2019年11月12日
預言得到應驗

粵語 國語

第12天


讀經:   

以西結書二十六章1至14節

1第十一年十一月初一日,耶和華的話臨到我說:

2“人子啊,因推羅向耶路撒冷說:‘阿哈!那作眾民之門的已經破壞,向我開放;她既變為荒場,我必豐盛。’

3所以主耶和華如此說:推羅啊,我必與你為敵,使許多國民上來攻擊你,如同海使波浪湧上來一樣。

4他們必破壞推羅的牆垣,拆毀她的城樓。我也要刮淨塵土,使她成為淨光的磐石。

5她必在海中作曬網的地方,也必成為列國的擄物。這是主耶和華說的。

6屬推羅城邑的居民(註:“城邑的居民”原文作“田間的眾女”。8節同)必被刀劍殺滅,他們就知道我是耶和華。

7主耶和華如此說:我必使諸王之王的巴比倫王尼布甲尼撒率領馬匹、車輛、馬兵、軍隊和許多人民,從北方來攻擊你推羅。

8他必用刀劍殺滅屬你城邑的居民,也必造台、築壘、舉盾牌攻擊你。

9他必安設撞城錘攻破你的牆垣,用鐵器拆毀你的城樓。

10因他的馬匹眾多,塵土揚起遮蔽你。他進入你的城門,好像人進入已有破口之城。那時,你的牆垣必因騎馬的和戰車、輜重車的響聲震動。

11他的馬蹄必踐踏你一切的街道,他必用刀殺戮你的居民,你堅固的柱子(註:或作“柱像”)必倒在地上。

12人必以你的財寶為擄物,以你的貨財為掠物,破壞你的牆垣,拆毀你華美的房屋,將你的石頭、木頭、塵土都拋在水中。

13我必使你唱歌的聲音止息,人也不再聽見你彈琴的聲音。

14我必使你成為淨光的磐石,作曬網的地方。你不得再被建造,因為這是主耶和華說的。

以西結所宣講的是一些最為特殊的預言,而且還鉅細靡遺地完全應驗。我們在二十六、二十七和二十八章,看到先知預言推羅城的將來。

以西結對推羅城至少作出七個明確的預言。推羅是當時全世界最重要的一個貿易城市。它是腓尼基的首都,擁有最好的商船和水手,可以說是古代的香港。相傳是它首先發展貨幣交易,來取代原始的以貨易貨。

照後來的歷史發展,我們知道尼布甲尼撒王揮軍攻擊推羅,應驗了7至9節的預言。尼布甲尼撒圍攻該城13年,最後才逼使它投降。直至最後,他才發現推羅人已將大部分城池遷移至一個離島。

一直到240年後的亞歷山大帝,以西結的預言才得到進一步的應驗(見第12節)。他的軍隊徹底摧毀城中剩餘的一切,把石頭扔進大海之中;以西結的預言便照著字面如實應驗。

我們可以相信神的話嗎?答案是絕對的肯定。聖經各書卷之間的統一完整,以及眾多預言都已經應驗,便足以證明它是神所默示的。不少人都曾經嘲笑聖經;評鑑學者也貶低聖經預言的可信性,認為它們只是「事件發生之後的歷史記載」。但事實上,神揀選了各種人,通過他們揭示未來;他們的預言,有不少已經成真,還有一些則有待應驗。

聖經是神的話。我們要相信它、信靠它、接受它。聖經是歷久彌新的──因為這默示的話,是神給世人──更特別是給祂兒女的寶貴信息。讓我們為此再次感謝神。

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FULFILLED PROPHECY
Day 12


Bible Reading:   

Ezekiel 26: 1-14

1 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

2 “Son of man, because Tyre has said against Jerusalem, ‘Aha! She is broken who was the gateway of the peoples; now she is turned over to me; I shall be filled; she is laid waste.’

3 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and will cause many nations to come up against you, as the sea causes its waves to come up.

4 And they shall destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers; I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock.

5 It shall be a place for spreading nets in the midst of the sea, for I have spoken,’ says the Lord GOD; ‘it shall become plunder for the nations.

6 Also her daughter villages which are in the fields shall be slain by the sword. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.’

7 “For thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Behold, I will bring against Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzarking of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, with chariots, and with horsemen, and an army with many people.

8 He will slay with the sword your daughter villages in the fields; he will heap up a siege mound against you, build a wall against you, and raise a defense against you.

9 He will direct his battering rams against your walls, and with his axes he will break down your towers.

10 Because of the abundance of his horses, their dust will cover you; your walls will shake at the noise of the horsemen, the wagons, and the chariots, when he enters your gates, as men enter a city that has been breached.

11 With the hooves of his horses he will trample all your streets; he will slay your people by the sword, and your strong pillars will fall to the ground.

12 They will plunder your riches and pillage your merchandise; they will break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses; they will lay your stones, your timber, and your soil in the midst of the water.

13 I will put an end to the sound of your songs, and the sound of your harps shall be heard no more.

14 I will make you like the top of a rock; you shall be a place for spreading nets, and you shall never be rebuilt, for I the LORD have spoken,’ says the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel has given us some of the most remarkable prophecies ever to be fulfilled in exact detail. Three chapters are devoted to the fate of one city, Tyre. They are chapters 26, 27, and 28.

There were at least seven specific predictions which Ezekiel made against Tyre, which at that time was one of the greatest trading nations of the world. It was the capital city of Phoenicia and had the finest ships and the best sailors. It could be called the Hong Kong of the ancient world. It is said to have developed the use of money instead of simple barter.

History tells us that Nebuchadnezzar came against Tyre in fulfillment of verses 7-9. He carried out siege for 13 years until the city finally capitulated. Only then did he discover that the people of Tyre had moved most of the city to an island off shore.

It was left to Alexander the Great, almost 240 years later, to fulfil more of Ezekiel’s prophecies (see v.12). His troops demolished what was left of the city and threw the stones into the ocean, thus fulfilling Ezekiel’s prophecy literally.

Can we trust the Word of God? The answer is a strong “yes”. The unity of the book and the many instances of fulfilled prophecy are proofs of its divine inspiration. There are many who have laughed at theBible. Critics have dismissed Biblical prophecy saying it is “history written after the event”. But God chose various men and women through whom He revealed future events and many of these prophecies have come true. Others are still to be fulfilled.

TheBible is God’s Word. Believe it. Trust it. Accept it. TheBible will always be what it is - God’s inspired message to the world and, in particular, to His children. Let’s thank Him for it again today.