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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Orthodox Christians and Chresmology


 By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou

Ever since I became a Clergyman, fifty years ago (in 1971), and came into contact with various Christians, one of the issues I was dealing with was chresmology, which means the formulation of an oracle, a prophesy, a future event, which is given by various chresmologists.

Chresmology was systematically practiced by the Millennialists (Jehovah's Witnesses), who set various dates according to which the world would be destroyed, humanity would be unified by a single Government, and so on. And of course they were constantly shown to be deceived.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

What Orthodox Christians Should Have Engraved on Their Gravestones


By Demetrios Panagopoulos (1916-1982),
Preacher

Give instruction that on your grave is written: "I await the Resurrection of the dead" (Προσδοκώ Ανάσταση νεκρών), not the other fairy-tales and verses of some sort that are often written there which contain no thought in regards to faith and no thought of the Resurrection. Everything takes place for this Resurrection. The Resurrection is what gives us comfort. There is so much sorrow in the world, so many tears and so much wickedness, that if there was no Resurrection, there would be no reason, not even for a second, for people to live here.
 
Translation by John Sanidopoulos.
 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

George Orwell's "COVID -1984"


"Everything other than working was forbidden: walking in the streets, having fun, singing, dancing, getting together, everything was forbidden."

- George Orwell, "1984"

Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Truth Behind the Alleged "Prophetic Vision of Saint John of Kronstadt"


By John Sanidopoulos

Multiple Orthodox Christian websites have in circulation a text often known as the "Prophetic Vision of Saint John of Kronstadt", allegedly written by Saint John of Kronstadt himself, concerning a vision he saw in January of 1901 that deals with specific apocalyptic events of the future, often with amazing details, revealed to him by Saint Seraphim of Sarov. Despite the confidence this alleged prophecy has in detailing future events, certain details have clearly proven to be false, but this does not stop anyone from continuing to circulate this false prophecy.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

On the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ (St. Ephraim the Syrian)

 
 
On the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ

By St. Ephraim the Syrian

1. Attend and come, ye sons of light, and hearken to that blessed voice of our Savior, who says to us: "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom of the heavens" (Mt 25:34). Look, my brethren: let none of you be deprived of this blessed inheritance. For, behold, he is at the gates. Light from Light has come down to us and has illumined us and brought us up toward the Light. He has come down to us by becoming as we are, that we might be made like him. The Immortal descended to mortals and, making them immortal, ascended again to the Father. Now he comes with the glory of the blessed Father to judge the living and the dead. He has become a Way for us, full of light and glory, that we might walk in light towards the Father.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Notes on the Apocalypse of John (Third Teaching of Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol)

 
Below are summary notes I took while listening to the lecture below of Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol. This is the third of 20 video lectures on the Book of Revelation, also known as the Apocalypse.

First Chapter (cont.)

- In verse 9, John identifies himself as one who follows the same path as the Lord Jesus Christ. This is where his authority comes from. The Apostles were not rich and powerful men who sat back and directed and ruled the Church, but they suffered very much for the Church and with the Church in the same way Christ did. This is further illustrated by the fact that he says he was at the time of the writing of this book on the island of Patmos in exile for his testimony of Christ. Patmos was not the beautiful and touristy island it is today where people go for a vacation, but at that time it was a dry and difficult place to survive in. Despite his "tribulations", however, he was patient in the Lord and hoped in the future kingdom where Christ eternally reigns.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Saint Timothy of Kakhushta and the Delusional Apocalyptic Preacher

 
 
The following events took place in early-ninth century Syria, and are recorded in the biography of Saint Timothy of Kakhushta the Stylite, who is commemorated on January 4th.

There was once a wandering solitary whom the devil envied. Since he was untried and knew not the devil's attacks, the enemy came to him in the form of Christ, accompanied by hosts of angels and magnificent light. To him he said: "Know that you have won my favor in this world and have pleased me much. You have comforted me with your manner of living and have thus merited that I reveal to you now my secrets and that I come down from the heights of my holiness to inform you that in eighty days the whole world will pass away and be brought to an end. As for you, enter the city, the towns, and the villages. Proclaim among the people, preach, and inform them what you have been commanded."