The Prophetic Gift in the Last times
- ........ What I say, I do not say on my own authority. But, rather, it is
that which I heard from divinely-inspired startsy; that is what I have
conveyed. The Lord will show His mercy to Russia, for the sake of the
small number of true believers remaining in her. In Russia, the
startsy used to say, through the will of the people, the Monarchy and
Autocratic rule will be restored. The Lord has forechosen the future
Tsar'. He will be a man of burning faith, of brilliant mind and of iron
will. First of all, he will bring about order in the Orthodox Church,
by removing all the false, heresy-preaching and lukewarm hierarchs. And
very many indeed -- almost all, with few exceptions -- will be those
removed by him; while new ones, true and steadfast hierarchs, will take
their place. Through the female line, he will be from the lineage of the
Romanovs. Russia will be a mighty state, but only for "a short
time."? After that, the antichrist will come into the world, with all the
horrors of the end, as described in the Apocalypse.
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The Prophetic Gift in the Last times
Holy Elder Schema-Archimandrite Lavrenty
of the Chernigov-Trinity Convent
"So, be warned, my friend. I have given you the signs of the antichrist.
Do not merely store them in your memory. Pass them on to everyone without
stint. If you have a child after the flesh, teach them to him forthwith.
And if you have become a godparent, forewarn your godchild, lest he should
take the false christ for the True. For 'the mystery of lawlessness doth
already work.'" (St. Cyril of Jerusalem)
The prophetic gift of clairvoyance, which distinguished so many
saints and ascetics in ages past, is rarely manifest today. Nevertheless,
even in this age of impoverished faith there are those who have been found
worthy of the prophet's mantle. Such as Schema-Archimandrite Lavrenty
(Laurence) of the Chernigov-Trinity Convent.
With his illumining gift of clairvoyance, he proved a sure guide for
hundreds of monastics and laity struggling to find their way through the
manifest entanglements of these last and difficult times.
Schema-Archimandrite Lavrenty, in the world Luke Evseevich Proskura, was
born in 1868 in the region of Chernigov. His parents were simple peasants.
Of their seven children, Luke was among the youngest. He had a difficult
childhood; his mother was often bed-ridden and, after his father died, the
boy had to manage both a man's and a woman's chores.
Luke was a good student. He was especially gifted in music; he sang
and played the violin. Children at that time were taught to sing in
church, and here Luke found his element. He quickly learned not only the
notes but also the structure of the services and soon grasped the
intricacies of the typicon. He was only fourteen when he became a choir
director. It was a talent which he continued to exercise for the rest of
He was still young when he felt drawn to the monastic life, and he
inspired a number of his friends with the same desire. Respecting his
mother's wish, he waited until she died before entering a monastery. At
the age of 23 he was numbered among the brethren of the Rikhla Monastery,
where he fulfilled his obedience as choir director. His outstanding
musical capabilities brought him to the attention of Archbishop Anthony,
who requested his transfer to the Chernigov-Trinity Monastery. The
archbishop not only appreciated Luke's talent; he also foresaw that the
young monk would become a great man of prayer. The abbot and brethren were
jealous: "What is this. Luke, always Luke. As if there's no one else."
"This is not an ordinary Luke," replied the bishop, "but one whose counsel
will be in demand.'' This indeed came to pass.
There in the Trinity Monastery he was tonsured and given the name
Lavrenty. He was ordained a hieromonk in 1895, and then raised to the rank
of hegumen. Always joyful, his face radiated the love he felt for
everyone. This love was the fruit of prayer to which he had accustomed
himself at an early age.
Fr. Lavrenty's niece, Evfrosinia, related that once, when he came
for a visit to his village, it was a feastday, and after serving in the
village church he came back soaking wet. "It's difficult for you to work
the soil, but it's just as difficult for us to pray for everyone. We also
perspire a good deal."
He encouraged girls from the village to sing in the parish choir.
With his keen spiritual insight he sensed which girl was inclined towards
monasticism; he would pray for her, invite her to sing, nurture a love for
prayer. In this way his flock began to grow. Secretly he gave these girls
cassocks and prayer ropes; he taught them to sing and read in church, and
found them jobs.
