The opportunity provided humanity in which to accept divine grace and to prepare for eternal life, and the time allotted for this purpose. Seventh-day Adventists believe that an individual’s probation closes at death. In addition, they hold that prior to the second coming of Christ, a decree terminating probation for all then living will go forth: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still . . . : and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: . . . And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” ( Rev. 22:11 , 12 ). This decree marks the close of probation. During probationary time Christ is ministering as the Christian’s high priest in the heavenly sanctuary, applying to each repentant sinner the merits of His vicar...

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