The pre-advent judgment
The cleansing of the sanctuary was also called the Day of Judgment as the final verdict went out, as sin was removed from the sanctuary. The breastplate that the high priest wore when he “goeth in before the LORD” is called the “breastplate of judgment” (Exodus 28:30).
In the first century when Paul was preaching about the judgment he referred to the judgment in the future. He said, “Judgment to come” (Acts 24:25). But the people of God who are to take the gospel to the whole world before the coming of Jesus, we see, in the prophetic book of Revelation, preaching the everlasting gospel and telling the world that the judgment has already begun. They are not putting the judgment in the future as Paul did but they are putting the judgment in the present, something going on in the heavenly sanctuary. They are not preaching error. The Bible calls this last day gospel preaching by His people as “the everlasting gospel”.
Revelation14:6 “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come”
How did they know “the hour of his judgment is come”? They get it from the book of Daniel that gives us the timing of the heavenly sanctuary to be cleansed.
Prophet Daniel saw in prophetic vision the scene of the heavenly judgment.
Daniel 7:9 “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.”
There are books of record that God opens up in judgment. Every detail is registered in those heavenly books—the good and the bad. God doesn’t need any record because He knows the end from the beginning. But God preserves it for the benefit of the universe that is watching the final verdict. John the revelator, too, saw the judgment scene and the books that were associated with the judgment.
Revelation 20:12 “… and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
If when we ask for pardon, the past record is blotted out, then what would be in the books of record? Then why open the books at all of the righteous? Only the books of the wicked should be opened. But the Bible says,
2 Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”