The 24 Elders and their relation to the Church

The 24 elders in Revelation chapter. 4-5.

 2. Tim 2:15. 1.Pet. 2:5-9.

We have to rightly divide the scriptures to understand who these elders are.

There are some things peculiar to this dispensation of believers that was not the case under the law and the OT

In every crisis there always seems to be those who step out and say that we are already in the tribulation so you better be faithful to the end and not take the mark of the beast or you will lose your salvation. They use fear and do not rightly divide the Word.

By comparing scripture with scripture we can discover who are the 24 elders in revealtion and what they mean for us, the church, the bride of Christ.

How do we identify these 24 elders? REV.5:9-10.

Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 

Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 

Notice “he made US”

  1. THEY ARE REDEEMED BY THE BLOOD.

Rev_1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

If these two four elders were redeemed, they had to have been on earth before so that they could be redeemed. You can’t get redeemed in heaven so if they were on earth before getting to heaven they can’t be crowned before the rest of us!

Rom_3:25  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

Rom_5:9  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Eph_1:7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Eph_2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Col_1:20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Heb_9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Heb_10:19  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

Heb_13:12  Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

1Pe_1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

1Jn_1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

  • THEY ARE OUT OF EVERY KINDRED, AND TONGUE AND PEOPLE.

God picks 2 of every bound that he chose of all the peoples of the earth:

Deu 32:8  When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. 

These were actual real redeemed people, redeemed by the blood!

The angels, beasts and other creatures were never redeemed, given crowns, promise to reign on earth.

The Jews were never given a promise to be crowned and to reign on earth.

  • THEY ARE KINGS AND PRIESTS.

In the Old testament there was a grouping of the priests into 24 but these were from one tribe whereas these are from all the kindreds of the earth.

The priesthood of believers

1Pe 2:5-9  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 

In the law you became a priest because of your birth and what family you were in. None of the other tribes could be made or could buy their way into the priesthood.

In fact, when one king tried it, he became a leper!

  • THEY SHALL REIGN ON EARTH.

2Ti_2:12  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

Rev_5:10  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 

Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 

Notice the “he made us” John uses this language referring to the church in chapter 1 and we hear it again in chapter 5 to help us identify who is speaking.

Rev chapters 1-5 deals with the church and its place on earth and ion heaven after the rapture. They have beed crowned, rewarded and seat with Christ.

  1. Judging angels and ruling on earth

They were also granted ruling authority over the earth. These rewards were promised explicitly to the Church (Revelation 1:6)

No angel or heavenly creature was ever promised that they would be crowned and would reign on earth. Even Israel was not promised that they would be crowned and would reign on earth. This honour is peculiar to the Church in the dispensation of grace.

WHO ARE THE 24 ELDERS?

If these are the church of todays dispensation, and I belive they are, then they are in heaven and crowned even before the seals are opened.

The elders are representative of a company made up of redeemed blood washed souls from every nation (Revelation 5:9).

So, they could not just be Jewish as they came from many nations and peoples.

Rev 5:9  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;

God picks 2 of every bound that he chose of all the peoples of the earth:

Deu 32:8  When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. 

These were actual real redeemed people, redeemed by the blood! The angels, beasts and other creatures were never redeemed, given crowns, promise to reign on earth. The Jews were never given a promise to be crowned and reign on earth. They have already been crowned, crowning only happens after the judgement seat of Christ.

2Ti_4:8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Old testament saints were never promised that they would be crowned and rule and reign on earth. That was only promised to new testament saints. When are they crowned? When is the crowning day?

1Pe 5:4  And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

One preacher said that they were 24 pastors, but even if that is so they can’t be crowned UNTIL the chief shepherd appears.

The bridegroom always comes for the bride.

These are who are crowned they can only be crowned at the appearing of the chief shepherd. No one in heaven outside of the Lord has been crowned prior to this.

Not only are they crowned and seated with Christ but they have thrones around the throne!

When they come back they will reign with HIM on the earth!

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