“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heave fled away; and there was found no place for them. 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.” (Revelation 21:1-3)
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he has done whether it be good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10)
“And now, little children, abide in Him; that when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” (I John 2:28)
Everybody has a book of their life here on earth. Upon conception, God already has a book for that life. The book is full of all the plans, purposes and missions for the Kingdom for that particular person. The talents and gifts are listed in the book that God has given to that person. The path of their life is laid out from the womb until the grave. It is a path back to Him.
Sadly, many people never fulfill the plans in their book. They go their own way and follow their own path in life’s journey. All through their lives though, unseen and unaware by them is the Hand of their Creator trying to lead them to Himself to take the lifeline He bought for them with His own Blood.
However, there are millions of people who ARE following the path laid out in their book. Even if they messed up the first part of the book, when they come to Jesus, He sets them on the path and the things of the past are in the past. Isn’t God good? To give anyone who asks a fresh start–a do-over.
All believers–over-comers–faithful ones–wise virgins, will come to the Judgment Seat of Christ during the time of the Tribulation. After we meet Him in the air to join Him at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Our book will be opened and the Lord will show us the impact our lives had for Him in the earth. The things we said, things we did and the attitudes of our hearts, that touched and led others to Him. It is a time of rewards. A time of blessings, not condemnation what for we didn’t do, but rather what we DID do.
I personally believe, and it’s just my opinion, that the Lord will show us what the plans were that He originally laid out for us. I believe that is why John said “abide in Him; that when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” I want my life to be as close to God’s original plan as I possibly can. I know that it won’t be because of bad decisions I made, but the latter part of my life–oh yeah, I know I’m in the center of His will.
On the final day, after it is all over, all the dead, small and great, will stand before the Great White Throne of Judgment. There are no rewards here. There are however books that will be opened. The book of each life will be opened and the words and attitudes and deeds done by that person will be judged against the Word of God–not the Queen James Bible–the true and Living Word of God.
I believe on that day, every person will hear from Jesus Christ the plans He had for their lives. To me that would be so heartbreaking to know the wonderful things God had for me and I rejected it so I could live comfortably for 70 or 80 years. A mere wisp of time compared to eternity. Finally, the Lord will ask if their name is written in the Book of Life. When their name is not there, they will have to go to the lake of fire forever.
I know a lot of people don’t believe in Hell or the lake of fire or the Great White throne judgment. It’s not “seeker friendly” and therefore it must be irrelevant for today’s world. Eternity is a long time to pay for that philosophy. Jesus said “these are the beginning of the birth pains.” It is time for the lukewarm Christian to return whole-heartedly to the Lord. It is time for the backslider to repent and return to the Lord. It is time for the passionate to seek Him further and deeper and harder. It is in the secret place of the Most High that true peace and freedom are found. Even when there is no freedom on the earth, there is freedom in the Lord!
If you are reading this and you feel the tug of the Holy Spirit call you back to Him, don’t say no. It is an opportunity to fulfill the plans in your book. You can pick up where you left off with Jesus..He has not left YOU. He is in the same place you left Him.
Go to this page and pray this prayer to return to the Lord with your whole heart:
Welcome back believer! The rest of your book awaits you!