annual meeting geoffrey jackson

annual meeting geoffrey jackson

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well now we have the pleasure to hear from another member of our governing body brother jeffrey jackson he has a very intriguing theme are you there are you there is your name there is your name written in the book of life what book of life well in malachi chapter 3 we notice that it refers to a book of remembrance and this book has a record of all those
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who fear jehovah and treasure his name yes this book of remembrance is a record of all those who are in line to receive everlasting life so all of us want to have our names written in that book don't we but if we do have our book name in that book does that mean automatically that we will receive everlasting life no we remember what jehovah said to moses
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as recorded in exodus 32 there he said anyone who sins against me i will wipe out from my book so names can be erased from this book of life it's as if our names are written in this book of life in pencil so all of us surely want to make sure that our names remain in this book of life right through to the time that they are written permanently in the book
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in pen as it were but whose names are in this book of life we're going to consider together five different groups of persons some of whom have their names in the book of life and others don't so let's watch this presentation that discusses these five groups the first group those who have been selected to rule with jesus in heaven are their names written in this book of
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life according to philippians 4 3 the answer is yes but even though they have been anointed with holy spirit they still need to remain faithful in order to have their names written permanently in this book the second group the great crowd of armageddon survivors are the names of these faithful ones now written in the book of life yes
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what about after they survive armageddon will their names still be in the book of life yes how do we know at matthew 25 46 jesus says that these sheep-like ones depart into everlasting life but does that mean they are granted everlasting life at the beginning of the thousand-year reign no revelation 7 17 tells us that jesus will
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guide them to springs of waters of life so they don't immediately receive everlasting life however their names are written in the book of life in pencil as it were the third group the goats who will be destroyed at armageddon their names are not in the book of life [Music] 2 thessalonians 1 9 tells us these very ones will undergo the judicial
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punishment of everlasting destruction the same could be said of those who have deliberately sinned against the holy spirit they too receive everlasting destruction not everlasting life [Music] so the first three groups are the anointed the great crowd and the goats of these three only two are found in the book of life now let's talk about two more groups
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those who will be resurrected in the new world first though let's read together acts 24 15. there the apostle paul says i have hope toward god which hope these men also look forward to that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous so the fourth group are the righteous who have died these include some of our loved ones
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are there names written in the book of life yes revelation 17 8 tells us that this book has been in existence since the founding of the world jesus referred to abel as living from the founding of the world so we can assume that his name was the first name written in that book since that time millions of other righteous ones have had their names added to this book
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now here's an important question when these righteous ones died were their names taken out of the book of life no they're still living in jehovah's memory remember jesus said the jehovah is a god not of the dead but of the living for they are all living to him the righteous will be restored to life here on earth with their names still written in the book of life
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they did good things before they died so that is why they will be part of the resurrection of the righteous ones no doubt some of them will receive privileges such as serving as princes in all the earth finally let's talk about the resurrection of the unrighteous for the most part the unrighteous didn't have an opportunity to develop a relationship with jehovah they did not live righteous lives so
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that's why they are called unrighteous when these unrighteous ones are resurrected are their names written in the book of life no but they're being resurrected gives them an opportunity to have their names eventually written in the book of life these unrighteous ones will need a lot of help in their former life some of them practiced horrible vile things so they'll need to learn to live by
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jehovah's standards to accomplish this god's kingdom will sponsor the greatest education program in all human history who will teach these unrighteous persons those who have their names written in pencil in the book of life the great crowd and the resurrected righteous ones how can these unrighteous ones have their names written in the book of life they will need to develop a relationship
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with jehovah and dedicate their lives to him but will all the unrighteous accept that opportunity no remember all these unrighteous ones will be under the careful watch of jesus and his fellow judges isaiah 65 20 tells us that those who refuse to accept this help will be removed no one will be allowed to cause any ruin in the new world
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so any who display a wicked attitude during the thousand years will be removed with all these facts in mind then let's now read together john 5 28 and 29 jesus said do not be amazed at this for the hour coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out those who did good things to a resurrection of life
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and those who practice vile things to a resurrection of judgment now for a few moments let's think about those verses in john chapter 5 28 and 29 up to now we've understood jesus words to mean that the resurrected ones will do good things and some will do vile things after their resurrection but notice there in verse 29 jesus didn't say
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they will do these good things or they will practice wild things he used the past tense didn't he because he said they did good things and they practiced vile things so this would indicate to us that these deeds or actions were committed by these ones prior to their death and before they would be resurrected so that makes sense doesn't because
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no one's going to be allowed to practice vile things in the new world so what did jesus mean when he mentioned these two factors well for a start we could say the righteous ones still when they're resurrected have their names written in the book of life it's true romans chapter 6 verse 7 says that when someone dies your sins are canceled but take note of this
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not their record of faithfulness that's not cancelled so the righteous ones are resurrected into the new world and their names are still in the book of life of course they need to remain faithful during the thousand years to keep their names in that book of life but what about the unrighteous ones well these are the ones who did vile things before they died so when they're resurrected
