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  1. 1. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man. … For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every se- cret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil. {Eccl. 12:13-14} The subject of the sanctuary and the investigative judgment should be clearly understood by the people of God. All need a knowledge for themselves of the position and work of their great High Priest. Otherwise it will be impossible for them to exercise the faith which is essential at this time or to occupy the position which God designs them to fill. Every individual has a soul to save or to lose. Each has a case pending at the bar of God. Each must meet the great Judge face to face. How important, then, that every mind contemplate often the solemn scene when the judgment shall sit and the books shall be opened, when, with Daniel, every individual must stand in his lot, at the end of the days. {GC 488.2} In the judgment, after intense scrutiny, each individual person will either be judged as safe to be saved or unsafe to be saved. Safe to receive eternal life or unsafe to receive eternal life. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man. … For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil. {Eccl.12:13-14} “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his] body, accord- ing to that he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad. {2 Corint 5:10} The final decision will be irrevocable. “And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. … He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. … And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. {Rev.22:10-12} What is the standard that all will be judged by? “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all. … For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law … So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. {James 2:10-12} From the preceding verses we can plainly see that the standard in the judgment is the “Law Of God” which Is the “Ten Com- mandments” as given from Mount Sinai and recorded in Exodus 20: 3-17. The Bible teaches us that sin is the transgression of God’s “ten commandment law.” “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. {1 John 3:4} Jesus Christ is the only man that has ever lived and died that did not transgress the law of God, and therefore the righteousness of the law of God and the righteousness of Jesus is one and the same. Jesus’ life on earth has proved to the entire universe that the law of God is holy, and just, and good {see Roman 7:12}
  2. 2. Jesus’ life on earth represents the righteousness of God without the law. Jesus lived out every precept of the law of God and therefore the Bible states “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being wit- nessed by the law and the prophets; … {Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: Roman 3:21-22} Therefore in the judgment the life of Jesus on earth in the flesh is proof that the standard of the ten Commandment law is HOLY, AND JUST, AND GOOD. When will this judgment begin? “Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by [that] man whom he hath ordained; [whereof] he hath given assurance unto all [men], in that he hath raised him from the dead In Paul’s day, the day of judgment had not come. “And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. … And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.” {Acts 24: 24-25} A “type,” “example” and “picture ” of the investigative judgment. In the earthly sanctuary service, the day of judging came on the Day of atonement which was the 10th day of the 7th month. It was a day of judging both for the dead as well as the living. On this day the high priest went into the MOST HOLY PLACE to perform the “cleansing of the sanctuary.” This cleansing was a removing of the sins represented by the blood on the veil or cur- tain that separated the HOLY PLACE from the MOST HOLY PLACE. It was during this one 24 hour day that the Israelites in- dividually were judged either “JUST” or ‘UNJUST.” If they were judged “UNJUST” they were put out of the camp at the end of the service and the remaining Israelites were judged “JUST” and remained with the common wealth of Israel as a na- tion, but this was just a “TYPE or EXAMPLE” of the real judgment to come. In these yearly typical services the blood of bulls and goats as a sacrifice for sin was used, but the blood of these sacrifices could never take away sin, and the plan of salvation is not to cover sin, but to take away sin ; these sacrifices could never remove sin from the conscience. {see Heb. 10:1-5} Has the “ANTI - TYPICAL” day of judgment began ? “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, … Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” {Rev. 14:6-7} We know from the study of the sanctuary that the judging / cleansing can only take place on the day of atonement when the high priest went into the MOST HOLY PLACE of the earthly sanctuary, and therefore the ANTI - TYPICAL HOUR OF JUDG- MENT could not come until Jesus went into the MOST HOLY PLACE of the heavenly sanctuary. A study of the 2300 day prophecy tells us conclusively that Jesus went into the MOST HOLY PLACE of the heavenly sanctuary on October 22nd 1844, we therefore understand that the DAY AND HOUR of the anti -typical day of the “INVESTIGATIVE JUDGMENT started on October 22nd 1844. Who did the investigative judgment begin with ? “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” {Hebrews 9:27} “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. {Rev.22:12} From the pen of inspiration we read
  3. 3. “The judgment of the dead has been going on, and soon the judgment will begin upon the living, and every case will be decided. It will be known whose names are retained upon the book of life, and whose are blotted out. Every day the angels of God keep a record of the transactions of men, and these records stand open to the eyes of angels, and Christ, and God. Those who have manifested true repentance for sin, and by living faith in Christ are obedient to God's commandments, will have their names retained in the book of life, and they will be confessed before the Father and before the holy angels. Jesus will say, "They are mine; I have purchased them with my own blood." {ST, June 2, 1890 par. 4} “Solemn are the scenes connected with the closing work of the atonement. Momentous are the interests involved therein. The judgment is now passing in the sanctuary above. For many years this work has been in progress. Soon--none know how soon--it will pass to the cases of the living. In the awful presence of God our lives are to come up in review. At this time above all others it behooves every soul to heed the Saviour's admonition: "Watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is." Mark 13:33. "If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee." Revelation 3:3. {GC 490.1} Investigative judgment of the living. Brothers and sisters please don’t miss this point, It is the cases of the living that we must be concerned with now. It is the liv- ing that must vindicate the character of God before the universe. It is the living that must pass the FINAL TEST set up by Satan to defeat the plan of salvation. It is the living that must develop characters by