absence makes the work no more difficult before him.

Note, 2. From whence these seven angels came, namely, out of the temple, out of the oracle, more immediately from the presence of God; implying, that they came forth to execute vengeance by God's special directions, and not barely by his permission: and consequently that the work was very acceptable and well-pleasing unto God which they went about.

Note, 3. How they are furnished, having seven plagues; namely, to inflict upon the idolatrous enemies of the church.

Note, 4. In and after what manner these angels were apparelled and appeared. 1. They were clothed in pure, white linen, to denote the holiness of their persons, as also the holiness of that work which they had then in hand. 2. This clothing of theirs was girded to them, expressing thereby their great readiness for, and their great alacrity and cheerfulness in, their work. 3. The girdle wherewith they were girded was a golden girdle, exactly answering the habit of the High-priest, when he entered into the Holy of holies to enquire of God, or came out with an answer from God.

From the whole learn, That when the Lord comes to pull down Babylon as well as to build up Sion, he will appear in glory: the angels are God's special ministers; when they go forth to pour out the vials of his wrath upon Babylon, they appear gloriously apparelled, glittering like the High-priest, and girded with golden girdles.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Here is a plain allusion to the Jewish tabernacle or temple, in which was the holy place, and the holy of holies; into the latter the high priest only entered. There were kept in the ark the two tables of God’s law, often called the testimonies of God. From this

tabernacle of the testimony proceeded God’s oracles, there God gave answers from the mercy-seat, and therefore in the Book of Kings it is called the oracle. The sense some put upon this is: That God here showed unto his prophet the liberty that should be, after the downfal of antichrist, to preach the gospel. But in this sense it must be an anticipation of what orderly should have come in after the pouring out of the vials: I had rather understand it of God’s being now about to give out an answer to his people’s prayers for a deliverance from the tyranny of antichrist; as the place called the oracle in the Jewish temple was opened when the high priest had been inquiring of God, to give an account of the answer he had.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

храм скинии свидетельства Это относится к ковчегу завета в святая святых (в небесном храме), где обитает Бог (см. пояснение к 11:19; ср. Чис. 10:11).

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

The tabernacle of the testimony; the holy of holies, the peculiar dwelling place of God.

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Foy E. Wallace's Commentary on the Book of Revelation

(3) The temple of the tabernacle of the testimony-- 15:5-8.

1. And after that I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony was open--15:5. The phrase "after these things" referred to the things that occurred after the vision of the exultant song of triumph. The first part of this chapter served to announce the scene which was continued and completed in chapter sixteen. It was after. these preliminary visions of the seven angels that the procession forming the final events began.

The reference to the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was in comparison with the measuring of the temple in chapter eleven. The picture here portrayed was that of the temple transferred from Jerusalem to heaven and transformed from temporal to spiritual. The vision is based on all that the temple on mount Zion meant to the nation of Israel. "Who are the Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed forever" (Romans 9:4-5). Thus the tabernacle stood for the most precious things in old covenant history. It was appropriate for the seven angels with the vials of plagues to be poured out on the harlot Jerusalem, ready for destruction, to come from the transformed temple in heaven.

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

"After these things I looked" (Gr. meta tauta eidon) indicates a transition to a new vision and a new subject: the bowl judgments. These are in a category of their own. John saw the heavenly temple opened. This gave the seven angels who carried the bowl judgments egress from God"s presence. He is the one who sends them. The "tabernacle of testimony" refers to the temple as the building that housed God"s law, which the earth-dwellers disregard. God was now going to hold them to it and judge them by it.

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 15:5. And after these things I saw, and the temple of the tabernacle of witness in heaven was opened. When at chap. Revelation 11:19 the ‘temple of God that is in heaven’ was opened there was seen ‘the ark of the covenant’ reminding of mercy—here the same ark is seen, but now it is in ‘the tabernacle of witness,’ i.e in the tabernacle containing the tables of the law by which God witnessed against Israel. At present, therefore, there is only judgment in view, and God is to take immediate part in it.

