【恩典见证】来自国外监狱主内弟兄的一封信(附英文原文)

【恩典见证】来自国外监狱主内弟兄的一封信(附英文原文)

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这是一位生活在逼迫基督教的国家,因主名被囚的基督徒,透过管道寄给美国弟兄Rob的信。


给我在美国的主内弟兄姊妹:


在这里早上是非常寒冷的。我的小囚房没有加热的设备,我的双脚失去知觉。这是神的赐福,因为在今天吃早餐以前,我将会被拷打逼问,这样我就不会觉得太痛苦。寒冷造成的冻僵让我比较可以忍受拷打。被打的时候,我必须记得不要叫的太大声,以免惹得警卫不高兴。我怀疑他们在捶打我时候是否可以忍受我的哭喊。在监狱里,一切变得很例行的,包括对我的拷打。


我再度地为你们祷告。在这里我有很多时间,而很感谢地,我没有流血。我曾经听到一个传说:在美国的教会里,每个人都拥有一本完整的圣经,这真的是事实吗?在我最后一次被逮捕之前,有一次教会在私宅举行聚会(这是多少年前了?),我手里拿着一页的圣经,念给整个教会会友听。我亲自握着神的话语,当时我知道有主的恩惠在我身上。真是何等的荣耀。


今天在我的梦中,我再一次走到天堂,一个有灿烂光彩的人跟我说话,谈到了你的名字。他显示给我看俄罗斯大熊并没有完全死去,就像你所推测的,只是在冬眠、养精蓄锐,准备要攻击你的国家。它锐利的爪子已伸出,准备要把你的国家撕成碎片,让你们降服。


我问道:“他们为什么要放下武器?”


这个灿烂的人回答说:“他们在锡安觉得安然自在,但很快地,他们不再安然自在。”


“西方国家很多圣徒变得富有,却不知道实际上他们是可怜、贫穷、盲目和裸体的。他们拿神的祝福与财富划上等号,他们不知道真正的财宝是什么。”


这时耶稣走进我们谈话的地方。所有的人都弯身敬拜,只有我放声大哭。虽然他知道原因,但还是问我为什么哭成这样。


我问说:“主啊,你受苦的日子只有持续几天,但我已受苦好几年了!我比你受苦多太多了,为什么?”


带着极大的怜悯,他似乎看穿了我(我觉得他是这样)。


他说:“孩子,我允许你小口地啜饮苦难,是让你的信仰不致失败。我吞噬的是整个人类罪的毒滓,那是你永远无法理解也未曾经历的。你己喝了我的杯,再忍耐一会儿。”


我醒来。


我亲爱的主内弟兄姊妹们,你们尚未准备好忍受即将来临的苦难。现在放掉世界并让其远离吧!如果你获得了基督,就没有失去任何一件重要的东西。


不久之前,我这个老年人在医务室的医药箱看到了镜子中的我。我的牙齿已破损,我看起来像烂掉了一样。我曾经英俊的脸孔己被痛苦刻蚀。我看起来像一具尽力在喘一口气的 体。医生给我热开水以减轻我的疾病,让我稍微缓和一下。在这里我们没有任何医药。 我是如此的为自己悲伤,但庆幸我的母亲已死去。不然我现在的景况会让她痛苦致死。当我走回我的小囚房,圣灵对我说:“不要如此沮丧,我会显示给你看我所看到的你。”


我突然从冰中看到我的景像。我再一次地看到了年轻有活力的我,我穿着正义的白袍,就像在天堂中圣徒所穿的一样。这令人相当愉快。


我的笑声惊动了警卫们。我只能解释说他与我在一起。


亲爱美国弟兄们,我们为你们祷告,让你们在黑夜压碎你的土地时(而且那一定会发生)不致失去信仰。背起十字架传讲福音,也让你的人民预备好背负十字架,否则当那时候到,他们会失去信仰。 这里非常冷,我祷告能有一条毯子或一些碎布让我保持温暖。


一个无名的囚犯


为主而被拘禁的大使


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悔改归回主吧!我必须持守真理,我们必须持守正义。我们必须圣灵充满的讲道回到教会中,不要再有轻松而空洞的信息。我们必须持守神话语的真理,而且是真理的一切(不是挑选让我们觉得舒服的一部份)。我们必须继续祷告,而且是最高的优先,我们必须站在神的话语。不要浪费时间在看电视及听收音机上。不要称你自己是基督徒却生活或浸足在罪中。我们必须关心未得救的人,我们不可因福音而觉得羞愧。不管发生什么事,我们永永远远为基督而活,他是拯救的唯一道路。 Rob


耶稣又对众人说:若有人要跟从我,就当舍己,天天背起他的十字架来跟从我。,因为,凡要救自己生命的,必丧掉生命;凡为我丧掉生命的,必救了生命。(路9: 23-24)


弟兄们,你们要谨慎,免得你们中间或有人存着不信的恶心,把永生神离弃了。(来3: 12)


