願祢的國降臨 – 啟示錄的信息 The Message of the Book of Revelation by 葉華牧師Rev. Carpus Yip (Bilingual Edition: Chinese/English – English Translation by Estela Yip)

基督再來的日期近了,祂永遠的國將要降臨在地上。啟示錄的中心信息,不是世界末日,乃是天國成立在地上。祂不厭其煩的要求約翰說出啟示錄的重要性與準確性。我們怎能掉以輕心,漠視祂的心意呢? The time of Christ’s return is near, His eternal Kingdom will descend on earth. The main message of Revelation is not about the end of the world, but about the establishment of the…

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CHAPTER 1 – 末世預言 PROPHECY OF THE END TIMES ( REVELATION 1:1-3)

聖經是一本奇特的書,它有很多末日的預言已經應驗,所以我們也可以肯定,其餘部份的預言,也必定要應驗。 The Bible is an amazing book, many of its prophecies about the end times have already been fulfilled, so we can be sure that the remaining part of the prophecies will certainly be…

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CHAPTER 2 – Revelation 1:4-8 全備的福音 FULL GOSPEL

人寫信,一定有一個目的。知道目的,就會更明白信的內容。讀聖經時,也要注意該書成書的目的,就會更深入了解書的內容。成書的目的常在前面引言裡面就可找到,今天所讀雖然是一個開場白與問候,但本書的目的已經清楚可以看見。 Whenever people write a letter it is always with a purpose. Once you know the purpose of the letter you will be able to understand its content better. When you read the Bible…

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CHAPTER 3 – Revelation 1:9-11 建造中的天國KINGDOM UNDER CONSTRUCTION

很多人的印象,啟示錄是描寫末世災難的預言。其實啟示錄的主題不是講論末世的災難,乃是天國的完成。天國在耶穌的時候已經開始建造,現在仍然是在建造之中。 Many people think that the purpose of Revelation is to describe the prophecies of the end times. Actually, the main theme of Revelation is not about the disasters of the end of the…

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CHAPTER 4 – REVELATION 1:12-13, 20 ; 撒迦利亞ZECHARIAH 4:1-14 聖所燈檯的奧秘 MYSTERY OF THE LAMPSTAND INSIDE THE SANCTUARY

燈檯與末世到底有什麼關係?為什麼在末世的預言或異象裡,會出 現燈檯?啟示錄與舊約的撒迦利亞書都記載有多個末世的異象,而且很明顯有一些異像是相似的。兩本書都出現了燈檯的記載。兩處經文對照來讀,會更容易掌握這奧秘。 What is the connection between the lampstand and the end of times? Why does a lampstand appear in visions and prophecies of the end times? Many visions of the end times are…

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CHAPTER 5 – Revelation 1:12-18 國度之王 THE KING OF THE KINGDOM

天國要建立,基督的王權要彰顯。地上的國家,有民主與獨裁的政權,在教會中,只有「神權」與「人權」之分。民主國家並不是全民主的,只是由人民選出領導人。選出領導人之後,就由當選的人當權。美國是民主國家,但打不打伊拉克,不是由人民決定。所以人說,教會才是真民主,大小事情由會員大會決定。但教會的民主,其實乃是神權,是讓神在每個人的心中帶領、感動眾人去做同一決定,乃是出於神的。 In order for the Kingdom of Heaven to be established, Christ must show His royal authority. The countries of the world are divided into democratic and autocratic. In the church there is the…

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CHAPTER 7 – Revelation 2:1-7 教會須有真愛行動 ACTIONS OF TRUE LOVE BY THE CHURCH

主耶穌吩咐約翰寫信給小亞細亞七個教會。從基督對這七個教會的評論,可以看見甚麽是主所喜悅的教會?教會該有的特質是甚麽?主對這七個教會所說的話,都很簡單,因為預言通常都是扼要的。 The Lord Jesus instructed John to write to the seven churches in Asia Minor. From the comments that Christ gives of these seven churches, we can see what kind of churches are pleasing…

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CHAPTER 9 – Revelation 2:12-17 主的話是靈、是生命 THE WORDS OF THE LORD ARE SPIRIT AND LIFE

