Angels: How Many Are There?

And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Revelation 5:11

“While the Bible leaves the precise number of angels unspecified, some believe there could be as many angels in existence as the total number of humans in all of history.”—GotQuestions.

The following excerpts are from Nathan Jones’ newest book: “I consider this book to be the premier work on the subject of angels to this point in literary history.”Terry James.

The Mighty Angels of Revelation:

  • “When Peter tried to defend Jesus at His arrest, Jesus told him He needed no defense because His Father could supply Him “with more than twelve legions of angels” Matthew 26:53 (A legion=6,000.)
  • “The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews referred to the heavenly Jerusalem as a place where there are “myriads of angels.” Hebrews 12:22 (A myriad=10,000 or, “innumerable,” “countless”)
  • “With so vague a numbering system, it’s no wonder that one of Job’s friends exclaimed, “Is there any number to His troops?” (Job 25:3). There are so many angels that, when God answered Job out of a whirlwind, He compared the angels to the countless morning stars all singing together Job 38:7 How many stars are there in the universe? estimates that our own single Milky Way galaxy could contain some 200 billion stars or more, and there are 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe spanning a mind-blowing 48 billion light-year’s radius, for a total of 1 septillion stars!”
  • “Theologians, such as Ron Rhodes, report more conservative figures based on the Scriptures. ‘Bearing in mind that angels do not procreate and never die, that means there remains a fixed number.’ The Jewish Kabbalists have estimated 301,655,722. (Billions) With such a massive number of angels, Thomas Aquinas concluded—there are clearly more angels than there are human beings.”
  • “I think we can conclude that there’s not a single person, other than God, who knows exactly how many angels there are. The angels themselves may have lost count, like a child attempting to number the stars in the night sky. And so, the vague biblical counting of angels is meant to convey a great but indefinite figure. I suppose it is one that will stagger the human imagination one day when we learn their true numbers. One thing we know for sure, as one commentator has observed: “[Angels] meet us at the beginning of the Bible, at its close and almost everywhere in between.”—Evangelist Nathan Jones.

GotQuestions? Are angels male, or female? † What does the Bible say about angels? † How many angels are ‘named‘ in the Bible? (Michael, Gabriel–and the angel who was cast out of heaven— Lucifer.)  ¹  ²  ³  † What are the different types of angels? † Who is an archangel? †  More about angels † Who is Satan?—from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

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