Read Daniel 7 again. What are the results of the pre-Advent judgment?
The judgment results in several far-reaching actions:
1. The Son of Man is crowned. He receives “dominion, Glory and a kingdom” (Dan. 7:14, NASB).
2. The saints receive the kingdom forever. The judgment is for the benefit of the saints who will receive God’s kingdom (Dan. 7:22). Unmistakably, the Son of Man and the saints have a very close relationship. When the Son of Man receives His kingdom, He invites the saints to join Him. His kingdom is their kingdom (Dan. 7:27). This judgment leads to a time when the King of the everlasting kingdom is reunited with His people. This is their greatest reward and His.
3. The rebellion is defeated and destroyed. The enemies of God’s people are judged. After the horn made war with the saints, it is defeated itself and destroyed forever (Dan. 7:25-26).
4. The absolute justice of God is demonstrated. Because the judgment in the heavenly court is public and the angels attend the inquiries into human affairs, all can see for themselves that God is fair in His actions. He is able to uphold both love and righteousness. Thus, in the end, God Himself will be vindicated, and all will acknowledge that God is just and that God is love. The whole procedure ensures that the universe will be a secure place for eternity (see Ps. 51:4, Rom. 3:4).
The pre-Advent judgment results in fulfilling the hopes of both God and the believers. God’s desire is to save His people and eradicate sin while leaving no doubt about His love and justice. Humanity’s yearning is to have salvation from sin and its oppression in every form and to enjoy eternal life in the presence of the One who loves them. The judgment thus becomes the guarantee for an eternal and trusting relationship between God and His creation.
“The Great Controversy is ended. Sin and sinners are no more. The entire universe is clean. One pulse of harmony and gladness beats through the vast creation. From Him who created all, flow life and light and gladness, throughout the realms of illimitable space. From the minutest atom to the greatest world, all things, animate and inanimate, in their unshadowed beauty and perfect joy, declare that God is love.”—Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 678.