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Know Your Enemy----认识你们的敌人

时间:2014-06-16 22:36:58  来源:  作者:

 

 
在介绍埃及十灾之前,有必要先告诉你们一个现象。我听说,曾有一位先生对1970年代的《海鸥乔纳森(Jonathan Livingston Seagull)》的书、电影和唱片十分着迷(这本书我可以确定是由撒旦灵启的),撒旦通过音乐直接进入这个人身体里;后来,在为这个人赶鬼的时候,这个人的行为变得像海鸥一样,拍打"翅膀"、咯咯叫,你懂的。这个例子让我们了解到,当人们向自己手里造出来的假神敬拜时,魔鬼会把自己代入进去,成为那个假神;这样一来,人造出来的那个“神”就被魔鬼控制了、活灵活现起来
这可以启发你联系到不少事。当路西法尝试让1/3的天使跟从他叛乱时,他许诺给这些天使更高的位置,而且他们可以被像神一样敬拜、拥有能力和尊荣。这样就可解释为什么,多神宗教会变得流行,因堕落天使们就可以都像神一样获得敬拜。在成千上万,甚至是上百万的神祗身后,是想要得到敬拜的堕落天使,他们扮演成这些角色,让人们敬拜。继续推论下去,虚构的神祗也可以变得有能力;当一个人凭空造出一个神出来,魔鬼马上会承认他、让这个神显灵,然后让这个原本啥都不是的“神”真实地开始活动------again,你懂的。  
我大可以造一个叫做Bearus的熊神出来,编一个神话传说支撑,立一尊塑像,敬拜这个塑像,然后一定有个魔鬼会将自己代入,将整个"Bearus宗教"搞得虎虎生威。
记住我上面所说的,然后我们回到上帝为了让以色列人出埃及、向埃及人降十灾的主题。上帝每降一灾,都向埃及人显示了他的大而可畏、掌管全地,因为他可以轻易地击败那些“人手所造的神”。
在第一灾中,埃及尼罗河的水变成了血,这可不是吓唬埃及法老的一时兴起的魔术小把戏,而是如狙击枪里的子弹一样,打中了尼罗河神Hapi(掌管尼罗河的泛滥)的七寸。上帝要告诉埃及人,他们的这些“神”太弱了。但更重要的是,这样超自然的显现对于以色列人也有好处,上帝要以色列人信靠他是至高的那一位,远远超越埃及地上所有的巴比伦神模样的神祗。
还有其他的“神”在这一灾中被显露出来:虽然Hapi被认为是“尼罗河之灵”,但是埃及人认为克奴姆(Khnum)才是他们的守护者。有些人相信尼罗河是欧西里斯(Osiris)的血河,但上帝却把尼罗河真正变成了血河。在上帝面前,这些神祗虚弱不堪。
第二灾是蛙灾。这是上帝对埃及女神赫凯特(Heket or Heqt)的胜利,赫凯特是埃及掌管生育、水源、复苏的女神。
第三灾是虱灾,是对盖布(Geb)的胜利,盖布是埃及土地之神。
第四灾是蝇灾,是对凯布利(Khepri),该神祗有一个苍蝇的头,掌管创造、太阳的移动和再生。
第五灾是牲畜死亡,是对埃及女神哈索尔( Hathor)的胜利,哈索尔的原型是一头母牛,后来她代表女人、有一个母牛头,最后才有一个人头。她象征着法老的母亲。
第六灾是疮灾,是对女神伊希斯 (Isis)的胜利。伊希斯掌管医药和安宁。上帝也同时攻击了埃及神祗伊姆霍特普(Imhotep)、 塞拉皮斯(Serapis)和托特 ( Thoth),他们分别掌管知识、治疗、聪明和药品学习。注意看她的头,和塞米勒米斯所戴的皇冠很像,因伊希斯 (Isis)就等同于埃及。
第七灾是冰雹,是对埃及的天空女神努特(Nut)和的胜利,同时也攻击了风神休(Shu)与荷鲁斯(Horus),荷鲁斯是一个鹰脸天神。埃及神祗----伊希斯 (Isis)与赛特(Seth)护卫着田地,但在上帝面前,却对烧着的田地无能为力
第八灾是蝗虫灾,是对农田之神赛特(Seth)的胜利,上帝也攻击了埃及的五谷之神奈埔里(Nepri)、接生&农田女神耳穆忒特(Ermutet)、伊希斯 (Isis)和丰收女神舍母西斯(Thermuthis)。
第九灾是三天的黑暗,是对埃及太阳神让(Ra)的胜利,注意这张图片,太阳被蛇缠绕,埃及法老的头盔前面也有蛇。
最后,上帝送出的第十灾是击杀长子。上帝在出埃及记12章说,这是对“埃及全地的众神祗”的审判。面对这样的悲剧,“埃及全地的众神祗”集体沉默了,包括但不限于:保护婴儿出生的女神Meskhenet,生育之神Min,丰产之神 Isis, 护卫生命之神Selket, 眼镜蛇女神/法老护卫神 Renenutet。第十灾也是对埃及最大的神----法老的攻击,法老的意思是“太阳”,Pharaoh Hopra的意思是“太阳的祭司”。
击杀长子是法老王一直对以色列人干的事儿,他曾命令杀掉所有刚出生的犹太男婴,于是上帝回敬了他。这也是上帝一直干的事情:若有人对犹太人不利,那么上帝就回敬回去-----从而成就上帝曾对亚伯拉罕所说的话:他将祝福那些祝福以色列的、咒诅那些咒诅以色列的。
对于这些不认识上帝的人来说,十是完全数,十灾代表着上帝对于那些源自撒旦的神祗们的完全的毁灭能力。
上帝不仅仅要做这些事,<启示录>还说,当第六个封印被揭开时,“日头变黑像毛布,满月变红像血,天上的星辰坠落于地”。所以在最后的时刻,上帝将展现出他的巨大能力,撼动太阳、月亮和众星辰,这幅图像象征着他将胜过巴力、亚舍拉和其他一堆假神。
现在,我们可以把这些埃及神都忘掉,仅需记住Osiris, Isis 和Horus这三个神祗,他们是埃及宗教里仿照巴比伦宗教的“假三位一体”——巴力,亚舍拉,塔慕兹(Baal, Asherah & Tammuz)。
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The Plagues
