The Judgment of the Living
By Present Truth NZ
In 1844, Jesus, our High Priest, entered the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary, to begin the work of the Investigative Judgment. This work was to start with the cases of the dead, and then it was to pass on to the cases of the living. It is now coming up to 160 years since the Investigative Judgment first started in 1844.
We need to ask ourselves the following questions: Has the Investigative Judgment yet passed from the cases of the dead to the cases of the living? – Has the Judgment of the Living yet started?
If the Judgment of the Living has already started, when did it start? If it has already started, has our name come up yet in the Judgment?
How can we know whether it has or has not started? If the Judgment of the Living has not yet started, when will it start? How will God’s people know when it does start? What takes place in the Judgment of the Living? Why is the Judgment of the Living so important to God’s people who are living on the earth just before Jesus comes? Is the Judgment of the Living something to be feared, or something we should be looking forward to? Is the Judgment of the Living good news for God’s people, or is it bad news for God’s people? Is there any special preparation we should now be making for the Judgment of the Living?
At the time appointed for The Judgment – the close of the 2,300 days, in 1844 – began the work of Investigation, and Blotting Out of Sins. All who have ever taken upon themselves the name of Christ must pass its searching scrutiny. Both the living and the dead are to be judged ‘out of those things which were written in the Books, according to their works.’ Great Controversy 486
In 1844 our great High Priest entered the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary, to begin the work of the Investigative Judgment. The cases of the righteous dead have been passing in review before God. When that work shall be completed, Judgment is to be pronounced upon the Living. How precious, how important are these solemn moments! Each of us has a case pending in the court of heaven. We are individually to be judged according to the deeds done in the body. In the typical service [in the Old Testament Sanctuary service], when the work of atonement was performed by the high priest in the Most Holy Place of the earthly Sanctuary [on the Day of Atonement], the people were required to afflict their souls before God, and confess their sins, that they might be atoned for and blotted out. WILL ANY LESS BE REQUIRED OF US IN THIS ANTITYPICAL DAY OF ATONEMENT, WHEN CHRIST IN THE SANCTUARY ABOVE IS PLEADING IN BEHALF OF HIS PEOPLE, AND THE FINAL, IRREVOCABLE DECISION IS TO BE PRONOUNCED UPON EVERY CASE? Selected Messages Book 1 125
The Spirit of Prophecy has made it quite clear, that some 40 years after 1844 – by 1888 – the Judgment of the Living had not yet started:
Solemn are the scenes connected with the closing work of the atonement. Momentous are the interests involved therein. The Judgment is now passing in the Sanctuary above. For more than forty years this work has been in progress. SOON – NONE KNOW HOW SOON – IT WILL PASS TO THE CASES OF THE LIVING. In the awful presence of God our lives are to come up in review. Great Controversy [1888 edition] 490
Ten years later, it was again written that the Judgment of the Living was about to begin – it had not yet started – it was, at that time, still yet future.
Now, when the great work of judging the living is about to begin, shall we allow unsanctified ambition to take possession of the heart….Now, when we are on the borders of the eternal world, what can be of so much value to us as to be found loyal and true to the God of heaven? Testimonies Volume Six 130 
That statement was written in 1898. Some could perhaps be justified in thinking that by this time – over 100 years later – the Judgment of the Living must have begun. But has it? How can we be sure? We can only find the true answer to our questions from that which God has revealed to His people in the writings He has given them – not from the thoughts or the opinions of men, however learned or high their standing might be within the Church, or in their own eyes, or in the eyes of others.
Some have taught that the Judgment of the Living started at the time of the Minneapolis Conference in 1888. The Judgment of the Living DID NOT start at that time.
Several times during the past winter I have met the report that, during the Conference at Minneapolis, Ellen G. White was shown that the Judgment, which since 1844 had been passing upon the righteous dead, had now begun upon the living. THIS REPORT IS NOT TRUE. Testimonies Volume Five 692
What we do know is that, before the final Time of Trouble, and before the Second Advent of Jesus, when the Third Angel’s Message has finished its work, and Jesus has finished His ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary, the Judgment of the Living, by then, will have taken place.
I was pointed down to the time when the Third Angel’s message was closing. The power of God had rested upon His people; they had accomplished their work and were prepared for the trying hour before them [the Final Time of Trouble, and the Time of Jacob’s Trouble]….The last great warning had sounded everywhere…..An angel reported to Jesus that his work was done, and the saints were numbered and sealed….Every case had been decided for life or death. While Jesus had been ministering in the Sanctuary, the Judgment had been going on for the righteous dead, and then for the righteous living. Early Writings 279,280
When the Time of Trouble comes, every case is decided; there is no longer probation, no longer mercy for the impenitent. The seal of the living God is upon His people. Testimonies Volume Five 213
The bottles of God’s wrath cannot be poured out to destroy the wicked and their works until all the people of God have been judged, and the cases of the living as well as the dead are decided. And even after the saints are sealed with the seal of the living God, His elect will have trials individually. Personal afflictions will come; but the furnace is closely watched by an eye that will not suffer the gold to be consumed. THE INDELIBLE MARK OF GOD IS UPON THEM [God’s Seal in their foreheads]. God can plead that His own name is written there. The Lord has shut them in. Their destination is inscribed – ‘God, New Jerusalem.’ They are God’s property, His possession. Testimonies to Ministers 446
THE JUDGMENT OF THE LIVING – BEFORE THE CLOSE OF PROBATION
When the work of the Investigative Judgment closes, the destiny of ALL will have been decided for life or death. Probation is ended a short time before the appearing of the Lord in the clouds of heaven. Great Controversy 490
When the work of Investigation shall be ended, when the cases of those who in all ages have professed to be followers of Christ have been examined and decided, then, and not till then, probation will close, and the door of mercy will be shut. Great Controversy 428
The Judgment of the Living must take place before the Second Advent of Jesus.
The work of Investigative Judgment and the Blotting out of Sins is to be accomplished before the Second Advent of the Lord. Great Controversy 485
The cleansing of the Sanctuary therefore involves a work of investigation – a work of judgment. This work must be performed prior to the coming of Christ to redeem His people; for when He comes, His reward is with Him to give to every man according to his works. Great Controversy 422
And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Revelation 22:12
Question: Can we know for certain when the Judgment takes place? Answer: It is true that we cannot tell how soon – that is, the exact date in time – but God has not left us in darkness that that day should overtake us as a thief.
There are three reasons why we should study into and understand this subject of the Judgment of the Living.
Reason Number 1:
Firstly, because we are told that it is a subject of the utmost importance, and that it should be clearly understood by God’s people. We are told that unless we have a knowledge of this subject, it will be impossible for us to exercise the faith that is essential for this time, and to occupy the position that God wishes us to fill. We are told that the Sanctuary in Heaven is the very center of Christ’s work, and concerns every living soul upon this earth.
The subject of the Sanctuary and the Investigative Judgment [which includes the Judgment of the Living] should be clearly understood by the people of God. All need a knowledge for themselves of the position and work of their great High Priest. Otherwise it will be impossible for them to exercise the faith which is essential at this time or to occupy the position which God designs them to fill. Great Controversy 488
The sanctuary in heaven is the very center of Christ’s work in behalf of men. It concerns every soul living upon the earth. It opens to view the plan of redemption, bringing us down to the very close of time and revealing the triumphant issue of the contest between righteousness and sin. IT IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE THAT ALL SHOULD THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATE THESE SUBJECTS and be able to give an answer to everyone that asketh them a reason of the hope that is in them. Great Controversy 488,489
We are in the great Day of Atonement, and the sacred work of Christ for the people of God that is going on at the present time in the Heavenly Sanctuary should be our constant study. Testimonies Volume Five 520
The minds of all who embrace this message are directed to the Most Holy Place where Jesus stands before the Ark, making His final intercession for all those for whom mercy still lingers…This atonement is made for the righteous dead as well as for the righteous living. Spiritual Gifts Volume 1 163
Reason Number 2:
• It is the understanding of this subject of the Judgment of the Living that helps to prepare a people to go through the final Time of Trouble and to be ready for the Second Advent of Jesus.
