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Judgement Book
(Revelation 20.12b)
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"Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books." (Revelation 20.12b)

Dead Were Judged

Judgement BookNow follows the judgement of all human beings. It is the judgement of all, both great and small. No one is so great that they will escape the judgement of God. Two kinds of books are mentioned here. The first contains the record of the deeds of every person. This s a common idea in Scripture. "The court was seated," says Daniel 7.10b, "and the books were opened." A record of all our deeds is kept by God. The symbolism was that all through life we are writing our own destiny, it is not so much that God judges a person as that a person writes his own judgement by what he or she did or did not do.✞

Record of Deeds

Stone ArchThe open Judgement Book represents God's judgement, and in it are recorded the deeds of everyone, good or evil. We are not saved by deeds, but deeds are seen as clear evidence of a person's actual relationship with God. The Book of Life, on the other hand, contains the names of those who had put their trust in Christ to save them. Revelation 13.8 reads, "All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast — all whose names have not been written in the Lamb's Book of Life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world." This verse may be translated as "written from the creation of the world in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was slain." The second book, the Lamb's Book of Life, cancels out the first, the Judgement Book!✞

"Judgement Book"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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