Times changed. Churches were closed "for repair" (1930) and everyone
was advised to leave. Batiushka found temporary lodging in the home of a
pious widow. There he gave himself to fasting and prayer. Only at night
could his spiritual children knock at Batiushka's window. He did not
receive everyone, but with his gift of clairvoyance he knew beforehand who
should come to him and
When the war began, Batiushka gathered his monastic children and
established a women's Trinity convent where there had been a men's
monastery. Later he established a second convent, the Domnitsky.
Batiushka loved all kind of work. When extensive repairs were being
made at the convent, he participated everywhere: he instructed the workers
and the foremen, whether they were making partitions, laying a floor,
replacing a roof When the foremen complained that the boards were bad,
Batiushka replied, "They'll do for twenty years, and then we'll see what
It happened that they had to work with stucco in bad weather. The
material froze and they were unable to do the job. Just then Batiushka
approached. He made the sign of the cross and the material became pliable
and the rest of the job proceeded smoothly.
In wartime, during the German occupation, rye was sown on the
monastery fields. The land was appropriated and partitioned, and the
authorities would not let them bring in the harvest. The nuns went to the
office to complain, but they were roughly turned away without being given
a chance to speak. The stewardess of the convent returned in tears and
went to share her grief with the elder. The next morning he blessed her to
go again to the office, bidding her not to speak with anyone along the
way. Trusting in the elder's prayers, the nun approached the same
authorities. This time they were very obliging, and gave permission for the
harvesting of the rye. The nun returned, delighted, and told Batiushka of
the amazing change in the attitude of the personnel. He smiled. "You see.
When a person is wicked he has a demon within, but when you pray, the
demon scampers away, and the person becomes kind and good."
When the Elder was still a youth and lived at home, he told his
sister-in-law, Maria, "It's so difficult for a Christian to live in this
world. The devil doesn't give him any peace. I'll be walking along in the
evening, and he'll be right beside me. Then I cross myself and make the
sign of the cross on everything around me, and he backs away. Then again
he draws near."
Elder Lavrenty acquired some skill as a tailor and often worked on orders
at people’s homes. "I was sitting, sewing, and 'he' (a demon) was lying
under the table. I couldn't tolerate it any longer, and said to the man of
the house, "Do you see who is lying under the table?" "Who?" asked the
man, frightened. 'A demon. Don't you see him?"
Even before becoming a monk, Fr. Lavrenty had acquired the practice of
the Jesus Prayer, and he encouraged others to develop the same habit. One
of his spiritual daughters, Nun M., relates:
'I worked among well-educated people There was a lot of work, mental
work. In conversation with Batiushka he asked me if I do the Jesus Prayer
at work. I replied--'No.' 'You must,' he said sternly. His words made no
sense to me. I wanted to object: in such a busy place this was not
possible. But, humbling down, I began to develop the habit, and, by the
Elder's prayers, in time I reproached myself for being so obstinate.
"Where God so wills, the laws of nature are overturned."
Another spiritual daughter, I.M., told the following about the power
of his prayers:
'I often asked Batiushka to pray for my father who hadn't partaken
of the Holy Mysteries for a long time. He said merely that he was
repenting'. One morning, however, he got up and said, 'I must receive Holy
Communion. Someone is praying for me.' That night he had had a dream 'It
was as if I were lying in a grave with earth on top of me. There came a
priest who began to dug me out and said, "Get up, Ivan'." And I arose.'
Later that same year the man died. Here is yet another example.
The Second World War began. A man received a summons to go to the
front, and came to Elder Lavrenty for a blessing. The elder was quite ill
but received the man nevertheless. "When I came in, Batiushka rose from
his bed and blessed me. He then put on his epitrachelion, prayed, and
said, "Always be with God, and your Guardian Angel will be with you; with
his wings he will protect you from bullets on all sides. Do not doubt, and
do not be afraid. Try not to be captured by the enemy, because people
perish there Everywhere be first in helping your neighbor. If your
comrades object, tell them these are your orders. Most importantly—don’t
be afraid. Nothing will happen to you."
