CHAPTER XXI – Revelation 启示录 9:1-12 – 廿世纪末的战争形式TYPES OF WARFARE AT THE END OF THE 20TH CENTURY

启示录的信息 The Message of the Book of Revelation by Rev. Carpus Yip 葉華牧師 / Bilingual Edition  ( 简体中文 Simplified Chinese  and English).

CHAPTER XXI

廿世纪末的战争形式 (启示录9:1-12)
TYPES OF WARFARE AT THE END OF THE 20TH CENTURY (REVELATION 9:1-12)

上一章天使吹响第一到第四号,描写末世的战争武器,那些战争的 武器,多数已经出现。本章第五号、第六号又是另外一个主题,是关於 末日战争的形式。
In the previous chapter, the angels sounded the first four trumpets, which described the weapons of war during the end times; most of those weapons have already appeared. The fifth and the sixth trumpet in this chapter correspond to another theme which pertains to types of warfare during the end times.

这段经文虽然描写地上的事,也不能全按字面解释。因为这段经文 里有很多「好像」、「彷彿」等字眼。不能按字意,也不能根据原文解释。 因为约翰只能用他所懂的词句,来描写廿一世纪的事。就算是当时顶尖 的文学家,也没有办法写出今天我们所用的字辞。电脑、电话、电视是 他闻所未闻的,就算看见也不知是甚麽。读这章需要想像力,想像他怎 样描写今日的事物,他没有见过现代的科技,也没有今天的字典。
Even though this passage describes events that are happening on the earth, it cannot entirely be interpreted literally, because it contains such words as: “was like”, “something like”, “resembled”. It cannot be interpreted according to the meaning of the word or according to the original text; because John could only use words he knew at that time to describe events from the 21st century. The finest writer in those times would not have been able to come up with words that we use today. “Computer”, “telephone”, “television”, those are words which they have never heard of before; even if they saw these things, they would not have known what they were. You need to use your imagination to read this chapter; imagine how John would describe the things that we have today. He has never seen today’s technology and he does not have today’s dictionary.

灾难从黑暗的国而来
DISASTER CAME FROM THE REALM OF DARKNESS

11有无底坑的使者作他们的王.按著希伯来话、名叫亚巴 顿、希利尼话、名叫亚玻伦。
11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).

地上所有的灾难,都是从黑暗的国度来,是魔鬼的作为。牠们的王 名字叫做「破坏者」,希伯来文叫「亚巴顿」,希腊文叫「亚坡伦」,意思 是「破坏、毁灭者」。那时牠将露出真面目。过去牠在人间做了很多事, 使人觉得牠是朋友,能助人成功,助人发达。到末日牠的残暴面目露出 来,人间将只有仇恨、互相仇杀,使人间变了地狱一样。
All disasters on earth come from the realm of darkness; they are the works of demons. Their king is called “Destroyer”, whose name in Hebrew if “Abaddon” and in Greek is “Apollyon”. At that time he will show his real identity. In the past, he did many things among human beings, making people feel that he was their friend, that he could help them be successful and wealthy. During the end times, his ruthless nature will be exposed; there will only be hatred in the world, they will kill each other, and the earth will become a living hell.

最兇恶的鬼王登场
THE MOST VICIOUS KING OF THE DEMONS APPEARS ON THE SCENE

1第五位天使吹号,见一个星从天落到地,有无底坑钥匙赐 给他。2他开了无底坑,便有烟从坑里往上冒,好像大火炉的烟。 日头和天空都因这烟昏暗了。
1The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. 2 When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss.

这星是一位天使从天上来,打开无底坑,把恶魔释放。开门的是天 使,但给他权柄的是神自己。无底坑是关锁恶天使的监狱。从廿世纪开 始,恶天使被释放出来,地上许多的灾难战争都是由牠所发动。
The star is an angel that had fallen from the sky to the earth; he opened the Abyss and liberated the evil demons. The one who opened the door was an angel but the one who gave him the authority was God Himself. The Abyss is the prison where evil angels are locked up. Starting from the 20th century, the evil angels are set free, the earth will experience great disasters and wars and all these events are initiated by the evil one.

灵界的生物出现之时,常会带著烟云。所以鬼怪电影都烟雾瀰漫。 从圣经的记载中,我们看见,神出现之时有「云彩」,但那些云彩是发亮 的,因为以色列营地上空的「云柱」,晚上成「火柱」,因为有强光发出。
When creatures from the spirit world appear, they are often accompanied with a cloud of smoke. That is why ghost movies are always overflowing with smoke. From the Bible we can see that whenever God appears, He does it in a cloud, but those clouds are very luminous. When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, a pillar of cloud went in front of the Israelites during the day and a pillar of fire during the night, because the cloud gave out a very bright light.

