“ Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.“
“ 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
“ Now “ can 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.
“ 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. “
“ And if any man hear my words,”
The Greek word “ akouse “ translated “ hear “ means to hear in various senses. This word is used for something to be noised, to be reported and to be understood.
Here in America, we have an expression - “ I hear you “. When someone says something to us and we can relate to it and understand what was said, we sometimes respond by saying “ I hear you “. It means we understand what was said, not just merely heard what was said.
People can hear what was said and many times what someone said goes right over their head, as we also say.
This means we heard what was said but do not understand what was said.
This is why Jesus said;
“ Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:“ Matthew 13:13-14
Paul said there are people who hear the truth but never come to the truth.
“ Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. “ 2 Timothy 3:7
This is the problem with being opinionated. This results in diverse doctrines all claiming to be of the same goal. It may or may not result in the same goal.
The Lord knows.
While the gospel is printed in the Holy Bible and a person can come to Christ just from reading the Bible, since it is the Word of God, God Himself seems to place importance on the gospel being preached so people can hear with their ears...though not a requirement.
Philip was told by the Holy Spirit to go and teach the eunuch who was in his chariot reading the Bible but had trouble understanding it;
“ Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. “ Acts 8:29-31
Jesus Himself after His resurrection walked with 2 disciples and preached the gospel beginning with Moses in the Old Testament.
“ And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? “ Luke 24:32
During the future 7 year tribulation period God has an angel preach the gospel;
“ And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. “ Revelation 14:6-7
Paul said faith comes from hearing the gospel;
“ For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. “ Romans 10:13-17
“ and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. “
“ For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.“ John 3:17-18
Hearing the gospel, understanding the gospel and believing the gospel are not the same thing.
Having merely head knowledge of the Bible does not mean we believe it.
Faith is in the heart, not the brain.
We can look at a map and see a town in a certain state and though we have never been to that town nor seen it, we can choose to believe it exists and have faith in the person who printed it on the map that it does exist.
This is faith.
Likewise, we can choose to have faith in the Bible and believe what it says exists even though we have never seen what it claims exists or we can choose not to believe it.
If we choose not to believe the Bible God is still merciful to grant us more time to change our mind.
“ 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
Judgment will eventually come, but for now, God is merciful in giving us time to decide to believe the gospel.
The statements of Jesus in these verses we are studying are incredibly important and we need to pay close attention to what Jesus said.
I will continue with verse 48 in the next study.