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The Books of Heaven

Alistair Huong

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The books of heaven are central to the judgment in the heavenly sanctuary. What are those books? What do they contain? How does the judgment work? What does that have to do with us on Earth today? This message clarifies this core doctrine that lies at the heart of Adventism.

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Alistair Huong

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  • May 11, 2019
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Father in heaven we are thankful for your word and for prophecy and for the clarity in which you give us instruction for the time in which we live lord we know that your coming soon I mean we understand what Jesus is doing now and how it impacts us and how we ought to respond to our Lord and our Savior Please teach us something today we don't seek for anything new we just want to know what's true Give us your truth as it is in Jesus now we pray in Jesus' name amen. You see the title on the screen the books of heaven and you will understand very quickly why we are focusing on the books and through this I believe we wonder stand clearly the mechanics how the investigative judgment actually works and how it impacts us today so we will begin in Daniel Chapter 7 this is really the heart of the matter we see the judgment seen here in verse 9 and 10 is as I beheld till the thrones were cast down and the Ancient of Days did sit his garment was white as snow and the hair of a pair of his head was like pure wall his throne was like the fiery flame and his wheels as burning fire a fiery stream issued and came forth from before him 1000 thousands ministered unto Him and 10000 times 10000 stood before him the judgment was set and the books were opened so here in Daniel 7 we see. In vivid color painted the courtroom scene in the heavenly sanctuary in the Throne Room a throne room of God We see the angel of days we see. The books opening as sort of the marker when all good judgment can begin now. The judgment was set of the translations say the court was seated and the books were open so it's very clear to me and I believe to all of us when we look at the passage here that the books are instrumental there central to the operation of the judgment if that's clear let me hear you say. We're going to move on and develop this point a little bit further but I want to mention this thing you see up here there are some words underlined throughout this presentation that you'll see words that are underlined throughout a number of passages I want you to keep in mind what the similarities are between the underlined phrases because they're going to come back in significance later on but let's just mention it real briefly you're the 00s of 121-0000 times 10000 who or what does that refer to the angels OK So very simply simply put the judgment is not something that happens between God and you know the 3 persons of the Godhead and no one else there is an entire court and millions of Angels are participating as bystanders keep that thought in mind we're going to come back to it so in Revelation chapter 20 we see a similar scene except this is no longer the preamp and judgment this is after the millennium so the post advent I guess judgment you can call it and notice how it's described this is after the 2nd resurrection the dead have been raised and they are meeting life's record it says and I saw this is Revelation 20 verse 12 and I saw the dead small and great stand before God and the books were opened there is that idea that notion of books and the idea that imagery again except we're we get a little bit more information about those books OK. The books were opened and a nother 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 so I think it's safe to assume that we're talking about the same set of books in Daniel 7 as well as in Revelation chapter 20 Here's a question how many books are there in the judgment based on what we read in this passage. There's definitely more than one right because this is the book's plural world and so that's already at least 2 and another book was open which is a book of life so at least how many books 3 there's a minimum of 3 books and you'll see there are actually many books will explain that moment but what do the books contain 1st we have the book of life we'll talk about that in a moment but these other books that were opened it seems as if they have to do something with our works right that's what the passage says they are the things are written in the books are related to their works so the question we just ask how many books there's got to be a minimum of 3 and the books must contain several things the book of life is the 1st one and then if they're judged by their works if the what's written in the books are our works there's got to be at least a book for the evil deeds and the good for the books for the good deeds and how do I know this Ecclesiastes these 1214 tells us for God to bring every work into judgment with every secret thing whether it be good or whether it be evil OK. So that's the big picture the books in the judgment there are at least $33.00 categories of books so we're going to drill down now into each of these 3 books to understand a little bit better what they are all about so 1st is the book of life this is perhaps the one we're most familiar with Revelation 20 verse 15 says and whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire so how do you make sure you don't get thrown into a lake of fire your name must be registered