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2021-12-12 Understand the Kingdom 明白神的国(4)

发表于 2022-04-30



We’ve talked about God’s Kingdom to come in the past, in the present, 我们之前已经讲了神国度降临在过去和现在,and today, we’ll look at something about the Kingdom in the future. 今天我们来看神国度降临在将来。Let’s read我们一起来读1 Cor林前15:20-2620 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 20但基督已经从死里复活,成为睡了之人初熟的果子。21死既是因一人而来,死人复活也是因一人而来。22在亚当里众人都死了,照样,在基督里众人也都要复活。23但各人是按着自己的次序复活,初熟的果子是基督,以后在他来的时候,是那些属基督的。24再后,末期到了,那时基督既将一切执政的、掌权的、有能的都毁灭了,就把国交与父 神。25因为基督必要作王,等 神把一切仇敌都放在他的脚下。26尽末了所毁灭的仇敌就是死。


1, The hope of Resurrection. (v.20-22) 复活的盼望(20-22节)


Resurrection is the hope of salvation we’re given through the gospel of Christ. 复活是基督的福音所赐我们的得救的盼望。In this chapter, 在这一章中, Paul the apostle addressed a doctrinal issue about resurrection that the Corinthian Christians had使徒保罗处理了哥林多教会对复活的错误理解的问题 . v.20 says,  20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 但基督已经从死里复活,成为睡了之人初熟的果子。 In the NT, 在新约里,Jesus wasn’t the first person who had been raised to life. 耶稣并不是第一个复活的。Lazarus was raised from the dead before Jesus. 拉撒路比耶稣先从死里复活。Why does the bible call Jesus the first fruit? 为什么圣经却称耶稣为初熟的果子”? Because Jesus was the first to rise from the dead and never to die again. 这是因耶稣是第一个从死里复活并且没有再死的。 He is the life Giver. 祂是赐生命的神。 What does first fruit have to do with resurrection? 但初熟的果子与复活有什么关联? 


In the OT, 在旧约时代,first fruit were the earliest crops that the Israelites offered to God 初熟的果子是以色列民将地里的最初结的土产献给神,as an expression of trusting in God. 以表他们对神的信靠之心。They believed that God provided the first fruit, 他们相信神供应了初熟的果子, so God would also provide the rest of the crops they needed. 也必供应他们所需要的一切土产。 In Levi 23:9-14, 利未记23:9-14the people of Israel were commanded to offer to God a sheaf of the first grain they had harvested on the day after Sabbath following the Passover feast.  神晓谕以色列民在逾越节后安息日的次日将一捆初熟的庄稼献给祂。Paul used the imagery of “first fruit” to say保罗用初熟果子的比喻阐明, that the first sheaf of the grain harvest will be followed by the rest of the sheaves. 这初熟的第一捆庄稼后面,地里也必出产更多的庄稼。In the same way, 同样, Christ’s resurrection, 基督的复活,is like the first fruit raised from the dead, 如同从死里复活的初熟的果子,to guarantee that all who belong to Him will be resurrected afterwards. 它确保一切属祂的人都要跟着复活。


2, The order of resurrection. (v.23) 复活的次序(23节)


In v.23, 23节,the bible makes it clear, 圣经说得很清楚,that Jesus is the first fruit, 耶稣是初熟的果子,the resurrection Giver. 是复活的赐予者。 then, we’re all in turn to be resurrected. 接着,我们都将按着次序复活。 Matt 27:51-53 tells us, 27:51-53告诉我们,that shortly after Christ’s resurrection, 基督复活后不久,many of the OT saints were bodily resurrected, 许多旧约圣徒的身体也复活了, and they have been resurrected prior to us. 他们是在我们以先复活的。When will it be our turn to be raised up from the dead? 那么几时轮到我们从死里复活呢? Is that bodily resurrection? 那是身体的复活吗?


