Revelation 5:11-12 and Angelic Chorus

(11)  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;

(12)  Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

    This is not a song, like that of the elders, but a shout of praise, and what a shout that must have been! I have heard a lot of saints singing together before, but never have I heard the likes of “ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands” shouting to the Lord! These are not limited by the human diaphragm either, but they are all mighty angels of God. Now, settling down, let’s talk numbers. The number ten is a representation of completeness. Even today we think of “ten” in this way (“pick a number between one and ten,” or “a perfect ten”). All counting restarts by tens, no matter how high you count. The completeness of this choir is intensified in the vision by using very high multiples of ten. This is complete praise from a complete whole. Not one is left out in praising the lamb.

“Power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.” That’s a mouthful but look closer and see the depth of the message. This isn’t just a long list about the greatness of the risen Lord, but more numbers! This is a description of SEVEN. This sevenfold shout of the angels in heaven attribute perfection to the Lord, as the number seven would indicate. He is perfect, and in this chapter, we have seen the complete chorus of the heavenly beings and the saints on earth reveal the perfection of Jesus Christ. And we are about to hear more join in….

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