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Twenty-Four Thrones
(Revelation 4.4-6a)
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"Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits [that is, "the sevenfold Spirit"] of God. Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal." (Revelation 4.4-6a)✞

Twenty-Four Elders

Twenty-Four EldersAround God's central throne were twenty-four other thrones. The question is asked, "Who were seated on these twenty-four thrones?" Possibly there were twelve tribal leaders from the Old Testament and twelve Apostles from the New Testament. The thrones and elders in this vision may be representatives of all the redeemed and faithful people of God for all time (both before and after Christ's death and resurrection). The number "twenty-four" may be symbolic of a complete assembly representing the whole of the faith community. The number "twelve" possibly represents three times four. "Three" is the number for God and "four" is often considered the number for humans, thus multiplied to a total of twelve of the Kingdom of God.✞

Twelve Apostles

JerusalemIn the New Jerusalem, the names of the twelve patriarchs are on the gates and the twelve Apostles have their names marked on the city's foundation stones. They symbolize both faithful Jews and Gentiles who are now part of God's family. The "seven spirits of God" may be translated as "the sevenfold Spirit" of God. Close your eyes and picture the throne of God and all that surrounds it.✞

"Twenty-Four Thrones"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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