The People Closest to the Throne

Who are the people closest to the throne, at least in the scene before John in Revelation 4? He wrote, “Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads” (Revelation 4:4).
Those were the twelves sons of Jacob and the twelve apostles of Jesus. People from both Israel and the church live together in heaven right before the throne of God, because we are all brethren.
Do not look at the ancient Israelites as different from us, for we all belong to the family of God. Refer to them as your brothers and sisters.

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