The Book of Life

The Book with the Seven Seals

“And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon… And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.”

– Revelation 5:1-5

This description of a book with seven seals is almost identical to a passage in the Preface of the wars of the Jews:

I have comprehended all these things in seven books, and have left no occasion for complaint or accusation to such as have been acquainted with this war; and I have written it down for the sake of those that love truth, but not for those that please themselves [with fictitious relations] {they are unworthy to open the book or even to look thereon;}. And I will begin my account of these things with what I call my First Chapter.”

Josephus, The Wars Of The Jews, Preface:12

Seven books and you have to be worthy to read them and it seems some Jew is worthy.  Was the a summary of the New Testament passage or from Josephus?

The Book of Life

“And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.”

– Revelation 5:1

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the {seven;} books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life {of Josephus;}: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”

– Revelation 20:12

First a book with seven seals and then the book of life, from which all the dead men were judged according to their works:

“And here a certain Jew appeared worthy of our relation and commendation…”

– Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book 3, 7:21

“Now there was one whose name was Ananias (a wicked man he was, and very mischievous)…”

– Josephus, The Life Of Flavius Josephus, :56

“However, I will not go to the other extreme, out of opposition to those men who extol the Romans nor will I determine to raise the actions of my countrymen too high; but I will prosecute the actions of both parties with accuracy…”

– Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Preface, :4

“NOW as Josephus was thus engaged in the administration of the affairs of Galilee {Jesus ministered in Galilee;}, there arose a treacherous person, a man of Gischala, the son of Levi, whose name was John. His character was that of a very cunning and very knavish personfor wicked practices he had not his fellow any where. Poor he was at first, and for a long time his wants were a hinderance to him in his wicked designs. He was a ready liar, and… thought it a point of virtue to delude people, and would delude even such as were the dearest to him. He was a hypocritical pretender to humanity…”

– Josephus, The Wars Of The Jews, Book 2, 21:1

“There was also another body of wicked men gotten together, not so impure in their actions, but more wicked in their intentionsThese were such men as deceived and deluded the people under pretense of Divine inspiration…”

– Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book 2, 13:4

“… we may justly ascribe our misfortunes to our own people, and the just vengeance taken on them to the Romans; as to which matter let every one determine by the actions {works;} on both sides {as recorded in the works of Josephus;}.”

– Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book 5, 6:1

The Second Death

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books {seven books of “Wars of the Jews”;} were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life {of Josephus;}: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works {because those are the only accounts we have;}. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire {forgotten to history;}.”

– Revelation 20:12-15

So, whoever gets mentioned in the book of Life of Josephus and The Wars of the Jews does not die the second death and most of them are remembered in the Gospels:

“But when John, the son of Levi, who, as we before told you, abode at Gischala, was informed how all things had succeeded to my mind, and that I was much in favor with those that were under me, as also that the enemy were greatly afraid of me, he was not pleased with it, as thinking my prosperity tended to his ruin {he must increase and I must decrease;}…”

– The Book of Life Of Flavius Josephus,  :25

“Now, as soon as Jonathan and his companions heard of my coming, they took all their own friends, and John with them, and retired to the house of Jesus, which indeed was a large castle, and no way unlike a citadel…”

– Josephus, The Book of Life Of Flavius Josephus, :48

“… So Philip staid there four days, and fled away on the fifth, having disguised himself with fictitious hair, that he might not be discovered… But God himself hindered that his intention, and this for his own advantage also…”

– Josephus, The Book of Life Of Flavius Josephus, :11

“…I also invited Simon to sup with me, and comforted him on occasion of what had happened; and I promised that I would send him safe and secure to Jerusalem, and withal would give him provisions for his journey thither.”

