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: Prophecy continued/Grace ( 5-13-15 )

I will start out this sermon about prophecy and then talk about God's grace.

 

In case you are not aware, according to the news there are now 56 million Americans here in this country who have willingly withdrawn from any religion and any church company that exists.

 

Whatever the actual reason is, I think it is mainly due to the hypocrisy within the religion and the church company itself.

 

The problem is, this withdrawal includes people who were once of what the apostle Paul calls, “ the faith “.

But nevertheless, Paul prophesied that this departure from “ the faith “ would happen.

Many followers of Jesus will depart from “ the faith “...before Jesus returns, according to the Bible.

 

So, this should not be a shock to those of us who actually follow Jesus and believe the Holy Bible in its entirety, and not just selected verses within it – that is, that we like and prefer...which unfortunately, is the common way of Biblical interpretation in today's modern evangelical society.

 

Now I turn to the subject of “ grace “.

 

We must remember that in interpreting the Holy Bible, it is not meant to be in the manner as most evangelicals do today – that being, accept the verses we like and reject the verses we do not like...which is the problem in today's modern evangelicalism.

 

According to the Holy Bible, there is no such thing as a “ dispensation of grace “.

This title is a man made term – totally unbiblical.

 

If you take the time to carefully read the Old Testament portion of the book known as the Holy Bible, you will find God's grace even in that portion of the Holy Bible.

 

We have to remember and accept the Biblical fact that God is a God of judgment and a God of grace...both.

 

God made clothes even for Adam and Eve who disobeyed Him and ate of the tree that God told them not to eat of when they discovered that they were naked.

This is grace that God showed to Adam and Eve.

 

Also, which later I will get into, there is a drastic difference between the judgment of God and the wrath of God...both being shown in and throughout the Old Testament portion of the Holy Bible and throughout the portion known as the New Testament.

 

However, there is a definite specific time period of God's wrath that will be poured out on the world during the period known as the 7 year tribulation period.

What is interesting is that this wrath of God will be worse than even what God poured out on the world in Noah's day and the day of Sodom and Gomorrah.

 

The drastic difference will be that portions of the wrath of God during the 7 year tribulation period is that even though humans will wish to die and escape the wrath of God, they cannot die. God will not let them die.

That would be too easy for them.

They must remain alive and suffer what God pours out on them.

This will be horrible for them and worse than it was when God flooded the entire planet and when He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah... as they were allowed to die

 

We must understand from Scripture that God's grace never had a beginning nor will it ever have an end...according to the Holy Bible.

God is gracious to anyone and I mean literally anyone who is repentant in their heart and puts their faith in Jesus Christ who is the God of Israel in the Old Testament portion of the Holy Bible.

You either believe this Biblical fact or you do not.

The choice is yours.

Wayne Brown

Today's Bible Verse 1 Samuel 2:9-10

" He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed. "

Today's Bible Verse 1 Samuel 2:1-3

" And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.

There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.

Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. "