'I was bewildered by the elder's words and only hoped in his holy
prayers and likewise m God's mercy and His almighty power towards me. a
weak and sinful man. When we were sent into battle, I felt an
extraordinary, wonder-working power over me. There was gunfire everywhere
bullets--like rain. I crawled around boldly, carting the wounded to the
first-aid station, willingly, helping my comrades, and nothing happened to
me. I went through the whole war without once being wounded, not even a
The Elder's power of prayer was often united with his gift of
clairvoyance. The God-fearing M. relates:
"My mother became gravely ill--her lungs. and no one had any hope
left for her recovery. Everything was being prepared for her death. My
father sent me to Elder Lavrenty. I went, and m tears told him of our
grieg. He listened, his head bowed, and then consoled me, saying, "No,
your mother will not die. She will live a long time yet: she will even
outlive your father." And truly. through the Elder's holy prayers, my
mother got well and lived to the age of 90.'
A young woman came to Fr. Lavrenty for his blessing to enter a
convent; many of her frrends had received such a blessing. But Fr.
Lavrenty looked at her and said, "Get married." She began to object and
wouldn't agree. Then ," who" asked the Elder, "will give birth to priests
and bishops?" His prophetic words were fulfilled. The woman married and
had a son who became an archpriest.
One mother came to Fr. Lavrenty complaining that she hadn't heard
from her son in a long time. The Elder told her that she wouldn't have
time to reach home before receiving a letter, and said, "Know that a
mother's prayers will not burn in a fire nor drown in water." As the woman
was returning home, the postman met her on the street and gave her a
E., a woman of strong faith, describes another case of the Elder's
"During the war I received news that my son had been killed. I
decided to have him commemorated, but I had a dream in which my son
contradicted me and said, "Don't, mother." I came to Batiushka with my
doubts, to ask what I should do. He said it was not necessary to have my
son commemorated. "You are bound to receive more news from him. But if you
receive a second notice, then have him commemorated."
"And so it came to pass. Not long afterwards my son wrote that he
had been wounded, and that now he was again being sent to the front and
didn't know if he would return. He was killed. A second notice arrived, as
the Elder had foretold. In tears I again want to see Batiushka. He blessed
me to have a funeral served. As I left I met two women who were hurrying
to the Elder. Curious, I stopped and heard Batiushka's voice: "What do you
take me for, a fortune-teller? I'm not a fortune-teller. I don't know
anything. Go, finish eating your fritters with sour cream and don't bother
me." "But I want to know about my husband," said one of the women. "I
don't know anything," answered Batiushka sternly, and closed the door. I
later found out that one of these women was not a believer at all and had
indeed gone to the Elder as to a fortune-teller; she even called him that.
She had baked some fritters and taken some sour cream, but decided to eat
them along the way, thinking to herself, 'What will he know. I'll eat them
myself." But Batiushka saw through everything and didn't receive her."
The Elder often liked to converse with his beloved spiritual children
about the end times, about how one must be vigilant. "Today we vote-that's
all right; it's still not for a single leader over the whole world. But if
a vote should be taken for one--this is already [the antichrist] and one
mustn't vote." He also said: "The war will be such that no one will remain
anywhere, only in the ravines.'
He said there will remain only two or three governments, and they
will say: "Let us choose for ourselves one king over the whole world/'
"In the last times they will banish the true Christians; then let
the old and feeble at least grab onto a wheel and run after them.
Batiushka often repeated his talks about antichrist: "The time will
come when they will petition for one king on earth. And people will be
strictly registered. [The census takers] will come into the house, and the
wife will begin to persuade her husband: 'Come, husband, let's sign up.
After all, we have children, else we won't be able to buy anything for
them.' And the husband will say: 'Dear wife, do as you please, but I am
ready to die rather than sign up with Antichrist.' .... Such a moving
picture of the future," concluded the elder.
"The time will come," said Fr. Lawenty, "when they will renovate
even the closed churches, and fix them up not only outside but also
inside. They wilt gild the cupolas of both churches and belfries. But when
this is finished, it will usher in the reign of antichrist. Pray that the
Lord grant us an extension of time that we might strengthen ourselves,
because a frightful time awaits us. Do you see bow craftily everything is
being prepared? All the churches will be absolutely magnificent, as never
before, but one must not go into those churches. Antichrist will be
crowned like a king in a grand cathedral in Jerusalem, with the
participation of the clergy and the Patriarch.
