Of the many nuggets of truth I have found within The Revelation, this one is "mind-blowing."
In Revelation 20:12 it says:
And 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.
The verse above says, “books were opened.” We know there is the Book of Life, but we do not know about the other books and how many there were. But here is the exciting part. The word used for books in the original Greek is biblion, and while it does mean a book or scroll, it also translates as “a bill of divorcement.” Now think about that for a moment. Those who are referred to as “the bride of Christ” would not fear this book. But here at the judgment, those who have rejected God are officially receiving their bill of divorcement from Him.
Jeremiah 3:8 talks about God divorcing Israel:
Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce. Yet, her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also.
So the books (divorce papers) are opened, and the dead are judged according to their works and found to be unworthy because “Anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).
God hates divorce, and I’m sure these papers will be like a blow to His heart. Divorcing himself from those who have rejected Him and finally pronouncing judgment on them will probably be one of the most painful things He has to do. It is so final. But He will do it. And all those who have said over the years that they don’t believe in God or need Him will finally meet with God’s judgment, which is the lake of fire.
But it’s not too late to reconcile with Him. Start this New Year right. If you have become estranged from God, He will (like the prodigal son) lovingly welcome you back into the fold. But don’t wait until God hands you a certificate of divorce. By then, it will be too late.