When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, on the night He was betrayed, He said, “Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?Matthew 26:53.

A Roman Legion at the time of Jesus was 6,000 soldiers and they were  very well trained men. Therefore twelve legions of angels would have been 72,000 angels. And we don’t have any idea more legions He could have called. But Jesus said the Father would give Him more than twelve legions of angels; therefore, you can conclude that there were potentially many additional thousands of angels available to Jesus the night He was arrested!

What would be the combined strength in this number of angels? Angels are powerful! In fact, Isaiah records that a single angel obliterated 185,000 men in one night. So if a single angel had that kind of power, how much combined strength would there be in twelve legions of angels? “And the angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies.Isaiah 37:36

Since a single angel was able to obliterate 185,000 men in one night, it would mean the combined strength in a legion of 6,000 angels would be enough to destroy 1,110,000,000 men (that is, one billion, one hundred ten million men) — and that’s just the combined power in one legion of angels!

Now let’s multiply this same number 185,000 by twelve legions, or at least 72,000 angels. Doing the math tells me that the strength at Jesus’ disposal to have annihilated at least 13,320,000,000 men (that is, thirteen billion, three hundred twenty million men) — which is more than twice the number of people living on earth!

Jesus didn’t need Peter’s sword to defend Him in Gethsemane. Had He chosen to do so, Jesus could have summoned 72,000 magnificent, mighty, dazzling, glorious, overwhelmingly powerful angels to the Garden of Gethsemane to obliterate the Roman soldiers and the temple police who had come to arrest Him. In fact, the combined strength in twelve legions of angels could have wiped out the entire human race! But Jesus didn’t call on the supernatural help that was available to Him, because He knew it was time for Him to voluntarily lay down His life for the sin of the human race.

It is certainly obvious that there was no human force on earth strong enough to take Jesus against His will. The only way He was going to be taken was if He allowed Himself to be taken! This is why He later told Pilate, “Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” (John 19:11).

7 thoughts on “12 Legions of Angels

  1. Thank you for this insight. I looked into the phrase Legion of Angels and came across this blog.
    Grateful I am!

  2. Great analysis brother. The longsuffering Jesus has displayed for us all, his mercy and grace, kindness, and self-control is beyond human understanding, as it stands in the face of human reason.
    I’m a retired Special Operations soldier and retired Special Analyst, specializing in Denial and Deception and how people choose to use deception in war, along with its counterpart, denying their enemies information which would allow them to see beyond their deceits, and though I have all means to understand what is going on in the world, I have, as 1 Corinthians 13 states, “nothing,” if I have not love.
    Jesus’ love for even those who nailed him to the cross was such as to say:
    “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
    Appreciate your thoughful post. Great stuff.
    Humbly passing by,
    Jeff

    1. Wow, Jeff. I was also passing by and read your response.

      Thank you for your service, and I’m so impressed your were in Spec Ops! I’m glad you’re Saved and your response was nicely done.

      1. Is Peter’s action cutting off the ear of the high priest’s servant applicable to the verse “the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God”? All throughout his trial and suffering, Jesus demonstrated the quality of Meekness, which is the true gentleness of strength. Pontius Pilate was Astonished at his remaining silent when others brought before the Roman court would have been wheedling to beg for their lives. That was another occasion when Jesus spoke about his angelic armies. Indeed it has been remarked that the Greek in the Apocalypse, “myriads upon myriads”, can be interpreted as Trillions of angels–any one of which have been said to have the power of destroying the whole world, in the image of the Angel with a flaming sword.

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