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  • Rev Mark Gilstrap
    From the archives of the ORTHODOX list, posted on Fri, 24 Jul 1998 http://listserv.indiana.edu/scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind9807D&L=orthodox&P=R5336 (FROM) THE
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      From the archives of the ORTHODOX list, posted on Fri, 24 Jul 1998

      http://listserv.indiana.edu/scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind9807D&L=orthodox&P=R5336

      (FROM) THE PROPHECIES OF S T A R E T S [ = ELDER] LAVRENTII OF
      CHERNIGOV
      [...]

      "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
      tears, [saying]:

      "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
      time."

      To the question: "Where in the holy place -- in church?" venerable
      Lavrentii said:

      "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.
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