I saw a great white throne with someone sitting on it. Earth and heaven tried to run away, but there was no place for them to go. I also saw all the dead people standing in front of that throne. Every one of them was there, no matter who they had once been. Several books were opened, and then the book of life was opened. The dead were judged by what those books said they had done.
The sea gave up the dead people who were in it, and death and its kingdom also gave up their dead. Then everyone was judged by what they had done. Afterwards, death and its kingdom were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Anyone whose name wasn't written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
I only remember one time seeing my name in a book. While I was growing up the father of a good friend wrote an autobiography and he mentioned my name as a friend of his oldest son. That was pretty exciting at the time, but I suppose I haven't even thought about that in many years.
When the "Day of Judgment" arrives whether or not your name is mentioned in a book will make all the difference between Heaven and Hell. If your name is found in the Book of Life, you will spend eternity in Heaven with Jesus. If your name is not there you will spend eternity in Hell, separated from God.
So how do you get your name in the Book of Life? Is it because you live a really good life? Is it because you were rich and successful in business? Is it just blind luck? No it is none of those.
Your name will appear in the Book of Life if you are a friend of the author's Son, Jesus! If you don't know Jesus and call Him your friend, then your name will not be in the Book of Life. It may be exciting to see your name in a book written by someone here on earth, but nothing will ever compare to seeing your name in the Book of Life!
"Lord Jesus, my place in Heaven is reserved only because of You and what You did for me on the Cross! Thank You for making it possible for my name to appear in the Book of Life! May You be praised forever. Amen."