“And I will not blot out his name out of the book of life” (Revelation 3:5b)
We just read in the seventh Proclamation, that those written in the book are to be shining forth like the horizon and the bright stars of the sky forever. Now in eighth Proclamation we read that those who have not defiled their garments “will not be blotted out of the Book of Life.” This means only those written in the Lambs Book of Life are allowed into Heaven. “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” (Rev 21:27) This reminds me of another description of names being written in a book. Let us pay close attention to why they are written into the book. We read, “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.” (Mal 3:16-18) The ones written in His book are those who feared or reverenced God, and had respect for His Holy name. So you might be asking yourself, how did Jesus receive this and how is He giving it to us? Since this is the theme of our exploration, let us take a closer look.
In the “Older” Testament, we find talk of a book and people being blotted out of it. “And the LORD [YHWH] said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.” (Exo 32:33) Again, we read “…and the LORD [YHWH] shall blot out his name from under heaven.” (Deu 29:20b) Lastly, we find “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.” (Psa 69:28) Thus, we have God describing the ones that will be blotted out of His book. Then we see in the New Testament that it is now the Lamb’s Book of Life. The book of life is now under the care of Jesus our Christ. With that being explained, let us tackle the next question. “What will we be receiving from Jesus that He received from the Father?
We begin finding answers with this verse, “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:” (Joh 5:22) I believe we start to understand the position of the Lamb’s Book of Life here. Judgment has been given to the Son and the Book of Life from which the determination of the souls of man resides. We read, “The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.” (Joh 3:35) This is the great “All” as meaning everything in its entirety. So our Father has given to the Son Judgment, this includes the books of judgment and life. This is why I believe it is now called the Lamb’s Book of Life. Now, to answer the question of what Jesus is giving the Family, it is this. He is giving us judgment over the world. Let us read, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?” (1Co 6:2-3) We will go even deeper with the next set of verses. “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” (Rev 20:4) I pray the verses we just read will sink in deep into our minds. By being written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and not being blotted out, Jesus is giving us judgment over the world and angels. The same judgment ability He has received from the Father. Therefore, we are receiving life eternal and authority.
We can see how this plays out by reading the following: “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.” (Rev 20:12-15) Now, speaking of those who worship the Antichrist we read again, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Rev 13:8) It is understood; we should desire to be written in and not blotted out of, the Lambs Book of Life.
Here is another wonder for us to understand. Those written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will not be thrown into the lake of fire. More so, they also receive judgment over the world and angels. Again, Jesus shares with us what He has received from the Father. Now here is the wonder, Jesus received our punishment for sin and was sent to hell for us as seen in Acts 2:27. It was the Father that has brought this judgment upon Him. God had to, so Jesus could pay the price of our sins. “…even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” (1Th 1:10b) This is one thing Jesus will not share with us. We will never receive His punishment. We will never feel Hell as He has. We will never feel the separation from the Father. Oh’ how I Love Him for that. I hope it fills your heart with love for our Daddy and His Son. I will end with these verses concerning a prophecy of God, “the Ancient of Days” and His Son, “Son of Man” and the Son’s everlasting Kingdom. We read, “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time. I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” (Dan 7:9-14) Amen!
Let’s Pray “Daddy, we thank You for the plan of salvation. Thank You for paying the price of sin for us. We want to please You by reverencing Your name and walking before You with a humble heart. We know that the fear of the LORD is wisdom and life. We also know that You raise up those who humble themselves before You. So please give us the strength to no longer partake in the things that sent our Lord and Savior to Hell. Help us to flee from the things of the world and rush the gates of heaven.” In Jesus’ precious and holy name we pray, Amen!
~We Shall Be Like Him – 1 John 3:2~