The Twenty Four Elders

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The following is from the New Albany Revelation study (item #68)

It is not easy for a non-Jew to figure out how the Jews can consider all the Books of the Hebrew Bible as TWENTY-FOUR BOOKS OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES as is clearly seen on page 305 [the above picture] in Dr. Leeser's title page for his translation. A little investigation has solved the mystery for us Gentiles:

The Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) is divided into four basic sections:

  1. The Law (The Torah)
  2. The Prophets
  3. The Minor Prophets
  4. The Holy Writings
THE LAW (the books of Moses) are considered as 1 book. THE PROPHETS are each considered as one book and, therefore, add 9 more to the total. They are: Joshua, Judges, I Samuel, II Samuel, I Kings, II Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. THE MINOR PROPHETS are often called "THE TWELVE" but are considered as 1 book because, being short, they were all kept on one scroll. They are called minor because of their lengths, not their importance. The twelve are: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. There remain 13 books to make up the total of 24. These final 13 are collectively known as THE WRITINGS or THE HOLY WRITINGS. They consist of the following books: Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, I Chronicles, and II Chronicles. Thus is completed the TWENTY-FOUR:

THE LAW = 1
THE PROPHETS = 9
THE TWELVE = 1
THE WRITINGS = 13
  = 24
Twenty-Four Elders Scriptures - Revelation

Scripture What we learn re: 24 Elders
Rev 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. The word for 'throne' and the word for 'seats' are the same word (Strong's 2362.)
  • Sit on 24 thrones surrounding the Throne
  • Are clothed in white raiment
  • Each has a golden crown on his head
Rev 4:10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
  • Fall down and worship the Lord
  • Cast their golden crowns before the throne
Rev 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
  • Have harps
  • Have golden vials full of odors
  • Those odors are the prayers of saints
Rev 5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
  • Worship God
Rev 11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
  • Fall on faces
  • Worship God
Rev 19:4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
  • Fall on faces
  • Worship God

Scripture Summary

  The 24 Elders:
  • Sit on 24 thrones surrounding the Throne
  • Are clothed in white raiment
  • Each has a golden crown on his head
  • Fall down and worship the Lord
  • Cast their golden crowns before the throne
  • Have harps
  • Have golden vials full of odors (prayers of the saints)
Conclusions

These are called 'Elders' whereas the Church is a 'New Creation.' 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15

The Elders sit on 24 thrones whereas the Church sits on the throne of Jesus with him - Rev. 3:21.

The Elders cast their crowns before the throne (where the sea of glass is located.) The glorified church wears their crowns.