What Burning Means in Scripture

Hi K____,

It is such a thrill to realize that there are those out there who, like you, are being given “eyes to see and ears to hear.” I am receiving letters like yours at an increasing rate. It is only natural to become addicted to Truth once you see through the lies. I had a man at my house this past weekend, who told me the exact same story you are telling me. I have just sent off an e- mail to a man who said the exact same thing. As I told him, it is the same story every time, yet it is a different story every time. I never tire of hearing this story. It is the story of God’s elect. It is the story of those who have “come out of her my people.” I love to hear that story. I love to hear it in all of its variations. Truly we do “receive one hundred fold in this life, with persecutions.” But even the persecutions are a cause for rejoicing.

Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I too, thank God for you. I hope some day to meet you at one of our conferences.

Now for your questions:

Your first question is about the books of Rev 20. “And the books were opened… and another book… which is the book of life.” Here are the verses you ask about:

Rev 20:12 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.
Rev 20:13 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.
Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

You see those three entries of the word ‘book’ in verse 12? Only the first two are in the original Greek text. So it should really read “and another book was opened which is of life” The word ‘book’ in verse twelve is Strong’s number 975-‘biblion.’ The word in verse 20 is a slightly different word. Instead of ‘biblion’ it is ‘biblios.’ Here is what Strong’s has to say about 975, the word ‘biblion’ of verse twelve: “975- Biblion; a diminutive of 976: a roll, bill, book, scroll, writing.”

The phrase ‘book of life’ is in the New Testament eight times.” It is always ‘976- biblios.’ It is never in the “diminutive.” Here is what the “book of life is:

Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

The ‘book of life’ is “the book of the life of the lamb…” The book which was meant to show us “the book of life of the lamb is called “the book of the unveiling of Christ,” better known as the Book of Revelation. It should now be clear why we are told at the beginning of this book to “Keep those things which are written therein.” If we have not “kept the things which are written therein,” then we are obviously “not written in the book of life of the lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” The diminutive 975- biblion is judged, as you supposed, against “the book of life of the Lamb.” This word ‘book’ here in Rev 13:8 is not in the diminutive form. It Isa 976- biblios. Any biblion not found in the Biblios is cast into the lake of fire. They are all “judged according to their works.” If any are not “in Christ,” then they do not measure up to “the book of life of the Lamb…” We must never add to or take from “the book of life of the Lamb.” This book which opens with the admonition to “Keep the things which are written therein” ends with the same admonition:

Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

But then to clarify what we are to keep, we are given this stern warning:

Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

I am quick to point out that Peter reminds us that “no prophecy of scripture [ including the “sayings of the prophecy of this book” of Revelation] is of any private [ its own] interpretation.” God’s Word, like it’s author, “is not divided” (1Co 1:13).

I ask all my readers; what is “your part in the things which are written in this book?” If you know the answer to this question, your chances of being in “the book of life of the lamb” are greatly enhanced. Of course I say this only as a way of speaking. The Truth is that our salvation either now, or in the lake of fire, has nothing to do with ‘chance.’ “He works all things after the counsel of His own will” (Eph 1:11).

As hard as it is for most to understand, Christ and His word cannot be separated:

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth [ gives life]; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

I hope this sheds some light on what is the difference between the ‘books’ of Rev 20:12 and the ‘Book of Life’ of Rev 20:15.

Your next question is do I too, have trouble getting to sleep when my mind is so full of the scriptures?

Yes, I also end up staying up all night just being in the word of God at times. Tonight apparently is one of those nights.

And here is your last question:

Yes, your search probably was too specific. There is but one burning bush in scripture. But there many references to things which are not affected by fire. Along with Moses’ ‘burning bush,’ there are also the three Hebrew children who lost not one hair of their heads to the fire, even though it was so hot that it consumed those who had cast them into that purifying flame. Christ Himself is said to have feet that are “as brass as it burns in a furnace.” Here now is the meaning of all things which are capable of “living in the devouring flame:”

Isa 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
Isa 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;

That word ‘dwell’ means ‘to take up permanent residence.” This verse is nothing less than the revelation of the composition of the ‘lake of fire.” What makes this lake so fiery is its inhabitants. The ‘lake of fire’ is nothing less than God’s elect! It is nothing less than those who will “judge this world…”

While it is true that it is impossible to please God without faith, the fire of the burning bush was symbolic of those things which can enter the fire and come through that fire unscathed. As with virtually everything in the word of God, even the first Adam, it typified Christ and all who are “in Him.” Without first being a “marred vessel of clay,” we could never become the “new vessel, as seemed good to the Potter to make it”

Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potte r: so he made it again another [ a new] vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

It is all, from Genesis to Revelation, “the unveiling of Christ.”

Next you ask:

To which I am compelled to quote “let your moderation be made known in all things.” Nevertheless, what you are experiencing is just as understandable as eating when you are hungry. It is just that you have been starved for so long that you are trying to make up for lost meals. You will come back down to earth at the appointed time.

Thank you for your concern and for your prayers.

Mike

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