美國東南部的龍捲風

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 (雷克.喬納Rick Joyner原文發表於2011年5月6日)

有人說上週所發生的可怕龍捲風,比卡崔納颶風造成更嚴重的傷害與災難,幸運的是,並沒有許多人喪生,但卻損失慘重。有許多基督徒都在問這是怎麼一回事?有一些基督徒、幸福的家庭都經歷了這些龍捲風,這是怎麼一回事?

就在這些龍捲風發生的一週多之前,鮑伯.瓊斯(Bob Jones)告訴我說,「這天氣快要發瘋了,而且不會減輕,將會愈來愈嚴重。」然後他很悲痛哀傷地禱告,我們都應該如此。聖經中告訴我們要將房子蓋在磐石上,當風暴臨到衝擊時,房子就能站立穩固。我並不在乎要有多少鋼架或是其他的,因這些都無法使房子穩固,能使我們剛強站立的是聆聽上帝的話語並順服遵行。

另一件我們必須了解的重要事件,那就是賓拉登終於被擊斃。911事件發生之後,我曾把我的一些領受告訴美國的情報單位,我告訴他們一些他們不想聽到也不相信的事。911事件剛發生後,他們追捕奧薩馬.賓拉登,我說「你們抓不到他,神會將他隱藏幾年。」他們不想聽到這些,認為在兩個月內一定會逮捕到他,我說「不,你們抓不到他,這將是一個漫長的時間,神會將他隱藏很多年而你們找不到他。」然後我告訴他們,主為什麼要如此做。我說,「你必須學會追蹤一些事情的線索,是你現在所不知道、不明白、也不相信的,而你也不會相信我所告訴你的,但你會在他的踪跡上發現他,你必須要有這樣的認識。我說,在適當的時機你會抓到他,但必須直到你有這樣的認識。」 

大約三年前,有一名情報人員被帶來與我談這件事情。他們說,我們已經發現你所告訴我們的,現在我們相信了,我說:「好吧,如果你們已經發現了所有的事情,你們就會抓到他(賓拉登),我希望你們明白。」而我認為他們已非常了解引發全球恐怖主義的真正原因,以及敵對美國的計畫,特別是要使我們在戰爭中持續耗竭,直到我們筋疲力盡而放棄,並開始擺脫我們在世界上的重要責任。我們是現今世界上唯一足以對抗邪惡勢力的強大國家。 

那時我是在對一位重要的軍事英雄說話,他在五角大廈仍然具有最高職位,就在上週我與他談話,他說:「我們的軍隊太累了,但軍方將會戰鬥下去。」他又說:「讓我疲憊的是平民百姓,他們厭倦了戰爭,美國厭倦了戰爭。」 

美國再次成為孤立主義者會產生一種危險,我認為是一個真正的危險,你知道我們的命運是什麼?我知道你不想聽到這些,但「從現在開始,我們將可能幾乎持續不斷地處在衝突中,我們必須去適應這種情況。」〔註︰孤立主義者,意即反對本國參與國際政治或經濟盟約者。〕 

也許我們需要從不同的角度來看事情,我們一直在談論生命的代價,這是非常嚴重的事情…還有錢的問題。我相信,我們經常從事的一些事情和一些衝突是我們不應該參與的,而且是從來不應該介入的,但有一些事情,是美國必須在這些時刻興起來抵擋某些勢力的。 

一些持續的衝突對你而言是好的,作為一個基督徒你應該知道神所使用的名字,祂用「萬軍之耶和華」的名超過十次以上,比其他所有的名字還多。祂是主元帥,「萬軍之耶和華」的意思就是全軍隊的主。我們被教導要穿戴神所賜的全副軍裝,而你知道聖經有那個地方提到要把它脫掉?!不,聖經說,全世界都臥在那惡者手下,我們已落後仇敵許多。在戰爭中,你不能說:「我累了,我想休息一下,『暫停休息』一下。」不,這會讓你的頭部中彈,這事常常發生在疲憊的基督徒身上。我們不得不戰鬥,並為一切來爭戰。 

