SDA Sabbath School Lessons
Tuesday July 23, 1996
The Pre-Advent Judgment Scene
What scene was Daniel shown after the vision of the little-horn power?
What kind of session did Daniel say would be conducted in heaven?
How many angels would be present?
Who was presented before God the Father as the advocate or attorney in
this judgment? What was given to Him in this judgment session?
The period of papal ecclesiastical supremacy (Daniel 7:25) occupied the
period A.D. 538 to 1798. Shortly after 1798 the heavely pre-advent
judgment began. What is the nature of this judgment? What kinds of
decisions does it make?
- Verse 9 - This judgment is in heaven; God's throne is in heaven.
- Verse 10 - The judgment involves a court session in which books of record
are examined or investigated. The Bible teaches that God has records of
every human life. The book of life contains the names of those who have at
any time accepted Christ (Luke 10:20; Phil. 4:3; Heb. 12:23). Sins
committed and pardoned are recorded (Eccl. 12:14; Matt. 12:36,37; Jer. 2:22;
Rev. 22:12). Works of faith are also recorded (Mal. 3:16,17).
- Verse 13 - The "Son of man" is the defense attorney in this judgment.
The title Son of man was Jesus' favorite name for Himself (Matt. 8:20).
The Son of man comes to God the Father in the heavenly judgment.
- Verse 14 - The Son of man, Christ, receives His kingdom in this
judgment. He receives the names of those who are His for eternity. The
book of life is edited. The names of born-again Christians are always
placed in the book of life (Heb. 12:23). But in the pre-advent judgment the
decision is made as to whose names can be kept there and whose names
should be taken out. The names of those who have lost their born-again
relationship with Jesus are removed (Rev. 3:5). The end-time seal of God
is placed upon those whose names are retained in the book of life
(Rev. 7:1-3; 14:1-5).
- Verse 22 - The pre-advent judgment is not convened merely to condemn
the little-horn power; it also vindicates those who have been forgiven and
who are living in union with Christ. Daniel 7:22 says that in this
judgment God gives "justice," or "vindication," to his people.