Twenty-four elders sit upon twenty-four thrones before the Lord, according to Revelation 4:4. What are the identities of the twenty-four elders?
The identity of these elders is not specified in the Bible. However, we are given enough evidence to rule out certain possibilities and evaluate a few others.
These twenty-four elders are described first and foremost as human males. They are neither angels, animals, or females, but use male terms to describe these beings. They're also separate from angels mentioned elsewhere in the book of Revelation (7:11).
Second, they are obviously devout Christians. They are in heaven and are dressed in white clothes, which represent God's righteousness. Revelation 3:5, 18–19:8 They also wear crowns (Revelation 4:4), which are not mentioned in the Bible for angels but are thought to be given to Christians. Furthermore, the elders worship the Lord (Revelation 4:11).
These twenty-four elders symbolize people who worship the Lord, according to these specifications. They may symbolize 1) the church, 2) Israel, or 3) the twelve patriarchs and twelve apostles (Matthew 19:28).
One line of thinking holds that the use of twenty-four elders stems from 1 Chronicles 24:1-5, when the priests are grouped into twenty-four groups. If this is the case, the "kingdom of priests" reflects the church that lives in heaven with the Lord during the tribulation period.
This would also relieve the anxiety of Israel being represented in heaven during the tribulation time, when Israel had not yet widely accepted the Lord. Furthermore, because John, an apostle, was the one experiencing the vision (would he have seen himself as one of the twenty-four elders and not disclosed it? ), it would eliminate the dilemma of these elders representing the apostles.
Again, while not explicitly stated, the material in Scripture most certainly identifies these twenty-four elders as church leaders, people who would stay with the Lord throughout the tribulation period while God's judgements are carried out on earth. Furthermore, this matches the historic notion of elders representing local church leadership (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9), depicting God's people celebrating God after escaping the tribulation as a consequence of the rapture (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58).
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