別迦摩教會代表基督教成為羅馬國教的時代,從第四世紀到第七世紀的教會,那時教會享受平安的日子。不過有一個大問題, 就是缺少真道的傳講。新加入教會的人太多,有基礎的基督徒與工人不足。所以基督在這裡自稱說「有兩刃的劍」。 The Church in Pergamum represents the era when Christianity became the national religion in Rome, from the 4th century to the 7th century. The Church enjoyed a time of peace then—but there…

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CHAPTER 10 – Revelation 2:18-29 權柄掛帥的教會 THE CHURCH WITH AUTHORITY

世人所追求的,表面上是名與利,但骨子裡卻是崇尚權力。不單歷代的帝王有權力的野心,就算今日以民主掛帥的國家,為了競選成為一國之元首,不惜花費天文數字的競選經費,以求達到目的。當一個人大權在手,就可以為所欲為,成為世界人目光的焦點,非常有吸引力。 Not only ancient emperors had the ambition for power, even today in the democratic countries, candidates who run for the office of the presidency do not hesitate to spend astronomical amounts of money…

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CHAPTER 11 – Revelation 3:1-6 聖靈與生命 THE HOLY SPIRIT AND LIFE

耶穌在世上的時候,新約教會還沒有開始。祂升天之後,教會纔產生。教會為甚麽不早點出現?因為要先等聖靈降臨。教會必須有聖靈在其中作工。主耶穌升天之後十日,五旬節那一天,聖靈像火一樣,也像洪流大潮水一般降臨,使徒們都被聖靈充滿。彼得當天講道,有叁千人悔改,於是教會就產生了。聖靈是教會存在的先決條件。 When Jesus was on earth, the New Testament Church had not yet begun. The Church came into being after Jesus ascended to heaven. The reason why the Church did not start earlier was…

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CHAPTER 12 – Revelation 3:7-13 真實教會之出現 THE TRUE CHURCH APPEARS

非拉鐵非教會是一個蒙主稱讚,完全沒有受到責備的教會。代表十七世紀到十九世紀的教會,是教會最輝煌的時代。可以稱她為「真實的教會」,是天國真正在地上擴張的時代。 The Church in Philadelphia did not receive any words of rebuke from the Lord; it only received words of commendation and represents the churches from the 17th century to the 19th century. This…

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CHAPTER 13 – Revelation 3:14-20 今日教會的需要 THE NEEDS OF TODAY’S CHURCH

老底嘉教會代表末世的教會。看起來,七教會中,老底嘉教會是最可憐的,主耶穌沒有一句稱讚她的話。但是否她就是最壞的教會呢?也不見得,她比上不足,比下有馀。她固然比不上非拉鐵非、示每拿、以弗所等教會,但比起撒狄、推雅推喇、別迦摩等,還算不錯。 The Church in Laodicea represents the Church of the end times. When looking at the seven churches, it seems that the Church in Laodicea is the most pitiful one. No words of commendations…

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CHAPTER 15 – Revelation 4:6-8 四活物 THE FOUR LIVING CREATURES

四活物與末世大有關係,因為舊約先知凡看見四活物的,都看見末世異象。啟示錄第四、五章有多個角色,我們先專注於四活物上。 The four living creatures are greatly related to the end of times because whenever the Old Testament prophets would see the four living creatures, they would also see visions of the end of…

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CHAPTER 16 – Revelation 5:1-14 預言揭示之前 BEFORE THE PROPHECY IS REVEALED

啟示錄四章、五章都是描寫天上的聖所,第四章只是描寫聖所內有甚麽,但到了第五章,主角纔出場,高潮纔出現。第五章有神手裡的書卷出現,羔羊,就是基督也出現了。 Revelation chapters 4 and 5 describe the Sanctuary in heaven. Chapter 4 only describes what is in side the Sanctuary, but the main character does not appear until chapter 5, which is the…

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CHAPTER 17 – Revelation 6:1-8 末世的四大風潮 FOUR TRENDS OF THE END TIMES

上一章所說的預言書卷,有七個印封著,沒有人能打開,最後只有被殺的羔羊纔能打開。現在開始揭開頭四個印。 The previous chapter mentioned that the prophecy scroll had seven seals which no one could open; at the end, only the Lamb who was slain could open it. Now the first four seals…

