48. Doesn’t it seem a little cult-like to believe in some pre-Advent Investigative Judgment?
No. There are a wide variety of different views within Christianity (and in Judaism and Islam) about the Judgment. In fact, many groups endorse a phased Judgment, including a type of judicial pre-Advent Investigative Judgment, which occurs before and is distinct from the executive Final Judgment. For example:
· Roman Catholics differentiate between the ‘Particular Judgment’ of an individual, which occurs when someone dies and thus before the 2nd coming of Christ, and the ‘General Judgment’ or ‘Last Judgment’, which is the judgment of nations that occurs at the return of Christ.
· The Eastern Orthodox Churches similarly makes the distinction between a ‘Particular Judgment’ and ‘General Judgment’ or ‘Final Judgment’.
· Evangelicals (Dispensationalists) believe in three broad judgment phases, the Rapture, the Millennium Reign of Christ and a Final Judgment, in much the same way as Adventists believe the judgment has three distinct phases:
For further information see:http://www.adventistbiblicalresearch.org/Biblequestions/judgmentseccoming.htm
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