Evidence for a Pre-Advent Judgment
- The sequence of events in Daniel 7:8-14 indicates that the judgment occurs in heaven during the final portion of the history of earthly kingdoms.
- Revelation 22:12 tells us that when Jesus comes, He will bring the rewards with Him, "to give every man according as his work shall be." In order for Jesus to come prepared to reward each individual, He must have already determined the destiny of each one before that time.
- Jesus spoke of "they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead." Luke 20:35. There must be a judgment prior to the resurrection in order to determine who "shall be accounted worthy" to be resurrected.
- Jude 14, 15 says, "Behold, the Lord cometh . . . to execute judgment." Attorney Lewis R. Walton has written, "Any lawyer who stayed awake through his or her first year of law school can tell you that execution of judgment is merely carrying out a judgment that has already been rendered at some earlier time." A Time for Action, 1998, Aralon Press, p. 15.
- Notice the tenses used in the following references:
- Paul spoke in terms of "judgment to come." Acts 24:25.
- Before Jesus returns, a message goes to all the world that
"judgment is come." Revelation 14:7. The context of
this passage in Revelation 14 places this judgment-hour
message during the final period of earth's history.
- When Jesus comes, it is declared that "He hath judged."
- In the parable of the man without a wedding garment (Matthew 22:11), the examination of the guests appears to take place before the wedding begins. Only those wearing the wedding garment were permitted to take part in the wedding. Jesus used this parable to describe the selection process for those blessed ones who "are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb." Revelation 19:9. The verses just preceding that in Revelation 19 say, "The marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she whould be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." Verses 7, 8. "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment." Revelation 3:5. It is clear from these passages that the essential wedding garment involves possessing a righteous character, and that the development of this character is a required preparation for partaking in the marriage. The pre-advent judgment, therefore, determines whether our character is such that we can participate in the great wedding ceremony. The wedding itself even occurs before Jesus comes to earth, because His coming is described in Luke 12:36 as a bridegroom "when he will return from the wedding."
To find out exactly when this pre-advent judgment takes place, see comments on Daniel 8:14.