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CHAPTER 18 -Revelation 6:9-7:17 大災難前後 THE TIME OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION

這一段經文雖然長,但卻只有第五及第六兩個印揭開了,都是在大災難前後發生的事件,所以放在一起來看。前面四印是一組,是末世的四大風潮、風暴。頭四印雖然發生在地上,但卻是指抽象的風暴,不能看為有真實的人與馬出現。所描寫的現像都在大災難之前。到第五、六印,已經到大災難開始的時候了。 Although this passage is very long, only the fifth and the sixth seals are opened, which are the events happening at the moment the great tribulation begins; therefore we will look at them…

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CHAPTER 19 – Revelation 8:1-6 眾聖徒的禱告 THE PRAYERS OF ALL THE SAINTS

雖然是揭開第七印,但不是第六印的延續,乃是七個號的序幕,像是在等另一幕打開。啟示錄的異象常以七個為一群,但七個異象之中,常分為「四、二、一」叁組。最後一個是獨立的,與上面各異像不同。這一幕的背景是在天上的聖所。開始時有很長的安靜時間。 Even though the 7th seal was opened, it is not the continuation of the 6th seal but the prologue of the 7th trumpet, like the opening of another scene. The visions in Revelation…

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CHAPTER 20 – Revelation 8:7-13 末世戰爭的武器 THE WEAPONS OF WAR OF THE END TIMES

第八、第九章是爭議相當多的經文,原因是描寫地上所發生的事,佈景不在天上的聖所,也不是靈界中天使與魔鬼的爭戰。 Chapters 8 and 9 contain a lot of verses that have caused a lot of controversies and the reason is that they describe events that are happening on the earth, the scene that…

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CHAPTER 21 – Revelation 9:1-12 廿世紀末的戰爭形式 TYPES OF WARFARE AT THE END OF THE 20TH CENTURY

上一章天使吹響第一到第四號,描寫末世的戰爭武器,那些戰爭的武器,多數已經出現。本章第五號、第六號又是另外一個主題,是關於末日戰爭的形式。 In the previous chapter, the angels sounded the first four trumpets, which described the weapons of war during the end times; most of those weapons have already appeared. The fifth and the sixth…

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CHAPTER 22 – Revelation 9:13-21 廿一世紀的戰爭方式 TYPES OF WARFARE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

這是第六號,是在教會被提之前,地上的戰事方式。從這號所告訴我們的情況,知道現在已經在末世最後階段。教會被提很快就會應驗。 This is the sixth trumpet. It describes the types of warfare used on earth before the rapture of the Church. From the events described in this trumpet sound, we know that at this…

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CHAPTER 23 – Revelation 10:1-11 四種啟示 FOUR KINDS OF REVELATIONS

這裡出現多個書卷,聖經所講的書卷,就是當時的書本,不能因為看見是書卷,就認為是同一樣東西。 Many scrolls are mentioned here. The scrolls mentioned in the Bible are books used at that time, but not all scrolls were considered to be the same. 聖經提到的書卷有多種。有地上公民的「生死冊」。摩西為百姓求情說:「請在冊子上除掉我的名。」( 出32:32) 他的意思是讓他去代人死。也有「羔羊的生命冊」,上面有名字的人,就是有永生的人。另外有「記念冊」。記錄人為神所做過的事、所說過的話( 瑪3:16) 。到了20 章也看見,有所有人的「生平紀錄冊」。最後的審判就按這些紀錄作判決。…

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CHAPTER 24 – Revelation 11:1-2 地上的聖所 THE SANCTUARY ON EARTH

第七號是最長的號,包括十章十一章的異象,這號一吹就是七年。參看第十章七節:「在第七位天使吹號發聲的時候【文法顯示他正在開始吹號】,神的奧秘就成全了,正如神所傳給他僕人眾先知的佳音。」然後十一章十五節:「第七位天使吹號【完了】,天上就有大聲音說:世上的國,成了我主和主基督的國,祂要作王直到永永遠遠。 」 The seventh trumpet call is the longest and includes visions in chapter 10 and chapter 11. This trumpet call lasted seven years. Chapter 10, verse 7 says: “But in the days when…

