Here's a little selection on the Orthodox view of Antichrist, generally:
*The Antichrist Orthodox Perspective*
Compiled By Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
In The Name Of The Father,
The Holy Spirit
*"The Antichrist can come only as a result of universal Apostasy, that is,*
*the abjuration of the people from God and His paths,* *when God's grace
withdraw from the people.* (Archpriest Boris Molchanoff) Introduction by
Father Demetrios Serfes:
*"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God that in due time
he may exalt you. Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.
Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a
roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith." *(In
the 1st Holy Epistle of the Apostle Peter 5:6-9).
Here the Holy Apostle Peter urges us to humble ourselves beneath the strong
hand of God, so that he can lift us up in the appropriate time -- urging us
to not be concerned for earthly things, but to throw the care of our lives
onto God, Who is our provider.
*We are currently living in Apocalyptic times!
Nothing on this earth is so important as Orthodox Christians to up hold the
faith in which we ourselves where humbly baptized. Nothing is so important
spiritually for us all to pray, pray, pray, and pray, but at the same time
to be watchful in regards towards the path of our salvation.
Another important spiritual factor is that we must be great warriors and
confessors of our Holy Orthodox Faith, as were the divine Holy Fathers, the
Saints, the Martyrs, and Ascetics of our Sacred and Holy Church. Then again
we must be also defenders of the early seven Ecumenical Councils and lesser
councils, as included in the doctrines of our pious faith. Finally we must
be aware of the Apostasy that is surrounding us on a daily basis, and be
spiritually prepared to suffer in our struggles to be witnesses of our
faith. What can we ourselves do to avoid Apostasy? "*Get to know it,
protect yourself from it and that is enough for you. Get to know the spirit
of the times, study it so that you can avoid its influence whenever possible
*", wrote the humble Bishop Igantius.
In the loving truth of our Holy Orthodox Christian Faith, we ourselves are "
*experiencing a terrible time, a time such as has never before been seen in
the history of Christianity, in the history of mankind*! A time of almost
total instability!" Thus wrote the humble Archbishop Averky of blessed
memory. Without a doubt we have heard about the constant flow now of
persecution of our Faith in almost every part of the world, and in general
all Christian faiths. Many of us have heard that others are not living up
the pure and unadulterated Holy Orthodox Christian faith, that we have those
who feel that righteousness on their part is far better then giving guidance
and expressing this faith in a truthful way of life. We hear of accusations
of heresy and are called heretics! We have among us those who now believe
that black is white, and white is black!
We are for sure seeing the neglect of the sufferings and the needs of
others, as we turn our heads and hearts to the means of our worldly life.
We ourselves notice that the world is now turning away from God and is even
beginning to fall into apostasy. We feel that we must step into the times,
and to deal with it as we stray away and leave Christ our Lord out of our
lives, and the loving teachings of His Holy and Sacred Church. We become the
sole interpreters of Holy Scripture and neglect our spiritual lives, and the
way to avoid this is to turn to the Holy Fathers of our Church, as we cannot
speak about Holy Scriptures without them as we only stray from the holiness
and purity of the meaning. We notice that children are killing children,
parents killing children, and children killing parents, crime is at our door
steps of innocent people. War is at the door and rumors or more wars, as
well as earthquakes are increasing, as even our weather is out of control,
and the melting down of our hemisphere, and our earnest neglect of our
environment the creation of our Lord God. Morals now mean nothing is the new
philosophy. Nuclear power and nuclear energy become an excuse for us to save
money and money becomes power in it's neglect for the poor and starving
We ourselves as Orthodox Christians certainly have several responsiblities
in this humble regards in our preparations for the Antichrist and the last
days on this earth, we simply have an obligation which are placed upon us!
We must look to our spiritual Fathers of the Church and stay close to the
Holy Orthodox Church and faith that we confess and believe. We can protect
ourselves from the current Apostasy, and we must defend ourselves against
the corrupting spirit of the times to avoid its influence.
