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從日出之地到日落處耶和華的名是應當讚美的 / 章啟明

 
 

從日出之地到日落處耶和華的名是應當讚美的

/章啓明長老

2011年3月13日

一、日本的時候已來到

3月11日,日本發生8.9級的地震,隨後因地震引發的海嘯,滅城的大火,乃至核能廠的大爆炸,都隨著網路及電視媒體傳播到全世界各地。當世人因如此震撼的災難驚慌失措時,同一日晚上在國度復興禱告會中,我們清楚的感受到聖靈的聲音,日本的時候到了!日本甦醒的時刻來到,日本悔改回轉的時刻到了,日本歸向神的時候現在已經來到了! Kairos moment is now! 關鍵時刻就是現在!

1945年二次大戰後,日本投降。當時盟軍統帥麥克阿瑟曾呼籲美國的教會差派1000位以上的宣教士前往日本。因為那時日本國因為戰敗,百姓心靈的門大開,福音若即時傳入必能改變這個國家。但是,當時美國的教會忙於戰後的重建及復興,錯過了神轉化日本及亞洲的時機。後來日本透過工業復興及韓戰、越戰的機會,一躍成為世上第二大經濟體。人心物質化,加上神道教的傳統文化,福音的門在日本始終是閉鎖著。

但再一次透過此次的天災,全世界的教會正在為日本禱告。歷史上從來沒有一個時間,有如此多神的兒女同心為日本禱告,現在就是神再一次拜訪日本的時間到了。

 

二、日出之地要讚美耶和華

詩篇一一三篇2節

「耶和華的名是應當稱頌的,從今時直到永遠!」

以賽亞書四十二章8~12節

「我是耶和華,這是我的名;我必不將我的榮耀歸給假神,也不將我的稱讚歸給雕刻的偶像。看哪,先前的事已經成就,現在我將新事說明,這事未發以先,我就說給你們聽。航海的和海中所有的,海島和其上的居民,都當向耶和華唱新歌,從地極讚美他。曠野和其中的城邑,並基達人居住的村莊都當揚聲;西拉的居民當歡呼,在山頂上吶喊。他們當將榮耀歸給耶和華,在海島中傳揚他的頌讚。」

自古以來,日本就是日出之地。就整個亞洲而言,日本是最東方的海島國,當然日本也一向以日出之地自居,包括國旗也是以太陽旗為幟。但更重要的是從聖經的觀點,日本是遠東之地,以色列是中東之地,日本是日出之地而以色列則是同緯度的日落之地。

神的話語清楚說明:祂不將榮耀歸給假神,不將稱讚歸給偶像,而神也清楚說明東方的海島(日本)要榮耀耶和華—以色列神的名(參閱以賽亞書24:15),海島和其上的居民要向耶和華唱新歌,從地極(對以色列而言,日本、台灣都是地極的海島)讚美祂。神既是如此應許,這事必定成就。所以地震只是產難的開始,神賜下震動為要使日本甦醒,回轉歸向神。

 

三、教會要回應神

昔日但以理、以斯帖、末底改如何透過禁食、禱告及具體的回應行動,扭轉當代的局勢。同樣地,神挑戰我們不但要為日本禱告,也要有具體的行動及步驟回應神。我相信未來數月,全世界神的兒女們應該拜訪日本,而禱告、參與援助、慈惠行動、傳福音、屬靈爭戰,50小時不停息的敬拜,都是神要我們回應的方式之一。所以,我們要察驗並且策劃。因我相信日本上空黑暗的魔君其勢力已被擊敗,天使米迦勒要幫助我們參與在轉化日本的行動中,不致重蹈美國教會當初耽延的覆轍。

以賽亞書五十九章16~19節

「祂見無人拯救,無人代求,甚為詫異,就用自己的膀臂施行拯救,以公義扶持自己。祂以公義為鎧甲(或譯:護心鏡),以拯救為頭盔,以報仇為衣服,以熱心為外袍。祂必按人的行為施報,惱怒祂的敵人,報復祂的仇敵向眾海島施行報應。如此,人從日落之處必敬畏耶和華的名,從日出之地也必敬畏祂的榮耀;因為仇敵好像急流的河水沖來,是耶和華之氣所驅逐的。」

神審判與復興的拜訪正來到日本,人從日出之地必敬畏祂的榮耀。

日本轉化的時刻已來到!

