Friday, May 15, 2020

An Essential Introductory Guide to the Book of Revelation for Orthodox Christians

By Demetri Mauropoulos

The Apocalypse [Book of Revelation] was written at the end of the first century. The author is the evangelist John, the apostle of Christ. When this book was written, this form of writing was familiar and intimate to people.

As early as the second century B.C. texts began to appear to try to describe events very strongly, especially events that are directly related to people's experience, but also situations of metaphysical content, with images that have an apocalyptic character, that is, a mystical character (in the sense of being initiated into something unspoken).

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Expectation of the Second Coming Isn’t About Fairy-Tales

By Eustathios Kephalouros

The way the Church lives is in the end times. From the moment Christ ascended into heaven, the Church has never ceased to await His return to the world. The eschatological expectation manifests itself to the faithful in different ways in different eras. This is the message I heard on Meatfare Sunday when I went to church.

So that Sunday I went to church because, apart from anything else, I’d hear about the Second Coming. A difficult subject, for theologians and everyone. In fact, this is what I heard that day: Theological discourse regarding the last times and what will happen before and during the Second Coming is neither easy nor without danger.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

When Metr. Augoustinos Kantiotes Foretold the Coming of a Great Epidemic

In 1990, the fiery Metropolitan Augoustinos Kantiotes of Florina (+ 2010) foretold a coming apocalyptic epidemic that sounds a lot like the current pandemic of the coronavirus. Decide for yourself. What he said can be read in translation below and you can listen to his words in the recording under it as he said it:

Friday, April 3, 2020

Is the End of the World Imminent?

By Fr. Andreas Agathokleous

Those who read Holy Scripture know that Christ spoke clearly about His Second Coming, of what will come before and how it will take place. The same can be found in the epistles of the Apostles. But they are not mentioned systematically, rather they respond to problems and unnecessary behaviors, which stemmed from an anxiety about the closeness of the end. Both Christ and His disciples speak of the Second Coming as a pleasant anticipated event, though difficult events will precede, likened to the example of birth pangs which precede great joy.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Eschatology of Flagellation During Epidemics

Following the example of the Benedictine monk Peter Damian in the 11th century, flagellation became a form of penance in the Catholic Church and its monastic orders. The 11th-century zealot Dominicus Loricatus repeated the entire Psalter twenty times in one week, accompanying each psalm with a hundred lash-strokes to his back. The distinction of the Flagellants was to take this self-mortification into the cities and other public spaces as a demonstration of piety. In the 19th century Herman Haupt connected the flagellant processions with eschatological prophecies and maintained that "the flagellants felt called upon to prepare the way for the kingdom of God."