屬靈的海嘯已來到

 
 

屬靈的海嘯已來到

/章啓明長老

2011年3月17日

 

馬太福音十六章1-3節

「法利賽人和撒都該人來試探耶穌,請他從天上顯個神蹟給他們看。耶穌回答說:晚上天發紅,你們就說:『天必要晴。』早晨天發紅,又發黑,你們就說:『今日必有風雨。』你們知道分辨天上的氣色,倒不能分辨這時候的神蹟。」

神在每一個世代,都會給那個世代一些跡象,顯出祂將要作的事,凡有屬靈知覺的人都需要明白那些徵兆,正確的解釋,並明白神透過這些跡象所要顯明祂對那世代的計畫。

「惟獨長大成人的才能吃乾糧;他們的心竅習練得通達,就能分辨好歹了。」(希伯來書5:14)當我們學習明白神所給的徵兆,而我們的屬靈知覺愈發成熟時,就能如以薩迦支派通達時務,曉得以色列人所當行的(參閱歷代志上12:32),明白時機,並且有適切回應的行動,如此就能與神同工。

但是,我們如何能夠分辨神的跡象呢?馬太福音第十六章中告訴我們,神蹟、神的作為常是與自然界的現象相關連。耶穌對法利賽人和撒都該人說明,天上的氣色是與此時候的神蹟相關連。

 

一、自然界的預兆奇觀

古代蘇美文化的祭司,就是占星家(現代稱作天文家)。耶穌降生時,東方的博士因看天上的星星,得知有一位君王的誕生,而追星到猶大地的伯利恆來敬拜耶穌。以利亞禱告觀看巴掌大的雲彩,得知大雨將臨,結束長達三年的乾旱。同樣地,在啟示錄中記載的七印、七號、七碗,許多的災難與神的作為都是與天地間的預兆奇觀相關連。

1905年,美國舊金山發生大地震時,那時洛杉磯的教會受到英國威爾斯復興的影響,正迫切禱告復興來到,而地震的發生更猶如火上加油,點燃了阿蘇薩街大復興,並藉著一位黑人的弟兄威廉‧西蒙(William J. Seymour)將這復興傳到全世界,且影響後來的韓國大復興及隨後的山東大復興。神往往透過自然界的異象來釋放復興浪潮的來到。當年甘保羅(Paul Cain)拜訪溫約翰(John Wimber)時,曾發出一個預言,就是當他抵達洛杉磯時,當地會發生地震。果然,按照此預言印證神的眷顧時間(visitation time),開展了「葡萄園的權能事奉運動」(Vineyard Movement)。此外,當年畢邁可(Mike Bickle)遇見鮑伯‧瓊斯(Bob Jones)時,鮑伯‧瓊斯預言那一年3月21日將會下雪,而且畢邁可將會帶來一個末世的青年敬拜禱告運動,果然也應驗了。

神透過此次日本的地震與海嘯告訴我們,祂正在敲門,祂正在敲東門。東門開啟,迎接榮耀君王,為祂預備道路的時刻已來到!東方海島榮耀耶和華,向祂唱新歌的時候已來到!(參閱以賽亞書42:10-13)

當東方海島站在命定回歸耶路撒冷的道路上時,基達(現今阿拉伯半島)的村莊與西拉(現今約旦)的居民也會加入這場同聲歡呼的行列。我相信聖靈新一波屬靈海嘯已經來到。

如同人們看見自然界海嘯如何有力量的摧毀村莊、城市,席捲一切房舍、居民,人們也要看見一波波屬靈的海嘯來到這些東方的海島。我相信今年四月底,在台灣翡翠灣舉辦的南太平洋海島原住民高峰會議,將會揭示神對這區域的一些計畫。

我們在這階段的禱告是神開啟東門的前奏之一,如同詩篇第廿四篇所載,東方的眾城門(日本、台灣、菲律賓、印尼、馬來西亞……)啊,要抬起頭來,因為你的時刻已來到!榮耀的君王將要進入東門!耶和華必像勇士出去,必像戰士激動熱心,要喊叫,大聲吶喊,要用大力攻擊仇敵!神所興起屬靈的大海嘯必席捲東門的列國,摧毀一切堅固的營壘、偶像眾權勢,祂的審判與復興必同時來到。我們要在審判的路上等候,因為知道祂以憐憫為念,並要施恩給祂的百姓,得本國為業,以復興的作為回應我們的禱告。

