And the Books were Opened

Do you like talking to your accountant?  Regardless of how hard you try,  your brain and your accountant’s brain are made of different stuff.  He sees things in a way you will never see.  It’s a nightmare occurring every April.

Daniel 7 prophecies, “The court was convened, and the books were opened.”

In Revelation 20:12 it says “the books were opened”Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened  and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”” and “the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books.”

The heavenly accountant shows the world what they did good and bad.   Sounds like a good time was had by all.

Fortunately, Jesus is the heavenly accountant.  He personifies love.  John 1:47-51 offers a picture of the idea particular judgment.  “Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,”Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.”Jesus promises Nathaniel a day where heaven will open and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man” (John 1:47-51).

What happens when we die?  If you are born again, Christ paid for your judgment.   The moment you die, we appear before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10).  Most Christians will ascend to heaven after a time of purification (I Corinthians 3).    Our goal is to be like Nathaniel and ascend directly to heaven.

My grandmother Pullman said it best, “When you die, for you that is coming of Christ.”

Even though the details of the above chart may be a bit off, it’s pretty close.   When we die we appear before Christ.  At the end of the world,  God will judge the world for its deeds, good and bad.   I love how Daniel phrases it:

One like a son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
He received dominion, glory, and kingship;
nations and peoples of every language serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.

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