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CHAPTER 25 – Revelation 1:3-14 兩個見證者 THE TWO WITNESSES

第十一章在第七個號期間,就是七年大災難的期間,出現兩個見證人。到底他們是甚麽人?為甚麽有兩個?在哪個地方傳道?甚麽時候出現?是哪一族人?操甚麽語言?他們怎能讓全世界的人聽到他們講道?我們應該按字面解釋還是按靈意解釋?可能都是我們很想知道的事。 In chapter 11, when the seventh trumpet sounds, which is the time period of the 7 years of great tribulation, two witnesses appear. Who are these two witnesses? Why two? Where will they…

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CHAPTER 26 – Revelation 11:3-7 末世見證人的能力 THE POWER OF THE WITNESSES OF THE END TIMES

每一個時代作主的見證人都需要能力,在末世傳道,更需要特別能力。因為末世人心冷漠,追求滿足自己,追求財富、享樂。世上每一天有八億人餓這肚子睡覺,十幾億人沒有乾淨的食水,糧食短缺,汽油高漲,百物騰貴,垃圾多到無法處理,病人多到無法照顧,打官司要排期幾年,到處有戰爭,在這可怕的時代,人排隊去買的竟是電腦遊戲,而且是暴力遊戲,教人偷搶,卻不告訴人被警察抓到的後果,失敗了可以再來一個新遊戲。人普遍對福音、對教會存著痴笑的態度。 The Lord’s witnesses have needed power through every era, but during the end times they will need special power because the hearts of the people of this world will grow cold and indifferent;…

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CHAPTER 27 – Revelation 11:15-19 基督王國的降臨 THE ADVENT OF THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST

這一段異象描寫的世界已經到了最末後,到了盡頭的時候,基督的王國正式降臨在地上。 The vision in this passage describes the world during its last stage; it has reached its end and the Kingdom of Christ is officially established on earth. 到了後面廿一章的時候,也會再看見基督登基作王。廿一章的重點是描寫那位王,就是基督,祂有多個名字,著重神的帳幕在人間,祂要永遠與人同住。這一段裡的著重點是描寫聖所中的約櫃出現。重點在於神堅定了祂與人所立的約。 Later on in chapter 21,…

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CHAPTER 28 – Revelation 12:1-17 靈界的奇象 GREAT SIGNS IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM

這一章第一次出現seimeion 「奇象」或sign 這個字,約翰在他的約翰福音裡,常用上這字,通常翻作「神蹟」,跟其他叁本福音所用的「神蹟、異能」dunamis 的字不同。這字表示主所行的神蹟奇事背後,有更深的意思。在本書13:13-14 這字翻作「奇事」,是撒但所行的奇事。這裡稱之為「大異象」或「大奇事」mega seimeion ,是靈界戰爭中的大事。 This is the first time that the word “signs” ( seimeion ) appears in this chapter. John uses this word many times in his Gospel of John,…

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CHAPTER 29 – Revelation 13: 1-10 第五奇象- 海裡出來的獸 THE FIFTH SIGN: THE BEAST FROM THE SEA

這獸在多處經文出現,一定要綜合所有經文要點,纔能準確了解這獸是甚麽。後來在十七章,這獸又出現了,那大淫婦騎在這獸之上。 The beast appears is different Bible verses. In order to correctly understand what the beast represents, we must integrate the main points of all the Bible verses. Later on, the beast appears in…

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CHAPTER 30 – Revelation 13:11-18 第六奇象- 地中出來的獸 THE SIXTH SIGN: THE BEAST FROM THE EARTH

十叁章有兩頭獸,第一獸從海上來,代表政治的獸,因為羅馬海軍都從地中海登陸,惡勢力政權都從海裡上來。第二獸從地中出來,代表宗教勢力。通常宗教勢力比較低調,在人心也重視政治勢力多過宗教勢力。但其實宗教勢力影響巨大。留心看世上的國家,無論是在中東、歐美、亞洲或非洲、南美洲,只要知道他們的宗教,就大概知道他們的政治是怎樣的政治。 There are two beasts in chapter 13; the first beast that came up out of the sea represents the political regime. The soldiers from the Roman army often came ashore from the Mediterranean…

