The furniture in the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle represent that which is actually in Heaven.
In John's vision in Heaven we see everything that is represented by the furniture apart from the twelve cakes of showbread.
The twelve baked loaves represented the twelve tribes of Israel before God.
12 is the number of government which is why another had to be chosen to replace Judas.
It seems sensible to deduce that the 24 Elders represent God's people throughout the ages under both the old and new covenants.
Reply from Watchman Bob:
Seems to make sense, but where is the Scriptural support?
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Common English translations of Hebrew and Messianic terms used in this commentary:
Yehovah - the LORD or GOD
Yah - I Am (the short form of Yehovah)
Elohim - God
El - God (the short form of Elohim)
Adonai - my Lord or Master
Yeshua - Jesus
Followers of Yeshua -
Messiah - Christ
Assembly of Followers of
Yeshua - the Church
Antimessiah - Antichrist
BBM - Before the Birth of
the Messiah (rather than
BC or BCE)
ABM - After the Birth of the Messiah (rather than AD
For a complete explanation of Hebrew terms used, go to Important Terms and Concepts.