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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 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 EldersAround God's central throne were twenty-four other thrones. The seven lamps were representative of the seven spirits of God. "The seven spirits of God" may also be translated as "the sevenfold Spirit". This phrase indicated the presence of the Holy Spirit. The question is asked, "Who were these twenty-four elders seated on these thrones?" Possibly, there were twelve tribal leaders from the Old Testament and twelve Apostles from the New Testament. They must be humans rather than angels and the crowns they wore were not kingly crowns but crowns of victory. These elders had been victorious in life and in death. The thrones and elders in this vision may simply be representatives of all the redeemed and faithful people of God for all time (both before and after Christ's death and resurrection). Some scholars have tried to individually name them but that to my mind is a fruitless task! The number "twenty-four" may be symbolic of a complete assembly representing the whole of the faith community. The number "twelve" and its multiples represented three times four. "Three" was the number for God and "four" was often considered the number for human beings, thus multiplied to a total of twelve times two indicated the entire Kingdom of God.

Twelve Apostles

JerusalemIn the New Jerusalem, the names of the twelve patriarchs were on the gates of the city and the twelve Apostles had their names marked on the city's foundation stones. They symbolized both faithful Jews and Gentiles who are now part of God's family. These twelve patriarchs plus the twelve Apostles of Jesus could be the twenty four elders seated on thrones around the great throne of the Most High God. It is a scene of wonder and amazement! Close your eyes and picture the throne of God and all the wonderous colors and images that surround it.

"Twenty-Four Thrones"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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