In Genesis 18:21 Jesus says that He would come down to see whether Sodom was as it was reported to Him. Among the many definitions of the verb to see in Genesis 18:21 are the words to consider and to discern. These words give the foundation concepts to the idea of investigate. Thus this text, and all of the other texts that refer to judgment, inherently have the concept of an investigative phase of judgment built into it. This is one of the texts that confirms the investigative judgment of events through history and then the final investigative phase of judgment just before the second coming of Christ to this earth.