*If someone is teaching you outside of the things which the holy catholic
Church received from the Holy Apostles, Fathers and Synods and preserved up
till now, do not listen to him..., close your ears." *(St. John Damascene)
Then again we as Orthodox Christians must return towards the path of
righteous faith, as well as fully spiritually participate in it with all our
minds, hearts, and souls. I would like humbly to make the following
suggestions to you that would help all of us be most faithful Orthodox and
pious Christians as we all ourselves struggle for our salvation and that we
will indeed have a good and great defense before the great judgement seat of
our Christ our Lord:
1). Participate in loving prayer of the Divine Services of your parish
Church, attend frequently Vespers, Matins, and the Holy Divine Liturgy, and
when the Church calls you for further prayer.
2). Prepare yourself to go frequently to Holy Confession with your local
parish priest, and read the prayers before Holy Communion, and give Thanks
to our Lord God afterwards.
3). Live up to the prescibed fasting rules during the weekdays as we fast on
both Wednesdays, and Fridays, as well as of midnight the night before the
Holy Divine Liturgy. In addition follow the fasting periods in which the
Orthodox Church has offered. We fast for forty days in preparation for the
birth of our Lord, we fast for forty days for our Lord's Holy Resurrection,
we fast for a period of time for the Apostles, and for the Mother of God for
fifteeen days. Follow your Orthodox Church calendar in this regards to note
when you should fast, and when you are free from fasting.
4). Acquire to understand fully the teachings of our Holy Orthodox Faith
from the teachings of the Holy Apostles, and the early Holy Fathers of the
Church, and live within these guidelines to defend and share with others
this loving faith. Seek out those who lived and struggled a most ascetical
life and who have given us guidelines on the path towards our salvation.
Find out what would the Holy Fathers say about the life of our Church, and
about the issues we face from day to day. It's spiritually impossible to
live a full Orthodox life without the Holy Fathers of our Church. Learn who
they were, how humbly they lived, and what they taught us!
5). Learn about the lives of the saints of our Church, as well as the holy
martyrs, and the ascetics of our faith. Read as frequently as possible
(almost daily) about these lives, as a means of spiritual guidance for you
and a means for you to follow their loving example for us all!
6). Study the teachings of the early Seven Ecumenical Councils, and the
lesser councils, as to what has been expressed and taught to us about the
teachings about our Saviour Jesus Christ, both His divine and human nature,
as well as the teachings of the Mother of God. Learn how these Ecumenical
councils developed the guide lines on the books of Holy Scripture, and the
Nicene Creed we confess, and other teachings of our Church.
7). Do your morning and evening prayers as a family, and on an individual
basis daily! Pray to our Lord God during the day as well. Find time for
yourself to pray frequently and often. Learn about prayer and seek it out
so that you can find God! Seek out the teachings of the "Jesus Prayer",
also known as the "Prayer of the heart", seek guidance from not only the
many rich spiritual texts we have available, but also seek out more
information from your spiritual father, or have him suggest further guidance
for you. Make prostrations to the floor frequently, and afterwards stay on
the floor with tears in prayer for others who need our prayers, pray as did
St. Seraphim of Sarov before your holy icons, and lift up your hands to the
heavens as did the Holy Prophet and God-Seerer Moses, and other saints. Take
a ride by yourself and go to the mountains to find even more private time
for prayer and behold the spiritual beauty of our God.
Or take a walk by yourself through the woods and pray. Do this often as
possible. Weep in your prayers, and learn about tears, keep your head bowed
down and fold your hands cross wise in humility before our Lord God. Fold
your hands to pray, pray, and pray.
8). Find time within your busy day to try to learn more about your faith
and search out the many books now available that can quide you on the right
path of your Holy Orthodox Christian faith. Read humbly about those who have
confessed our faith, and lived it daily, read frequently about the lives of
the Saints and you will be spiritually rewarded. Know the life of your
loving patron saint, and be an expert in this regards to tell others about
this precious God-loving life and good works. Share this information with
others, and teach your children about the faith in a childlike manner.
