In a circle around the throne were 24 other thrones with 24 elders sitting on them. The elders were dressed in white, and they had golden crowns on their heads.
Clues to the identity of the 24 elders must be found in Scripture, beginning with the book of Revelation itself. To start with, we note that these elders have thrones and crowns and are dressed in white apparel–symbols of royal authority and righteousness. Now, we know that Christ has made us kings and priests to His God and Father (Rev 1:6). Moreover, the Lord promises every victor the crown of life (Rev 2:10). Furthermore, Jesus promises to give power over the nations to everyone who overcomes and keeps His works until the end (Rev 2:26). In addition, the Lord assures those who overcome that they shall be clothed in white garments (Rev 3:5). Also, Christ promises victors the right to sit with Him on His throne, just as He also overcame and sat down with His Father on His throne (Rev 3:21). To cap it all, the 24 elders refer to their redemption by the blood of the Lamb out of every tribe, tongue, people and nation and to how they were made kings and priests to God (Rev 5:9-10, NKJV). Therefore, read in context, the 24 elders are redeemed, victorious, multicultural believers who reign with Christ as kings and priests. That sounds just like true Christians to me! We shall reign with Jesus, hallelujah!