启示录4 Revelation

章:1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

4:1 此后,我观看,见天上有门开了,我初次听见好像吹号的声音,对我说,你上到这里来,我要将以后必成的事指示你。

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

4:2 我立刻被圣灵感动,见有一个宝座安置在天上,又有一位坐在宝座上。

And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

4:3 看那坐着的,好像碧玉和红宝石。又有虹围着宝座,好像绿宝石。

And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

4:4 宝座的周围,又有二十四个座位,其上坐着二十四位长老,身穿白衣,头上戴着金冠冕。

And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

4:5 有闪电,声音,雷轰,从宝座中发出。又有七盏火灯在宝座前点着,这七灯就是神的七灵。

And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

4:6 宝座前好像一个玻璃海如同水晶。宝座中,和宝座周围有四个活物,前后遍体都满了眼睛。

And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

4:7 第一个活物像狮子,第二个像牛犊,第三个脸面像人,第四个像飞鹰。

And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

4:8 四活物各有六个翅膀,遍体内外都满了眼睛。他们昼夜不住的说,圣哉,圣哉,圣哉,主神。是昔在今在以后永在的全能者。

And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

4:9 每逢四活物将荣耀,尊贵,感谢,归给那坐在宝座上,活到永永远远者的时候,

And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

4:10 那二十四位长老,就俯伏在坐宝座的面前,敬拜那活到永永远远的,又把他们的冠冕放在宝座前,说,

The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

4:11 我们的主,我们的神,你是配得荣耀尊贵权柄的。因为你创造了万物,并且万物是因你的旨意被创造而有的。

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

启示录4参考

天门开了!我神的荣耀!──
4:1 第四和第五章让我们略略看到基督的荣耀。世界仍然由神掌管;基督开始了与邪恶势力的最后战争,创造万物的神要继续推行他的计划。约翰先让我们看到天上的情况,再显明地上的事,好让我们不至于为了未来的事而震惊。

吹号的声音,是……
4:1 约翰初次听见好像吹号的声音,就是基督的声音(参1:10-11)。

多次提到自己被圣灵感动,约翰是有其用意的吧……
4:2 约翰在启示录中四次提到“被圣灵感动”(1:10;4:2;17:3;21:10)。意思是说,圣灵给他一个异象──向他显明单凭肉眼不能见到的境界和事件。一切真实的预言都是神藉著圣灵而来的(参彼后1:20-21)。

圣经中的数字真别致,这二十四又是甚么意思?
4:4 这二十四位长老是谁呢?由于旧约里有十二个支派,新约里有十二位使徒,因此这二十四位长老可能代表神在所有时代里所救赎的所有人,包括新约时代和旧约时代的人。他们象徵一切属神的人──包括犹太人和外邦人,都已是神家里的一分子。这二十四位长老向我们显明,一切蒙主救赎的人都在敬拜他。

闪电、雷轰,每当看到,你会联想起甚么?
4:5 在启示录里,闪电、雷轰与天上的一些特殊事件有关,使我们想起在西奈山上的闪电、雷轰。那时候,神把律法颁给他的子民(参出19:16)。旧约常常用这些意象来显示神的大能和威严(参诗77:18)。

“神的七灵”,神的圣灵?
4:5 “神的七灵”是圣灵的另一种称呼。(参亚4:2-6)

玻璃,没甚么特别吧──真是有一点不同?是……
4:6 在约翰的时代,玻璃是很罕有的,如同水晶的玻璃更是不可能有的(参林前13:12)。“玻璃海”突出了神的伟大和圣洁。

四活物看上去难以接受,其实其意义却极深……
4:6-7 四活物代表神的不同属性,这些活物并不是真正的动物,好像基路伯(最高级的天使)那样,他们守护著神的宝座,引导人敬拜和宣告神的圣洁。这四活物有好似动物的外表,他们象徵了神四方面的属性:威严和大能(狮子),信实可靠(牛犊),智慧(人),和王权(鹰)。旧约的先知以西结在他的一个异象中也曾看到了四个同样的活物(参结1:5-10)。

当天上地下的受造物都称颂神,那景况会是……
4:11 这是全章的总结:天上地下所有的受造物,都称颂神,将尊贵荣耀归给他,因为神创造并统管著万物。

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