7.3. A Shadow of the Heavenly
Even if some of the details of the camp of Israel differ from those shown above, it would appear that the camp is intended as a shadow of the heavenly throne room. Gods shekinah glory dwells between the cherubim over the mercy seat above the Ark in the tabernacle. Around the tabernacle the Levites (priests) are camped. Around the Levites are the four camps of Israel, each with a standard bearing one of the faces of the cherubim seen by Ezekiel. These picture aspects of heaven.
It is our view that the camp of Israel in the wilderness is an intentional shadow of the four faces of Ezekiels cherubs (Eze. Eze. 1:10) and the likenesses of Johns living creatures (Rev. Rev. 4:7+) which, in turn, reflect the four primary roles of the Messiah which the gospels record. In their proximity to the throne of God, the faces of the cherubim provide an echo or reflection of these roles.