1 Cor林前15:50-53 50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 50弟兄们,我告诉你们说,血肉之体不能承受 神的国,必朽坏的不能承受不朽坏的51我如今把一件奥秘的事告诉你们,我们不是都要睡觉,乃是都要改变,52就在一霎时,眨眼之间,号筒末次吹响的时候;因号筒要响,死人要复活,成为不朽坏的,我们也要改变。53这必朽坏的总要变成不朽坏的(变成原文作穿。下同),这必死的总要变成不死的。 Clearly, the Scripture tells us, 圣经明确地告诉我们,we’ll be given new bodies like Jesus’, when we’re resurrected, 当我们复活的时候,会得着像耶稣一样的新身体, compared to the body we have now, 与我们现在的身体相比, that’ll be imperishable, 那将是不朽坏的、heavenly (v.40), 属天的(40)glorious (v.43), 荣耀的(43)powerful (v.43), 强壮的(43)spiritual (v46). 属灵的(46)Paul tells us in v.52, 52节保罗告诉我们,when the last trumpet is sounded, 当号筒末次吹响的时候we will be raised and given imperishable bodies. 我们要复活,并有不朽坏的身体赐给我们。


1 Thess帖前4:15-17 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.  15我们现在照主的话告诉你们一件事:我们这活着还存留到主降临的人,断不能在那已经睡了的人之先,16因为主必亲自从天降临,有呼叫的声音和天使长的声音,又有 神的号吹响,那在基督里死了的人必先复活。17以后我们这活着还存留的人必和他们一同被提到云里,在空中与主相遇。这样,我们就要和主永远同在。The message is very clear, 这段经文讲得很清楚,that those who have fallen asleep will be raised prior to the ones who are still alive when the Lord returns. 主再来的时候,已经睡了的人要比那活着的人先复活 It means that there will still be saints alive on the earth even after the great Tribulation when Jesus returns. 这意味着在大灾难后 主再来时,仍有圣徒活在地上。

According to Revelation 20:4-6
根据启示录20:4-6 we see there’ll be two resurrections. 我们看到将会有两次复活。They’re separated by 1000 years. 两次复活相隔一千年。The first resurrection occurs before Jesus’ 1000 years reign on earth, 头一次复活发生在主耶稣在地上作王一千年之前, and the general resurrection happens after the Millennium. 后面的普遍复活发生在千年国度之后。From this passage, we see the first resurrection takes place in various stages.  从这段经文我们看到,第一次复活分不同的阶段。


A, Both Jew and Gentile believers who are overcomers have paid the price to follow Jesus and their reward will be to sit on the thrones (v.4a, Matt 19:27-28)  犹太和外邦信徒中得胜的、曾为跟随耶稣付代价的,他们的奖赏是坐在宝座上(4节上,19:27-28 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. 我又看见几个宝座,也有坐在上面的,并有审判的权柄赐给他们。B, They are martyrs throughout history  (v.4)


B, 历世历代的殉道者(4节)And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. 我又看见那些因为给耶稣作见证、并为 神之道被斩者的灵魂, 


C, they are those who don’t worship the beast during the Tribulation  (v.4b) C, 大灾难期间没有拜过兽的(4节下)They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. 和那没有拜过兽与兽像,也没有在额上和手上受过它印记之人的灵魂We haven’t entered the era of the great Tribulation yet, 我们还没有进入大灾难的时期coz we’re still living in the last stage of the beginning of birth pains. 我们还活在灾难起头的末期。


All bodily resurrection will take place at different times before the Millennium. 所有的身体复活将发生在基督的千年国度来到前的不同时期。Some will be raised when the seventh Trumpet sounds before the last 7 years of Tribulation, 有人将在末后的7年大灾难之前、号筒末次吹响的时候复活,some will be raised during the great Tribulation (Matt 24:40-42), 有人将在大灾难期间复活(24:40-42)some will be raised after that (Rev 16:15-17, 1 Thess 4:17). 有人将在大灾难后复活(16:15,帖前4:17)Everyone will be raised according to their own order. 每个人都将按着自己的次序复活。


