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Could More Words Be Added to or Taken Away from the Bible?


The Book of Revelation (22:18-19) says, on what's likely the last page of your Bible’s text:  "I warn every one who hears the words of the prophecy of this book:  if any one adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if any one takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book."  However, admittedly, despite their strategic position in the Bible as a whole (i.e., they're on the last page!), these verses seem to apply only to Revelation itself.  They can't be used to exclude the possibility of new, additional books of Scripture to come. 


We do know that there will be two witnesses who will be prophesying in the end time during the Great Tribulation (Rev. 11:3-13).  Could some of what they say or write be canonized during the Millennium?  According to Peter's citation of Joel 2:28 in Acts 2:17, "And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams."  So we should be open minded to believe that God may have more revelations that would be canonized as Scripture.  Of course, there will come a day when prophesying will cease (I Cor. 13:8-10), but that day hasn't yet come, which can't be earlier than the day that Christ returns to rule the earth (Rev. 11:15; 19:10-16). 


One way to test whether a revelation is from God or not is whether it agrees with prior revelations from Him.  For example, if someone prophesies that we should worship another God besides Jehovah, that person is a false prophet (Deuteronomy 13:1-9) and should be ignored.  Such a "revelation" would contradict the First Commandment (Ex. 20:3).  A prophesied prediction that eventually proves to be false also clearly isn't from the true God (Rev. 19:18-22), and should be ignored.  Time and time again, such as in the book of Daniel, the Bible predicts the future, and it occurs since the true God can see into the future and know what will happen (Isaiah 46:8-11).  Indeed, this remarkable aspect of the Bible is what proves it beyond any doubt as being inspired, such as when it predicted Alexander the Great's successful invasion of Persia followed by his kingdom breaking up into four smaller kingdoms (see Daniel 11:2-4; 8:5-8, 20-22). 



The largest general period of judgment is described as occurring after the millennium ends (Revelation 20:12, RSV):  "And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, by what they had done."  However, they can still be saved, which is a truth that will surprise many who believe the dead go to heaven or hell (i.e., the place of punishment) immediately after their deaths.  The Bible teaches that for the great majority of people who never had a chance to be saved during this life will receive their first opportunity to be saved after they die and are resurrected If they weren't called during their first lifetimes on earth (cf. John 6:44; Acts 2:39; Matt. 13:11-16; Romans 8:28-30), and they never heard the name of Christ or never had saving knowledge of Him, unsaved people still can be saved after they die. 


What is the meaning of the book of life?  People’s names are written in the book of life when they are saved (Revelation 20:15):  “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”  The book of life is opened after the dead are resurrected and are being judged (Revelation 20:12).


Clearly no one should dare to change the words of the book of Revelation.  And the meaning of the book of life should give us all hope.


Eric V. Snow


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