Svet Boziji covek, cak ni jednom recju ne moze da izda VERU O Svetitelju; Nas Sveti Otac medju Svetima O. Jovan Cudotvorac Kronstadski (1829-1908) rodjen u selu Soura na dalekom severu Rusije. Bio je voljen I postovan i od ubogih I od plemstva.
Kada je sluzio Svetu Liturgiju hiljade ljudi bi se skupljali u crkvi,u toku poslednjih godina svog zivota konastantno je predvidjao i upozoravao na dolazak strasnih dogadjaja i vremena u Rusiji presao GOSPODU iz ovog zemaljskog zivota dec 18 1908, na pogrebu prisustvovalo preko sezdeset hiljada ljudi. Svatitelju Oce Jovane moli BOGA za nas gresne KO IMA OCI NEKA VIDI I KO IMA USI NEKA CUJE* VIZIJA SVETOG OCA JOVANA CUDOTVORCA KRONSTADSKOG
Sveti i Pravedni O.Jovan Cudotvorac Kronstdaski prisecao se vizije koju je imao u Januaru 1901; Posle vecernjih molitvi legao sam da se malo odmorim u svojoj sobi slabo osvetljenoj sobi jer osecah blagu vrtoglavicu ,pred Ikonom Presvete Bogorodice gorelo je kandilo. Posle ne vise od pola sata cuh cudan sum I neko me dotaknu za rame I blagim glasom rece ,,Ustani slugo Boziji Jovane I sledi volju Boziju,, Ja ustade I videh pred sobom Starca koji izgledase velicanstveno ,kosa mu bese belo siva a on imase na sebi crnu mantiju I u ruci nosase stap,posmatrao me je blagim pogledom. Dok sam se ja sa velikim naporom uzdrzavao da se nesrusim, moje ruke i noge se tresose, htedoh nesto reci ali mi se jezik ne micase.Tada se Starac prekrsti i smirenije sa radoscu me ispuni, onda se i ja sam prekrstih.
Starac pokaza stapom na zapadni zid moje sobe i na zidu stapom napisa brojke; 1913,1914,1917,1922,1924 i 1934, odjednom zida nestade i ja hodajuci sa Starcem kretoh ka nekoj zelenoj livadi a tamo videh mnostvo krstova napravljenih od gline, drveta ili zlata koji oznacavase grobove i ja upitah Starca zbog cega su ovi krstovi ovde a on blago odgovori:
,,Ti krstovi su za one koji su muceni i ubijeni za veru u Hrista i zbog Reci Bozije te postadose Mucenici, te mi nastavismo put. Odjednom videh celu reku krvi. I pitah Starca. Šta znaci ova krv i koliko je krvi proliveno?
Starac pogleda naokolo i odgovori,,Ovo je krv pravih Hriscana,,. Tada pokaza u visinu na nekoliko Oblaka i ja videh mnostvo belih lampi(kandila) kako gore a onda pocese da padaju na zemlju jadna za drugom desetine i stotine i dok padahu gasise se i pretvarahu se u pepeo.
Starac tada pokaza i rece ,,pogledaj,, i videh na oblaku sedam gorucih lampi, i ja upitah sta znace ove lampe sto padose na zemlju a on odgovori ,,To su Crkve Bozije koje padose u jeres, a tih sedam lampi na oblaku su sedam Apostolskih Sabornih Crkava koje ce ostati do kraja vremena,,. Starac tada pokaza visoko na nebu i ja videh i cuh Angele kako poju,, SVJAT SVJAT SVJAT GOSPOD BOG SAVAOT ,, tada velika grupa ljudi sa svecama u rukama hitase pored nas sa radosnim i svetlim licima,u toj grupi je bilo Arhiepiskopa, Monaha, Monahinja zatim grupa mirjana medju kojima je bilo i mladih, dece cak i odojcadi. Ja upitah Cudotvornog Starca sta je znacenje ovih ljudi,a on odgovori:
,,To su ljudi koji stradase za Svetu Sabornu Apostolsku Crkvu za Svete Ikone od ruku zlih unistitelja,,. Ja upitah starca da li mogu da im se pridruzim a on odgovori ,,Jos je prerano za tebe da bi stradao i tvoje pridruzivanje ne bi bilo blagosloveno od Gospoda ,,onda videh veliku grupu odojcadi koja za Hrista stradase od Iroda i primise krune od CARA NEBESKOG.