I had a funny experience about this first resurrection in a dream 16 years ago, 16年前在一个梦里,我有个头次复活的经历,when I had just been called to preach about overcoming. 那时我刚刚被主呼召讲得胜的信息。In the dream, 梦中, when the last trumpet sounded, 当末次号筒吹响时,I was raised from the dead 我从死里复活了(it actually tells me that Christ won’t return when I’m still alive 这在告诉我,当我还活着的时候,基督不会来)and I was holding Raymond’s hand ascending to heaven. 我牵着Raymond的手往上升When we were in the air still ascending, 当我们还在空中上升时,suddenly, 忽然, our bodies were changed. 我们的身体改变了。 It was such a real feeling I still remember it. 那是一种非常真实的感觉,我至今仍记得。Our bodies became like heavenly bodies. 我们的身体改变成为属天的身体。 They were huge, glorious, and imperishable. 他们是巨大的、荣耀的,不朽坏的。Meanwhile, 就在那时,I saw a huge tent peg hurtling from the highest heaven on the farthest sides of the North, 我看见一个巨大的钉子从北方极处飞驰下来,passing by me in the air, 从我身边飞过,and down to the earth. 向地而去。 The dream was over. 梦就没了。Then, a bible verse was given to me, 接着我得着一节经文:Zech10:4 “From Judah will come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler.”房角石、钉子、争战的弓和一切掌权的都从他而出。 


We all know that ‘cornerstone’ refers to Christ Jesus, 我们知道房角石是指基督耶稣,but few know that Christ is also our tent peg. 但少有人知道基督也是我们的钉子。Just as Jesus is as the cornerstone to the church, 正如耶稣是教会的房角石, he is also as tent peg to the Tabernacle of God in the OT. 祂也是旧约中神的帐幕的钉() Rev11:15The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”第七位天使吹号,天上就有大声音说:世上的国成了我主和主基督的国;他要作王,直到永永远远。 It says, 这里说, after the seventh trumpet is sounded, 第七位天使吹号之后,comes the reign of the Messiah Kingdom, 弥赛亚的国度就来到了,the “Tent Peg” will come to replace the reign of the world on earth.  ()将取代地上世界的统治。


But you’ll notice from the book of Revelation, 但是你从启示录可以看到,after the announcement, 这个宣告之后, Rev15:1 says, 15:1说:it follows the last seven plagues, 紧跟着就是末了的七灾known as the last 7-year tribulation. 也就是最后的7年大灾难。 Until after the sixth bowl is poured out, 直到第六碗倒出,and the last battle of Armageddon has finished, 最后的末日大决战结束,the physical reign of Christ on earth won’t happen. 基督才真正开始在地上的统治。

3, The Millennial Kingdom of Christ on earth. v.24-25 基督在地上的千年国度 24-25

v. 24, “Then The end will come”, 24
节,再后,末期到了, here, the end is ushering in eternity, 这末期引向永恒的来到  when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father. 就把国交与父 神。 It means, 意思是,Jesus will deliver the Millennial Kingdom to the Father at the end of the Millennium. 耶稣会在千年国度结束时将国度交与父神。 After Christ and his overcomers physically reign on the earth for 1000 years. 基督和祂的得胜者在地上作王一千年之后, Rev 20:7-15 tells us, 20:7-15告诉我们,all people will be resurrected to be judged, 所有人都要复活接受审判, Daniel 12:2 also mentions it, 12:2也提到这一点:  Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. 睡在尘埃中的,必有多人复醒,其中有得永生的,有受羞辱、永远被憎恶的。


