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Revelation tells us that there is a Temple of God in Heaven, and that in that Temple is the Ark of his testament.

Revelation 11:19 KJV

And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

God directed Moses twice to make sure that he built the Tabernacle after the pattern God had shown him on the Mountain.

Exodus 25:9 KJV

According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.

Exodus 25:40 KJV

And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the Mount.

The word translated here as pattern could have just as easily been translated model.

H8403 תַּבנִיתּ tabniyth (tab-neeth') n-f.
1. structure
2. (by implication) a model, resemblance
KJV: figure, form, likeness, pattern, similitude.

Are there any theological suppositions about this?

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Yes, 'could have', but it wasn't. –  Elberich Schneider Oct 27 '13 at 20:18
    
@ Elberich Schneider is that your opinion or do you have something more concrete to back your assertion on? –  Bye Oct 27 '13 at 21:03
    
Cecil, sorry, I don't know, I can't tell for sure. It is a difficult matter; but, if any and if I understand the question better, there is to say that Heaven isn't a material or physical 'place' where one can find any objects. And I wrote 'place' in quote because I'm not sure Heaven is a place, that's all. –  Elberich Schneider Oct 27 '13 at 21:36
    
Our study this quarter is on the earthly and heavenly sanctuary. Very exciting topic. Video lessons can be found here hopess.hopetv.org Also, the lesson book can be freely acquired here absg.adventist.org/standard.htm –  jlaverde Oct 28 '13 at 13:49
    
@ jlaverde Thank you I will most assuredly check them out. –  Bye Oct 28 '13 at 14:08

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Hebrews 8:4-5 (NIV)

If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. 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.”

Hebrews 9:19-23 (NIV)

When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.

Moses did not build a Temple with walls and foundations of stone. The tabernacle built by Moses was a movable tent. What the Bible meant by a 'copy' is the design and positioning of the items inside the tabernacle. The tabernacle on earth cannot be equally the same like the one in Heaven but it reflected all the important aspects of the one in Heaven. The design and positioning of the items are same but the material and quality cannot be the same. While the earthly tabernacle was temporary, the heavenly tabernacle is eternal. While the high priest had to offer the blood every year, Jesus offered His eternal blood only once which is for eternity.

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+1 There is no need for me to answer. –  jlaverde Oct 28 '13 at 13:47
    
@ Mawai Thank you for some reason those two Scriptures have never been cited in any of my studies. –  Bye Oct 28 '13 at 14:07
    
@Cecil, perhaps you hadn't been studying enough! –  Elberich Schneider Oct 28 '13 at 19:32
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@ Elberich Schneider you may be right I only give it 4 to 6 hours a day. –  Bye Oct 29 '13 at 3:07

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