 

二、領導權的更換

麥瑞福(Ralph Mahoney)牧師在《復興的新浪潮》(中文版由橄欖出版社出版)一書中,曾特別提到復興新浪潮的跡象之一,就是神總是透過領導權的更替來反應神的作為。例如,摩西與約書亞的領導權更換才帶進以色列人進入迦南地。在某些情況下,神必須更換領導者,祂所進行的目標才能成就。以賽亞書六章1節:「當烏西雅王崩的那年……」,以賽亞才見到主坐在高高寶座上的異象。

此次阿拉伯世界,突尼西亞、埃及、巴林、利比亞、葉門等國家領導權的更換,是顯明神對阿拉伯世界的旨意正在行進中,但我們不可以把阿拉伯世界的民主化與教會的復興或自由畫成等號。二十多年前,埃及的一位科普克主教榮升擔任公有的突出職位。這人是個禱告的人,有數千人參加過他的各項禱告會。他被「穆巴拉克」政府放逐海外,而他曾預言「穆巴拉克」會是埃及最後一位世俗化的統治者,之後埃及會受伊斯蘭的一位獨裁者統治,然後,主就會再來。目前在埃及即將舉行的領導者大選的競選人中,「穆沙」(Amr Moussa)一路領先。這人仇恨以色列,而極可能會支持穆斯林弟兄會在政府中擔任一個職能。

近來,埃及穆斯林攻擊教會及基督徒的事件不斷頻傳,許多連結蓋達組織的激進份子正返回埃及,策劃將埃及轉化為極端伊斯蘭主義國家,並且攻擊以色列。所以,哈曼的靈正在中東興起,策劃一個滅絕以色列民族的計畫。但仇敵不知道的是,神正預備以斯帖和末底改要他們興起。在末日之時,神將會完全翻轉仇敵的作為,使埃及、以色列及亞述三國一律的敬拜耶和華,使萬國得福。所以,我們在亞達月更要積極為中東的局勢代禱。當伊斯蘭的魔君正來到中東時,我們要如同但以理一樣迫切呼求神興起保護以色列的大君米迦勒迅速來到,米迦勒必站起來(Arise,原文有站起爭戰之意):

但以理書十章13、21節,十二章1節

「但波斯國的魔君攔阻我二十一日。忽然有大君(就是天使長;二十一節同)中的一位米迦勒來幫助我,我就停留在波斯諸王那裡。……但我要將那錄在真確書上的事告訴你。除了你們的大君米迦勒之外,沒有幫助我抵擋這兩魔君的。……那時,保佑你本國之民的天使長(原文是大君)米迦勒必站起來(Arise),並且有大艱難,從有國以來直到此時,沒有這樣的。你本國的民中,凡名錄在冊上的,必得拯救。」

雖然中東諸國會短暫的遭遇哈曼的掌權,但我們確信,神要將東倒西歪的杯放在列國手中(參閱以賽亞書19:14),他們雖然迫害教會(會有許多的殉道者),但普珥日的得勝必會全然來到。教會要相信基達與西拉加入敬拜的行列,是與東方海島諸國站立在命定上,有連動且相互呼應的關係。

 

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Day 17(3/17) Spiritual tsunami has come

 

Matthew 16: 1--3

 

Every generation, there are God-given sings to reveal His works. Those who have spiritual awareness need to understand the signs. With right explanations, they will understand the plan of God for that generation via the signs.

 

Hebrews 5:14  

 

As we learn to discern the God-given sings, our spiritual senses will mature. We become ‘men of Issachar that understood the times and knew what Israel should do (I Chronicles 12: 32).’We know the timing and respond properly to work with God.

 

But how can we discern signs from God?  From chapter 16 of Matthew, signs and works of God are often related with natural phenomena. Jesus told Pharisees and Sadducees that the appearance of the sky is related to the miraculous signs.

 

(1)  signs & wonders in Nature

 

Priests in ancient Sumerian civilization are similar to modern astrologists.  When Jesus was born, magi from east observed the stars in the sky and knew a king is born. They followed the star to Bethlehem in Judah to worship Him. Elijah prayed and watched the cloud as big as palm and knew the rain would pour down to end the 3-year drought. In the same way, 7 seals, 7 trumpets and 7 cups recorded in Revelations, many disasters and the works of God are related to signs and wonders on earth.    