• The great Plan of Redemption, as revealed in the closing work of these last days, should receive close examination. The scenes connected with the Sanctuary above should make such an impression upon the minds and hearts of all that they may be able to impress others. All need to become more intelligent in regard to the work of the Atonement, which is going on in the Sanctuary above. When this grand truth is seen and understood, those who hold it will work in harmony with Christ to prepare a people to stand in the great day of God, and their efforts will be successful. Testimonies Volume Five 575
Reason Number 3:
• Unless we enter in, by faith, into the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary, and unite with Christ in His ministration there, we will be weighed in the balances and be found wanting – fearful thought.
• We must by faith enter within the veil, ‘whither the forerunner is for us entered.’ Great Controversy 489
• Our faith must pierce beyond the veil, seeing things that are invisible. No one else can look for you. You must behold for yourself. Bible Commentary Vol. 7 930
• UNLESS WE ENTER THE SANCTUARY ABOVE, AND UNITE WITH CHRIST IN WORKING OUT OUR OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING, WE SHALL BE WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES OF THE SANCTUARY, AND SHALL BE PRONOUNCED WANTING. Bible Commentary Vol. 7 933,934
• We must send up our petitions in faith within the second veil and let our faith take hold of the promised blessing and claim it as ours. Early Writings 72
• I dreamed of seeing A TEMPLE to which many people were flocking. Only those who took refuge in that Temple would be saved when time should close. All who remained outside would be forever lost. Early Writings 78
In Noah’s day, people had to be in God’s Ark of safety – in order to be protected at that time from the destruction of the world by water. The Heavenly Sanctuary is the Ark of safety for God’s people today, to be protected from the destruction of the world by fire.
Truly it can therefore be said that The solemn scenes of the Judgment, the great Day of Atonement, should be kept before the people, and urged upon their consciences with earnestness and power. The subject of the Sanctuary will give us correct views of the importance of the work for this time. Testimonies Volume Five 421
We speak of entering in with Jesus, into the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary, by faith. What does it mean to enter in by faith?
The answer to this is simply that the Judgment of the Living takes place in Heaven while we are still here upon the earth. It takes place before Jesus comes – so we cannot be present in person. It is much like the children of Israel on their annual Day of Atonement. They had to gather around the earthly sanctuary on that day. They could not enter each one personally into the Most Holy Place. Only the High Priest could enter there. But they had to enter in there with their High Priest by faith. That is why their earthly High Priest had bells upon his priestly garments, so that the people could hear him entering into the Most Holy Place of the Sanctuary, on their behalf, for the cleansing of the sanctuary, on that day. It is like the need to enter into the marriage as spoken about by Jesus in the parable of the Ten Virgins. The first call to the marriage, as far as modern Israel is concerned, was in the summer of 1844, when the proclamation was made Behold, the Bridegroom cometh. At that time, they were called to the marriage – not in person, because the marriage takes place in Heaven – but by faith.
The proclamation, ‘Behold, the Bridegroom cometh,’ in the summer of 1844, led thousands to expect the immediate Advent of the Lord. At the appointed time the Bridegroom came, not to the earth, as the people expected, but to the Ancient of Days in Heaven, to the marriage, the reception of His kingdom. ‘They that were ready went in with Him to the marriage: and the door was shut.’ THEY WERE NOT TO BE PRESENT IN PERSON AT THE MARRIAGE; FOR IT TAKES PLACE IN HEAVEN, WHILE THEY ARE UPON THE EARTH. The followers of Christ are to ‘wait for their Lord, when He will return from the wedding.’ They are to understand His work, and to follow Him by faith as He goes in before God. IT IS IN THIS SENSE THAT THEY ARE SAID TO GO IN TO THE MARRIAGE. Great Controversy 427
The righteous dead will not be raised until after the Judgment at which they are accounted worthy of the resurrection of life. Hence they will not be present in person at the tribunal when their records are examined and their cases decided. Great Controversy 482
This applies to the righteous living as well – they will not be present in person at the tribunal when their records are examined and their cases are decided.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE JUDGMENT OF THE LIVING?
Associated with the Investigative Judgment of the Living is the work of the Blotting out of sins.
At the time appointed for the Judgment – the close of the 2300 days, in 1844 – began the work of Investigation and the Blotting out of sins. Great Controversy 486
The work of the Investigative Judgment and the Blotting out of Sins is to be accomplished before the Second Advent of the Lord. Great Controversy 485
While Jesus had been ministering in the Sanctuary, THE JUDGMENT HAD BEEN GOING ON FOR THE RIGHTEOUS DEAD, AND THEN FOR THE RIGHTEOUS LIVING. Christ had received His Kingdom, having made the atonement for His people, AND BLOTTED OUT THEIR SINS. The subjects of the kingdom were made up. The marriage of the Lamb was consummated. And the Kingdom, and the greatness of the Kingdom under the whole heaven, was given to Jesus and the heirs of salvation, and Jesus was to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. Early Writings 280
All our sins have been accurately and faithfully recorded, not only in our own minds, but also in the Record Books of Heaven.
Angels of God witnessed each sin and registered it in the unerring records. Great Controversy 486
God has an exact record of every unjust account and every unfair dealing. Great Controversy 486
How solemn is the thought! Day after day, passing into eternity, bears its burden of records for the Books of heaven. Words once spoken, deeds once done, can never be recalled. Angels have registered both the good and the evil. Great Controversy 486
An angel is recording every word and deed, which they must meet again in the Judgment. Great Controversy 487
Our sins are NOT blotted out at the time they are repented of, confessed, and forgiven by Jesus. Jesus pardons the guilty sinner, but his sins still remain on record until they are blotted out in the Judgment. Though forgiven, the sinner still bears the scars. – the record of his or her sin. Every child of God knows – relating to the sins committed in their life – that, though forgiven, they still carry the memory of those sins and transgressions – they can still see the scars that their sins have made upon their own lives, and upon the lives of others.
As God’s people have confessed their sins, Jesus has cleansed them from the guilt of sin, but in this transaction, their sins have not been blotted out, either in their own minds, or in the minds of others, or in the Books of record in Heaven. Even those saints who have died in the Lord, with every sin confessed, still did not die having had their sins blotted out. Since the dead and the living are to be judged out of the things written in the Books of Heaven, it is impossible that their sins be blotted out until after the Judgment at which their cases are investigated.
Now it may be you can repent. But even if pardon is written against your names, you will sustain terrible loss; for the scars you have made upon your souls will remain. Testimonies to Ministers 447
When these persons come to a better state of mind, they will consider how much they have lost. In the place of bruising Satan under their feet, they have opened the door of their lips and permitted him to control their tongues; they have opened the door of their minds and permitted him to take possession of them; they opened the door of their hearts and permitted him to occupy the highest seat in the soul temple. After these inglorious defeats, they will ever carry the wounds and scars with them. EVEN IF CHRIST HAS MERCY UPON THEM, AND PARDONS THEIR SINS, THE SCARS REMAIN. Signs of the Times August 12 1886
The work of the Investigative Judgment and the Blotting out of Sins is to be accomplished before the Second Advent of the Lord. Since the dead [and the living as well] are to be judged out of the things written in the books, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE THAT THE SINS OF MEN SHOULD BE BLOTTED OUT UNTIL AFTER THE JUDGMENT AT WHICH THEIR CASES ARE TO BE INVESTIGATED. Great Controversy 485
In Zechariah chapter 3, in the Old Testament, there is a prophecy about Joshua and the angel – relating to the Judgment of the Living. Joshua and the angel applies to God’s people in the closing up of the great Day of Atonement – that is – in the Judgment of the Living, which closes up the Day of Atonement. Before the blotting out of their sins, the children of God are likened to be standing in the Judgment clothed with filthy garments and defective characters. Satan is depicted as standing as the accuser of God’s people, pointing to all the sins he has tempted them to commit, and claiming them as his own.