 

 

 

DAY 13 (3/13) :

From rising of the sun, to the going down, the Lord’s name is to be praised.

(1) Japan’s kairos moment has come !

 

On March 11, with a 8.9 earthquake , big fire destroying cities and huge explosions from nuclear plants, the news of Japan’s massive disaster spread all over the world via Internet, TV and other media. As the world panicked over the calamity, the prayer rally at Kingdom Revival were very clear the voice of Holy Spirit : Japan’s kairos moment has come ! The time to awaken, to repent and return to God has arrived. Kairos moment is now ! NOW IS THE TIME !

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After WWII, Japan surrendered unconditionally at 1945. General Douglas MacArthur, the highest commander of Allied Forces stationed in Japan, had pleaded American churches to send 1000 missionaries to Japan. As a defeated country, the hearts of Japanese were open to Gospel. If the message of salvation was preached in time, the nation will be changed. Nevertheless, American churches were busy at

rebuilding and reviving themselves at that time. American Christians missed the timing to shape Japan and Asia. With successful industrialization and Korean War & Vietnam War, Japan jumped to become a huge economic powerhouse that ranked

no.2 in the world. With hearts filled with materialism and traditions & cultures embedded in Shintoism, the doors to Gospel in Japan remain closed for many years.

 

But God, with this vast natural disaster, summons His people all over the world to intercede for Japan. There has never been a time like now that so many Christians are united to pray for Japan.

 

This is the time for God to revisit Japan !

 

(2) The place of sunrise will praise God

 

Psalms 113:2

 

2. blessing be on the name of the Lord, from this time and for ever.

 

Isaiah 42: 8-12

 

8. I am the Lord; that is my name: I will not give my glory to another, or my praise to pictured images.

 

9. See, the things said before have come about, and now I give word of new things: before they come I give you news of them.

 

10. Make a new song to the Lord, and let his praise be sounded from the end of the earth; you who go down to the sea, and everything in it, the sea-lands and their people.

 

11. Let the waste land and its flocks be glad, the tent-circles of Kedar; let the people of the rock give a glad cry, from the top of the mountains let them make a sound of joy.

 

12. Let them give glory to the Lord, sounding his praise in the sea-lands.

 

From ancient times, Japan is the place of sunrise. From the angle of Asia, Japan is the most eastern island. Japan also considers herself to be so. Even its flag has a icon of sun. What’s more important is the Biblical point of view. Japan, in the far east, is the place of sunrise; Israel, in the middle east, is the place of sunset.

 

God’s words clearly stated : He will not give His glory to false God, nor His praise to idols. It has been written that island in the east (Japan) will glorify God (Isaiah 24:15), islands and their inhabitants will sing new songs to the God of Israel, from the ends of the earth (Japan, Taiwan are among them). This is His promise. He will ensure its fulfillment. Earthquakes are birth pangs. God grants shakings to awaken Japan to return to God.

 

(3) Church need to respond to God

 

In ancient times, Daniel, Esther and Mordecai turned the situation around with fast, prayer and concrete actions. Today, we should not only pray for Japan but also respond to this calamity with action plans. In the following months, I believe God’s people all over the world should visit Japan to pray, to participate in relief efforts & mercy deeds, to share the Gospel, to engage in spiritual warfare, to worship non-stop 50 hrs, to name a few. We should examine the situation and plan strategically. I believe the principalities of Japan was defeated. Archangel Michael will help us to transform Japan so we will not miss the second chance.

 

Isaiah 59: 16-19

 

16. And he saw that there was no man, and was surprised that there was no one to take up their cause: so his arm gave salvation, and he made righteousness his support.

 

17. Yes, he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and salvation as a head-dress; and he put on punishment as clothing, and wrath as a robe.

 

18. He will give them the right reward of their doings, wrath to his attackers, punishment to his haters, and even on the sea-lands he will send punishment.

 

19. So they will see the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the east: for he will come like a rushing stream, forced on by a wind of the Lord.

 

God will visit Japan for judgment and revival. People from the end of the earth will praise His glory. The time to transform Japan has come.

 

 

 

 

 

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