Rev. 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.”

“Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, Oh, these people have sinned a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! Yet now, if You will forgive their sin – but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written,” Exo. 32:31-32.

It should be worthy of note that most of the interesting passages of the New Testament are taken from the Old Testament. For instance the references of the Book of Life are found in most of the Hebrew Scriptures.

From the above quoted passage we can see the story of the Children of Israel who had sinned against God while Moses was on Mount Sinai to receive instructions from Him. And that the Children of Israel pressured Aaron to make them a golden calf to worship, saying because Moses had stayed too long.

And when he returned, he was amazed by what was going on. Knowing who God is in terms of His Holiness and Justice, he therefore, pleaded with Him not to wipe out the whole sinful nation. And so with boldness he approached God with the above quoted passage, asking Him to have his own name blotted out of God’s “book” if He would not forgive Israel their sin of idolatry! Meaning there is such a Book.

So what is this Book like? Is God still using papers made from wood and fountain pens to document things in the Spirit, while we are now using computers and tablets, hard drives, etc., to store documents?

What kind of God and heaven do we really envisage when we teach the Word of God? Is God so outdated in His workings that He could be using Books made out of wood? Do we have paper factories in heaven? What does “the Books”and “Book” really mean?

First of all, understand that the “Book of Life” really does exist, and it is vitally important to every Child of God! The importance of the Book is seen in the fact that Moses has to use it as a kind of bargaining point with the God of the Israelites.

The question that follows is why will the all-knowing God need such a Book? And what exactly does the Book look like? Is it a form of a computerized system with a database for all of the sons of God with their names?

So if your name is written in it will you know? If so, how do you know?

Will there be any danger if your name is not there in the Book just like Moses asked of God for his name to be blotted out if God would not forgive Israel?

In the Book of Hebrews we are told in Heb. 9:

“9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;… 23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.”

This shows that God is a God of order and structure using the physical things and figures to demonstrate for us the things that are in the Spirit realm. This ultimately reveals to us the wonders of His great and marvelous plans and purposes.

So what can we say is this Book of Life? Certainly this is not the Bible for we read,

Rev. 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.”

This clearly shows that these two books are completely two separate books. It is a fact that all of the people who must be born into the family of God do not have their names written in the Bible; therefore, the Book of Life must be something different.

To be continued…