2 Maccabees 2:5


3 And with other similar words he exhorted them that the law should not depart from their hearts. 4 It was also in the same document that the prophet, having received an oracle, ordered that the tent and the ark should follow with him, and that he went out to the mountain where Moses had gone up and had seen the inheritance of God. 5 Jeremiah came and found a cave-dwelling, and he brought there the tent and the ark and the altar of incense; then he sealed up the entrance. 6 Some of those who followed him came up intending to mark the way, but could not find it. 7 When Jeremiah learned of it, he rebuked them and declared: "The place shall remain unknown until God gathers his people together again and shows his mercy. 8 Then the Lord will disclose these things, and the glory of the Lord and the cloud will appear, as they were shown in the case of Moses, and as Solomon asked that the place should be specially consecrated."

Revelation 2:17

New Testament

13 ‘I know where you live—where Satan’s throne is. Yet you continue to cling to my name, and you have not denied your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was killed in your city where Satan lives. 14 But I have a few things against you: You have some people there who follow the teaching of Balaam, who instructed Balak to put a stumbling block before the people of Israel so they would eat food sacrificed to idols and commit sexual immorality. 15 In the same way, there are also some among you who follow the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Therefore, repent! If not, I will come against you quickly and make war against those people with the sword of my mouth. 17 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will give him some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and on that stone will be written a new name that no one can understand except the one who receives it.’

 Notes and References

"... The veil, the holy ephod, the mercy seat, the two tables, the holy raiment of the priests, the altar of incense, the forty-eight precious stones with which the priests were clothed and all the holy vessels of the tabernacle were taken from the Holy of Holies by 'another angel' (vs. 7) lest strangers got possession of them. This relocation of the cultic instruments from the Temple has an important objective: "so that you (earth) may restore them (cultic instruments) when you (earth) are ordered". (There are several traditions concerning so-called 'vessels burial' such as 2 Maccabees 2:4-8; Biblical Antiquities 26:3-15; the Par. Jer. 3:1-11; and Antiquities 18:61-63 (4,1). According to G. B. Sayler, "the various forms of the legend share a conviction that the vessels will be restored in final times") This represents the anticipation of the restoration of the cultic service in the New Temple. This anticipation is also confirmed in vs. 9 where it is reported that the destruction of Jerusalem is transitory but its restoration is forever ..."

Lee, Pilchan The New Jerusalem in the Book of Revelation: A Study of Revelation 21-22 in the Light of Its Background in Jewish Tradition (pp. 124-125) Mohr Siebeck, 2001

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