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

Today's Bible Verse Lamentations 3:22-26

" It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. "

Today's Bible Verse 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

" Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. "

This Week's Sermon: Prophecy continued ( 3-24-15 )

The part of the Holy Bible known as The Old Testament shows us that prophecy has been going on for thousands of years.

This is why they are called “ the Prophets “.

They not only prophesied of the end times in our day but they also prophesied of future events of God's judgments on both Israel and the heathen back in their day.

 

There is a misconception of God's grace in the Old Testament as compared to the New Testament.

In reading the Old Testament books known as “ the Prophets “, you will find that even though God warned of judgment on Israel's disobedience and the heathen as well, God would have delighted in withdrawing His plan to execute His wrath and judgment on both Israel and the heathen, if only they would have acknowledged their sins and repented.



And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.“  Nehemiah 9:17

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. “  Psalm 103:8

The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. “  Psalm 145:8

And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. “ Joel 2:13

And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. “ Jonah 4:2

The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. “  Nahum 1:3



As the writer of Hebrews said;

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. “  Hebrews 13:8



Grace is not a new concept with God in the New Testament after Jesus came to earth and died.

God has always bestowed grace...even in the Old Testament.

God is the same and never changes.

However, God's grace only comes when we acknowledge our sins and confess them to Him and ask His forgiveness and believe in His only begotten Son, Jesus.

This is why Jesus said we must not only believe the gospel but repent from sin as well;

And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. “  Mark 1:15



The fact that we do not hear the word “ hell “ mentioned in evangelical churches today and the word “ repent “, is in itself a sign that Jesus is coming back and that we are definitely in the end times.

God is a God of judgment and a God of mercy and grace...if we repent.

It is God's nature to judge just as it is for Him to show mercy...according to the Holy Bible.

However, God would rather show mercy and grace, than to pour out His wrath.

This is why God has dragged prophecy of the day of His wrath in the end time out so long.

As Peter said;

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. “  2 Peter 3:9



Just as God finally had enough of the wicked world in Noah's day and destroyed it, so in our future God again will someday say, enough is enough.

When the angel said;

And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: “  Revelation 10:6

actually can be understood to mean there shall be no more delay of prophecy being fulfilled.

Technically, time continues even after the angel will say this since Jesus will have His Kingdom for a thousand years of 24 hour days...not to mention the 7 year tribulation period continues day after day, until Jesus returns, after the angel says this.



Fortunately for the human race, God is patient and longsuffering, kind, of great mercy and very slow to anger and is willing to save anyone who repents and believes the gospel of Jesus Christ.

My friend, the wrath of God is going to be terrible for those here on the earth during the 7 year tribulation period.

Even with all the evil the antichrist will try to do to people, that will not compare to what God will do to those who take the mark of the antichrist and persecute believers in Jesus during the 7 year tribulation period.



Wayne Brown