Zechariah’s vision of Joshua and the Angel applies with peculiar force to the experience of God’s people in the closing up of the great Day of Atonement….No sin can be tolerated in those who shall walk with Christ in white. The filthy garments are to be removed, and Christ’s robe of righteousness is to be placed upon us….In holy vision the prophet beholds Joshua the high priest, ‘clothed with filthy garments,’ standing before the Angel of the Lord….The high priest..does not claim that Israel are free from fault. In his filthy garments, symbolizing the sins of the people, which he bears as their representative, he stands before the Angel, confessing their guilt, yet pointing to their repentance and humiliation, relying upon the mercy of a sin-pardoning Redeemer and in faith claiming the promises of God. Testimonies Volume Five 472,468,469
While Jesus is pleading for the subjects of His grace, Satan accuses them before God as transgressors. The great deceiver has sought to lead them into scepticism, to cause them to lose confidence in God, to separate themselves from His love, and to break His Law. Now he points to the record of their lives, to the defects of character, the unlikeness to Christ, which has dishonoured their Redeemer, to all the sins that he has tempted them to commit, and because of these he claims them as his subjects. Great Controversy 484
Why? Because their sins have not yet been blotted out.
The tempter stands by to accuse them, as he stood by to resist Joshua. He points to their filthy garments, their defective characters. Testimonies Volume Five 473
Man cannot meet these charges himself. In his sin-stained garments, confessing his guilt, he stands before God. Testimonies Volume Five 471
The sin-stained garments are the records of their sins – not their present continuance in sin, because, as the people of God stand before God in the Judgment, they have already put away their sins, and have, by God’s power and by His grace, been delivered from the controlling power of evil over them. In the Investigative Judgment, when the record of our sins is investigated, those who have not, prior to that time, gained the victory over sin in their life, or who have any sins unrepented of and unforgiven, will then have their names blotted out of the Book of Life, and their good deeds will also be blotted out.
But while the followers of Christ have sinned, they have not given themselves to the control of evil. They have put away their sins, and have sought the Lord in humility and contrition, and the divine Advocate pleads in their behalf [in the Judgment]. Testimonies Volume Five 474
When any have sins remaining upon the Books of record, unrepented of and unforgiven, their names will be blotted out of the Book of Life, and the record of their good deeds will be erased from the book of God’s remembrance. The Lord declared to Moses: ‘Whosoever hath sinned against Me, him will I blot out of My Book.’ And says the prophet Ezekiel: ‘When the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity…all his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned.’ Great Controversy 483
Those who have truly repented of their sins, and previously had pardon entered against their names in the Books of Heaven, will have their sins blotted out, and they themselves will be accounted worthy of eternal life with Jesus.
All who have truly repented of sin, and by faith claimed the blood of Christ as their atoning sacrifice, have had pardon entered against their names in the Books of Heaven. As they have become partakers of the righteousness of Christ, and their characters are found to be in harmony with the Law of God, their sins will be blotted out, and they themselves will be accounted worthy of eternal life. The Lord declares, by the prophet Isaiah: ‘I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.’ Isaiah 43:25. Said Jesus: ‘He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels. Great Controversy 483
As the people of God afflict their souls before Him, pleading for purity of heart, the command is given, ‘Take away the filthy garments’ from them, and the encouraging words are spoken, ‘Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.’ The spotless robe of Christ’s righteousness is placed upon the tried, tempted, yet faithful children of God. The despised remnant are clothed in glorious apparel, nevermore to be defiled by the corruptions of the world. Their names are retained in the Lamb’s Book of Life, enrolled among the faithful of all ages. Testimonies Volume Five 475
Then will be fulfilled the New Covenant promise that God will remember their sins no more.
Thus will be realized the complete fulfilment of the New Covenant promise: ‘I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.’ ‘In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found.’ [Jeremiah 31:34; 50:20.] ‘In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even everyone that is written among the living in Jerusalem.’ Great Controversy 485
Not only are our sins blotted out in the Books of Record in Heaven, but they will also be blotted out of our minds as well. Our sins will no more be able to be remembered nor brought to mind. Although we will always have a deep sense of our own unworthiness, yet we will not be able to bring any particular sins to remembrance, because they will have been blotted out. This is one way of testing and knowing whether our names have yet come up in the Judgment of the Living – if you can still remember your sins, then they have not yet been blotted out in the Judgment.
But while they have a deep sense of their unworthiness, they have no concealed wrongs to reveal. Their sins have gone beforehand to judgment and have been blotted out, and THEY cannot bring them to remembrance. Great Controversy 620
Their sins will have been blotted out by the atoning blood of Christ, and THEY cannot bring them to remembrance. Patriarchs and Prophets 202
In the final atonement the sins of the truly penitent are to be blotted from the records of heaven, no more to be remembered or come into mind. Patriarchs and Prophets 358
This feast [the Feast of Tabernacles] was to be pre-eminently an occasion of rejoicing. It occurred just after the great Day of Atonement,when the assurance had been given that their iniquity should be remembered no more. Patriarchs and Prophets 540
THEY CANNOT BRING TO MIND ANY PARTICULAR SINS, but in their whole life they can see but little good. Their sins had gone beforehand to judgment, and pardon had been written. Their sins had been borne away into the land of forgetfulness, AND THEY COULD NOT BRING THEM TO REMEMBRANCE. Spiritual Gifts Volume 3 135
God says that He also will forget our sins, and that He will not bring them back to His own remembrance either.
For I will forgive their iniquity, AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SIN NO MORE. Jeremiah 31:34
And most wonderful thing of all, all our sins will be blotted out of the minds of other people, and out of any records anywhere that there might be of them – in legal or prison records [for those who might have had that misfortune somewhere in their past experience], court records, personal diary records – everything. If anybody tries to search for the wrong things that God’s people might have done in their past lives, they will not be able to find them. No wonder the Judgment of the Living is good news and something to look forward to, and something to make preparation to be ready for.
IN THOSE DAYS, AND IN THAT TIME, SAITH THE LORD, THE INIQUITY OF ISRAEL SHALL BE SOUGHT FOR, AND THERE SHALL BE NONE; AND THE SINS OF JUDAH, AND THEY SHALL NOT BE FOUND: FOR I WILL PARDON THEM WHOM I RESERVE. Jeremiah 50:20
Satan, however, will not have our sins blotted out of his mind. He will not know if or when our sins have been blotted out, and he will only be able to infer that they have been blotted out.
Satan sees that holy angels are guarding them, and he infers that their sins have been pardoned; BUT HE DOES NOT KNOW THAT THEIR CASES HAVE BEEN DECIDED IN THE SANCTUARY ABOVE. He has an accurate knowledge of the sins which he has tempted them to commit. Great Controversy 618
Some of God’s people do not like the thought of an Investigative Judgment taking place before the Second Advent of Jesus. They particularly do not like the thought that there is going to be a Judgment of the Living before Jesus comes.
But the Bible speaks about the Judgment being Good News and something that every one of God’s people should be looking forward to with joyful expectation. Notice again what the Book of Revelation says about the First Angel’s message:
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, HAVING THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL [GOOD NEWS] to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him; FOR THE HOUR OF HIS JUDGMENT IS COME: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. Revelation 14:6,7
This is the first of the Three Angels’ Messages.
What is the Good News of the First Angel’s message? – The good news is that the hour of the Judgment is come. The Judgment of the Living is the gospel message of good news to be sounded abroad by God’s people, for God’s people, and to God’s people.
