Is Your Name Written in the Book of Life?

English: Statue of King David by Nicolas Cordi...
English: Statue of King David by Nicolas Cordier in the Borghese Chapel of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Français : Statue du roi David par Nicolas Cordier, dans la chapelle Borghèse de la basilique Sainte-Marie Majeure. Italiano: Statua del re Davide di Nicolas Cordier, nella Capella Borghese della Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Roma. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body, all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139: 15-16 NIV).  Is King David speaking of the Book of Life in the above passage?  If so, his name was written in the Book of Life before he was born.  Apparently, the same holds true for the rest of humankind.

Can one’s name be “blotted out” of the Book of Life?  Keep reading.

In Exodus 32: 32-33 (KJV), Moses is interceding for the sons of Israel who were guilty of worshiping  the golden calf:  “Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.  And the LORD said unto Moses, whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

In Psalm 69: 28 (KJV), David is speaking of his enemies.  “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.”

In Daniel 12: 1-2 (KJV), Daniel is speaking of the end-time tribulation preceded by the resurrection.  “And at that time shall Michael [the archangel] stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time; and at that time thy people shall  be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”

In Revelation 3: 5 (KJV), Jesus says to the church in Sardis, “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.”

The following passage in Revelation 20: 12 and 15 (KJV) concerns what is known as “the Great White Throne Judgment.”  (For a better understanding, read the entire chapter and the one before it.)  “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” (verse 12).  “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (verse 15).


Are the Book of Life and the Book of Remembrance the same book or two different books? I think they are different books.  Consider the following passage in Malachi 3: 16 (KJV):  “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.”


The reference to the book with seven seals begins in Revelation Chapter 5.  Only the Lamb (Jesus/Yeshua) is worthy to open the book.   As Jesus unseals the first four seals, four horses (known as the horses of the Apocalypse) come forth, one after the other.  Jesus opens the final seal, the seventh seal, in Chapter 8.


Is the Lamb’s Book of Life another name for the Book of Life? I don’t know.  Consider the following passage in Revelation 13: 8 (KJV).  “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him [the Beast], whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

Psalm 139:16
Psalm 139:16 (Photo credit: Sahumerio Love)

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  1. Really good post, i enjoyed reading it. I think that they are different books but i think the Lamb’s Book of Life and the Book of Life is the same, but that is just my opinion i cannot prove it.
    Shalom and blessing to you!

    1. I think that the Book of Life and the Lamb’s Book of Life are the same also. Some believe that their names are written in the Book of Life when they believe in Yeshua. The problem comes when one discovers the passage I mentioned in Deuteronomy and Psalm 139.

      I was surprised a while ago to discover that one’s name (even a believer’s name???) could be “blotted out” from the Book of Life. I think that is why some believe that the Lamb’s Book of Life is a separate book, with names inserted at the time of redemption. Sounds good but I don’t think it gels with scripture.

      The passage concerning Sardis begs the question, “Can a believer lose his or her salvation?” I could quote verses that appear to support either point of view. The bottom line is that no one should take his or her salvation lightly. Christ paid a high price for our redemption.

      Shalom & blessings!

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