大灾难

新旧约都预期了一段大灾难时期作为终结前的征兆。耶利米说“遭难的时候”,并补充说那天是,“无日可比”(耶30:7)。但以理讲到 “并且有大艰难,从有国以来直到此时,没有这样的”(但以理书12:1)。在橄榄山圣训中(太24:3-51),耶稣不仅预言了耶路撒冷在公元70年的毁灭(太24:2),并进一步确认教会的整个历史中都是要面对患难(太24:9-10),除此之外也警戒教会最后要面对的大灾难 – 耶路撒冷的毁灭预示了将来所要发生的:“因为那时必有大灾难,从世界的起头直到如今,没有这样的灾难,後来也必没有。”(太24:21)。此外,还有基督徒离经叛道标记着基督再临之前的时期(2帖2:1-3)并敌基督的出现(但11:36-45; 帖后2:4)。

作者:Thomas, D.

Both Old and New Testaments expect a period of tribulation to characterize the period prior to the end. Jeremiah speaks of a ‘time of trouble’, adding concerning the day, ‘None will be like it’ (Jer. 30:7). Daniel speaks of a ‘time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning’ (Dan. 12:1). And in the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24:3–51), Jesus not only tells of the immediate destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 (Matt. 24:2),

and further admits that the entire history of the church is to know tribulation (Matt 24:9–10), but also warns that the church can expect a final tribulation—one which is anticipated by the destruction of Jerusalem: ‘For then there will be great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equalled again …’ (Matt. 24:21). In addition there are the signs of apostasy that mark the period before Christ’s coming (2 Thess. 2:1–3) and the appearance of Antichrist (Dan. 11:36–45; 2 Thess. 2:4).

Written By Thomas, D. (1993). God Strengthens: Ezekiel Simply Explained. Darlington, England: Evangelical Press