主的日子

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主的日子

Week 7, 2018

经节: 因为你们自己明明晓得,主的日子来到,好象夜间的贼一样。

Rick Joyner

在圣经中,要预备主的日子到来的劝勉,通常是给神的百姓,而不是给非信徒。基督徒一定要预备基督的再来,好叫自己可以正确地回应他。关于主的日子,最重要的一件事已清楚记明,就是那日子的来到是不可预料的。

        As we continue our study of Revelation with the coming section that deals with impending judgment and wrath, we must keep in mind that Jesus said the entire law was summed up in just two commandments—loving God first above all things and loving one another. If we truly love God, we will want to please Him and not do the things that displease Him.

在圣经中,曾经几次提及主的日子。这个日子通常是指耶稣第一次或第二次的来到,然而,这也可以指神将来降临到他的百姓当中,不是救赎就是审判的那个日子(以赛亚书十三:6;约珥书二:11;玛拉基书三:2)。阿摩司曾预言,那主的日子临到时,是超乎人们所期望的。在阿摩司的时代,人们以为主的日子是充满欢乐与歌颂的,但阿摩司说,那是悲痛及审判罪恶的日子。耶稣第一次的降临出乎人们的意料,因为他们期待弥赛亚以不同的方式降临,许多人没有认出他是弥赛亚。

The law says that we must not steal, murder, or even envy others, but if we love others we will not want to do these things. Jesus replaced all of the “do nots” of the law with the simple positive of loving God and one another. Thus, our goal is not just to keep from sinning, but to do the things that bless God and His people. The “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” and this helps us when we are immature. However, there is a higher wisdom that we must grow in as we mature, and that higher wisdom is love.

基督第二次的降临是主最末的日子。到那个日子之前,神有时候会临到你身上、你的家人和你的朋友;你要警醒注意,神在你的儿女、朋友及工作伙伴身上,那使人悔改的作为。当神在你教会一些人的生命开始动工,你一定要注意这个时刻。你可能在敬拜时,特别感受到神的同在,你开始为在场的人代祷。现在就要预备自己,注意周围朋友的生命。你会发现,主的日子就在你手中。

        Recognizing that “God is love” does not negate the judgments of God, or His wrath against evil and those who do evil—these are the things that kill and destroy those He loves. God’s ways are higher than our ways, and just as His jealousy is not like our selfish human jealousy, His love is higher than our love. The wrath and judgments of God are also part of His love—they come as the destruction of those who destroy.

The Day of the Lord

        So as we stand for God’s truth, and against those things that destroy the people, we do not do so in our wrath, but rather out of a sincere desire to save. God prefers mercy over judgment. Even though there is a time when mercy will not be received and judgment is inevitable, this is grievous to the Lord and should be to us as well. Abraham, Moses, and many of the prophets of God in Scripture interceded with God not to destroy the people when He was about to do so. This is always in order, but when He is resolute that it must be done, we are called to be in unity with Him in all things. As stated, His wrath against evil and those who do evil are a part of His love. When the grace and mercy that was extended is rejected, we must resolve that we will stand with God, not apologizing for Him or His actions but rather being clear about them. Only then will there be a hope that others might learn that it is a terrible thing to test the Lord and side with evil.

Foryou yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief inthe night.

        Even though we too have fallen short and have received grace and mercy, there is a dividing line between those who acknowledge their sin and turn and those who do not. Those who harden themselves against the Lord and His mercy have condemned themselves. There is a point when all will be in this “Valley of Decision,” and all will choose their own fate. It is the great grace and mercy of God that He allows us to “judge ourselves lest we be judged” (see I Corinthians 11:31). As we are told in Psalm 32:6, 

In the Scriptures, the exhortation to prepare for the day of the Lord isusually given to God’s people, rather than to unbelievers. Christians must beprepared for Christ’s return, so that they can properly respond to Him. Themost important thing about the day of the Lord is clear: it comes unexpectedly.

Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him.

In Scripture, there are several references to the day of the Lord. Oftenthis refers to Jesus’ first coming or His second coming, but it can also referto any time God comes to His people, either in salvation or judgment_(Isa.13:6; Joel 2:11; Mal. 3:2). Amos had predicted that the day of the Lord wouldbe far different from what the people expected . The people of hisday thought it would come with joy and singing, yet Amos said there would begrieving and judgment of sin. When Jesus came the first time, His coming caughtpeople by surprise. Because they were expecting the Messiah to come in adifferent way, many did not recognize Him.

We cannot wait until the judgments are poured out to repent and align ourselves with God—it will be too late to find Him then. We must be resolute in finding Him now, and repent of anything in our life that would cause His wrath to come. Do this out of love if you can, but out of fear if you must. It is doubtful that anyone ever repented perfectly, but let us do the best that we can and ask for the grace to do better, while continuing to ask for the grace to repent.

The final day of the Lord will be at Christ’s second coming. Meanwhile,there will be times when God will come to you, your family, and friends. Youneed to be watching for the signs of God’s convicting work in your children,your friends, and your coworkers. You must take notice when God begins to do aspecial work in the lives of the people in your church. It may be that you havean unusual sense of God’s presence in a worship service and you begin tointercede for those who are present. Prepare yourself now and pay attention towhat is happening in the lives of those around you. You may discover that theday of the Lord is at hand.

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