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

Texas shootout may be tied to Colorado correction chief's murder, authorities say

Associated Press

A man who may be linked  to the slaying of Colorado's state prison chief led authorities in Texas on a  harrowing, 100 mph car chase Thursday that ended after he crashed into a semi  and then opened fire before being shot down by his pursuers, authorities  said.

The man is still unidentified and is "basically legally deceased" while still  hooked up to equipment for organ harvesting at a Fort Worth hospital, Wise  County Sheriff David Walker said at an afternoon news conference in Decatur.

The possible link to the Tuesday night slaying of Colorado prison director  Tom Clements is tentative but intriguing enough to put Colorado investigators on  a plane to Texas. The black Cadillac the man drove, with Colorado license  plates, matches the description of a car spotted outside Clements' home just  before the Department of Corrections chief was fatally shot while answering his  front door.

"We don't know yet exactly whether this is the guy," Colorado Gov. John  Hickenlooper told reporters Thursday afternoon. "There's some indication. I hope  it is."

Also heading to Texas were detectives from Denver and Golden who are  investigating whether the man is linked to the shooting death of a pizza  delivery driver in Colorado on Sunday, Denver police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez  said. She said the agencies were working with El Paso County, Colo., sheriff's  officials, who are investigating Clements' death, and she couldn't comment on  evidence from the car that crashed in Texas.

Montague County sheriff's deputy James Boyd tried to pull over the Cadillac  at about 11 a.m. Thursday, though officials wouldn't elaborate on the  reason.

The driver opened fire on Boyd, wounding him, Walker said. He then fled south  before crashing into a semi as he tried to elude his pursuers.

Walker said Colorado investigators were heading to Texas to determine whether  the man is connected to Clements' killing. Boyd was wearing a bulletproof vest  and is at a Fort Worth hospital, authorities said. Officials had said he wasn't  seriously injured but later said his condition was unknown.

Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the man appeared to be a white man in  his 30s. The man shot at Hoskins four times as the chief tried to set up a road  block to halt him. The man left his car after it crashed and opened fire on the  authorities around him, Hoskins said.

"He wasn't planning on being taken alive," Hoskins said. In a brief  interview, he added that the man had no identification on him.

El Paso County sheriff's investigators have been looking for a dark,  late-model car, possibly a Lincoln or a Cadillac, that a neighbor spotted near  Clements' home around the time of the shooting. Lt. Jeff Kramer refused to say  what other clues may have been found after officers canvassed Clements'  neighborhood.

Clements, 58, was killed as he answered the door to his home Tuesday night in  Monument, a town of rolling hills and alpine trees north of Colorado Springs.  His death stunned law enforcement colleagues in Colorado and Missouri, where he  spent most of his career as a highly respected corrections official.

Police haven't said if they think his death was linked to his job.

Denver's KMGH-TV reported Thursday that Clements may have put a bicycle up  for sale for $1,200 on Craigslist. Kramer told the station, "I can't speak to  the efforts behind this tip, or the level we are giving it."

In recent weeks, Clements had requested chemicals to plan for the execution  of a convict on Colorado's death row and denied a Saudi national's request to  serve out the remainder of a sentence in his home country. Officials refused to  say whether they were looking at those actions as possible motives.

Clements came to Colorado in 2011 after working three decades in the Missouri  prison system. Missouri Department of Corrections spokeswoman Mandi Steele said  Thursday the department was ready to help in the probe if asked.

"Tom regularly commented that corrections is inherently a dangerous business,  and that's all that I'll say," said Alison Morgan, a Colorado corrections  spokeswoman who worked closely with Clements.

Officials in positions like Clements' get a deluge of threats, according to  people who monitor their safety. But it can be hard sorting out which ones could  lead to violence. A U.S. Department of Justice study found that federal  prosecutors and judges received 5,250 threats between 2003 and 2008, but there  were only three attacks during that time period.

