Scripture for Sunday September 16th, 2018
And at that time shall Michael...
1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Is Your Name in "The Book"?
The "book" is a common figure of speech in the Scriptures and alludes to the "book of life" in which the names of all saints are written (cf. Exod 32:33; Ps 69:26; Mal 3:16; Luke 10:20; Rev 3:5; 20:12). Evidently this figure comes from the practice of keeping a record of all the citizens of a town. Those whose names were listed enjoyed the blessings of community membership, whereas the names of those who were excommunicated from fellowship were blotted out. All (Jews or Gentiles) who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord have their names written in the book of life.
-- Miller, Stephen. Daniel (NAC), B&H Publishing Group: Nashville, TN, 1194. page 315-316, emphasis mine.