9). Know that the Ten Commandments are important for us to live and to
follow. Read what the Holy Fathers had written about these Ten Commandments
and seek from an Orthodox point of view their meanings for not only yourself
but also for your beloved children.
10). Pick up and read Holy Scriptures daily, and struggle to read both the
Old and New Testament and the books of the Apochraphal.
11). Make a pilgrimage to either an Orthodox monastery or a convent. Make a
serious decision to visit the Holy Land, or to go to Holy Mt. Athos. When
you travel make plans to visit the local Orthodox Church's and monasteries
in the area, and call the monastery and parish that you would like to stop
12). Seek out the teachings of our faith about the virtues and the teachings
that lead you on your path towards salvation, in both seeking your salvation
on a daily basis and living your faith as a good example. Seek truth, and
learn that truth will guide towards your salvation. Remember humbly truth is
bitter, but it's truth! Have hope, and above all have faith in our Lord God
and Saviour Jesus Christ. Remember to endure, and learn more about
endurance, as did the lives of the Holy Martyrs of our loving Church.
13). Love your children, respect your parents, and be honorable to your
relatives, as well as your Godparents. Love your neighbor and care for their
needs. Judge no one, and let our Lord God take care of this for all you have
to do is pray for those in desperate need of your loving prayers.
14). Forgive, forgive, forgive and learn how to forgive!
15). Struggle, struggle, and struggle with love for God and His Church!
16). Roar like a lion, but be mostly meek as a lamb!
17). Pray for the living, and pray for the departed in the Lord! Keep list
of these names, and bring it often to the priest to pray with you.
18). Seek to be saintly and prepare yourself spiritually. Love peace and
seek spiritually inner peace with our Lord Jesus Christ. When war is at our
door step and destruction, cry out for peace, peace, and never cease in this
regards in spite of what might seem a failure at that time. Keep knocking on
the door for peace again and again!
19). Love God and love one another! Love your faith and live your faith!
Know your faith, and share your faith with others, as well as defend it and
speak of it's truths. Once again I repeat truth is bitter, but it's truth.
Christ our Lord is truth, and Holy Orthodoxy is the same truth.
20). Learn about the inner peace of our Lord God and live for this peace.
21). Live the pious Christian life of Beatitude! Remember almost by heart
in remembrance of these spiritually rewarding Beatitudes. "Blessed are the
meek...." Learn to be meek also.
22). Feed the homeless and help the homeless in any way to get on their feet
to lead a productive life. Learn that your responsibility is not to convert
them, but to live a true Christian life. Reach out in caring for others when
they ask for your help. Be a volunteer, and do it with Christian love and
expect no reward. The poor and most unfortunate need food, a warm blanket,
and shelter, as well as your love, give one of your blankets away, give some
of your extra food to someone else, and suggest where one can find shelter
and assist in this on a temporary basis. Pray for them and do not cry out
that it's their fault, as being poor is a horrific struggle to be what all
human beings desire to get back on their feet once again. Aren't we all
ourselves at the door step at times in being homeless? Afterwards do not
seek any rewards, and deny you did anything before man, as our Lord God will
reward you most humbly. Help sponsor a dinner in your local parish and
remember to when it's Wednesday or Friday prepare fasting foods. When it's
not a fasting day remember that those who are homeless and hungry do not eat
as often as yourself.
23). Avoid pride and be humble!
24). Do nothing for honor, and when you are caught doing something good
express the following: It's all for the Glory of our God! Or say: Glory be
to God for all things!
25). Pray for all and judge no one, leave that up to God!
26). When you pray learn to weep in these humble prayers with all your mind,
heart, and soul!
27). Struggle and learn to struggle more!
28). Look for Christ our Lord in others, and speak from the heart to the
heart before you!
