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  1. Jesus said that this is what the final judgement is like:

    “When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.

    “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:

    I was hungry and you fed me,
    I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
    I was homeless and you gave me a room,
    I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
    I was sick and you stopped to visit,
    I was in prison and you came to me.’

    “Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’

    “Then he will turn to the ‘goats,’ the ones on his left, and say, ‘Get out, worthless goats! You’re good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why? Because—

    I was hungry and you gave me no meal,
    I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
    I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
    I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
    Sick and in prison, and you never visited.’

    “Then those ‘goats’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn’t help?’

    “He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.’

    “Then those ‘goats’ will be herded to their eternal doom, but the ‘sheep’ to their eternal reward.”
    Matt 25:31-46 MSG

    I don't need to add anything.

    • Love how you explained the helping of the least of these. This is how we should be by Gods grace. I can’t understand why the five didn’t share. Didn’t help. Didn’t let them walk beside them.
      They were all invited
      They all slept while waiting
      No helping the least of these
      I understand being prepared
      I don’t understand not helping
      We are no better than the priest or Levite who walked by and ignored someone in need.

      • The oil in the lamps represents the Holy Spirit in the life. We must each allow the Boly Spirit to fill our lives. It is imposible to "borrow" the Holy Spirit from someone else.

        • I’m just saying we are encouraged to live and share at every opportunity.
          Oh you have no oil I can’t help you. I can’t share either Go but your own. It just seems out of character. I know and understand Adventist view of the parable. Just think out of the box for a minute. We are taught to live and act like Christ helping sharing encouraging walking with others. Where is the love mercy. God and I are working on this one for awhile such a contradiction compared to prodigal son.
          I would hate to think after giving my life. Surrendering all that my church family would tell me go buy your own. I can’t share with you. I can’t walk with you. You’re on your own.

          • Now is the time to share Gods love and the gospel to those in darkness. Not when the bridegroom comes. The goats and sheep will be separated. You must have on his wedding garment of righteousness (Parable in the book of Matthew). It will be too late! let us get ready and be ready for his coming draweth nigh. His coming will be like a thief in the night without notice. The Holy spirit cannot be borrowed, we must allow him in our hearts individually. You have the wrong understanding of the bible text you are referring to. Be Blessed

      • They could not help the other five because no one can help another to get to heaven. That is only you and Jesus who can help you get there. Sorry for my english.

  2. Hello I can't get the connection of judgement and the ministry of Christ in heaven that we have already see yesterday. Can anyone help to understand how does judgement come in the subject of heaven sanctuary?!

    I beg, please.

    • We are judged every day by Him. He is the priest and the mediator as discussed yesterday. Someone help too please

    • Dear Lynn,
      In answer to your question,in 1844, Christ moved into the Most Holy place ( in the heavenly sanctuary).It's there where our prayers for forgiveness is heard and forgiven.

      As we repent from those sins, our judgment will be - not guilty.

      However, it's not forgiveness once and for all. We must constantly surrender to Jesus in order to remain free from sin ( when bombarded by the temptation to sin) so that, we can hear the 'well done' from Jesus Himself when He comes.

      Hope this helps!


    • Hello Lynn,
      The sanctuary service, specifically the day of atonement which was discussed yesterday served as a type of judgement. The High priest offered a goat aa a sin offering and confessed the sins of the congregation while they were afflicting their hearts ensuring all sin was confessed. At the end of this service in the sanctuary an illustration of sin being there no more was made by placing hands on a live goat and then releasing it far away. At this point there was no time left to confess sin as the process for cleansing was complete. They would be cut off. Leviticus 16

      This illustration of judgment in the earthly sanctuary serves as an example of the judgment process in the heavenly sanctuary.
      The high priest in heaven (Heb 9:23-27),as we learnt yesterday, is interceding on our behalf. However, there is a point where everyone is judged as we learnt today. At this point the righteous will be counted righteous and unrighteous as unrighteous. There will be no more opportunity to change just like the day of atonement. Both righteous and unrighteous will face their reward. Rev 22:11&12

      I hope this helps.

    • Please go back and review Monday's lesson, "In the Holy of Holies," and you'll find reference to the Day of Atonement, which was also a day of judgment because anyone not found to be a state of repentance was to be "cut off" from the congregation. (Leviticus 23:29). Also check Rev. 14:14-16. The angel who "reaps" comes out of the sanctuary (aka temple) to harvest the earth. That should remind us of the references to the harvest in the parable of the fish (Matt 13:47-48), the wheat and the tares (Matt. 13:30, 39).

      You can also find some help by browsing previous posts on "The Investigative Judgment."

    • Hello Lynn.

      Just to add a little bit: I think it is also important to note that in the book of Revelation sometimes John switches between heaven and earth, I noted this in Revelation 11.

