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The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14: “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: “The Great White Throne Judgment (Part 5)” from Dr. Tim LaHaye
Now it is time to examine the two books that await every person’s encounter with God. Although they are similar, they bear significant differences that distinguish them from one another.
The New Testament refers to the Book of Life eight different times, and although the Old Testament does not call it by that name, it does allude three times to a book in which names are written. The psalmist speaks of the righteous as having their names written in “the book of the living,” so it is a book in which righteous people have their names written.
Revelation 13:8 tells us about the other Book of Life — “the Book of Life of the Lamb.” The Lamb is without doubt the Lord Jesus Christ, for only He is the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Because Christ came into the world to save sinners and give them eternal life, the Lamb’s Book of Life is the book of Jesus Christ in which are entered the names of those who have received His eternal life. (I am inclined to believe that this is a book in which only the believers who have lived since the cross have their names written.)
The above-mentioned verse indicates that during the Tribulation, those whose names are not written in the Lamb’s book will worship the Antichrist. During that period, all people will bear a mark. The worshipers of the Antichrist, those who have rejected the Savior, will carry the mark of the beast. Those who have turned to Christ will feature a mark that is the Lamb’s Father’s “name written on their foreheads.” The believers in Revelation 13:8 do not worship the beast because their names are written in the book of the Lamb. Revelation 21:27 tells us that the only people who will enter into the Holy City are “those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” A person’s eternal destiny, then, is based on whether or not his name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life!
OCCUPY TILL I COME: “Waiting on the Second Coming — A Father’s Joy (Part 4)” by Ray C. Stedman
MUSICAL SELECTION: “The King is Coming” by Newsboys