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CHAPTER 31 – Revelation 14:1-5 第七奇象:羔羊在錫安山 THE SEVENTH SIGN: THE LAMB ON MOUNT ZION

地上七年大災難期間,地上出現新的教會。教會的成員,都是那七年間信主的人。他們要經歷大災難,經歷「兩頭獸」,就是「敵神的帝國」與「假先知」偽宗教的攻擊迫害。結果,這七年大災難中的教會,表面上敵不住那復活的敵神帝國,敵不住那些狂熱宗教徒的攻擊,受到嚴重的創傷。十一章所講的兩個見證人,就是在大災難中信主的群眾。他們堅定愛主,許多將會被殺害成為殉道者,最後這位神的羔羊在錫安山上迎接他們,因為他們都像羔羊被殺,所以神的羔羊來迎接他們。 During the time of the seven years of the great tribulation a new church emerged on the earth. The members of that church were those who believed in the Lord during the seven…

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CHAPTER 32 – Revelation 4:6-20 大考驗期 A PERIOD OF GREAT TRIALS

本章有七個天使作出宣告, 宣告的都是極其嚴重的災難。所以本章可以稱為考驗章,描寫地上歷世歷代所經歷最嚴峻的考驗。 In this chapter, seven angels proclaim extremely serious disasters. Therefore, this chapter could be called a chapter of great trials, describing the most severe ordeals ever experienced in the history of the…

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CHAPTER 33 – REVELATION 15:1-4 玻璃海前面的群眾 A MULTITUDE STANDING BY THE SEA OF GLASS

天上聖所的景象又再出現。這一次在天上聖所之前,又有一大群人在那裡進行敬拜活動,我們共看見有叁大群。 The scene in heaven appears once again; this time before the sanctuary in heaven, another great multitude worshiping God. So far, we have seen three great multitudes. 第一群在第七章,人數多到數不過來,是災難前「被提」的群眾,就是從災難中抽離出來的群眾(7:14) ,他們來自各國、各族、各民、各方,包括全世界各種民族。他們站在神的寶座前面,手拿棕樹枝,慶祝來臨的住棚節,就是神將與人永遠同住。 The first multitude appears…

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CHAPTER 34 – Revelation 5:5-8 神堅定祂的約 GOD AFFIRMS HIS COVENANT

站在玻璃海前面的群眾,是以色列人全家得救的集會。以色列人是神的選民,神有特別的恩典在他們身上,不是因為他們特別好、特別愛主。只是神念舊,沒有忘記他們,仍然記得祂與以色列人所立的約。他們得救所經歷的路,是摩西的路、律法的路,是神特別的恩典。再加上羔羊的路,表示他們也得到基督代死的恩典,得以在神的國里有份。 The multitude standing by the sea of glass is the whole assembly of Israelites who have been saved. The Israelites are God’s chosen people, God has special blessings in store for them and…

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CHAPTER 35 – Revelation 16:1-21 七杯之災 THE SEVEN BOWLS OF WRATH

七印、七號、七杯所描寫的災難,時間上不同,嚴重的程度也不一樣,是一個比一個嚴重的,不能混為一談。我們讀七杯之災的時候,用叁大套異像對照的方式,會看得更清楚。七印、七號有警告作用,看見事情發生的時候,還來得及悔改。但七杯是最末後的災難,看到的時候已經太晚了,沒有叫人儆醒、悔改的作用。所以那時候人是不會悔改的。十五節是預先的警告,叫信徒不要再沉睡了。 The disasters described in the seven seals, the seven trumpets and the seven bowls take place during different times, their severity level increases as each event develops. When we studied the seven bowls,…

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CHAPTER 36 – Revelation 17:1-6 大淫婦 THE GREAT PROSTITUTE

啟示錄有很多個角色,每一個角色都很鮮明。只要不混淆,就很容易明白。要分清楚海獸、羊頭獸、大淫婦、大紅龍、假先知、大巴比倫等角色。有人全當作是敵基督,或看為是當時以色列人的死對頭羅馬。就越讀越糊塗了。 Revelation has many characters and each character is very distinct. As long as we do not get the characters confused, it is very easy to understand. Each character has its own uniqueness: The…

