What part of the Gospel is not usually recognized?
Romans 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds .... 16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
Note:
The Bible tells us that the judgment of God is part of the Gospel message. It seems that it is quite rare to hear or to read of this connection.

Why does the judgment matter to believers?
Romans 2:5 ... the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.
Note:
The Bible makes us understand that our judgment is a matter of eternal loss of life or unending life with God (Rom 2:5-10). Therefore, this Bible study of God’s judgment is crucial to the preaching of the Gospel, timely in its answers to our questions about the judgment, and critical for every Christian to understand.

Does the Gospel truth of the judgment need more emphasis in these last days?
Revelation 14:6 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, 7 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.
Note:
Yes, the hour of God’s judgment should receive more emphasis. The context of Rev 14:6,7 shows that this part of the Gospel truth will receive special emphasis in time of the last great conflict between Satan, his angels, and his human subjects on one hand, and Christ, His angels, and His followers on the other hand. According to Revelation 13 and 14 the last worldwide conflict just before Christ returns will be a time of unparalleled trials for believers.

Who is the instigator of persecution, troubles, and trials? What is his purpose?
Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried ... be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

The Devil has put us on trial. Who does he draw into this litigation? Who does he recognize as the judge?
Rev 12:9-10 ... The ... serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan ... the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night (NKJ)

Does this mean that Jesus participates in this testing of believers?
Rev 2:23 ". . . And all the churches shall know that I am [Jesus Christ] He who searches [investigates] the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. (NKJ)
Note:
The word usually translated “searches” in Revelation 2:23 is the Greek word ereunao. Gerhard Delling, the contributor to the unquestionably authoritative Theological Dictionary of the New Testament for the entry on Ereunao and Exereunao, states, “In the NT [ereunao] has the common sense of ‘thorough investigation’.” It would be proper to translate this passage, ". . . And all the churches shall know that I am He who investigates the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. According to this Jesus investigates the minds and hearts of believers.

Is the judgment “investigative” in its nature because God is uncertain of us?
2 Timothy 2:19 ... the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his ...
Note: No, the Lord knows who are His true children (2Tim 2:19). But, it is natural to want to know what this investigative judgment is about, why it is necessary, and how it will be conducted.

What was God's judgment of Job? Who brings Job up for consideration?
Job 1:8 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." (NIV)

Will Jesus similarly bring us up for consideration?
A. Col 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross .... 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.
B. Romans 14:10 ... we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. (Cf. Rev 20:12)

Is God's judgment of us the same as His assessment of Job?
A. Eph 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ ... he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. (NIV)
B. 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (Cf. Rom 8:4;1 John 2:5; 3:3, 9)

What happened to the charges of the law that condemned us?
Col 2:14 He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ's cross. NLT
Note:
There are two that bring charges against us: First God’s law judges us (Rom 2:12), and condemns us to death (2 Corinthians 3:7a, 9a). The second condemnation comes from the Devil (Rev 12:10). Col 2:14 addresses itself to the first condemnation, that of the law of God. Through faith, Christ’s death cancels the charges leveled by God’s law against each of us.

How do we become blameless and upright?
Heb 10:14-16 ... By one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this... he says: "This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds." (NIV)

Does Satan accept God's judgment?
Job 1:9-12 "Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied. "Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands ... But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face."
Note:
Satan not only questions Job's integrity; more importantly, he blasphemously brings into doubt the judgment of God. In other words, he suggests that God's judgment is faulty. It is as if Satan says, “God says He knows who are His, but does He really know? Does He really know Job? Look at all those who God forgave but then have given up their loyalty to God and joined me in my rebellion when life got hard. God makes these mistakes because He is a poor judge of character.” The Devil implies that, if God is a poor judge of character, He is not qualified to pass judgment on anyone—Not even Satan!

Does God agree to Lucifer's challenge to investigate Job's integrity? Who carries out the investigation?
Job 1:12 The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger." (NIV)
Note: A Jewish rabbi translated the Hebrew text of Job into the Aramaic language. This document is called the Targum of Job and may have been prepared as early as the times of Gamaliel and New Testament Christianity or as late as the ninth century. In this translation the rabbi inserted thoughts of his own, apparently to provide explanatory commentary. Here is the text of the Targum of Job 1:6, 7 as translated into the English language—note that the italics reflect the translator’s work and indicate places where the rabbi attempts to elucidate the text of Job: "And it happened on the day of judgment at the beginning of the year [a reference to the Day of Atonement] that ... the angels came to stand in judgment before the Lord, and Satan also came in their midst to stand in judgment before the Lord. And the Lord said to Satan: ‘Where are you coming from?’ Satan answered the Lord: ‘From roaming the earth to investigate the work of human beings and from walking about on it.’ "
A careful reading of the book of Job shows that the experience of Job is a picture of the Day of Atonement and that in this day of judgment it is Satan who is the prime mover in the pursuit of an investigation of the saints. Peter also indicates that persecution, trials, and sufferings are not just evidences of Satan’s hatred of the saints but indications that believers have entered, like Job, into the hour of judgment. "If you suffer as a Christian ... praise God ... For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God ... it begins with us " (1 Pet 4:16, 17 NIV). The book of Job is a view of the judgment of believers and therefore a view of the Day of Atonement—and consequently of the investigative judgment.