where in the book of life that's simple to understand Revelation 2127 and there shell in no wise enter into it anything that the file if neither whatsoever a work of the BOM a nation or make up a lie but they which are written in the Lamb's Book of Life so talking about the New Jerusalem in order for us to have admittance to be able to go into the New Jerusalem our names must be written where in the book of life so it seems like it's pretty important for names to be in the Book of Life here is an important statement I think that clarifies perhaps some common misunderstandings about the book of life this is from. Commentary volume 7 page 987 when we become children of God Our names are written in the Lamb's book of life and they remain there until the time of the investigative judgment then the name of every individual be called and his record examined by him who declares I know their works this passage explains how do we get our names in the book of life what's what must happen or when does the name our names get registered in that book according to this when we become children of God and I'm not going to get into all the details there's other Bible studies that can be done but let's just say when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior by faith claiming his life in our place we become the children of God. And add that point our names go in the book of life there's no hoops to jump through we don't have to bend over backwards we accept Christ we become adopted into God's family and where Ed we're in the book now notice do our names get removed every time we sin no where and they remain the names remain there until the time of the judgment I know sometimes that this notion like every time I slip up every time I make a mistake my name is out of the book that's not how it works God keeps our names in there and when it comes time for the judgment the process of the judgment determines who gets to stay and who has to be erased or blotted out that's terminology and we'll talk about the significance of that in the in a moment but suffice it to say at this point we don't have to have this constant worry like is my name in the book right now that I just that I that I just get erased and then how do I get back in is it is this constant in and out of grace type of experience we don't have to think about it in that in those terms so the book of life how it works the Book of Life is a record of names it's a name the names of all who have accepted Christ and those names remain in the book and till the judgment no name gets removed until the judgment is completed at least for that person. And of course our names must remain in the book in order for us to be saved that's the Book of Life Let's take a look at the other 2 books now we have books for our wicked deeds and then a book for our righteous deeds so the book of record of sins Isaiah 6567 says Behold it is written before me your iniquities and iniquities of your fathers together see if the Lord in Jeremiah $171.00 says the sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron and with the point of a diamond it is graven upon the tab table of their hearts and upon the horns of the altars a little bit of sanctuary imagery their time the earthly sanctuary a service as well to the heavenly sanctuary there's a record of sin transmitted through the blood and you know we can talk more about that in another study I suppose but suffice it to say there's a record of since. Great controversy page $42.00 says opposite each name in the books of heaven is entered with terrible exactness every wrong word every selfish act every unfulfilled duty and every secret sin with every artful dissembling heaven sent warnings or reproof neglected wasted moments unimproved opportunities to influence exerted for good or for evil with is far reaching result all are chronicled by the Recording Angel so there is a very precise an erring comprehensive record of all the things that we have done this specifically in this case the sins but notice who does the chronicling is the underline section who who does the recording angel keep that thought in mind so what about the other side of the story sounds so scary oh my sins are recorded makes us feel nervous probably should. But there is a flip side to this coin and that is there's also besides a book of record of sins there is what's called the Book of Remembrance and what is that all about Malakai 3 Verse 6 says and the book of remembrance was written before him for them the fear the Lord and the thought upon his name and am I a 1314 says Remember Me Oh My God concerning this and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God and for the offices there up so there's a record of the good as well as the bat 7 B.C. 986 it says the angels of God There is a there it is again that is who is the one doing the marking the angels of God are walking up and down the streets of these cities and marking the deeds of men they record in the books of God's remembrance the words of Faith the acts of love the humility of spirit and in that day when every man's work shall be tried of what sort it is the work of the humble follower of Christ will stand the test and will receive the commendation of heaven one more quote related to the book of remembrances from great controversy now page for any one in the book of God's remembrance every deed of righteousness is immortalized there every temptation resisted every evil overcome every word of tender pity expressed is faithfully chronicled and every act of service a sacrifice excuse me every suffering and sorrow endured for Christ's sake is recorded Does