John takes several items from Exodus and applies them to the Deuteronomy-Joshua draft (DJD). First he introduces God the same way God introduced himself from the burning bush ().
John then overlaid the DJD with the imagery of a priest servicing the tabernacle beginning with the servicing of the menorah and ending with the entering of the Most Holy Place. This can be seen in the illustration below which shows the tabernacle floor plan numbered in the order that the priest would have serviced it on the day of atonement. The table below it illustrates how John overlaid the duties of the priest in Revelation.
|Revelation Depiction of Exodus||Exod||Rev|
|1||Jesus servicing the Menorah as portrayed by the seven candlesticks.||25:31-40||1:12-20|
God being nourished at the table of the bread of presence by the worshiping of the 24 elders and the 4 living creatures. The 24 elders are divided into four groups of six by the placement of the living creatures similar to how the bread of presence was divided up into stacks of six loaves. Twelve of the twenty-four elders represent the twelve tribes of Israel and the other twelve represent the twelve apostles.
Table overlaid with pure gold / twenty-four elders wearing gold crowns.
|Lev 24:5-9; 25:23-30; 37:10-6||4:4-11|
|3||The preparing of the incense through the sacrifice of Jesus, and the altar of incense.||30:1-5; 37:25-9||5:8-11|
|4||The burning of the incense by God.||30:7-10||8:1-6|
|5||The cleansing of the tabernacle.||Lev 16:1-13||15:1-5|
The entering of the Most Holy Place as portrayed by the New Jerusalem.
Both the Most Holy Place and the New Jerusalem are represented by a cube.