"There will be free access, both in and out of Jerusalem for
everyone. But try not to go there then, because everything will be done in
order to deceive.
"Antichrist will be born of a harlot--a Jewess from the twelfth
tribe "of debauchery". While still a youth he will be very capable and
smart, especially after he, as a boy of twelve, walking with his mother in
the garden, meets satan, who will come from the very depths and enter into
him. The boy will shudder with fright, but satan will say: 'Do not be
afraid, I will help you.' And this boy will mature into Antichrist in
human form. At his coronation, when the Symbol of Faith is read, be will
not allow it to be read correctly; where the words describe Jesus Christ
as the Son of God, he will renounce this and acknowledge only himself And
then the Patriarch will exclaim that this is Antichrist, and for this he
will be killed...
"The prophets Enoch and Elijah will come from heaven, and they,
too, will explain to all the people and cry out: 'This is Antichrist, do
not believe him.' And he will kill them, but they will resurrect and fly
"Antichrist will be very knowledgable in all manner of satanic
cunning, and he will make false signs. The whole world will hear and see
him. He will "stamp" all of "his people" with a mark. He will despise all
Christians. There will begin the final persecution of the Christian soul
which refuses the mark of satan.
"Persecution will begin immediately on the soil of Jerusalem, and
then everywhere in the world blood will be spilled for the name of our
Redeemer Jesus Christ Many of you, my children, will live to this
"The mark will be such that it will be immediately apparent whether
a person has received it or not. The Christian will not be able to buy or
sell anything. But do not despair. The Lord will not abandon His children.
One mustn't fear!
"There will be churches, but Orthodox Christians must not go into
them, because the Bloodless Sacrifice of Jesus Christ will not be offered
there; instead, there will be satanic gatherings. And because of this
lawlessness the earth will cease to bring forth fruit; from drought the
land will crack, forming such crevices that a person could fall [into
them]. They will kill Christians or banish them to desert places. The
Jews will also be chased into one place. Some Jews, who truly lived
according to Moses' law, will not accept the mark of Antichrist. They will
wait and observe his deeds. They know that their ancestors did not
recognize Christ as the Messiah, but here, God will grant their eyes to be
opened and they will not accept the mark of Antichrist but will
acknowledge Christ and will reign with Christ.
'But the entire feeble populace will go after satan, and when the
earth will produce no harvest people will come to him with the request to
give them bread, but he will answer: 'The land does not give any grain. I
can't do anything.'
"There will likewise be no water; all the rivers and lakes will dry
up. This disaster will last for three and a half years. But for the sake
of His chosen, the Lord will shorten those days. In those days there will
still be strong warriors, Orthodox pillars, who will be under the powerful
influence of the Jesus Prayer. The Lord will cover them with His almighty
grace, and they will not see those false signs which will be prepared for
"Again, I repeat, one mustn't go into those churches; they will be
devoid of grace."
Hearing this discussion, one sister asked: "What's to become of us?
I don't want to live to see that time." "But you are young and can live
until then," said the Elder. "How terrifying!" exclaimed the sister.
"Choose one of the two--either the earthly or the heavenly." [Fr.
"There will be a war," continued Batiushka, "and where it takes
place no people will remain. But before this, the Lord will send weak
people minor sicknesses, and they will die. During the time of Antichrist,
however, there will be no death.'
"The third World War will be not for repentance, but for
destruction." A sister asked: Then all will perish?" "No, if believers are
washed with blood they will be joined to the ranks of martyrs, but the
non-believers will go to hell," replied Batiushka. "And until the number
of fallen angels is restored, the Lord will not come to judge.
"But in the last time [i.e., at the very end I the Lord will add to
the number of angels from those living who are written in the Book of
Life, in order to make up the number of the fallen.
"The restoration of churches will continue up to the very coming of
antichrist, and everywhere one will see unprecedented magnificence," said
Batiushka. But be moderate in your renovation of our church, its exterior.
