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The Pre-Advent Judgment

The Pre-Advent Judgment

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Published by Marcos David Torres
A research paper on the doctrine of the Pre-Advent or Investigative Judgment as taught by the Seventh-day Adventist church.
A research paper on the doctrine of the Pre-Advent or Investigative Judgment as taught by the Seventh-day Adventist church.

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Published by: Marcos David Torres on Oct 15, 2012
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Introduction
“The uniqueness of the sanctuary doctrine helps make it a prime target for attack.”
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Althoughmany of our doctrines are shared in other denominations the pre-
Advent judgment “‘being
uniquely our own, has also laid us open as a church to more opprobrium, ridicule, and scorn from
other Christian churches than any other doctrine.’”
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If this
wasn’t bad in and of itself, “writing in
Christianity Today,
former Adventist David Neff has said that ‘few contemporary Adventists canexplain it [the investigative judgment] and few Adventist theologians still teach it.’”
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 Neff’s
statement has in fact been a reality in my own life. Therefore, as I prepared to write this paper, Itold my wife that the outcome of my research would determine whether or not I remained aSeventh-day Adventist. Like the vast majority of Seventh-day Adventists, the pre-Advent judgment was a doctrine that I knew little about. Had I been required to defend it or simply toteach it, I would have been entirely incapable of performing the task. This is a sad realityconsidering the fact that the understanding and embrace of the pre-Advent judgment doctrine israther unique to Adventism (though not fully as we will later see). After weeks of study on thetopic from both proponents and antagonists to this teaching, I have come to realize that thedoctrine of the pre-Advent judgment is the simplest and most logical conclusion to be derivedfrom the Bible. In the pages that follow, I will attempt to retrace some of the steps of my journeyto this discovery. In the process I will demonstrate that the Bible truly supports the idea of a pre-Advent judgment, that the pre-Advent judgment correlates perfectly to righteousness by faith,and that Ellen G. White is not necessary to believe in the pre-Advent judgment. I will thenconclude at last by exploring
some of Ellen G. Whites “legalistic” stat
ements with relation to the
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Clifford Goldstein,
False Balances
[Boise: Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1992], 24.
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ibid 
.
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ibid 
., 23.
 
pre-Advent judgment and the difference that such a doctrine would make in the life of a born-again Christian.Before I begin I must make a few qualifications. Number one, this is not an exhaustiveresource on the topic of the pre-Advent judgment. There are many aspects of the pre-Advent judgment that I will not cover in this paper such as the prophecies of Daniel 7-9, the validity of 
Adventism’s understanding of the prophetic timeline, and the sanctuary service
, its differingcomponents, and how they each relate to the pre-Advent judgment. Number two, in presentingthe doctrine of pre-Advent judgment I will use the Bible and the Bible alone. Ellen White willonly be mentioned in a section designated specifically for an analysis of her relationship to thedoctrine, but will not be used in any way as a basis, supplement, or substitute for the Bible.
Likewise, Adventist’s have been accused of basing the doctrine of the pre
-Advent judgment onDaniel 8:14:
“He said to me, ‘It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated.’”
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Therefore, I will establish the validity of a pre-Advent judgment withoutany mention to this text.1.
 
Will there be a Pre-Advent judgment?What exactly is the pre-Advent judgment? To put it simply, the pre-advent judgment(also known as the investigative judgment) teaches that the final judgment will take place
before
 the second coming of Christ. During this judgment the lives of every person, both believers andunbelievers alike, will be investigated. Marvin Moore, author of 
The Case for the Investigative Judgment 
 
 put it well when he wrote, “The idea that God will conduct an investigative judgment
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Dan. 8:14.

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