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透過神在自然界的作為印證預言 / 章啟明

 
 

透過神在自然界的作為印證預言

/章啓明長老

2011年3月15日

 

啟示錄六章12-17節

「揭開第六印的時候,我又看見地大震動,日頭變黑像毛布,滿月變紅像血,天上的星辰墜落於地,如同無花果樹被大風搖動,落下未熟的果子一樣。天就挪移,好像書卷被捲起來;山嶺海島都被挪移離開本位。地上的君王、臣宰、將軍、富戶、壯士,和一切為奴的、自主的,都藏在山洞和巖石穴裡,向山和巖石說:倒在我們身上吧!把我們藏起來,躲避坐寶座者的面目和羔羊的忿怒;因為他們忿怒的大日到了,誰能站得住呢?」

聖經中清楚的提到,在末日的時候(End Times),天上的徵兆和地球上大自然的強大力量,對於教會和未信者而言,都將會是引人注目的見證。而地震往往是與神的啟示、預言、救恩、和審判連接在一起。

1.出埃及記十九章16-19節:「到了第三天早晨,在山上有雷轟、閃電,和密雲,並且角聲甚大,營中的百姓盡都發顫。摩西率領百姓出營迎接神,都站在山下。西奈全山冒煙,因為耶和華在火中降於山上。山的煙氣上騰,如燒窯一般,遍山大大的震動。角聲漸漸的高而又高,摩西就說話,神有聲音答應他。」

以色列人在西奈山,神在火中降臨山上,遍山如燒窯般煙氣上騰,遍山大大震動,然後耶和華與摩西對話。

2.列王紀上十九章11-13節:「耶和華說:『你出來站在山上,在我面前。』那時耶和華從那裡經過,在他面前有烈風大作,崩山碎石,耶和華卻不在風中;風後地震,耶和華卻不在其中;地震後有火,耶和華也不在火中;火後有微小的聲音。以利亞聽見,就用外衣蒙上臉,出來站在洞口。有聲音向他說:『以利亞啊,你在這裡做甚麼?』」

耶和華從那裡經過有烈風大作,風後地震,地震後有火,火後有微小聲音向以利亞說話。

3.以西結書卅七章5-8節:「主耶和華對這些骸骨如此說:『我必使氣息進入你們裡面,你們就要活了。我必給你們加上筋,使你們長肉,又將皮遮蔽你們,使氣息進入你們裡面,你們就要活了;你們便知道我是耶和華。』於是,我遵命說預言。正說預言的時候,不料,有響聲,有地震;骨與骨互相聯絡。我觀看,見骸骨上有筋,也長了肉,又有皮遮蔽其上,只是還沒有氣息。」

當以西結遵命說預言,氣息進入骸骨,有響聲有地震,骨與骨互相聯絡,長筋長皮遮蔽其上。

4.哈巴谷書三章3-6節:「神從提幔而來;聖者從巴蘭山臨到。(細拉)他的榮光遮蔽諸天;頌讚充滿大地。他的輝煌如同日光;從他手裡射出光線,在其中藏著他的能力。在他前面有瘟疫流行;在他腳下有熱症發出。他站立,量了大地(或譯:使地震動),觀看,趕散萬民。永久的山崩裂;長存的嶺塌陷;他的作為與古時一樣。」

當神臨到輝煌如同日光,祂手裡的光線藏著能力。祂站立,量了大地(使地震動),永久的山崩裂,長存的嶺塌陷,祂的作為與古時一樣。

此次日本的海嘯就是起源於海底的板塊撞擊,亦即海底的山崩裂,嶺塌陷,造成地震與海嘯。

5.使徒行傳四章31節、十六章25-26節:「禱告完了,聚會的地方震動,他們就都被聖靈充滿,放膽講論神的道。……約在半夜,保羅和西拉禱告,唱詩讚美神,眾囚犯也側耳而聽。忽然,地大震動,甚至監牢的地基都搖動了,監門立刻全開,眾囚犯的鎖鍊也都鬆開了。」

使徒禱告、敬拜讚美後,地大震動,被聖靈充滿,講論神道,獄門大開,救恩臨到獄卒全家。

上面這些經文都是記錄神在自然界的作為,與神的宣示、啟示、預言息息相關。而這次日本大地震及海嘯透過媒體及網路的傳播,全世界都在戰兢。事實上,神正在向教會向全世界傳遞信息使,現在就是末日的時刻(End Times)。使徒行傳五旬節那日彼得的講演中,引用約珥書第二章關於末後世代復興的應許,當然末後的世代起於二千年前十字架、復活及聖靈的澆灌,但末日(End Times)則要等到末世的最後幾十年才會完全應驗,就是耶穌再來前災難加增,聖靈澆灌,整個教會先知性的啟示及神在自然界的作為都會急遽加增。

使徒行傳二章17-21節:「神說:在末後的日子,我要將我的靈澆灌凡有血氣的。你們的兒女要說預言;你們的少年人要見異象;老年人要做異夢。在那些日子,我要將我的靈澆灌我的僕人和使女,他們就要說預言。在天上、我要顯出奇事;在地下、我要顯出神蹟;有血,有火,有煙霧。日頭要變為黑暗,月亮要變為血;這都在主大而明顯的日子未到以前。到那時候,凡求告主名的,就必得救。」

末日將會伴隨約珥書二章預言的四個要素倍增:

1.聖靈澆灌

2.預言、異象、異夢

3.天上和地上的預兆奇觀

4.福音收割,救恩臨到

所以,神既是以超自然的作為印證預言及啟示,就是要我們留意神向日本及列國所印證的預言,並加以闡釋及運用,以完成神在末日對列國的呼召及命定。

 

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Day 15 (3/15)God’s deeds in Nature verify His prophecies.

