启示录13 Revelation

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13:1 我又看见一个兽从海中上来,有十角七头,在十角上戴着十个冠冕,七头上有亵渎的名号。

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

13:2 我所看见的兽,形状像豹,脚像熊的脚,口像狮子的口。那龙将自己的能力,座位,和大权柄,都给了他。

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

13:3 我看见兽的七头中,有一个似乎受了死伤。那死伤却医好了。全地的人,都希奇跟从那兽。

And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

13:4 又拜那龙,因为他将自己的权柄给了兽。也拜兽说,谁能比这兽,谁能与他交战呢。

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

13:5 又赐给他说夸大亵渎话的口。又有权柄赐给他,可以任意而行四十二个月。

And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

13:6 兽就开口向神说亵渎的话,亵渎神的名,并他的帐幕,以及那些住在天上的。

And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

13:7 又任凭他与圣徒争战,并且得胜。也把权柄赐给他,制伏各族各民各方各国。

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

13:8 凡住在地上,名字从创世以来,没有记在被杀之羔羊生命册上的人,都要拜他。

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

13:9 凡有耳的,就应当听。

If any man have an ear, let him hear.

13:10 掳掠人的必被掳掠。用刀杀人的,必被刀杀。圣徒的忍耐和信心,就是在此。

He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

13:11 我又看见另有一个兽从地中上来。有两角如同羊羔,说话好像龙。

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

13:12 他在头一个兽面前,施行头一个兽所有的权柄。并且叫地和住在地上的人,拜那死伤医好的头一个兽。

And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

13:13 又行大奇事,甚至在人面前,叫火从天降在地上。

And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

13:14 他因赐给他们权柄在兽面前能行奇事,就迷惑住在地上的人,说,要给那受刀伤还活着的兽作个像。

And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

13:15 又有权柄赐给他叫兽像有生气。并且能说话,又叫所有不拜兽像的人都被杀害。

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

13:16 他又叫众人,无论大小贫福,自主的,为奴的,都在右手上,或是在额上,受一个印记。

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

13:17 除了那受印记,有了兽名,或有兽名数目的,都不得作买卖。

And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

13:18 在这里有智慧。凡有聪明的,可以算计兽的数目,因为这是人的数目。他的数目是六百六十六。

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

启示录13参考

兽,也有三个!是要直接对抗三一真神吗?
13章 这章提到撒但的两个邪恶的同党──那从海中上来的兽和那从地里钻出来的兽。这三个邪恶的活物组成邪恶的三位一体,直接攻击那圣洁的三一真神──圣父、圣子和圣灵。但是它们是命定要失败的。(有关它们的结局,请参19:19-21;    20:10。)

虽常听人谈及这兽,但就是不知道它是甚么?
13:1 这头兽最初被认为是指罗马,因为早期的罗马帝国充满邪恶,既反对神又迫害信徒。但这兽也可代表敌基督──不是撒但,而是撒但权力统治下的人。

这兽竟能迷惑世人,不知道有甚么大异能?
13:3-10 敌基督是冒牌的基督,它甚至要上演一幕虚假的复活(13:14)。世人被敌基督的异能所慑服,跟从并敬拜它(13:3-4)。它要统领全世界(13:7-8),并且控制全世界的经济(13:16-17)。世人被它的权势所吸引,跟从那些展示它武力的人,或顺服它的跟随者。但那些人都是愚昧无知的。

任意而行!若是这样那神的主权何在?
13:5 兽的能力是被神所限制的。他只容许兽在短时期内运用这能力;即使这兽掌权的时候,神仍然控制一切(11:15;12:10-12)。

跪拜这兽!世人都迎向它而下拜!不向它跪拜的人的下场会是……
13:7 这兽要征服神的子民,管辖他们,但却不能在灵里伤害他们。它要建立全世界的统治,吩咐每一个人都要跪拜它。除了真正的基督徒,将会有很多人跪拜它。拒绝拜兽的人,将会遭受短暂的苦难,但他们最终可以得到永生的赏赐。

艰难时刻,还要坚持,可以吗?我们的指望……
13:10 在迫害期间,忠于基督的要被囚,甚至被杀。但这兽和它的跟从者只能伤害信徒的肉体,绝不能使信靠神的人在灵里有丝毫损伤。所有信徒都已被羔羊的血洁净了,可以进入永生(7:9-17)。

迫害常是磨砺成长的好机会。在看似是危机当中,你可以看到转机吗?
13:10 约翰所看到的大迫害,正是给信徒表现坚忍和成长的机会。我们现今面对的艰难时刻,也是促使灵命成长的良机。艰难时刻来临,不要堕入撒但的陷阱而离弃神,却要把危机变成转机,使灵命成长。

前一头兽从海里来,这一头从地上来,不知道这是指甚么?
13:11-18 第一头兽从海里上来(13:1),但这一头却从地里钻出来。我们后来可以知道它就是假先知(参16:13;19:20),是冒充圣灵的。它似乎做好事,但它的神迹是为了要蒙骗人。

能行奇事,就是从神而来?若现在有人可如书中所言,行大能的事,你会以甚么态度回应?
13:14 我们从整卷圣经看到,行神迹奇事是要证明神的大能、慈爱和权力。但在这里,我们看到意图欺骗的假神迹。真正的神迹奇事是指向耶稣基督的,因此我们要小心查问每一件奇事:“这件奇事和圣经相符吗?”这兽藉著神迹奇事去赢取信任,然后命令世人去叩拜第一个兽的像,这是直接抵触第二条诫命的(参出20:4-6)。无论这些神迹奇事如何具有说服力,我们都要让圣经引导我们的信心和行为,使我们不至于被虚假的奇事所蒙骗。任何与圣经矛盾的教导,都是虚假的。

兽也有印记!不知道到时候有多少人会走到兽的一边……
13:16-18 兽的印记,是为了要模拟神在信徒身上的印记(参启7:2-3)。正如神为他的子民盖印拯救他们,因此这兽也为它的子民盖印,好使他们脱离撒但加在基督徒身上的迫害。那些接受印记的人是表示向撒但臣服,愿意在它设立的经济系统中运作,也表明背叛神。拒绝它的印便是完全顺服神,宁死也不放弃基督的信仰。

这个 666,一个不容易明了的数字,却代表一个重要的意思……
13:18 666被认为代表很多东西,包括说这是人的数字,或说是撒但、第一只兽和假先知这邪恶的三位一体的数字(16:13)。倘若“七”在圣经中被视为“完全的数字”,而三个七代表完全的美满,这样666便是“不完美的数字”了。早期的读者可能会把这个数字应用到尼禄皇帝身上,他象徵了罗马帝国最邪恶的人!(尼禄的希腊文名字的字母所代表的数字,刚好是666)。不论这个数字代表甚么,它象徵了这邪恶三位一体的统治是世界性的,目的是要破坏基督的工作并推翻他。

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