Malachi 3:16 “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.” This word remembrance is from a Hebrew word (zikrown, zik-rone') that means to remember a day or something in the form of a writing. Strong gives us: “a memento (or memorable thing, day or writing):--memorial, record.” It refers to something that had been recorded or written down as a reminder. The root word for the Hebrew word for remembrance (zikrown, zik-rone') is (zakar, zaw-kar') which means to mark something, also to mark, to remind, recount, mention, make to be remembered. So in its setting, it says that God is marking His people in heaven, placing their name in a special book to insure favor and a blessing upon them in the future. He marks their name in the book of remembrance to mark people for a blessing in the future.
We already have talked about the seasons of God, the fall feasts of trumpets which lasts for ten days from October 4-13th, the Day of Atonement and then the Feast of Tabernacles which lasts for 7 days. We are now coming into the time for the fall feasts, which yet have not come to the time of fulfillment by Christ. We know that the spring feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits were fulfilled in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ and the Feast of Pentecost was fulfilled in Acts chapter 2 when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the 120 in the upper room in Acts 2:1-4. So what will happen prophetically in the fall feasts? We see that there will be an ingathering of the church according to 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, called the rapture, which fits in with the Feast of Trumpets and the final trumpet blast on the tenth and final day of the Feast of Trumpets when the blow the final long blast of the trumpet called the Great Trumpet Blast, the Tekiah Hagedolah. Then comes the Day of Judgment for when Jesus comes back the second time it is to judge the world and Satan. Then you have the Feast of Booths which is where God dwells among His people. These are to be fulfilled at sometime in the future.
Now, October 4th 2005 is the first day of the celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana and the first day of the Feast of Trumpets, but it is also called The Day of Remembrance. From October 4th to 13th are the ten Days of Awe when the Hebrew people believe that the gates of Heaven are opened and God is making decisions for the next year. So if your name is in the Book of Remembrance then you can see how that fits in with the whole picture. On that day there are over 100 trumpet blasts made on Rosh Hashana made of four different types of blasts.
Now let us talk about the different books in Heaven. In Heaven we known that there is a city and much of what was placed on earth, as the tabernacle was patterned after what was in Heaven. First we see the Book of the Living (Psalms 69:28). “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.” Psalms 139:16 “Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” Some of the Hebrew people call this the book of destiny because it tells what you will look like, the features of your body and how long you will live. This book has all the information about every person that will ever live, from their birth until their death.
Then there is the Lambs Book of Life. This is the book your name is in if you are born again. If you have never repented of your sins, then your name is not in the book of life. The only way to have your name there is to put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for your salvation. Revelation 3:5 “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” There is an imagery here to look at. At the time that passage was written there was a citizen’s registry but also there was a priestly registry in the time of the second temple. If you were from a priestly family, you had to stand before the Sanhedrin and make sure you were a Levite and if they justified you as a priest then your name was placed in the priestly registry. Then there was a citizen’s registry in each city.
The Lamb’s Book of Life is the registry of heaven of those who will enter into the city. If a man committed a crime in the time of Christ, once a man was convicted of a crime his name was blotted out of the citizens registry for the city. The point being reading this passage in Revelation 3:5 in John’s day they understood that criminal acts could cause one to have their name blotted out of the citizen’s registry if they were found guilty. So we see the implication is that your name could have been once placed in the book of life and then blotted out because of dying in willful sin without repenting of that sin. That is all through the book of Ezekiel and other books of both the Old and New Testaments. When looking at the Word honestly and not trying to make it fit a man-made doctrine, there is just no way to justify and prove the doctrine of unconditional eternal security. The have to explain away or ignore to many scripture that are very clear, as that of the prodigal son, who was said to have been dead but then came back to life and the sense of that is the same as that of Jesus coming back from the dead physically, that He who was dead, now lives again. The natural and spiritual parallel each other. That is also a Biblical principle that Jesus taught.
Psalms 56:8 “Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?” So there is a book in heaven that has the tears of God’s people as they pray and cry out to Him. God has said before to His people who have cried out to Him, “My child, know that I have seen your tears and heard your cries.” This is an amazing book and it tells us that God surely sees our tears. 2 Kings 20:5 “Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.” Isaiah 38:5 “Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.” Joel 2:17 “Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?”
