Investigative Judgement

A Seventh-day Adventist term for the preliminary phase of the great final judgment by which God intervenes in human affairs to bring the reign of sin to a close and to inaugurate Christ’s eternal reign of righteousness ( see Dan. 7:9 , 10 , 13 , 14 ). This opening phase is called an investigative judgment because it consists of an examination of the life records of all who have ever professed to accept salvation in Christ and whose names are therefore inscribed in “the Lamb’s book of life.” Its purpose is to verify their eligibility for citizenship in God’s eternal kingdom. At the close of the investigative judgment the sins of those who have endured to the end are “blotted out” from the books of record and the names of all others are stricken from the book of life ( Ex. 32:3...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.