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George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

And after these things. Here the scene changes, and is carried back to the period of time that immediately precedes the seven plagues. This removal of the scene St. John insinuates by the unusual circumlocution, "after these things I beheld," and looked on the commencement of this scene. The temple opens, and the seven Angels with the seven plagues proceed from the sanctuary to execute the work they are charged with. (Pastorini) --- One ought not to be surprised to see the good Angels employed in these kinds of offices, as justice is no less an attribute of the Deity than mercy, and therefore equally the object of the ministry of the Angels. (Calmet) --- Behold, the temple of the tabernacle....in heaven, was opened. We have before observed, that these visions were shewn to St. John as it were in a temple in heaven, and with an allusion to the sanctuary and its parts under Moses. The Angels are seen coming out with clean and white linen, and with golden girdles, being an allusion to the habits of the priests in the ancient law. (Witham)

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Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books

John now looked and saw the actual dwelling place of God, or temple, opened in heaven. Particularly, John sees the way opened in the tabernacle of the testimony. This would be the Most Holy Place where the ark of the covenant was kept with the ten commandments on stone which were called the testimony. (Exodus 25:16; Exodus 25:21)

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

after that. See Revelation 1:19.

looked. As "saw", Revelation 15:1.

behold. The texts omit.

Temple. See Matthew 23:16.

testimony. Greek. marturion. Only here in Rev.; marluria in nine other places. Seep. 1511.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

So Revelation 11:19 : cf. Revelation 16:17. 'The tabernacle of the testimony' appropriately comes to view, where God's faithfulness in avenging His people with judgments on their foes is set forth. We need a glimpse within the Holy Place to "understand" (Daniel 10:14) the secret spring and the end of God's righteous dealings.

Behold. So Vulgate; but omitted by 'Aleph (') A B C, Syriac, Andreas.

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(5) And after that . . .—Better, And after these things I saw, and there was opened the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony (or, witness) in the heaven. This temple is called the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony; the expression sounds cumbrous, but it is nevertheless suitable. St. Stephen spoke of “the tabernacle of witness” in the wilderness, which was made after the pattern showed in the mount (Acts 7:44). The tabernacle was well called the tabernacle of witness, for it contained the ark of the testimony with the Law of God, and was a perpetual witness of God’s presence among His people. The temple of the tabernacle then is the shrine, or inner sanctuary, of the heavenly true tabernacle, after the pattern of which the tabernacle of Moses was fashioned, which is now opened.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:
11:19; Exodus 25:21; Numbers 1:50,53; Matthew 27:51
Reciprocal: Proverbs 14:3 - the mouth;  Revelation 14:1 - I looked;  Revelation 14:17 - came;  Revelation 16:1 - I heard;  Revelation 16:17 - there;  Revelation 19:11 - heaven

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Charles Box's Commentaries on Selected Books of the Bible

The temple in heaven is opened - Revelation 15:5 : John said, "And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened." (Revelation 15:5) We are now allowed to view the place from which the judgment comes. The judgment comes from the place where God dwells.

The expression "the tabernacle of the testimony" is found only one time in the New Testament. It is a part of Stephen"s sermon in Acts 7:1-60. "Our fathers had the tabernacle of the testimony in the wilderness, even as he appointed who spake unto Moses, that he should make it according to the figure that he had seen." (Acts 7:44) (ASV) It is amazing how New Testament writers say so little about the Jewish Temple. God told Moses to build the Tabernacle not the Temple according to the pattern He had shown him. "The tabernacle of the testimony" was that which kept the two tables of stone that revealed to the Jews the will of God for that day. The opening of "the tabernacle of the testimony" had to do with the clear discovery of God"s truths and a practice of them.

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E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament

This verse has the same significance as Revelation 11:19.

