The Book Of Life

The Book of Life has recorded in it the name of every person ever born. In other words, everyone has an equal opportunity. When a person receives Christ as Saviour, their name will remain in the Book of Life forever. When the lost die without Christ, their name is blotted out of the Book of Life. Therefore, the Book of Life is an indictment and conviction upon the lost that their sentence to the Lake of Fire is fair and justified. In Revelation 20:15 we are told:

"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."

For those who may endorse predestination, i.e. that God predestinated these to be lost and others to be saved, may I draw your attention to Psalm 69:22-28. If you will take a moment to read Verses 25-27, you will find, unequivocally, this is speaking of the lost. Now concerning their fate, let me quote Verse 28,

"Let them (the lost) be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous."

In order to be blotted out of the book, they must be written in the Book. You see, "The Lord was not willing that any should perish..." (2nd Peter 3:9), so all names are recorded in the Book of the Living. When one dies without Christ, their name is then blotted out and this book stands as an everlasting record at the Great White Throne Judgment of their rejection of Christ.

WHAT ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN?

The Christian has been promised that his name will never be blotted out of the Book of Life. Notice in Revelation 3:5 where we are told...

"He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels."

Now in 1st John 5:5 we are told how we overcome:

"Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"

What a security we have in Christ, a promise that our name will never be blotted out of the Book of Life. Now back to the lost.

Can you imagine the horrified look on the faces of the lost as they stand condemned, face to face with God. They had laughed at Him, made jokes about His Word, the Bible, used His name in vain, ridiculed Christians, but it all ended and they are now face to face with their Creator. No doubt they will bow and confess to God before they plunge into Hell. Here is the record in Romans 14:11, which is a quote from Isaiah 45:23:

"For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God."

The Christian bows and confesses Christ willingly, but here the lost are made to do so. Christ wanted to be their Saviour, but they rejected Him. Now He stands at the Great White Throne to be their judge.

Some time ago Dr. Al Lacy told of a true story which I believe illustrates the situation at the great White Throne Judgment:

"The Bible is your friend or your judge. There was a man who had committed several crimes and each time the same attorney pulled some strings, and by a clever defense got the man off. He left town and was gone several years and then came back to his home town. He was in a bar and got into an argument. He left to get a gun and returned and shot the man while he was sitting on the bar stool. He couldn't find his previous attorney's name in the Yellow Pages and figured he had moved or died. He secured another attorney and was found guilty. When the judge had come out to try the case, it was the attorney who had represented him before. When he approached the bench for sentencing, the judge made this statement, 'I once was your friend and your attorney who got you off, but now I am not your friend, but your judge.' The judge sentenced him to die in the electric chair, and he did."

You see, Christ is your friend Who died on the cross to pardon your sins, but if you reject Him--He will be your judge at the Great White Throne Judgment.

3. (Locate A and D). Satan. It is imperative to understand some of Satan's last activities before his final doom. Take a moment and review Diagram 5. Reference the Rapture, the Tribulation, and the 1,000 Year Kingdom of Christ.

After the Rapture of the Church immediately begins a 7-Year Tribulation Period with the last 3-1/2 years known as the Great Tribulation. During this whole period of time, God is sending His judgments upon the earth. The minute details are all recorded in the Book of Revelation, from Chapter 6 to 19. After the Rapture, Satan, who has personally indwelt a human being, is known as the Antichrist. He seeks to counterfeit God and in the middle of the Tribulation Period (3-1/2 years after the Rapture), enters the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem and declares himself to be God. The record is found in 2nd Thessalonians 2:4:

"Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."

The Antichrist now is worshipped as God and seeks to control this world for the last 3-1/2 years before Christ returns to the earth. He is the one-world ruler and demands all to receive his mark of 666 on their foreheads or right hand. If one refuses, they can neither buy or sell and without doubt will be exterminated. The record in Revelation 13:16,17,18 tells us:

"And he (Anti-Christ) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name ... for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore (a score is 20) and six (666)."

During this time, the Christians will witness for Christ and refuse to join forces with the Antichrist by rejecting his mark of 666. Those the Antichrist can apprehend, he will put to death by decapitation. Here is the record in Revelation 20:4,

"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."

Speaking of this time Christ said, "and except these days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake (Israel), those days shall be shortened."

Christ then returns to this earth to set up the Kingdom for 1,000 years. Revelation 20:1,2 substantiates this...

"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years."

Now, after the 1,000 years, Satan is let out of the pit and given his last chance to deceive whoever he can. The account is rendered in Revelation 20:7,8:

"And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea."

May I inject a question many times asked, and that is, "Where do these people come from?," as I thought those with Christ were all in their resurrected bodies. The answer is, No! It is true though, that at Christ's return to earth all the Old Testament Saints did receive their resurrected bodies, and will reign in the Kingdom with these bodies. But, you will recall when Christ judged the nations, the ones taken were cast into the Lake of Fire, BUT the ones left were left to reign in the Kingdom, in their physical bodies. These were all Christians and will bear children just as we do today. This will go on for a thousand years. The same occurs in the Millennium as it does today, not all the children of Christian parents become Christians. So, at the end of the Kingdom Age there will be many who have rejected Christ, just as we have today. In fact, the amount is staggering as illustrated by Verse 8:

"...the number of whom is as the sand of the Sea."

The end of those deceived by Satan in this short period of time is recorded in Verse 9. If you will recall in Verse 8, Satan gathers them together to go to battle. With his army of the lost, he makes his attack towards Jerusalem and then the end comes...

"And they (Satan's army) went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city (Jerusalem): and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them."

We have now reached the final end of Satan. In Revelation 20:10 we are told:

"And the devil (Satan) that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."

4. (Locate E). See, 2nd Peter 2:4 and Jude 6,7. As you recall, this is the location (Tartarus) where the most wicked angels are chained awaiting their final judgment, then the Lake of Fire. We do not have a multiplicity of details concerning this as we do other things. We shall attempt to correlate what we are told.

We do know for certain that these angels will be taken out of Tartarus and placed in their final torment, the Lake of Fire. You will recall that Hell (Greek-"Gehenna") is the Lake of Fire. Matthew 25:41 lets us know that the Lake of Fire was originally prepared for Satan and his angels.

"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels."

We learn from 1st Corinthians 6:3 that the Christians from this Church Age are going to judge them.

"Know ye not that we (Christians) shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?"

We are not told where this judgment takes place, but many scholars believe it will be at the Great White Throne Judgment. I, personally, believe this, because this is the final judgment before the creation of the new heavens and earth. It would seem logical that God would have everything disposed of concerning judgment before establishing the news heavens and earth.

The question naturally arises, "How would we be able to judge the angels exactly as God would?" If the Christian made this judgment now, in his human body, I doubt very much if we could. We would have to contend with the influences of our old nature, judging them as we do judging things concerning our own lives. As a Christian, one would dare not say he always, without exception, does what he should or makes the right decisions. But at the Great White Throne Judgment, the Christian will not be influenced by the old nature, because we will not have it. We will be in our resurrected bodies and will have the mind of Christ by the Holy Spirit with no influence to the contrary. We will look at the angels in judgment exactly as Christ would, therefore our judgment would be the same as Christ's.

Let us now move to Diagram 6...

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