Before looking at the plagues individually, it’s worth highlighting a curious phenomenon at this point. I remember hearing of someone who had developed some kind of obsession with a 1970’s book/movie/album called Jonathan Livingston Seagull which was demonically inspired. When the demon that had gained a foothold in the person’s life through the music was being expelled and it began manifesting, the person took on the characteristics of a seagull. He began flapping and squawking like a bird. From this example and others, it appears that when human beings create an idol or god associated with something, a real demon is assigned to the position to become the object of their affections. So in a sense, the ‘god’ becomes real, but only in that it is a demonic entity.
This makes a certain amount of sense. When Lucifer was trying to get the angels to follow him in his rebellion, remember the motivation he gave them was that he would give them a higher position in his kingdom than they had in God’s. Lucifer told them he would give them a position whereby they would be worshipped as gods themselves and would have positions of power and prominence. These fallen angels who accepted his offer will therefore want to be worshipped like gods and it probably explains from a spiritual perspective why polytheism became rife. Behind each of the thousands, if not millions, of gods or goddesses are demons who want to be worshipped and so take on roles whereby men will venerate them. What this also tells us is that, in a sense, myth can be as powerful as fact. What I mean is, if someone creates a god or goddess out of thin air, a demon will legitimise it and make the myth real. I could create a bear god called Bearus, create a mythological back story for him, set up an idol, worship it, and a demon will give that whole new Bearus religion a certain amount of power and reality.
Keep that in mind now as we look at the 10 plagues God sent upon the Egyptians to force them into letting his chosen people go. Because what we’ll find is that with each plague he was in fact taking the opportunity to show his authority over their demonic gods. For example the first plague that God visited upon the Egyptians was to turn the water of the Nile and indeed all the water in Egypt to blood. This was not some random whim, a magic trick to wow and amaze Pharaoh. It was a calculated sniper shot aimed directly at the Egyptian god of the Nile, Hapi. God was showing Egypt that their gods were powerless against him. But much more than this, the show of superiority was primarily for the benefit of the Jews. Still new in their relationship, God wanted to show them that they could trust him, that he really was the true God and that he had complete superiority over the Egyptian form of the Babylonian gods that they were surrounded with.