主在復活後若能立刻綑綁撒但並將牠扔進火湖裡,這對我們來說會變得容易些。神有權柄這樣做,祂可以輕彈指頭就使所有的惡者永遠毀滅。不,祂為我們鬆開了魔鬼,最偉大的靈魂永遠是彰顯在最艱難的時期,最偉大的領袖總是在最艱難的試煉中顯明,祂為我們的緣故留下這使命,我們必須接受它。 

我認識一些美國最偉大的領袖,有商界領袖、社區領袖,以及各領域的領袖、教會領袖等,都曾在二次世界大戰的試煉中被磨塑。其中大部分的人都經歷過大蕭條時期,但二次世界大戰遠勝過煉獄,那是超乎我們所能理解的。諾曼第登陸日(D-Day),對他們有些人來說是不容易的一天!他們度過歐洲歷史上最寒冷的冬天,美國無法將冬衣補給給他們,軍隊整天要戰鬥,用手榴彈來炸破冰層穿透地面,好使他們可以挖出一個傘兵坑大小,足以使他們能整晚跑步而不會凍死。其中有些人說,在他們發現庇護所之前,他們是如何排成一列跑了三、四天,或是找到某處的地下室,在那裡他們可以躺下睡幾個小時而不被凍死。他們回國後是那麼地堅強,在之後的冷戰時期,他們得以抵擋共產主義的威脅,並建立了一個全世界最強大的國家。這些都是企業領袖、我們社會的中堅分子,他們被塑造成為剛強的人,他們經歷了極大的考驗與衝突,因此能夠在衝突中剛強站立來對抗冷戰,他們並沒有屈服與投降,而是持續地戰鬥。〔註:19446月6諾曼第戰役開打之日,即第二次世界大戰同盟國反攻被納粹德國所佔領的歐洲大陸。〕 

美國就在那緊要關頭上,他們不能倒下。仇敵魔鬼的首要計謀就是要使聖徒筋疲力盡,我們並不是與屬血氣的爭戰,我不只是看那些正試圖耗盡我們的恐怖主義國家,不,比那些更重要的是,我們並不是與屬血氣的爭戰,我們不能放棄也不能疲倦,休息過後就要回去爭戰,不要抱怨,而要心存感恩,因為我們是為這目的而在這裡,是為這使命而存在。 

現今全世界都臥在那惡者的手下,但是世界及其中所有的一切都屬於主,我們不會放棄它們,我們不會放棄任何屬乎祂的部分,只要有一個靈魂被綑綁、一個靈魂在黑暗中,我們就必須戰鬥,這並不只是說我們必須如此,而是我們必須要做到。主可以使事情變得更容易些,祂本來就可以使事情變得非常容易,然而整個教會歷史是為了掌權而受訓練裝備,就是那些被命定要與祂一同掌權統治的,他們將會證明自己。

我們所經歷的這一切艱難時刻、戰爭及每一方面的衝突,我們要努力不懈,並持續不斷地感謝上帝、敬拜主,在那日來臨時,當人們看著那些聖徒,就是那些曾經歷如此多艱難的人,我們甚至將對執政掌權者作見證,真理終會贏得勝利,光明將會彰顯。

我曾有過一次先知性經歷,是在另一度空間中看見地上有不同的事情發生,顯明給我看的一件事情就是小鄉村教會。它看起來是一個鄉村教會,人數不到二十人,那時應該是個禱告會,他們正全心地敬拜上帝,他們唱得不太好聽,也會走調,音響系統並不是最好的,音質也不好,但在這經歷之中,我看到主使天堂安靜下來,祂使整個天堂靜下來,並說「來聽聽這個」,天堂便轉向那個小教會。我看見他們所經歷的艱難,以及他們所處的艱困情勢,他們每天全力爭戰,卻仍然敬拜感謝神,不斷向前進。當魔鬼看到這景象,牠知道牠毫無機會。

第一個亞當有一個妻子,他們住在完美的環境中,那是絕對完美的環境,並不知道罪惡,一切都很完美。但是當有選擇的機會時,他們卻選擇了邪惡而非良善,因此撒但便有了誇口之處!牠使三分之一的天使加入牠的叛變,牠說:「你看,上帝這個至高無上的創造,祂特別創造出一個與人類的私人親密關係。」人類在完美的環境中,當他們有選擇機會時,究竟會跟隨神,或是選擇跟隨魔鬼撒但?牠說:「看看他們所選擇的!」結果人類選擇了邪惡,而這就是牠所誇口的,而且牠仍舊引誘許多人跌倒。「看起來邪惡似乎佔了優勢,好像如果你行惡就可以在這個世界上獲得成功,你欺騙並做這些事就能夠更成功。」

