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Saturday, July 25, 2020

A 16th Century Monastery in Konitsa Dedicated to All the Prophets Has Been Rebuilt


The historic Monastery of the Prophets (which is dedicated to all the Prophets and Prophetesses of the Old Testament) in Distrato of Konitsa, which dates back probably to the 16th century or possibly earlier, since we don't know exactly the date of its foundation, was recently rebuilt and the cells and other area of the monastery are near completion. When it is completed, it will function as a female monastery. Thus, this monastery which had a past, will also now have a future.

The initial name of this monastery when it was founded was the Monastery of the Prophets. The successor of this Monastery was the Monastery of Vryazis or Briazis, whose katholikon was honored with the name of Panagia Prostasia, in the south of the village. Both of these Monasteries became ruins.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Concerning the Alleged Prophecy of Abba Pambo


By John Sanidopoulos

If one searches "Prophecy of Abba Pambo" on the internet, you will come across many websites that present this alleged prophecy of Abba Pambo as either a prophecy reflective of our times or as an eschatological prophecy foretelling coming and future events. This is because it is presented in a deceptive way. Three things should be noted about this alleged prophecy:

First, this prophecy does not have Abba Pambo as a source, as it claims. Instead, it is one of the anonymous sayings of the Desert Fathers attributed to Abba Pambo that probably dates no earlier than the eighth century. This is confirmed by the fact that it refers to "canons" as part of the structured hymns of the Church. However, canons don't date to the time of Abba Pambo, who reposed around the year 375, but to at least the seventh century, though really the eighth century. The only reason the name of Abba Pambo is associated with this alleged prophecy is because Palladius in one sentence of his biography of Abba Pambo mentions that he had the gift of prophecy, but in none of the authentic sayings do we actually have a record of these prophecies, which were probably not eschatological at all, but foretold things in the immediate future within his lifetime.

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."

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Least of My Brethren (Photis Kontoglou)


The following is the last paragraph of a short story written by Photis Kontoglou called "Barba Manolis the King." He created this short story based on the depiction in old icons of the Second Coming of a man known as the "Least" (Elachistos) who enters into Paradise amidst all the chaos. It is derived from Matthew 25:40 which says: "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

Thursday, February 20, 2020

How the Protestant Eschatological Mind Was Inherited by 19th Century Greeks

Rev. Isaac Watts

I was reading through a book the other day published in 1848 titled The Origin and History of Missions: A Record of the Voyages, Travels, Labors and Successes of the Various Missionaries Who Have Been Sent Forth by Protestant Societies and Churches to Evangelize the Heathen, Compiled from Authentic Documents Forming a Complete Missionary Repository. In Chapter 4 we read about the History of the Mediterranean Missions, which focuses on the Protestant missions among the Orthodox populations of Asia Minor and Greece. There it says the following:

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

How Byzantine Apocalypticism Influenced Ottoman Ideology After the Conquest of Constantinople


Constantinople and the End Time: 
The Ottoman Conquest as a Portent of the Last Hour

Kaya Şahin
Tulane University

Abstract
The Muslim conquest of Constantinople was seen in various apocalyptic traditions as one of the portents of the end. An Ottoman mystic, Ahmed Bî-cân, gave voice to these apocalyptic fears and expectations soon after the Ottoman conquest in 1453 CE. His apocalyptic narrative, expressed in the Turkish vernacular, placed the Ottoman enterprise within the final tribulations and hailed the sultan, Mehmed II, as an apocalyptic warrior. This endorsement heralded the emergence of a new imperial ideology in the sixteenth century: Ottoman history became an important component of universal history, while Ottoman sultans were attributed cosmic responsibilities and messianic abilities.





Thursday, January 23, 2020

Trump Embraces Environmental Initiatives While Rejecting Stifling Climate Alarmism


In a speech at the World Economic Forum at Davos on January 21st 2020, just minutes before teenage activist Greta Thunberg addressed a session called Averting a Climate Apocalypse in which she bemoaned that the earth "is on fire", President Donald Trump warned there were forces at work that aimed to "destroy our economy and wreck our country or eradicate our liberty", and that "we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse."

Here is what he said on these issues in full:

"We’ve been so successful that the United States no longer needs to import energy from hostile nations. With an abundance of American natural gas now available, our European allies no longer have to be vulnerable to unfriendly energy suppliers either. We urge our friends in Europe to use America’s vast supply and achieve true energy security.

With U.S. companies and researchers leading the way, we are on the threshold of virtually unlimited reserves of energy, including from traditional fuels, LNG, clean coal, next-generation nuclear power, and gas hydrate technologies.

At the same time, I’m proud to report the United States has among the cleanest air and drinking water on Earth — and we’re going to keep it that way. And we just came out with a report that, at this moment, it’s the cleanest it’s been in the last 40 years. We’re committed to conserving the majesty of God’s creation and the natural beauty of our world.

Today, I’m pleased to announce the United States will join One Trillion Trees Initiative being launched here at the World Economic Forum. One Trillion Trees. (Applause.) And in doing so, we will continue to show strong leadership in restoring, growing, and better managing our trees and our forests.

This is not a time for pessimism; this is a time for optimism. Fear and doubt is not a good thought process because this is a time for tremendous hope and joy and optimism and action.

But to embrace the possibilities of tomorrow, we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse. They are the heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune-tellers — and I have them and you have them, and we all have them, and they want to see us do badly, but we don’t let that happen. They predicted an overpopulation crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation in the ’70s, and an end of oil in the 1990s. These alarmists always demand the same thing: absolute power to dominate, transform, and control every aspect of our lives.

We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy, wreck our country, or eradicate our liberty. America will always be the proud, strong, and unyielding bastion of freedom.

In America, we understand what the pessimists refuse to see: that a growing and vibrant market economy focused on the future lifts the human spirit and excites creativity strong enough to overcome any challenge — any challenge by far.

The great scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century — from penicillin, to high-yield wheat, to modern transportation, and breakthrough vaccines — have lifted living standards and saved billions of lives around the world. And we’re continuing to work on things that you’ll be hearing about in the near future that, even today, sitting here right now, you wouldn’t believe it’s possible that we have found the answers. You’ll be hearing about it. But we have found answers to things that people said would not be possible — certainly not in a very short period of time.

But the wonders of the last century will pale in comparison to what today’s young innovators will achieve because they are doing things that nobody thought even feasible to begin. We continue to embrace technology, not to shun it. When people are free to innovate, millions will live longer, happier, healthier lives.

For three years now, America has shown the world that the path to a prosperous future begins with putting workers first, choosing growth, and freeing entrepreneurs to bring their dreams to life."