Predestinate: to determine or set a destiny ahead of an appointed time.
I am curious as to why the appointed time in regard to 'predestinate' is so often interpreted to mean "before time began," when a more consistent meaning in regard to salvation would be "before judgment." There is one case where predestinate is qualified as being before the foundations of the World, when talking about how being in Christ was always the plan, and it was always the plan that those in Christ would be blameless. That exception suggests to me that 'before the foundation of the World' is needed as a qualifier, and is not something to automatically assume.
MY QUESTION: How does one answer these questions concerning the use of predestinate when not specified:
(a) Destine what?
(b) Ahead of what time?
Rom 8:29 (KJV)
For whom he did foreknow, [G4267] he also did predestinate [G4309] to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
προορίζω proorízō, pro-or-id'-zo; from G4253 and G3724; to limit in advance, i.e. (figuratively) predetermine:—determine before, ordain, predestinate.
In Rom 8:29, how does one know whether to interpret foreknow to mean "before time began" or "before judgment" or something else? If it is "before time began," then that would mean everything is settled before you're born. If it is "before judgment," then that would point to a salvation event in the person's lifetime.