Whose Names are In the Book
First, I'd like to show you what the Bible says about whose names are in the Book of Life.
The apostle Paul wrote in his epistle to the Philippians, "Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life." (Phi 4:3)
Jesus Christ said in His message to the Church in Sardis, which the apostle John recorded in The Revelation, "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." (Rev 3:5)
There were seven Columbian youths, who received a revelation of heaven and hell. When they went to heaven, they saw the Book of Life there. Here is a major excerpt from their testimony:
"We then came to a very immense area; a very wonderful and beautiful place. This place was full of precious stones: gold, emeralds, rubies and diamonds. The floor was made of pure gold. We then went to a place where there were three very large books. The first one was a Bible made of gold. In Psalms it tells us that the Word of God is eternal and that the Word of God remains in Heaven forever. (Psalms 119:89) We were looking at a huge golden Bible; the pages, the scripture, everything was made of pure gold."
"The second book we saw was bigger than the Bible. It was open and an angel was sitting there writing inside the book. Together with the Lord Jesus we got closer to see what the angel was writing. The angel was writing all of the things that were happening on the Earth. Everything that has happened; including the date, the hour, everything is recorded there. This is done so the Word of the Lord can be fulfilled where it says that the Books were opened, and that the people on the Earth were judged according to their works that were written in those books (Revelations 20:12). The angel was writing all the things that people were doing here on Earth, good or bad, as it is written."
"We continued to the place where the third book was. It was even bigger than the last book! The book was closed, but we got closer to it. All seven of us together took the book down from its stand, according to command of the Lord, and we put it on a pillar."
"The pillars and columns in Heaven are so wonderful! They are not made like the ones on the Earth. The columns were like a braid, they were made of different precious stones. Some were made of diamonds, others were made of pure emeralds, others were made of pure gold, and others were made of a combination of many different type of stones. I then understand that God really is the owner of all things, as it is written in Haggai 2:8, 'The gold is mine, and silver is mine.' I understood that God is absolutely rich and He owns all the riches in the world. I also understood that the world in all its fullness belongs to our God, and He wants to give it to all those who ask in faith."
"The Lord said, 'Ask me and I will give you the nations for an inheritance.' (Psalms 2:8) This book that we put on the column was so big that in order to turn a page we had to walk each page to the other side of the book. We tried to read what was in that book, as the Lord asked us. At first, it was difficult to read because it was written in strange characters that we could not understand. It was different from any Earthly language; it was something totally Heavenly. But with the help of the Holy Ghost, we were given the grace to understand it. It was like a bandage was taken off our eyes and we could then understand the writing; as clear as our own language."
"We could see that all seven of our names were written in the book. The Lord told us that it was the Book of Life. (Revelations 3:5) We noted that the names written in the book were not the names we were called on Earth; these names were new, so the Word of God can be fulfilled when it says that He would give us a new name that no one else knows but the person who receives it. (Revelations 2:17)"
"In Heaven, we were able to pronounce our names, but once the Lord brought us back to Earth those names were taken from our memories and our hearts. The Word of God is eternal, and it has to be fulfilled. My friends, the Bible says, (Revelations 3:11) Don't let anyone take your crown, do not let any one to usurp or remove that place that the Father has ready for you. In Heaven, there are millions of things that are wonderful, we just can't express it with our mouths. But I want to tell you something, 'God is waiting for you!' However it is only the people that perseveres until the end, who will be saved! (Mark 13:13)" -- from Revelations of Heaven and Hell to 7 Youths
Korean brother Yong Doo Kim’s son, Joseph Kim was taken to heaven and saw the Book of Life. He wrote in brother Kim’s book called Baptize by Blazing Fire Volume Three: "Then, while I was still at the throne of God, I saw precisely four beasts: one was a lion, a calf, a beast with the face of a human, and an eagle soaring with its wings -- just as it is mentioned in the book of Revelation 4:7. There were six wings attached to it, with countless eyes in the front as well as the back, and it looked closely and observed what was happening on earth where we lived. As the angels opened up the Book of Life before the throne of God, God turned the pages of the book one by one looking for something."
Joseph continued, "A short while later God’s enormous hand found and confirmed the matter He had in mind from the book of life. So, after He found it, He pointed at me saying, 'Joseph Kim!' and then commanded, 'Bring me Joseph’s bottle for his tears, as well as sister Shin, Sung-Kyung’s tear bottle to me.'
“Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?” (Psalm 56:8, KJV).
In Volume Four of Baptized by Blazing Fire, brother Kim’s daughter Joo-Eun recorded her experience in heaven and said, “The angel who is in charge of the book of life at God’s throne is called Seraphim.”