The last public official killed in Colorado in the past 10 years was Sean  May, a prosecutor in suburban Denver. An assailant killed May as he arrived home  from work. Investigators examined May's court cases, but the case remains  unsolved.

Christians, churches dwindling in Iraq since start of war 10 years ago

Fox News

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq says that the number of  Christian houses of worship there has dwindled alarmingly in the decade since  the U.S. invaded and ousted Saddam Hussein from power.

There are just 57 Christian churches in the entire country, down from more  than 300 as recently as 2003, Patriarch Louis Sako told Egyptian-based news  agency.

The churches that remain are frequent targets of Islamic extremists, who have  driven nearly a million Christians out of the land, say human rights advocates.

The last 10 years have been the worst for Iraqi Christians because they bore  witness to the biggest exodus and migration in the history of Iraq,” William  Warda, the head of the Hammurabi Human Rights Organization told the news  agency.

Many Christians live in the provinces of Baghdad, Nineveh, and Kirkuk, and  Dohuk and Erbil, which are both in the autonomous region of Kurdistan. Warda  said some 1.4 million Christians lived in Iraq prior to Hussein's ouster. Under  the democratically-elected government that now oversees the war-torn, but  oil-rich nation, Islamic extremists have been able to operate more freely.

“ More than two-thirds [of Christians] have emigrated,” Warda noted.

One byproduct of regime change in the Middle East, whether at the hand of the  U.S. military and its allies or demonstrators in the streets, has been a decline  in tolerance for other religions, say experts. Only one Catholic church remains  in Afghanistan, and it must be heavily protected. In Egypt and Libya, where  demonstrators overthrew dictators in recent years, Christians have come under  heavy persecution, say concerned advocates.

“What is clear is that the mass exodus of Christians in the Middle East - including Iraq - has been caused by radical Islam - whether by Islamic  governments, terrorist organizations, or extreme Islamists," said Tiffany  Barrans, international legal director of the American Center for Law and  Justice. "We examined the issue in Iraq in a 2011 report from our European  affiliate. At that time, we determined that Al Qaeda had been strategically  targeting Iraqi Christians - even issuing a warning to all Christians to leave  the country.

One of the most dramatic cases of Christian persecution came in late October  of 2010, when Al Qaeda members laid siege to Our Lady of Deliverance  Church in Baghdad, killing 58 and wounding 78 in a bloodbath Pope  Benedict XVI denounced as “ferocious.” Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki also  condemned the attack, calling it an attempt to drive more Christians out of the  country.

“This tragic event sent a powerful message to Christians in Iraq - they are  in grave danger and should leave the country," Barrans said. “Iraq’s hostility  toward Christianity is well documented. Tragically, Iraq is another example of a  country where the government does not tolerate Christians or other religious  minorities.”

Manhunt after head of Colorado Department of Corrections killed answering doorbell

Fox News

Associated Press

The head of the Colorado Department of Corrections was fatally shot when he  answered the doorbell at his home Tuesday night, authorities say.

Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Kramer says Tom Clements, 58, was shot in the chest around  8:30 p.m. in the town of Monument, which is north of Colorado Springs. It is  unclear if his wife and two daughters were home at the time of the shooting and  police are searching for the gunman.

Authorities are also looking for a dark-colored "boxy" car seen near the  house of Tom Clements, 58, when he was shot around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in  Monument, north of Colorado Springs. The vehicle's engine was running and a  witness reported seeing one person driving away in the car.

Kramer, of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, said investigators have not  ruled anything out, but the shooting could have been related to Clements' job as  executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections.

"As the director of the Department of Corrections or any similar type  position, it could in fact open someone up to be a target of a crime such as  this. Although we remain sensitive to that, we also want to make sure that we  remain open-minded to other possibilities as well," Kramer said.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Clements to the post in 2011 after  he served for more than three decades in the Missouri Department of Corrections.  He replaced Ari Zavaras, a former Denver police chief who led the department  under two governors. The department operates 20 adult prisons and a juvenile  detainment system.

