Last time we looked at the Book of Torah, the books of the Prophets, the books of the Genealogies, and several other categories. Today we complete our look at the books mentioned in scripture with the following categories:
The Book of Life
The Book of Life, also known as the Book of the Living and as the Book Of Life Of The Lamb is mentioned in only three places – the Psalms, Philippians, and Revelation. The Book of Life contains the name of every single human being who has been or ever will be born on this earth. Those who fail to worship Yahweh will have their name removed from the book and will spend eternity in the lake of fire.
Psalm 69:28 – the first mention of the Book of Life. David laments the behavior of his persecutors and concludes: “Let them be blotted out of the Book Of Life, And not be written with the righteous.”
Philippians 4:3 – the second mention of the Book of Life. Paul praises fellow workers and asks Yahweh to help those “whose names are in the Book Of Life.”
Revelation 3:5 – “He who overcomes will be arrayed in white garments, and I will in no way blot his name out of the Book Of Life . . .”
Revelation 13:8 – “Everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the Book Of Life Of The Lamb who has been killed” will worship Satan.
Revelation 17:8 – “Everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the Book Of Life will marvel at the Beast.
Revelation 20:12 – “Another book was opened, which is the Book Of Life.”
Revelation 20:15 – “If anyone was not found written in the Book Of Life, he was cast into the lake of fire.”
Revelation 21:27 – “Only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book Of Life” will enter into the New Jerusalem.
The Books Of Judgments And Of Life
According to Jewish tradition, on Yom Teruah the destiny of the righteous, the tsaddikim, are written in the Book Of Life, and the destiny of the wicked, the resha’im, are written in the Book Of Death. However, many people, perhaps most people, will not be inscribed in either Book, but will have ten days (until Yom Kippur) to repent before sealing their fate. Hence the term Aseret Yemei Teshuvah (the Ten Days of Repentance). It is traditional at this time to greet one another with L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu! which means “May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for a good year!” One responds with “gam lekha”, or “Same to you”.
Daniel 7:9-10 – “I saw until thrones were placed, and one who was ancient of days sat: his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and the wheels of it burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousands of thousands ministered to him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated and the Books were opened.”
Revelation 20:11-15 – “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and Books were opened. And another Book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the Books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”
The Book of Remembrance
The Book of Remembrance is mentioned in only four places – Exodus, the Psalms, Daniel, and Malachi. Only once, in Malachi, is it mentioned by name. In all other places, it is implied. The Book of Remembrance I believe will be the book opened at the judgment of the redeemed at the Bema Seat of Yeshua, right after the Rapture.
Exodus 32:32-33 – Moses said to Yahweh: “ ‘Yet now, if you will, forgive their sin – and if not, please blot me out of your book which you have written’. Yahweh said to Moshe, ‘Whoever has sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book’.”
Psalm 40:7 – “Then said I, ‘Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me’.”,
Psalm 56:8 – “You number my wanderings. You put my tears into your bottle. Aren’t they written in your book?”
Psalm 139:16 – “Your eyes saw my body. In your book they were all written, The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there were none of them.”
Daniel 12:1 – “At that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.”
Malachi 3:16-17 – “Then they that feared Yahweh spoke often one to another: and Yahweh hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared Yahweh, and that thought upon his name. ‘They shall be mine,’ says the LORD of Hosts, ‘my own possession in the day that I make, and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him’.”
Although not stated in scripture, I believe that memorials are an integrated part of the Book of Remembrance, and are part of the judgment of the redeemed at the Bema Seat of Yeshua.
Zechariah 6:14 – “The crowns shall be to Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the temple of Zephaniah Yahweh.
Matthew 26:13 – “Most assuredly I tell you, wherever this Good News is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of as a memorial of her.”
Mark 14:9 – “Most assuredly I tell you, wherever this Good News may be preached throughout the whole world, that which this woman has done will also be spoken of for a memorial of her.”
Acts 10:4 – The Angel of God said to Cornelius, “Your prayers and your gifts to the needy have gone up for a memorial before God.”
The Bema Seat of Yeshua
2 Corinthians 5:10 – “For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Yeshua, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.”
This judgment does not determine whether or not a person is cast into hell –the person who has placed their trust in Yeshua is not condemned but has already received eternal life. 1st Corinthians 4:5 states that Yahweh brings to light what is hidden in darkness and exposes the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God, and will either receive rewards for faithfulness and service, or will lose rewards due to unfaithfulness, also referred to as receiving crowns to lay at Yeshua’ feet. I believe that both those things written in the Book of Remembrance and the Memorials will be amongst the books used to determine rewards.
Being found in the Book of Life is essential to eternal life in the presence of Yahweh, Yeshua, and the Ruach Ha’Kodesh. All others who are not found in this book are thrown into the Lake of Fire. The Bema Seat of Yeshua is where rewards will be meted out for those who are faithful. Daniel and John both speak of books of judgment and life – I believe that both the Book of Remembrance and Memorials are part of those books.
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets. The day is coming when Yahweh will show his strength on the mountains of Israel. What is prophesied will come to pass, what is foretold will be made known. Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.
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