“ 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.
You will no doubt read articles pertaining to Bible prophecy written by people who are probably hoping something they have seen going on in the world they think appears to have some connection to one of the seal, trumpet, and/or vial judgments in the book of Revelation.
Let's remember that what John wrote about in regard to the seal, trumpet and vial judments in the book of Revelation is restricted to the time frame within the 7 year tribulation period and only within that time frame.
This is why God told John to come up hither to see what shall happen after he wrote the letters to the 7 churches.
“ After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. “ Revelation 4:1
There are general and specific signs that Jesus said for us to watch for that cover a time period of 2000 years to our present day – that is, when Peter spoke out and said;
“ But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. “ Acts 2:16-21
While Joel's prophecy of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the end times happened 2000 years ago when Peter spoke these words, some of what Peter said pertains to the future 7 year tribulation period just before Jesus returns literally to earth.
However, the coming of Jesus only to the clouds, at least 7 years before His return when He sets up His Millennial Kingdom here on earth, the event in which evangelicals refer to as the “ rapture “ was not revealed to Peter but was later revealed to Paul.
“ Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. “ 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
General signs that Jesus said for us to watch for such as an increase of natural catastrophes on planet earth are definitely happening today, even before the 7 year tribulation.
Also prophetic signs of society getting more and more wicked and evil is also definitely for sure happening today, even before the 7 year tribulation period.
My friend, do not be caught off guard when Jesus descends from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God to the clouds and raises the dead in Christ first up into the clouds and then catches those of us who are also in Christ and are still alive and remain, to meet our Lord in the air.
“ For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words. “ 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
Yes, we could still die before this event happens.
We just do not know when Jesus will come for us.
That is why we need to be watching and living in expectation of His return.
Because we do not know when Jesus will come is why Jesus said to be watching so that day does not take us by surprise.
Notice Paul, even 2000 years ago, who was living in expectation even back then and was watching for Jesus to return said;
“ Wherefore comfort one another with these words. “
If we claim to belong to Jesus we should be comforting one another with the words of Paul's prophecy about Jesus coming back to catch us up to be with Him forever.
" But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keepit,and bring forth fruit with patience. "
" And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. "