– Josephus, The Book of Life Of Flavius Josephus, :63

“…I told them that I was sent to them by the people of Jerusalem as a legate, together with these other priests, in order to persuade them to demolish that house which Herod the tetrarch had built there, and which had the figures of living creatures in it, although our laws have forbidden us to make any such figures

– Josephus, The Book of Life Of Flavius Josephus, :12

 “… Jonathan, therefore, and those that were with him… as soon as they were come to Dabaritta, a village that lay in the utmost parts of Galilee… fell among the guards I had set… This news was written to me by Levi, who had the command of that guard committed to him by me. Hereupon I said nothing of it for two days; and, pretending to know nothing about it…”

– Josephus, The Book of Life Of Flavius Josephus, :62

“Now, my father Matthias was not only eminent on account of is nobility, but had a higher commendation on account of his righteousness, and was in great reputation in Jerusalem… and I made mighty proficiency in the improvements of my learning, and appeared to have both a great memory and understanding. Moreover, when I was a child, and about fourteen years of age, I was commended by all for the love I had to learning; on which account the high priests and principal men of the city came then frequently to me together, in order to know my opinion about the accurate understanding of points of the law…”

– Josephus, The Book of Life Of Flavius Josephus, :2

“… for John had chosen the most trusty of those armed men that were about him out of those thousand that he had with him, and had given them orders when he sent them, to kill me, having learned that I was alone, excepting some of my domestics. So those that were sent came as they were ordered, and they had executed what they came about, had I not leaped down from the elevation I stood on, and with one of my guards, whose name was James, been carried [out of the crowd] upon the back of one Herod of Tiberias, and guided by him down to the lake, where I seized a ship, and got into it, and escaped my enemies unexpectedly, and came to Taricheae. 

– Josephus, The Book of Life Of Flavius Josephus, :18

“… being informed that all Galilee had not yet revolted from the Romans, but that some part of it was still quiet; they sent me and two others of the priests, who were men of excellent characters, Joazar and Judas, in order to persuade the ill men there to lay down their arms, and to teach them this lesson, – That it were better to have those arms reserved for the most courageous men that the nation had [than to be kept there]; for that it had been resolved, That those our best men should always have their arms ready against futurity; but still so, that they should wait to see what the Romans would do. 

– Josephus, The Book of Life Of Flavius Josephus, :7

“… this Sylla pitched his camp at five furlongs’ distance from Julias, and set a guard upon the roads, both that which led to Cana, and that which led to the fortress Gamala, that he might hinder their inhabitants from getting provisions out of Galilee.”

– Josephus, The Book of Life Of Flavius Josephus, :71

“… Now at this time my abode was in a village of Galilee, which is named Cana.”   

– Josephus, The Book of Life Of Flavius Josephus, :16

“Accordingly, they sent to Jesus, the captain of those robbers {he shall be counted among the thieves;}… and promised to give him a great deal of money, if he would come with those forces he had with him, which were in number eight hundred, and fight with us. Accordingly, he complied with what they desired… and was desirous to fall upon us when we were unprepared for him… and desired that I would give him leave to come and salute me. When I had given him that leave, which I did without the least knowledge of his treacherous intentions beforehand, he took his band of robbers, and made haste to come to me… When I was informed of this, I went into the market-place, and pretended to know nothing of his treacherous purpose… Jesus came in with a few others; and when I had ordered him to throw down his arms immediately, and told him, that if he refused so to do, he was a dead man, he seeing armed men standing all round about him, was terrified, and complied… I then called Jesus to me by himself, and told him, that” I was not a stranger to that treacherous design he had against me, nor was I ignorant by whom he was sent for; that, however, I would forgive him what he had done already, if he would repent of it, and be faithful to me hereafter.”…

– Josephus, The Book of Life Of Flavius Josephus, :22

Eat the Book

“And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven… And he had in his hand a little book open {with seven seals;}: … And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book … Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.”

– Revelation 10:1-10

“And he said, “Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death.” Jesus said, “Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]””

– Thomas 1:1-2

NEXT: Make your mouth sweet and your belly bitter by eating the little book with the seven seals in “The Seven Seals of the Apocalypse“.

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