THE BOOK OF LIFE (part1)

“And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mark 4:9a). “And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.” (Mark 4:11,12).The Book Of Life has always been somewhat of a mystery. We have touched on this subject in our class of Revelation chapter 20. A clear study of the scriptures will help us to have a deeper understanding, and shine more light on this subject for us. “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.(Revelation 20:12-15). First of all we need to determine the time frame of when this event takes place. In our class on Revelations Chapter 20 it clearly brings out the fact that this event takes place at the end of the 1000 year reign of Christ, and THE BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG, at THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT. At this time all the saved have been resurrected and raptured, and have been living with Jesus for 1000 years. This event is concerning all of the unsaved people who are resurrected and stand before God for their final judgment, which is called the second death. If your born only once, you will have to die twice. If your born twice, by being born again, then you only have to die once,  and you may not even have to die once if you lived until the rapture.“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:3-8). The saved don’t have to be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment, because they have already plead guilty of  their sins when they accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour, and their sins were blotted out of God’s Books. There are different books which are opened at this time. “and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” (Revelation 20:12b) It seems that the Book Of Life is a book of everyone who has ever lived, and the other books contain a record of peoples life and their works, or things they did, whether good or bad, which they shall be judged by. “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”(Luke 10:19,20). Once you are saved, your name can not be taken out of the Book Of Life. People who totally reject Jesus, and have given themselves over to the devil, and have gone to hell and still have not repented can have their names blotted out of the Book Of Life..And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.(Revelation 21:27). This verse is referring to the Heavenly City. It seems that the Book Of Life and the “Lamb’s Book of Life” may be the same Book, or the Lamb’s Book Of Life may be a record of the saved. However some things we will just have to wait on to find out totally until we get to Heaven. “And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.”(Philippians 4:3). Just make sure your name is written permanently in the Lamb’s Book Of Life, by asking Jesus to come into your heart and accepting him as your Saviour!

Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.

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