Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15
In many of the fancier, sit-down restaurants, it is common to have the requirement to have a reservation in order to eat there. The purpose of the reservation is to ensure you will have a spot to eat. For restaurants this is because they have to limit how many people are eating there.
If a person shows up with no reservation, he may or may not be allowed in at all. Some places require reservation, while others they are highly recommended.
In John’s vision, he has seen a lot of judgement and destruction occurring. Along with death and hell, any person whose name was not written in the book of life were thrown into the lake of fire.
Fire is sign of final judgement or punishment. It is over, completed, eternal destruction and death. When a fire gets hot enough, there is nothing that can survive it, everything is burned up and destroyed forever.
While alive on this earth, every person has a choice to make. It is the most important choice in their life that effects them for all eternity. That choice is to choose whether to follow Jesus, repenting of all sins and to accept His forgiveness or not. No other choice ever made has the extreme weight of importance as this choice.
All other choices a person may make from day to day, may have good or bad consequences for a short amount of time. That amount of time could be for a few moments all the way up until the time of death.
At the point a person chooses to repent of sins and believe in Jesus, his name is written in the book of life. He is on the reservation list for eternal life in heaven. If has not made that choice, then he is condemned for eternity in a lake of fire.
You, yourself, alone must make a choice as to whether you will repent of your sins and follow Jesus or not. If you refuse to follow Jesus, the consequences will be that your name is not written in the book of life, bringing on the judgement of eternal death.
Although choosing to follow Jesus may cause some problems today, in the end it means your name is in the book of life. As a result you will have eternal life some day. Is your name in the book of life?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of your sins; that you will follow Jesus; that your name will be in the book of life; that God is reserving eternal life for you; and that you live your life for God.