11 And [kai] I beheld, [eido] and [kai] I heard [akouo] the voice [phone] of many [polus] angels [aggelos] round about [kuklothen] the throne [thronos] and [kai] the beasts [zoon] and [kai] the elders: [presbuteros] and [kai] the number [arithmos] of them [autos] was [en] ten thousand [murias] times ten thousand, [murias] and [kai] thousands [chilias] of thousands; [chilias]KJV-Interlinear
11 And I looked, and I heard the
voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders;
and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, NASB
And now John reveals that there is an even greater
number of participants in heaven, who will all, in unison, begin the worship
song of Christ.
Round about the throne, and through it, are the
four entities, the very source of life and existence.Round about them are the twenty-four elders,
here representing the Church Age believers.And round about them are the others who are
in heaven, namely the Old Testament believers, and the angels.
This makes up the sum total of those
in heaven, who are elected or saved, and of whom have the same opinion
John gives us a number that is so great, that no
creature, human or angel, are able to count their
The word for ten-thousand, ‘murias,’
means ten thousand, but it is an extension of ‘myriad,’ which means an
indefinite number.Today we might use
the word gazillion, to indicate a number so large that it is way off the
But John goes on to add to the number, or myriad
times a myriad, and then he adds more numbers to indicate that the first
reference is not large enough to number those in heaven.If we took them at face value, then we might
say ten-thousand times ten-thousand or a hundred-million, and then multiplied
out again by a thousands times thousands, making the
number a hundred trillion.But the
thousands is in the plural, so that would make the number even larger which
could send it to quadrillion, or quintillion, or sextillion, septillion, octillion,
etc.And, since the first numbers
mentioned are indefinite numbers, then that makes the total beyond staggering.
The idea here is that there is (or will be) a huge
number of people (humans and angels) in heaven.
Someone once calculated an estimate of the number
of people who have been born into this world, since the time of Adam, and that
estimate a couple of trillion people in all (so far in history).And with a high mortality rate, as it existed
in ancient times, that is probably a reasonable estimate.
If so, then the angels will vastly outnumber humans
by a huge margin, given this number mentioned by John.
John goes even further to identify the greater
segment of this number, as ‘many’ angels, since he mentions them specifically,
as opposed to simply mentioning elders and beasts without the adjective.
And, considering the population of our world and
the many opinions that exist in our world, and then comparing that to heaven
with even larger numbers of occupants, but everyone is of the same mind
(truth), that easily indicates the failure of Satan and man in their attempt to
rule on earth.
Everyone who goes to heaven, will see truth, and recognize
Christ as Lord, as Savior, as the Son of God, as King of kings, and especially
the one who carried out and completed Gods plan, namely the Cross for salvation
(the lamb), and so forth.How many
opinions do we have here in this world?And how much instability?
Truth brings discernment and stability and more,
whereas the lies of this world bring only ruin.