The ark of the covenant, the only furnishing in the Holy of Holies, was covered with the mercy seat upon which the High Priest would sprinkle the blood. On each end of the ark were two golden cherubim, facing each other, and looking down upon the mercy seat where the blood would be applied. It is between the two cherubim that God would manifest His presence. It is interesting indeed, when reading the account of Jesus' resurrection in the book of John, that Mary Magadalene looked into the tomb to see two cherubim sitting where Jesus' body had lain, one at the head and one at the feet (John 20:12). Between the two cherubim was where the supreme sacrifice, once and for all, was lain. The ark and the veil together spoke to mankind, "You are welcome, but you can only come so far, and no farther." Instead of a flaming sword to keep men out, now the cherubim proclaim, "He is not here, He is risen." And now all who will may come and take the water of life freely!
The Temple was a foreshadow of Christ and His redemptive and sacrificial work for mankind, as well as symbolic of God's presence among men. As Christians, our own bodies are now the temple of the Holy Spirit, for which reason the apostle Paul warns us so strongly against immorality and impurity. Jesus came as "The Word made flesh and dwelt among us", and has promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us. The New Jerusalem which God is preparing for us will contain no temple. John the Apostle said in the book of Revelation, "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.