that make you feel a little bit better like God's not just recording the bad stuff we've done is according the good stuff too so what are these books all about the books of record in the books of remembrance it's a record of all the sins and righteous deeds in our lives there is no error in this record it is complete precise and completely accurate. And it is registered by the angels God doesn't record himself the angels do that work and these books serve as the evidence they were brought up in the judgement so they're the evidence in the judgment So let's take a little step back so what's the big deal about these books what is it what is God trying to demonstrate what is he trying to show by having these detailed records of everything we've done not just what we've done but even what we haven't done the thoughts intense the motives all of that all of it is written down why is that necessary What does the show bible commentary again volume 7987 in the books of heaven our lives are accurately traced as in the picture on the plate of the photographer. Same Page next paragraph as the artist takes on the polished glass a true picture of the human face so the angels have got daily place upon the books of heaven and exact representation of the character of every human being Ellen White I believe was using the best. Examples illustrations that she had at her disposal in her day she is trying to use modern technology to illustrate what's going on in heaven and she takes she kicks it up a notch right like in the in the Old Testament they like their books the books are open and they might have in their mind scrolls right elements like that doesn't really capture the picture it's more like a picture it's a picture you know you take a photograph and is the exact replica of the person and so God through these books is basically capturing exactly who we are our our entire life history our motives and inward our characters. Not just what we did what we could have done why we did it right all the flotsam intense and that go on to create who we are there is a reproduction of who we are so I'm going to take this one step further because I think we can actually understand this quite clearly today God had a full backup of each of us in the cloud. I mean we understand that right. We didn't we didn't have these when audio 1st started so now we can understand if I drop my phone or gets run over or drops in the toilet and the dies I can get a completely new phone it can sync with i Cloud and my phone is exactly the same so now we understand how it works in the resurrection too right when we die our bodies turn to dust when we are resurrected God recreates our body you know instead of a cracked screen on my i Phone 6 S. I'll be the i Phone 610 X. Max. And God just download the full backup from the records in heaven into this body and bam exactly the same person with the same memories same character everything. Using this analogy taking one step further you understand that nowadays there's a lot of talk about privacy everyone's all worried about their phones being hacked or the i Cloud backup is it encrypted or not because when we think about terrorism and we think about criminals Nowadays the police or the F.B.I. They don't even need the physical device anymore they just go to the Apple or or whatever company Dropbox whoever is backing up stuff Google and they just need the key to access the backup files and one thing get the backup files they have the entire history of the phone they don't even need the physical device and Ah now we begin to understand so how do we actually present ourselves in the investigative judgment when we're not there we can't go to heaven but we're still there through our i Cloud back up so you understand God probably has some advanced technology up there more advanced than augmented reality virtual reality whatever it is I don't think they're literal books but it is a helpful analogy for us to understand but when our names are come up in the judgment I believe there is probably some sophisticated technology that we are just. Booted up in the courts of heaven and God can show exactly what we did why we did it what we were thinking when we did it our reaction after we did it and the impact with all the people that we interact with the books of heaven is the database so to say the backup drive the cloud backup storage the cloned files of our entire life that's what it is does that make sense Amen. So here we see. What those books contain So how are those books then used I'm going to read this next passage is a little bit long but I think is relevant because it's coming straight from inspiration and it's in the book great controversy and I believe now we have the the language and the terminology to help us understand what actually happens in the judgment OK So this is a great conference a pitch for 83 as the books of record are opened in the judgment the lives of all who have believed on Jesus come in review before God beginning with those who 1st lived upon the earth our advocate presents the cases of each successive generation and closes with the living every name is mentioned every case closely investigated names are accepted names rejected when any have sins remaining upon the books of record and repented of an unforgiving their names will be blotted out of the book of life and the record of the good deeds will be erased book of God's remembrance all who have truly repented of sin and by faith claim the blood of Christ as their atoning sacrifice have pardoned registered against their names in the books of heaven as they have become partakers of the