19 And [kai] the temple [naos] of God [theos] was opened [anoigo] in [en] heaven, [ouranos] and [kai] there was seen [optanomai] in [en] his [autos] temple [naos] the ark [kibotos] of his [autos] testament: [diatheke] and [kai] there were [ginomai] lightnings, [astrape] and [kai] voices, [phone] and [kai] thunderings, [bronte] and [kai] an earthquake, [seismos]
and [kai] great [megas] hail. [chalaza] KJV-Interlinear
19 And the
temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant
appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and
peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm. NASB
The temple of God long
has been represented as the permanent dwelling of God, and the point of contact
of mans communion with God.
The Ark has long been
represented as Gods promises and provision for man.
This verse represents
that the Temple and the Ark, in history, have now been fulfilled and are now
opened up for all to see them for exactly what they are. Believers already know
the truth, and now unbelievers will have it thrown in their faces, so to speak,
thus obliterating their false beliefs.
unbelievers will cling to their false beliefs, rejecting the total revelation
of God and truth.
This is followed by
various events and sounds from the Temple within heaven.
Lightning's, voices, thundering,
earthquake, and hail, all have been events that have been associated with Gods
judgment, and none of which man can prevent.
flashes and speed, brightness and light.
Voices represent the
voice of truth from so many who have believed.
awesome power and force.
commotion, shaking or a movement of earth and air as in a tempest or
And hail is obvious
hail, but here it is more than that. It means to let down, to strike, an
interval or gulf or chasm. And here is represents a line crossed that cannot be
reversed. Judgment has arrived.
All terms are spoken of
in the present tense, because of their certainty of occurring, though they are
Mans utopia will never
occur. Mans destiny as ruler of the galaxy or of the universe will never occur.
However, because of mans
intolerance, because of mans arrogance, because of mans indifference toward
truth, judgment will come. And there is nothing that anyone can do to stop or
prevent it for human history.