Three OT verses that Revelation 3.5 alludes to

In Revelation 3.5, Jesus promises to never erase from the book of life the name of anyone who overcomes. There are three OT passages that refer to books that God keeps and adds or takes names away from.

  1. In Exodus 32.32-33, Moses tells God that if God won’t forgive Israel’s sins, Moses would prefer that God erase his name from the book he has written. God responds that the ones whom he will erase from his book are those who sin against him.
  2. In Psalm 69.28, the psalmist asks God to erase his attackers’ names from the book of the living.
  3. And according to Daniel 12.1, everyone whose name is found in ‘the book’ will be delivered from calamity.

Source: The Greek New Testament (UBS, 4th edition), compared with the Old Testament Quotations and Allusions in the New Testament feature in Logos Bible Software version 4.

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