但末後的亞當―基督―在最黑暗、敗壞的世代,將會有一個新婦起來抵擋這最大的敵對者,她將會選擇順服與敬拜神,她會選擇拒絕邪惡,並選擇良善與順服,這將是一個永恆的見證,就是良善將會戰勝邪惡,最後神將會戰勝邪惡。

你蒙召成為末後新婦的一份子,沒錯,有一些事情正發生在阿拉巴馬州的基督徒身上,這能成為他們最美好的時刻。我也曾遭遇這樣的事,但不是經歷龍捲風,那時我失去所擁有的一切,我失去很多,並搬進一間簡陋的狹小屋子,那時我們才剛完成夢想中的房子,卻不得不搬進這個小屋裡,我確實是失去了一切,但多年來我沒有感覺這麼好過,因為主與我同在。

我們一定要抓住這些機會,我們必須要戰鬥並剛強站立。人的生命不過是一片雲霧,出現少時就不見了(雅各書4:14)。我們在永恆裡會有很多時間休息,但現在我們有重要的事情必須去做,我確信對每一個基督徒而言,爭戰將會繼續下去,而且我們不會經歷到那種許多人想要的平安,就是那種沒有衝突的平安。那不是我們所要尋找的平安,我們是在衝突中找到平安,在複雜多變的環境中,無論發生什麼事,當我們有上帝的平安時就能得勝。這很有趣,神甚至使用「萬軍之耶和華」這名字超過十次以上,比祂其他的名字還多。經上說:「賜平安的神快要將撒但踐踏在你們腳下。」(羅馬書16:20)這就是平安的神,上帝的平安是堅固堡壘,很快地祂將要摧毀撒但在你的腳下。

要住在祂的平安之中,那就是耶穌所在之處,平安之城―耶路撒冷。祂是和平的君王,祂將平安帶來世上,最後祂將要恢復地球成為它起初被創造的樣子。這是一個絕對肯定的事實,但現在我們必須明白在衝突之中屬於祂的完全平安,在艱難時刻我們必須剛強站立,如此,我們將對萬國甚至執政掌權者作見證!

   引用自:http://www.hosanna-tod.com/front/bin/ptdetail.phtml?Part=052311b&Rcg=16334
     原文瀏覽:Tornadoes in the Southeast (Transcript) by Rick Joyner : MorningStar Ministries

本文翻譯轉載自MorningStar《晨星事工》,特此致謝!中文版由和撒那/TOD大衛會幕禱告中心網站翻譯。

原文如下:

Tornadoes in the Southeast
May 6, 2011 (Transcript)


     Some have said that the terrible outbreak last week has done more damage than Hurricane Katrina, more disaster, more damage. Thankfully, not as many lives were lost, but far too many were lost. “What is going on”? Christians are asking this. Christians were in those tornadoes, good families, good Christians were there. What is going on?
Just a little over a week before that big outbreak, Bob Jones told (Rick Joyner) , he said, “Weather is about to go crazy and it’s not going to get less, it’s going to keep increasing.” And he was. . . grieved, he mourned, he’s praying, as we all should be. Again, we are told in scripture, we can build our house on a rock but when the storms come and beat against our house, the house will stand. And I don’t care how much framing, how much steel framing, or how much else, that won’t make it stand. That’s not what causes us to stand. What will cause us to stand is hearing the words of the Lord and obeying them. 

     We also have another major event that happened and that we need to understand and that was that Osama Bin Laden was finally caught, finally killed. What I told our Intelligence community, right after 911, I had a number of interviews, and I shared with them something they didn’t want to hear and they didn’t believe. Right after 911, they were going after Osama Bin Laden and I said, “You’re not going to get him. The Lord is going to hide him from you for years.” They didn’t want to hear that at all, they thought, in two months we’ll have this guy. I said, “No, you’re not. Your not going to get him, it’s going to be a long time, the LORD will hide him from you, for years.” And I told them why the Lord was doing this. I said, you’ve got to learn some things on the trail that you don’t know now, you don’t understand, you don’t believe, you wouldn’t believe me if I told you. But you’ll find him on his trail, and you need this understanding. I said, In due time you’ll get him, but not until you get this understanding. 

