How many people will be present on the Judgment Day?
As of 2012, there’s now an estimated 7 billion people living in the world, and many thousands more are being added daily. It’s as a huge number, difficult to grasp. Seven billion is more than have been alive at any single point in earth’s history. A number of this magnitude conjures up images of overpopulation, crowded cities, slums, wars, diseases and famine. And to think that, according to some calculations, the population of the whole earth at the time of Christ was a mere 200 million. Being part of such a huge number makes us feel like we are living at a unique point of history, almost as if G-d has to do something big right now. However, what may be surprising to many is that the dead far, far outnumber those who are alive right now. We, it turns out, are but a small fraction of the total.
Which brings me to the original question – how many people will be resurrected and present on the Judgment Day? According to the Population Reference Bureau estimates the total number of people who have ever lived on our planet is 107 billion. That’s right – at least ONE HUNDRED BILLION people have already lived out their short lives, died and long slipped into eternity and only an infinitesimally tiny number of them is still remembered by the living.
Can you imagine gazing at the crowd of 107 billion people, all lined up before the Throne of G-d? Can you imagine yourself being part of that enormous ocean of humanity, standing and trembling in awe before the awesome Maker of the Universe, waiting for your turn? Still feeling important? Humbling, is it not? The Judgement Day just may be a one very long day.