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Book of Life Names (Revelation 13.8-9)

"All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast - all whose names have not been written in Lamb's book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. [or "written from the creation of the world in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was slain"] He who has an ear, let him hear." (Revelation 13.8-9)✞

Names had been Written

Open BookThere is a parallel passage in Revelation 17.8b, "The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world" Saint Paul also writes in Ephesians 1.4a, "For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight." God has picked us out in Jesus Christ even before the foundations of the world were formed. God has chosen his own from before the beginning of time, and nothing in life or in death, nothing in time or eternity, nothing that the Devil or the Roman Empire can ever do can pluck the early Christians and ourselves today from his hand nor remove us from the Book of Life. It was given to the beast to overcome those whose names were not written in "the Book of Life." The Book of Life is mentioned frequently in Revelation. It is perhaps a parallel to a practice in ancient times. In the ancient world, rulers kept registers of those who were citizens of their realms, only when a man died or lost his rights as a citizen, was his name removed. "The Book of Life" is the register of those who belong to God through Jesus Christ.

"Book of Life Names"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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