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The 24 Elders are not the raptured church

Why the 24 Elders Are Not the Raptured Church

In Revelation 4 we read of twenty-four elders, clothed in white robes and possessing crowns. These mysterious elders have caused much confusion concerning their identity. Dispensationalists see John being told “Come up here!” (Rev. 4:1) by a voice like a trumpet as a symbol for the church being called up to heaven at the rapture. These elders are in white robes, which they link with the saints’ white robes (see Rev. 3:5; 6:10-11; 7:9, 14). The elders, John says, bowed down before God and cast their crowns before Him (Rev. 4:10). Many take this action to symbolize how Christians, after receiving crowns as the reward for their good deeds, will give them back to God since their good works were His anyways. This interpretation of this particular symbol has even infiltrated various worship songs. For example, in “We Fall Down by Chris Tomlin, “We fall down, we lay our crowns at the feet of Jesus.” Again, “Holy, Holy, Holy! by Reginald Heber says, “Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee, casting down their golden grounds around the glassy sea.”

However, I do not think this sentiment should affect believers. It is not we Christians who will be throwing our crowns before God. I hope to show from this text itself, as well as from other biblical themes, that the twenty-four elders cannot possibly be a symbol for the raptured church. Continue reading Why the 24 Elders Are Not the Raptured Church

Revelation 3:10 does not actually support the pre-trib rapture

Why Revelation 3:10 Does Not Support the Pre-Trib Rapture

For some, Revelation 3:10 is something of a silver bullet when it comes to proving that the rapture (the taking up of the Church to heaven) will occur before the 7 years of tribulation prophesied to come upon the earth. It reads,

Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.” Continue reading Why Revelation 3:10 Does Not Support the Pre-Trib Rapture