God has always said that the wicked and the righteous will be judged. But notice the order in which God puts them. The righteous are judged first. The Judgment of the wicked comes after the Judgment of the righteous – at a later stage.
God shall judge THE RIGHTEOUS and THE WICKED. Ecclesiastes 3:17
Mine arms shall judge the people. Isaiah 51:5
The Lord SHALL judge the people. Psalms 7:8
If the righteous are all to be judged, as well as the wicked, then not only the righteous dead who are in their graves are to be judged, but the righteous living who are to be translated must also be judged before Jesus comes.
We are dealing with men and women WHO ARE JUDGMENT BOUND. 5 Testimonies 236
The work of Judgment which began in 1844 must continue until the cases of all are decided, BOTH OF THE LIVING AND THE DEAD; hence it will extend to the close of human probation. Great Controversy 435
The Investigative Judgment includes the cases of all of God’s followers upon this earth – going right back to Adam – those who have followed God and who are now dead and sleeping in their graves. It goes through all the cases of the dead who have ever professed the name of Jesus – and then it closes with the cases of the living.
As the books of record are opened in the Judgment, the lives of all who have believed on Jesus come in review before God. Beginning with those who first lived upon the earth, our Advocate presents the cases of each successive generation, AND CLOSES WITH THE LIVING. Every name is mentioned, every case closely investigated. Names are accepted, names rejected. Great Controversy 483
At this time, when the event is so close at hand, we should be warning our Church members about this subject of the Judgment of the Living.
Our ministers are not doing their whole duty. The attention of the people should be called to the momentous event which is so near at hand. The signs of the times should be kept fresh before their minds. Testimonies Volume Five 9
The solemn scenes of the Judgment, the great Day of Atonement, should be kept before the people, and urged upon their consciences with earnestness and power. Testimonies Volume Five 421
All who have received the light upon these subjects are to bear testimony of the great truths which God has committed to them. Great Controversy 488
Souls are perishing for want of knowledge. Those who have had the light of Present Truth, and yet feel no spirit of labour to warn their fellow men OF THE COMING JUDGMENT, must give an account to God for their neglect of duty. The blood of souls will be upon their garments. Testimonies Volume Five 11
WHEN DOES THE JUDGMENT OF THE LIVING TAKE PLACE?
Don’t let anyone tell you that the Judgment of the Living has already started. Don’t be misled by false prophets or prophetesses who have arisen within the ranks of Sabbath-keepers – in America, in France, and in other places of the world – who say that God has shown them that the Judgment of the Living has already started. They are all false messengers. God has told us exactly when the Judgment of the Living is to take place, and when it will take place, and that time is yet future. THE JUDGMENT OF THE LIVING STARTS AT THE TIME OF THE SUNDAY LEGISLATION, WHEN PEOPLE WILL EITHER RECEIVE THE SEAL OF GOD IN THEIR FOREHEADS [after having their sins blotted out in the Investigative Judgment], OR THE MARK OF THE BEAST.
THE TIME OF THE JUDGMENT is a most solemn period, when the Lord gathers His own from among the tares. Those who have been members of the same family are separated. A MARK [Seal] IS PLACED UPON THE RIGHTEOUS. ‘They shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.’ Those who have been obedient to God’s Commandments will unite with the company of the saints in light; they shall enter in through the gates into the city, and have right to the Tree of Life. The one shall be taken. His name shall stand in the Book of Life, while those with whom he associated shall have the mark of eternal separation from God [The mark of the beast]. Testimonies to Ministers 234,235
At the time of the Sunday Legislation, Satan hopes to bring so much despair upon God’s people that they will receive the mark of the beast, rather than receive the Seal of God in their foreheads.
They [the living righteous at that time] see their weakness and unworthiness, and as they look upon themselves they are ready to despair. The tempter stands by to accuse them, as he stood by to resist Joshua. He points to their filthy garments, their defective characters. He presents their weakness and folly, their sins of ingratitude, their unlikeness to Christ, which has dishonoured their Redeemer. He endeavours to affright the soul with the thought that their case is hopeless, that the stain of their defilement will never be washed away. He hopes to so destroy their faith that they will yield to his temptations, turn from their allegiance to God, and receive the mark of the beast. Testimonies Volume Five 473
NOW, WHEN THE GREAT WORK OF JUDGING THE LIVING IS ABOUT TO BEGIN, shall we allow unsanctified ambition to take possession of the heart and lead us to neglect the education required to meet the needs in this day of peril?…IN EVERY CASE THE GREAT DECISION IS TO BE MADE WHETHER WE SHALL RECEIVE THE MARK OF THE BEAST OR HIS IMAGE, OR THE SEAL OF THE LIVING GOD. And now, when we are on the borders of the eternal world, what can be of so much value to us as to be found loyal and true to the God of heaven? Testimonies Volume Six 130
The work of Investigative Judgment and the Blotting out of Sins is to be accomplished before the Second Advent of the Lord. Since the dead [and the living as well] are to be judged out of the things written in the Books, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE THAT THE SINS OF MEN SHOULD BE BLOTTED OUT UNTIL AFTER THE JUDGMENT AT WHICH THEIR CASES ARE TO BE INVESTIGATED. But the apostle Peter distinctly states that the sins of believers will be blotted out ‘when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus Christ.’ When the Investigative Judgment closes, Christ will come, and His reward is with Him to give to every man as his work shall be. Great Controversy 485
At the time of the Sunday Legislation, God is going to bring forth the Ark of His covenant, which was hidden in a cave on Mount Nebo before the destruction of Solomon’s Temple by Nebuchadnezzar and his armies back in Jeremiah’s time. Sister White says that the Ark of the Covenant has never been disturbed since it was first hidden in that cave back at that time. She also says that the Ark is going to be brought forth, as God’s great testimony to the whole world, of the immutability [unchangeableness] of His Law. She says that the Ark is to be brought forth at the Judgment of the Living – before the final close of probation – while men and women still have a chance to make a decision for or against God’s truth and God’s Law. Those who place themselves on the side of God and His Law will receive the Seal of God. Those who place themselves on the side of the laws of men, and accept and keep a false sabbath – Sunday – will receive the Mark of the Beast.
Before the temple was destroyed, God made known to a few of his faithful servants the fate of the temple, which was the pride of Israel, and which they regarded with idolatry, while they were sinning against God. He also revealed to them the captivity of Israel. These righteous men, just before the destruction of the temple, removed the sacred ark containing the tables of stone, and, with mourning and sadness, secreted it in a cave where it was to be hid from the people of Israel, because of their sins, and was to be no more restored to them. THAT SACRED ARK IS YET HID. IT HAS NEVER BEEN DISTURBED SINCE IT WAS SECRETED. Spirit of Prophecy Volume One 414
Among the righteous still in Jerusalem, to whom had been made plain the divine purpose, were some who determined to place beyond the reach of ruthless hands the sacred Ark containing the Tables of Stone on which had been traced the precepts of the Decalogue. This they did. With mourning and sadness they secreted the ark in a cave, where it was to be hidden from the people of Israel and Judah because of their sins, and was to be no more restored to them. THAT SACRED ARK IS YET HIDDEN. IT HAS NEVER BEEN DISTURBED SINCE IT WAS SECRETED. Prophets and Kings 453
When the Judgment shall sit, and the books shall be opened, and every man shall be judged according to the things written in the books, THEN THE TABLES OF STONE, HIDDEN BY GOD UNTIL THAT DAY, WILL BE PRESENTED BEFORE THE WORLD AS THE STANDARD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. Then men and women will see that THE PREREQUISITE of their salvation is obedience to the perfect Law of God [This must therefore be before the final close of Probation, and the Second Advent of Jesus]. None will find excuse for sin. By the righteous principles of that Law, men will receive their sentence of life or of death. 1 Bible Commentary 1109 1 Selected Messages 225
[PRE-REQUISITE means Something that is required beforehand – before something else happens.]
