Here is another place that tells something happening in heaven. This is the 24 elders doing the talking. THEY KNOW THE TIME HAS COME for several things to occur. Two very important ones are:
1- "the time of the dead, that they should be judged!"
2- and that Jesus "shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great"
NOTICE: This is also THE time rewards are given to his servants, the prophets, to the saints, and to all that fear his name -- small and great!
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
I find it interesting that the only DEAD mentioned are the ones to be judged! Don't you find that interesting?