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CHAPTER 37 – Revelation 17:8-17 注定要滅亡的國 THE EMPIRE DOOMED TO PERISH

美國對兩個國家發展核武很緊張,一是伊朗,一是北韓。近廿年徵召軍隊分配他們學的語言,最重要是兩個:韓國話與阿拉伯話。但留心看以色列所關心的,只是伊朗。北韓在聖經末日的舞台上沒有地位,伊朗卻佔了很多篇幅。 America is very worried about the development of nuclear weapons of two countries, one is Iran and the other one is North Korea. In the last twenty years the army has been training…

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CHAPTER 38 – Revelation 18 跟隨世界的教會 A CHURCH THAT FOLLOWS THE WORLD

「世界」原文 kosmos 看起來像說現代的化裝品。對當時人來說,世界是有系統、有條理、非常漂亮、有榮耀的花花世界。到現在天國與世界作比較時,人也覺得世界非常值得我們去追求學習。那些大機構、大企業、大商家的生意手法、運作方式,人人都想學習。那些成功人士大有榮耀、大有權柄,人人都羨慕。 The world”, from the original word “ kosmos ”, has a similarity to the word “cosmetics”. In the past, people saw the world as systematic, orderly, very beautiful and dazzling with…

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CHAPTER 39 – Revelation 19:1-9 四大喜事 FOUR GREAT JOYOUS EVENTS

十八章叁首哀歌:「禍哉、禍哉、禍哉」,用來哀悼大淫婦的衰敗。十九章卻有四大喜事,告訴我們時間到了,大家一起快樂慶祝,用讚美神的聲音來表達我們的歡喜快樂。整本聖經,只有這裡出現了幾次希臘文的「哈利路亞」。因為這原是希伯來文,約翰用希臘文的字母把它音譯過來,所以哈利路亞現在成了世界語言。第五節的「讚美我們神」,意義相同,把它也算在裡面的話,這段經文就出現了五次哈利路亞。 Chapter 18 contains three dirges: “Woe, Woe, Woe,” to lament the fall of the great prostitute. Chapter 19, however, contains four great joyous events, announcing to us that the time has come for…

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CHAPTER 40 – Revelation 19:11-16 勝利之王的特性 THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VICTORIOUS KING

天國快要降臨地上,正是時候介紹這位天國的王。在這裡出現了祂的多個名字。名字在今天,只是用來驗明正身的工具。很多時候都是父母為他取個好聽,有意義的名字。但聖經裡面的名字,是要描寫這個人的特徵、特性或本質。 The kingdom of heaven will soon descend to earth, it is time to introduce the King of the kingdom. His many names appear in this passage. Names, nowadays, are only used to identify…

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CHAPTER 41 – Revelation 19:17-21 兩種結局 TWO OUTCOMES

這經文不長,信息相當怪異,需要花點時間解釋這段奇怪的話,就是人肉大筵席。 This passage of Scripture is short, the message is somewhat weird, which is the great supper of human flesh; therefore, we need to take some time to explain it. 啟示錄裡面有很多字詞都是很怪異的,很多描寫令人摸不著頭腦,這一段更是有一點嘔心,可以說令人不大舒服。但是當我們明白這些是比喻性的話,我們當用另外的眼光來欣賞。耶穌曾向加利利的群眾說:「吃我肉、喝我血的人,就有永生。」( 約翰6:54) 當時聽眾也都受不了。因為他們不明白這些比喻在屬靈上的意義。 Revelation…

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CHAPTER 42 – Revelation 20:1-10 千年國 THE MILLENNIUM

這段經文不算很長,所描寫的事件也很容易明白,但卻是全書最難解釋的,引起最多爭議。從人對這段經文的解釋,就知道他是屬於「前千禧年派」、「後千禧年派」,還是「無千禧年派」的。就是說,解經的人最難做的事,是為這一段經文定位。到底這「千年國」是何時出現的? This passage of scripture is not that long, and the events described herein are easy to understand; however, it is the hardest to explain out of the whole book, causing a great deal…

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CHAPTER 43 – Revelation 20:11-13 白色大寶座 THE GREAT WHITE THRONE

