Lamb Slain From The Foundation Of The World

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
 
The affirmation of this verse is that Jesus was not only the Lamb who was sacrificed for our sins, but He also was selected for this task before the world was created.
 
God the Father looked down through the centuries and determined that His Son, Jesus, would die at some time in the future as an atonement for sin.  Jesus’ death was no accident of history, and no afterthought in the mind of God.  It was the fulfillment of God’s eternal plan.
 
How long did it take for this plan to work itself out?  As long as it took.  This answer may seem nonsensical and ridiculous, but it’s as close as we can get to understanding God and His mysterious ways.  The apostle Peter expresses it like this: “One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8).