I’ve toyed with this idea in inchoate form for some while now. Hebrews 9:23 says
23 It was then necessary, that the [z]similitudes of heavenly things should be purified with such things: but the heavenly things themselves are purified with better sacrifices than are these. 24 [aa]For Christ is not entered into the holy places that are made with hands, which are similitudes of the true Sanctuary: but is entered into very heaven, to appear now in the sight of God for us, 25 [ab]Not that he should offer himself often, as the high Priest entered into the Holy place every year with others’ blood, 26 [ac](For then must he have often suffered since the foundation of the world) but now in the [ad]end of the world hath he been made manifest, once to put away [ae]sin by the sacrifice of himself. (Geneva Bible 1599)
The background is Christ’s atoning death, and leaving aside the scope of the atonement for the moment, hopefully we can all agree that the atonement accomplished something. Normally, we say that Christ’s death accomplished the reality of my salvation, and that’s true. And those who deny that have a fundamentally flawed understanding of the Bible. But let’s take it a step further.
The beauty, the “smells and bells” of the Temple were tied directly to the Old Covenant sacrificial system which pointed to Christ. Christ’s death does away with that sacrificial order. Most Christians intuitively know that. I think the language of Hebrews 9 is much stronger, though. If the old order with its external trappings are merely copies of the redemption, why would we want to hang onto them when the substance of redemption has come?
I don’t think this can stand alone as a proof for the RPW. What it does do, though, is show as faulty any kind of inference to the Old Order to justify sensual worship experiences.