The Investigative and Millennial Judgment.

Dan 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.

Dan 7:10  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.

So the judgment happens after the reign of 4th beast power. that is after 1798. This judgment is investigative in nature. There terms like the judgment was set and books were opened shows us that the judgment was investigative in nature.

Act 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

So the blotting out of sins from the records we saw in Dan 7:10 happens in future.

This judgement should be only for saints, why?

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Bible says Judgment begins in the house of God i.e., righteous will be judged first.

The judgment of the wicked happens in the millennium.

1Co 6:2  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

1Co 6:3  Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

So the saints judge both the wicked men and fallen angels

Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

The saints judge the wicked in the millennium.

The wicked who will be part of second resurrection will be receiving their punishment after the third coming of Lord.

Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; 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.

Rev 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Genesis 1-2-3 and Seventh Day Adventism

The first three chapters are sufficient to teach most Bible doctrines.

1. Marriage – is between one man and one woman

Gen 2:24  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

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2. Hell – If you break commandment of God you will die (note God didnt say that the day you eat the fruit you will be put into hell and burn forever)

Gen 2:17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. 

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3. State of dead – when God breathed air into mans nostrils He became a living soul (living being). Note God didnt insert a soul into a body but breathed air.

Gen 2:7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

“Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breaththey die, and return to their dust. Thou sendest forth thy spirit[breath], they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.” (Psalm 104:29-30).

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4. Sabbath – God rested on the seventhday and He blessed that day and made it holy.

Gen 2:2-3  And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified itbecause that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

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5. Commandments – God commanded man not to eat the fruit. If you obey Gods commandment you live otherwise you die.

Gen 2:17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. 

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6. Vegetarian diet- God gave plants as food for man.

Gen 1:29  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to youit shall be for meat. 

Isa 65:25  The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

7. Country living – God placed man in a beautiful garden.

Gen 2:8  And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the manwhom he had formed.

8. Sanctuary – God taught that Christ will die for  mans sin by killing the lamb after man’s sin

Gen 3:21  Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

9. Righteousnes by Faith-  Man tried to clothe himself with fig leaves but God clothed man with an animals skin i.e., He taught that man cannot the nakedness of his sin by his own works but only with the righteousness of Jesus.

Gen 3:7  And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.  Gen 3:21  Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

10. Sunday Law

God told Man that there will be enmity between the church and the serpent and serprent will try to destroy the seed of the woman (church)

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Rev 12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. 

11. Trinity

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Gen 3:22  And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Whom does the scapegoat represent, Jesus or Satan?

The Hebrew word ‘Azazel’ which is translated as Scapegoat in the King James Version appears only once in Bible.

There are two common interpretations on whom does the scapegoat represent. One interpretation says that this ‘Azazel’ is satan and other one says that this is ‘Lord Jesus’.

The Interpretation that this is Lord Jesus can be very easily proved faulty because in Lev 16 where scapegoat is mentioned there is casting of lots done to choose the goats. One goat is chosen for ‘Lord’ and other was chosen for ‘Azazel’.

There is a clear distinction between the two goats as only one is chosen for Lord and other one is not. This is opposed to choosing both the sacrificial birds for Lord in Lev 14. Lev. 14:4-7 where two birds used in cleansing of leper, one is killed and other one is freed after dipping into the blood of the slain bird. Here there is no casting of lots done to distinguish the birds.

The interpretation which says that scapegoat represent Jesus is very much faulty by teaching that the goat chosen for Lord and one not chosen for Lord both represent Lord.

The word Azazel translated as scapegoat is used in ancient languages like Hebrew, Syriac and Arabic to represent the fallen Angel or demon.

For example the pseudocrypa book of Enoch (dating 1-2 centuries prior to Jesus) says that Azazel is the leader of angels which made man to make weapons. The book tells that this angel was cast into darkness. 13th century rabbi, Nahmanides, argued that Azazel is one of the leaders of a class of demon known as the Se’irim

In Syriac Azzail is the “angel (strong one) who revolted.”

