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'And they that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are
not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the
Lamb slain' (Rev. 13:8).*
See The Apocalypse by Dr. E.W. Bullinger. Now available with the new
title, A Commentary on Revelation, published by Kregel.
'The beast ... shall ... 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' (Rev. 17:8).
'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 whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into
the lake of fire' (Rev. 20:15).
'And there shall in no wise enter ... or maketh a lie: but they which
are written in the Lamb's book of life' (Rev. 21:27).
'And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this
prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life (or as
many texts read "the tree of life"), and out of the holy city, and from
the things which are written in this book' (Rev. 22:19).
Again we have exclusion from the Holy City, and from the things written
in the book of the Revelation. Inasmuch as the New Jerusalem is not the
sphere of blessing for all the redeemed, this threat of exclusion must
necessarily be limited. Inasmuch as the book of the Revelation deals with
the day of the Lord and the Millennial Kingdom, only those who came within
the province of that period could forfeit the things written therein.
Exclusion from the Holy City will be a great deprivation, but can it be
likened to an eternity of agony in fire and brimstone? Everything points to
a special company, a special time, a special reward, and a special
punishment. Everything points away from the period covered by the present
dispensation of grace. (See Millennial Studies9, for a fuller examination).
One more feature needs adjustment. The average reader when he reads:
'And Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the
lake of fire' pictures to himself a vast multitude whom no man can number
suffering this dreadful fate, and to disarm any criticism, we quote
unaltered, from the translation of J.N. Darby, whose views on eternal
punishment were orthodox:
'And if any one was not found written in the book of life, he was cast
into the lake of fire' (Rev. 20:15, J.N. Darby).
'Any one', 'he', are intensely singular. Instead of the mass of
mankind ending here, the number likely to endure this penalty may be small.
We come to no rigid conclusion. All we ask is that the reader should come
to no conclusion that takes him outside of the limitations set by the
references quoted. Where matters that belong to our own calling are
inexplicable, that should call for heart -searching. If some passage in
Ephesians is beyond our understanding, that should call for prayer. But