 

In 1905, there was big earthquake in San Francisco. The churches in Los Angeles, inspired by Welsh Revival, were praying earnestly for revival to come. The earthquake was like the fuel for fire which ignited the Azusa Revival. God used a black pastor William Seymour to spread the revival to the rest of the world, including Korean Revival and Shantong Revival in China. God used natural visions to release the waves of revival. Paul Cain prophesied that there will be an earthquake in LA to confirm his visit to John Wimber. The development of Vineyard Movement testifies it was visitation time from God. The meeting between Mike Bickle and Bob Jones was sealed with a prophetic word of snow on March 21 of that year. Another prophecy that Mike was instrumental to bring worship/prayer movement among youth was also fulfilled.  

With quake & tsunami in Japan, God tells us that He is knocking at the door, at the Eastern gates! The time to open Eastern gates to greet the King of glory, to prepare His way has arrived! The time that islands of the east to glorify God and sing new songs to Him has come!(Isaiah 42: 10-13)

When the islands of the east align with the route destined to return to Jerusalem, villages in Arab peninsula and residents in Jordan will join in the procession of celebration. I believe the new wave of spiritual tsunami has come.

As people witnessed the great powers of natural tsunami to destroy villages, cities, wiped away houses and inhabitants, we shall see waves after waves of spiritual tsunami to impact islands of the east. I believe the summit meetings for aboriginals of

Oceanic in Green BayTaiwan at the end of April, will reveal the plan of God for this region.

 Our present intercession are prelude to the opening of Eastern gates. As in Psalms 24, ancient gates of the east (JapanTaiwanPhilippines,IndonesiaMalaysia.....), lift up your heads, because your time has come! The King of glory is coming into the Eastern gates! He will go out like a warrior who shout and strike down enemy! The coming spiritual tsunami will wipe out all nations in Eastern gates, demolish all strongholds, and all dark forces from idols. His judgment and revival will come simultaneously. We will wait on the way to judgment! We know He is a God of mercy and grace. He will take our nation as

Inheritance. Revivals will come as answers to our prayers.

 

(2)  Change of leadership

In his book ‘ new wave of revival,’ Rev. Ralph Mahoney wrote that change of leadership reflects the works of God. For example: for Israelites to get into Canaan,  there is a change of leadership from Moses to Joshua. In certain situations, God need to change leaders to achieve His goals. Isaiah 6:1 “in the year that king Uzziah died....”, only then Isaiah saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted.

Recently, there were changes in the leadership of Arab countries like TunisiaEgyptBahrainLibyaYemen. It is quite evident that the will of God advanced in that region. But we cannot equate the democratization of Arab nations with revival  and liberty for churches there. About 20 years ago, a Coptic bishop in Egypt was promoted to a high position in public service. He is a man of prayer. A few thousands attended his prayer meetings. He was exiled under the rule of Mubarak.

He prophesied that Mubarak will be the last secular ruler in Egypt. After his reign, Egypt will be governed by a Muslim dictator. Then, the Lord will come. Currently, Arm Moussa is leading candidate for the upcoming elections. Moussa hates Israelites. He will support Muslim Brotherhood to hold important positions in the new government.

Recently, there were frequent cases of churches and Christians attacked by Muslims. Many radicals with Al-Qaeda associations return to Egyptto plan to transform Egypt into extreme Islamic nation to attack Israel.  Therefore, we see the rise of the spirit of Haman in middle east to plot to eradicate Jews. The enemy does not know that God prepared the rise of Esther and Mordecai.  In end time, God will turn the deeds of enemy around. He will summon EgyptIsrael and Syria to worship Him and bless all nations. Consequently, we will intercede fervently for middle east in Adar monoth. When the prince of Islam go to middle east, we should pray like Daniel : asking God to send Michael, the great prince who protects Israel,  to go and battle. Michael will arise.    

Daniel 10:13,  21; 12:1

For a brief period of time, the spirit of Haman will control the nations in middle east, but I believe that God will put the cup of staggering into the hands of other nations (Isaiah 19:14). They may persecute churches (there will be many martyrs), but the victory of Purim will come. Church need to believe that

Arab nations and Jordan will join the procession of worship and align themselves with the islands of the east. This alignment will bring them into their destinies, which are related to those of other nations.