神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信他的,
不至灭亡,反得永生。(约3:16)

【双语灵修】葛培理布道团:日子近了(2018-6-19)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2018年06月19日 10:17

“一有这些事,你们就当挺身昂首,因为你们得赎的日子近了。”路加福音 21:28

…When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.  Luke 21:28

这个世界正在发生的事和圣经中的预言越来越接近了。圣经教导我们,留心要发生的事,并从中领会神的旨意。如果旧约时代的人们留心预言,他们就不会奇怪耶稣的降生。可惜因为无知和盲目,他们没有先知先觉。圣经说,他要出自犹大民族(创49章);他要生在伯利恒(弥5章);他要从童贞女生(赛7章);他要从埃及出来(何2章);他要说预言(申18章);他自己的民要弃绝他(赛53章);他要被人出卖,因为三十两银子(亚2章);他要上十字架(诗2章);士兵要为他的里衣拈阄(诗22章);他要升到天上(诗68章)等等。主耶稣的一切,在旧约里都被预言了。

耶稣告诉门徒他再回来时要发生的事。关于日期,他说,“但那日子,那时辰,没有人知道,连天上的使者也不知道,子也不知道,惟独父知道。”“挪亚 的日子怎样,人子降临也要怎样。”(太24:36-37 )随意猜测主再来的日子是愚蠢的,不符合圣经教训的。但是我们被告知,要注意留心一些事的发生。主耶稣警告了门徒不可以猜测,但也确实告诉他们要发生事。有眼睛的,都会看到。“一有这些事,你们就当挺身昂首,因为你们得赎的日子近了。”(路 21:28)耶稣预言告诉我们,他要再来,我们的救赎近了。激动吧?我很激动!

The daily events of our world and the prophecies of the Bible are beginning to coincide. We’ve been told in Scripture to study the signs and to learn the signs of the times. If only the world had studied the signs of the Old Testament, it would have known that Jesus was coming the first time. But ignorance and blindness concerning the teaching of the Scriptures led men to fail to recognize hundreds of years before Jesus was born that the Old Testament revealed these things.The Scripture said that He would be born of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49); He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5). He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7). He would be called out of Egypt (Hosea II). He would be a prophet (Deuteronomy 18). His own people would reject Him (Isaiah 53). He would be betrayed and sold for thirty pieces of silver (Zechariah II). He would be put to death by crucifixion (Psalm 22). The soldiers would cast lots for His clothing (Psalm 22). He would ascend into heaven (Psalm 68). And on and on. Almost every detail which happened to the Lord Jesus Christ was predicted hundreds of years earlier by prophets inspired by the Spirit of God.

Jesus told His disciples that there would be signs for which they could watch when He would come back again. When He warned them on two occasions to beware of setting dates, he said, “Of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36). He also said, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” To speculate about a date would be absolutely foolish and unbiblical and against the teachings of our Lord. But we were told to watch for the signs. Although He warned about speculation on the exact time of His return, Jesus did assure the disciples that there were signs throughout the Scriptures, as well as in His own words, which would make it clear to those who have eyes to see that the time is near. He said, “When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28). That is the hope that is in the heart of every believer-that our redemption is coming again of the Lord Jesus Christ than we were when He made those predictions.Are you excited? I am!

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