According to Pentecostals, are names added to the Book of Life anywhere in the Bible (after Creation)?

I see only examples of names remaining in or being wiped out. I don’t see names being added.

“The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.” ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

In order to never be blotted out it’s implied you were already written in. When was it written in?

What is the Pentecostal Charismatic view?

  • For what it's worth, I think this is an excellent question and it should be asked, but it's usually unfair to people answering the question when they have to be stacked up against equally good answers coming from differing perspectives.
    – Peter Turner
    Jan 29, 2019 at 15:43
  • I edited it to Pentecostal / Charismatic, will that qualify?
    – Autodidact
    Jan 29, 2019 at 15:44
  • Ok so basically your saying I can ask the same question to three different denominations? Essentially? Now that you closed it should I ask it again with a denomination qualifier?
    – Autodidact
    Jan 29, 2019 at 15:45
  • yep, looks good (and you can ask the other questions too, but they'll have to stand on their own merits). And we may have to delete some of the good answers here unfortunately. But people can see their own deleted answer and flag to undelete after they've matched the perspective.
    – Peter Turner
    Jan 29, 2019 at 16:09
  • It would've been better to ask for an overview of all views.
    – curiousdannii
    Jan 29, 2019 at 20:35

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I suppose I am qualified to answer this question as a “Pentecostal”.

From my perspective (as the question asks), since all mention of the Book of Life refers to names that are already written in it, then every name has been written in it from a time-independent source/power/etc, and therefore names can only be removed from it from a time-dependent human point of view.

My reading usually begins in KJV. Revelation 13:8 looks appealing but one cannot be sure that “the foundation of the world” describes the Book of Life or the Lamb or both.

“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Revelation 13:8 KJV

AMPLIFIED seems to support my initial perspective that “the foundation of the world” does pertain to the Book of Life.

“All the inhabitants of the earth will fall down and worship him, everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world in the Book of Life of the Lamb who has been slain [as a willing sacrifice].” REVELATION‬ ‭13:8‬ ‭AMP‬‬

ESV is similar.

“and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.” Revelation‬ ‭13:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

GW and NIV seem to point toward “the foundation of the world” pertaining only to the Lamb.

“Everyone living on earth will worship it, everyone whose name is not written in the Book of Life. That book belongs to the lamb who was slaughtered before the creation of the world.” Revelation‬ ‭13:8‬ ‭GW‬‬

“All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” Revelation‬ ‭13:8‬ NIV‭

To add to my perspective, I’d say the question of when the names were written is an unfathomable concept since I stated that a power “outside of time” was/is the author.

  • Thank for your response The text clearly indicates that names were written before the foundation of the earth or before Creation. Let it stand on its own. Trying to explain who are those who were never written in, is a separate question. Also yes names can only be removed at this point. If you must know the inhabitants that worship the beast are the demons not the humans. Demons are earth bound, the fallen angels are as Ephesians 6 says in heavenly places thus not earth bound
    – Autodidact
    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:32

Pentecostals cover a wide range of beliefs, but as a rule they accept the Bible as authoritative.

If we do a bit of deduction, I think we can get a pretty good idea of the answer to this question from the Bible.

First we establish that those who are written in the book of life are those who will be "saved" "go to heaven" "elect" however you want to phrase it.

See Daniel 12:1

“At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, Every one who is found written in the book.

We can make the small jump to the idea that this book is not exclusively about the people in the end days, but includes people going back even to the 12 apostles,

Luke 10:20 (NKJV)

Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

Paul establishes even more that those who share in the Gospel are written in the book (Phil 4:3) (NKJV)

And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.

Now having established that being written in the book of life is equivalent to being marked out for salvation, we can see what the Bible says about salvation, to see when and how these people were added to the Book of Life.

Paul states this most plainly in Ephesians 1:3-6 (NKJV)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He [a]made us accepted in the Beloved.

2 Thess 2:13-14 (NKJV)

13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So the Bible tends to use language like "From the beginning" or "Before the Foundation of the earth".

  • Yes I can see the sequence. Evidently your answer could do with some more explanation but that might lend itself to asking a series of different questions. From your response I gather two things, those written in the book of life were destined for salvation and they were written in the book before Creation. Did I understand you correctly? I take issue with you using Ephesians 1 though because the passage says IN HIM and no one is IN HIM until they enter into Christ, it is then that they benefit of promises made to HIM prior to Creation. Also book of life is OT and Old covenant too.
    – Autodidact
    Jun 18, 2019 at 16:58

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