8 And [kai] all [pas] that dwell [katoikeo] upon [epi] the earth [ge] shall
worship [proskuneo] him, [autos] whose [hos] names [onoma] are [grapho] not [ou] written [grapho] in [en] the book [biblos] of life [zoe] of the Lamb [arnion] slain [sphazo] from [apo] the foundation [katabole] of the world. [kosmos] KJV-Interlinear
8 And all
who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been
written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who
has been slain. NASB
There are several books located
in heaven, that are referred to in the Bible.
There is the Book of the
Living, Job 28:13, Psa. 27:13, Dan. 12:1, Mal. 3:16-18, Psa. 69:25-28.
There is the Book of
Life, or the Lambs Book of Life, Rev. 3:5; 17:8; 20:12,15; 21:27; Phil 4:3.
There is the Book of
Works, Rev. 20:12-13.
Unbelievers are blotted
out, Ex. 32:33, and believers are never blotted out of the Book of Life, Rev.
All who dwell on the
earth, is a figure of speech referring to those who are of the earth, those who
are unbelievers. It does not include everyone, but refers to unbelievers only,
Rev. 13:12,14; 3:10; 6:10; 8:13; 11:10; 17:2,8.
Since the foundation of
the world, is a reference to eternity past, Rev. 17:8; Matt 13:35; 25:34; Luke
11:50; Eph 1:4; Heb 9:26; 1 Peter 1:20; cf. 2 Thess 2:13; and 2 Tim 1:9.
During history, the
records contained within the books in heaven are a work in progress. But when
the books are finally opened for final review, it will be at the end of human
history, at the end of the Millennium, when the Great White Throne of Christ is
called to order, and the books are finished or completed.
It will be at this final
court, that the books will be opened, the completed books. For the history of
man and Satan will have been ended, the lives of all peoples will have been
finalized, and all unbelievers will be standing before Christ awaiting their
The Book of Life or of
the Living are one and the same. For those who believe in Christ, there is no
death, no permanent death, for they possess eternal life. Their life goes on
and therefore they will never be blotted out of the Book of Life. That is
eternal security, Gods guarantee of eternal life.
But God is fair. All
people who are born into the world, since the beginning of human history, since
Adam, will have their name recorded in the books. Everyone has their name
recorded in both sets of books. God does not predetermine your decisions in
life, that you will make.
The Book of Life
contains the names of those who believe in Christ, and the Book of Works
contains everyone's name.
When a person dies, then
if he has believed in Christ, his name remains in both books. If the person did
not believe in Christ, then his name is blotted out of the Book of Life but
remains in the Book of Works.
At the end of human
history, at the Great White Throne, all who stand before Christ will be
unbelievers. There will be one final check in the Book of Life, to see if they
have believed in Christ. One wonders if God will give them one final
opportunity to believe.
But nevertheless, if
their name is not found in the Book of Life, then the second set of books is
opened, the Book of Works. There, in that second set of books, their works,
their human effort, will be compared to that of Christ. Their human effort will
be found to be lacking in satisfying the high standards of Christ, and their
own works will not qualify them for eternal life.
Lacking faith, and therefore
lacking their name in the Book of Life, the eternal membership into heaven,
they will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.
Therefore, all who dwell
on the earth, all unbelievers, will by default, worship him, Satan, the one who
is behind the anti-christ, the one who is behind all evil. For by default if
you do not worship Christ, then you worship the only other object of worship,
namely evil and therefore Satan.
There are only two
targets of worship, God and Satan.
Their names will not be
found in the Book of Life, the final book. And, this book is further defined as
that of the Lamb, and sacrificial lamb, namely Jesus Christ who went to the
Cross and died paying the price of sin and defeating death, to accomplish our
salvation, for which we may have freely by only believing.
God is fair, He records
all names in both books and then gives you, your life to determine if you will remain
in the better of the two, the Book of Life.
If you have already
believed in Christ, then your name is secure for all of eternity. If you have
not believed in Christ, then you are at great risk, of losing your place in the
one place where you need to keep your name recorded. Losing that, you lose
To be saved is so very
simple. Think in the privacy of your own thoughts, ‘Father, I believe in Jesus
That is all that it
takes to secure your life in heaven, forever.
How could anyone refuse,
throughout their entire life, to think those six little words? A thought that
takes less than a second!