Then, death will be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev 20:14) 然后,死亡将被扔在火湖里(20:14) Just as Paul mentioned in正如保罗在哥林多前书中所提到的,1 Cor林前15:26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death, 尽末了所毁灭的仇敌就是死。It means, 这意味着,during the Millennium on earth, 在千年国度期间, there still will be death. 地上仍会有死亡。The survivors of all nations from the Armageddon will still suffer from the result of sin, that is death. 末日大决战后全世界国家的幸存者仍将承受罪的后果 就是死亡。We’ll come back to that in a moment. 我们稍后再来讲这个问题。 After death is destroyed, 这个仇敌被毁灭后, Rev 20:15 tells us, 20:15告诉我们,those who aren’t saved will be thrown into the lake of fire. 那些没有得救的,将被扔在火湖里。 That’s terrifying. 那是可怕的。Last, comes God’s Kingdom reigning in the new heaven and the new earth forever 最终神的国度 将在新天新地永远的掌权,through the Holy City – the New Jerusalem, 藉圣城新耶路撒冷, where Jesus and His overcomers (or full-grown, or mature) sons dwell forever(Rev  21:1-2, 22:1-5).耶稣和祂的得胜者(或长大、成熟的儿子)将永远在那里居住Today, we wanna talk more about the Millennial Kingdom, 今天我们要多看一下千年国度,because this is what God wants to motivate us to live for and hope for. 因为这是神要激励我们为此而活的盼望。And it’s also the prize of the high calling that God wants us to win. 也是神希望我们得着从上面来得的奖赏。


Where will Christ reign on the earth during the Millennium? 千年国度时主耶稣在哪里管治全地?Jesus will return and reign in Jerusalem. 主将再来,并在耶路撒冷做王。Prophet Isaiah prophesied in先知以赛亚预言到:Isa24:23“For the Lord Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem.因为万军之耶和华必在锡安山、在耶路撒冷作王。 Prophet Zechariah also mentioned 先知撒加利亚也提到,that the survivors of all nations from Armageddon 全世界从末日哈米吉多顿大战所剩余活着的人, will go up to Jerusalem to worship Jesus every year. 会每年上去耶路撒冷敬拜耶稣。

In Zech
14:4, one day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem那日,他的脚必站在耶路撒冷前面朝东的橄榄山上。…16 Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty. 所有来攻击耶路撒冷列国中剩下的人,必年年上来敬拜大君王万军之耶和华,并守住棚节。 What if a nation doesn’t worship the Lord during the Millennium? 千年国度时若是不敬拜耶稣,那国会如何?The message is very clear that they’ll have no rain. 圣经明白地说天将不降雨在那国。 Zech  14: 17-18 If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain. 18 If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. 地上万族中,凡不上耶路撒冷敬拜大君王万军之耶和华的,必无雨降在他们的地上。埃及族若不上来,雨也不降在他们的地上;Imagine, what will happen, if there’s no rain? 想一下,天要不下雨会怎样? Famine! 就会有饥荒!people and animals will have no food and no water. 人和牲畜无水无粮, That nation won’t survive. 国家就会崩溃覆灭。What will people’s lives look like in the Millennium?  千年国度时人的生活会是怎样?


a, Jerusalem will become the “white house” (the parliamentary city) of the Kingdom of Christ on earth. 耶路撒冷将成为地上弥赛亚国度的白宫(国会城) 


b, All nations will go up to Jerusalem to worship Jesus as their King. 各国都将去到耶路撒冷尊耶稣为王并敬拜祂 Isa2:2-4, In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established, as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. 3 Many peoples will come and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,  to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion,  the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 He will judge between the nations. and will settle disputes for many peoples.末后的日子,耶和华殿的山必坚立,超乎诸山,高举过于万岭,万民都要流归这山。必有许多国的民前往,说:来吧!我们登耶和华的山,奔雅各 神的殿;主必将他的道教训我们,我们也要行他的路。因为训诲必出于锡安;耶和华的言语必出于耶路撒冷。他必在列国中施行审判,为许多国民断定是非。During the millennial reign, 千年国度时,the survivors of all nations will still live in their own countries. 各国余剩之民仍居住在各自的国家,But they will consider Jerusalem as the temple of God, 但他们会以耶路撒冷为神的殿,so they’ll go up there to worship God and seek the truth from Jerusalem. 并去到那里敬拜神、寻求神;Isa 60:1-18 goes into great detail, 详细描述了那时的景况,that the wealth, the riches of the nations will be brought into Jerusalem during the 1000-year reign of Christ on earth (v.5). 各国的财富在千年国度时将被奉献到耶路撒冷(5);Herds of camels, gold and incense, and the praise of the Lord will cover the land (v.6)成群的骆驼、黄金和乳香、以及对主耶稣的颂赞遍满那地(6);Gentile Kings from all nations will serve the Lord (v.10)外邦列国的君王都必侍奉主耶稣(10; All nations will bring their wealth to Jerusalem to worship the Lord (v.11)各国都将财物带到耶路撒冷敬拜主耶稣(11)。


