Bible Prophecy Research
Title: The Book of Life
Submitted by: email@example.com
Date: November 13, 1999
Update: April 06, 2001
The Book of Life
Exodus 32:32, 33
[Moses pleads for the people] Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if
not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. And the LORD said unto
Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.
Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy
works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was
made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see
my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in
continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the
children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since
there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered,
every one that shall be found written in the book.
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but
rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me
in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in
the book of life.
He that overcometh, 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 all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him [the beast], whose names are
not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the
bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder,
whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when
they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
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 whosoever was
not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither
whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's
book of life.
Register of Citizens' Names:
"It was customary to have registers of citizenship,
in which were entered the names of citizens, both natural and adopted. Heaven is
represented as a city, and its inhabitants are registered. Some, who have not yet reached
the heavenly city, are regarded as citizens on their way home. Their names are registered
with the others. Such were the 'fellow-laborers' to whom Paul refers in the text. See also
Isa 4:3; Dan 12:1; Luke 10:20; Rev 13:8; 17:8; 20:15; 21:27. When one was deprived of
citizenship his name was erased from the roll of citizens. Reference may be found to this
in Exo 32:32; Psa 69:28; and Rev 3:5."
(Manners & Customs of the Bible, James M.
On Rosh HaShanah three books opened - that of life, for
those whose works had been good; another of death, for those who had been thoroughly evil;
and a third, intermediate, for those whose case was to be decided on the Day of Atonement
(ten days after Rosh HaShanah on Yom Kippur), the delay being granted for repentance, or
otherwise, after which their names would be finally entered, either in the book of life,
or in that of death.
(Hebraic Heritage Ministries, http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/2175/)
"The following is one of the prayers in the liturgy
on Rosh HaShanah: We will celebrate the solemn holiness of this day, how awesome and
fearsome it is. On this day your rulership is lifted up, your throne is established in
mercy, and you sit upon it in truth. Truly you alone are judge, arbiter, discerner,
witness, recorder, sealer, inscriber and reckoner; and you remember all forgotten deeds.
You open the book of records and it reads itself, and everyone's signature is there.
"The great shofar is sounded, the still small voice
is heard, and the angels tremble with fear as they proclaim: 'Behold! The Day of
Judgment!' Even the armies of heaven are to be brought to judgment, for in your sight even
they are not innocent. You cause all who come into the world to pass before you like a
flock of sheep. Like a shepherd seeking out his flock and causing them to pass under his
staff, you cause every living soul to pass before you; you count, reckon and review every
creature, determining its lifetime and inscribing its destiny.
"On Rosh HaShanah it is inscribed, and on Yom Kippur
it is sealed: how many will pass away and how many will be born, who will live and who
will die; who will die prematurely and who will live out his days; who will perish by fire
and who by water; who by sword and who by wild animals; who by hunger and who by thirst;
who by earthquake and who by plague; who by strangling and who by stoning; who will have
rest and who will wander about; who will be at peace and who will be tormented; who will
be at ease and who will be bothered; who will become poor and who will become rich; who
will be brought low and who will be raised up."
One of the blessings during the High Holy Days is:
"May we and all your people, the house of Israel, be remembered and inscribed in the
book of life, blessing, peace and prosperity, so that we will have a life of goodness and
peace. Blessed are you, Adonai, the maker of peace."
On Rosh HaShanah, Jews greet each other by saying
"May you be inscribed in the book of life for a good year." On Yom Kippur,
"May you have a good sealing of your destiny in the book of life."
"The tradition is that on Rosh HaShanah God opens the
books and judges people according to their works, writing in them who will die and what
kind of life the living will enjoy during the coming year. The Ten Days of Penitence, Rosh
HaShanah through Yom Kippur, are thought of as offering an opportunity for repentance that
will influence God to change these fates for the better. But on Yom Kippur these fates are
fixed or "sealed."
(Jewish New Testament Commentary, David Stern)
I would like to speak briefly to the books which are
Daniel 7:9-10 describes the opening of books before the
judgment seat. Rev. 20 says, "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 that were in it, and death and hell delivered up the
dead that were in them; and they were judged every man according to their works."
I love to think of these books. And what they may include.
"Here are some books we can find in the scriptures,
which may be the included in the books unsealed.