Hickenlooper was red-eyed and somber and spoke haltingly Wednesday morning at  a news conference in which he said he doesn't think the killing was part of any  larger attack against his cabinet, members of which stood behind him, several of  them crying. Others dabbed their eyes.

"Corrections is a very different job. You make difficult decisions every time  that affect different people," Hickenlooper said, calling Clements dedicated,  funny, caring and an expert on the latest and best methods in his field who  chose the Colorado job over retirement.

"Tom Clements dedicated his life to being a public servant, to making our  state a better place and he is going to be deeply, deeply missed."

Hickenlooper planned to go to Monument to meet with Clements' family after  signing gun-control bills.

A family member called 911 to report the shooting. Search dogs were called in  to comb through a wooded area around Clements' home, and authorities were going  house to house trying to find out what neighbors heard and saw.

Clements lived in a wooded neighborhood of large, two-story houses on  expansive 2-acre lots dotted with evergreen trees in an area known as the Black  Forest. Long driveways connect the homes to narrow, winding roads that thread  the hills. Clements' home was out of view, behind a barricaded of crime-scene  tape in the road.

It would have been simple to find where Clements lived. It took two clicks to  get his correct street address through a publicly available internet locator  service Wednesday morning. The listing also included his previous home address  in Missouri.

After Clements was appointed, Hickenlooper praised Clements for his approach  to incarceration, saying he relied on proven methods to improve prison safety  inside and programs that have been shown to improve successful outcomes after  offenders are released from prison.

While Clements generally kept a low profile, his killing comes a week after  he denied a request by a Saudi national, Homaidan al-Turki, to serve out the  remainder of a Colorado prison sentence in Saudi Arabia. He cited al-Turki's  refusal to undergo sex offender treatment in his denial.

Al-Turki, a well-known member of Denver's Muslim community, was convicted in  state court in 2006 of unlawful sexual contact by use of force, theft and  extortion and sentenced to 28 years to life in prison. Prosecutors said al-Turki  kept a housekeeper a virtual slave for four years in his home and sexually  assaulted her. A judge reduced the sentence to eight years to life. Al-Turki  insisted the case was politically motivated. He owned a company that some years  ago sold CDs of sermons recorded by Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in a drone strike in  Yemen in 2011.

Al-Turki's conviction angered Saudi officials and prompted the U.S. State  Department to send Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to Saudi Arabia to  meet with King Abdullah, Crown Prince Sultan and al-Turki's family.

After Clements' shooting, someone with the State Department called the  Colorado Corrections Department.

Prisons spokeswoman Alison Morgan said she had no details on the call other  than to say it wasn't connected to the shooting investigation and may have been  a simple courtesy.

"They called us because we have a cooperative international program with  them," she said.

Hickenlooper ordered flags lowered to half-staff at public buildings until  the day after Clements' funeral. Arrangements are pending.

Clements is survived by his wife, Lisa, and two daughters, Rachel and  Sara.

Clements received a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in  public administration from the University of Missouri. He started with the  Missouri Department of Corrections in 1979 and over his 31 years there worked in  prisons as well as probation and parole services. He was director of adult  institutions when he left.

Missouri leaders also mourned his death.

George Lombardi, director of Missouri's Department of Corrections, said  Clements was "just a very good, decent person."

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said in an emailed statement that Clements "dedicated  his professional life and his considerable skills to public service and  protection, and the citizens of Missouri join the people of Colorado in mourning  this tremendous loss."

Clements is at least the second state prisons chief killed in office. Michael  Francke, director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, was stabbed to death  outside his office in 1989 in what prosecutors described as a bungled car  burglary. A convicted drug dealer, Frank Gable, was found guilty of aggravated  murder in 1991 and sentenced to life in prison. He and supporters contend he was  wrongly convicted.

Clements' slaying was reminiscent of the 2008 killing of Adams County  prosecutor Sean May. His wife was six months pregnant when he was shot and  killed as he returned from work to his home in northwest Denver. His killer was  never found.