In Zechariah 14, Prophet Zechariah tells us, 先知撒加利亚说,that the survivors of all nations will also go up Jerusalem to worship Jesus and celebrate His salvation.各国余剩之民都将来耶路撒冷敬拜耶稣,欢庆主的救恩。But is there a possibility that some of the people from all nations will refuse to do that? 但是否仍会有一些国民不肯那样行呢?The answer is “yes”. 当然会有。God is merciful. 神有丰盛的怜悯,He still gives opportunities to the offspring of those survivors from all nations to repent. 祂仍赐给各国余剩之民的后裔悔改的机会。If they refuse to turn to God,若他们不肯转向神,after the 1000 years reign, they will be destroyed 那一千年之后,就会被毁灭。(Rev 20:7-9)

 c, There will be worldwide peace. 
实现世界和平 Isa2:4They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. 他们要将刀打成犁头,把枪打成镰刀;这国不举刀攻击那国,他们也不再学习战事。 We’re living an age, when nation is against nation. 现今我们活在一个国要国攻打国的世代,But when the Messiah Kingdom comes to reign on the earth, 但当弥赛亚国度降临掌权时,there will be justice and peace, 地上将充满公义和平,and no country will develop military power anymore. 各国不再发展军事力量,Justice, peace, and light will cover the earth. 全地都被公义、和平,光明所充满。

d, People will live a long life and have well-being. 
人类将会长寿有健康。 Isa 65:20 says, “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the sinner who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed. Isa65:20其中必没有数日夭亡的婴孩,也没有寿数不满的老者;因为百岁死的仍算孩童,有百岁死的罪人算被咒诅。


During the Millennium, there will be no miscarried child. 千年国度时不会有流产发生,People from all nations will be able to live incredibly extended ages. 地上的各国各民都会极其的长寿。Adam died at the age of 930. 亚当活到了930岁,People may live longer than that. 千年国度的人可能活得更久。But death and the curse of sin will still exist, 但咒诅和死仍然在地上存在,even then, God still waits for Gentiles to turn to Him. 即便在那时,神还在等候外邦人归向祂。Romans 5:12 tells us, 说, death and curses come from sin. 死和咒诅从罪而来。 It says, 这里说 if a sinner fails to reach the age of 100 and dies, 活不到100岁的罪人,it will be considered as being cursed. 就算为被咒诅的。

But when will curses be destroyed? 
但咒诅何时被消灭呢?After the Millennium, and after death is destroyed, 要千年国度后,死被毁灭后,when comes the reign of the Kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth, 当神国度在新天新地掌权时,Rev22:3 says, 说,No longer will there be any curse.以后再没有咒诅。Yet during the Millennium on earth, 然而,在千年国度时,the healing that Jesus did at His first coming will continue to happen in the Millennial Kingdom. 主耶稣仍会在祂的国里,像祂第一次来那样医治信祂的人,Isa35:5-6, Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. 6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.那时瞎子的眼必睁开,聋子的耳必开通;那时瘸子必跳跃像鹿,哑巴的舌头必能歌唱;


 e, The earth will be highly productive. 土地将恢复高产Ever since Adam’s fall, 自从亚当堕落,sin has reigned. 罪就掌权了,The ground has been filled with weeds, thorns, and deserts. 地上满是野草、荆棘和荒地,Because God said, 因神说,“cursed is the ground for your sake地必为你的缘故受咒诅。Gen3:17. Romans 8 says that the whole creation has been groaning 罗马书8章说万有都叹息劳苦,and waiting to be released from the bondage of corruption. 切望等候脱离败坏的辖制。When Christ’s reign comes on earth, 当基督国权来到时,Zech8:12 “The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people因为他们必平安撒种,葡萄树必结果子,地土必有出产,天也必降甘露。我要使这余剩的民享受这一切的福。 Joe 3:18, “In that day the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines of Judah will run with water. A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house and will water the valley of Shittim. Joe3:18“到那日,大山要滴甜酒,小山要流奶子,犹大溪河都有水流。必有泉源从耶和华的殿中流出来,滋润什亭谷。The land seems to be restored to what it was like in the Garden of Eden. 地上好像恢复伊甸园往日的光景。


