9 揭開第五印的時候，我看見在祭壇底下，有為神的道、並為作見證被殺之人的靈魂，10 大聲喊著說：「聖潔真實的主啊，你不審判住在地上的人，給我們伸流血的冤，要等到幾時呢？」11 於是有白衣賜給他們各人；又有話對他們說，還要安息片時，等著一同作僕人的和他們的弟兄也像他們被殺，滿足了數目。12 揭開第六印的時候，我又看見地大震動，日頭變黑像毛布，滿月變紅像血，13 天上的星辰墜落於地，如同無花果樹被大風搖動，落下未熟的果子一樣。14 天就挪移，好像書卷被捲起來；山嶺海島都被挪移離開本位。15 地上的君王、臣宰、將軍、富戶、壯士，和一切為奴的、自主的，都藏在山洞和巖石穴裏，16 向山和巖石說：「倒在我們身上吧！把我們藏起來，躲避坐寶座者的面目和羔羊的忿怒；17 因為他們忿怒的大日到了，誰能站得住呢？」
9When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” 11Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.
12I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 14The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
15Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”
- Listen to the voice of the martyrs. Do I find myself echoing their cry from time to time? What sort of assurance did God give to them? When I have been wronged and in stress, what sort of assurance do I receive from today’s passage?
- Today, there continue to be martyrs Jesus’ sake across the world, where Christians are persecuted. How can I pray alongside the persecuted church?
- “The great day of his wrath is here; and who can stand it?” (v. 17). No one is capable of escaping these conditions. In light of all the recent natural disasters, how does this passage remind me of the second coming of Jesus? How does this awareness help me prepare for the return of the Lord?
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.