中國人看審判是可怕的事,所以說:「生不入衙門,死不入地獄。」上法庭也實在是勞民傷財的事,教會也很少講審判,因為現在不是審判的時候。在日常生活中,我們要讓主作審判官,不要自己審判。主說:「伸冤在我,我必報應。」只有祂是審判的主。 Chinese people think that going to court is awful, that is why they have a saying: “One would not go to court when one is alive, just as one would not want to…

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CHAPTER 44 – Revelation 20:14-15 地獄與火湖 HELL AND THE LAKE OF FIRE

在這時代講地獄,似乎是不合潮流的。有很多人已經不相信有地獄的存在。神學家、主日學老師也都盡量少講這個題目。很多人不相信有地獄,是因為覺得與神的愛相違背。地獄的懲罰太嚴厲了,就算罪大惡極的人,也不應該受永遠地獄的懲罰,何況很多人不算得是大壞人,只是因為不認識基督,就要永遠滅亡,像是太過份的懲罰。這都是受了錯誤的地獄觀影響。 It seems that nowadays speaking about hell is not the trend. Many people do not believe that hell exists. Theologians and Sunday school teachers avoid speaking about this topic. Many people do not…

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CHAPTER 45 – Revelation 21:1-8 萬象更新 ALL THINGS MADE NEW

世上各民族都對新年有些期望,一元復始,萬象更新,希望真能夠有新的開始。過去倒楣的事、不如意的事,都希望不再發生。但日光之下無新事,老問題帶著新名字重新出現,每一年都希望,但每一年都失望。這裡告訴我們有一個新的將來,有真正新的生活,所有舊問題不再存在,那纔是真正的過新年。People in this world have different expectations for the new year, they hope for a new beginning, a new start. They hope that all the bad stuff from the past and all the unhappy…

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CHAPTER 46 – Revelation 21:9-14 新耶路撒冷 THE NEW JERUSALEM

全新的天地對我們活在舊天地的人來說,是相當難明白的。所以約翰也只能說,再沒有海、沒有眼淚、死亡、悲哀、哭號、疼痛。這都是我們今世不想有的東西,那時候再沒有了。新天新地是怎樣的,沒有人講得清楚。但我們說,再沒有壞人、壞事,再不用流眼淚,再沒有痛苦死亡,那已經是很好的了。其實可能有更多非常好的事物,是我們想像不出來的。所以聖經講到將來的事,都只能用預表、象徵,沒有辦法具體地描寫出真實的情況。 It is very difficult for us who live in the old heaven and the old earth to understand the new heaven and the new earth. Therefore, John could only describe it by saying…

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CHAPTER 47 – Revelation 21:15-27 新聖城的榮耀 THE GLORY OF THE NEW HOLY CITY

新耶路撒冷到底是甚麽?是一個城,還是一群人?她既然是基督的新娘,當然應該是眾聖徒,是新舊約教會合一的群眾。What is actually the new Jerusalem? Is it a city or a group of people? Since she is the bride of Christ, she must be all the saints together, she is a group that…

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CHAPTER 48 – Revelation 22:1-5 完美的家園 THE PERFECT HOME

將來的世界是怎樣的,似乎很難想像。約翰也有著很大的困難描寫給我們知道,他只能說:不再有眼淚、不再有疼痛。新的東西真的沒有辦法描寫,只能說沒有舊的東西。 What will the future world look like? It’s very hard to imagine. It was really hard for John to describe it to us. He could only say: There will be no more crying…

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CHAPTER 49 – Revelation 22:6-9 真實可信的事 TRUSTWORTHY AND TRUE THINGS

啟示錄是這樣一本書,它說到將來的事,卻很少人讀它。一方面是很少人明白它,另一方面它所說關於將來的事,都是關於整個世界的,不是關於個人的。中國人有很多尋找未來奧秘的方法,都是想尋找自己的前途。無論是占卜、風水、紫微鬥數、摸骨、看相,都是在尋找自己的命運。而且都是不肯定的,很糢糊的。只說可能會惹官非,或有血光之災,都不是肯定的預言。很多人信以為真。過了多年之後,纔知道是一派胡言。 The book of Revelation talks about the things to come, yet not many people read it. On one hand it is because only a few people understand it and on the other hand,…

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