f, All the creatures will be restored to their original condition, 动物将恢复到起初受造的状态,when they’ll become tame and obedient. 他们会温顺又驯服 Isa11:6-9, The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat,  the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. 9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. 豺狼必与绵羊羔同居,豹子与山羊羔同卧,少壮狮子与牛犊并肥畜同群;小孩子要牵引它们。牛必与熊同食,牛犊必与小熊同卧,狮子必吃草与牛一样。吃奶的孩子必玩耍在虺蛇的洞口,断奶的婴儿必按手在毒蛇的穴上。在我圣山的遍处,这一切都不伤人、不害物,因为认识耶和华的知识要充满遍地,好像水充满洋海一般。 In this evil age, 在现今的邪恶世代,Satan and sin reign over the earth, 撒旦和罪在地上掌权,wild animals prey on and kill each another. 所有动物世界为捕食就互相残杀。My heart was breaking while I watched a documentary of the animal kingdom, 但我在看动物世界的纪录片时,我的心难过极了,when I saw hyenas killing a new-born baby of another hyena, 一群土狼咬死了他们同类的刚出生宝宝,the mum hyena was crying over the loss of her baby. 那土狼妈妈为失去孩子而伤心哭号。What a broken world we live in. 我们生活在何等破碎的世界!Because of mankind’s sin and rebellion, 因为人类的罪和悖逆,the animal world is bloody. 动物世界也变得血腥。People hate and try to kill one another. 人们彼此仇恨,相吞相咬,Families break down. 家庭破碎。Where’s our hope? 我们的盼望在哪里?In Christ! 在基督里!We’ve gotta change ourselves in Christ我们当在基督里先改变自己,and practice love rather than selfishness and indifference 当操练去爱而不是自私和冷漠 as we’re waiting for His return. Praise the Lord, 赞美主,when the 1000 year reign of Christ comes, 当基督千年国度到来,a wolf will be friendly with a lamb, 豺狼与羔羊将成为朋友,a cow will eat grass with a bear, 牛犊与小熊同吃草,an infant will play with snakes, 婴儿与虺蛇一同玩耍,nothing will be harmful. 所有动物都不会伤人了,Children will lead leopards and lions. 小孩子牵引豹子和少壮狮子。By then, all carnivores will no longer eat meat, 到那时,食肉动物都将吃草而不吃肉了,but return to eat grass like they did in the Garden of Eden. 就像在伊甸园时的光景;Perhaps all people will return to be like Adam and Eve who were vegetarians in the Garden of Eden. 人类也许也只吃蔬果了,像伊甸园时的亚当夏娃那样;Animals will no longer be killed and eaten by humans. 动物不再被人捕杀食用,Because people started to eat animals after Noah had come out of the ark after the flood,  因人类开始吃肉,是在洪水后 挪亚出了方舟以后 Where God said to Noah,神对挪亚说Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. 凡活着的动物,都可以作你们的食物,这一切我都赐给你们,如同菜蔬一样Gen 9:3  


During those 1000 years reign of Christ, 在基督掌权的一千年,all nations will know 列国都将认识神,and experience the power, the blessing, 都将经历神的大能和赐福,and the glory of God.  都将看到神的荣耀。Isa35:10says, 说, and those who God has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. 并且耶和华救赎的民必归回,歌唱来到锡安,永乐必归到他们的头上,他们必得着欢喜快乐,忧愁叹息尽都逃避。 Who are those who God has redeemed that will enter Zion the city of God with everlasting joy crowned on their heads? 那蒙神所救赎、来到锡安并有永乐为冠冕的民是谁呢?They are believers who’ve paid the price by taking up their crosses, 就是那些付代价背起十字架、denying their selfish desires, 否定自己的私欲、and following Jesus in this life; 今生跟随耶稣的信徒,they live out faith and love, 他们活出信心和爱心,they forgive and love their enemies, 他们饶恕,爱仇敌,they’re victorious in Christ!   他们是基督里的得胜者!


