“ 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 when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king. "
My friend, do not believe the recent teaching that Jesus will return on September 20, 2015
because of the blood moon.
This is another myth within evangelicalism today in which a church person took something mentioned in science and took a Bible prophecy from the future 7 year tribulation period and brought it in to today's time period.
Joel's prophecy of the time for the sun to be darkened and the moon turned into blood that Peter quoted;
“ The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. “ Joel 2:31
will not happen until after the sixth seal is opened during the 7 year tribulation period;
“ And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; “ Revelation 6:12
The rapture – that is, Paul's prophecy of Jesus descending to the clouds to catch His people up into the clouds to be with Him forever will have already happened before the sixth seal is opened.
Jesus could still come today, if He so chooses.
I wish He would.
It is interesting that the prophet Joel prophesied that people can and will come to salvation in Jesus even during the 7 year tribulation period...the same time frame he prophesied the sun turning dark and the moon turning into blood;
“ And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. “ Joel 2:32
The view that after the rapture nobody can come to salvation in Jesus is totally unbiblical.
I will now talk about God's grace.
God's grace will continue to exist even after the rapture and during all of the 7 year tribulation period and even throughout the Millennium.
Yes, even though the 7 year tribulation period will be a time of God's wrath, He will forgive anyone during that time who comes to repentance and believes the gospel of Jesus Christ.
That friend we once witnessed to who, for now, rejects coming to Jesus might come to Jesus after the rapture when he or she sees that we are gone and the wrath of God is being poured out just as we said will happen.
It is interesting that all through the Old Testament even though God judged and poured out His wrath on even His own chosen Israel, there were many times He withdrew His wrath against their disobedience in turning to the world's gods and serving them rather than Him, and as Samuel said, for His own sake forgave them and blessed them.
I love what Isaiah said;
“ For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.
For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.
I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. “ Isaiah 57:15-18
For us today who believe in Jesus even though we will be judged for our works during the time we are saved ( not before we were saved ) we may or may not receive rewards, depending on how our works come out of the fire;
“ Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. “ 1 Corinthians 3:13-15
It is God's grace that saved us and forgave us and it is His grace that will keep us in Heaven even though our works might not get us any rewards.
Rewards in Heaven will depend on our motive in why we did what we did.
God knows our heart even though He has forgiven us.
Remember, God is a God of grace and a God of judgment both.
He never changes.
" I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter."