From the archives of the ORTHODOX list, posted on Fri, 24 Jul 1998
(FROM) THE PROPHECIES OF S T A R E T S [ = ELDER] LAVRENTII OF
"Blessed and thrice-blessed is the man who will not desire to do so and,
hence, will not see the God-abominated person of antichrist. Whosoever
will see him and hear his blasphemous words promising all earthly
blessings, the same will be seduced and will go forth to worship him. And
they will perish, along with him, as far as eternal life is concerned; they
will burn in eternal fire!"
We asked the venerable one: "How shall this be?" And he answered us with
"The abomination of desolation will stand in the holy place and will
show-forth the foul seducers of the world who, working false miracles, will
deceive all such men as have fallen away from God. And, after them,
antichrist will appear! The entire world will see him at one and the same
To the question: "Where in the holy place -- in church?" venerable
"Not in church, but in the home! Beforetimes, a table used to stand in the
corner wherein the holy icons were. Then, however, that space will be
occupied by seductive instruments for the deception of men. Many who have
departed away from the Truth will say: we need to watch and hear the news.
And it is in the news that antichrist will appear; and they will accept him."
Excerpts translated into English by G. Spruksts from the Russian text of
" P r e p o d o b n y i s t a r e t s ' ["The Venerable Elder"],
originally published in the May 1996 issue of the Russian Orthodox
newspaper ' Z h i z n ' v e c h n a y a ' ["Eternal Life"].
English-language translation copyright © 1998 by The Russian Cultural
Heritage Society, The St. Stefan Of Perm' Guild, and the Translator.
All rights reserved.