29). Seek to cleanse your sins, and weep before our Lord God that you desire
not to sin in the same manner again.
30). Pick up your Cross, and then pick it up again!
31). When you are ill seek out your parish priest to anoint you with the
gift of the Holy Spirit that was performed on Holy Wednesday at the Holy
32). Be forbearing always!
33). Listen to the truth as it might at times seem bitter to you.
34). Learn about the Creed we confess during the Divine Services and in your
daily prayers, seek to fully understand the Creed, and learn that it's a
confession of our Holy Orthodox Faith and it's teachings. If anyone ask you
about our faith refer to this Creed frequently.
35). Establish icon corners and places for your holy icons in your home.
Keep a vigil light burning fervently before your loving icons, and take oil
from it anointing yourself and your beloved children.
36). Respect your environment and plant a tree, and put flowers in the
ground and see the beauty of our Lord God and His creation. Give room for
nature to dwell, as we desire to dwell on this earth in humble preparations
for the Kingdom of our Lord God.
37). Have your house blessed by your parish priest every year.
38). Go to Holy Confession and ask your local parish priest guidelines in
preparation for this Holy Mystery.
39). Lean that Holy Marriage is a blessing from God and constantly keep
telling each other of your respected love, and learn to talk to each other,
as well as the members of your family, and let Christ our Lord reign in your
home and hearts. Pray together, and go to Church together, and struggle
40). Give always Glory, Honor, and Worship to God to the Most Holy Trinity,
One in Essence, and Undivided - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen!
*"The Church of Christ is not comprised of the many, but of those who keep
the correct and saving confession of faith, even if they are few" *(St.
As you have read some of the spiritual guide lines indicated, all of us can
follow some other means and suggestions that can as well be most piously
helpful to you, by turning to the "Ladder of Divine Ascent", or the
"Philokalia", the teachings of the "Holy Fathers", and "Holy Scripture".
Forgive me in being neglectful, but I am giving you some guide lines, as a
means for us all to begin to realize we must spiritually prepare ourselves,
and not be neglectful. We can do this with the love for our God and His
Church in knowing that we can accomplish more then we actually think, and
all of this is done with prayer, prayer, prayer, and more prayer. All of us
can do it with the help of our Loving Lord God, and with the guidance of our
spiritual father. What really prepares us is up to us all, and what really
gives us hope is without a doubt faith, faith, and more faith. Pray and love
to pray, hope and learn about hope, and live in faith and in having more
joyful faith in our Lord God who loves us all! Seek the mercy and the inner
peace of God! Fight the good fight within yourself to cleanse your sins, and
always guard yourself to sin no more...
Now I would like to humbly touch upon you about the "Antichrist"* *from an
Orthodox perspective, and in doing so I of course desire that you
spiritually awaken yourself and fully understand that this presentation is
to help you in giving you fuller awareness and preparations. Does this
simply mean that the world itself will end in the year 2000? We do not know
as only our Lord God knows this answer, as we even know that even the Holy
Angels do not have an answer for us. What we need to do spiritually is again
I repeat, be aware, prepare and learn about the teachings of our Holy
Orthodox Faith for the sake of our humble salvation. The following was
written by a Russian Orthodox priest named Father Boris Molchanoff, and this
particular presentation is taken from the book "The Mystery Of Iniquity And
by Archpriest Father Boris Molchanoff The Lord Jesus Christ said, *"....I
will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against
Matthew 16:18). What do the gates of hell signify?
The Jews had the custom of gathering under the leadership of their elders,
by the city gates, for the discussion of political, legal and social
questions. These meetings were the last appeal of all litigation, and here
all divine commandments were announced. They were vested with a definite
authority among the people. This Jewish custom of meeting at the city gates
is mentioned in the Book of Ruth (IV:1,11). A description of an active wife
in the Book of Proverbs (31: 23) says that, *"Her husband is known in the
gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land." *He is invested with
the trust of society and takes an active part in important meetings. (Prof.
The "gates" of hell" signifies not only the forces of hell, but in general
staff of Hell's power. Their most important meeting is dedicated to
developing a plan for a general battle with the Church. The Church and Hell
are represented as two warring powers. And in this war with Hell, according
to Christ's words, the Church will remain invincible.
Hell's war plan with the Church is called the "Mystery of Iniquity" in the
Holy Scriptures (2 Thessalonians 2:8). The iniquity has been working for
centuries and will have its culmination in the appearance of the Antichrist
( 2 Thessalonians 2:8). *The Antichrist can come only as a result of
universal Apostasy, that is, the abjuration of the people from God and His
paths, when God's grace will withdraw from the people*.
*"And in the latter times of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come
to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences,
shall stand up." *(Daniel 8:23)
*"Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and
signs and lying wonders...." *(2 Thessalonians 2:9)
All of the evil in its fullest strength which human nature can accept and
endure will be concentrated in the person of the Antichrist. Thousands of
years were required to develop and perfect the kind of human seed that was
required to receive the purest most perfect Fruit of the human tree in the
person of the Most Blessed Virgin. Comparably, for the appearance of the
most depraved fruit, capable of containing within itself all Satanic malice,
an entire line of human generations will be demanded in the direction of
greatest corruption and defilement of human nature, based upon mad hatred
towards Christ and war against His Church. "It can be admitted," says Pro.
Belyaeff, "that innate and acquired evil, gradually accumulating in a long
line of ancestors of the Antichrist, transmitted with each new generation,
will reach such a degree of force in the Antichrist himself, which human
nature is capable of containing, revealing and enduring. The evil which
lives in mankind, will reach the highest limit of its development in him." (
*Godlessness And The Antichrist*, Vol. 1. p. 193).
Of course, to the degree that evil strengthens in man's will, diabolic
activity within man will increase also, as the devil thus receives greater
access to man's soul. Inasmuch as the Antichrist's personal evil will and
its corruption will reach the limit of its greatest growth, the relationship
of the devil to him will reach the limit of maximum nearness, which will be
expressed in the devil himself continuously acting in the person of the
Antichrist, "God", says St. John of Damascus, "Foreseeing future depravity
of his will (the Antichrist's) will allow the devil to inhabit him." ("The
Exact Exposition Of The Orthodox Faith", Book IV, Chapter 26) St. Cyril of
Jerusalem teaches the same. (Teaching, V. 14). St. Andrew of Kessary says
that the Antichrist "will come out of the gloomiest and remotest lands of
the earth to which the devil is banished." (Interpretation of the 11th
chapter of the Apocalypse, 30th chapter.) Blessed Theodore writes, "Man's
enemy, clothed in human nature, God's adversary, the demon, usurping God's
Name, will appear in the world before Christ's coming." ("An Exact
Exposition Of Divine Dogma", chapter 23, printed in "Christian Readings",
1844, Chapter IV, page 355.) Laktancy, Gezihy of Jerusalem and Blessed
Heronim, call the Antichrist the son of Satan.
In agreement with such teachings of the Holy Fathers, the life of the
Antichrist cannot admit one moment free from satanic action. It must
already appear in the very birth and even in his conception, peculiar and
exceptional in its depravity. "From a defiled virgin will actually be born
his (the devil's) weapon." says St. Ephrem the Syrian. This is also
confirmed by St. John of Damascus. "A man (the Antichrist) will be born
The Holy Fathers Iriney ("Against Heresy", Book V, chapter 30), Ippolit
(Legends about Christ and the Antichrist), and also Ilariy, Ambrose, Ieronim
and Augustus, remark that the Antichrist will be of Jewish ancestry, from
the tribe of Dan.