There were also several other gods that would have been shown up by this miracle. Although Hapi was considered the ‘spirit of the Nile’, they believed a god called Khnum was its guardian. Some also believed that the Nile was the bloodstream of the god Osiris and therefore it was fitting that God actually turned it to blood. All these were completely feeble in the presence of Almighty God.
The second plague was an infestation of frogs. Again this was not arbitrary but a show of God’s superiority over Heket or Heqt – goddess of fertility, water and renewal.
The third plague was lice from the dust of the Earth and this was God’s show of superiority over the Egyptian god, Geb - god of the Earth.
The fourth plague was swarms, most probably of flies, and this was God’s show of superiority over the Egyptian god Khepri. He had the head of a fly and was the god of creation, movement of the sun and rebirth.
The fifth plague was the death of cattle and livestock. This was God’s show of superiority over the Egyptian goddess Hathor. Hathor was originally worshipped in the form of a cow. She was later represented as a woman with the head of a cow and then finally with a human head. She was the symbolic mother of Pharaoh.
The sixth plague was boils and sores and this was God’s show of superiority over Isis. Isis is the goddess of medicine and peace. It would also have been an affront to Imhotep, Serapis and Thoth, gods of knowledge, healing, intelligence and medical learning. Notice how Isis is depicted with a tower on her head, like the crown Semiramis wore. This is because Isis was the direct Egyptian equivalent.
The seventh plague was hail and this was God’s show of superiority over the Egyptian goddess of the sky, Nut. It was also an affront to Shu, the wind god and Horus, the hawk-headed sky god.
Isis and Seth supposedly protected the crops, but the burned fields were a testimony to their impotence in the face of almighty God.
The eighth plague was locusts sent from the sky. This was primarily God’s show of superiority over the god of crops, Seth. It was also an affront to Nepri (god of grain), Ermutet (goddess of childbirth and crops) Isis once more and Thermuthis (goddess of fertility and harvest).
The ninth plague was three days of complete darkness. This was God’s show of superiority over the sun god, Ra. Once again the various other Egyptian gods were powerless. Notice the serpent around the sun in this picture. You may have noticed that Egyptian Pharaoh’s also wore headpieces with serpents at the front.
Finally, the tenth plague sent by God was the death of all the firstborn sons. God says in Exodus 12:12 that this was a plague of judgement on “all the gods of Egypt” and would show their total inability to protect their subjects from the hands of Almighty God. In the face of unparalleled tragedy, "all of the gods of Egypt" were silent. Meskhenet, goddess who presided at the birth of children. Min, the god of procreation. Isis, the goddess of fertility. Selket, the guardian of life. Renenutet, the cobra-goddess and guardian of Pharaoh. It was also an attack on the god that was considered to be the greatest of them all in Egypt, Pharaoh himself. The very word "Pharaoh" means, "sun." "Pharaoh Hopra" (Jer 44:30) means "Priest of the Sun.
It should also be remembered that this plague was the exact thing Pharaoh had tried to do to the Jewish people. He had commanded that all Jewish males be killed the moment they were born and so God turned that back on the Egyptians. The curse Pharaoh pronounced on the Jews bounced back upon himself. This is a common thing with God. The evil people intend to do to the Jews, God turns back on them. Thus fulfilling the promise that he had given to Abraham; that he would bless those that bless Israel and curse those who curse them.
The number 10 represents completeness in pagan numerology so these plagues combined indicated the completeness of God’s power over these false demonic gods and goddesses.
God isn’t done showing his supremacy over idols by the way. In Revelation we read that at the end of time when the sixth seal is opened, “The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth” (Rev 6:12-13). So at the end of time God will show his supremacy over the sun and the moon and stars, which would be a symbolic picture of his supremacy over Baal, Asherah and the multitudes of smaller demonic gods.
As far as our study goes, you can forget all the names for Egyptian gods we’ve just been reading about but remember Osiris, Isis and Horus. These are the primary Egyptian forms of the Babylonian trinity, Baal, Asherah and Tammuz.
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