“ 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.
" Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers. "
“ But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. “ 2 Timothy 3:13
In my status in life, I am around countless numbers of people every week. I hear a lot and see a lot.
A woman came up to me recently complaining about another woman who mistreated her.
She said to me - “ What is this world coming to? “
I asked her if she knew who the apostle Paul was. She said - “ yes “.
I told her that Paul prophesied that evil doers will get worse before Jesus returns.
I told her Jesus must be coming soon and she got excited.
I know both good people who live by their conscience that God gave us and I know people who live in rejection of their conscience that God gave us.
People live by choice...whether to live by their conscience or to live against their conscience that God gave us.
This is why Paul said evil doers – that is, people who willfully choose to live against their conscience, will get worse.
If you watch the news, you will see that evil doers are getting worse in their actions.
This is a sign that Jesus is returning soon... according to Paul.
On the subject of living by personal choice, whether to live good or bad, and even choosing what destiny in the afterlife to pursue, I was shocked today to hear one of the largest religions in the world admit to what Jesus said;
“ Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wideisthe gate, and broadisthe way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because straitisthe gate, and narrowisthe way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.“ Matthew 7:13-14
This world religion actually admitted that Jesus spoke truth in His statement here.
People choose hell or Heaven by their own will.
Likewise people choose whether to live evil or good.
Jesus is coming soon.
Make sure you are washed in the blood of the Lamb...Jesus, the Son of God, who is God.