In the Synaksare, stated in the Week of Lent without meat, we read that,
"The Antichrist will come and be born, as St. Ippolit of Rome declares, from
a depraved wife and self-styled virgin, which is from the Jews, from the
tribe of Dan." (Lenten Triod) Such indications in God's Word have several
1. In the prophecies of Patriarch Jacob about each of his sons becoming
the progenitors of the tribes of Israel, the fate of Dan's ancestors is
depicted in such a way that can only be ascribed to theAntichrist. "Dan
shall be a serpent on the way, an adder in the path..." (Genesis 49, 17)
2. In the prophecies of Ierenim: "From Dan himself...(Ierenim VIII,16)
3. In the prophecies of the Apocalypse, enumerating the remainder of
all the tribes of Israel, marked by the Angel for salvation, the tribe of
Dan is absolutely excluded. (Revelations VII, 4-8).
According to the teachings of the Holy Fathers, the devil, exalting the
Antichrist, will try to vest his coming with all the signs of the coming of
the Son of God to earth. (See St. Cyril of Jerusalem, the 150th catechistic
word; St. Ephrem the Syrian, the 39th word, in the Russian translation
Blessed Theodore, "A Short Exposition of Divine Dogma", Chapter 23, St.
Ippolit, "The Legends of Christ and the Antichrist")
Of course, some resemblance of the Antichrist to Christ will only be
external and in essence deceitful, for the whole life and all the deeds of
the Antichrist will be an incensed and blasphemous revolt against Christ and
His Church. This false external resemblance to Christ will appear in the
very birth of the Antichrist. Keeping in mind that Christ was born a
Virgin, the devil will produce his weapon from a virgin, not from a pure
virgin, however, but from one filled with every vice and satanic filth.
Then, as the Lord until he was thirty years old remained in obscurity, so
the Antichrist, we assume, will, until the age of 30, remain in clandestine
solitude and obscurity. As Christ began His saving service with sermons of
His Divine teaching and miracles, so will the Antichrist begin his
completely destructive service with the delusion of the people with his
false teaching and incredibly shameful, deceitful miracles. As it was
pleasing for the Lord to reveal Himself to all the people as the Messiah by
solemnly entering Jerusalem and into its Temple, so the Antichrist will
reveal himself as the false Jewish Messiah, the international monarch, in
him solemn ceremonial entrance into Jerusalem and his enthronement in the
temple of Jerusalem, which will by that time be restored.
The Lord's entry into Jerusalem, says Archbishop Innokenty of Herson, was
"for all Jews a national declaration that Jesus Christ was veritably the
Messiah. Indisputable proof of this are His own words, proclaimed before
the gates of Jerusalem, saying: "If thou hadst known, even now, at least in
this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace: But now they are hid
from thine eyes." (Luke XIX, 42.) "With this day, with the rejection of
the Messiah, the fate of the Israelite nation was decided for eternity."
(The Last Days on Earth of Jesus Christ")
On the day when the Antichrist shall enter into Jerusalem as the false
Messiah, forever and irrevocably the fate of his contemporaries will be
decided. Blessed are those who, on the last day given by God for the
conclusive self-determination of the people, will see the Antichrist as
Satan's servant and the inescapable peril of all mankind which recognized
him. Finally, as the Lord revealed Himself to the world and fulfilled His
service as a Prophet, as King and as High Priest, so will the Antichrist
concentrate all this triple power in his hands and complete his destructive
service as the teacher of all mankind, as the monarch of an international
monarchy and as the highest primate of all religions, demanding reverence
for himself as God.
The entire life and activity of the Antichrist may be examined in three
The *FIRST PERIOD* of the Antichrist from the day of birth to the
moment of his social
appearance will pass in clandestine obscurity. St. John of Damascus
"Antichrist will be raised secretly." (The Exact Exposition of the
Orthodox Faith", Book
IV, Chapter 26.)
