Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Understanding the Apocalypse in Light of the Topography of Patmos

The Island of Patmos occupies an important position in the Sacred Geography of Christendom, but, unlike the other Holy Places, it is very seldom visited by strangers. There is no regular communication by steamboat. The inhabitants, even amid their poverty, do not turn the sacredness of the spot into a source of profit by organizing pilgrimages, and inviting the outside world to enrich them by paying for temporary hospitality, and for memorials of the journey.* The descriptions which have been published have been very few.** Yet the place is naturally of profound interest. The landscape, in any case, is that which was before the eyes of John. There remains, moreover, the farther question whether, during the revelation of the Apocalypse, he was conscious of surrounding objects in such a sense that this landscape was as it were the proscenium on which the figures of the vision appeared. The late Dean Stanley, in a beautiful passage in the Appendix to his Sermons in the East,*** seems to incline to such an idea:—

Monday, February 12, 2018

Homily on Christ's Second Coming (St. Gregory Palamas)


On the Gospel Passage Describing Christ's Second Coming 
and on Compassion and Doing Good

By St. Gregory Palamas

1. Last Sunday through the parable of the prodigal who was saved, the Church commemorated God’s incomparable love for mankind. This Sunday it teaches us about His terrifying Judgment to come, following the right order and in accordance with the prophetic sayings: “I will sing of mercy and of judgment” (Ps. 101:1), and, “God hath spoken once: twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his works” (Ps. 62:11-12).

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Great Judgement (St. Theophan the Recluse)

By St. Theophan the Recluse

The Great Judgement! The Judge comes in the clouds, surrounded by a countless multitude of bodiless heavenly powers. Trumpets sound over all the ends of the earth and raise up the dead. The risen regiments pour into the determined place, to the throne of the Judge, having already a foreboding of what verdict will sound in their ears, for everyone’s deeds will be written on the brow of their nature, and their very appearance will correspond to their deeds and morals. The division of those on His right hand and those on His left will be accomplished in and of itself.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

5 Reasons Christian Support For Jerusalem Is Not About The End Times

While some Christians believe there is theological significance to Jews controlling their historic homeland, for many the reasons are practical, not theological.

Luke Moon
December 18, 2017
The Federalist

It’s been a week since President Trump declared that the United States would finally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Unsurprisingly, Palestinian leadership called for three “Days of Rage.” Also unsurprisingly, some Christians have decried the move as Trump simply fulfilling his campaign promise to end-time-prophecy-obsessed evangelicals.

These evangelicals are supposedly in error because they allow their theology to improperly influence their view of foreign policy. Yet there are numerous reasons—political, pragmatic, and biblical—that Christians are celebrating the news about Jerusalem. Here I decided to limit it to five.

Friday, January 5, 2018

After 30 Years, Alarmists Are Still Predicting A Global Warming ‘Apocalypse’

Michael Bastasch
November 25, 2017
The Daily Caller

For at least three decades scientists and environmental activists have been warning that the world is on the verge of a global warming “apocalypse” that will flood coastal cities, tear up roads and bridges with mega-storms and bring widespread famine and misery to much of the world.

The only solution, they say, is to rid the world of fossil fuels — coal, natural gas and oil — that serve as the pillars of modern society. Only quick, decisive global action can avert the worst effects of manmade climate change, warn international bodies like the United Nations, who say we only have decades left — or even less!

Of course, human civilization has not collapsed, despite decades of predictions that we only have years left to avert disaster. Ten years ago, the U.N. predicted we only had “as little as eight years left to avoid a dangerous global average rise of 2C or more.”

This failed prediction, however, has not stopped the U.N. and others from issuing more apocalyptic statements.

To celebrate nearly three decades of dire predictions, The Daily Caller News Foundation put together this list of some of the most severe doomsday prophecies made by scientists, activists and politicians: