In Exodus, God’s people are delivered out of Egypt and set apart to Him in the wilderness. In the same way in the book of Revelation, God’s people, the church, are delivered and saved out of the world by Savior Jesus. He reveals Himself to John in chapter 1 of Revelation as Savior.
After leaving Egypt, they are led into the wilderness for repentance and training…..to get Egypt and its lifestyle, beliefs, and gods out of them and get their One True God, His Words of instruction, and His ways into them…that they might learn to obey in righteousness. In the same way. we as Christians need to separate from the world. We need to unlearn the world’s ways of thinking and living and now follow Jesus. Jesus instructs and corrects the churches in Revelation chapters 2-3. Remember how Moses gave instructions to God’s people in the wilderness?
In Exodus, Moses is taken to the top of the holy mountain into the presence of God, and given instructions to build God’s tabernacle (dwelling place), even into the Holy of Holies, His throne of judgement and mercy seat. In Revelation 4, John describes what he sees…God and the throne of God in heaven.
In Exodus, the tabernacle, its furnishings, the holy anointing oil, the holy incense….all point to Jesus and His Holy Spirit. The first thing we see after entering the tabernacle gate is the alter of sacrifice. In Revelation 5, we see Jesus as the sacrificial Lamb of God, who gets seated at the right hand of God with the 7 spirits of God before them. Only Jesus is worthy to open the scroll of covenant, purchased with His blood by His death in payment for the sin of man.
Jesus has ascended to heaven and is now seated on the right hand of Father God. Before ascending, He told His disciples about the Last Days (the last 2 days….2000 years) and what would shortly commence to pass (Matthew 24). Jesus said it would be times of deception, war, famine, plague and death, with great earth shaking, and things would increase in frequency and intensity until the end of the age. These would be times of trouble and persecution and martyrdom. This is the wilderness of struggles man has been in since Jesus ascended into heaven. But, He did not leave us alone. He sent His Holy Spirit as Our Helper.
In Exodus, the time came to enter the Promised Land. God would fight with and for them to defeat their wicked enemies. And so, we see in Reveation, that Jesus releases His strong angelic forces to fight against our enemies who are trying to deceive us (white horse), bring war and strife (red horse), steal from us forcing poverty and famine (black horse), destroy and kill us (ashen grey horse). These angelic riders will enforce God’s law that the enemies will reap what they have sown.
Before entering the Promised Land, Joshua leads God’s people to defeat Jericho when God causes the walls to fall down. So, in Revelation 6, at the 6th seal, we find God shaking the earth to bring down the antichrist kingdom on earth.
In Revelation 7, God anoints and seals (marks as His own) His 144,000 (12x12x1000)…meaning multitudes (1000) from the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 disciples….now all one body in Him. These last day saints are to refuse the mark of the beast on the forehead and right hand, but are sealed by God, by the Holy Spirit, and in their minds and actions. In the same way, His priests were marked with His words on their forehead (mind) and right hand (actions). His priests are also sanctified and marked by the holy anointing oil.
Do you see God’s foreshadowing and patterns? He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
more connections to Revelation as we continue on in Exodus.