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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
View Wesley's Notes for Revelation 20:12
20:12 And I saw the dead, great and small - Of every age and condition. This includes, also, those who undergo a change equivalent to death, #1Cor 15:51|. And the books - Human judges have their books written with pen and ink: how different is the nature of these books! Were opened - O how many hidden things will then come to light; and how many will have quite another appearance than they had before in the sight of men! With the book of God's omniscience, that of conscience will then exactly tally. The book of natural law, as well as of revealed, will then also be displayed. It is not said, The books will be read: the light of that day will make them visible to all. Then, particularly, shall every man know himself, and that with the last exactness This will be the first true, full, impartial, universal history. And another book - Wherein are enrolled all that are accepted through the Beloved; all who lived and died in the faith that worketh by love. Which is the book of life, was opened - What manner of expectation will then be, with regard to the issue of the whole! #Mal 3:16|, &c.
View People's Bible Notes for Revelation 20:12
Re 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great. As we learn from Re 20:13, the dead of every land, of earth, and sea and "hades" deliver their dead and all come to judgment. The books were opened. The records that contain all the deeds of men. And another book was opened, which is [the book of] life. The book of life in which the names of the saints are recorded. From these books all are judged according to their works.
Jane's comment on 2013-03-05 14:40:51:
I love the idea that we are writing our own book. That feels so good, so right. It also feels right that the book of Life records belongs to Jesus Christ as God promised him all those who would accept him. But we are all sinners and we will all be judged by what is written in our own book. And the fact that non-Christians will also be judged by their works is wonderful news indeed. It sounds like God knows that there are those who have lived good lives, and why should they live their lives just to lose them, while there are those who loudly proclaim to belong to Christ but abuse little children and do other heinous crimes. God is just!
Ken's comment on 2013-02-26 11:20:51:
I try not to comment unless scripture is the foundation. The understanding I get is these books are for those who have accepted Christ "Book Of Life". Then there are books opened for those who do not know Him as Lord and Savior. They are judged from the things they have done; their works, (better put, the way they live their life in sin without Christ). In Noah's time, Sodom and Gomorrah's time, Nineveh, and others in the Bible, God's judgment had to do with sin. Therefore those who are found in the Book of Life are excluded from the books which may be the records of the unsaved persons’ sins.
JAMIE MIRANDA's comment on 2013-01-06 12:31:00:
I am confused. I thought we were not to be judged for our works but by our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ the son of God, and that he died for our sins on the cross. I understand our works should reflect our love of Christ and our life in Him but that none of us gets into heaven by our works.
troy's comment on 2012-12-27 23:23:52:
Everyone is writing a book and they will be judged by their works. Everyone has had a vision dream or day vision and then seen it come to pass. That is because we were all made in the image of GOD. and He poured out his spirit in Acts 2, and is still doing so today. So the books will be in real time visual on judgment day. If you can read a story and see the story line in your mind, then you know how you book is going to be displayed.
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