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Revelation 15:5

    Revelation 15:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And after these things I saw, and the house of the Tent of witness in heaven was open:

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

    After these things I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for Revelation 15:5

    Tabernacle - A tent, booth or dwelling.

    Clarke's Commentary on Revelation 15:5

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on Revelation 15:5

    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.

    Wesley's Notes on Revelation 15:5

    15:5 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.