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: ( 6-2-15 )

When you think you have had all the grief you can handle in losing someone you dearly love and cannot live without, consider Naomi.

 

Naomi's husband Elimelech died.

She was left with her 2 sons, Mahlon and Chilion.

 

Ten years later her 2 sons died also.

She was left all alone except for her daughters in law, Orpah and Ruth.

 

Thus, the Book of Ruth.

 

Naomi was in such bitterness in her grief that she said this;

And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.

I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me? Ruth 1:20-21

 

The name Naomi, means pleasant.

What she wanted people to call her, “ Mara “, means bitter.

 

Like Naomi, many of us who have suffered great loss want to blame God for it.

 

While God does know the number of days in our life, from His foreknowledge, it does not mean God causes our life to come to an end after that many days.

He just knows ahead of time how long we will live, just as He knows everything else about the future.

 

Throughout the Holy Bible God many times either extended a person's life or shortened it.

There were enemies of Israel whom God smote and killed ahead of what could have been their time.

 

There were people God granted an extended life at their request.

 

Many people just get sick and die.

Many people live a prolonged life due to medicines that help keep people alive.

 

Some people die in a car wreck from careless driving.

It wasn't God that caused the accident, it was their careless driving.

 

There are people who die from an overdose of drugs or indulging in alcohol.

 

It wasn't God's fault they died.

 

I've known people who died in these situations.

 

God was not at fault, as many think.

 

God later blessed Naomi through her daughter in law Ruth, by letting Ruth bare a child named Obed, that would be the grandfather of the psalmist David;

And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.

And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.

And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David. “  Ruth 4:14-17

 

If we choose to get bitter toward God and blame Him for our loss and grief, we might want to consider developing a better relationship with God.

One way is to read His Word, the Holy Bible, more.

 

In our heart we need to make the choice to trust God that He is good, just as David did.

 

I'm finding that in reading the Bible more and thinking about it, God's Word is actually feeding my soul.

 

I told God after the loss of my wife I'm not going to blame Him nor get bitter toward Him.

 

I told Him I love Him as I know in my heart He really does love me.

 

Talk to God like you would a friend you trust.

 

God is a very good listener.

 

Wayne Brown

Today's Bible Verse 2 Samuel 7:21-22

" For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.

Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. "

Today's Bible Verse Isaiah 64:4, 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

" For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. "

" But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."