Rather, pray more, go to church while there is still time, especially for
Liturgy, during which the Bloodless Sacrifice is offered for the sins of
the whole world. Confess and partake of the Body and Blood of Christ more
often, and the Lord will strengthen you."
Batiushka spoke with a certain hierodeacon (George) about the last
times, his face covered with bitter tears, and said: "Many clergy will
perish at the time of Antichrist." Fr. George said: "How can I not perish,
for I am a deacon? Batiushka said: "I don't know." Fr. Deacon began to
weep, fell to Batiushka's feet and asked him to pray that he might escape
hell. Batiushka arose, prayed, and said: "All right. It happens that a
person gets sick, dies and enters the Kingdom of Heaven."
And this prophecy was fulfilled. We knew this deacon from the Kiev
Caves Lavra. He was active in doing good and a singer; all of a sudden he
fell ill and soon died.
Batiushka often grieved and tearfully prayed or related something
with tears. The sisters comforted him, but he objected: "How is one not to
weep when the abyss is full of people's souls
After an illness of a few months, Elder Lavrenty reposed on the
Feast of Theophany, 1950. as he himself as foretold. His body remained in
the lower church for forty days. One of the nuns related how at three
o'clock in the morning she clearly heard the singing of a many-voiced
choir She, ran into the cell where the reposed was lying but found that
all was quiet there; only a priest who was quietly reading the Gospel.
Frightened, she, told him that she had heard singing. He was amazed and
said that the soul of the reposed was being met in heaven by the angels
(Translated and condensed from Nadezhda #14, pps 298-304).
Summary of few prophecies of
Elder Schemamonk Lavrenty
YOU WILL LIVE TO SEE ANTICHRIST!
Accompanied by two keleinitsy [female cell-attendants or "lay-sisters"],
the igumenya [abbess] of the Domnitskaya Convent came to have tea with
batiushka [father (dim. aff.)] Lavrentii. During dinner, he said:
"You and I, matushka-igumenya [abbess-mother (dim. aff.)], will not live
to see antichrist; but, these – your keleinitsy, – will live to see him!"
That was in 1948. Both nuns had been born in 1923. Monakhinya [nun] N.
was the one who told the story.
I NEED TO SEE
Whenever Fr. Lavrentii would sit down at table to dine, while waiting for
everyone to gather together, he would say:
"I am not hungry, but I need to see you all, and to speak with you a
little concerning what lies ahead for all of you."
Then he would weep and say:
"If you but knew what fate awaits men and what lies ahead for you. If you
but knew how people suffer in hell!"
AND HOW HE WILL RECOIL!
Batiushka Lavrentii would say:
"Do not be astonished when you hear that people are praying in every which
way in the churches. When those in their golden-caps [archi- and
proto-hieratical mitres] forbid the reading of the Psaltyr' – and, later,
of the hours – then will the Lord endure but a little; and, O how He will
then recoil from them! The Second Coming is now no longer far-distant!"
(Recorded from the words of Sister M.)
"This happened when my father was yet alive," I. M. would recall,
concerning her conversation with batiushka Lavrentii. "We were extremely
poor incapable of regaining our senses after the destruction of the war. I
went to see starets Lavrentii, in order to ask him to bless me, that I
might secretly wear a podriasnik [an under-cassock]; but he said to me:
"'Not all who are in the world will perish; nor will everyone in a
monastery be saved! Do you understand? It is not yet time.'
"Again I began to implore him [to grant me his permission] to enter a
women's monastery, for it is so extremely difficult for one to save
oneself in the world, but batiushka said to me:
"'Monks and schema-monks in the monasteries will attain unto the seventh
Heaven; but if you only knew what awaits those virgins who live in the
world! The Lord will tell those schema-bearers to make way for these
secret ones who did not live in a monastery. And these latter will
exceedingly precede the former! Do you understand that, before God, the
secret ones will be superior to those in the monasteries? Do you
understand?' the starets asked.
"'I understand nothing,' was my reply.
"'Then remember this, at least!' batiushka said."
