Revelation 15:5
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New International Version
After this I looked, and I saw in heaven the temple--that is, the tabernacle of the covenant law--and it was opened.

New Living Translation
Then I looked and saw that the Temple in heaven, God's Tabernacle, was thrown wide open.

English Standard Version
After this I looked, and the sanctuary of the tent of witness in heaven was opened,

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

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After this I looked, and the heavenly sanctuary--the tabernacle of testimony--was opened.

International Standard Version
After these things, I looked, and the Temple, which is the Tent of Testimony in heaven, was open!

NET Bible
After these things I looked, and the temple (the tent of the testimony) was opened in heaven,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But after these things, I looked, and the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony was opened in Heaven.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After these things I looked, and I saw that the temple of the tent containing the words of God's promise was open in heaven.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And after these things I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in the heaven was opened;

King James 2000 Bible
And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
And after these things I looked; and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

Darby Bible Translation
And after these things I saw, and the temple of the tabernacle of witness in the heaven was opened;

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

Webster's Bible Translation
And after that I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

Weymouth New Testament
After this, when the doors of the sanctuary of the tent of witness in Heaven were opened, I looked;

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

Young's Literal Translation
And after these things I saw, and lo, opened was the sanctuary of the tabernacle of the testimony in the heaven;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:5-8 In the judgments God executes upon antichrist and his followers, he fulfils the prophecies and promises of his word. These angels are prepared for their work, clothed with pure and white linen, their breasts girded with golden girdles, representing the holiness, and righteousness, and excellence of these dealings with men. They are ministers of Divine justice, and do every thing in a pure and holy manner. They were armed with the wrath of God against his enemies. Even the meanest creature, when armed with the anger of God, will be too hard for any man in the world. The angels received the vials from one of the four living creatures, one of the ministers of the true church, as in answer to the prayers of the ministers and people of God. Antichrist could not be destroyed without a great shock to all the world, and even the people of God would be in trouble and confusion while the great work was doing. The greatest deliverances of the church are brought about by awful and astonishing steps of Providence; and the happy state of the true church will not begin till obstinate enemies shall be destroyed, and lukewarm or formal Christians are purified. Then, whatever is against Scripture being purged away, the whole church shall be spiritual, and the whole being brought to purity, unity, and spirituality, shall be firmly established.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - And after that I looked, and, behold; and after these things 1 saw. The characteristic commencement of a new vision or portion of a vision (see on Revelation 4:1, etc.). The temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. The tabernacle had its counterpart in heaven (Hebrews 8:5). In Exodus 25:16, 21 we have the reason of the title "tabernacle of the testimony" - a name which is common in the Bible (see Exodus 38:21; Numbers 1:50, 53; Numbers 9:15; Numbers 10:11). The "temple" is the ναός, the inner shrine, the holy of holies which contained the ark of the testimony, which in Revelation 11:1.9 is seen in connection with the judgments of God. Thence now proceed the angels bearing the plagues for men.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire 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".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. So Re 11:19; compare Re 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.

Revelation 15:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Seven Angels with Seven Plagues
4"Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU, FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE BEEN REVEALED." 5After these things I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened, 6and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, clothed in linen, clean and bright, and girded around their chests with golden sashes.…
Cross References
Exodus 38:21
These are the amounts of the materials used for the tabernacle, the tabernacle of the covenant law, which were recorded at Moses' command by the Levites under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron, the priest.

Numbers 1:50
Instead, appoint the Levites to be in charge of the tabernacle of the covenant law--over all its furnishings and everything belonging to it. They are to carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings; they are to take care of it and encamp around it.

Hebrews 8:5
They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: "See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."

Revelation 11:19
Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.

Revelation 13:6
It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven.
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And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

Revelation 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in …

Exodus 25:21 And you shall put the mercy seat above on the ark; and in the ark …

Numbers 1:50,53 But you shall appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, …

Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top …

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