1. The book of nature. Ps. 139:16 says, "Thine eyes
did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy books all my members were written,
which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them". Ps. 19:1
says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his
handiwork." And, of course, you read about the invisible things of nature testifying
against those who did great evil against God in Rom. 1. These invisible things "from
the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are
2. The book of providence, wherein all the details are
registered, even seemingly the most trivial. Matt. 10:30 says, "But the very hairs of
your head are all numbered." Dan. 3:27 says that all the officious ones gathered to
observe witnessed that the power of the fiery furnace had not singed even a hair on the
heads of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednigo. And 1 Sam. 14:45 says God has numbered our hairs
in this book to show us the special concern and care he takes of the least of our
concerns. On the day of judgment, the opening of this book will confute and condemn those
who spent their lives denying divine providence.
3. The book of men's afflictions. Ps. 56:8: "Thou
tellest my wanderings (or flittings); put thou my tears into thy bottle. Are they not in
thy book?" And Job says, "Also, now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my
record is on high." Thomas Brooks says, "That in the great day of account, the
Lord will reckon with you for every rod he hath spent upon you; he will reckon with you,
not only for all your mercies, but also for all your crosses; not only for all your
sweets, but also for all your bitters; not only for all your cordials, but also for all
4. The book of conscience. Rom. 2:14-16: "For when
the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these,
having not the law, are a law unto themselves; who show the work of the law written in
their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile
accusing or else excusing one another, in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men
by Jesus Christ according to my gospel."
5. The book of scriptures. Jn. 12:48: "He that
rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have
spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day."
6. The book of life. This book contains a register of such
particular persons in whose salvation God from all eternity determined to have his mercy
glorified, and for whom Christ merited faith, repentance, and perseverance, that they
should repent, believe, and be finally saved.
7. The book of the wars of the Lord. Numbers 21:14:
"Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of the Lord, What he did in the Red
Sea, and in the brooks of Arnon."
8. The book of remembrance. Mal. 3:16-18: "Then they
that fear the Lord spoke often one to another; and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a
book of remembrance was written before him for them that fear the Lord, and that thought
upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up
my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then
shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that
serveth God and him that serveth him not."
9. The book of words. Matt. 12:37: "For by thy words
thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."
10. The book of hard speeches. Jude 15: "To execute
judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly
deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly
sinners have spoken against him."
(End-Times mailing list, MJ)
...God looked upon the suffering of Israel, and smote the
first-born of the Egyptians, and it is one of the four nights that God has inscribed in
the Book of Memorial. The first of the four is that in which God appeared to create the
world; all was waste and void, and darkness brooded over the abyss, until the Lord came
and spread light round about by His word. The second night is that in which God appeared
unto Abraham at the covenant of the pieces. In the third night He appeared in Egypt,
slaying the first-born of the Egyptians with His right hand, and protecting the first-born
of the Israelites with His left. The fourth night recorded will be that in which the end
of the redemption will be accomplished, when the iron yoke of the wicked kingdom will be
broken, and the evil-doers will be destroyed. Then will Moses come from the desert, and
the Messiah from Rome, each at the head of his flock, and the word of God will mediate
between them, causing both to walk with one accord in the same direction.
(Legends of the Jews, Louis Ginzberg, Book 2)
[This is part of a May 8, 1999 BPR mailing list
The PAX channel broadcast a program in May, 1999 entitled
"Bible Code: The Future & Beyond" in which the following was reported:
Everyone's future is in the codes. They took a volunteer
named Paul Bershon and found over 4000 Bershons in the Bible, his first name, grad school,
undergraduate school, projects he has worked on, daughter's name, ex-wife's name, mother
and father's name, grandfather's name, etc.
"When Rabbi Solomon suggested that everything that
ever was or ever will be can be found in the Torah he wasn't speaking in generalities. He
insisted it was there in minute detail implying that your name and mine, as well as our
life history and possibly even our life destiny, was to be found there. Could such a thing
be possible? In Psalm 139 we read: 'All the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.' Could it be the book referred to is the very Bible we hold
in our hands? Dr. [Eliyahu] Rips believes we are currently dealing with only the two
dimensional aspect of the code and that even that is much more than we could ever
decipher. But he also believes the code is more like a hologram with at least three and
perhaps four dimensions in which all the world's academic, spiritual, and scientific
knowledge might be stored."