There are abundant evidences of the immutability of God’s Law. It was written with the finger of God, never to be obliterated, never to be destroyed. The tables of stone are hidden by God, TO BE PRODUCED IN THE GREAT JUDGMENT DAY, JUST AS HE WROTE THEM. 1 Bible Commentary 1109
Those who go through the Judgment of the Living will have a work done for them by God and Jesus, to bring them to final and everlasting perfection of character, by having all their sins blotted out. Their characters will remain pure and spotless for eternity. Then they will be sealed with the Seal of God in their foreheads. They will be delivered from Satan’s dominion over them. They will be delivered from the dominion of death, and be eternally secure from Satan’s devices. They will nevermore be defiled by the corruptions of the world. This is why the Judgment of the Living is good news. We should be looking forward to the Judgment of the Living, not dreading it or fearing it.
THE GOOD NEWS OF THE JUDGMENT OF THE LIVING
As the people of God afflict their souls before Him, pleading for purity of heart, the command is given, ‘Take away the filthy garments’ from them, and the encouraging words are spoken, ‘Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.’ The spotless robe of Christ’s righteousness is placed upon the tried, tempted, yet faithful children of God. The despised remnant are clothed in glorious apparel, NEVERMORE TO BE DEFILED BY THE CORRUPTIONS OF THE WORLD. Their names are retained in the Lamb’s Book of Life, enrolled among the faithful of all ages. They have resisted the wiles of the deceiver; they have not been turned from their loyalty by the dragon’s roar. NOW THEY ARE ETERNALLY SECURE FROM THE TEMPTER’S DEVICES. Their sins are transferred to the originator of sin. And the remnant are not only pardoned and accepted, but honoured. ‘A fair mitre’ is set upon their heads. They are to be as kings and priests unto God. WHILE SATAN WAS URGING HIS ACCUSATIONS AND SEEKING TO DESTROY THIS COMPANY, HOLY ANGELS, UNSEEN, WERE PASSING TO AND FRO, PLACING UPON THEM THE SEAL OF THE LIVING GOD. These are they that stand upon Mount Zion with the Lamb, having the Father’s name written in their foreheads. Testimonies Volume Five 475,476
Those who are distrustful of self, who are humbling themselves before God and purifying their souls by obeying the truth – these are receiving the heavenly mould and preparing for the seal of God in their foreheads. When the decree goes forth [that they should be sealed] and the stamp is impressed [in their foreheads], THEIR CHARACTER WILL REMAIN PURE AND SPOTLESS FOR ETERNITY. Testimonies Volume Five 216
But the Judgment shall sit, AND THEY SHALL TAKE AWAY HIS [SATAN’S] DOMINION, TO CONSUME AND TO DESTROY IT UNTO THE END. Daniel 7:26
In the Judgment of the Living, Satan’s dominion over God’s people is taken away, consumed, and destroyed, to the end. Satan’s dominion is the dominion of sin, the dominion of death. Those who go through the Judgment of the Living experience, and have their sins blotted out, and are sealed, will be delivered from Satan’s dominion – the dominion of sin, and the dominion of death. Through that experience, according to the promises of God, they are made eternally secure from the tempter’s devices.
In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem – when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of Judgment, and by the spirit of burning. Isaiah 4:2-4
And it shall come to pass in that day, that his [Satan’s] burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his [Satan’s] yoke from off thy neck, AND THE YOKE SHALL BE DESTROYED BECAUSE OF THE ANOINTING. Isaiah 10:27
For He [Jesus] is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Malachi 3:2,3
As in the final atonement the sins of the truly penitent are to be blotted from the records of heaven, no more to be remembered or come into mind, so in the type they were borne away into the wilderness, FOREVER SEPARATED FROM THE CONGREGATION. Patriarchs and Prophets 358
THROUGH THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST WE SHALL STAND BEFORE GOD PARDONED, AND AS THOUGH WE HAD NEVER SINNED. Our High Calling 48
The Judgment of the Living begins at the house of God – God’s Church – and ends with the world.
And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem [God’s Church], and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. [This is the sealing work in God’s people] And to the others He said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark [seal]; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. Ezekiel 9:4-6
Here we see that the Church – the Lord’s sanctuary – was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. 5 Testimonies 211
For the time is come that Judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17
As the Judgment of the Living approaches, there will be seen a shaking and a sifting amongst God’s people. The wheat and tares grow together until the harvest, and the harvest in this case is the time of the Judgment – when God separates the wheat from the tares. Even members of the same family will be separated, and the righteous ones at that time will be sealed, with the invisible mark of God upon their foreheads. Those who are sealed will have their names retained in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and the others will receive the mark of eternal separation from God – the mark of the beast.
As we near the Judgment, all will manifest their true character, and it will be made plain to what company they belong. The sieve is moving. Let us NOT say, Stay Thy hand, O God. The Church must be purged, and it will be. 1 Testimonies 100
There is One who said that the tares were not to be plucked up by human hands lest the wheat be rooted up also. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then the Lord sends forth His reapers to gather out the tares and bind them in bundles to burn, while the wheat is gathered into the heavenly garner. THE TIME OF THE JUDGMENT is a most solemn period, when the Lord gathers His own from among the tares. Those who have been members of the same family are separated. A MARK IS PLACED UPON THE RIGHTEOUS. ‘They shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.’ Those who have been obedient to God’s commandments will unite with the company of the saints in light; they shall enter in through the gates into the city, and have right to the tree of life. The one shall be taken. His name shall stand in the Book of life, while those with whom he associated shall have the mark of eternal separation from God. Testimonies to Ministers 234,235
What is the seal of the living God, which is placed in the foreheads of His people? IT IS A MARK WHICH ANGELS, BUT NOT HUMAN EYES, CAN READ; FOR THE DESTROYING ANGEL MUST SEE THIS MARK OF REDEMPTION. Manuscript Releases Volume Twenty-one 52
Only those who receive the seal of the living God will have the passport through the gates of the Holy City. Bible Commentary Vol. 7 970
The tragic fact is that many are not preparing for, and will not be ready for, the Judgment of the Living when it comes.
Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but My people know not the Judgment of the LORD. Jeremiah 8:7
As a snare shall the day of Judgment come upon all who dwell on the face of the earth. Testimonies Volume Four 51
When a person’s name comes up in the Judgment, that will be the end of his or her probation. Each person’s name comes up only once. The decision of the Judgment decides their eternal destiny. And the close of a person’s probation – when their name comes up in the Judgment, will come suddenly, when it is least expected.
When probation ends, it will come suddenly, unexpectedly – at a time when we are least expecting it. But we can have a clean record in heaven today, and know that God accepts us; and finally, if faithful, we shall be gathered into the Kingdom of Heaven. Bible Commentary Vol. 7 989
Those of God’s professed people who will not enter into the Judgment of the Living when they have the opportunity placed before them to do so, and who try to enter in after their name has come up in the Judgment, will find the door has been closed to them, while it is still open to those in the world who have not yet had the opportunity to enter in.
Those who have had great light and opportunities and have not improved them, will be the first to be left. They have grieved away the Spirit of God. Selected Messages Book 3 154
The time of God’s destructive judgments [during the little Time of Trouble – before the final Time of Trouble] is the time of mercy for those who have had no opportunity to learn what is truth. Tenderly will the Lord look upon them. His heart of mercy is touched; His hand is still stretched out to save, WHILE THE DOOR IS CLOSED TO THOSE WHO WOULD NOT ENTER. Large numbers will be admitted who in these last days hear the truth for the first time. Testimonies Volume Nine 97 Review and Herald July 5 1906
Every professing child of God living upon the earth at the present time has a choice of two Judgments set before them. The first is the Investigative Judgment, to take place in Heaven before Jesus comes. The second is the Final Judgment, after Jesus has come – at the end of the millennium – before the destruction of the wicked in the lake of fire.