The *SECOND PERIOD* of the Antichrist's life will be opened by his
thunderous entry (on
the world stage - my addition) in the role of a universal teacher or
"prophet". It is very
possible that he will begin his activity during a world war, when
people, enduring all its
horrors, will not see any way out of the calamitous dead end. All
the concealed levers for
the solution will be in the hands of a secret society assisting the
The Antichrist will offer the most successful project for solving the world
crisis from the perspective of political and social wisdom, which would
establish a uniform political and social order in the whole world.
Exhausted from the shock of war, spiritually blinded humanity will not only
by unaware that this project is a cowardly trap, enticing it into the most
degrading and merciless slavery, but on the contrary, will recognize it as a
manifestation of scholarship and genius.
Universal advertisement about the Antichrist as a brilliant thinker, new
leader, and savior of mankind, will thunder over all nations in the shortest
possible period of time. "Evil spirits dispersed in the universe, will
awaken a general, inflated opinion about the Antichrist in man, a general
enthusiasm and an irresistible attraction for him." (St. Ephraim the
Syrian, 16th word.)
In this period of his activity, the Antichrist will not use any force and
will try to win men's trust and affection with his deceitful and
hypocritical public mask of virtue. He, according to the expression of
Vladimir Soloviev, "will throw a gleaming veil of kindness and truth over
the mystery of iniquity." "He will come," said St. Ephrem the Syrian, "in
an image which will seduce everyone. He will come as a humble, kind, hater
of falsehood (as he will say about himself), rejecting idols, preferring
piety and kindness, loving the poor, bearing extremely handsome features,
constant, sweet to everyone, respecting especially the Jewish nation because
they will be awaiting his coming...He will take sly measures to please
everyone, will not accept gifts nor speak in anger, will not show an
overcast countenance, but will entice the world with a decorous exterior
until he is enthroned." (See previous citation.)
From the great wealth of ascetical experience from our great men of podvig,
it is known that when the black devil cannot overcome an ascetic,
encountering unswerving opposition from him, a stronger devil comes as an
"angel of light" (II Corinthians, XI, 14), attempting to awaken sympathy and
trust towards himself in the ascetic, and easily charming him away to
destruction. Thus, we can imagine how easily and quickly the bright image
of the Antichrist will attract general sympathy towards itself after the
filthy devil of Bolshevism.
As a result of such deceit, "the need to invite the Antichrist will arise"
within the very temperament of man's spirit. "A beckoning voice will
resound in man's society, expressing urgent need for a genius of geniuses,
who would raise material development and prosperity to the highest degree
and establish affluence on earth". (Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninoff. Vol
IV, page 313.)
The hypocrisy of the Antichrist in this period will reach the point that he,
even in his relationship to Christians, will not oppose them, but will
appear ready to be their benefactor. He will try to imitate Christ in the
external, showy side of his life. The majority of Christians, not guided by
the spiritual wisdom of the Church, but by worldly wisdom, will not see this
deceit, recognizing the Antichrist as Christ who has come to earth a second
time. The monks of the Solovetsky monastery pass on the answer given by
Righteous Zosima to his disciples when he was asked how the Antichrist could
be recognized. Righteous Zosima said, "When you will hear that Christ has
appeared on earth, know then that this is the Antichrist." This answer is
most precise. "The world or mankind will not recognize the Antichrist, it
will recognize him as Christ, it will proclaim him Christ.....
("Antichrist", by Very Reverend Boris Moltchanoff published in 1976, by
Archpriest George Grabbe, Department of Foregin Relations Synod of Bishops,
New York., pp. 1-4.)
Through Prayers Of Our Holy Fathers,
Lord Jesus Christ Son Of God,
Have Mercy On Us And Save Us!
*Glory Be To God For All Things!*
On Fri, Aug 8, 2008 at 2:55 PM, jfowl100 <jfowl100@...> wrote:
> The Lutheran Confessions teach that the Papacy is the antichrist.
> Would the Orthodox agree with the various arguments presented in the
> Confessions about why the Papacy is antichrist?
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