“ 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 let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. “ Galatians 6:9
Paul also said that this “ well doing “ applies to doing good to all people, whether they are saved or not...but especially to those who are saved;
“ As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. “ Galatians 6:10
“ Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.“ Matthew 7:12
Notice even though we, as believers in Jesus, are not under the Old Testament Law, Jesus still referred to the Law and the Prophets.
It is interesting that, just as our relationship with God today through our faith in Jesus His Son, the root and basics of our relationship with God and our walk with Him, producing fruit as evidence that we belong to God, is based on loving God and people...just as it was under the Old Testament Law.
Jesus said clearly;
“ By this shall allmenknow that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.“
This is why James said faith without works is dead;
“ But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? “
“ Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: “ 1 Peter 1:22
“ A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
By this shall allmenknow that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. “
“ This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.“ John 15:12-14
Notice Jesus said to those of us who believe in Him that we are His friends “ if “, we do what He commands us.
Jesus taught to forgive, not to get even.
To forgive instead of getting even is one fruit that shows the world we belong to God through Jesus His Son.
Jesus clearly said to those of us who believe in Him;
“ For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.“ Matthew 6:14-15
This statement Jesus made is to be taken serious.
Unfortunately, most people don't.
“ See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.“ 1 Thessalonians 5:15
It boggles my mind how Jesus forgave those who murdered Him;
“ Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. “ Luke 23:34
So, let's do good to all people, no matter what they do to us.
The Lord will do the rendering when the time comes when He will judge;
“ Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: “ Romans 2:6-7
My friend, do not give up.
Always do what is right in God's eyes.
He will reward us if we do what is right.
" And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. "