The SDA’s Investigative Judgement

The doctrine of the Investigative Judgement, which began on October 22, 1844, is an integral part of the Seventh-day Adventist doctrine, teching that a judgement had begun on that year’s Day of Atonement, when Christ entered the Most Holy Place in heaven to start an “investigative judgement.”

One of the mysteries is that according to Jewish reckoning, there is no way Yum Kippur could be so late as October 22 of any year; and in the year 1844 (Hebrew year 5605) it was on September 23.

Since the Investigative Judgement is a central doctrine of the Seventh-day Adventist teaching, we’ll make a study here. Their SDA Derivation of this 1844 date is as follows:

Seventy “week” period (Daniel 9:24-27) is held to begin in 457 BC, the seventh year of Artaxerxes I.

The “2300 evenings and mornings” period (Daniel 8:13-14) is held to commence in the same year.

2300 days are held to correspond to 2300 years. Hence from 457 BC plus 2300 years gives 1844 AD. — more specifically the date given in their historical statements hold October 22, 1844 as the Second Coming of Christ, resulting in a disillusion known as the Great Disappointment.

Years later, and reluctant to acceptiong a defeat of their prior “understanding” the Adventist movement reinterprets October 22, 1844 as the starting date for the pre-Advent Judgement when Christ entered the Holy of Holies to clean the heavenly Sanctuary.

This perceived revelation of an investigative judgement was greatly encouraging by their prophetess for the Seventh-day Adventist movement. Quoting Daniel 8:14, Ellen G White wrote:

“The scripture which above all others had been both the foundation and the central pillar of the advent faith, was the declaration, ‘Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed . . . pointed to Christ’s ministration in the most holy place, to the investigative judgement, and not to the coming of Christ for the redemption of His people'” (White, The Great Controversy, 1888, p 409).

First we should make a Study of Daniel 8:13-14

Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint who spoke, “How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?”

And he said unto me, “Until two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed” Daniel 8:13-14

A key to this mysterious time period was hidden from Daniel’s understanding — was not to be revealed until the latter days! It is a prophecy for our time — this climactic 21st Century!

Seventh-day Adventists try to explain this prophecy by assuming the “sanctuary” is in heaven and claim that this vision of “2300 days” commenced in 457 BC and ended in 1844, (using a day for a year principle, hence the “2300 days” represent 2300 years).

During this time of 2300 years the “sanctuary” that was cast down, trodden under foot — the Holy of Holies in heaven itself — God’s very throne — was to be “cleansed” beginning on October 22, 1844.

Such thinking are just Nonsense! How could “the little horn” cast down the Holy of Holies, trodden under foot, in heaven? Oh Goodness! Insanity asides, how could well over 20 million Adventists believe such balderdash today? Unless, of course, they were deceived by a Phoenician princess, Jezebel, not a Prophetess!

A SDA’s Phoenician Princess, Jezebel, not a Prophetess!

“O Blind Guides! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” The first thing that these believers need to clean is to clean their own brains. God the Almighty is well capable of looking after his Holy of Holies in heaven! Or, is he not so Almighty?

Whatever the answer is, it has to do with an earthly event concerning the Sanctuary or the Temple in Jerusalem. But notice the little horn takes away the daily sacrifice for “2300 days.” Were there any daily sacrifices taken away since the writing of Daniel?

One possible answer is that this prophecy of the taking away of the evening and morning sacrifice has already been fulfilled by Antiochus Epiphanes. This is rather possible! Notice why: what happened to the daily sacrifice in the days of Antiochus Epiphanes (168-165 BC).

The wicked deeds of Antiochus Epiphanes are recorded in Daniel 11:31. He polluted the ancient sanctuary. He took away the daily sacrifice, and the 1150 days is one possibility; or perhaps it could be a preamble.

Now consider who the “little horn” in this prophecy is. It spring out from the King of the North; which originally was Syria, the Seleucid Empire — north of Palestine. But Syria was soon swallowed by ROME. The Roman system of government became the “King of the North.”

Later the “little horn” became the papal Roman Church, which persecutes the true Church — the “holy people” shall shine in the resurrection like the stars of heaven (compare Daniel 8:1024 with Daniel 12:3).

The papal Roman Church had existed to our time in Europe, Asia and now all over the world. In the Middle Ages it was called the Holy Roman Empire, and the church ever since was and is the Roman Catholic Church.

Notice Daniel 8:26: “And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true….” The vision of “2300 days” is actually called in the Scripture “the vision of the evening and the morning”

The word “days” this note reveals that the original Hebrew of the word “days” is “evening morning” (the original “days” in Hebrew is “bō·qer e·reḇ” which is morning and evening). This prophecy is NOT referring to 24-hour days but to evenings/mornings; that is, the evening and the morning sacrifice!

According to verse 11 the little horn takes away the DAILY SACRIFICE. The daily sacrifice was offered in the evening and in the morning. In Exodus 29:39, “The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning, and the other lamb thou shalt offer at evening.”

Verse 14 in other versions “two thousand three hundred evenings and mornings.” In other words, here is a prophecy that two thousand three hundred evening and morning sacrifices would cease to be offered.

Since the daily sacrifice was offered TWICE A DAY, this prophecy is actually speaking of one thousand one hundred fifty (1150) days. In 1150 days there would be exactly two thousand three hundred sacrifices offered at evening and morning.

Here are some excerpts from Wikipedia (Hanukkah)

When the Second Temple in Jerusalem was looted and services stopped, Judaism was outlawed. In 167 BCE, Antiochus ordered an altar to Zeus erected in the Temple. He banned brit milah (circumcision) and ordered pigs to be sacrificed at the altar of the temple.

By 164 BCE, the Jewish revolt against the Seleucid monarchy was successful. The Temple was liberated and rededicated. The festival of Hanukkah was instituted to celebrate this event. Judah ordered the Temple to be cleansed, a new altar to be built in place of the polluted one and new holy vessels to be made.

We may not be sure of the exact dates, but one account says the abomination took place on the 15th of Kislev (1 Maccabees 1:54) in 167 BC, and at the end of this 1150-day period the sanctuary is to be “cleansed” or “justified.”

And on another account this cleansing was established on the 25th of Kislev in 164 BC to celebrate this liberation: Hanukkah; which would be roughly 1105 days, short of 1150 days by 45 days, or 90 “evening morning, bō·qer e·reḇ.” Thus this prophecy of “2300 days” could have been or partially fulfilled by the abomination set up by Antiochus Epiphanes until its liberation.

And finally, such a prophecy could be dual, that is, another possibility could reoccur if the third Temple is to be built in Jerusalem in the future and another transgression of desolation causing the daily sacrifices to cease. This final time, it could be fulfilled exactly “2300 days.”

And skipping forward to  Daniel 12:11 “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.”

And in Matthew 24:15 “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoso readeth, let him understand).” There we are, another transgression of desolation yet in the future. How will all these play out, well, we’ll have to wait and see.

(For more, see Revelation 2: The SDA’s Thyatira Era)

~ by Joel Huan on January 21, 2023.

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