IF ONE LIVES ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF LOVE
A certain pious widow had a dream:
"I saw, as it were, batiushka Lavrentii of Chernigov in the Trinity
Convent, with its inhabitants. There were many sisters there, and the
choir was chanting: 'Rejoice, O Tsaritsa'. Then, suddenly, the starets
rose up in the air, but there were only a few matushki with him – seven or
eight, all totalled! I ran to ask him: why had so few nuns risen up, but
upon uttering these words, I awoke, without having received an answer.
"When I came to see Fr. Lavrentii, he said:
"'It is as you dreamed it! Had they lived in accordance with the Law of
Love, then everything would have been fine. If someone has a piece of
bread, it is in order that he might share it with another, who would then
offer up a prayer for him. Thus, both would receive their largesse, and
all would have been saved! But, with us, it is just the opposite: the one
who has the piece of bread stirs up great rows. That is why there are so
few who are lifted up, because there is no love!'
"Thus did batiushka explain to me the meaning of my dream."
FEW ARE SAVED
The venerable Fr. Lavrentii of Chernigov would frequently repeat that
souls go to hell just like people come out of a church on a feastday; but
they go to Heaven like people go to church on a weekday. Batiushka would
frequently sit and weep: he pitied the people who were perishing.
"How many people there are, who are packed in the inferno like herring in
a barrel," starets Lavrentii would say. His spiritual children would
console him, but he would reply, through his tears:
"You do not see. If you could but see... How pitiful it is! And in the
last days, hell will be filled with young people."
TWIRL THIS AROUND YOUR MOUSTACHE
"And I say unto you, and with great regret do I say it, that you will be
buying houses, and killing time by adorning large and lovely monastic
buildings. But you will have no time for prayer, although you made a vow
"It will not be difficult to be saved during the last days, but wisely
so. The one who overcomes all these temptations, the same will be
saved! Such a one will be among the first. The former will be like unto
lamps; the latter will be like the sun. You have other dwellings prepared
for you. So listen, and twirl this around your moustache!"
Thus did the venerable starets, gazing into the future with his
perspicacious mind, admonish his many, many spiritual children.
A FRIGHTFUL TIME
"Not long before antichrist is enthroned, even those churches that have
been closed will be repaired and restored – not only their exteriors, but
their interiors, as well. They will gild the cupolas of bell-towers and
cathedrals, alike; and when they have completed the main one, then will
the time have come for antichrist to be enthroned. Pray that the Lord
might lengthen that time, that we might be encouraged and sustained: it is
a frightful time that awaits us. The restoration of the cathedrals will
continue up to the very moment that antichrist is crowned. We will have
unprecedented splendour," starets Lavrentii of Chernigov would say.
"Do you see how craftily and insidiously all this is being prepared?"
batiushka would continue, tearfully. "All the cathedrals will be
exceedingly splendid, as never before, but you must not attend these
cathedrals, for the Bloodless Sacrifice of Jesus Christ will not be
offered there. Remember: there will be churches, but Orthodox Christians
must not attend them, as the entire 'synagogue of satan' (Apoc. 2.9) will
be gathered there! I repeat yet again that one must not attend those
cathedrals: there will be no grace in them!"
THE VENERABLE ONE CONCERNING ANTICHRIST
"Antichrist will be crowned king in a splendid rebuilt temple in
Jerusalem, with the clergy and the Patriarch of Russia participating [in
his coronation]. There will be free ingress and egress from Jerusalem for
everyone, but do not attempt to go there then, as everything will have
been done so as to "deceive." (Matt. 24.24) He [antichrist] will be
exceedingly learned in all satanic wiles and will show great signs. The
entire world will hear and see him. He will "stamp" his people with
satan's seal; he will hate Orthodox Russia," the venerable starets
Lavrentii of Chernigov would say.
THERE IS NO NEED TO BE AFRAID
To a certain deacon who is yet alive, but who is now quite aged, batiushka
Lavrentii forthrightly said:
"You will live to see the time when antichrist comes to power. Do not be
afraid, but tell everyone that this is he – and that there is no need to
be afraid! There will be a war, and where it passes, there will be none
left alive! But, prior to that time, the Lord will send minor ailments to
the weak and they will die, for during antichrist's time there will no
longer be any death. The Third World War will not be for repentance, but
for annihilation; but the Lord will leave the strongest alive, that they
might confront him [antichrist].