Revelation 20:12 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” Here we are told of books of the works of the saints. Everything we do, good or bad is recorded in these books in heaven and that is what we will be judged by, what we did, how we acted, what we said are all written in these books.
Then there is the Book of Remembrance. In Malachi 3:16 it mentions this book. To understand a little about it we have to study a bit of the setting of that day. The Jewish people had gone into the Babylonian captivity and had been there for 70 years. Then they started returning to
Jerusalem from Babylon. They were coming back and needing to rebuild their homes, buy cattle and replant their vineyards. The people were borrowing money and they were rebuilding their own homes and doing all these things for themselves but ignoring the Temple of the Lord. No one was concerned about rebuilding it except the priests and the Levites. So God began to rebuke the Hebrew people for putting themselves first and rebuilding their own homes but not rebuilding His house. So therein you come into the over used scripture of Malachi 3:8-11 “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.”
This is important to understand that this book of remembrance is linked to this and comes up just after this portion on tithe. Offerings in that day were basically animals brought to the priests that were sacrificed but certain portions of the animals were kept for the priest to eat so that they also had meat to eat like everyone else because they didn’t buy and raise their own cattle. This was a part of God’s order so that the Levites could dedicate themselves to the service of the temple.
Malachi 3:10, 16 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it…. Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.” He tells us that obedience to God opens up a window in heaven and then turns around and talks about a book of remembrance in heaven. This book of remembrance is somehow linked to fearing God, obedience to God and to giving. That is known because of the context of the scripture, considering the passage it is in and not taking it out of the context.
Acts 10:4 “And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.” There are three important things about this Italian Centurion named Cornelius. First He feared God, He gave Alms and He prayed continually. What did the book of Malachi chapter three say about the book of remembrance. It said it was written for those who feared God and thought upon His name and paid their tithes. In the Old Testament you would approach God by praying in His name. Giving of Alms has to do with supporting the poor and needy and of course that is important to God after the giving of tithes for He again and again spoke not only of tithes but also offerings. So Cornelius has met all the requirements for being remembered in the Book of Remembrance in Heaven. The angel comes to Him and says, thy prayers and thine alms have come up for a memorial before God, not just his prayers. When a person gives to their local church or ministry you are not giving to them but through them and your giving is unto the Lord because He is the one who established tithes and offerings and requires them.
Hebrews 7:8 “And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.” What we do on earth through our giving is received by the Lord in Heaven and so that is a part of the opening of the window of heaven in heaven for blessing and the dream of Jacob of the angels going up and down on the ladder to heaven because that is how your blessing operates. Genesis 28:10-15 “And Jacob went out from
Beersheba, and went toward” Haran. And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
What you do on earth is received in heaven. Matthew 6:10 “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” So Cornelius was praying, fearing God and giving alms and it came up as a memorial. How did it come up as a memorial? In the time of the temple there was a golden altar in the Holy place called the Altar of Incense. It was made of wood, overlaid with gold and had four horns on the corners and a bowl in the center. The priest would take incense of 11 spices and take two fist full’s and put it in this beautiful silver chalice and carry it in on a tray, bring coals from the brass altar outside, but them in the container and then put the incense on top of it and the incense would start to burn. He would hold his hands out in the form of the letter shin and it was believed when the people prayed they would go to the golden altar and hover there and then when the high priest went into each morning and burned the incense on the golden altar their prayers would then go up before God into heaven, unhindered. They ascended up into heaven in the smoke.
Revelation 4:1-4 “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.” Revelation 5:8 “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.”
John sees a vision of the throne room of God and 24 thrones with elders and they all have vials full of the prayers of the saints. Then in Revelation 8:3-4 the angel goes to the golden altar and all the prayers go before God from there. “And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.” Right now our prayers are stored in golden vials and as we pray and seek his face, these prayers go up before God. This is linked to the book of remembrance. What is it to be in that book? It is to love the lord with all your heart and fear Him, to give alms and to pray continually.
The book of remembrance is a book of deliverance also. We see that in Malachi 3:16-18 that God delivers the people whose names are in it as a Father delivers His son. “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.” God calls His people ‘jewels’, those that discern between the righteous and wicked, between those who serve God and those who don’t.