Remember? 记得吗?In the parable of the talents, 在按才受托的比喻里, one was lazy and put no effort into stewarding, 那懒惰不肯付代价的仆人,his talent was taken away and given to the one who had 10 talents. 他的才干被夺去给了那有一万两的,So he lost stewardship in the Millennium. 他就失去了在千年国度里有才干去管理的份。But to the other two servants who had done more with what they had been given, 但另外两个仆人用所分派的才干赢得了更多,Jesus rewarded them, and said, 耶稣就夸奖他们说:“Well done. Good and faithful servant, come and share your master’s happiness!” ‘好,你这又良善又忠心的仆人……可以进来享受你主人的快乐。’ Imagine, 想一下,how great the Joy and gladness will be, 这欢喜快乐何等大呢?when that glorious time comes! 当那荣耀的时刻来到时 When this age is put to an end! 当这个世代结束时!All the sorrows, all the tears, all the turmoil caused by sin, or by coronavirus, or whatever will pass away, 所有因罪,或新冠病毒,或其他所带来的悲伤、眼泪、动荡等,都将过去,only Jesus and His kingdom will stand and reign forever. 唯有主耶稣和祂的国要执掌王权直到永远。Let’s stick to the goal! 让我们持守住这个目标!Get ready for a glorious resurrection and partnership with Christ in His Kingdom! 让我们为荣耀的复活来预备,为能和基督一起掌权预备今生!



Concluding Prayer: 结束祷告:


Yes, Lord, Jesus, our Cornerstone, 是的,主耶稣啊,我们的房角石,our Tent Peg, 我们的钉子,we praise You. 我们赞美你。 We honour You!  我们尊崇你! You alone are the Saviour of the world. 惟有你是这世界的救主。We thank You, 我们感谢你,for leading us into Your wonderful truth, 引导我们进入你奇妙的真理, thank You for opening our eyes to see the great hope and destiny we have. 感谢你开我们的眼睛,让我们看见我们的大盼望和终极目标。 

Lord, 主啊,what a glorious resurrection we’ll have on that day, 那日我们将会是何等荣耀的复活啊,when the last trumpet will sound, 当末次号角吹响的时候,and our bodies will be changed, 我们的身体都要被改变,when we can be rewarded and come back with You to reign in Jerusalem 我们要得你奖赏和你一同降临在耶路撒冷掌权作王,and engage in changing the things of the world in Your Millennial Kingdom on earth. 有份于你千年国度临到地上,世上万物都要被更新, What a big dream You’ve given us!  这是你给我们的何等大盼望!It’s too big to be true!  它太大了,实在难以置信!We give You thanks. 我们感谢你。Would you please thank Him, 你要不来感谢祂,for the blood He shed for you, 感谢祂为你流宝血, for the great plan He has for your life? 感谢祂为你生命安排了这宏伟的计划What will be your response to Him? 你愿意来回应祂吗?Let’s pray on your own. 让我们自己向祂祷告。

I wonder how many people are passionate about God’s Word today. 今天有多少人对神的话充满激情。How many people felt God speak to you, 有多少人感到神在对你说话, calling you to live for the hope of the first resurrection and the glorious Millennial Kingdom? 呼召你为头一次的复活和荣耀的千禧国度而活?The world teaches conspiracy theories which cause people to stumble, 这世界教导阴谋论,绊倒人,misunderstanding the mark of the beast which causes people to stumble. 误解兽的标记,绊倒人。If we fix our eyes on the virus and its strains,  如果我们把目光盯睛在病毒和变异上,if we pursue wrong things, 如果我们追求方向错了,we stumble. 我们就会跌倒。What is our right pursuit? 那我们正确的追求是什么呢?Jesus and His Kingdom reign in us. 让耶稣和祂的国在我们里面掌权。Jesus says, “if anyone would come after me,耶稣说:若有人要跟从我, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” 就当舍己,背起自己的十字架,来跟从我”What is your response to His calling today?  今天你对祂的这个呼召要如何回应?Let’s pray 让我们祷告:


