“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.” (KJV)
There are actually two legitimate ways this passage of scripture can be translated. One is as the KJV translated it; the other is as the New American Standard Version translates it. It says, “And all who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.” (Rev. 13:8NASB) The questions is, which was done “from the foundation of the world?” Were the names written in the book of life, or was the Lamb slain? Both ideas are supported elsewhere in scripture.
Rev. 17:8 supports the idea that the names that are in the Book of Life were entered there before the foundation of the world. It says, “The beast that you saw was and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and to go t…