In Arabic (Azazil in Islam)

Azazil (Arabic: عزازل ‘Azāzīl) does not feature in the Qur’an, but is said to be the original name of Iblis, or Satan. Iblis was the Jinn (or spirit) who worshiped Allah (God) from amongst the ranks of the angels. He denied Allah’s command to bow down before Adam and later tempted Adam to eat from the forbidden tree. He made a promise to tempt mankind into sin and lead them all astray – those who are heedless of the signs of Allah (God). The word Iblis means “to despair” and Azazil despaired of the Mercy of God, thus earning him that title.

Ibn Abbas said and Ibn Masoud and some companions :that Iblis was the main chief between Angels in the 1st sky close to the earth and Ibn Abbas said: Iblis name was Azazel عزازيل then Allah change him to Satan as the story mentioned in The Quran.(from book of prophets stories for Ibn Kathiir).

The Quran does mention the story of two angels Harut and Marut, who were confined within the land of Babylon, teaching magic and other forbidden knowledge to those who seek such knowledge. As a request for dispensing any such information, they were required to declare that they were only there for the trial of men who inquired for knowledge of magic; anything they have taught (magic) can only harm and not profit the student at all. The Quran also mention some underlying correlation with the king Sulaiman (Solomon) without elaborating furthermore. There is no mention of any penalty for the actions of the two angels, although the penalty mentioned for magic is the same as that for being a disbeliever in God, namely everlasting hellfire.

Azazil is referenced as another name for Iblis in the Tawasin, the collection by the 10th Century Sufi writer and martyr, Mansur Al-Hallaj. Chapter Six of that writing is dedicated to the self-defence of Iblis, and in one section, Hallaj explains how each of the letters of Azazil’s name relate to his personality

Early Christianity

Origen (184/185 – 253/254AD) an early church Father identifies Azazel with Satan.

I am not using the above sources as evidence for teaching that Azazel is Satan but I am using them as source to show how Azazel was considered as Satan in olden times.

The main argument for believing that Azazel is Satan is from Bible. The main argument being in Leviticus the goats were chosen by casting of lots between Lord and Azazel (not Lord). If one is for Lord the other can only be for an opposing force ‘Satan’.

The meaning of Azazel is ‘departed’. How does Satan fit this ceremony of day of atonement? The whole ceremonial law with its feasts is the shadow of sacrificial priestly work of Jesus. It tells us how the plan of salvation/redemption works. When Job reasons with God asking why he suffered, God answers him using a mythical character Leviathon (Job 41:1) which is none other than satan (Isa 27:1). God tells Job that Satan caused all this. Could it be possible that God uses the mythical word ‘Azazel’ to tell humans that Satan will be held responsible for causing all men to sin?

The ceremony on the Day of atonement happens as below.

Lev 16:7 And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. Lev 16:8 And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. Lev 16:9 And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD’S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. Lev 16:10 But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness. Lev 16:18 And he shall go out unto the altar that is before the LORD, and make an atonement for it; and shall take of the blood of the bullock, and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about. Lev 16:19 And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel. Lev 16:20 And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: Lev 16:21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their

transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: Lev 16:22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

Note in verse 20-22 the scapegoat comes into picture only after cleaning of sanctuary is done (v20), Priest charges the scapegoat with all the sins of the people(v21) this cannot be Jesus because Jesus bore our iniquities before our sins were cleansed from heavenly sanctuary.

Act 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; (Also refer my article on Investigative judgement.)

We see in Revelation 20 that Satan is lead into a land not inhabited for 1000 years (that is after all saints go to heaven and the wicked are completely dead). Also Satan is burned for ages and ages before he finally consumed by fire. The reason why Satan burns for longer duration is because he has to suffer punishment for causing others to sin.

Day of atonement is not only the day of cleansing but also a day of Judgement. The plan of redemption is not only to put an end to sin and redeem the saints but also to punish the wicked especially Satan for sin.

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How long will Satan burn?

Invetigative Judgement.