     It was about three years ago an Intelligence officer was sent down to talk to me about this, and they said, we’ve found everything you told us. We now believe. I said, “Well, if you’ve found everything, you will get him (Bin Laden), but I hope you got understanding, and I felt that they had pretty good understanding of what was causing the world terrorism, what was causing the real source of this world terrorism, and the strategy against the United States specifically, to wear us down, to keep us in wars, engaged in wars, until we’re just so worn out we can’t do it anymore and we give up and start turning away from major obligations that we have in the world. We’re the only nation strong enough and wealthy enough to stand against some evil forces in the world now. 

     I was talking to one of our major military heroes , who still has a top job in the Pentagon, I was talking to him just last week and he was saying, “Our military is so tired, but the military will fight on.” He said, “What’s getting me is the civilians, they’re just getting weary of war, and America is weary of war.” 
And there is a danger of America becoming isolationist again. And I think a real danger, because I think, you know what our destiny is? And I know you don’t want to hear this, “We will be in conflict probably almost continuously from now on. We need to get used to it.”

     Maybe we need to look at some things from a different perspective, we keep talking about the cost in lives and that’s a terrible, terrible thing. . . the cost in money. And I believe we are often getting engaged in things we shouldn’t be engaged in. We are in some conflicts we should not be in, should have never have gotten in. Some really are the Lord . . . we’re (America) is raised up in these times to stand against certain forces.

     Some of the good things that constant conflict does for you and as a Christian you should know this because the Lord uses the title, “The Lord of Hosts,” over ten times more than all of his other titles. He is a Marshal GOD. Lord of Hosts means, Lord of Armies. We’re told to put on the full armor of GOD, do you know anywhere is scripture where it says, take it off?! No, it says the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. We’ve been dropped behind enemy lines. In the midst of a war you can’t just say, “I’m tired, I want to take a break, ‘time out’ for a little while. No, you’d get your head shot off. That happens to Christians so often when he gets weary. I’ve been a Christian for forty years now and I don’t remember a time in my life without some tests, some trial. I may go a few weeks, here or there, with relative rest and peace, and some of the trials are so intense it makes the other ones look like they weren’t trials at all. But we’ve had to battle and fight for just about everything.

     You know the Lord could have bound Satan and thrown him into the lake of fire immediately after His resurrection if He’d just wanted it to be easy for us. He could have easily done that, He had gained the right. He had the authority to do it. God could flick His little finger and all evil would be destroyed forever. No, He left the devil loose for our sake. The greatest souls are always revealed during the most trying times. The greatest leaders are always revealed, during the times of greatest trial. And He left things like this for our sake. We need to embrace it.

     I know some of our greatest leaders in America, business leaders, community leaders, leaders in every area, church leaders and everything, were fashioned in the trials of WWII. They had not only, most of them, gone through the great depression, but WWII was far worse of a hell, than many of us realize for our soldiers, for our military. D-Day, for some of them, was one of their easier days! And they went on through one of the coldest winters in Europe’s history and we could not get winter clothing to them. Our troops would have to fight all day long, throw a grenade to break the ice so they could get to ground where they could dig a foxhole big enough so they could run all night so that they wouldn’t freeze to death. Some of them tell stories about how they went for three or four days in a row before they found a shelter, or a basement somewhere, where they could lay down and get several hours of sleep and not freeze to death. . .they came back so strong, so hardened. Then they were able to stand against the incredible Communist threat in the cold war, and they built one of the greatest, most powerful nations. These were corporate leaders and leaders throughout our society who were strong and they were made strong, and they were made great through the trials of the conflict they had been through. And so they were able to stay the conflict against the cold war. They didn’t bend, they didn’t cave in, they kept on fighting.
America’s just in that place, they cannot get tired. That’s is the devil’s #1 strategy, to wear out the saints. And we’re not warring against flesh and blood, I’m not just looking at the countries that are the source of terrorism, that are trying to wear us out, wear us down. No, it’s bigger than that. We’re not warring against flesh and blood, but we can’t give up and we can’t get tired. Take a little break, if you get a little R&R, take it, then, get back in the fight. Don’t complain, be thankful. We’re here for this purpose. We’re in this life for this purpose.

