Hey ya’ll! I hope everyone had a safe Independence Day weekend! Couple of items of business to address.
Last week I posted a video by Darrell Dumas in which he addressed the Lambs book of Life, and uses the scriptures that mention removing someone’s name from the Book of Life, as proof that the concept of eternal security is false. I assert that he has failed to establish this conclusion by scripture.
Here are all of the passages that refer to the “Book of Life” or the “Lamb’s Book of Life”
The rest of the reference in Revelation 20:
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
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.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
The rest of the reference from Revelation 3:
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
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.
The rest of the passage from Exodus 32:
32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.
It is clear that the Book of Life is the book in heaven in which the names are recorded of those who have had the righteousness of Christ imputed to them. It is also clear that anyone whose name is not in the book, will be thrown into the lake of fire (eternally damned).
The only “places” where names are blotted out, occur in dispensations other than the dispensation of grace. At Exodus, and in Revelation after the church is removed. One exception is the passage in Revelation 3 addressed to the church at Sardis, but it says that him that overcometh shall be robed in white and his name will not be blotted out. Clearly a reference to a member of the bride. The bride overcometh by “the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony (confession of Christ as savior), and therefore, the statement that He will not blot their name out, is merely a reiteration of the fact that their salvation is secure by Christ’s sacrifice, paid in full, and non-refundable. In other words, eternally secure. In the “seventieth week” period, there are two categories of people. Those who worship the beast and those who do not. Those who worship the beast, their names were not written in the book from the foundation of the world. Interestingly, the ones whose name did get blotted out specifically, were those (in Exodus) who worshipped the golden calf. A false god. Those who worship the Beast of Revelation are not blotted out, but were never written in to begin with! Those who don’t take the mark and are killed for it, the resistors, their names are in the book.
Ok so there’s that item, covered. I also discovered that Darrell Dumas embraces the false doctrine of replacement theology. Therefore, his assertion in the one video I posted, about the land of unwalled villages being America, is not based on our having been Israel’s ally, but on the false notion that we comprise the “lost tribes” along with Britain. NO. No. and NO! Those tribes were never “lost”. In fact, the 144,000 who will witness during the early tribulation, will be that remnant. God never lost track of them.
Moving on, I have posted a video or two of Steven Ben-Nun, whose YouTube channel is Israel News Live. The video I posted featured an interview with Simon Tov, whose YouTube channel is Word From Yerushalaim and he has a website on WordPress by the same name. The first video I watched from Simon Tov’s channel, was one called “Fullness of the Gentiles Has Come”. It is too ludicrous for words. The speaker in the video testifies of a private revelation (by dream), in which “a voice sang When the Moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore”, and he goes on to (with a straight face), expound on how the message the “Holy Spirit” was imparting, was that “Holy mother church’s time has ended and the times of the Gentiles have been fulfilled”.. That one video alone, blew Simon Tov’s credibility for me, but I went ahead and clicked on one more, only to see what appeared to be a Hindi, although dressed like a movie extra in a 1940’s version of “Moses, the movie” standing up there “preaching” in the second video. God deliver us from the lunatics!.
I was still thinking that perhaps Steven Ben-Nun seemed to be right there in the midst of the action, getting stories in Israel that appear pretty significant. But the more I have listened to him, I have come to realize he holds to the “Hebrew Roots” heresy. The Hebrew Roots movement claims that there is salvation in no other name but the HEBREW name of Jesus. HRM “doctrine” tries to mesh the old religious system of old Covenant Judaism , with New Testament Grace covenant, all into one. Sort of like the error of the early church. So Steven Ben-Nun does cover interesting events that might seem relevant in prophecy, but can’t be depended upon to get the significance correct, and in fact sometimes doesn’t get the facts right, even.
For instance, someone sent me a video of his tonight, wherein Ben-Nun claims that Netanyahu was dividing Jerusalem by granting 600 new building permits to Palestinians. I was unable to find whatever article he is referring to, and the only building permits that have been granted in recent days was a similar number granted to Israelis in the “disputed” area of the West Bank, and that was a response to the Palestinian who murdered a Jewish girl in her own bed last week in Israel.
So it would seem that not only does Ben-Nun not hold to sound doctrine, I’m not sure his “news reports” are very reliable even on a strictly secular basis, as far as factuality.
Other than that, folks, more good preaching this week, and if anything of major significance pops up I’ll keep posting, otherwise, you might be better off just marinating in the Word. I think we are informed enough on the developments. We need to be making sure we stay informed and encouraged in the Good News as well.
How about that revival going on, (and on, and on) down in Burlington, huh? I know there will be naysayers, but I think this is the “Real McCoy”! Hallelujah! May it spread from shore to shore!