THE THREE JUDGMENTS
- THE INVESTIGATIVE JUDGMENT
In the heavenly sanctuary, Christ reviews all the cases of those who are professed "people of God." This judgement began in 1844, starting with those people who have died. At any time it may begin reviewing the lives of the living.
- THE POSTADVENT JUDGMENT
This takes place in heaven during the 1,000 year millennium. The saints review the life records of the wicked and the fallen angels, and confirm the justice of their punishment. [1 COR 6:2-3, REV 20:4]
- THE WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT
At the end of the millennium, the city of the saints descends to earth, and all the wicked are resurrected. Before punishing anyone, God reveals out of the records of their lives all the factors that brought the guilty sinners to this awful moment of retribution. Even the sinners themselves will affirm that God is right in what he does.
What exactly is "wicked?" It didn't have as strong connotations of evil as it does today. In the Greek, it mean "twisted" or "bent," that which is not straight.
By what standards are people "judged" in that all-important Investigative Judgment? The Lord uses His eternal and "UNCHANGEABLE" Law, the Ten Commandments. And just who qualifies for eternal life? As Jesus said: only those who are "reborn" of His spirit of Love and Compassion, and then Live It. ...But there's a warning...