On the way to work this morning, out of blue the following Bible story flashed through my mind.
2 Kings 19 records the history of Southern Kingdom of Israel at the time of King Hezekiah when the Assyrian army invaded and encircled Jerusalem.
Verses 14 -16 explains the situation;
14Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. 15And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “O Lord, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16Give ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to insult the living God.
Verses 35-36 record what happened in response to Hezekiah’s prayer to God;
35That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! 36So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there.
Let me link this story to that of the night when Jesus was caught in the Garden of Gethsemane in Matthew 26:51-53.
When Peter drew the sword out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear, Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.” And the Lord said, “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?”
More than twelve legions of angels? My Father can give Me more than twelve legions of angels to defend Me. Based on this number of a legion, comprised of frequently 6,000 Roman army soldiers, the angels of God amount to more than 72,000.
If an angel can defeat 185,000 soldiers overnight, how many soldiers can 72,000 angels kill?
Here is a multiplication math. 185,000 x 72,000 = 13,320,000,000. It’s more than 13 billion. It’s more than twice of the current world population!
When Jesus comes as King of Kings and Lord of lords to judge and carries on war with this evil world, He brings the armies of Heaven and we never know how many they are!
In Revelation 19:14 says, “The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.”
O Lord Jesus, the Supreme Commander of the army of Heaven, we adore You forever. Protect us from all dangers from our archenemy, Satan and his evil forces!