Q. I have a question regarding Revelation 4. If the 24 elders are believed to represent the raptured church, what’s the significance of the number 24?
A. While the 24 elders represent the entire Church, I don’t think their presence around the throne is meant to symbolize millions of elders sitting on thrones there. 12 is the Biblical number of government and being a multiple of twelve, 24 expresses the same thing in a higher form. It is the Biblical number associated with the heavenly government and with worship, two duties to which the Church is called.
A prophetic example of this was David’s division of the Levitical priests into 24 courses (groups) for temple service (1 Chron. 24:1-19).