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Abraham is the Father of Faith. Both Jews and Gentiles are the children of Faith. The stars of the heaven represent the Gentiles and the sand on the seashore – the Jews, who are destined to be serving as priests in Jesus’ earthly kingdom.
From Genesis 22:17
Genesis 22:17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.
The universe extends far beyond our own galaxy, The Milky Way, which is why scientists can only estimate how many stars are in space. However, scientists estimate the universe contains approximately 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars, or a septillion. While no one can actually count every single grain of sand on the earth, the estimated total from researchers at the University of Hawaii, is somewhere around seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains. There are more grains of sand on the seashore than there are stars in the universe.
- Genesis 22:17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven (a septillion: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) and as the sand which is on the seashore (seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains); and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.
- Hebrews 11:12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.