People Of The Book
This is probably the most important blog I will have written to date. The material touches upon election, predestination, and the end times. Jesus admonished us to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. That is why this material, although some might think it racist, is for our personal understanding to add to our understanding of what is going on around us.
There is an old country hymn that was sung by many, espousing the condition of being ‘saved,’ it begins, “There’s a new name written down in glory, and it’s mine!” Yet I don’t believe this to be a correct statement based on a closer exegesis of the idea. So, I want to begin this blog with a most insightful verse of the Bible found in Revelation Chapter 17 verse 8b[i],
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. (author italic and underlining)
I can almost guarantee you have never heard a sermon regarding these underlined words! This passage mentions a subject rarely if ever dealt with from the pulpit. The whole thread regarding God’s book[ii] seems to bring up salient facts yes, but facts not usually mentioned in scholarly commentaries of Revelation, or if so, simply glossed over in discussion. This might be so because to delve into the subject would bring up the concept of ‘election’ and ‘predestination,’ even racism, subjects hard to wrangle with when one is of the persuasion that ‘anyone’ and ‘everyone’ can partake of the grace of God that leads to salvation. I believe salvation is not available to everyone, and that fact alone can create discord in the world. I believe those close to Jesus understood this fact.
Related to this, I have blogged elsewhere[iii] regarding the true meaning of the Wheat and the Tares parable[iv] that Christ instructed his disciples. In the teaching tares are beings that appear human in all aspects, but are not, as they are hybrids. They will propagate and grow along side us, they will lead lives, have jobs, live in houses, create wealth, have children, join PTA, be members of your bowling team, etc., etc. but they are not of us. They to no fault of their own are offspring of the Edenic serpent[v] and we perhaps find them here in Revelation with regards to the mention of God’s Book of Life.
You see, when we read Rev. 17:8b we understand there is a book, it is God’s book of names. Names of individuals written in it before the world began. Yet the verse speaks of individuals never having been included in that book! Why? Because tares are not wheat. If there ever was an argument for predestination, the thread of God’s book throughout the bible speaks loudly for it! God’s book of names is first mentioned in the Old Testament book Exodus 32:32. To recap briefly, Moses by God’s power delivered the Israelites from Egypt, and in his absence they sinned a great sin of idolatry, not worshiping the true God whose power it was that brought them out of slavery.
After confronting the people, Moses goes back up the mountain where God has manifested to give him the Law tablets, and Moses begins to barter with God. He asks God to forgive the sin of the people and erase his name from God’s book in their stead. God refuses the prayer, stating …”him who has sinned against me I will erase out of my book.” It is on this basis I put forth the thesis that every true human being[vi] has their name written in God’s book. They start out their earthly life in God’s Book of Life. As we follow the thread of this book through to the end of the Bible, we can deduce that 1) all true humans begin life with their name written in God’s book, 2) but for reasons known to God various names will be blotted out, and 3) there are those who have never had their name written in the book at all!
A possible example of category #2 above is a person who consistently rejects Jesus being their Lord and Savior up through the time of death. They missed the mark in not believing while alive, and thus are potentially erased once dead. However, there are those who have NEVER had their name written in the book in the first place! They won’t be scratched out, because they were never there! I have met people like this. No amount of preaching, teaching, witnessing or listening to Televangelists will ever bring them into the fold! They simply cannot grasp the Lordship of Christ with their mind and spirit! They are not the “called of God”, they must therefore comprise the tares grouping!
Throughout the New Testament the Apostle Paul, a Jew, viewed himself and his ministry to be for the gentiles, anyone who was non-Jewish. Knowing that the ‘fruit was ripe unto harvest’ among them, he repeatedly requests prayer for OPPORTUNITY to speak the gospel (he never asks for prayer for the ‘lost,’) so as to turn as many gentile hearts toward Jesus as were ready to accept the message of Christ. He wasn’t going to spend years in a community of rejectionists in hopes of turning a convert many years down the road! He was aware of the true meaning of Wheat and Tares. In fact these tares incited hatred among the people constantly rejecting/corrupting the message[vii]!
So from this we see that there are tares people who never had their names in God’s book of life, and then there are people who for reasons known to Jesus alone have been or will be blotted out of his book. When we understand this, we can more fully understand what is transpiring around us and by whom. The seeds of antagonism toward God were sewn in the garden of Eden, and the curse of Genesis 3:15 was God’s pronouncement that the battle was forth coming. The serpent (the Devil, Satan, Lucifer, Shining One) immediately set about a plan for heavenly conflict. That plan included the corruption of the human DNA pool. If human DNA could be so tainted, it would bar the incarnation of Christ in fulfillment of the ‘protoevangelium’ found in Genesis 3:15, the seed of the woman! We see then Genesis chapter 6 the corruption had gone on for hundreds of years, and so nearly touched every human, the only remedy God had was to eradicate the corrupted angel-human hybrids with the flood, thus starting population growth over again with the families of Noah!