      If you note the begin of Maurice's comments, Matthew 25:13 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: WHERE IS THE SON OF Man COMING? He is coming here on earth to take his church home. When he comes he will bring reward to those who have done his will and condemnation or judgement to those who rejected his grace and mercy. Actually we are all going to be judged to some he will say well done faithful servant come and inherit...

      So while he is in the holy of holies judgement is happening (that's why we call this investigative Judgement) but not only judgement he is also interceding for as we ask for forgiveness. By the time he comes he will not stop on the cloud while thinking who am I taking with, already judgement has taken place and he already knows who is he taking with. Judgement is happening as we speak each step of our way is being judged hence the importance of praying and asking for forgiveness daily because sometimes we sin without knowing, we sin in our thoughts, we sin by looking and so on. I hope this little bit will help too.

    • The records of all professed Christians will be examined during the investigative judgment. The genuine Christians of this group would have accepted Christ as their Saviour and have all their sins confessed and forgiven and be represented by Christ in the judgment. They will be covered with the righteousness of Christ and will be found worthy to be saved and separated from the professed Christians that are not genuine.

      • From the typological service of the Day of Atonement, which was also a day of Judgment, we learn that only those who "afflict their souls" will remain as the people of God. If we translate that to the fulfillment of the Day of Atonement/ aka "Investigative Judgment," we learn that the righteousness of Christ covers no careless soul, but only those who are truly repentant and allow Christ to be Lord in their lives/cover them with His righteousness.

        The Bible gives us a number of metaphors of this "investigation." In Revelation, we learn that Christ "marries" His bride, who has "made herself ready" during this time. Christ told a story about the subsequent marriage supper which follows the marriage. You can read it in Matthew 22:1-13. Notice that there is an "investigation" to make sure every guest is wearing a wedding garment. That is symbolic of what we call the "investigative judgment," because that is precisely what is going on during this time. Christ offers to develop His character in us, and if we accept and cooperate, He will cover us with His righteousness. However, if we try to get into heaven by any other way, the fate of the wedding guest without the proper garment will be ours.

  3. Blessing to all.
    The thoughts in that passage Scripture say to me that I have to work hard to be lost,
    Simple every day living for others in the spirit of Christ give us The blessing "to Canaan,s fair and happy land where my (our) possessions lie" o what a blessing in this so uncertain life.

  4. Yes, history gives a continuous record of God’s call for mankind to see Him as their God and heavenly Father who made all things. Only now can I appreciate His constant warnings and attempts to wake humanity up to realize that they have a Father who is working out their Salvation, to make us ready to join His heavenly family.

    It is no longer about judgement, punishment or reward. It is now all about God's Grace being extended so all mankind can experience Him as their heavenly Father. Yes, eventually earth's history is coming to its end, though His Grace and Mercy is still at work in the hearts and minds to turn man away from their wicked ways and decide to walk with their God.

    Rev.22:10-12 speaks to all who are still wavering in their believe that Jesus Christ will return to usher in the transformation of the earth into the earth which does not, cannot, harbor 'corruption'. The remaining time is for each of us to search our heart and decide to fully embrace the Gospel message – loving God with all our heart as we direct this love toward our fellow man.

  5. “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..."Great Controversy P 428

    I need to understand the above quote from Great Controversy .When are the cases for this who DO NOT process to be followers of Christ examined and decided?

  6. Hello everyone, can someone enlighten me, i can't seem to find any answer to the query i have in mind. We know that Jesus is our high priest and our mediator in heaven. I've read somewhere else that 1844 is the year that Jesus entered the most holy place to intercede for us and that there is a judgment taking place in heaven right now which is the pre-advent investigative judgment. Who is judging us in this investigative judgment? Is it God the Father? But i remember a verse saying that the Father has committed the judgment to the son, is Jesus both our Priest/mediator and Judge during this pre-advent investigative judgment? Please i want to be enlightened

    • Yes, John 5:22 says, "the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto the Son".
      Yet it also says, John 5:19 The "Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what the Father does, the Son also does likewise", and John 5:30 "I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father."
      So we see the Father and Son work together in this judgment process.

      Through Christ, the right for human beings to inherit eternal life and the dominion (which Adam lost) has been restored. Daniel 7:9-10,13-14 show Christ coming before the heavenly court as "the son of man", standing at the head of human race, and receiving the lost dominion. And through Him, all that are "in Him" will possess the earth. Daniel 7:22.

      In Revelation 3:5, we get a further glimpse into this heavenly court where Jesus stands before the Father, surrounded by multitudes of angels, to share the names of all whose names will remain in the book of life.

      Remember, not everyone that says "Lord, Lord", will be saved. See Matthew 7:21-23. There is an investigation as to who is genuinely connected with Christ and living in Him and for Him, and who is just following their own programs, wearing their own robes (which may look good outwardly, but they have failed to connect their lives with Christ, thus lack true righteousness).


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