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The Lamb's Book of Life 

   God, the Father, held the Book of Life in His hand for four thousand years (Rev 5:11) It was God's Book of Life. The book represents the church. God, Jehovah, led the church in the same pattern and system four thousand years. He then looked in heaven, in the earth, and under the earth for someone to take the book (the church) out of the Father's hand. The book no longer belongs to the Father: it now belongs to Jesus. The book became the Lamb's Book of Life.

    The Book of Life means the church is not dead, but alive. God is not the God of the dead, but of the living: (Matthew 22:32). This means He is the God of the believers (the living), not of the unbelievers (the dead). He is the God of the believers, whether alive or deceased. All who are deceased are in either of two categories: Some are the living dead (believers) and others are the dead-dead (unbelievers). The Word says: God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. The Lamb's book will never die, but live forever.

    A person can have his name written in the Lamb's Book of Life by being converted from his sinful way to a Christ-like nature and being added to the church of our Lord Jesus. The church is also represented as the Bride of Christ. A person can have his name blotted out of the Lamb's Book of Life by falling from grace and no longer being a part of the church. Everyone in Christ is alive. All without Christ are dead. We know that we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren (1 John 3:14)

    As we said earlier, the Lamb's Book of Life represents the church. It is not a literal book as some may believe. There are no paper books in Heaven. How many times can God get on one page of paper? If God used paper books in which to keep records, there would be several million tons of paper stacked in storage somewhere in Heaven. Man can put the entire Bible on one small computer chip, then just push a button to see anything he desires. Man will never be able to make a computer that can out-wit God. Is man wiser than God? Why should we believe that God must have an angel to go through books trying to find out whether or not our name is written there?

    God knows everything that happens in this world at all times. A record is being kept in God's computer (His mind). He knows all things. God knows the name of every person who has become as part of the Bride of Jesus Christ. God doesn't have to look in a paper book to see if our name is there.

    God knows, at all times, who is righteous and who is not. God knows the thoughts of the heart; He knows whether the heart is good or evil. He has spoken in His word about where the good will go and where the evil will be sent. God knows each and every person's name, both dead and alive. He knows what every man has done in this life. God has the ability to maintain, in His mind, that which He as created.

    We are talking about millions and millions of saints who are going to Heaven. God will know who is worthy to be caught up to meet Jesus in the air. Also, He will know who is to be left behind. Again, which will be millions upon millions? What kind of book, or books, would it take to record the names of all the living plus the billions who have died over the past 6,000 years?

    The seven seals, spoken of in Revelation Chapter 5, which in the Book of Life, are seals in the church. These seals, which the Lord Jesus will loose, are spiritual understandings of God's Word, present and future. When a seal is opened, the church worldwide, receives more knowledge of the word. Jesus is letting His bride know the Word of God in its fullness.

    Jesus bought and paid for the book with His own lift. Who did He buy? You and me. We are bought with a price. Once we were dead, but now we are alive. We belong to the Lamb, Jesus, since He is the owner of the book and gives it the rightful name: Lamb's Book of Life. Because of His death, He became worthy to take the book our of the Father's hand. Therefore, Jesus is worthy of our praises, day and night. He is the Lamb; we are the book. Because we are the book, we have life eternal.

    Read these scriptures: Le 17:11, Ps 133:3, Pr 3:18, Pr 3:22, Pr 15:24, Jn 1:4, Jn 8:12, Jn 11:25, 1 Jn 1:2, 1 Jn 5:11, and Rev 5:1-1

Written June 22, 1993
By: Haskel Swain, Sr.

This Tract written
Felicity, Ohio


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