The four and twenty elders (oi eikosi tessare presbuteroi). They follow the living creatures (verse Luke 15 , if correctly interpreted) in their adoration, as in Luke 4:9 . Though seated on thrones of their own ( Luke 4:4 ), yet they fall upon their faces in every act of worship to God and Christ ( Luke 4:10 ; Luke 5:8Luke 5:14 ; Luke 19:4 ). Here epi ta proswpa autwn (upon their faces) is added as in Luke 7:11 about the angels. The elders here again represent the redeemed, as the four living creatures the forces of nature, in the great thanksgiving here (eucaristoumen, present active indicative of eucaristew).