“ 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 the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. "
" LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.
Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. "
Somehow, between today and the second advent – that is, when Jesus returns to cast the antichrist into the lake of fire and establishes His Millennial Kingdom here on earth, there will be a surprise attack on Israel.
By surprise, I mean literally, a surprise attack without Israel being suspicious of being invaded.
Ezekiel clearly said that Israel would be unsuspecting of being invaded when this war takes place against Israel;
“ And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,“ Ezekiel 38:1-11
This is certainly not the Battle of Armageddon as many think, simply because at the time of the Battle of Armageddon, which does not happen until the end of the 7 year tribulation period, the Jews will already, for 3-1/2 years, been running for their lives and hiding in Petra after the antichrist reveals his true identity to the Jews and turns on them at the middle of the 7 year tribulation period.
The Battle of Armageddon will be no surprise to the Jews because of being threatened for 3-1/2 years by the antichrist.
The two witnesses will probably be the ones who will keep the Jews from being destroyed during the last 3-1/2 years of the 7 year tribulation period.
Since the Jews trusted the antichrist and enjoyed 3-1/2 years of peace during the first half of the 7 year tribulation period without threat of being invaded, thinking the antichrist is their messiah, this war of Ezekiel as he describes Israel living without suspecting of being invaded could happen at the end of the first 3-1/2 years of the 7 year tribulation period when the antichrist turns against the Jews and desecrates their temple...in which he probably helped them to rebuild with his protection.
This moment in the overall history of Israel to the present would be the only time Jews would be living without worrying about being invaded...as Ezekiel described.
Since the war is an unannounced surprise attack on Israel, much as Pearl Harbor was, it would make sense that during their trust of the antichrist as being their long awaited messiah, this is when it will happen.
Any attack can happen today but it would not be without expectation and would not be any surprise to Israel.
This war of Ezekiel is a total shock to the Jews.
It is sad but notice some of the nations involved in this surprise attack against Israel.
It includes much of Europe, northern Africa, Russia and the Middle East.
After the antichrist takes control of these countries during the first 3-1/2 years of the 7 year tribulation period, he will secretly bring them together to attack Israel without Israel expecting this to happen.
The Jews will then, obviously, learn they made a mistake believing the antichrist to be their messiah.