What will Jesus do with the information gained in the investigation of believers?
A. Rev 2:23 ". . . And all the churches shall know that I am [Jesus Christ] He who searches [investigates] the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. (NKJ)
B. Rom 2:6-7, 16 God "will give to each person according to what he has done." To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.... This will take place on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares. (NIV)

Does our salvation concern itself with the question of our being qualified for, or worthy of eternal life?
A. . . . . They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. Rev 3:4 (NIV).
B. And we pray ... that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. Col 1:10 (See also: Eph 4:1; Phil 1:27; 1Thes 2:12; 2Thes 1:1,1 NIV).

What is the Devil's motive for seeking a conviction against us for unworthiness?
Rom 2:3 And do you suppose this, 0 man, when you pass judgment upon those who practice such things and do the same {yourself,} that you will
escape the judgment of God? (NAS)

What is God proving in the testing of believers?
A. Deut 13:3 ... The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. (NIV)
B. Ps 7:8 The LORD shall judge ... according to my integrity within me. 9 ... for the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. (NKJ)
C. 1 Pet 1:6 ...you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith ... though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, (NKJ)
D. Deut 8:2 Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. (NIV)

What is the evidence that God's judgment of His faithful is right and Satan is wrong?
A. And we pray . . . that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. Col 1:10
B. II Th 1:3-7 ... Your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. . . we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. (NIV)

What other verse indicates that God is looking for a progressing experience?
1 Tim 4:15-16 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. (NKJ)

Does God openly consider cases of His saints, as He did with Job.
A. Dan 7:9 "I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated .... 10 The court was seated, And the books were opened. NKJV
B. Col 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross 22 to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 if ye continue in the faith ...and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel.

What indication do we have that Satan will treat the saints to an investigation of their integrity in the last days?
Dan 7:25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High .... 26'But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and destroy it forever. 27 Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. NKJV

Is there any further indication that the saints living at the time of the Second Coming and the first resurrection, will face tribulations that might be a trial of their loyalty (or, investigate their loyalty) to God like Job was tried?
A. Dan 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life ...
B. Joel 2:1 ... Sound an alarm ... for the day of the LORD cometh ... 2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness ...
C. Amos 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.
D. Matt 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
E. Dan 7:21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

What is the real issue in Satan's war against the saints?
Rev 13:6 ... [Satan's medium] opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Note
: There is a sanctuary in heaven where Christ directs and carries forward the work of salvation (Hebrews 8:1-2; Hebrews 9:24; Revelation 11:19). "The word 'blasphemy' is practically confined to speech defamatory of the Divine Majesty” thus to “speak contemptuously of God.” (Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.). Blasphemy is a "vilification" of God (Strong's Greek-Hebrew Dictionary). Satan's blasphemy against God is a defiling defamatory attack on the heavenly sanctuary. He vilifies God's character (His name), and suggest doubts about the integrity of God's plan of salvation (symbolized by His tabernacle) and those God judges to be worthy (or, suitable) to "dwell in heaven."

What is necessary for God's heavenly sanctuary?
Heb 9:23 Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these [sacrifices], but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. NASD

