God’s intention for creating the earth and man is not what is prevailing today. According to Ancient Hebrew Literature, He intended for man to have dominion over anything that inhabited the earth whether spiritual or physical. In effect, He wanted the earth to be an extension of His government in heaven, governed by Man. It therefore grieved Him when the desires of man began to rule his thoughts, and wickedness, which was not one of the attributes of God, dominated man and subsequently, his actions.
God decided to start the reproduction of man on earth all over with one man named Noah and his household of three extra couples . From creation to this move was almost seventeen (17) centuries. As humans began to increase, the same challenges of yielding to fleshly desires and the control by agents of the devil came up again. As promised earlier, He was not going to destroy men as He did ever again and so as the Master Planner, God, decided to have a spiritual citizenship rather than a physical citizenship.
He therefore started looking out for a man upon the earth with whom He could establish contact. This took Him a little over four centuries, but He finally spotted Abram as the most suitable person to begin this venture with. Being the man with whom this covenant was established, the father of all the righteous, Abraham’s soul was given a place to dwell when he died. This place was subsequently called Abraham’s Bosom. According to Ancient Hebrew Literature, the soul of anyone who died in the covenant that Abraham had with God, was allowed to reside in Abraham’s Bosom to await their registration as citizens of the Spiritual City. This was because the holiness with which anyone could enter heaven was found only in Christ Jesus and since he had not yet manifested, all those declared righteous under the old covenant were to await Christ Jesus whose sacrifice was going to fulfill the requirements of the Old Covenant entirely while at the same time, ushering mankind into the New Covenant.
This new covenant requires that a person believes in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ in order to have a relationship with the God of Abraham. In other words, to make a covenant with the God of Abraham, a person must believe that the blood of Jesus Christ was shed so that he/she could be reconciled to God. Comparing this to the Old Covenant, under which a person was required to shed the blood of an animal in order to be reconciled to God, it means that the Blood of Jesus Christ had replaced the blood of animals to facilitate reconnection to The Source of Life Eternal, the God of Abraham.
It stems from this that since the reconnection to the Source of Eternal Life is what sets a person apart from other human beings, the book which carried their names was appropriately called The Book of Life. In the wisdom of God, there are books that bear the names of all humans that have dwelt under the sun and yet there is this special book, the Book Of Life, that captures the names of only those who shall forever dwell with Him.
To get the first batch of citizens qualified according to the terms of the New Covenant, Jesus Christ had to go to Abraham’s bosom. A closer look at history written in Israel at the beginning of the first century reveals that Jesus Christ spent three days in Abraham’s bosom preaching the Good News to its inhabitants as He had earlier on declared prior to His death. Accounts have it that, at the point of death, He told one of the robbers with whom he was hanged that upon his (the robber’s) request he was going to be with Him in Paradise(Abraham’s Bosom) that very day. It is however on record that on the third day, the inhabitants of Abraham’s bosom who had been made holy by virtue of their faith in the blood of Jesus Christ were raised on the third day with Jesus Christ and they also went into the city and appeared to many.
It is now expedient that we consider what becomes of a person whose name is not found written in the Book of Life. As it is with any serious nation that values the safety of her citizens and so bars or deports foreigners who are seen as a threat to the peace and security of that nation, at an appointed time determined by the God of Abraham, any human being whose name is not found registered in the book of life is quickly barred from entering the Holy City. However, unlike the familiar scenario of people being sent back to their home countries, the Creator of the heavens and the earth has ONLY THE LAKE OF FIRE to send non-citizens to. Believe you me, this is not a place you will ever desire to be.
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
9This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.
10And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
13And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying:
9 “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you,
10 and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth.
11Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
12And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
13 I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.
14It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud;
15 and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
17And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
1Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.
2I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.
3I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
38Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”
39But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
40For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.
5He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
6″He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”‘
19″There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.
20But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate,
21desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.
23And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24″Then he cried and said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’
25But Abraham said, “Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.
26And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’
27″Then he said, “I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house,
28for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’
29Abraham said to him, “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’
30And he said, “No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’
31But he said to him, “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.”‘
39Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”
40But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?
41And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”
42Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
43And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
9 Matthew 27:50-53
50And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
51Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,
52and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;
53and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
12And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
13The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
14Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
1Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
2Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
4And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death,
nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
5Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
6And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.
7He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
8But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
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