the power of the indwelling Christ that will qual- ify them to receive the SEAL OF GOD and thus be empowered with the LATTER RAIN to give the LOUD CRY and “FINISH THE WORK.” God's purpose in giving the third angel's message to the world is to prepare a people to stand true to Him during the investigative judgment. This is the purpose for which we establish and maintain our publishing houses, our schools, our sanitariums, hygienic restaurants, treatment rooms, and food factories. This is our purpose in carrying forward every line of work in the cause. Ms 154, 1902, p. 4. ("Instruction to Men in Positions of Responsibility," October 24, 1902.) {1MR 228.2} Please understand that only the living can stand true to God during the “investigative judgment.” The judgment started with the dead in 1844 with the case of righteous “Abel” who was the first person to die on this earth, but Abel and none of the righteous that died after him can stand true to God at this time, because the dead know nothing. All of the righteous dead are in the their graves waiting for the living to vindicate the character of God so that they can be resurrected to eternal life, {read Hebrews the 11th chapter with emphasis on verses 39-40}. Satan understands the issue all to well and he is marshalling his forces to prevent this final generation of the living from stand- ing true to God, Satan understands very well that if he can win this final battle, he will in fact win the war that he started in heaven, because he would have proved that God is unfair and have an unjust law. Satan also understands that God has raised up the “Seventh-day Adventist Church” which is the remnant church of Bible prophecy and have given this church the final mes- sage, the “Three Angels Message” which is the message of the “everlasting gospel.” This message is the message that will pro- duce a people that will stand true to God in spite of all that Satan throws at them. All of our institution were to play a key roll in producing this people and our sanitariums had an especially important part to play in preparing this final generation. From the pen of inspiration we read. The sanitariums that shall be established are to be God's memorials, agencies in the conversion of many souls. Ms 33, 1901, p. 2. ("Diary," April 19, 1901.) {1MR 228.3} Our sanitariums have been established for the purpose of preparing a people for the second coming of our Lord and Sav- iour. Letter 284, 1906, pp. 2, 3. (To Dr. O. G. Place, August 29, 1906.) {1MR 228.4} The final conflict This final conflict will be fierce and determine. The plan of salvation is to produce a people that will stand true to God when the investigative judgment passes from the dead to the living. Satan’s eternal existence depends upon him stop- ping this work, and we must be as determine as he is by the power of the indwelling Christ to FINISH THIS WORK. The Bible tells us exactly what Satan’s plans are, we have all read them many times but we have not really understood
  4. 4. the impact of what we have read, so let us read it again. Bible: “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. {Rev. 13:15} SOP: It is in a crisis that character is revealed. When the earnest voice proclaimed at midnight, "Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him," and the sleeping virgins were roused from their slumbers, it was seen who had made preparation for the event. Both parties were taken unawares; but one was prepared for the emergency, and the other was found without prepa- ration. So now, a sudden and unlooked-for calamity, something that brings the soul face to face with death, will show whether there is any real faith in the promises of God. It will show whether the soul is sustained by grace. The great final test comes at the close of human probation, when it will be too late for the soul's need to be supplied. {COL 412.1} What is the Final Test? SOP: The Sabbath will be the great test of loyalty, for it is the point of truth especially controverted. When the final test shall be brought to bear upon men, then the line of distinction will be drawn between those who serve God and those who serve Him not. While the observance of the false Sabbath in compliance with the law of the state, contrary to the fourth commandment, will be an avowal of allegiance to a power that is in opposition to God, the keeping of the true Sabbath, in obedience to God's law, is an evidence of loyalty to the Creator. While one class, by accepting the sign of submission to earthly powers, receive the mark of the beast, the other choosing the token of allegiance to divine authority, receive the seal of God. {GC 605.2} SOP: The Lord has shown me clearly that the image of the beast will be formed before probation closes; for it is to be the great test for the people of God, by which their eternal destiny will be decided. . . . [Revelation 13:11-17 quoted.] . . . {7BC 976.2} This is the test that the people of God must have before they are sealed. All who proved their loyalty to God by observing His law, and refusing to accept a spurious sabbath, will rank under the banner of the Lord God Jehovah, and will receive the seal of the living God. Those who yield the truth of heavenly origin and accept the Sunday sabbath, will receive the mark of the beast (Letter 11, 1890). Bible: All these [are] the beginning of sorrows. … Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. {Matt 24:8-9} SOP: As America, the land of religious liberty, shall unite with the papacy in forcing the conscience and compelling men to honor the false Sabbath, the people of every country on the globe will be led to follow her example. Our people are not half awake to do all in their power, with the facilities within their reach, to extend the message of warning. {}6T-18} Bible: And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: … And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. {Rev 13:16-17} SOP: Again and again the Lord has instructed that our people are to take their families away from the cities, into the country, where they can raise their own provisions; for in the future the problem of buying and selling will be a very serious one. We should now begin to heed the instruction given us over and over again: Get out of the cities into rural districts, where the houses are not crowded closely together, and where you will be free from the interference of enemies.--Letter 5, 1904. {CL 9.5} SOP: The time is coming when we cannot sell at any price. The decree will soon go forth prohibiting men to buy or sell of any man save him that hath the mark of the beast. We came near having this realized in California a short time since; but this was only the threatening of the blowing of the four winds. As yet they are held by the four angels. We are not just ready. There is a work yet to be done, and then the angels will be bidden to let go, that the four winds may blow upon the earth. That will be a decisive time for God's children, a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation. Now is our opportunity to work. {5T 152.2} Bible: These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. … They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. … And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. {John 16:1-3} GET READY GET READY GET READY Brother Mason