When would God undertake the cleansing of His heavenly sanctuary ?
Dan 8:14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
Note:
The cleansing of Satan's "blasphemy against God ... his name ... his tabernacle ... and them that dwell in heaven" through his insinuation that God has a faulty judgment of character in describing those He chooses to dwell in heaven as “blameless”, began in 1844 in fulfillment of this time prophecy. The process of cleansing is a process of judgment that is typified in the day of atonement rituals described in Leviticus 16. As demonstrated in the following diagram the time prophecy found in Daniel 8:14 is reminiscent of five other biblical time prophecies (Gen 6; Gen 15:13,14; Jer 25:11,12; Dan 9:24-27; Rev 20:2,7-15) that announce the beginning of a time of divine judgment.
A Bible Reading On the Investigative Judgment
What other evidence do we have that there would be a pre-advent judgment?
A. Revelation 14:6 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, 7 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 .... 14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
B. Rev 13:7 ... it was given unto him [human governments under Lucifer’s power] to make war with the saints, and to overcome them ... 14 And [he] deceiveth them that dwell on the earth ... [into making] an image to the beast .... 16 And ... to receive a mark ... 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark ...
C. Rev 2:23 ". . . And all the churches shall know that I am [Jesus Christ] He who searches [this word means "investigates"] the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. (NKJ)
Note:
God’s investigative judgment of His people begins before the Second Coming. And just as it was with Job the pre-advent judgment is actually a trail of God’s own judgment of character. Through the great afflictions of His faithful people sometime after 1844, and just before the Second Coming, it is proven that God’s judgment is right. Even in times of greatest extremity, when the threat level is at its highest, God’s children maintain true integrity of faith. “All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 2 Thessalonians 1:5 NIV” The last greatest time of testing and trouble is the investigative judgment of those who live to see the Second Advent. At this time persecuted saints with the integrity of Job vindicate God's "name, his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven."

Where do we find the starting point of the time prophecy that marks the beginning of the investigative judgment of God’s people?
Note: The prophecy of the 2,300 years found in Daniel 8:14 is explained by the time prophecy of 490 years. The angel Gabriel comes to Daniel to help him understand the vision (Dan 9:23) of Dan 8; specifically, Dan 8:14's 2,300 year/day prophecy. The beginning point of both prophecies is said to start, “.... from the going forth of the commandment (literally the word) to restore and to build Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25)” That “word” that the Jews had freedom to “restore and build Jerusalsm” came through Ezra (Exra 7) to the Jews in Jerusalem in 457 BC. Ezra gave them the word that God’s providence had opened a door of freedom to rebuild the city. Consider five points where the inspired record affirms that the 457 B.C. decree led the Jews to believe that the time and the opportunity for the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem had arrived. And, that their freedom to do so was protected by the decree of the king:
1. In 457 B.C. a very wide latitude of freedom was granted to Ezra.
... this Ezra came up from Babylon.... The king had granted him everything he asked, for the hand of the Lord his God was on him (Ezra 7:6 NIV).
2.
In 457 B.C. an invitation to fulfill God’s will—which would at that time include the restoration of Jerusalem—was made by the king.
You and your brother Jews may then do whatever seems best with the rest of the silver and gold, in accordance with the will of your God (Ezra 7:18 NIV).

Was it God’s will – His plan – that Jerusalem be rebuilt? That was what He prophesied He would bring about. Notice the prophesies concerning Jerusalem and God’s people that notify them of desolation, captivity, and restoration:
..... a. Jeremiah 25:10 I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp. 11 This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 12
"But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the land of the Babylonians, for their guilt," declares the LORD, "and will make it desolate forever. NIV
..... b. Jeremiah 29:10 This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. NIV
..... c. Jeremiah 30:18 "This is what the LORD says: "'I will restore the fortunes of Jacob's tents and have compassion on his dwellings; the city will be rebuilt on her ruins, and the palace will stand in its proper place. 19 From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. NIV
3.
Ezra gave word to the people that God was granting them freedom through the kings of Persia to again have a wall of protection around Jerusalem.
God ... has shown us kindness in the sight of the kings of Persia: He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God, ... and he has given us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem (Ezra 9:9 NIV).
4.
It is obvious that the decree of 457 B.C. led Ezra to feel free to give the word to begin the rebuilding of Jerusalem and its walls, for their neighbors said that is exactly what they were doing from the letter that their enemies sent to the king:
The king should know that the Jews who came up to us from you have gone to Jerusalem and are rebuilding that rebellious and wicked city. They are restoring the walls and repairing the foundations (Ezra 4:12 NIV).
5.
The decree of 457 B. C. gave the Jews the right to self government. Up till then the leaders in Judea were no more than local commissioners without judicial or executive authority. Now they could set up their own magistrates and judges to carry out their laws.

Therefore, the date 457 B.C. that is attached to Artaxerxes’ decree found in Ezra 7 gives us the starting point for the prophecy of 70 weeks of years (Dan 9:24-27) and consequently of the 2,300 year prophecy (8:14) which Gabriel was sent to explain with the 70 week of years time prophecy, From 457 B.C. going forward in tme, 2,300 years takes us to A.D. 1844 as shown in the diagram above. Which means that the investigative judgment of believers began in A.D. 1844.

When do we enter into our own personal investigation judgment?
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.

What group is an exception to this rule?
1 Thessalonians 4:15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For .... the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. NKJV

Do those who never die have their own personal investigative judgment:
Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Note:
None are excluded by Satan. He litigates against all of us.

