Verse of the Day Devotion: Revelation 20:15
“And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15
Today, my wife, son and I were going through True Devotion Ministries doctrinal statement to make some minor adjustments where needed. When we finally got to the eschatology section, this verse stood out in a major way to me. It speaks of those who never accepted the work Jesus did on the cross; His death, burial and resurrection that paid the penalty for their sins.
Here is the basic order of what will take place as written in Revelation 20. First, Satan will be thrown into an abyss for a thousand years. Then those who were killed because of their testimony of Christ and had not received the mark on their hand or forehead will come to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. . (Revelation 20:1-6).
After the thousand years have been completed, Satan will be released, and he will gather together an army. With them, Satan will surround the saints and Jerusalem, but will be defeated. After this, he will be thrown into the lake of fire where the beast and the false prophet already are. Then the dead are to be judged, every one of them are to be judged, after which death and Hades will be thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:7-14).
Next, we see our focus verse. “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15. The final verdict will be decided based on whether our name is found in the book of life or not. Those whose names are written in the book of life are those who are saved. Those who are destined for eternal life. They believe that Jesus is the Christ. As Jesus put it, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:14-16.
Now, there is one important idea I want to bring out. Those who do not believe, their names are not written in the Lambs book of Life. We all know many people who are not saved. Family, friends and acquaintances. We see many people all over who are not saved. Do we desire all our family members to have their names in the book? Do we desire all our friends to have their names in the book? It is up to us to make sure the names of everyone we know, and meet are found in the book of life. We as Christians have a responsibility to share the gospel to as many as we have the opportunity to speak with. Most unsaved have no idea what their future holds for them. Make it a point to introduce them to the saving knowledge of Jesus. God loves them and has called us to go out where He takes us and present the gospel. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20. And since no one can be a disciple unless they are saved, we are called to share the gospel. Let us do what we can to introduce as many people as we can to Jesus, praying to get their names in the most important book in all of history.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.