I have just skimmed the info that deals with that last
thought. There is some info that seems to point to the fact that nothing is permanently
fixed in the codes and, therefore, there is some human factor involved in exactly how
things play out.
For more on this program and the first Bible Codes program
shown on PAX net see: http://www.biblecodesecrets.com
Note from Bill Koenig (edited):
Below are the remarkable results of my family search using
the "Unlocking the Bible Code" software. To see these results in a matrix is
To put this into perspective, this text, the original
masoretic Hebrew text was written more than 2500 years ago. So in other words, the Lord
knew my family history and what would happen before any members of my family were born.
However, we must remember, this information is easier to
quantify when we have specific names of our families or words from previous events. The
Colorado school shooting, the Kennedy Assassination, the Rabin Assassination, the Oklahoma
City bombing, etc., we have the "search words" that are relevant to these
particular incidents. They are definitive and not subjective, so these searches are much
more reliable and accurate. You know what your are looking for - its hindsight!
For example, former Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin’s
name was crossed by the word "assassin that will assassinate." It was believed,
according to the interpretation of the Bible Codes, that he would be assassinated. But one
would not know the assassin's name until after the fact, so outside of being warned,
nothing could be done to stop the event from happening.
After the fact, in hindsight, we could put in the name
Amir (the assassin's last name), and the site of the assassination and the date of the
assassination. These words would show up in the same matrix.
Moreover, the codes have not been known for revealing the
"specifics" of the future, but they have revealed the hand of the Almighty God
in the writing of the code. He knew from eternity past what was going to happen in our
day. And wrote that into the code, so we could see it, after the fact, 2500 years ago when
the masoretes wrote our Hebrew text.
In closing, the thought of the code's existence continues
to bother some people, but the results can not be refuted despite the various attempts to
discredit them. Sure there have been abuses, but the results remain compelling and awe
Main search word: Koenig
The following search words created a matrix found from Exodus 27:21 to 35:19.
(When words touch, crossover, overlap or intersect
in a matrix they can usually be considered good matches. This is especially true when you
already have the names of family or previous events.)
William's (my first name) line ran horizontal.
Tina's (my wife Christine’s first name) line
William and Tina's (Christine) lines touched and
Our birthdays intersected. The date, 3-24-1954, ran
horizontally and 4-7-1966 ran diagonally and intersected.
The phrase "Word of God" overlapped my
birthday and was to the left of the intersection point of Tina’s (Christine) birthday
and my birthday. .
The Dallas (horizontal) and Christian (horizontal)
lines both intersected Koenig (diagonal).
The Watchman (diagonal) line intersected William
Tina's (Christine) diagonal line intersected her
sister Bobbie (horizontal).
Theodore's (my brother) horizontal line ran
parallel to mine and then crossed my line.
Joan's (my mother) horizontal line overlapped my
birthday and the "Word of God."
Virg's (my father) horizontal line ran next to my
My parent's lines crossed each others.
Edna's (my grandmother on my fathers side)
horizontal line ran across the top of the matrix
The Messiah (horizontal) and Bible (horizontal)
lines ran parallel and horizontal with my grandmother’s line and then crossed her
line. (Relevant Note: My grandmother during her life read the Bible every day. Loved the
Lord. And talked about Him frequently. In her final words, before "leaving" to
be with the Lord, she stated "I am so happy, I am so very, very happy" and then
Theodore’s (my grandfather on my dad’s
side) horizontal line ran parallel to his wife Edna's line. Their lines also crossed.
Adria's (my grandmother on my mother’s side)
horizontal line ran parallel to my grandmother Edna's line.
When I searched for William (my grandfather on my
mother’s side), it kept going back to my name next to Tina (Christine) instead of
finding another word area. So there wasn’t a good match with his name.
Christine's parents names showed up next to each
other and their lines crossed in our same family matrix.
Shirley's (Tina Christine's mother) horizontal line
ran near her husband Jessie and then crossed his line.
Jessie's (Tina's Christine's father) diagonal line
crossed through Shirley's line.
Christine's dad (Jessie) and my dad (Virg) lines
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