Sequence Of Prophecy


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The Heavenly Priesthood

In the days of David, the King of Israel, the Levitical priesthood was divided into 24 courses. This was achieved by David himself. (Read I Chr. 23: 1 - 5, 6 - 32, 24: 1 - 5, 6, 7 - 18, 27: 1; you can also see chapters 25 - 27.). Apparently there were 24 "priests" of the tribe of Levi who each represented his course/group, which consisted of thousands of priests.

Some individuals today consider the four and twenty elders of Revelation chapters 4 and 5 to be representatives of the Church as those priests did in Old Testament times.

Do remember, the heavenly priesthood, which is called the four and twenty elders in Revelation 4: 4 and 5: 8, represent the New Testament saints only. For the Old Testament saints and prophets will be judged, and are given rewards, in Revelation 11: 18. Do not place Old Testament saints or priests with Revelation chapters 4 and 5 because, if you do, you will be wrong. (Read Hebrews 7 - 9. There is a new covenant and a new priesthood. See Hebrews 7: 12, 26, 8: 13, 9: 15.).

I did not do a study on it, but Nathan Meyer told this story when he was speaking at a church some years ago. He said that David divided the Levitical priesthood into 24 groups, even though there were far more than 24 of them. There were thousands of them. He also said that it's like a baseball team. Some of the team plays in the field and the rest sit on the bench, but when the ball game is finished, and they have won the game, the whole team says, "We won," even though some of the players did not play in the game. They sat on the bench. Now there were far too many Levites to do the work in the temple, doing sacrifices and so forth. So they were divided into 24 groups (I Chr. 24 and 25). Only a small portion actually did the work in the temple, but they all got the credit. It's the same with the heavenly priesthood. They were called the four and twenty elders even though there are far more than 24 of them. That's roughly what Nathan said. The four and twenty elders represent the Church in Heaven. (Read I Pet. 2: 5, 9, Heb. 7: 26, Rev. 1: 5.). So, the Four and Twenty Elders are the Heavenly Priesthood. The Church, the Bride of Christ (the New Testament saints), are the four and twenty elders.


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