 

 

Revelations 6: 12-17

12. And I saw when the sixth stamp was undone, and there was a great earth-shock; and the sun became black as haircloth, and all the moon became as blood;

13. And the stars of heaven were falling to the earth, like green fruit from a tree before the force of a great wind.

14. And the heaven was taken away like the roll of a book when it is rolled up; and all the mountains and islands were moved out of their places.

15. And the kings of the earth, and the rulers, and the chief captains, and the men of wealth, and the strong, and every servant and free man, took cover in the holes and the rocks of the mountains;

16. And they say to the mountains and to the rocks, Come down on us, covering us from the face of him who is seated on the high seat, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

17. For the great day of their wrath is come, and who may keep his place?

 

Bible clearly states that, at end times, heavenly signs and great natural forces will become center of attention to the church and non-believers alike. Earthquakes are associated with God’s revelations, prophecies, salvation and judgment.

 

1. Exodus 19:16-19

16. And when morning came on the third day, there were thunders and flames and a thick cloud on the mountain, and a horn sounding very loud; and all the people in the tents were shaking with fear.

 

17.And Moses made the people come out of their tents and take their places before God; and they came to the foot of the mountain,

 

18.And all the mountain of Sinai was smoking, for the Lord had come down on it in fire: and the smoke of it went up like the smoke of a great burning; and all the mountain was shaking.

 

19.And when the sound of the horn became louder and louder, Moses' words were answered by the voice of God.

Israelites at the foot of Mt. Sinai. God descended on it in fire. The whole mountain was covered with billowing smoke like that from the furnace. The whole mountain trembled vehemently. Then God and Moses began a conversation.

 

2. I King 19:11-13

11. Then he said, Go out and take your place on the mountain before the Lord. Then the Lord went by, and mountains were parted by the force of a great wind, and rocks were broken before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind there was an earth-shock, but the Lord was not in the earth-shock.

12. And after the earth-shock a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, the sound of a soft breath.

13. And Elijah, hearing it, went out, covering his face with his robe, and took his place in the opening of the hole. And there a voice came to him saying, What are you doing here, Elijah?

 

When God passed by, there was big wind, earthquake and fire. After the fire, God spoke to Elijah in a gentle whisper.

 

3. Ezekiel 37:5-8

5. This is what the Lord has said to these bones: See, I will make breath come into you so that you may come to life;

6. And I will put muscles on you and make flesh come on you, and put skin over you, and breath into you, so that you may have life; and you will be certain that I am the Lord.

7. So I gave the word as I was ordered: and at my words there was a shaking of the earth, and the bones came together, bone to bone.

8. And looking I saw that there were muscles on them and flesh came up, and they were covered with skin: but there was no breath in them.

 

When Ezekiel prophesied as commanded, breath entered into bones. There was a rattling noise. And the bones came together with other bones. And the tendons & the

flesh appeared on them. And skin covered them.

 

4. Habakkuk 3: 3-6

 

3. God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. The heavens were covered with his glory, and the earth was full of his praise.

 

4. He was shining like the light; he had rays coming out from his hand: there his power was kept secret.

 

5. Before him went disease, and flames went out at his feet.

 

6. From his high place he sent shaking on the earth; he saw and nations were suddenly moved: and the eternal mountains were broken, the unchanging hills were bent down; his ways are eternal.

 

God’s splendor was like sunlight. His power was hidden in the rays of His hand.

When God stands and measures the land, the land shook. The ancient mountain crumbled. The eternal hills collapsed. His ways are now and forever.

The tsunami in Japan was caused by the collision between rock-platforms under the sea. The crumbling of mountains and collapsing of hills under the sea cause the quake and tsunami to happen.

 

5. Acts 4:31; 16:25-26

 

31. And when their prayer was ended, the place where they were was violently moved, and they all became full of the Holy Spirit, preaching the word of God without fear.

 

25. But about the middle of the night, Paul and Silas were making prayers and songs to God in the hearing of the prisoners;

26. And suddenly there was an earth-shock, so that the base of the prison was moved: and all the doors came open, and everyone's chains came off.

After apostle’s prayer, praise & worship, the earth shook. They were filled with Holy Spirit and spoke God’s words boldly. The doors of the prison were open. The jailer and his whole family were saved.

 

All the verses above record God’s deeds in Nature. All of them related to God’s announcement, revelation and prophecies. With the spreading of Japan’s quake and tsunami via media & Internet, the entire world trembled. In fact, God is sending an end-time message to the church and the world now with it. In the book of Acts, on Pentecost, Peter quoted the promise of restoration in the last days from Joel Chapter 2. The ‘last days’ began with cross, resurrection & pouring down of Holy Spirit some 2000 years ago. But end time

is referred to the last phase of years before Christ’s return. This period is marked by rapid increase of disasters, pouring down of Holy Spirit, prophetic revelation to the church and God’s deeds in Nature.

 

Acts 2:17-21

 

17. And it will come about, in the last days, says God, that I will send out my Spirit on all flesh; and your sons and your daughters will be prophets, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will have dreams:

18. And on my men-servants and my women-servants I will send my Spirit, and they will be prophets.

19. And wonders will be seen in heaven, and signs on the earth, blood and fire and smoke:

20. The sun will become dark and the moon will be turned to blood, before that great day of the Lord comes in glory:

21. And whoever makes his prayer to the Lord will have salvation.

 

At the end times, 4 factors will be multiplied rapidly, i.e.:

1. Pouring down of Holy Spirit

2. Prophecies, visions, dreams

3. Special signs from the heaven and the earth

4. Great harvest of souls

 

God affirms His prophecies and revelations in natural ways. We need to watch God’s deeds in Japan and other nations. We need to be able to interpret and apply those incidents. We are to fulfill His calling and destiny in the nations at the end time.