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they don't have their names in the book of life it's not a resurrection to life it's a resurrection to judgment now why do we say that because there we could say the word judgment is not referring to a condemnation it's not referring to something that is totally negative it's true at times the word judgment can have that meaning but in the context of these verses
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it seems that jesus is using the word judgment in a more neutral sense so it means more an evaluation or a probation period so the unrighteous ones will have an opportunity to accept this wonderful education work that's going to be done in the new world and during that time they will be evaluated and if they dedicate their lives to jehovah
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then their names will be written into the book of life now at this point you're probably thinking hmm is this an adjustment to our understanding yes it is so now you think now can you just run that past me again well let's look at this little summary that will help us when jesus spoke in john 5 29 of those who would receive a resurrection of life
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he was referring to those who did good things before they died those whose names are written in the book of life the resurrection of judgment at john 5 29 involves the resurrection of those who practice vile things before they died and whose names are not yet written in the book of life but whether previously righteous or unrighteous all these resurrected ones
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will need to obey the laws in the new scrolls referred to in revelation 20 verse 12. there it says i saw the dead the great and the small standing before the throne and scrolls were opened but another scroll was opened it is the scroll of life the dead were judged out of those things written in the scrolls according to their deeds yes they will be judged individually
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according to their deeds but what deeds will it be their deeds committed before they died no otherwise the resurrection of the unrighteous would have been a pointless waste here then their deeds cannot be deeds from their former life rather this verse must refer to their deeds in response to their training in the new world even such faithful men as noah samuel
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david and daniel will have to learn about the sacrifice of christ and exercise faith in it all of this also helps us to understand an amazing prophecy in the book of daniel let's turn there it's daniel 12 verses 1 through 3. there it says during that time michael who is jesus christ will stand up that is at armageddon
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the great prince who is standing since 1914 in behalf of your people and there will occur a time of distress that is the great tribulation such as has not occurred since there came to be a nation until that time and during that time your people will escape everyone who is found written down in the book and this refers to the great crowd
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but notice what follows and many of those asleep in the dust of the earth will wake up some to everlasting life and others to reproach and to everlasting contempt [Music] so looking at daniel chapter 12 and verse 2 it seems appropriate too that we adjust our understanding of this verse notice that it speaks about people waking up in the form of a resurrection
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and this occurs after what's mentioned in verse 1 after the great crowd survived the great tribulation so this obviously is talking about a literal resurrection of the righteous and unrighteous but what does it mean when it mentions there in verse 2 that some will be raised to everlasting life and others to everlasting contempt what does that really mean
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well when we notice that we notice is a little different from what jesus said in john chapter 5 he spoke about life and judgment but now here is talking about everlasting life and everlasting content so that term everlasting helps us to realize that this is talking about the final outcome after these ones have had an opportunity to accept the education so those who are resurrected who make
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good use of this this education well they will continue on and ultimately receive everlasting life but then on the other hand any who refuse to accept the benefits of that education they will be judged as worthy of eternal destruction now let's finally read verse 3 and those having insight will shine as brightly as the expanse of heaven and those bringing the many to
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righteousness like the stars forever and ever this is speaking about the massive education work that will be done in the new world the glorified anointed ones will shine brightly as they work closely with jesus to direct the education work that will bring the many to righteousness what a joy it will be for them to take part in this amazing work in their role as priests they will assist with the healing of the
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nations and what a privilege it will be to see obedient humans become free from the burden of sin and death and gain perfection of course we have to realize that at that time on earth there won't be just resurrected ones will they they'll be the survivors of armageddon and any children that are born in the new world these ones will ultimately attain to perfection so is that when they get their names
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written as it were in ink in the book not quite yet why not well because perfection doesn't automatically mean that someone would get everlasting life remember the case of adam and eve they were perfect but before they could attain to everlasting life they had to prove their obedience to jehovah yes so we realized then that in the case of adam and eve they failed so a question is raised with
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regard to all these perfect ones on the earth at that time the resurrected ones the survivors of the great tribulation as well as any children that will have been born will they stand faithful will they continue to support jehovah's sovereignty or will some of them be like adam and eve be perfect but then unfaithful well the book of revelation helps us to understand that to answer that question satan is
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released from the symbolic prison and he has an opportunity to test the integrity of jehovah's servants so each person on earth will have a personal opportunity to show where they stand on the issue of universal sovereignty and their individual response will show whether or not their names should be written permanently in the book of life some an unspecified number will turn their backs on jehovah and
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will not support his sovereignty what will happen to those well revelation 20 verse 15 tells us doesn't it anyone who isn't found written in the book of life will receive everlasting destruction but this is the good news the majority of perfect mankind will find themselves passing the final test yes and their names will be written permanently in the book of life
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isn't that exciting to think about what's going to happen in the future yes now is the time jehovah is preparing his people for this massive education work that is going to take place in the new world so now is the time for each one of us to think about that question are you there is your name in the book of life yes may your name be found written in jehovah's book of life
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and may it remain there forever [Applause]

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