THE SUPREME "PEACE-MAKER"
The venerable starets Lavrentii of Chernigov spoke frequently of
"There will come a time when they will fight and fight, and a world war
will break out. And in the very thick of it, they will say:
"'Let us choose for ourselves a single king over all the inhabited
earth.' And they will elect him! They will elect antichrist as the
universal king and supreme "peace-maker" of the world. It will be
necessary to listen carefully; it will be necessary to exercise
caution! As soon as they begin to vote for one single man in all the
world, know that it is none other than himself, and that it is forbidden
[to Orthodox Christians] to vote [for him]."
ALL [MY] WORDS ARE TRUE!
Batiushka Lavrentii was sitting in the choir-loft, speaking of the last
days and of the end of this world, relating the details of antichrist's
enthronement over those who have fallen away from God... And priests
Nikifor, Grigorii and Vasilii Ganzin objected to Fr. Lavrentii that he had
also spoken differently concerning these things. But he replied to them:
"Fathers and brothers, there is one thing that you neither know nor
understand: I speak not only of Russia, but of the whole world! All my
words concerning future events are true, because the Holy Spirit has
revealed them to me by [His] grace."
FOR A SHORT WHILE
Schema-archimandrite Feofan related that Batiushka Lavrentii would
joyfully say, with a smile:
"The Russian people will repent of deadly sins: that they allowed Jewish
impiety [to hold sway] in Russia; that they did not defend God's Anointed
Tsar', the Orthodox churches and monasteries, and all that is holy and
sacred in Russia. They despised piety and came to love demonic impiety.
But there will be a spiritual upheaval! And Russia, together with all the
Slavic nations and lands, will constitute a mighty Tsardom. She will begoverned by an Orthodox Tsar', by God's Anointed One. Because of him, all
schisms and heresies will vanish away in Russia. There will be no
persecution of the Orthodox Church. The Lord will have mercy on Holy Rus'
because the dreadful time preceding that of antichrist has already taken
place in her. Even antichrist himself will fear the Russian Orthodox
Tsar'-Samoderzhets [Tsar'-Autocrat]. But all the other nations, save only
Russia and the Slavic lands, will be ruled by antichrist and will undergo
all the horrors and torments written of in Holy Scripture. In Russia,
however, there will be rejoicing and a blossoming of faith – but only for
a short while, for the Dread Judge will come to try both the living and the
CONCERNING ANTICHRIST'S PERSON IN THE HOLY PLACE
"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
Many shall belive in antichrist ,said a certain blessed monk, and shall
begin to glorify him as mighty god. But they that have God always within
themselves, shall see the truth through pure faith, and shall recognize
him. For at that time the comming of the tormentor shall be known to all
that have knowledge of God an reason. But to them that have their minds
ever on the things of this life and love earthly things , this will not be
understood , for they are caught in things of this life . And if they hear
the word of caution concerning antichrist, they will have no faith, but
will despise them that say such things all the more
HolyRecluse George of Zadonsk(letters)/St.Ephraim the Syrian
Ecerpts translated into English by G. Spruksts from the Russian text of
«Преподобный старец» ["Prepodobnyi starets" ("The Venerable Elder")],
originally published in the May 1996 issue of the Russian Orthodox
newspaper «Жизнь вечная» ["Zhizn' vechnaya" ("Eternal Life")].
English-language translation copyright © 1998 by The Russian Cultural
Heritage Society, The St. Stefan Of Perm' Guild, and the Translator. All
He, who does not believe the apostles, believes in Judas, Caiaphas, Herod
and Nero, the persecutors of the apostles and traitors of the truth. He
who does not believe in the righteous ones has no other alternative left
but to believe in the unrighteous ones. He who does not believe in the
pure ones, must believe in the impure ones. He who does not believe in
those who suffer for the truth, must believe in the torturers and
libertines. Day does not dawn for anything else except that men may take
sides with one or the other.
St Nikolai Velimirovic