~Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Picture two doors in your mind.  Behind Door #1 is a book.  Behind Door #2 is a lake.  You have a choice between the two.  It’s really a simple choice – the one presented to you today. If you had a choice between a book or a lake, which would it be? Most would chose a lake – probably because of it’s real estate value, or peaceful scenery, or visions of building a vacation home on it.

However, if I were to qualify those two choices with a look toward eternity, your answer may take on a different light. The Bible says that when you die, you can be found named among those names written down by God in the Book of Life. But if your name is not written down in that book, you will be cast into the lake of fire.

I find it interesting that the phrase Lake of Fire is mentioned four times in the Scriptures. The number four symbolizes God’s creation (four seasons, four corners of the earth, four elements, four divisions of the day, four variations of lunar phases, etc.).

~Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

~Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

~Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

~Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

The Word of God states that all those who do not accept Christ as Saviour will spend eternity there along with the devil and his angels. Jesus spoke about the time to come where He would pass judgment on those who did not accept Him in Matthew 25:31-46. Notice what Christ said here:

~Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.

Is this really where you would want to spend eternity? The Lake of Fire is a place that God created, just as He created Heaven and earth, for those who would rebel against Him. All those who do so will not be found in the Book of Life. Only the names of those who are born again will be found in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  We do not have to wait to find out once we die. Our name can appear in the Book of Life while we are yet living – at the moment of salvation!  Jesus said that He is the only way to Heaven.  Therefore, if you do not believe in Jesus Christ, your name will not appear in His Book of Life.

~John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

As I researched the verses about the Book of Life, I discovered that the phrase the book of Life appears eight times in Scriptures. The number eight is the number specially associated with resurrection and regeneration, and the beginning of a new era or order.  Christ’s death, burial and resurrection represent a new covenant with mankind, giving the Gentiles an opportunity for salvation! One who is born again (John 3:3) accepts Christ’s perfect work on the cross as payment for their penalty of sin. His shed blood is our remission of sins – while the blood of lambs and goats from the first covenant with the Jews merely covered their sin awaiting Christ’s perfect sacrifice – the old covenant could not bring remission and forgiveness! There is no other way to be found in the book of life unless it is through Christ, Jesus!  The born-again believer is no longer dead to sin but has been regenerated by the blood of Jesus Christ and is given a new life, resurrected from spiritual death and his name is then placed in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

~Philippians 4:3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

~Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; 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.

~Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

~Revelation 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and 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, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

~Revelation 20:12 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 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

~Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

~Revelation 22:19 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, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

God spoke twice as much about the “book of life” than He did about the “Lake of Fire”! It’s important information, don’t you think?  God gives us double opportunity to choose eternal life with Him!  Oh what mercy!!

Don’t let the sun go down today before you have made certain that your name is found in the Lamb’s Book of Life! Eternity is too long and Hell’s fire too hot to push this matter aside!

So what door will you pick? Will you chose the book or the lake?

~Galatians 6:7-8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

The longer I live, the more I see this verse fulfilled. I see much more complacency toward anything holy. I see much more hatred of the things of God. I see much more hatred toward God, period. I don’t have to go far to read comments about beliefs, or lack of beliefs. The Internet is filled with these comments – and these are the ones that are spoken! There are countless others who do not make a verbal statement but simply think it in their hearts! The bottom line is that God sees everything. God will judge all things. He will not be made a fool because He knows every detail of every life, even those details that are done in secret. He will not be mocked. So, just who will be included?

~Romans 1:28-32 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

According to these verses, all men are described! It is not a funny matter. It is not something to joke about. It is not going to be a party where all your friends will join you. In fact, the Scriptures describe the end result for these people as one of torture. The most horrendous torture done to any martyr will be a cake walk compared to the torture for all eternity that awaits to the one who rejects Jesus Christ.

~Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

~Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

~Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

~Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The words “lake of fire” are descriptive enough – picture yourself swimming endlessly with no shoreline as your flesh burns. Anyone who has burned himself on an iron or stove can get a small idea of what awaits the one who rejects God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Even more, Christ spoke more on this subject than any other. He does not desire anyone to go to this lake of fire – it is your choice.

~Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

~Matthew 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

~Matthew 13:50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

~Matthew 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

~Matthew 24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

~Matthew 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

~Luke 13:28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

How, then, can one prevent going to this horrifying place?

Acts 8:30-37  And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. No one can enter Heaven any other way but than to believe this, as the eunuch did.

~John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

His good news is simple. He left Heaven. He came to earth – born of a virgin. He died for our sins because there’s no way we could live a good enough life – even one sin keeps us out of Heaven. He rose from the dead. He ascended into Heaven and He will come again to judge all.

No Christ, no peace. Know Christ, know peace!