恶魔出现时却像火炉的烟,是昏暗的,把日头的光都挡住了。在原 文也是用「烟」来形容,不是「云彩」。不过,就算是烟,也显出他的神秘 能力,叫人觉得高深莫测。灵界力量是实在的,寻求魔鬼帮助的人多, 表面看来,像是胜过神的帮助,使人名利双收。在末世的时候,人心被 迷惑,宁愿拜鬼,不愿拜神,宁愿跟邪魔外道,不愿走永生的道路。
When the Devil appears, he will be accompanied with smoke, like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The smoke will be so dark that it will block the sunlight. The original language also uses the word “smoke”, not the word “cloud”. However, even if it is smoke, people will think he has profoundly mysterious abilities. The power of the spiritual world is very real indeed. Many people seek the help of the Devil instead of God’s help, because it may seem to bring them fame and fortune. During the end times, people’s heart will be confused, they will prefer to worship the Devil instead of worshiping God; they would rather follow the way of heresy than to follow the way of eternal life.

战鬥机
FIGHTER AIRCRAFTS

7蝗蟲的形状像豫备出战的马,头上像有金冠冕,脸面像 人,8头髮像女人,牙齿像狮子的牙,9胸前有像铁甲,像许多 车马奔跑上阵的声音。
7 The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. 8 Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.

廿世纪的战争方式是以飞机轰炸为主。约翰的时代当然没有人见过 飞机,所以他们都有困难描写这种末世的武器。
The style of wars in the 20th century will rely mainly on fighter aircrafts carrying bombs. In John’s era, of course no one had ever seen an aircraft, so they have difficulty describing the weapons used during the end times.

从第七节到第九节对这种「蝗蟲」的描写,我们可以知道是描写现代 的飞机。战鬥机出来参与战争的时候,都不是一架单独出来,一定是大 群湧出来,像蝗蟲一样。
From the description given to the “locust” from verse 7 to verse 9, we know that it is the description of an airplane. When fighter aircrafts started being used in wars, they were sent out in a large group, not just a single aircraft by itself, which may resemble a swarm of locust.

声音像车马奔跑上阵的声音,更清楚是指「飞机」了。它有金属在外 面,「金冠冕」、「胸前有像铁甲」。「脸面像人」,因为机头都有窗,像两 只眼睛。「头髮像女人」,蝗蟲没有头髮,这里也不是用头髮这个字,指 的是蝗蟲的天线,天线像女人的髮饰、髮针。也有蝎子的尾巴。
The sound they made was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle which clearly depicts an “airplane”. It has metal on the outside, “something like crowns of gold”, “they had breastplates like breastplates of iron”. “Their faces resembled human faces” because the front of an airplane has windows, like two eyes. “Their hair was like women’s hair”, locust don’t have hair and the word used here is not “hair”; it refers to the antennas on the locust, the antenna looked like the adornment of women’s hair, hair pins. They had tails with stingers, like scorpions.

散播化武的飞机
AIRCRAFTS THAT SPRAY CHEMICAL WEAPONS

这战鬥机是散播化武的机器,因为有蝎子的能力。
These aircrafts sprayed chemical weapons, because they had the power like that of scorpions.

3有蝗蟲飞到地上,有能力好像地上蝎子能力。4并且他们 不伤害地上的植物,惟独伤害额上没有神印记的人,5但不是杀 死他们,只叫他们受痛苦五个月。这痛苦,像蝎子螫人。6人要 求死,决不得死,愿意死,死却远避他们。
3 And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. 4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. 6 During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

廿世纪初经过世界大战之後,世人害怕这残忍的战争会再次发生, 所以成立联合国,希望藉著几个强大的国家,有监管作用。
At the beginning of the 20th century, after World War II, people were afraid that another ruthless war would take place again; thus, several powerful nations formed the United Nations hoping to promote peace and international cooperation and security.

联合国当然不能阻止战争的出现,只希望各国如果打仗要少杀人, 要合人道。滥杀的将受惩罚。这一种仗是非常难打的。士兵受牵制,士 气受影响。打韩战时,中国派士兵帮助北韩对抗美军,用人海战术,以 肉身对鎗砲,让人杀不下手。所以後来打越战之时,用上化武,叫人受 折磨时,却没有在砲弹下血肉糢糊的恐怖景象。
Of course, the United Nations cannot prevent wars from happening; it can only hope that if there is a war among the nations, that there would be the least amount of casualties and that every person be treated humanely and that those who commit massacres be punished. During the Korean War, China sent troops to help North Korea fight the US troops employing Human wave military attack tactics. Soldiers used their own bodies to block guns and cannons; the number of casualties was such that the enemy did not want to continue the killing. These kinds of wars are very difficult to fight; soldiers are restricted, and it affects their morale. Thus, later on, in the Vietnam War, chemical weapons were used, so people would not have to suffer the horrific blood shed killings from artillery weapons.

这些化学武器落在地上,对地上的植物好像没有甚麽影响,但人接 触到,真是求生不得,求死不能。让人身体产生种种怪异的病。而且是 长时间的受苦。「有尾巴像蝎子,能伤人五个月」。因为蝗蟲存活期是 五个月,就是说在牠们出现的整个时期,人都在受这种毒害。五个月代 表全时间受苦,它存在多久,就受苦多久。
The chemical weapons dropped on the ground seem to have little impact on plants but when people come in contact with it, they will seek death but will not find it, they will long to die, but death will elude them. The chemical weapons produce weird diseases in humans. Those diseases last a very long time. “They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.” The life span of a locust is five months, which means that during the entire time that they are around people will be tormented by their poisoning. Five months represents suffering the whole entire time. As long as the Devil is around, the people will continue to suffer.