The Feast of Trumpets is also called the Seasons of Remembrance and is connected to this book. That is why this time of the year, Teshuvah, is a season that should be a time of self examination and repentance, and also the time to pray our best prayers and do our best giving for God is making decisions for the next 12 months on our behalf. It is a time of repentance and answered prayer.
In summary and conclusion, what is God remembering? According to Acts 10 we know He remembers your prayers and your giving. The Word memorial means to keep the memory of something alive. God remembered Hannah, God remembered Noah, God remembered Abraham, God remembered His covenant with Abraham, God remembered Rachel. It is not an issue of God forgetting you, but that there is a special book of remembrance and certain prayers you pray and certain deeds you do, especially acts of giving are recorded in this book. Therefore, when you understood the covenant relationship you have with God and you come to a crisis situation, an emergency, then you ask God to remember your faithfulness to Him and remember you and your need. Then it will come up before God as a memorial or moment of remembrance and God will move on your behalf. God’s supernatural ability to provide for you is a part of the covenant.
God’s covenant involves supernatural blessing, supernatural power, supernatural protection and supernatural provision. For those who come under an attack by people, like relatives who don’t understand you or workers who attack and mock you because of your faith, you need to understand that those who come against God’s covenant people will eventually find their heads removed and find themselves without protection. One example is King Saul. He became jealous of David and tried to kill him on several occasions and then in 1 Samuel 22 Saul had a man kill 85 priests of the Lord and right after that in 1 Samuel 24 David cut off the skirt of Saul which signified cutting off of his authority. In 1 Samuel 26 David took Saul’s spear from him, which signified that God had just completely removed the protective hedge from Saul and he was shortly thereafter killed in battle on Mt. Gilboa with the Philistines (1 Samuel 31) because he has no hedge or protection in time of battle because he had come against the priesthood of the Lord and one of God’s choice young servants.
a Muslim was trying to burn a Christian church. He poured gasoline on the floor of the church and was trying to light it with matches and he couldn’t do it. Then when he got to the last match, he suddenly jumped up and started running through the village screaming. When they caught him and asked what was wrong, he said, “The angel of God is chasing me.” He said, “When I tried to light the last match the angel of God came up to me and said, this is the property of the people of the most high God, it is holy and you are not going to burn it.” This Muslim became a believer and started preaching the gospel on the tops of houses. You cannot attack the people of God and get by with it for God will eventually rise up and defend His people. Much of the attacks of Muslims against Christians today are not true Christians who are in covenant with God, but harlot Christians, mostly Roman Catholics. Indonesia
Maryland some years ago there was a tent used for Gospel meetings and was being used to start a church. There was a group of seven young men who decided to burn down the tent. One who was part of the group said he would have no part in it because they were good people who had the tent. The six who burned it down all died young with terrible deaths. The seventh who didn’t partake, lived and told of it. When Christ spoke to Paul on the road to Damascus, He said; “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks” (Acts 9:5). God was telling Saul there is more here than you can see or understand and you can’t fight me and win.
The covenant ratified by the blood of Jesus is a whole lot more than just being saved and going to heaven. It’s a whole lot more than having your sins forgiven, even if that was all you received from it, that would be enough and still the greatest gift in the world. But it is more. It is a covenant of blessing and provision, of power and ability to function in life and do His will.
In this covenant, when Jesus died on the cross, it was a lot more than just to forgive your sin and write your name in the Lamb’s book of life. God wants you to have life and to have it more abundantly (John 10:10). He wants you to live your life to the fullest and to prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers (3 John2). He wants to establish His covenant with you. Deuteronomy 8:18 “But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” God gives wealth to some of His people, whom He can trust, to establish His covenant and so they will use that money for His purposes. It is not a sin to have wealth and be a Christian. It is a sin to put your faith in wealth and to hoard wealth and to mistreat others and do evil to get wealth and to love money. God goes to war and fights for His covenant people. You can be like Jacob, going to
with nothing and coming out rich. As you grow in grace and knowledge and understand the covenant you have with God and you walk in obedience to God, then the covenant becomes active and God begins to move on your behalf in every area of your life, including natural provision or finances. Psalm 37:25 “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Syria
When you go to the Lord’s Table and partake of the fruit of the vine and the bread to remember His death till He comes and remember what He has done for you, you will become aware of how much He has done for you and the difference He has made in your life.