How is this judgment conducted? How are they who never die judged and vindicated?
A. Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
B. 2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, 4 so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, 5 which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer. NKJV
C. Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Note:
The dead are judged after death by the recorded account of their lives by the same measure as those who never die. The living believers at the time of the Second Coming will be tested by suffering to prove their faithfulness and love for God and their fellow man. This is no different than the judgment of those fall asleep in Jesus.

When Satan’s test of Job failed to cause Job to lose faith in God, what was Satan’s next move?
Job 2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yes, all that a man had he will give for his life. 5 But ... touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.
Note:
The Devil claims that Job’s trials were too limited; that they had not been severe enough or as personal as they needed to be to fairly test Job’s loyalty and love. Satan’s new level of blasphemy is the idea that God limited Job’s trials because He kew that Job would otherwise turn against Him and prove Satan right; namely, that God is a poor judge of character. So, God agrees to let Satan intensify the severity of the test of Job’s integrity.

Do we have any other examples where it seems Satan argued with God over the loyalty of one of God's servants? What was the outcome of these cases?
Note: Yes, The Devil also seems to have acted as th accuser in cases of Moses (Jude 9), and Joshua the High Priest (Zechariah 3:1.2). Interestingly, these situations parallel that of Job in three ways:
1. Satan opposes each of them. He is, of course, trying to cause their eternal loss. Probably Satan is also trying to prove that God's judgment is faulty, God is, according to the Devil, wrong about them.
2. God, as he did with Job, disputes with Satan over each of them.
3. Eventually God ends the dispute, rebukes Satan (or Satan's representatives -- Job's "friends"), and blesses or promises to bless each of them in some way. Job is restored and prospers. Moses is raised and taken to heaven. Joshua is promised a place in heaven. Essentially, each of them are vindicated and Satan is silenced.

Is there any difference in the judgment of those who never die?
A. Dan 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life ...
B. Joel 2:1 ... Sound an alarm ... for the day of the LORD cometh ... 2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness ...
C. Amos 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.
D. Matt 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
E. Dan 7:21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
F. Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth ... 2 And I saw another angel ... and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea ... 3 ...Hurt not the earth ... till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 ... and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand ... Revelation 9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
G. Revelation 7:14 .... These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Compare Rev 12:11).
Note: Up to the present time, the Devil has been limited in how severe he can make his tests of our faith and loyalty. So, he demands that the severity of the investigative trials of the last generation be increased to the maximum level. The troubles that those who never die suffer are like those that Job suffered in his first and second trial: The loss of family and possessions and the condemnation opposition from friends and family is intensified. The physical suffering is intensified. Those who live to see Jesus come again endure far greater severity and intensity of troubles than anything ever experienced by anyone but Christ Himself. Just as it was with Job, the pre-advent judgment is actually a trail of God's own judgment of character. Through the great afflictions of His faithful people sometime after 1844, and just before the Second Coming, it is proven that God's judgment is right. When He seals someone as His, they prove to be faithful. Even in times of greatest extremity, when the threat level is at its highest, God's children maintain true integrity of faith. As Paul says, "All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 2 Thessalonians 1:5 NIV" The last greatest time of testing and trouble is the investigative judgment of those who live to see the Second Advent. At this time persecuted saints with the integrity of Job vindicate God's "name, his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven."

What encouragement do we, nevertheless, have as we face the trials of the pre-advent investigative judgment of the living?
A. 1 Cor 10:13 .... God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear ....
B. Rev 22:12 ... Behold, I come quickly ...
C. Matthew 24:22 ... for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

What is Jesus' ultimate goal concerning Lucifer?
Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.
Note:
1. Jesus' death provides for our justification,
2. Justification gives God the legal right to give us the time and opportunity (a time of probation before the final judgment) to prove that we are His loving and loyal children,
3. Overcoming challenges to our loyalty to Christ proves our integrity and vindicates the rightness (righteousness) of God's judgment,
4. Proof of the rightness of God’s judgment settles the question of whether God is just in destroying the Devil for his sins, while forgiving us for our sins and giving us unending life.

At the conclusion of the investigative judgment of the living saints, what will God point out to Satan?
A. Rev 14:12 Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. NAS
B. Job 2:3 .... He [/she] still maintains his[/her] integrity, though you incited ...[their] ruin ..." (NIV)
Note:
Revelation 14:12 indicates that the saints overcome their last trial.

What happy news will Jesus then give to the faithful?
A. Rev 22:12 ... Behold, I come quickly ...
B. Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
C. Matt 25:34 ... Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom...