Was opened (hnoigh). Second aorist passive indicative of anoigw, with augment on the preposition as in 1 Corinthians 15:5 . For the sanctuary (nao) of God in heaven see 1 Corinthians 3:12 ; 1 Corinthians 7:15 ; 1 Corinthians 15:5 ; 1 Corinthians 21:22 . Was seen (wpqh). First aorist passive indicative of oraw. The ark of his covenant (h kibwto th diaqhkh autou). The sacred ark within the second veil of the tabernacle ( Hebrews 9:4 ) and in the inner chamber of Solomon's temple ( 1 Kings 8:6 ) which probably perished when Nebuchadrezzar burnt the temple ( 2 Kings 25:9 ; Jeremiah 3:16 ). For the symbols of majesty and power in nature here see also Revelation 6:12 ; Revelation 8:5 ; Revelation 11:13 ; Rev 16:18 Rev 16:21 .