Telling Verses from REVELATION: "And he said unto me, these sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done." Rev 22:6
PART 1: THE BOOKS in Heaven
Who are those whose names are written in The BOOK? It is a book that is closely guarded in heaven. It is God’s battle plan.
The Book may reveal the names of those who will become rulers on earth.
If they were known by Satan, he (the devil) would target them. But since he does not know their identity, he will test God’s people to reveal the commitment of each.
All this occurs during the time commonly known as The Tribulation.
The Bible describes end times with a global economy, world wars, a false messiah, and great religious confrontation. There will be a wanting hope among the masses of people, giving way to complacency as they choose to trust in new leaders.
Heaven and hell will stake their claims. There will be earthquakes, pestilence and plagues.
The seals of The Book will be removed as its opening commences, initiating The Plan.
Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him (the beast – Satan’s general) to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Rev 17:8 and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book….
God’s enemies want to know who the chosen are - they want to attack them. But the Book is sealed. In opening the seals to reveal the names of God’s generals, those who will become kings and priests, a great time of turmoil begins. Satan and his agents of evil attack God’s people.
Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
It is a war like one the world has never seen before. Armageddon!
But who is worthy of opening the Book? Who will know the list of names, those chosen, those who have been faithful, and those who will reign in the new world? It will be a great warrior, one who has conquered, and one who will lead God’s army in the greatest battle ever known.
This warrior is Jesus. He has conquered evil’s greatest stronghold, which is death.
At first He conquered in sacrificial love, next He will conquer with the sword.
“for thou (Jesus) wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;” Rev 5:9
Who are the redeemed but those tested by the trials of life.
During their lifetimes they will overcome sin, self, Satan.
As The Book is opened and the seals removed, an even greater test comes. Satan and his generals now unrestrained demand loyalty, specifically targeting those who claim to belong to Christ.
Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Rev 13:16-17 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
God has warned us not to join the campaign and economy of this new world order.
Rev 14:9-12 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
God is faithful to those who remain faithful to Him.
Rev 3:5 He that overcometh (those faithful to Jesus), 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.
And in finality, the war, physical and spiritual, is won by Jesus. He then reigns for a thousand years.
Rev 20:4-6 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
But then Satan will be released from his prison. He will attack God’s kingdom on earth once again. And this time he will be devoured by fire that comes down from heaven.
Next, the great accounting will occur, the High Court will open and the Great Judge will render His verdict.
Rev 20:10-15 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 forever and ever.
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
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.
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. Rev 22:7
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