In the first Judgment – the Investigative Judgment – all our sins are to be blotted out, and we will not be able to bring them back to remembrance – neither will others. Our sins will also be blotted out of the Books in Heaven.
In the second Judgment – at the end of the millennium – all our entire life record of sins will be made known and exposed to all. There will be some astonishing disclosures. All the secret sins will be laid open to the view of all. The dark chambers of the heart and the life will be exposed to everyone. Everything about the whole life will be unmasked. And it will then be to the horror and the shame of all those whose sins have not been blotted out in the Judgment of the Living. Which Judgment do we choose to face – the first or the second?
When the Judgment [the final Judgment] shall sit, and the Books shall be opened, there will be many astonishing disclosures. Men will not then appear as they appear to the human eyes and finite judgments. SECRET SINS WILL THEN BE LAID OPEN TO THE VIEW OF ALL. Motives and intentions which have been hidden in the dark chambers of the heart will be revealed. Designing ambitions, selfish purposes, will be seen where the outward appearance told only of a desire to honour God and to do good to men. What revelations will then be made.. Men of pure motives and true and noble purpose may now be slighted, neglected, slandered, and despised; but they will then appear as they are, and will be honoured with the commendation of God. Hypocritical, ambitious teachers may now be admired and exalted by men; but God, who knows the secrets of the heart, will strip off the deceptive covering, and reveal them as they are. Every hypocrite will be unmasked, every slandered believer will be justified, and every faithful steward of God will be approved and rewarded. Review and Herald January 1 1884
We are now living much nearer to the Judgment of the Living than when the following advice and special testimonies were given for God’s people. Now is the time for us to give heed to the necessary preparation for the Judgment.
We are living in the great antitypical Day of Atonement. Jesus is now in the Heavenly Sanctuary, making reconciliation for the sins of His people, and the Judgment of the righteous dead has been going on almost forty years [now almost 160 years]. How soon the cases of the living will come in review before this tribunal we know not; but we do know that we are living in the closing scenes of earth’s history, standing, as it were, on the very borders of the eternal world. It is important that each of us enquire, How stands my case in the courts of Heaven? Will my sins be blotted out? Am I defective in character, and so blinded to these defects by the customs and opinions of the world, that sin does not appear to me to be as exceedingly offensive to God as it really is? It is no time now to allow our minds to be absorbed with the things of earth, while we give only occasional thoughts to God, and make but slight preparation for the country to which we are journeying. Signs of the Times May 29 1884
I urge you to prepare for the coming of Christ in the clouds of heaven. Day by day cast the love of the world out of your hearts. Understand by experience what it means to have fellowship with Christ. PREPARE FOR THE JUDGMENT, that when Christ shall come to be admired in all them that believe, you may be among those who will meet Him in peace. Adventist Home 550
The value of time is beyond computation. Christ regarded every moment as precious, and it is thus that we should regard it. Life is too short to be trifled away. We have but a few days of probation in which to prepare for eternity. We have no time to waste, no time to devote to selfish pleasure, no time for the indulgence of sin. It is now that we are to form characters for the future, immortal life. IT IS NOW THAT WE ARE TO PREPARE FOR THE SEARCHING JUDGMENT. Christ’s Object Lessons 342
We are in the great Day of Atonement, when our sins are, by confession and repentance, to go beforehand to Judgment. God does not now accept a tame, spiritless testimony from His ministers. Such a testimony would not be Present Truth. The message for this time must be meat in due season to feed the Church of God. Selected Messages Book 1 124
Would to God the lessons given us, as we view the Cross of Christ and see the signs fulfilling which bring us near to the Judgment, might be so impressed upon our hearts as to render us more humble, more self-denying, more kind to one another, less self-caring, less critical, and more willing to bear one another’s burdens than we are today. Testimonies Volume Five 18
At this time above all others it behoves every soul to heed the Saviour’s admonition, ‘Watch and pray; for ye know not when the time is.’ ‘If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.’…’Watch ye therefore..lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping. Great Controversy 490, 491
Are we seeking for His fullness, ever pressing toward the mark set before us – the perfection of His character? When the Lord’s people reach this mark, they will be sealed in their foreheads. Filled with the Spirit, they will be complete in Christ, and the recording angel will declare, ‘It is finished.’ Our High Calling 150
We are in the great Day of Atonement, a time when a man must be afflicting his soul, confessing his sins, humbling his heart before God, and getting ready for the great conflict….The washing of the robes of character in the blood of the Lamb is a work that we must attend to earnestly while every defect of character is to be put away….There is a deep and earnest work to be done in every church and in every family. Counsels to Writers and Editors 78,81,106
Every week counts one week less, every day one day nearer to the appointed time of the Judgment. Alas that so many have only a spasmodic religion – a religion dependent upon feeling and governed by emotion. ‘He that endureth to the end shall be saved.’ Then see that you have the oil of grace in your hearts. The possession of this will make every difference with you in the Judgment. Review and Herald March 27 1894
By study, contemplation, and prayer God’s people will be elevated above common, earthly thoughts and feelings, and will be brought into harmony with Christ and His great work of cleansing the Sanctuary above from the sins of the people. Their faith will go with Him into the Sanctuary, and the worshippers on earth will be carefully reviewing their lives and comparing their characters with the great standard of righteousness. Testimonies Volume Five 575
O, THAT WE WOULD REMEMBER THAT IT IS COURT WEEK WITH US, AND THAT OUR CASES ARE PENDING! Now is the time to watch and pray, to put away all self-indulgence, all pride, all selfishness. The precious moments that are now by many worse than wasted should be spent in meditation and prayer. Many of those who profess to be keeping the Commandments of God are following inclination instead of duty. As they are now, they are unworthy of eternal life. Review and Herald November 24 1904
In order to be prepared for the Judgment, it is necessary that men should keep the Law of God. That Law will be the standard of character in the Judgment. Great Controversy 436
Each one of God’s people is to prepare to gather by faith around the Heavenly Sanctuary, and enter into the experience of the Judgment of the Living.
Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD’S anger come upon you. Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger. Zephaniah 2:1-3
If anybody tries to tell you that the Judgment of the Living has already started – DO NOT BELIEVE THEM. If anybody tries to tell you that they have already entered by faith into the Most Holy Place experience of the Heavenly Sanctuary – DO NOT BELIEVE THEM.
Here are 5 reasons why the Judgment of the Living has not yet started, and why nobody yet, singly or as a group, has entered into the Most Holy Place – into the Judgment of the Living experience.
1:- The Most Holy Place experience of the Judgment of the Living is a collective experience. On the day of Atonement in ancient Israel – all the congregation of Israel had to gather around the earthly sanctuary. They all received the collective blessing of the Day of Atonement experience. During the year, their daily experience with the Lord was a personal and private one. But on the Day of Atonement, all the congregation received that day’s special experience collectively. So it is today. God is going to have a faithful group of people from all around the world, who will understand Jesus’ work and ministry in the Most Holy Place, and they will, collectively, gather by faith around the Sanctuary to have their sins blotted out, and to receive the Seal of God, and to be filled with the Holy Spirit, so that the work can be finished in Latter Rain power. What we have got to do now is study, pray, and prepare our lives for the Judgment, so that when the call is made Behold the Bridegroom cometh we can enter with Him into the marriage. Anyone who tries to enter in, or says that they have already entered in, cannot do so, or cannot have done so, because to try and enter in by oneself, to receive the Blotting out of Sins, and the Seal of God, would be the greatest manifestation of SELF in that person’s life. They would fall down on the first question the Lord would ask them – Where is thy brother – where is thy sister? And unless they could answer They are all here together with me, Lord, to receive the same experience that I am seeking from Thee God would say to that person – Depart from Me, I never knew you. Just imagine if, on the Day of Atonement in ancient Israel, one member of the congregation went to stand at the Sanctuary, for the Day of Atonement blessing when the High Priest went into the Most Holy Place – and if that person did not wait for all the rest of God’s people at that time to gather with him, collectively, around the Sanctuary, for the same experience. That thought is unthinkable. And it never ever happened.