所以,自己以为站得稳的,须要谨慎,免得跌倒。(林前 10: 12)


务要谨守,儆醒。因为你们的仇敌魔鬼,如同吼叫的狮子,遍地游行,寻找可吞 的人。(彼前 5: 8)


我知道你的行为,你也不冷也不热;我巴不得你或冷或热。你既如温水,也不冷也不热,所以我必从我口中把你吐出去。你说:我是富足,已经发了财,一样都不缺;却不知道你是那困苦、可怜、贫穷、瞎眼、赤身的。 我劝你向我买火炼的金子,叫你富足;又买白衣穿上,叫你赤身的羞耻不露出来;又买眼药擦你的眼睛,使你能看见。(启 3: 15-18)


凡我所疼爱的,我就责备管教他;所以你要发热心,也要悔改。(启 3: 19)


倘若守望的人见刀剑临到,不吹角,以致民不受警戒,刀剑来杀了他们中间的一个人,他虽然死在罪孽之中,我却要向守望的人讨他丧命的罪。(结 33: 6)


To My American cousins in Christ:


It's frigid cold here this morning. My cell is unheated and I cannot feel my legs. This is a blessing. Today I will be beaten and tortured before breakfast and I will not feel the pain as much. Numbness from the cold makes the tortures bearable. I will have to remember to scream on que so as not to upset the guards. I wonder if they are as bored with my cries as I am with their beatings? In prison everything becomes routine, even torture.


I prayed for you again. I have much time on my hands here and thankfully no blood. I once heard a rumor that the churches in America each had a complete Bible of their very own. Could such a thing be true? Once at a house church meeting, just before my last arrest- how many years has it been?- I actually held a page of scripture in my own hands and was allowed to read it to the church. I myself was holding the word of God. I knew then that I was favored of the Lord. Such a great honor.


In my dream today I went to Heaven again and one of the Splendid Ones spoke with me about you. He showed me the great Russian bear- not at all dead as you have supposed- hibernating, rejuvenating, readying to attack you. Her sharp paws were unsheathed ready to slice and maul you into submission.


"Why do they disarm?" I asked.


The Splendid one replied, "They are at ease in Zion but soon will be at ease no more."


"I don't understand," I replied a bit confused.


"Many saints of the West have become wealthy and do not know that they are really wretched and poor and miserable and blind and naked. They usually equate the blessing of God with having money. They do not know of his true riches," said the glorious being.


Then Jesus himself entered the place where we were talking. All bowed low and worshipped but I wept bitterly. Though He knew the answer, he asked me why I wept so. "Lord," I said, "Your sufferings only lasted a few days and mine have gone on for years. I have suffered much more than you. Why?


With great compassion, He seemed to look right through me ( I felt him do this).


He said, "Son, I have allowed you to sip suffering in small swallows so that your faith would not fail. I swallowed the dregs of the poison of sin whole. It was torture you could never understand and it would have undone you. You have drank of my cup. Be patient a while longer."


I awoke.


My dear cousins, you are not prepared for the sufferings to come. Lose this world now and let its claim fall away. If you gain Christ you will lose nothing important. Not long ago I saw my reflection for the first time in years from a medicine chest in the infirmary. My teeth have rotted and I look decayed. My once handsome face is etched with pain. I look like a corpse straining to draw breath. The doctor gave me hot water to drink for my illness- we have no medicines here, it helped a little.


I felt so sad for myself and was glad my mother was dead. My condition would have killed her. As I headed back to my cell, the Holy Spirit said, "Don't despair. I will show you how you look to me."


I suddenly saw my image refected in the ice. The bumps of the icicles took the lines away and I looked young and alive again. The best part was the snow. It gave the impression that I was dressed in a white robe of righteousness like the saints in Heaven wear. It was delightful!


My smiles shocked the guards. I can only explain that He was with me.


Dear American cousins, we are praying for you so that when night crashes on your land, and it will, your faith will not fail. Put the cross back in your Gospel preaching and prepare your people to carry it or they will fall away. It is very cold here. I am praying for a blanket or some rags to keep warm with.


Signed,


A nameless prisoner


His ambassador in chains


Repent and turn back to the Lord! We must stand up for truth. We must stand up for righteousness. We must put Holy Spirit filled preaching back into the church. No more soft and fluffy messages. We must stand up for the truth of God's Word. And that means all of it (not picking and choosing what we are comfortable with) We must continue in prayer. It must be of highest priority. We must stay in God's Word. Turn off the TV, turn off the radio. No more calling yourself a Christian and living in or dabbling in sin. We must care for the unsaved. We must not be ashamed of the gospel. And we must always, always no matter what, stand for Christ Jesus.


He is the only way!


"And he said to them all , If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it." (Luke 9: 23-24)"


Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God." (Hebrews 3:12)" Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians10:12)


"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8)


"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing: and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and annoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent."( Revelation 3:15-19)


"But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take away any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand." (Ezekiel 33:6)


Thank you for listening!


In Christ,


Rob

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