The Twenty Four Elders
by Wayne Blank
"And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God"
The twenty four elders are seated around the Throne of God; they are dressed in white, and wearing crowns of gold.
"And round about the Throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold." (Revelation 4:4 KJV)
The twenty four elders worship the Creator directly.
"The four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the Throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever [see How Old Is God?], and cast their crowns before the Throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created" (Revelation 4:10-11 KJV)
When the prophetic Seven Seals are handed from God to Jesus Christ, the twenty four elders make the announcement of the Lamb of God's worthiness to rule all the earth upon His return.
"And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the Throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals ... And when He had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." (Revelation 5:1,8-10 KJV)
After the martyrdom of the two witnesses (to understand the Bible's only time clue regarding when the return of Jesus Christ will happen, see When The Final Countdown Will Begin), the twenty four elders announce that the time of Christ's return, and the first resurrection (i.e. "reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints" see When Will You Be Judged?), is at hand.
"And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give Thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and Thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto Thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear Thy Name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth" (Revelation 11:16-18 KJV)
The twenty four elders will announce that the Kingdom of God (see "Thy Kingdom Come" - When?) has begun on earth.
"And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the Throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. And a voice came out of the Throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye His servants, and ye that fear Him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And He saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And He saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God" (Revelation 19:4-9 KJV)
Fact Finder: The Old Testament era prophet Daniel saw many of the same things that the apostle John saw and recorded in the Book of Revelation. Why did Daniel use "The Ancient of Days" for The Father and "one like a son of man" for Jesus Christ?