This Book of Life–what could it be? Somewhat recent research shows that the Torah (called the first five books) has had all its sentence structure removed. Titles, numbers, paragraphs, and everything else is laid flat, one across the other. Developers have used a very sophisticated program and came up with what is called The Bible Code.
In the code they skip equal lettered distances. They have found that by doing this historical things intersected each other in the Torah. The Torah’s writer, which was probably Moses and ultimately God along with the Holy Spirit, encoded events in the Torah that would happen thousands of years later. With all this information, conceivably, the Book of Life will be the Bible. Maybe it will be blown up into some kind of four-dimensional book, similar to a cube with four, five, or six dimensions. Undoubtedly, the book will be some form or manner of coding and, if a person’s name is not in it, then he or she will go to the Lake of Fire for eternity. When God brings up this book on the Day of Judgment at the Great White Throne, and reveals the names of who is, as well as who is not, in that book, it will be amazing.
Believers in Christ are not subject to the second death because they have eternal life and are partakers of the first resurrection. The second death is only for the lost. Satan and his demons will be imprisoned in the abyss for a thousand years (allegory for a long period of time) while Christ rules. At the end of these thousand years, Gog and Magog will muster their forces from one corner of the globe to the other then march on Jerusalem. They will surround the camp of the saints in the beloved city until fire comes down from God out of heaven and devours them.
The early Church Fathers are normally considered to be those who have written within the first 500 years of Christianity. Their writings are a great tool for verifying the truth and validity of facts.
As we previously learned, 2 Corinthians talks about the Bema Seat. Second Timothy’s second chapter also discusses it.
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth (2 Timothy 2:19-21).
Staying out of trouble at the Bema’s Seat requires departing from sin. Remember when Jim Bakker failed? I was riding down the road and quite disturbed by his fall; thus, I was praying about it. At that moment, the Lord said, “Jim Bakker was a vessel of wood.” I thought about that and wondered what he meant. Then he told me:
I do not use my silver, my vessels of gold, for everyday use. They get broken and beat up. Many of those who sit in the seats are china and gold. I use them from time to time. I take them down as china is used for special placement. I use them, and I put them back on my shelf, and I admire them, but often those you see in ministry are vessels of wood. They take the wear and tear.
… but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work (Revelation 2:20-21).
Again, Christians are admonished to put aside sins, including the manner of their conversation. In the Greek language, the word “conversation” means “manner of life.” It matters to God how everyone lives and it is going to matter at the Bema Seat of Christ, also known as the Judgment Seat of Christ. All inhabitants must appear before Him and be judged according to how they lived.
Hebrews, the sixth chapter, talks about the fundamentals of the faith, and judgment being one of the fundamentals of the faith. Realistically, all mankind knows deep down in their hearts that there is a price to be paid. Some people walk through life and act like, “I do not have to pay a price! I will just live any way I want! I am going be the way I want! I am not going to grow in Christ! I will sit here, smoke my cigarettes, drink my liquor, and beat my dog! I am going to heaven, I already got my ticket, and I am on the bus! What do I have to worry about?” and so forth. Well, they better check themselves out because, when they stand before the Bema Seat of Christ, they are going to have a lot of answering to do.
These particular verses, especially 2 Timothy 2:12, was mentioned in approximately AD 110 to 140 in the epistle to the Philippians. A definitive confirmation exists that it belongs in the Bible.
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us.
The early Church Fathers wrote a lot of things but they mostly quoted the Bible, which is an important fact to know about them.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death (Revelation 21:1-8).
Here is the great part of the millennium for Believers. During this millennial period there is no death. Clearly, I am not an amillennialist because I still see people dying.
First Corinthians speaks about this by saying, “and such were some of you” (6:11). God forgives murderers, whoremongers and everybody else if they accept him as their Savior and repent of their sins.
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: and they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever (Revelation 22:1-5).
Of course he also says, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie” (Revelation 22:12-15).
Reference to the tree of life in these Scriptures probably means the Garden of Eden. In all likelihood, it has been kept and will be in the Millennial Kingdom. As for “curse,” the Bible is talking about the curse of the Law: sickness, disease, and death. Reference to coming quickly and bringing His reward with Him is concerning the Bema Seat of Christ. The term “dog” interprets to mean homosexuals.
Revelation 22:19 is a very interesting yet controversial verse.
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy (the Book of Revelation, not the entire Bible), 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.
A lot of controversy exists regarding this verse. Many people say it was not in the original autographs (texts) and that it was interpolated in there at a later time. Unfortunately, they are wrong. Irenaeus wrote Irenaeus against Heresies: Book 5 during AD 202 (only 100 years after the deaths of the apostles) and he quoted that entire verse; hence, it was in the original autographs. People often read something they do not like and try to say it did not exist or was not in the original. A common excuse for not accepting the truth is claim that somebody else opted that in besides God, which is not the case here, especially when talking about the King James Version. As previously stated, Irenaeus wrote it, proving it was not added, plus it was within the lifetime of Polycot and the Disciples of the Disposals.
An important tip to know is that the Hebrew language reads from right to left, not vice versa. Look at Genesis 1:1. In the English language it reads as, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” However, in Hebrew it says ertz bara, which is “earth created.” Furthermore, there are two letters before God which is elohim; these are the bet and tav, the first and last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. For some unknown reason, it is never translated into English, only seen in the Hebrew, but there is a later passage where He says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.” Jesus is found within the first three words of the Book of Genesis. He is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and Omega; the Bet and Tav in the Hebrew.