双语灵修 | 马太福音 24:15-21 教会捍卫所传的信息

马太福音24:15-21 教会捍卫所传的信息

15“你们看见先知但以理所说的‘那行毁坏可憎的’站在圣地(读这经的人须要会意)。16那时,在犹太的,应当逃到山上;17在房上的,不要下来拿家里的东西;18在田里的,也不要回去取衣裳。19当那些日子,怀孕的和奶孩子的有祸了!20你们应当祈求,叫你们逃走的时候,不遇见冬天或是安息日。21因为那时必有大灾难,从世界的起头直到如今,没有这样的灾难,后来也必没有。

耶稣引用了但以理书9章27节,这节经文预言了将来不止一件事。这个预言首先应验是在叙利亚王安提阿古四世统治时期,他在圣殿里树立了自己的像,并且用猪向他的名献祭。神的百姓受到他的逼迫,直到神把他们从他的手中解救出来。这个预言再次应验是在耶路撒冷被罗马军队毁灭之前,提图斯皇帝在圣殿里建立他自己的像,并且要求犹太人敬拜他。罗马的皇帝们认为他们自己就是神,那些没有逃离耶利亚撒冷的人就随它一同被毁灭了。

但是这个预言再一次应验,就是当敌基督者在神的教会里树立他们自己成为被敬拜对象的时候,就像保罗在帖撒罗尼迦后书2章里所描述的。启示录称这敌基督者是从地底下来的兽,这是指在有形的教会里所有那些敌基督的力量。启示录中令人惊奇的启示之一,就是真正的教会所遇到的最严厉的逼迫,将会发生在那些背弃信仰的教会手下。在中世纪时期,在(天主教的)宗教裁判所里,那些承认真正信仰的基督徒,被恐怖的方式所折磨并杀害,很多人被烧死在火刑柱上。

当某些有形的教会冒充真正的教会,带领人相信这些谎言——你通过做好事就可以得救,不用藉着相信耶稣;这时我们就知道“那行毁坏可憎的”正在工作。然而,尽管有这种情况发生,耶稣仍会确保福音被广传,圣徒被聚集在他的国度里直到末日。耶稣今天对我们说的这些话,是要让我们知道,教会确实要为自己在末世所传讲的信息而战斗,为自己在末世的真正身份而战斗。到最后,福音将要传遍天下。

祷告:主耶稣啊,我信圣而公之教会,我信圣徒相通。我的眼睛所看见的是有形的教会被错误的教导所撕裂,这教会有时甚至宣传反福音的信息,而不是福音信息。亲爱的主啊,求你保守你的教会,保守你的福音一直传讲到地极。主耶稣啊,愿你快来!阿们。

Matthew 24:9-14: 15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

        Jesus cites Daniel 9:27, which prophecies more than one event in the future. The first fulfillment of that prophecy came when Antiochus IV, a Syrian king, set up his image in the temple and sacrificed pigs to his name. God’s people were persecuted by him until God delivered them from his hand. The prophecy was fulfilled again just before Jerusalem was destroyed by Roman troops. Emperor Titus had his own image set up in the temple at Jerusalem and demanded the Jews worship him. Roman emperors believed they were God. Those who didn’t flee Jerusalem were destroyed with it.

         But the prophecy is fulfilled one more time when the Antichrist sets himself up in God’s Church to be worshipped, as Paul describes in 2 Thessalonians 2. Revelation calls him the beast from the earth, which describes all antichristian forces within the visible church. One of the surprising revelations in the book of Revelation is that some of the worst persecution of the real Church would happen at the hands of the apostate church.  In the Middle Ages, during the Inquisition, Christians who confessed the true faith were tortured in horrible ways and killed. Many were burned at the stake.

When the visible church masquerades as the true Church and leads people to believe the lie that you can be saved by doing good, and not by faith in Jesus, we see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ at work. Yet, in spite of all of this, Jesus will make sure the gospel will be preached and saints will be gathered into his kingdom until the end of time. Jesus speaks these words to us today to let us know that the Church will do battle for its message and its very identity to the end of time. In the end, the gospel will prevail.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I believe in the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints. What I see with my eyes is a visible church torn apart by false doctrine, a church which even sometimes promotes an anti-gospel instead of the gospel. Preserve your Church, dear Lord, and the preaching of your gospel to the end of the age.  And then, even so, come, Lord Jesus!  Amen. 

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