1 Enoch 14:16


14 And I beheld a vision, And lo! there was a second house, greater than the former, and the entire portal stood open before me, and it was built of flames of fire. 15 And in every respect it so excelled in splendour and magnificence and extent that I cannot describe to you its splendour and its extent. 16 And its floor was of fire, and above it were lightnings and the path of the stars, and its ceiling also was flaming fire. 17 And I looked and saw ⌈⌈therein⌉⌉ a lofty throne: its appearance was as crystal, and the wheels thereof as the shining sun, and there was the vision of cherubim.

Hebrews 8:1

New Testament

1 Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We have such a high priest, one who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 a minister in the sanctuary and the true tabernacle that the Lord, not man, set up. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. So this one, too, had to have something to offer. 4 Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest, since there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law.

 Notes and References

"... Ancient interpreters found this a remarkable idea—one that sounded even more remarkable in the Septuagint, where the (somewhat ambiguous) word translated above as 'pattern' came out rather less ambiguously as 'model' or 'prototype.' It seemed, in other words, as if God had shown Moses some actual thing after which the tabernacle was to be shaped ... But what could that thing have been? It was unlikely that God had brought down to Mt. Sinai a miniature scale-model of the future tabernacle. However, long-established tradition held that somewhere in heaven—to which, according to one understanding, Moses had ascended on Mt. Sinai—was a great, celestial sanctuary. This idea, as already mentioned, had ancient roots. The prophet Isaiah had seen in a vision God 'sitting upon a throne high and lifted up' (Isaiah 6:1), and this may indeed refer to God's throne in the heavenly sanctuary. The very stars in the sky, according to this same ancient conceit, are actually part of an angelic choir or cadre of heavenly priests who serve God in the celestial sanctuary. Later writers sometimes bear witness to these same ideas ... ..."

Kugel, James L. The Bible as it Was (p. 418) Harvard University Press, 1998

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