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.…
Four volumes are mentioned in the Scriptures as belonging to God's celestial library.
1. The "book of the living" (Psalm 69:28), in which are enumerated all items of personal human history, as God has decreed them (Psalm 139:16).
2. The "book of the law" (Galatians 3:10), in which are included all God's demands for obedience and duty.
3. The "book of remembrance" (Malachi 3:16), in which are noted all the incidents of each believer's continued experience (Psalm 56:8).
4. The "book of life" (Philippians 4:3), in which are recorded all the names of those redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, and no others (Revelation 20:15). Of these perhaps the likeliest to be the one John now saw in God's right hand was the first, containing the secret decrees of Divine providence concerning human life and the destiny of nations.
(C. S. Robinson, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.