Whose Names are Not In the Book
Next let's see whose names are not in the Book.
It's recorded in the book of Revelation, "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." (Rev 13:8)
"The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come. (Rev 17:8)
We learn from these verses that everyone whose name has not been written in the Lamb's Book of Life from the foundation of the world will worship the beast. These same people will admire him, who blasphemes God and His tabernacle.
You Will be Judged from the Things Written in the Book
The Bible is very clear that you will be judged from the things written in the books.
A sister named Ayodelle Sawyer, from Sierre Leone was taken by Jesus Christ to heaven, and saw the Book of Life near the great big gates of heaven. She saw her name written in it, but it was not her favorite nickname. Her original birth name, Ayo, was the name written in heaven. She saw the angels recording things in it faster than a computer. Inside this Book, the Lord showed her that every thought you think on earth, and every thing you do -- whether good or bad -- is recorded in this Book.
It's recorded in the book of Revelation: "And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and 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. 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. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." (Rev 20:12-15)
It says the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. It also says that if anyone's name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. That's why you need to make sure your name is in it!
Only Those Whose Names are in the Book Dwell in Heaven
The only people who are allowed to dwell in heaven are those whose names are in the Book of Life.
"In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life." (Rev 21:25-27)
In Psalm 87, the psalmist wrote about how God recognizes who's born from above, born of the Spirit. He knows those who are His. And He has a register in heaven where all our names are written.
"His foundation is in the holy mountains. The LORD loves the gates of Zion More than all the other dwelling places of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. Selah. 'I shall mention Rahab and Babylon among those who know Me; Behold, Philistia and Tyre with Ethiopia: "This one was born there." But of Zion it shall be said, 'This one and that one were born in her'; And the Most High Himself will establish her. The LORD will count when He registers the peoples, 'This one was born there.' Selah. Then those who sing as well as those who play the flutes shall say, 'All my springs of joy are in you.'" (Psa 87:1-7).
Blotting out names from the Book of Life
It's important for you to understand that just as names are added to the Book of Life, they can also be deleted. The Scriptures are very clear about this.
Moses wrote, "The LORD spoke further to me, saying, 'I have seen this people, and indeed, it is a stubborn people. 'Let Me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.' (Deu 9:13-14)
The Lord was so angry with the Israelites for their stubborn rebellion that He was about to blot their names out, and establish an even mightier nation through Moses.
In another passage, Moses wrote: "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." (Deu 29:20)
Maybe you are wondering about the meaning of this expression "blot out their names from under heaven." You might be wondering if that simply means to destroy their physical earthly lives while preserving their souls in heaven. But this next passage makes it clear:
The LORD said to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My Book." (Exo 32:33)
This leaves no doubt that the Lord will erase from His Book whoever has sinned against Him. This is why a life of daily repentance is the shortest route to God's mercy and compassion.
As the apostle Paul wrote: "Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: 'The Lord knows those who are his,' and, 'Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.'” (2 Tim 2:19).
Angelica Zambrano from Ecuador was taken by Jesus Christ to heaven, and saw the Book of Life.
She said: Then I saw angels around me. I recognized the Angel Michael, because I met him before. The Lord said, "Listen, angel Michael is going to show you something". The angel Gabriel was also at my side. Then the angel Michael took my hand, and the Lord commanded him, "Take her and let her see what you have to show her."
"As we walked, we soon began to climb up the most beautiful staircase. It seemed like a Ball Room. And in a high place in the room there was an altar, with a most beautiful golden pulpit. When we got to the pulpit, I saw a huge book and I asked Michael, 'this book, what is it?'"
"While Michael was on the right side of the pulpit, he put his hand on the book and raised his voice saying, 'Angelica, this book you see here is the Book of Life.' I opened it and looked at it, page by page. I said, 'What does this book mean, what is written on it?' Michael said, 'Open it, upon this book is written all the names of those whom on Earth have repented and turned their lives to our Heavenly Father.'"
"As I was looking through the book, I asked Michael, 'Is my name written here?' 'Yes, look it up and you’ll find it.' I looked, but couldn’t find it. A little worried, I asked, 'It is not here, my name is not here, I can’t find it, where is it?' He responded, 'Look, here is your name.' I was glad to see my name, but I could not understand it because it was written in another language. I noticed that many names were sparkling, so I asked him, 'Why are those names bright and tingling?' He responded, 'These names you see sparkling in the Book of Life, are those people on Earth, at this very moment are repenting from their sins and seeking for God’s presence. Look, these other names are hardly seen and some are being deleted as many have already been, are those people on Earth that are turning away from God’s ways. You have to do something, do something!'"
