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The Book of Life

Philippians 4:3-4 3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are written in the book of life.  4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, rejoice. 
This is the only passage in which the apostle Paul mentions the book of life, but it is mentioned seven times in the book of Revelation. The scripture refers to different books that God keeps, and finding them all makes for an interesting study. Some think the book of life contains the names of all that are born into the world and those who die lost have their name blotted out of it. They see it as a book of natural life. There is such a book, it is called the “book of the living” (Ps. 69:28). I believe the book of life is a different book, and that it contains the names of all those who have eternal life. 
•There are people with physical life that are not in the book of life (Rev. 13:8; 17:8) •The book of life is associat…

What about Romans 10:9-13?

There seems to be much confusion and conflict these days about the tenth chapter of Romans. Many use vs.9-13 to support the "sinner's prayer" approach to evangelism. They believe that a sinner MUST vocally call upon the Lord in order to be saved and they emphasize prayer over faith. Others, seeing the error of this approach, overcorrect and go to the extreme of claiming that Romans 10 is only for Israel and has no application in this age of grace. Paul was talking about Israel in Romans 9-11, but he is speaking to the Gentiles (11:13). Let's work verse by verse through this chapter simply trying to understand what it says, instead of trying to prove a particular view. Romans 10 is in the middle of the dispensational section of this epistle in which Paul deals with issues concerning Israel. He demonstrates and defends the faithfulness of God to His word concerning Israel. In these three chapters he has something to say about Israel’s past, present, and future.

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Babylon is NOT the USA

There is a new teaching gaining momentum through the internet that claims Babylon in the book of Revelation is the USA. This is just another example of giving prophecy a private interpretation in disobedience to the word of God (2 Pet. 1:20-21). We are not to interpret the scripture for the scripture interprets itself to the Bible believer who follows God’s rule of Bible study (2 Tim. 2:15). 
In studying the book of Revelation it is vital to understand that the WHOLE book is a prophecy and therefore cannot be interpreted in light of current events in this mystery age that was hid from the prophets. John was in the future day of the Lord when he received this book (Rev. 1:10). Those who claim that Babylon is the USA arrive at that wrong conclusion because they start with the wrong premise that the prophecy of Revelation is being, and will be, fulfilled in this present age. 
An angel showed the apostle John the judgment of the great whore (Rev. 17:1-2). He was carried away in the spirit i…

Neglect

1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Proverbs 24:30-34 {30} I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; {31} And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. {32} Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. {33}Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: {34} So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man. When the wise man considered the deplorable condition of the field and vineyard, he understood the problem and received instruction from it (someone said, "fools won't learn from the wise, but the wise will learn from fools"). He makes an observation (vs.30-31), an interpretation (v.32), and an application (vs.33-34). He did not blame the thor…