Twenty four elders

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“The twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives forever and ever, and throw their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, the Holy One, to receive the glory, the honor, and the power, for you created all things, and because of your desire they existed, and were created!”

Revelation 4:10-11

The book of revelation is a symbolic book. On the best authority I believe the twenty four elders to be the redeemed saints of God. We shall receive white robes and crowns denoting authority with Christ and purity. All our sins will be finally gone and we will enter into the full salvation of body, soul and mind that has been promised to us.

These elders sit around the throne on their thrones, signifying that we will reign with Christ in the eternal kingdom. His bounty and love for us includes sharing His kingdom, with His people, who are kings and priests to God forever.

“I was in the Spirit. Behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and one sitting on the throne that looked like a jasper stone and a sardius. There was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald to look at. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones. On the thrones were twenty-four elders sitting, dressed in white garments, with crowns of gold on their heads.”

Revelation 4:2-4

These elder continually worship the Lord before the throne and serve Him alone. They cast there crowns before his feet and laud His name with singing. They sing the song of heaven. When the seals of time are to be opened, there is no one found worthy to do so. The elders know that Christ alone is worthy to open these seals and they comfort there angel and the Apostle John, who is seeing this vision, with this worship of the name of Christ…

“Don’t weep. Behold, the Lion who is of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome; he who opens the book and its seven seals.” I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain…”

Revelation 5:5-6

We comfort ourselves with this fact, that Christ Jesus is able to judge and open the seals on that great day, and He will keep His holy people until that great day. He will bring us surely home to heaven and we will see His face and serve Him there. We do not know what exactly we will be doing, but it will be glorious and will fulfil all we are as human beings and people in Christ. This is the glorious destiny of the Christian. We are not weary in this world about what we are doing for our Saviour, for it is the forerunner of our service in that magnificent place where our treasure is stored.

We do not weep, for as the people of God, we know the future is ultimately bright and no one can take away our reward.