Unfortunately, the Bible records that there were Nephilim and Anakim in the land after the repopulation by the time of Joshua! The conquest to gain the land promised to Abraham necessitated those Israelites drive out these corrupted DNA beings. While the term Nephilim meaning ‘fallen ones’ indicates ‘giants,’ not all angel-human offspring were giants. There were individuals that looked like any true human being. This can be inferred from the command of God to Joshua that certain groups were to be completely eliminated, men, women, children and animals![viii]
You see, Lucifer and all the other fallen angels are created immortal heavenly beings. God can’t simply erase them from existence, there is a time set for their demise. And, in the end, all that do evil will be established in a place far from the glorious rule of Christ. As to the tares, “you shall know them by their fruit,” and unfortunately, they will have their place in the lake of fire.[ix]
The passage in Romans 8:29-30 is famous for introducing the subject of predestination. Stating,
“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” Romans 8:29-30
Ephesians 1:5 and 11 declare,
“He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will…In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will[x].”
Many people have a strong hostility to the teaching of predestination. However, predestination is a biblical doctrine, and cannot be denied. Perhaps the key to understanding what predestination really means has been obscured by the lack of understanding that Jesus used a figurative account to introduce a real life situation; humans are the good seed planted in the garden by God, while tares are the corrupt (thus bad) seeds sewn by His enemy. The two exist in this world side by side but are not the same. I believe Apostle Paul had these corrupt seeds in mind, those with angel-human DNA who by their very nature cannot be heirs of the Kingdom.
True humans begin their existence with their name written in God’s Book of Life. Being named in that book guarantees they are the “good seed.” Every human that ever lived then is on equal terms with remaining in God’s book. Only Jesus knows the criteria for which someone can be erased from his book! That would include the free-will of man to reject the gospel, to alienate Christ, and to believe not the truth unto salvation, and by extension, every people group in the world.
Of course, to overtly and outwardly teach this wheat and tares controversy might lead to an even harsher environment for Christians, seeing that to some degree there would be two unequal groups with irreconcilable differences. The truth might be looked upon as racist. This is why all of mankind is regarded as ‘man/men.’ Actually, the situation would be totally clear if those with angel-human DNA all looked like Sasquatch or Big Foot, but that’s not the case. So, the biblical authors, aware of this disparity, speak to all beings, to all “men.”.
Remember, those individuals mentioned in Revelation 17:8b had to come from somewhere, and by the very tenants of the verses that speak of the Book of Life, they are not heirs of the Kingdom.
[i] Revelation 17:8b
and G2532 they that dwell G2730 on G1909 the earth G1093 shall wonder, G2296 whose G3739 names G3686 were G1125 ➔ not G3756 written G1125 in G1909 the book G975 of life G2222 from G575 the foundation G2602 of the world, G2889 when they behold G991 the beast G2342 that was, G3748 G2258 and G2532 is G2076 not, G3756 and yet G2539 is. G2076
The boxed numbers correspond to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance entries, provided for further word studies as you wish.
[ii] Beginning with Exodus 32:32, God’s book of names, the following thread are verses that directly correspond with the notion ‘book of life;’ Psalms 69:28, Daniel 12:1, Philippians 4:3, Revelation 3:5, Rev 13:8, Rev 17:8, Rev 20:12, Rev 21:27, Rev 22:19
The below is commentary by Martin Luther, the German leader of the Protestant Reformation.
- The Saviour himself explained this parable in the same chapter upon the request of his disciples and says: “He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; and the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the children of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy that sowed them is the devil; and the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.”
- . https://www.christianity.com/wiki/bible/why-does-jesus-share-a-parable-about-wheat-and-tares.html
- First, note that the locale of this parable, the field, is not interpreted as the church but as the world. That means that Jesus is saying there will be believers and unbelievers living together within the world.
- I postulate that although Luther understands the tares are the sons of the evil one, he does not have a literal application of the Genesis 3:15 curse in mind. One cannot take literally the seed of the woman (as applied to Christ) and then allegorize the seed of the serpent. Genesis chapter 6 clearly shows that Satan’s compadres in the rebellion corrupted the human DNA gene pool, thus creating hybrid angel-human beings called Nephilim. So profuse was this corruption God brought about the Noah flood, a watery re-boot so to speak. However, not all agents (Nephilim) of this corruption were killed at that time, and their blood lines lingers. These then are not true humans, as tares are not the wheat, and the corruption is with us to this day!
[v] See Genesis 3:15 … the serpent seed…
[vi] Psalm 139:13-18, Jeremiah 1:5
[vii] Jude 4 …men foreordained to this condemnation have crept in unawares… I believe Jude is obliquely referencing human-angel hybrid beings. Regardless of how many generations have passed, there remains the taint to some aspect that tares are among us. In this we see that even 2000 years ago satan-seed was working against God’s plan of salvation from within the church. How much more in this day and age in every human establishment do we see evil at work! This evil influence corrupts the hearts and minds of good people. But conversely, in this world there will be upright appearing, ‘good’ people without the Spirit that still fall into the lost category, they might even be living next door!
[viii] Joshua 6:21 and elsewhere
[ix] Revelation 20:11-15 the final judgment