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Hanserd Knollys' Commentary on Revelation

Revelation 15:5

Revelation 15:5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

By

the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony,

we may understand (by an allusion to the Mosaical tabernacle and temple, and testimony,) especially, after Solomon's time, when the Temple was shut during the time of Ahab's apostasy and idolatry, but the Temple was opened again in the days of Hezekiah reformation. Compare 1 Kings 16:29-33 with 2 Kings 18:1-7. So here we are to understand the church of God. { Ephesians 2:19-22} The administrations and ordinances of the gospel, restored to their primitive purity, according to the institutions of Christ. { Revelation 11:19}

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Knollys, Hanserd. "Commentary on Revelation 15:5". "Hanserd Knollys' Commentary on Revelation". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hkc/revelation-15.html.

Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms

Revelation 15:5. And after that I saw, and the temple of the tent of the testimony was opened in heaven. The expression, "After that I saw," indicates that here the main scene begins, and that what went before has only the character of an introduction, a prelude. That the building of this group is provided with such a portal, draws a broader line of demarcation between it and the preceding vision, and tends to make its independence more manifest.[Note: Vitringa: "For this reason, doubtless, among others, that the Spirit did not wish us to connect the vision of the vials with the former one, which we have seen had its termination in the destruction of the beast."] What is signified by the opening of the temple, and the procession of the angels out of it, may be understood from the more specific description given of it: the tent of the testimony. (The temple of the tent of the testimony, q.d. the temple in its property as the tent of testimony; it is not said: the temple of the testimony, because in the Old Testament mention is made only of the tent of the testimony. The expression might the more fitly be retained, since the heavenly temple consists as little of stones as of wood). The tent of the testimony,—so was the tabernacle called, because it contained the ark with the testimony, the law of God which testifies against sin. Importance must here be given to this in the punishment of those who have impiously transgressed it; comp. on ch. Revelation 11:19. The word of the Lord, that no iota or title of the law shall fail, maintains itself in this, that the law is fulfilled on all those who withdraw themselves from a voluntary fulfilment of it. The commandments of God are not a dead letter, but a living force, which falls on the despisers of it, and crushes them to the dust. It is an elevated spectacle, when the temple of the tabernacle is opened in heaven—dreadful for the world, but joyful, though mingled with trembling for the church.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

5.The present song of the martyr spirits before the throne corresponds with their song on Zion, Revelation 14:1, and also to the utterances of the great voices in heaven at the sounding of the seventh trumpet, Revelation 11:15-19. And as in the latter passage (Revelation 11:19) the ark of the testimony is made visible, so there is here also the same opening of the same token of testimony to the sight. In both presentations the meaning is the same, (see note Revelation 11:19,) namely, the responsive pledge of Jehovah that the judgment predicted by the martyr song shall be inflexibly inflicted. By the faith of the Lord God Almighty the judgment is assured.

I looked, and, behold—This opening of the inner sanctuary was a startling wonder.

Temple—The naos, or most holy place.

Of the tabernacle—The reproduction of the old tabernacle of Moses in the wilderness, where God once dwelt with Israel.

Of the testimony—Namely, of God’s covenant with his people. In this vision it declares God’s covenant with his martyrs that judgment shall not fail. And forthwith the executioners of that judgment, the seven angels, appear on the scene.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Revelation 15:5". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/revelation-15.html. 1874-1909.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

Revelation 15:5. The temple in heaven is here “the tent (or tabernacle) of witness,” as it represents God’s judicial revelation and presence; its contents and the movements of which it forms the source, are evidence of God’s covenant with his people.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Revelation 15:5". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/revelation-15.html. 1897-1910.

The Bible Study New Testament

5. After this I saw the temple in heaven open. The temple is opened and the tent of God’s presence shown. This tells us that the wrath which we are about to see is God’s wrath.

 

 

 

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Ice, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on Revelation 15:5". "The Bible Study New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/revelation-15.html. College Press, Joplin, MO. 1974.