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And The Books Were Opened 2 of 2

Updated on September 15, 2013

The Great White Throne Judgment

In the first of this two-part series we looked at the Great White Throne judgment of God, where John “saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and [the] books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.” (Rev 20:12)

While having our names in the Book of Life is the cherished hope of all who stand before the Lord, the Bible says there will be those whose names are not written in it (Rev 13:8,17:8; 20:15). Based on scripture, I believe everyone’s names start out in the Book of Life due to predestination of salvation through Christ Jesus, who died for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). However, we’re about to go into the “rest of the story” that will explain the difference between “the Book of Life” and “the books”.

Blotted Out of The Book

Let’s look at the Old and New Testaments in regard to names being blotted out of the Lamb’s Book of Life:

Ex 32:33 “The LORD said to Moses, ‘Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.’”

Deut 29:20 “The LORD shall never be willing to forgive him, but rather the anger of the LORD and His jealousy will burn against that man, and every curse which is written in this book will rest on him, and the LORD will blot out his name from under heaven.”

Ps 9:5 “You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.”

Ps 69:28 “May they be blotted out of the book of life and may they not be recorded with the righteous.”

Rev 3:5 “He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”

  • Mat 10:32 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.”
  • Luke 12:8 “And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God

The Books Were Opened

So, now we understand what it takes to keep our names in the Lamb’s Book of Life and what it takes to blot them out. Dan 7:10 prophesies of the Judgment Seat: “A river of fire was flowing and coming out from before Him; thousands upon thousands were attending Him, and myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; the court sat, and the books were opened.” Likewise, Rev 20:12-13 (second resurrection) state that “the dead were judged according to the things written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.””

Who are the “dead”? Eph 2:4-5 speaks of those who were once dead: “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)”.

Those who’ve rejected the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord have no forgiveness of sins (Mat 12:31; Heb 4:4-6; 9:22). They are the “dead” who will be judged according to their deeds:

2 Cor 11:13-15 “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.”

Stay Out of The Books!

Through faith in Christ, we are adopted back into the family of God (Eph 1:5; Rom 8:15). He forgives our sins and remembers them no more! (Jer 31:34; Ps 103:12) Talk about blotting out! Our sinful deeds are blotted out of the “the books” and our name remains in the Lamb’s Book of Life!  Acts 3:19 states, "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord."

Let’s be reminded that Eph 2:8 tells us, “by His grace we are saved through faith”. Heb 11:1 says “faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen” and Rom 10:17 says “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ”.

1 Pet 4:6: “That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead--so although they were destined to die like all people, they now live forever with God in the Spirit.”

Remember Heb 9:27 states, “it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment [krino: condemnation]”? Well, Rom 8:1 states, “There is therefore now no condemnation [katakrim: penalty] for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Likewise, Jesus said in John 5:24, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment [krisis: decision, judgment, condemnation], but has passed out of death into life.”

Talk about predestination, 1 Thes 5:9 confirms that “God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ”. Again, “He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will” (Eph 1:5). “When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.” (Acts 13:48)

Predestination to Eternal Condemnation?

See, Jesus said Luke 10:2-3 “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.” The preaching of the gospel and the acceptance or rejection of it is what will separate the sheep from the goats (Mat 25:33), the wheat from the tares (Mat 13:30)…those who remain in the Book of Life and those blotted out, who will be judged according to their deeds (written in "the books").

Rom 8:29-30 “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”

If God wills all to be saved, as stated in 2 Peter 2:4 "...not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentence", why won't ALL be saved? Did you notice in Eph 1:5 the words "according to the kind intention of His will"? See, "having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent" (Acts 17:30). God is sovereign in that He alone has the power over the body and soul. Jesus said in Mat 10:28, "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell [Geenna]."

Speaking of the Great White Throne judgment, the King will say to those on His right [sheep], ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Mat 25:34). Likewise, He will say to those on His left, “Depart from Me (Mat 25:41); I never knew you." (Mat 7:22) Will He know you?


