the judgment for the dead first, and the Judgment for the living last. . . .Our part of the judgment message since 1844 has been, as you know, to proclaim the Judgment for the dead, not for the living as yet. But first, let's see what is the Judgment for the dead?
According to what is stated in Inspiration it is to separate the good from the bad, not bodily, but in books, because before the resurrection, the dead have no being or "portion" in any thing that is done under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6) This judgment work is to enable the angels to know who is to come up in the first resurrection, in the resurrection of the holy ones (Revelation 20:4, 5, 11 - 14), and who is to come up in the second resurrection, the resurrection of the unholy ones [Revelation 20:5,13, 14]. . .Thus it is that Inspiration calls the judgment work, "the cleansing of the sanctuary" (Dan. 8:14); that is, each professor of religion that's ever lived but who has died, is being judged and each one's case is being decided, either to bring them up in the first resurrection of the just or in the second of the unjust; either to have their sins blot out
Now, Are You Ready for the Judgment of the Living?
What is the judgment for the living? And what happens with the righteous, and what happens with the wicked, after they are judged? The fact that the message of the Judgment of the living is by far more widely treated by all the Bible prophets than is the Judgment for the Dead, is in itself proof positive that it is supremely important. I can, however, treat of it now [only] very briefly. .. As shown before, in the judgment for the dead, the sinners are separated from the righteous in books only, but in the judgment for
the living the sinners and the righteous are bodily separated one from the other as is recorded by Inspiration through the prophet Ezekiel, [Read chapter Nine].
In addition, the Servant of the Lord has this to say: "Study the Ninth Chapter of Ezekiel, these words will be literally fulfilled 3. . . Here we see that the church—the Lord's Sanctuary—was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God 4 . . . The angel is to place a mark upon upon the foreheads of all who are separated from sin and sinners, upon the foreheads of all who are
separated from sin and sinners, and the destroying angel will follow, to slay utterly both old and young 5 . . . . Angels keep a faithful record of every man's work, and asjudgment passes upon the house of God, the sentence of each is recorded by his name, and the angel is commissioned to spare not the unfaithful servants, but to cut them down at the time of slaughter." 6 [see also, judgment begins at God's house, — I Peter 4:17; the Lord's suddenly coming to His temple—Malachi 3:1 - 3, the separation of the wheat and tares—harvest—Matthew 13:30, 40, 41].
All these scriptures and many more, my friend, refer to the purification of God's church, to the great and dreadful day of the Lord (Malachi 4:5), to the Judgment for the living and the gathering of the saints—the "harvest" of which every prophet has written, some more and some less. What will be your decision? Your answer is a matter of life and death.
By A. Anthony Hibbert
Excerpts from The Judgment and the Harvest, pp. 12 -20, and Jezreel Letters, No. 2, pp. 2 - 9 Brackets added. Anti-typical Elijah
1 Early Writings, p. 42, E.G. White
2 Ibid p. 54, 55
3 Manuscript Releases, Vol. 1, p. 260, E.G. White
4 Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, p. 211, E.G. White
5 Ibid p. 505
6 Testimonies for the Church, Vol.1, p. 198, E. G. White