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.’”
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
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