The Books of Record
by Bayo Omoyiola, Jr.
"But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgement seat of Christ" (Romans 14:10).
" For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." (2 Cor. 5:10).
I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God's throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them (Revelation 20:11-12).
I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames; its wheels were a burning fire. A river of fire was flowing and coming out from before Him; Thousands upon thousands were attending Him, and myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; the court sat, And the books were opened (Daniel 7:9-10).
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory; All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world (Matthew 25:31- 34).
The books of record are a collection of books that contains the works of all mankind, from Adam to the last man. It contains the good and bad works of every human, both dead and alive. It is a huge collection so huge that there is enough room in them to contain the records of the human beings that are yet to be born or even formed.
On the Last day, our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Judge of the living and the dead would judge mankind; small and great unbelievers and every sinful person who dies before that time would present themselves before the great white throne and Christ will judge them. The dead would come back to life for their judgement and Christ would judge them. (2 Tim 4:1). All the nations of the earth shall stand before Him and He would judge all the people. The books of record would be opened and the dead would be judged according to what is recorded in them.
Please note that the great white throne judgement is for the judgement of formerly dead sinners and unbelievers only. All believers that are saved and washed by the blood of Jesus Christ would not be judged at the same time with the formerly dead unbelievers. All truly redeemed believers would be judged based on their deeds in the books of record at the judgement seat of Christ according to Romans 14:10 and 2 Corinthians 5:10. Also note that no redeemed believer will go to the lake of fire. Though all saved believers will be judged according to their works but none will go to the lake of fire. All saints and redeemed Christians (that have been saved and washed by the blood of JESUS and whose names have been written in the Lambís book of life) would inherit the Kingdom of GOD.
The formerly dead sinners and unbelievers who will be judged on the day of the great white throne judgement (and whose names are not found written in the book of life) would be cast into the lake of fire prepared for the devil, the anti-Christ, the false prophet and the fallen angels. Death and hell would also be cast into the lake of fire.
The day of the great white throne judgement would be a period after the seven year reign of the anti-Christ and after the millennium reign of CHRIST on the earth. It is interesting to note that according to the book of 1 Corinthians 6:2-3, redeemed believers would join Christ in judging the unbelievers and the fallen angels on that day.
The bible also talks about the Judgement of nations when Christ come with his angels to judge the nations based on their deeds in the books of record. Matthew 25:31-46 tells us that he will separate the righteous from the sinners. I believe this period would be for the judgement of the people who would still be mortally alive after the 7 year tribulation ends. The remnant of God's people (who will refuse to receive the 666 mark and who remain on the earth up till that time) will be saved while the sinners who are alive up till that time would be condemned to the lake of fire.
As I said earlier, the sinners who die before the period of the Judgement of the nations would come back to life and be judged based on their deeds in the books of record by Christ and the saints at the great white throne Judgement(Rev 20:11-12). I believe it is also at this period that the fallen angels (that were bound and reserved for judgement) would be judged because hell would give up all that is in it. After the judgement, the formerly dead sinners, the fallen angels, death and hell would join the anti-Christ, false prophet, the devil and the other sinners in the lake of fire. Then there will be a new heaven and a new earth where GOD and Christ and the saints shall shall stay forever.
Closing remark: Keep on doing good because every one of your good deeds is recorded in the books of record and they would all be rewarded by the LORD.
He who has an ear, let him hear (Mark 4:9) ... He that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. (Rev 22:11-12).
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Bayo, God through your article has reminded us that death is not the end as some believe for the Bible makes it clear, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27) My hope is that people would not read and forget these articles but heed them and commit their lives to God now that they have time. Keep writing brother; blessings on you.