If You Were to Chose Between a Book or a Lake…


~Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Picture two doors in your mind.  Behind Door #1 is a book.  Behind Door #2 is a lake.  You have a choice between the two.  It’s really a simple choice – the one presented to you today. If you had a choice between a book or a lake, which would it be? Most would chose a lake – probably because of it’s real estate value, or peaceful scenery, or visions of building a vacation home on it.

However, if I were to qualify those two choices with a look toward eternity, your answer may take on a different light. The Bible says that when you die, you can be found named among those names written down by God in the Book of Life. But if your name is not written down in that book, you will be cast into the lake of fire.

I find it interesting that the phrase Lake of Fire is mentioned four times in the Scriptures. The number four symbolizes God’s creation (four seasons, four corners of the earth, four elements, four divisions of the day, four variations of lunar phases, etc.).

~Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

~Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

~Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

~Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

The Word of God states that all those who do not accept Christ as Saviour will spend eternity there along with the devil and his angels. Jesus spoke about the time to come where He would pass judgment on those who did not accept Him in Matthew 25:31-46. Notice what Christ said here:

~Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.

Is this really where you would want to spend eternity? The Lake of Fire is a place that God created, just as He created Heaven and earth, for those who would rebel against Him. All those who do so will not be found in the Book of Life. Only the names of those who are born again will be found in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  We do not have to wait to find out once we die. Our name can appear in the Book of Life while we are yet living – at the moment of salvation!  Jesus said that He is the only way to Heaven.  Therefore, if you do not believe in Jesus Christ, your name will not appear in His Book of Life.

~John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

As I researched the verses about the Book of Life, I discovered that the phrase the book of Life appears eight times in Scriptures. The number eight is the number specially associated with resurrection and regeneration, and the beginning of a new era or order.  Christ’s death, burial and resurrection represent a new covenant with mankind, giving the Gentiles an opportunity for salvation! One who is born again (John 3:3) accepts Christ’s perfect work on the cross as payment for their penalty of sin. His shed blood is our remission of sins – while the blood of lambs and goats from the first covenant with the Jews merely covered their sin awaiting Christ’s perfect sacrifice – the old covenant could not bring remission and forgiveness! There is no other way to be found in the book of life unless it is through Christ, Jesus!  The born-again believer is no longer dead to sin but has been regenerated by the blood of Jesus Christ and is given a new life, resurrected from spiritual death and his name is then placed in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

~Philippians 4:3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

~Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

~Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

~Revelation 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

~Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

~Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

~Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

~Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, 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.

God spoke twice as much about the “book of life” than He did about the “Lake of Fire”! It’s important information, don’t you think?  God gives us double opportunity to choose eternal life with Him!  Oh what mercy!!

Don’t let the sun go down today before you have made certain that your name is found in the Lamb’s Book of Life! Eternity is too long and Hell’s fire too hot to push this matter aside!

So what door will you pick? Will you chose the book or the lake?

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One Response to If You Were to Chose Between a Book or a Lake…

  1. Jerry Bouey says:

    It is interesting to note that the book of Revelation has seven references to the Lamb’s Book of Life.

    Good contrast – definitely an eternal choice worth considering. One part I would like to clarify though: Our names are not written in the book of life when we get saved – but all who will be saved have their names already written in the Lamb’s Book of Life from the foundation of the world. Before He even created this world, God knew who would receive His Son and wrote our names down then.

    Revelation 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

    Of course, when we trust Christ alone for salvation, it is at that point in time we have can the assurance that our names have been written in His book from eternity.

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