Chapter 1: Is the Investigative Judgment Doctrine Taught In the Bible? Does the Bible Say
That God Investigates Believers?
Critics have claimed that there is no clear scriptural support for an investigative judgment
long before the Second Coming. Chapter 1 gives new powerful evidence that there is such a
Chapter 2: Why Would there Be an Investigation of the Saints? It is because of the
When you understand the whole truth of how we are saved you will begin see the place of
the investigative judgment in God's plans.
Chapter 3: Why Would there Be an Investigation of the Saints? It is because of Satan
This chapter discusses the constraining forces that have created a need for believer
investigation. Satan is the ultimate reason for the existence of the investigative judgment.
This is a positive presentation of believer judgment that pictures God and His angels on the
side of the saints in the judgment.
Chapter 4: The True Ground of Christian Assurance
Many people reject the Investigative Judgment doctrine because they think it destroys
assurance. This chapter looks at the setting of 1John 5:13 to show what John really meant
when he said that we may know we have eternal life. His doctrine is not in conflict with the
Chapter 5: On the Path With Jesus There is Peace: A Parable of True Assurance
Using an imaginary situation of being lost in the mountains, this chapter seeks to show how
a person has assurance by staying in relationship with Christ.
Chapter 6: The Bigger Picture
This chapter is a resource for those seeking to understand systematically the evidence of
believer testing and judgment. It greatly expands on the foundation laid in Chapter One's
"For Further Study" section and shows that the idea of believer investigation is one piece in
a puzzle of related doctrines.
Chapter 7:The Challenge of a Questionable Relationship
There is a spiritual relationship between Leviticus 16 and Daniel 8:14 that links them
together and justifies Adventism's claim that the day of atonement explains the meaning of
the 2,300 year prophecy.
Chapter 8: From the Little Horn to the Investigation of the Saints: Two Unsupportable Leaps
This answers, Biblically, the question posed by some critics about how Adventists can see,
in the setting of a discussion of the sins of the little horn, an investigative judgment of the
Chapter 9: Illustrations of the Investigative Judgment Gospel
Two short stories illustrate some key aspects of how and why there is an investigative
judgment. Concluding comments make the connections with the judgment.
Chapter 10: The Judgment of Believers: Enacted, Envisioned, and Demonstrated
In this chapter we look at three places where the judgment is revealed. The believer's
judgment is enacted in the ceremonial law, it is envisioned in the apocalyptic book of
Daniel, and it is demonstrated in a beautiful positive way in the New Testament Gospel of
Chapter 11: Daniel 8:14, The Investigative Judgment Prophecy
There is obviously a need to show how what we have covered in the previous chapters
affects our presentation of the 2,300 year prophecy of Daniel 8:14.This chapter brings
together into one presentation the various points established in earlier chapters in order to
meet this need. This presentation gives an interpretation of Daniel 8:14 in the setting of
salvation history's judgment hour time prophecies. This will probably be a new viewpoint
to most readers, however this additional insight is more powerful evidence that Adventism
is a movement of divine origin and that its judgment hour message is "present truth."
Appendix A: The Competition In and Around 1844
In the hour of God's judgment smoke screens, diversionary tactics, and false religions are
employed by Satan to diminish, marginalize, and compete with the preaching of the truth.
So, is there evidence of competition at the hour of judgment that began in 1844? At least
twelve religious and philosophical movements were born alongside Millerism and
Seventh-day Adventism in the 1830's and 1840's. In the following list we have a spectrum of
little-known events to those developments that are legendary for their enormous
Appendix B: Ellen White And Our Second Probation
It is not my wish to present in this book a defense of the investigative judgment doctrine
that is in any way dependent on the writings of Ellen G. White. In fact I think this book
proves that Mrs. White is not the first inspired writer to speak of the investigation of
believers, nor of the reason for its existence. I add this collection of references exclusively
for the benefit of anyone who appreciates the moving of God's Spirit in the writings of Mrs.
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