“And Books Were Opened”
Revelation 20:12
What Books Will Be Opened At My Judgment?
This Is Something We Each Must Consider.

Judgment day is a real day!
Judgment day is an appointed day!
Judgment day is a future day!
Judgment day is a final day!
Judgment day is a day of certainty!
Judgment day is a revealing day!
Judgment day will be an all-inclusive day!
Judgment day will be an accountability day!
Judgment day will be a dividing day!
Judgment day will be a reading day!
You will be there . . .
We all will be there . . .
Everyone who has ever lived will be there.

What does the Bible say about the judgment?
Hebrews 9:27 - “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.”
Acts 17:31 - “Because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead."
2 Corinthians 5:10 - “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
Romans 14:10-12 - “But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt or your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.“ So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.”
Matthew 25:31-33 - “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, and then He will sit on the throne of His glory.” All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.”
Revelation 20:12 - “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”

Many writers use Revelation 20:12 as a text to suggest possible types of books that might be opened at the judgment.
We are pretty sure that there are many books that will not be opened on that day (Let us notice some of them).
Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, technical, text-books, magazines, TV-guide, law reviews, comic-books, news-papers, advertisements, hobbies and crafts, commentaries, most religious material.
The list could go on and on, so let us focus upon what books we know from the Bible that will be opened at OUR judgment.

Philippians 4:3 - “And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.”
Revelation 13:8 - “All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
Revelation 20:14-15 - “Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Revelation 21:27 - “But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.”

The Scriptures speak concerning THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE.
Malachi 3:16 - “Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name.”
Isaiah 30:8-9 - “Now go, write it before them on a tablet, and note it on a scroll that it may be for time to come, forever and ever: That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children who will not hear the law of the LORD.”
1 Corinthians 4:5 - “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one's praise will come from God.”
Luke 8:17 - “For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.”
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 “The conclusion, when all has been heard is: fear God and keep His commandments because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”
Romans 2:16 - “In the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.”
Note: There are some things God will not remember.
Jeremiah 31:34 - “No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
As humans we have a hard time forgiving others.
It is often very hard to forget the wrongs done to us.
Not so with God.
What the record books contain is determined by what God decides to remember and what He decides to forget.

This book is different from the book of remembrance.
The book of remembrance considers the attitudes (the hearts) of the people God was dealing with.
The book of deeds is dealing with what every person has done.
It is the record of everyone’s works and actions, endeavors, and sin.
Many of the sacred writers make it clear that men shall be judged according to their works.
Modern theology is very uncomfortable in the light of this truth.
They have been teaching a message which the Bible does not teach.
But the Bible is very clear that the record of every man’s deeds will surely enter into the judgment which he shall receive.
Jesus taught this:
John 5:26-29 - “For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, And has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice And come forth-- those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”
Matthew 25:31-46 - The great judgment scene.
The apostle Paul taught this:
Romans 2:5-6 - “But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who "will render to each one according to his deeds.”
2 Corinthians 5:10 - “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
The apostle Peter taught this:
Acts 10:34 - “But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.”
James taught this:
James 2:26 - “. . . “So faith without works is dead also.”
The apostle John taught this:
1 John 2:4-5 - “He, who says, I know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.”
1 John 3:23-24 - “And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment. Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.”
Revelation 2:5 - (Ephesus) “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place-- unless you repent.”
Revelation 14:13 - “Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, ‘Write: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.’”
So, you see, our deeds both good and bad are recorded in God’s book of deeds.
And God is perfect and does not miss anything.

Last but not least, we have the Bible being opened and read.
This is what we will call the benchmark or standard of our judgment.
God gave us His commands in the Bible, and if we obey them, we will receive eternal life.
But if we reject and dis-obey His commands, we will receive eternal damnation.
The great, continuing witness of all ages is the Bible.
The Old Testament continues to be the most impressive witness of the deity of Christ in that it establishes His credentials historically for ages prior to the Incarnation.
The Scriptures speak concerning the Old Testament.
John 5:34 - “Search the scriptures . . . for these are they that testify of me.”
Luke 24:44 - “Then He said to them, These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”
Luke 24:25 - “Then He said to them, O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!”
Matthew 22:29 - “Jesus answered and said to them, You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.”
The Scriptures speak concerning the New Testament.
Matthew 7:24, 26 - “These sayings are mine.”
Matthew 28:18-20 - “Whatsoever I have commanded you.”
John 12:48 - “My words will judge him in the last day.”
1 Peter 1:3-5 - “The word of the Lord (the gospel) endures forever.”
Matthew 24:35 - “See, I have told you beforehand.”
Hebrews 2:3 - “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him”
2 Peter 3:2 - “That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior.”
John 6:68 - “But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom we shall go? You have the words of eternal life.”

2 Timothy 4:1 - “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom.”
Friends, the judgment day is real and the judgment day is coming.
God has given us a Bible and a lifetime to prepare for our judgment.
Are you ready for the books to be opened?

By Carey Scott

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