I would like to take the time to answer your question, although you have already received sundry replies. I did't come across one that really
explains things the way they are.
Someone earlier did mention that Satan is the ruler of the world, and we know this to be true. Because while Jesus was on earth, Satan offered
rulership over all the kingdoms of the earth to Jesus, if Jesus did an act of worship to him. This was a temptation to Jesus (See Matthew 4:4-8).
That Jesus was tempted at all brings up various points. The first is that Satan indeed is the ruler of the world and thus had the authority to offer
Jesus the kingdoms if he saw fit. Also it shows us that Jesus is not God, like some claim, for God cannot be tempted, let alone with something that
is already his. Jehovah, in his wisdom has seen fit to let the rebel spirit now known as Satan (or slanderer) to rule mankind as an usurper, to prove
whether his rule is better than Jehovah's or not.
When Jesus was resurrected he was granted several things he did not have in his pre-human existence. Before coming to earth he was still the
firstborn of all creation, but he did not possess immortality. Immortality is the impossibility of ever dying. Before Jesus died, only his Father
Jehovah possessed the divine quality of immortality. That Jesus died proves that he was not immortal. That Satan is condemned to destruction after
the thousand year reign, along with his wicked angles shows that they too are not immortal:
(1 Timothy 6:15, 16) . . .This [manifestation] the happy and only Potentate will show in its own appointed times, [he] the King of those who rule as
kings and Lord of those who rule as lords, 16 the one alone having immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom not one of men has seen or
can see. . . .
He was also made king over the Christian congregation in the year 33 C. E. when he returned to the spirit realm. At that time he did not immediately
become king of God's kingdom government. But he was given all authority over those in heaven and those on earth in the congregation:
(Ephesians 5:23) . . .as the Christ also is head of the congregation. . .
Bible prophecy reveals that after Jesus returned to heaven he would not begin to immediately rule as kingdom of God's kingdom government:
(Hebrews 1:13) . . .But with reference to which one of the angels has he ever said: “Sit at my right hand, until I place your enemies as a stool
for your feet”?
This prophecy referenced was in Psalm 110:1. (This also proves that Jesus cannot be God, for he is exulted to God's right hand.)
So he was to sit at God's right hand UNTIL the time arrived for him to begin ruling as king. Jesus knew that there was a time period to pass before
he was to begin ruling as king, thus he while on earth even stated (while his disciples were mistakenly thinking that Jesus was going to begin ruling
there on earth at that time in Jerusalem):
(Luke 21:24) . . .and they will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the
nations, until the appointed times of the nations are fulfilled.
There was an "appointed times of the nations." What is that? That is a time that God allotted for mankind to rule, without a kingship representing
him in their midst. While the kings in the Davinic line sat on the throne they represented Jehovah himself, and thus there was a time when Jehovah's
rulership existed with man's. But in 607 B. C. E. the rebellious Jews were taken into captivity by Babylon as foretold by Jehovah God and the king of
Judah was removed from representing Jehovah's throne. Since then there has been no king on earth that has represented Jehovah's throne. Since 607 B.
C. E. the "times of the gentiles" has existed. For how long would they last?
Bible prophecy reveals that they would last seven times, or (2,520 years [edit sorry wrote the 3 1/2 times number, needed to double it]. Here below
I will briefly site scriptures that lead to this calculation:
(Daniel 4:16, 17) . . .Let its heart be changed from that of mankind, and let the heart of a beast be given to it, and let seven times pass over it.
17 By the decree of watchers the thing is, and [by] the saying of holy ones the request is, to the intent that people living may know that the Most
High is Ruler in the kingdom of mankind and that to the one whom he wants to, he gives it and he sets up over it even the lowliest one of
These "seven times" would pass until Jehovah would appoint the king whom he had designated on his throne. How long are seven times? A prophecy in
Revelation reveals to us further the formula:
edit on 28-2-2013 by SubAce because: corrected to 2,520 (double the 1,260)