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15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet. There were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world now belongs to our Lord and to his Anointed, and he will reign forever and ever.” 16 The twenty-four elders who sat on their thrones before God prostrated themselves and worshiped God 17 and said:
“We give thanks to you, Lord God almighty,
who are and who were.
For you have assumed your great power
and have established your reign.
18The nations raged,
but your wrath has come,
and the time for the dead to be judged,
and to recompense your servants, the prophets,
and the holy ones and those who fear your name,
the small and the great alike,
and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”
19Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder, an earthquake, and a violent hailstorm.
Basic question: why is the ark in heaven in Revelation? Actually, why is there a temple in heaven? I know Revelation is generally figurative/typological, but isn't being in heaven kinda the big deal unto itself (short of new heaven and new earth)?
One idea I have is that God's covenant with Israel has endured (in the Church, the New Israel). In the OT, the ark was the place where God was present on earth through (shekhinah). I think I've heard it said that the earthly temple was supposed to be a mirror of the heavenly temple. If so, that this verse might be implying that God has been faithful to his covenant, and as Christ often said, much of Israel was not. Revelation 19 could just be saying that God's commitment has never wavered (despite the destruction of Solomon's temple, the loss of the earthly ark, i.e., Jeremiah 3:16-18, and the sayings the post-exile period that the sacrifices in the second temple have been rejected by God -- e.g., Malachi 1:10).