righteousness of Christ and their characters are found to be in harmony with the law of God their sins will be blotted out and they themselves will be accounted worth of the of eternal life so you see that's the judgment in a nutshell 2 paragraphs or so describing how it works and the books are in the center seat of how this all goes down so how these books you summarize in what we just read the book of life is the waiting list for names to be called in the judge I believe is probably in chronological order so it starts with Adam that's what it says and every person successively through history as Except Jesus is registered in the book is like this long index of names and God is going there OK Next on THE LIST. Johnny Susie Billy whoever it is their name comes up and with their name comes up God has the angels boot up their backup drive and when the name is called The entire life of that individual is called up and evaluated so this is when his his or her books are opened and that's when the hologram happens and you also read the statement at the end of time in the grand panorama the all of the living universe everyone will be alive at the same time the dead are resurrected they see in vivid color their life flash before their eyes right before the final lake of fire after the 2nd resurrection that I believe is the same thing the books are being called up everyone gets to see the record in those records and their lives being demonstrated and revealed and in the in the end either the name as well as the righteous deeds gets blotted out of the Book of Life and The Book of Remembrance or the sins are blotted out of the Book of Records that's the conclusion when the judgment is done something gets erased something gets blotted out it's either our name or sins but that begs perhaps the most important question in all of this and that is what is it that they're looking for we have all these records yeah that's great but what exactly is the court looking for there's only one question there's only one question to be asked in the judgement and that is has this person truly accepted Jesus as his or her lord and savior that's it there is none other name under heaven whereby we might be saved except in Jesus Christ he says I am the Way the Truth and the life no man cometh to the Father except by me. And the fact that we are in the Lamb's Book of Life simply means we have out one point in our lives made the claim of being a child of God we have made the profession that I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior and he can have my life but then the judgment is the record looking through the record books to see the evidence to the veracity of that decision if we say and claim that we belong to Jesus our life should corroborate that claim that's all it is the judgment is basically the courts of Heaven sitting down a saying does this person really mean what they say when they say I believe in Jesus when I say I will love him with all my heart mind soul and strength is a true he says it came down to the altar call when in the baptismal tank but is it true and the only way to figure out whether this person is genuinely converted and whether they have actually accepted Christ into their hearts and has given him every inch and parcel of his but of his being is for there to be an investigation of his life and so the books are called up and they look at the record of the life and the record is not for measuring our good deeds verses the bat this is such an important point when we think about the judgment we think of the current courts and justice right we have you know Lady Justice blindfold holding the scales it's measuring the grudges deeds and the evil deeds that's not how this judgment works God is not sitting up there telling things of you that's righteous of that sinful K. let's see how the scales are balancing out well this person did just one more righteous deed than evil deed so I guess he's OK. That's not how this works and we need to be careful not to slip into that kind of legal list works oriented type of thinking because that is false theology this is not talking about have you done enough good to merit getting into heaven because for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God If God is winning our good with the bad we're going to lose every time because even one sin is going to keep us out so that's not what these records are about the record is about answering this question does this person's life match up with their claim is there evidence that they truly have allowed Jesus into their lives because of Jesus comes into our lives it is impossible for there not to be change here's a statement in great controversy page 44 just to drill this point home the difference between the books being evidence versus our works being meritorious our works have no merit notice what is says Jesus does not excuse their sins but shows their penitence and faith so he looks at the record of their sins on one hand he says yes they've sin they've messed up he doesn't excuse it sin this it and then he looks at the Book of Remembrance showing their penitence and faith and notice he's not pointing out and say But look how much good they've done they were told with the the change in the life no. He's simply showing the condition of their heart their penitence their faith their humility and claiming for them of forgiveness he lives his wounded hands before the Father and the holy angel saying I know them by my name I have dreamed and then on the palms my hands Christ will close his face ones with his own righteousness and their name stand and rolled and Book of Life you see the difference here we have to be very careful not to look at this like we have to earn something we don't earn anything Christ is merely using the record to make the case to say Johnny Susie Billy whoever it is any They truly have accepted me and here's evidence they are penitent genuinely penitent and humble and have sought for forgiveness their heart is genuine in their motives to accept me in their lives what can you say I've died for them my blood has been shed for them and our names remain in the book of life. The judgment is all about Jesus standing up for our defense and the books merely show have we accepted Him as our advocate the books tell the real story now I think when we read the statement of stuff to Christ at least for me it gives a picture now what the judgement is all about how it practically applies steps to Christ page $57.00 while we cannot do anything to change our hearts or to bring ourselves into harmony with God while we must not trust all to ourselves or our good works our lives will reveal whether the grace of God is dwelling within us a change will be seen in the character the habits the pursuits. The contrast will be clear in the side between what they have been and what they are we read earlier that the books of heaven the records is to show us our character like the portrait on the picture right the back up in the cloud we see a very clear and accurate representation of who this person is and the law of cause and effect basically says if this person has accepted Christ there will necessarily unavoidably be a change in the life in the character and the books is the evidence and here's the statement the character is revealed not by occasional good deeds and occasional Misty it's but by the tendency of the habitual words and acts this to me is a hopeful Fuck God is not looking at every minute. God is not in yeah he there is an accurate detailed record Don't get me wrong but there is not this counting of every minute right and wrong there is interest in what is Who is this person really the full record I want to see who this person really is not just a gotcha moment I thought you slipped up right before you die and how. God looks at the tendency of the habitual words and act and this is why because if you think about it why doesn't God just have the record of the last hour or the last day or last week or just a snippet right before a person dies if that's all there is to it but God has to show the full record so that there is clearly seen the character who this person was and who this person became through the power of Jesus living in their lives. So when we think about our walk our Christian walk with Jesus if we stumble if we fall. We don't need to have this word complex that own no my name is on the book of life God is going to get me now. That's not how God works God cares about the whole person the whole being and yes is true God knows our hearts I don't want this to be an excuse you understand this is no excuse to take God's grace and make a cheap grace to have license to sin because guess what the judge is going to reveal that too but if we're living a life faithful to God and we are genuinely following him to the best of our knowledge the light has been revealed to us and somehow through the weakness of the flesh we make a stumble we make a mistake we make a we realize we had an error in judgment guess what God is not going to fling a lightning bolt right that moment to say that's it you're done God says wait a minute pick yourself back up I've seen where you come from I can help you overcome this thing and when the judgment comes up there is an advocate named Jesus Christ says look at who he is yet he tripped up there he's not going to excuse the sin but he's going to say but look what I enabled him to do through my power after that look at the whole story people that's what God is trying to do in the judgment and this passage has given me much clearer insight and a lot more assurance in my walk with God even in light of the judgment but when we talk about the judgment of course nowadays nobody likes to be judged. Who has the right well God has the right. And in fact it is good news that God judges us because guess what Jesus knows everything about us and he still loves us and wants to save we have to say Holly Lui to that because if anybody sees our full record if we look at our own full record we feel hopeless but Jesus. I want you anyway. And he is going to stand in our defense as long as we are willing to have them this reminds me of the story the woman at the well in John chapter 4 this woman talks to Jesus right she she has this conversation with him why why are you talking to me I'm a woman Samaritan and Jesus tells her you know that's cutting a long story short yeah the guy you're living with not your husband you got 5 you remember her reaction it was like shame I can't believe this person let me run away please don't tell everybody you know that's our natural reaction she runs back to town and she says everybody you got to meet this guy he told me everything I ever did. You get understand the rest of the talent's people probably have been gossiping behind our back you know how that goes right human nature has not changed 2000 years and everybody's looking at it like we know what you've done and why are you smiling What is this all about you see it reveals that this woman understood that Jesus read her like an open book he knew everything about her but yet loved her and that's the God who stands as our advocate in the judgment and we think about that we say Jesus you can be my judge because how can I be lost when you are standing in my corner but more than that more than that finally the whole truth will be known they'll be no misrepresenting the facts everyone will get an equal hearing the innocent will be vindicated and the guilty will be unmasked how many times have we in this life have been mis understood we get mistreated because someone thought this or that someone surmised that we were going to do this or that when we had nothing to do with it or. We've all been those situations you say something and and the other person gets all offended and it's like oh no I didn't realize we say things that we don't mean right and then we end up getting the short end of the stick and we feel like we are being mistreated misrepresented we are being treated as guilty when we have pure motives we've been you know we've been framed we've been wrong in the judgment that won't be the case God will make sure every single case gets a clear hearing and everyone gets a fair shake and the truth will be unvarnished the innocent will finally be vindicated and the guilty will be unmasked and I say that when within quotes because none of us really are innocent you understand. But mis understandings will not happen our genuine motives when we think I didn't mean that I feel so terrible but I can't go back to rectify it Jesus will make it right for you just like Daniel God is my judge I would trust my case to him who judges righteously that's good news but then we have to remember to be very careful to remember that the judgment also tells us that there isn't and never will be any assurance if we live in sin there is no entrance to heaven while sinning Lucifer was expelled and one 3rd of the angels because they sent Adam and Eve got kicked out of the garden because they sent it doesn't it will never work for God to allow sinners back in and so we have to understand that the whole point of the judgment is to reveal whether we have allowed Jesus to help us overcome sin in our lives so let me give you an example now. Anybody know who this is. I think those of you who have kept up with the news are well aware of this individual ironically he's in the news a lot but he's not in the news if you understand him saying he's off personally doing interviews but this is special counsel Robert Moore he was appointed to investigate whether the current president of the United States colluded with the Russians to win the election investigating the sitting president the United States right that is no small task it took millions of dollars nearly 2 years and guess what the report comes out and everyone still fighting. Clearly I'm not here to make a political statement right but the point is we spent all this he's like the best in the business right he has got this amazing list of credentials everybody trusts this guy he does his job he comes back and there's no resolution the fight still continues why because the investigation the judgment if you will is not complete Wouldn't it be convenient if we could just roll the tape let's just go back let's just pull the record let's just borrow the archives of Heaven right gods record books let's just put it on the big screen let's just see what really happens spare the millions of dollars voter you know angsty and you know with throwing the political system in turmoil here in this country let's just see what really happened Well that's exactly what's going to happen in the in the investigative judgment there won't be special hearings on Capitol Hill wondering oh what about the rest of the report why is all this redacted or can we get this person to testify but I don't know how to look none of that's going to be necessary because the judgment is going to be thorough precise complete everything is going to be out in the open. That's the only way we can have truth is complete honesty and transparency and this latest example in our in our political system here I've just find it to be such a helpful illustration to help us show even in the very best our system of justice here on Earth we can arrive at the necessary conclusion that we want that's why we need the uncaring judgement in heaven and finally there's going to be true justice finally there will be true justice because of this investigative judgment in heaven those who never get what they deserve while on the earth the hurtful hypocrite the oppressor of the downtrodden the wicked who prospered while the righteous suffered those who got away with murder they will all be fully unmasked in the judgement we do not need to worry about taking vengeance in our own hands Vengeance is mine see if the Lord and it's not going to be some you know vengeful attitude about it is just going to be revealing the truth showing the record and the life of the individual will clearly show who they really are but of course we just need to make sure we're not one of them and so we come to the end of this. Judgement scene we still have a couple questions we need to answer. Why is always necessary because Doesn't God know everything all right why go through all this trouble it seems as though God is going through an extraordinary amount of work when he already knows the conclusion before you ever start a sort of a waste of time in a sense of course God doesn't waste time but what we see here is that God is opening up his decision making process for the watching universe to examine that's something remarkable to think about because what earthly. Political power do you know that's willing to go to this length of transparency to show how decisions are made in his government God is allowing us to see everything and so you see the books are not