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December 3

Revelation 13:8

8 All those who live on the earth will worship it, everyone whose name was not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slaughtered. — Revelation 13:8

Where is Your Name Written? The most important question you will ever be asked.

by Hunter Melton
Avenue South Campus

Over the Christmas holidays in 2017, my wife, her family, and I decided we would visit the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. This fairly new museum is all about how the Bible came to be. It has exhibits and artifacts from all over the world about the most important book in the world. It truly is six stories’ worth of amazingness!

However, the thing my wife was most excited about was looking for my father-in-law’s name that had been etched in the ground, something the museum did as an initial fundraiser. We must have tried for hours to find it and never were able to. The museum promised us it was there. We still don’t believe them.

There is something about seeing our name written somewhere that gives us significance and importance, isn’t there? We love to see our names on notes, on plaques, on checks (made out to us) and other things like that. However, Revelation 13:8 makes it clear that if your name is never written anywhere else, it needs to be written in God’s “book of life.” Knowing that your eternal destination is secured is the one thing you have to know. Until you can answer that question, nothing else matters.

In the end times there will be a great deceiver known as the “antichrist” who will lead people astray. People will refer to him and say, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?” Those who do not know the Lord will be led astray. Those who do not know the Lord will worship him and by extension be worshiping Satan. This beast will have authority to rule and reign over every tribe and people and language and nation. Literally, people who do not know Jesus will not be able to resist.

So, you who are reading this—do you know who has your allegiance? I am going to guess you aren’t worshipping an antichrist or the beast or Satan, but I wonder if God has your total allegiance? Unfortunately, there are many who walked an aisle and said a prayer when they were younger, but their commitment to God went no farther than that. Please don’t be the person who culturally knows Jesus but whose heart belongs to the things of this world.

Also, don’t make the assumption that the events written about in the book of Revelation are far away. Don’t assume there is plenty of time to give your life to God. We simply do not know when Christ will return. The biblical writers always assumed that the return of Jesus was imminent, and we should do the same. Which leads us to our ultimate question: where is your name written? In what book could we find it? The answer to that changes everything.

Praxis

  1. When reflectively looking at your own life, does it appear that God has your allegiance and your heart? How do you know?
  2. When thinking about the end times, is your heart filled with anticipation or dread? Why do you think that is?
  3. How does Revelation 13:8 encourage followers of Christ to be confident in their salvation?
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