“ 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.
" He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? "
Always remember, the seventh prophetic kingdom consisting of the 10 horns of Daniel – that is, the revised Roman Empire being made up of 10 nations within the boundary of the Old Roman Empire, 4 of them being Syria, Turkey, Greece and Egypt, has to be formed before the rise of the antichrist, who will come out of one of them, that being Syria.
When he rises to power and takes over Turkey, Greece and Egypt, the Bible says the other 6 nations will automatically let the antichrist rule over them and that begins the eighth prophetic kingdom referred to as the Revived Grecian Empire but with the additional 6 nations.
So now at this time the antichrist has control of all ten nations.
However long from the moment this happens until the signing of the 7 year peace treaty between the Jews and the Arabs, the Bible does not say.
If the rapture is delayed during the time of the ten nation revision of the Old Roman Empire and the antichrist's revival of the Grecian Empire, the rapture for sure will happen before the antichrist brings the 7 year peace treaty together.
The signing of the 7 year peace treaty is the start of what the Bible refers to as the day of God's wrath.
Since Paul said God has not appointed believers in Jesus to wrath;
“ For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. “
1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
we can be assured the rapture will take place before God starts pouring out His wrath.
Of course, those who come to salvation in Jesus after the rapture and during the 7 year tribulation period God does not pour out His wrath on them because God's wrath is only for those who do not believe in Jesus.
During the first half of the 7 year tribulation period the antichrist will pretend to be a friend to the Jews.
The Jews will actually think he is their Messiah.
However, there will be some Jews who will come to believe in Jesus during this time frame...not just Gentiles.
Also, the first 3 and ½ years of the 7 year tribulation period God will pour out His wrath so great that people will wish to die and cannot die.
But there will also be people who will die because of God's wrath.
The world at that time, according to the Bible will know that the day of God's wrath has arrived;
“ And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? “ Revelation 6:15-17
Church people who believe the rapture does not happen until the middle of the 7 year tribulation period because the last half, in their view, is actually the day of God's wrath and not the first half, as according to them there is no wrath of God during the first half, are obviously mistaken.
The problem with the mid-trib rapture view is that we can know when the rapture will happen – 3 and ½ years after the signing of the 7 year peace treaty.
According to the Bible, we do not know when the rapture will happen.
It could have happened back in Paul's day, it could happen this very day or it could happen sometime during the seventh and eighth prophetic kingdoms.
We do not even know when the antichrist manages to bring the Jews and the Arabs together to sign the 7 year peace treaty.
All we know from the Bible is that the rapture will happen before that takes place, whenever it does.
As Jesus said, we are to be watching for His return and living in expectation of His return because we do not know when He will return.
That's the point.
" Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear,thatshall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shewitunto you. "