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    • Judah's Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Judah's Daughter 

      7 years ago from Roseville, CA

      BLACKANDGOLDJACK - P.S. I've had some more thought this evening about Jacob and Esau and their 'nations': I see a bit of a parallel regarding these twins with the Jews and Gentiles. Esau and Jacob were from the same father - the promised son 'born according to the Spirit', Isaac. Imagine Isaac parallels to Jesus (the promise in Heb 11:39); Esau the 'firstborn son' (birthright) and Jacob the saved (Jew or Gentile). Esau did not respect his God-given birthright as the firstborn son, due to his appetite. He gave it up to Jacob. Surely, there are those of Jacob (Israel) who will not inherit eternal life (reference the 'remant' in Rom 9:27 compared to its root found in Isaiah 1:9 and 10:20-23). Because of this, they gave up their birthright so the Gentiles could be grafted into that inheritance as the 'firstborn' of God (Rom 11; Ex 4:22).

      I then thought about Phil 3:19 "whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things." I hope to write a hub on this soon, LORD willing.

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      Judah's Daughter 

      7 years ago from Roseville, CA

      You know what, BLACKANDGOLDJACK, I believe John 15:22 answers the BIG question about those who've never heard the gospel or those who are severely mentally impaired, etc. "If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin."

      Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" and "Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all." (Mat 19:14; Mark 10:15)

      If people were predestined for hell, their names wouldn't have to be blotted out of the Book of Life, amen? The Book would have simply been written and sealed ~ no eraser! In fact, no Savior needed ~ just God's sovereign decision! Double-predestination theology is abolutely twisted (hissss).

      As far as having infant twins that die ~ that 'Calivinistic' question probably is birthed from "Jacob I loved; Esau I hated" (Mal 1:2-3; Rom 9:13) - we have to look at this passage from God's foreknowledge standpoint, considering Gen 25:23: "The LORD said to her, 'Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.'" Again, I have a hub called "God's Sovereinty: Jacob & Esau" you might find worth the read...basically, those who betrayed and crucified Christ are said to be descendants of Esau (Edomites).

      Always a blessing to read your comments, my friend!! Thank you!!

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      Jack Hazen 

      7 years ago from Blitzburgh area


      I definitely agree with you, Judah's Daughter, everyone's name starts out in the book.

      Well I do have some questions. Let's start with babies who die. Now, if your a Calvinist, if twins are born to a woman and die at birth, one theoretically could go to heaven and the other to hell.

      What are your thoughts?

      And what about someone who is severely mentally impaired? Would your answer be the same?

    • Judah's Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Judah's Daughter 

      8 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Hi Darrell, I guess I believed along the same lines as you do, that "A person's name is written in the book of life when they accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior since we are justified by Christ' death on the cross when we accept Jesus Christ as our personal savior."

      There are reasons I no longer believe this, which is captured in this hub, based on the scriptures. We either believe in Calvin's theology, which is that God predestines the saved as well as the lost, giving man no free will to choose or we believe all are given the choice to follow the Lord or not (I believe the latter).

      David's days were written in the LORD's (the Lamb's) Book (of Life) before he was even born (Ps 139:16). Therefore, I believe everyone's names start out in the book of life. Jesus said to 'Let the little children come unto Me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven' (Mat 19:14). Based on Ps 9:5 “You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever", this tells me even the wicked were in His Book from the start.

      To believe one can be truly saved (then having their name written in the Book) and lose that salvation, is yet another theology that is highly debated. Consider Rom 8:38-39 "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Also consider John 10:28 "I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand."

      On the other hand, Heb 6:4-6 indicates a person can willfully walk away from the New Covenant and reject the salvation of the Lord by grace through faith.

      Yes, the works of faith are rooted in love (Gal 5:6). We are not saved by our deeds (Eph 2:8-9), but we are disciplined by the Lord because we are loved (Heb 12:6). In this hub it is covered that it is the wicked who are judged according to their deeds; the saints are rewarded or miss out on rewards based on their deeds. They are either birthed from the flesh or the Spirit. When we sin and repent ~ when we are forgiven of those sins, God remembers them NO MORE (Is 43:25). He removes them from us as far as the east is from the west (Ps 103:12). Therefore, do not belive the LIE that God keeps records of our wrongs that have been forgiven in Christ our LORD.

      I pray the Lord bless my response to you and lift you up in love, in Jesus' name.

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      Darrell Baudoin 

      8 years ago

      When is a person's name written in the book of life and can one's name be blotted out from the book of life.

      A person's name is written in the book of life when they accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior since we are justified by Christ' death on the cross when we accept Jesus Christ as our personal savior.

      After being justified by what Christ did, because we accept him as our personal savior, then we become sanctified by our actions of obedience out of love for God by doing the will of God which means as time goes on one's name will either remain in the book of life or one's name will be blotted out from the book of life.

      This is based on what one has done in the body while we are alive and we are all judged based on our deeds done in the body while we are alive. Whether they be for Good or for evil. Every person will have to give an account for their actions done in the body while they were alive.

      I praise God and I am so grateful that God and Only God can read the heart and minds. Motives and intentions of mankind that he uses the book of life and the other books which are the book of records to judge us according to what we have done in the body since he knows what it is like to be human and He also knows what it is like to be tempted in all ways as we are tempted so he will be fair in his judgement of who will be saved and who will not be saved. God cannot be deceived by mankind since Jesus knows the heart and minds, motives, and intentions of mankind. For I have not come to do my will but rather the will of the Father in Heaven.

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      Judah's Daughter 

      9 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Praise the Lord, sister Sky321 :-) In His love ~ JD

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      9 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for the good message.

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      Judah's Daughter 

      9 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Hi brother James ~ I so appreciate your time to come and read, and for confirming in spirit the message of salvation available to all who believe ~ Jesus Rocks!!! lol ~~ thank you so much!! God bless you!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      This Hub is wonderfully made, my dear. You conceptualized and delivered your message perfectly. And a beautiful message it is. Thank you!

    • Judah's Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Judah's Daughter 

      9 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Would that be the sixteenth photo on this link? The mystery is still being revealed today ~ the Jews will understand it even more than non-Jews and Gentiles find the roots of faith began with father Abraham. It's kind of like "Back to the Future" ~~ love you, brother Bob! Thanks for sharing your testimony!!

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      Robert E Smith 

      9 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Paul said that we are all "children of Abraham" if we are in Christ. I remember singing the sunday school song: "Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had father Abraham. You are one of them and so am I so let's just praise the Lord." I have this tee shirt that I made from a symbol that was present on early Christian pottery that incorporates the seven stick candlelabra, the star of David, and the Christian fish. It is called the grafted in symbol. It did get one older Jewish lady to ask what it meant. She was puzzled when I said that my faith sprang from hers. She was amazed that my Bible said that I was a child of Abraham. She seemed pleased to hear that I wore it to show how much I loved the Jewish people and how I loved my Jewish Messiah. It was a precious moment and hopefully it was a stroke in the picture that God was painting in her heart for salvation. I love you so much my wonderful sister.

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      Judah's Daughter 

      9 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Brother Bob, the true mystery is found in "spiritual Israel". Jesus came to die that "all Israel will be saved", grafting in the saved Gentiles with the saved Jews, praise God! The Lord is faithful as His Word says, to "draw all men unto Himself", which began the moment He was lifted up from the earth. We are only tools ~ vessels to spread the Seed into the field of the world, trusting that it is God who brings the increase, thus separating the sheep from the goats, and the wheat from the tares. I pray this series will bear fruit of enlightenment, the drawing to Him of those who don't yet know Him, and the strengthening and motivation of the saints to continue laboring for the Lord until He comes. Love you bunches, too, brother! You are a blessing!

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      Robert E Smith 

      9 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Amazing love, isn't it? Why God would die in that manner for me is truly a mystery. I owe Him my service, my loyalty, my devotion and worship. I too hurt and sorrow for all those who are quickly passing from this life. So arrogant they can be. So sure of themselves. And in the face of an eternity apart from the throne of God. So when they sit smugly and cocky I remind myself that even now the Lord paints a picture in their mind. I will do my part to be patient with those I meet and hopefully they will repent and reverse themselves and come with us. Great series. God will have much fruit from this. Love you bunches and more.


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