“Lord, I’m called to lay down my own desires “主啊,你呼召我去放下自己的意思,in exchange for Your will to be done in my life, 为让你的旨意在我的生命中成就, so that I can be transformed to be more like You.” 这样我才能被改变得更像你。”  


You may tell the Lord你可以告诉主, “do you really seek His will to be done in your daily life“你真要寻求他的旨意在你生命中成就吗? Or do you just do whatever you like? 还是你想做什么就做什么” You may ask the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of your heart你可以祈求圣灵打开你心里的眼睛,to really know the hope of salvation去真知道那救恩的盼望, and to see that God’s will is much better than meeting your own desires并去真看到上帝的旨意比满足你自己的欲望更美好,because it leads to eternity因为它会带来永恒。


Remember请记住, it’s not the end of the world if your desires can’t be met 若你的意思没有达成,那不是世界末日, why do you get mad为什么要发火呢? Why are you downcast为什么要灰心呢? Let’s turn to God and say当转向神,祷告 “Your will to be done in my life is much more valuable你的旨意在我生命中成就比一切都有价值. It leads to eternal rewards!因它引我到永恒的赏赐 Lord, help me主啊,帮助我, to lift my eyes up to You in my situation在环境中, when I get down, 当我失望,when I get angry当我发怒,When I become negative当我负面沮丧,求你使我举目,Remind me of the Word I heard today 提醒我今天听到的话,that I’m living this life not to satisfy my own desires就是今生活着不是为私欲得满足, but to allow the resurrection power to change me inwardly,是为让复活的能力改变我, and to allow me to be led by the Holy Spirit 是为让我被圣灵引导to fulfil my task on earth as Jesus Christ did去完成地上的使命,如同基督完成使命一样, so that I can become a faithful steward of God.让我们可以成为神忠心的管家。 


In the end times在末了, when You return当你再来, You will repay me你会报答我, and You will reward me你会赏赐我. “Well done. 做的好,Good and faithful servant忠心又良善的仆人, come and share your master’s happiness!来享受主人的快乐!” This is my pursuit! 这是我的追求!This is the meaning of my life! 这是我生命的意义!


Thank You Lord感谢主, You have a great plan for my life你对我生命有美好的计划. Your Kingdom is expressed through my life你的国度要借我扩张. This is what I pursue 这是我的追求,so that one day I’ll be resurrected and share in Your happiness and kingship...” 以至于有一天,我要复活同享你的快乐和王权……”Now you may pray on your own, 现在,你可以自己祷告He is listening…祂正在垂听


Father, 天父,we thank You for making us the Kingdom people through Your Son Christ’s death and resurrection谢谢你借你的儿子基督的死里复活,使我们成为国度的百姓. Thank You for the great Hope and Joy set before us我们为前面摆放的大盼望感谢你, so that we can endure the cross in Christ叫我们因为可以在基督里忍受十字架的苦楚. In this world在这世上, there will be trouble有苦难, pandemics有各种瘟疫流行病, or earthquakes有地震, or danger or persecution有危险逼迫, or whatever或其他. You have overcome你已经得胜! This is our Hope这是我们的盼望. Through abiding in You and Your truth借着住在你和真理里, we’re victorious我们就是得胜者. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ没有什么可以使我们与基督隔离. Holy Spirit,圣灵啊, release an increasing revelation of Your purpose in our lives;求你释放你旨意的启示在我们的生命中, motivate us to make every effort to seek growth into the image of Your Son激励我们去竭力追求基督里 的成长; Break out of the limitations in our lives破碎我们生命的捆绑局限; Train us to be Your faithful stewards of the Kingdom. 训练我们成为你国度的忠心管家。In these troubled years,在这些困难的年间, give us passion to pray:赐我们热情来祷告 “Your Kingdom come愿你的国度降临, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven你的旨意行在地上如同行在天上.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.奉耶稣基督的名求。阿们!


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