What are the heavenly books mentioned in the Bible? How many are there?


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The Bible has several references to God’s heavenly books (Exodus 32:32; Psalm 56:8; 69:28; Daniel 7:10; 12:1; Revelation 13:8; 20:15). These books are:

1-The Book of Life

The book of life is the book in which God records the names of every person who is going to be in Heaven. John writes about this book saying:

“He 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” (Revelation 3:5).

And he adds:

“But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 21:27).

How can we be sure that our names are written in the book of life? We need to:

  • Repent of our sins (Luke 13:3)
  • “Believe in the Lord Jesus” (Acts 16:31)
  • Walk as Jesus walked in obedience to God’s moral Law (Exodus 20) by the power of His grace (Colossians 2:6)

2-The Book of Remembrance

This book is a record of the good deeds of those who fear the Lord – those who obey Him. It is mentioned specifically in Malachi:

“Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name. ‘They will be Mine,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him. So, you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him” (Malachi 3:16–18).

The Lord wants us to know that every good deed doesn’t go unnoticed by Him (Matthew 10:42; Mark 9:41; Luke 6:23; Revelation 22:12). For this reason Jesus urges us to store up treasures of good works in heaven (Matthew 6:20).

3- The book that holds a record of the sins of men

The Psalmist says that God marks our iniquities in His book (Psalm 130:3). Paul teaches that everyone will appear before Christ at the judgement and receive a sentence according to their deeds, whether it be good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10). John the Revelator confirms that the dead will be judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the heavenly books (Revelation 20:12).

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In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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