Book or Books

By | May 15, 2016

I believe without a shadow of a doubt that there are two books of Life. The first is “the” Book of Life, which I believe contains our name at birth. And then there is the “Lamb’s” Book of Life which contains our names once we are born again.

Book of Life

Revelation 20:12 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.

Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Lamb’s Book of Life
Revelation 13:8 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.

Revelation 21:27 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.

And then the two judgements seats. The first of which is the Great White Throne where only the lost are judged at the end of time.

Great White Throne
Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

The next would be the Judgement Seat of Christ (Bema Seat) where only the born again are judged. Where as, many believe these two judgements are one and the same. And I would also venture to say that that belief is also influenced by Eternal Security.

BEMA Seat of Christ
1st Corinthians 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Those who believe as I do about these two separate judgements, at times disagree on when this takes place. I personally believe this “One on one” judgement takes place at the physical death of the believer because of what the Apostle Paul wrote: Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

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