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The Four and Twenty Elders

In Revelation 4: 4 we see the four and twenty elders. They represent the Church, the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ (the New Testament saints). According to Revelation 5: 8, 9 - 10 the four and twenty are redeemed by Jesus' blood. The pronouns "they", "us", and "we" are referring to the four and twenty elders who are mentioned in Revelation 5: 8. They are the only ones who qualify to sing the song of redemption, and so forth, in Revelation chapter 5, verses 9 and 10. This event will take place in Heaven after the Rapture and Judgment Seat of Christ have taken place. The Lamb, which is Jesus, in Revelation 5: 8, cannot sing this song. The angels, who are called the four beasts (Living Creatures), cannot sing it. The only ones left (mentioned besides that) are the four and twenty elders. They are the only ones in Revelation 5: 8 who are redeemed by Jesus' blood. So, the four and twenty elders are mortals, they are human beings. These four and twenty elders in Revelation 4: 4 and 5: 8, 9 - 10 represent the Church, the Body of Christ.

"And when He (the Lamb, Jesus) had taken the book, the four beasts (living Creatures) and the four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb (Jesus), having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of the saints. And they (the four and twenty elders) [sang] 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 (the four and twenty elders) to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, (race, tribe, etc...), and tongue (language), and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests (Read Rev. 1: 5 - 6, I Pet. 2: 5, 9, Heb. 7: 26.): and we shall reign on the earth." (Rev. 5: 8 - 10)

By the way, when reading some translations you may not see the pronouns "us", and "we" in Revelation 5: 9 - 10. Just because these four and twenty elders, who are singing this song in the above verses, do not personalize the words of this song by using those above pronouns does not mean that those above elders are not included. The words "men", "them", and "they" in those two verses (in the NASB) are referring to these elders as well, even though other translations do not use those pronouns ("us" and "we"). The four and twenty elders are human beings, redeemed by Jesus' blood. Those elders are wearing their crowns, crowns of rewards, in Revelation 4: 4, which were given out at the Judgment Seat of Christ shortly after arriving in Heaven. Read II Timothy 4: 7 - 8 and I Peter 5: 4. The things that are described in the above topic will still happen as stated.

The only ones in Revelation 5: 8 who can qualify to sing this song in Revelation 5: 9 and 10 are "the four and twenty elders." The only "beings" who can sing that song are human beings. Therefore, "the four and twenty elders" are the Church who is redeemed by Jesus' blood out of every language and nation of the world.

The Church includes all of those who have received Jesus as their Savior from Pentecost to the Rapture, and that is all. I believe the four and twenty elders in Revelation 4: 4 and 5: 8, (9 - 10) represent the whole Church and not just part of it. The Church is no longer referred to on earth after Revelation 4: 1. However, it is referred to in Heaven thereafter. The Church is called "the four and twenty elders." From time to time in the book of Revelation they are simply called "elders." (See Rev. 5: 5 - 6, 8, 9 - 10, 11, 14, 7: 11, 13, 11: 16, 19: 4.).


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