John 12:31 ( posted 11-26-13 )

Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

Now is the judgment of this world:

 

We will find that later in this chapter we are studying, Jesus clearly said;

And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.John 12:47

 

At this moment Jesus inferred who will be the judge...referring to His Father;

He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. John 12:48

Even though Jesus said;

Now in the verse of our study, keep in mind that a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as a day to the Lord;

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8

Nowcan be a very long time to us but to the Lord, almost immediate.

From the moment Jesus made this statement, in actuality the judgment of this world is at least ( though not limited to ) a two-fold process over a period of time consisting of more than 3007 years.

The signing of the 7 year peace treaty the “ antichrist “ brings the Jews and the Arabs to agreeing on in the future, commonly known among evangelicals as the 7 year tribulation period is referred to in the Holy Bible as the time of God's wrath. This is at least 2000 years from the time Jesus made this statement about this world's judgment being Now.

The next form of judgment is another 1000 years after this when God brings fire down from Heaven on the armies who once again gather around Jerusalem to destroy Jesus and the Jews...after satan is released from the abyss.

And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

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. Revelation 20:7-9

 

The final judgment will be an undetermined length of time after this.

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

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.

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:11-15

 

Again, keep in mind this final judgment will be at least 3007 years from the moment Jesus made this statement in the verse of our study.

 

 

 

now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

 

The Greek word “ archon “ translated prince means ruler, chief, magistrate, a first in rank or power.

Jesus said clearly about satan;

Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. “   John 14:30

 

Paul called satan the god of this world;

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. “ 2 Corinthians 4:4

 

Once again, the now Jesus referred to in the verse of our study;

now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

will not happen to satan for at least 3007 years from the moment Jesus said this.

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20:10

 

 

Satan as the “ god “ and “ prince “ of this present world still has the ability to deceive and to mislead.

However, because of the death of Jesus, for those of us who believe in Jesus, satan has no stronghold over us. His power has been broken.

Yes, He can deceive even those of us who believe in Jesus but he has no power over people who believe in Jesus.

 

I will continue with verse 32 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon ( 11-21-17 )

" He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.  "   Revelation 22:20

" I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. 
And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 
How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. "   2 Corinthians 12:2-4

" For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: "   Philippians 1:23

" But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  "   Matthew 6:20-21

As I mentioned in my last week's sermon, Samuel and Paul, both having been in Heaven and seen Heaven, preferred to be in Heaven.

John also had been to Heaven and wrote the book of Revelation.

Notice how he said after having been in Heaven;

" Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.  "

John wanted Jesus to return.

Only people who have been to Heaven and seen Heaven, prefer to be in Heaven.

Like Paul said;

" For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: " 

Those of us who have never been to Heaven nor seen Heaven would still rather be here in this present life and wish we could live here forever.

Nobody wants to die. This is all we have ever known.

If we are enjoying a prosperous life and are enjoying good physical health, we definitely do not want to leave this life.

We would rather Jesus delay His coming...if we are being honest with ourselves.

This is why Jesus said;

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  "

There was a movie that came out a few years ago called, " Heaven is for Real ".

It was about a pastor's child who supposedly had gone to Heaven.

According to the doctors the child never actually physically died.

What supposedly brought interest to the pastor was that his son told him that he had met someone who his parents had never told him about.

The person the pastor's son had met while he was in Heaven was his own sister who died in a miscarriage.

The pastor and his wife never told their son about this.

The pastor was surprised that his son knew about her and evidently this was what sparked the idea of making the movie.

While I thought it was interesting that the pastor's son met someone in Heaven that his parents knew of but never told him about, ( if all of this is true, as we never know what is true in the movie making business ), I came in contact recently with someone who personally knows this family and knows the child who claimed to be in Heaven.

Well, I asked my friend if the child, after having been in Heaven, would rather be in Heaven than be here in this life.

He told me there was one day during his childhood that he was playing out in the street and almost got hit by a car.

The pastor got after his son for being so careless.

The son responded by saying he had hoped he would be hit by the car so he could go back to Heaven.

Well, if he would rather be in Heaven than here in this life, then maybe he was telling the truth.

My friend, like I said, only people who have been to Heaven would rather be in Heaven with Jesus.

We need to keep our heart focused on Jesus and desire to be with Him more than be with our money, prosperous life and good physical health here.

We need to be watching, praying and hoping Jesus will return soon.

Keep your faith in Jesus.

Wayne Brown

Today's Bible Verse Matthew 26:53-56

Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? 
But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? 
In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. 
But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.  "

Today's Bible Verse 1 Peter 2:21-24

" For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 
Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 
Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.  "

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