Brother O. R. L. Crosier – one of the early Pioneers – had the right understanding on the Cleansing of the Sanctuary.
Brother Crosier had the true light on the cleansing of the Sanctuary, and it was His will that Brother Crosier should write out the view which he gave us in the Day-Star Extra, February 7, 1846. I feel fully authorized by the Lord, to recommend that Extra to every saint. A Word to the Little Flock 12
Here is what Crosier wrote upon the subject in the Day-Star Extra:-
The atonement which the priests made for the people in connection with their daily ministration was different from that made on the tenth day of the seventh month [the Day of Atonement]. In making the former, they went no further than into the Holy; but to make the latter they entered the Holy of Holies. THE FORMER WAS MADE FOR INDIVIDUAL CASES, THE LATTER FOR THE WHOLE NATION OF ISRAEL COLLECTIVELY – the former was made for the forgiveness of sins, THE LATTER FOR BLOTTING THEM OUT – the former could be made at any time, the latter only on the tenth day of the seventh month. HENCE THE FORMER MAY BE CALLED THE DAILY ATONEMENT, AND THE LATTER THE YEARLY ATONEMENT, OR THE FORMER THE INDIVIDUAL ATONEMENT, AND THE LATTER THE NATIONAL ATONEMENT. O. R. L. Crosier
2:- When we have the Second Apartment experience, our sins will be blotted out, and we will not be able to bring them to remembrance – neither will others. People who say they have already entered in are not telling the truth, because they can still remember their sins – Simply ask them whether their sins have been blotted out, or whether they can still remember them.
3:- The Judgment of the Living does not start until the Sunday Legislation comes. It is then that people either receive the Seal of God or the Mark of the Beast. And the Seal of God is not received until after our sins have been blotted out in the Judgment. The Judgment of the Living and the Sunday Legislation come at the same time – in fact the Sunday Legislation comes just a little period of time before the Judgment of the Living, because the Sunday Legislation is the Final Test that God’s people must go through BEFORE THEY ARE SEALED. It is the Sunday Legislation that becomes the catalyst which drives God’s people into the need of the full protection of Jesus in the Most Holy Place – in order to safely stand at that time – by entering by faith with Him into the Judgment of the Living experience.
The Lord has shown me clearly that the image of the beast [Sunday Legislation] will be formed before probation closes; for it is to be the Great Test for the people of God, by which their eternal destiny will be decided….THIS IS THE TEST THAT THE PEOPLE OF GOD MUST HAVE BEFORE THEY ARE SEALED. All who prove their loyalty to God by observing His Law, refusing to accept a spurious sabbath [Sunday], will rank under the banner of the Lord God Jehovah, and will receive the Seal of the living God. Those who yield the truth of heavenly origin and accept the Sunday sabbath, will receive the mark of the beast. Bible Commentary Vol. 7 976
Jesus is in His Holy Temple and will now accept our sacrifices, our prayers, and our confessions of faults and sins and will pardon all the transgressions of Israel, that they may be blotted out before He leaves the sanctuary. When Jesus leaves the Sanctuary, then they who are holy and righteous will be holy and righteous still; FOR ALL THEIR SINS WILL THEN BE BLOTTED OUT [STAGE 1], AND THEY WILL BE SEALED WITH THE SEAL OF THE LIVING GOD [STAGE 2]. Early Writings 48
The Blotting out of sins comes before the Sealing.
4:- The Judgment of the Living does not come until the Ark of the Covenant has been brought forth from its hiding place, as a witness to the whole world to the immutability of God’s Law. That Ark is still hidden. Don’t let anybody tell you that they have discovered where it is hidden. They are false teachers, as yet will be revealed to all. The Ark is still hidden where God instructed it to be hidden – in a cave on Mount Nebo – not somewhere near Jerusalem, or just outside Jerusalem, where the Jews themselves might find it. The finding of the Ark comes at the time of the Sunday Legislation and the Judgment of the Living. All these things happen at the right time – in their order.
5:- The Judgment of the Living, and the Blotting out of the Sins of God’s people, takes place at the time of the Latter Rain – which is called the times of refreshing – spoken of by the Apostle Peter, in the Book of Acts.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, WHEN THE TIMES OF REFRESHING SHALL COME FROM THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD; And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. Acts 3:19-21
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; for He hath given you the Former Rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the Former Rain, and the Latter Rain.’ ‘In the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh.’ ‘And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ The great work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of God than marked its opening. The prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring of the Former Rain at the opening of the gospel, are again to be fulfilled in the Latter Rain at its close. HERE ARE ‘THE TIMES OF REFRESHING’ TO WHICH THE APOSTLE PETER LOOKED FORWARD WHEN HE SAID, ‘REPENT YE THEREFORE, AND BE CONVERTED, THAT YOUR SINS MAY BE BLOTTED OUT (IN THE INVESTIGATIVE JUDGMENT), WHEN THE TIMES OF REFRESHING SHALL COME FROM THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD; AND HE SHALL SEND JESUS.’ Great Controversy (1888 edition) page 611
Note: The words IN THE INVESTIGATIVE JUDGMENT in the above statement are in the 1888 edition of The Great Controversy, but they have been taken out without God’s authorization, together with other deletions and alterations, from later publishings of Great Controversy.
Final note of very great importance:- The Judgment of the Living is not being delayed, waiting for Satan to bring in the Sunday Legislation. If Satan had his way, the Judgment of the Living, and the blotting out of sins, and the sealing of God’s people would NEVER take place. No – THE SUNDAY LEGISLATION IS BEING DELAYED BECAUSE GOD’S PEOPLE ARE NOT YET READY FOR THE JUDGMENT OF THE LIVING. It is God’s people themselves who are delaying the Second Advent of Jesus, and the end-time sequence of events, not Satan.
The whole Universe of God is interested in the Judgment of the Living which is yet to take place for the Blotting Out of the Sins, and the Sealing of God’s people – and for the finishing up of the long drama of sin and Satan’s reign upon this earth. Are we as interested in this subject as we ought to be, as a people, and making our preparation for it?
IT IS NO TIME NOW TO BE ASHAMED OF OUR FAITH. WE ARE A SPECTACLE TO THE WORLD, TO ANGELS, AND TO MEN. THE WHOLE UNIVERSE IS LOOKING WITH INEXPRESSIBLE INTEREST TO SEE THE CLOSING WORK OF THE GREAT CONTROVERSY BETWEEN CHRIST AND SATAN. AT SUCH A TIME AS THIS, JUST AS THE GREAT WORK OF JUDGING THE LIVING IS TO BEGIN, SHALL WE ALLOW UNSANCTIFIED AMBITION TO TAKE POSSESSION OF THE HEART? WHAT CAN BE OF ANY WORTH TO US NOW EXCEPT TO BE FOUND LOYAL AND TRUE TO THE GOD OF HEAVEN? WHAT IS THERE OF ANY REAL VALUE IN THIS WORLD WHEN WE ARE ON THE VERY BORDERS OF THE ETERNAL WORLD? Testimonies Volume Five 526
When the work of the Judgment is completed, then Jesus can come.
When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, THEN will He come to claim them as His own. Christ’s Object Lessons 69
We are to watch and be ready, by making daily preparation for the Judgment of the Living.
The following texts of Scripture do not apply to the Second Advent of Jesus, as most Church members suppose. They apply to Christ coming to our names in the Judgment of the Living, and to the final close of probation for each one of us. That is the time that we must be watching and waiting and preparing for, for that time determines our eternal destiny, and determines whether we will be ready, or not be ready, for Jesus when He appears in the clouds of heaven to take His people home.
Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, WATCH. Mark 13:35-37
Jesus has left us word: ‘Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.’ We are waiting and watching for the return of the Master, who is to bring the morning, lest coming suddenly He find us sleeping. What time is here referred to? NOT TO THE REVELATION OF CHRIST IN THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN TO FIND A PEOPLE ASLEEP. NO; but to His return from His ministration in the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary, when He lays off His priestly attire and clothes Himself with garments of vengeance, and when the mandate goes forth: ‘He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him be holy still.’….Probation closes; Christ’s intercessions cease in heaven. THIS TIME FINALLY COMES SUDDENLY UPON ALL, AND THOSE WHO HAVE NEGLECTED TO PURIFY THEIR SOULS BY OBEYING THE TRUTH ARE FOUND SLEEPING….If such had only known that the work of Christ in the Heavenly Sanctuary would close so soon, how differently would they have conducted themselves, how earnestly would they have watched! The Master, anticipating all this, gives them timely warning in the command to watch. He distinctly states the suddenness of His coming [to our names in the Judgment of the Living]. He does not measure the time [tell us exactly when it will be], lest we shall neglect a momentary preparation, and in our indolence look ahead to the time when we think He will come [to our names in the Judgment], and defer the preparation. ‘Watch ye therefore: for ye know not.’ Testimonies Volume Two 190-292
Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh [to your name in the Judgment], at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, WATCH. Mark 13:35-37
The Man with the measuring line is daily measuring the Lord’s Temple – His Church – the members of His Church – to see who will stand in the Judgment. Let us take particular care as the Lord is measuring us, as we go about our daily work, our daily business, our daily association with others, our daily thoughts, words, and actions – our daily lives.
I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a Man with a measuring line in His hand. Then said I, Whither goest thou? And He said unto me, To measure Jerusalem [God’s Church – God’s people]… Zechariah 2:1,2
The grand Judgment is taking place, and has been going on for some time. Now the Lord says, Measure the Temple and the worshippers thereof. Remember when you are walking the streets about your business, God is measuring you; when you are attending your household duties, when you engage in conversation, God is measuring you…. Here is the work going on, measuring the temple and its worshippers to see who will stand in the last day. THOSE WHO STAND FAST SHALL HAVE AN ABUNDANT ENTRANCE INTO THE KINGDOM OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. When we are doing our work remember there is One that is watching the spirit in which we are doing it. Shall we not bring the Saviour into our everyday lives, into our secular work and domestic duties? Then in the name of our God we want to leave behind everything that is not necessary, all gossiping or unprofitable visiting, and present ourselves as servants of the living God. Bible Commentary Vol. 7 972
In my dream a sentinel stood at the door of an important building, and asked every one who came for entrance, ‘Have ye received the Holy Ghost?’ A MEASURING-LINE WAS IN HIS HAND, AND ONLY VERY, VERY FEW WERE ADMITTED INTO THE BUILDING. ‘Your size as a human being is nothing,’ He said. ‘But if you have reached the full stature of a man in Christ Jesus, according to the knowledge you have had, you will receive an appointment to sit with Christ at the marriage supper of the Lamb; and through the eternal ages, you will never cease to learn of the blessings granted in the banquet prepared for you. Selected Messages Book 1 109,110
Have you, dear believer, your lamps trimmed and burning? The work is going on in the Heavenly Court. In vision on the Isle of Patmos John said: ‘And there was given me a reed like unto a rod, and the angel stood, saying, Arise and measure the Temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.’ THIS SOLEMN WORK IS TO BE DONE UPON THE EARTH. LOOK AND SEE HOW STANDS YOUR MEASUREMENT OF CHARACTER AS COMPARED WITH GOD’S STANDARD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, HIS HOLY LAW. THE WORSHIPPERS ARE TO PASS UNDER THE MEASURING LINE OF GOD. WHO WILL BEAR THE TEST? Christ says, ‘I know thy works.’ Nothing is hid from Him of whom John says, ‘His head and His hair were white like wool, white as snow, and His eyes were as a flame of fire.’ How many are purifying their souls by obeying the truth? How many are now in this time wholly on the Lord’s side? Youth’s Instructor August 25 1886
Those who are living upon the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the Sanctuary above are to stand in the sight of a Holy God without a Mediator. Their robes must be spotless, their characters must be purified from sin by the blood of sprinkling. Through the grace of God and their own diligent effort they must be conquerors in the battle with evil. WHILE THE INVESTIGATIVE JUDGMENT IS GOING FORWARD IN HEAVEN, WHILE THE SINS OF PENITENT BELIEVERS ARE BEING REMOVED FROM THE SANCTUARY, THERE IS TO BE A SPECIAL WORK OF PURIFICATION, OF PUTTING AWAY OF SIN, AMONG GOD’S PEOPLE UPON EARTH. WHEN THIS WORK SHALL HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED, THE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST WILL BE READY FOR HIS APPEARING. ‘Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.’ Malachi 3:4. Then the Church which our Lord at His coming is to receive to Himself will be a ‘glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.’ Great Controversy 425
There must be a purifying of the soul here upon the earth, in harmony with Christ’s cleansing of the Sanctuary in heaven. Maranatha 249
Many..do not seek to place themselves in harmony with the work of Christ in the Heavenly Sanctuary, where He is making an atonement for His people. While Christ is cleansing the Sanctuary, the worshippers on earth should carefully review their life, and compare their character with the standard of righteousness. As they see their defects, they should seek the aid of the Spirit of God to enable them to have moral strength to resist the temptations of Satan, and to reach the perfection of the standard. They may be victors over the very temptations which seemed too strong for humanity to bear; for the divine power will be combined with their human effort, and Satan cannot overcome them. Review and Herald April 8 1890
The slumbering church must be aroused, awakened out of its spiritual lethargy, to a realization of the important duties which have been left undone. THE PEOPLE HAVE NOT ENTERED INTO THE MOST HOLY PLACE WHERE JESUS HAS GONE TO MAKE AN ATONEMENT FOR HIS CHILDREN. Review And Herald February 25 1890
GOD WILL HAVE A FAITHFUL REMNANT WHO GO THROUGH TO THE END
THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid. Sing, O DAUGHTER OF ZION; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all thy heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, HE HATH CAST OUT THINE ENEMY: the King of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: THOU SHALT NOT SEE EVIL ANY MORE. In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, let not thine hands be slack. The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing. I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden. Behold, at the time I will undo all that afflict thee; and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they been put to shame. At that time will I bring you again, even in the time I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD. Zephaniah 3:13-20
We should be with God and Jesus in this work and be cleansing the sanctuary of our souls of all unrighteousness, that our names may remain written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, that our sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. IT IS THE MOST SOLEMN WORK THAT WAS EVER GIVEN TO MORTALS. Sermons and Talks Volume One 59
In the typical service. when the high priest entered the Most Holy Place, ALL ISRAEL were required to gather about the Sanctuary, and in the most solemn manner humble their souls before God, that they might receive the pardon of their sins, and not be cut off from the congregation. How much more essential in this Antitypical Day of Atonement that we understand the work of our High Priest, and know what duties are required of us. Great Controversy 431
By study, contemplation, and prayer God’s people will be elevated above common, earthly thoughts and feelings, and will be brought into harmony with Christ and His great work of cleansing the Sanctuary above from the sins of the people. Their faith will go with Him into the Sanctuary, and the worshippers on earth will be carefully reviewing their lives and comparing their characters with the great standard of righteousness. They will see their own defects; they will also see that they must have the aid of the Spirit of God if they would become qualified for the great and solemn work for this time which is laid upon God’s ambassadors. Testimonies Volume Five 575
The multitude of cases recorded in sacred history where God has delivered His people from their own iniquities should make the Christian of this time eager to receive divine instruction and zealous to perfect a character that will bear the close inspection of the Judgment. 4 Testimonies 15.
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