"Once again, he put his hand over the Book of Life and said to me, 'Go and tell mankind that if their name is not written in this Book, they cannot enter the Kingdom of My Heavenly Father, they cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.' I responded, 'Alright, I will do so.' It is written in Revelation 20:15 'if anyone's name was not found recorded in the Book of Life, he was hurled into the lake of fire.' We walked out and went back to Jesus, he said, 'It is time for you to return to Earth.'"
Angelica says, "Do you think your name is written in the Book of Life? If you do not think so, go seek of God. If you've turned your back on God, reconcile with Him, because He is willing to forgive you, no matter what you have done. Remember, He came to save sinners; He came to forgive all mankind’s sins on Earth. Just open your heart and ask Him for forgiveness. He is willing to cleanse us from unrighteousness, as it clearly says in 1 John 1:9 ‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.’"
Brother Yong Doo Kim wrote in his book called, Baptized by Blazing Fire, Volume Two: "There once was a deaconess in our church. When she was living faithfully, she received many gifts from the Holy Spirit. However, the gifts were all taken back. Soon afterward, she began drinking and smoking frequently. Moreover, she would talk to a man over the telephone daily and meet him in secret. I persistently attempted to persuade her from dating that man. I even yelled at her but she continued to see the man. God is patient with people. However, if people don’t repent, they will be subject to His wrath. God showed me in a vision that He had erased her name from the book of life. When we found out, we all shook in fear. When God gives us a chance, we must take it, no matter what."
"Jesus said, 'That particular saint mocked God and troubled the Holy Spirit. Therefore, if she doesn’t mourn and sincerely repent, she won’t be entering Heaven. If the judgment of the congregation members is hard, then how much more will I judge the pastors who are committing adultery? The ministers must repent to the point of death. The ministers of today are mocking God. They say, "These are the days of grace and the gospel sets us free. Just repent and one will be forgiven unconditionally." These are the days one needs to be in fear more than the days of the Old Testament.' The Lord warned us the day is coming when we will all have to give account for our deeds."
Brother Kim continues, "As I write this chapter, I’m experiencing many hours of dismay and dissension. Jesus said, 'Do we then nullify the law by this faith. Not at all! Rather we uphold the law.' (Romans 3:31) In fact, we’re living our daily life within the Lord’s amazing grace. However, living in His grace doesn’t mean our sins just disappear. We are abusing God’s grace if we don’t repent. A daily repentant life is the fastest and shortest route to God’s mercy and compassion."
Putting it All Together
If you have been asleep spiritually, I hope this post has served as a wake up call for you. If your name is not written in the Book of Life, you will be among those who worship the beast, and you will be thrown into the lake of fire. If you once gave your life to Jesus, but you are not living in obedience to His Word, you are not living a life of holiness, righteousness, and Truth, then you need to take this message seriously. Your name could be fading from the Book of Life or already deleted. If that's you, then you need to repent fearfully, cry out for God's mercy, and turn back to God, proving your repentance by your deeds.
He came to save sinners; He came to forgive all mankind’s sins on Earth. Just open your heart and ask Him for forgiveness. He is willing to cleanse us from unrighteousness, as it clearly says in 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
The names that are sparkling in the Book of Life, are those people on Earth, at this very moment are repenting from their sins and seeking for God’s presence. However, the names of those people on Earth that are turning away from God’s ways are hardly seen and some are being deleted as many have already been.
And if you are already awake spiritually, it should be a great encouragement to you to know that the Book of Life is a literal book, and upon this book is written all the names of those whom on Earth have repented and turned their lives to our Heavenly Father. It should also be an encouragement to stay the course and live a life of holiness in every area. That includes inward holiness of the heart, and outward holiness of the body. This way you will ensure that your name is never erased from the Book.
Don't let anyone take your crown, do not let any one to usurp or remove that place that the Father has ready for you. We're living every day in God's grace, but that does not give us an excuse to sin. Don't abuse God's grace. Every thought you think on earth, and every thing you do -- whether good or bad -- is recorded in a book in heaven. So be earnest and repent. God is waiting for you! However it is only the people that perseveres until the end, who will be saved!
Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.
Author's note: Please use the Testimony Review Process adopted by this blog to review these testimonies, as you decide for yourself whether the Lord has spoken to these people. For issues and concerns, each person must confirm with the Lord, whether something is valid or not. After you have done this, feel free to give your wise and referenced comments. If you enjoyed this post, you may also like the other posts in this blog, listed below. You may also access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."
Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus. Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?
“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15). He preached that we must repent and believe.
Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International. He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.