really for God God doesn't need the books the books are for everyone else for groups of people or beings or individuals if you will that the books are really for number one the books are for Satan and his fallen angels this way God can't be accused of being unfair because just think about this if God allows certain people into heaven without opening up his records Lucifer is going to stand and say wait wait wait I've got my records of those sins believe me he has records and he's going to say what about this what about that what about that and all the other unfallen beings are still going to stand there saying well he's got a point but what about that so God is preempting all of that by saying look here all the records every all the cards are out on the table so to say everything is out in the open seats and you compare your notes with mine see if I missed anything of course God never misses anything but to take it one step further the books are also for the UN fallen angels and the unfallen beings in the other worlds because they must be interested to know who their new neighbors are going to be. They remember the one 3rd that fell they remember that and so God in interest of making sure that there is. An accounting it's called segregation of duties accountability controls and in the process in place he actually has the angels do the recording you notice all the lines up and underlined throughout the whole presentation God makes it very clear to not even do the recording of the deed himself he says My angels are going to do so they themselves cannot say God you've doctored these documents. This is a really what it is no one can say that because the Angels did it themselves and the Angels are going to say these records are accurate you want to audit me. So Satan and his angels keep their records the unfollowing world unfallen angels keep their records they can compare their notes and God steps back and says You guys can make sure that the evidence is sound make sure that it is accurate make sure it is up to snuff because I don't want anybody to accuse me of having manipulated the process transparency and finally the next group of people the records are for is for the redeemed when we're up in heaven for a 1000 years during the military I'm I think we're going to be spending a lot of time going through those books that's the time when we get to fire up whatever the D.V.D. player Blu ray or virtual reality headset whatever fire up the records why is so and so not here why is this why was this decision made here she was such a wonderful person to help me with this in the pre-service that I have a hope and they did this and then the other thing but they're not here God says through the records you take a look and finally at the very end of time a after the 2nd resurrection the last they stand up gathered around the New Jerusalem in panoramic vision the books the tapes are old and the last see with their own eyes their life in living color from start to finish every decision that they've made to lead them to that point all of these are all drawn from the books of heaven and so we see here how does the judgment really work everything hinges on those books and those books are really central at the end of the day. To not just the investigative judgment itself but to the entire plan of salvation to the entire great controversy and to this stablish want of a sound basis for God's government so sin will never rise the 2nd time the books of heaven so what about us what about today how do we stand in that judgment Acts chapter 3 verse 19 repente therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord Revelation 3 Verse 5 he that overcome with the same shall be clothed in white Rayment 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 so what is our response today our number one priority ought to be to make sure our name is retained in the book of life and how is that how does it happen its not rocket science repent be converted accept Christ into our lives overcome through his great as divine and the branches grafted together may we be grafted together in Jesus there's nothing to fear in this judgement as long as we are right with Jesus He is our advocate he will defend us no matter what our record use to be Jesus will make sure that people see the full story and as long as he writes the ending of that story we have the assurance. That we will be retained in the Book of Life at last so how many of us today want to say Lord Jesus I commit my life to you I want to make sure my name remains in the book and I don't want to have any reason to fear my record coming up when my name is called I Know My hand is less about our heads together for prayer as we close Father in heaven we thank you so much for the clarity that's found in your words you have laid bare You have opened up your process you have been so transparent in how you conduct your business in the governments of heaven Lord we love you more because of it we know we can have confidence in a God such as this and we know that we can have confidence in the process by which you make your decisions and Lord today we thank you that through the blood of Jesus we have a 2nd chance now we can stand with our names registered in the Lamb's book of life regardless of our past but Lord we pray that Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith right now that we might be faithful that we might be useful in your cause as well and may you help us to remain connected to that to that vine so that when the troubles come when the decisions come we will not be shaken. 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