     The whole world lies in the power of the evil one. But the world, and all it contains, belongs to the Lord. We’re not giving it up. We’re not giving up any part of it to him. As long as there is a single soul in bondage, a single soul in darkness, we’ve got to fight on. It’s not that we have to, but we get to. The Lord could have made it easier, He could have made it much easier. This whole church age was training for reigning, for those who were destined to rule and reign with Him. They are proving themselves. 

     When someone goes through, all that we’re going through, the times, the battles and the conflict on every side, we just labor on. We keep on and we don’t quit. Then we continue to thank the Lord, to worship the Lord, after all that is happening. It becomes a witness to even principalities and powers. The truth is going to win. Light is going to prevail, in the end, when they look at those saints who went through so much. 

     I had a prophetic experience one time where I was in a realm where I could see different things going on in the earth and one of the things that I was shown was this little country church, it looked like a country church, didn’t seem to have twenty people in it, must have been a prayer meeting and they were worshiping the Lord with all their heart, and they didn’t sound too good. They weren’t in tune, their sound system wasn’t that great, it didn’t sound good. But in this experience, I saw the Lord silence heaven. He silenced heaven, and said, “Listen to this.” And heaven tuned in to that little church. I saw the struggles they had been through. The struggles they were in. The daily fight they were all in, but how they still worshiped, “We’re thankful to the Lord!” and just marching on. When you see that, when the devil sees that, he knows he doesn’t have a chance.

     The first Adam had a wife, they lived in perfect conditions, absolute perfect conditions, knew no sin, everything was perfect. But given the choice, they chose evil over good and since then Satan has had a boast! He caused a third of the angels to fall with this one point, he says, “Look, GOD had this crowning creation of GOD that He has made especially to have a personal relationship with, Mankind”. Put them in perfect conditions, and when they were given a choice, to follow GOD, or to follow him (Satan), follow the devil, he said, “Look what they chose!” They chose evil. And that’s the boast he’s had and he still causes many to fall. “It looks like evil is prevailing. It looks like you can get ahead in this world if you’ll do evil, you’ll cheat and do all these things, you’ll do much better”.

     But the last Adam, Christ, is going to have a bride that in the worst of times, the worst of conditions, against the greatest opposition, she’s going to choose to obey. She’s going to choose to worship GOD. She’s going to refuse to choose evil and choose good and choose obedience and it will be a witness for all of eternity that good will prevail over evil. GOD is going to prevail over evil.

     You are called to be a part of that bride of the last end. Yes, stuff is happening. Stuff happened to good Christian people in Alabama. This can be their finest hour. I had it happen to me, not through a tornado, but where I lost everything I owned and at the time I had a lot to lose. Moved into a tiny little shack, just after finishing our dream house, I had to move into this tiny little shack, lost everything, but I hadn’t felt better in years because the way the Presence of the Lord was with me.
We’ve got to seize these opportunities. We’ve got to fight on. We’ve got to stand and be strong. This whole life is but a vapor. We’ll have plenty of time to rest and have a great time in eternity but here we’ve got a job to do. I believe the fight will go on, certainly, for every Christian and we’re not going to know the kind of peace many want to know, which is the absence of conflict. That’s not where we find our peace. We find peace in the midst of conflict. In the midst of conditions, whatever happens, when we have the peace of GOD, there will be a victory. It’s interesting, even the Lord uses the title, “Lord of Hosts,” more than ten times, more than all of His other titles. He says the GOD of Peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. It’s the GOD of Peace. The peace of GOD is an impregnable fortress and will utterly destroy the works of the devil.

     Abide in His peace. That is where Jesus is going to live. He’s only going to live, In the City of Peace, Jerusalem. He is the Prince of Peace. He came to bring peace on the earth. Ultimately, there will be peace because of the conditions and He is going to restore the earth to the paradise that it was created to be, that is an absolute, sure fact. But right now, we have to know His absolute perfect peace in the midst of the conflict, in the midst of the troubles and we’ve got to stand strong. And if we will, we will be that witness to the nations and even to principalities and powers.

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