Hodajuci malo dalje mi udjosmo u veliku Crkvu ,ja htedoh da se prekrstim ali mi Starac Rece ,,Ne moras da se krstis ovde jer je ovom mesto ”GNUSOBA PUSTOSNA” (Danilo12 ;11) U Crkvi bese neprijatno,na oltaru se nalazilo Evandjelje sa Zvezdom,svece izgledase kao od katrana i gorese kao drva za potpalu,iz Case se sirio jak smrad, tamo se jos nalazise Prosfora sa Zvezdom , Svestenik stojase ispred oltara sa licem crnim kao ugalj a ispod oltara se nalazila zena obucena u crveno sa zvezdom na usnama i vristase kroz Crkvu smejuci se i vicuci ,,JA SAM SLOBODNA,,
Ja pomislih ,Gospode kako je ovo odvratno, ljudi kao poludeli pocese da trce oko oltara, zvizde i tapsu rukama pa zapevase hulne pesme ,odjednom munja sevnu , jak grom udari zemlja se zatrese i crkva se srusi saljuci zenu, svestenika ,ljude i sve ostalo u provaliju. Ja pomislih o Gospode kakva strahota spasi nas. I upitah Starca kakvo je znacenje ove strasne Crkve, on odgovori.
,,To su ljudi na zemlji,jeretici koji odbacise Svetu Sabornu I Apostolsku Crkvu I prihvatise novu modernizovanu Crkvu koju Gospod nije blagoslovio, u toj Crkvi oni ne poste ,ne prisustvuju svestenosluzenjima,ne primaju Sv. Pricesce. Ja uplaseno rekoh,,Gospodnja je milost na nama a ove je prokleo smrcu,, Starac me prekinu I rece:
,,Ne tuguj, samo se moli,,. Tada videh masu ljudi od kojih svaki imase znak zvezde na usnama , strasno se mucase zedju I hodase napred-nazad A kad nas videse pocese vikati ,,Sveti Oci Molite se za nas jer mi ne mozemo a strasno nam je tesko, nase Majke I Ocevi nas nisu ucili Zakonu Bozijem,mi cak Nemamo ni ime Hristovo I ne nalazimo mira , mi odbacismo Sveti Duh I znak Krsta ,TADA ZAPLAKASE,, Ja krenuh dalje prateci Starca ,tada on pokaza rukom na planinu od ljudskih telesa zalivenih krvlju, a ja jako uplasen upitah Starca za znacenje ovih mrtvih telesa,on odgovori ,,To Su Ljudi koji zivese monaski zivot ,odbacise Antihrista I ne primise njegov znak,oni postradase zbog Vere u Hrista I Sabornu Apostolsku Crkvu I primise Mucenicke krune umiruci za Hrista ,moli se za ove Sluge Bozije,, Bez reci Starac se okrenu ka severu i pokaza rukom ,I ja videh Carsku palatu oko koje trcase psi,divlje zveri I skorpije kezeci svoje zube I celjusti,tada videh Cara gde sedi Na prestolu,on u licu bled I ozbiljan recitovase ISUSOVU MOLITVU. Najednom Car se srusi kao mrtav ,njegova kruna pade a psi zveri I skorpije satrse POMAZANIKA VLADARA ,ja uzasnut zaplakah gorko a Starac me uze pod ruku ,tada videh osobu u belom to bese CAR NIKOLAJ II na njegovoj glavi venac od zelenog lisca a njegovo lice bledo I pomalo krvavo,oko vrata imase zlatni krst I tiho saputase molitvu,tada mi rece sa suzama,, MOLI SE ZA MENE OCE JOVANE I RECI SVIM PRAVOSLAVNIM HRISCANIMA DA SAM JA CAR MUCENIK UMRO DOSTOJANSTVENO I MUSKI ZA MOJU VERU U HRISTA I PRAVOSLAVNU CRKVU, RECI SVETIM OCIMA DA SLUZE PARASTOS MENI GRESNOME ALI ZA MENE GROBA NECE BITI
,, Ubrzo sve postade skriveno maglom,a ja placuci molih se za CARA MUCENIKA ,noge i ruke mi drhtase od straha, tada Starac rece pogledaj i ja videh grupe ljudi gde leze svuda naokolo pomrli od gladi, a neki jos zivi jedose travu i bilje dok psi trgase telesa mrtvih, nepodnosljiv smrad se sirise naokolo, ja pomislih o BOZE ti ljudi neimase Vere, sa njihovim usnama oni bogohulise i za to primise GNEV GOSPODNJI………..
Jos videh celu planinu knjiga medju kolima gamizahu crvi i osetih strasan smrad. Te zapitah Starca kakavo je znacenje ovih knjiga, a on odgovori ovo su knjige pune bezboznistva i hule na BOGA koje ce zatrovati sve Hriscane sa jeretickim ucenjima, tada Starac dotaknu svojim stapom neke od knjiga i njih zahvati plamen i vetar razveja pepeo.
Malo dalje videh Crkvu oko koje lezase gomile listica sa imenima upokojenih za pominjanje, ja se sagoh da uzmem neke od listica da procitam imena ali Starac rece ,,OVI listici sa imenima za upokojene leze ovde vec mnogo godina i svestenici zaboravise za njih, ja upitah ,,ko ce se moliti za njih,, a on odgovori ANGELI CE SE MOLITI ZA NJIH. Podjosmo dalje i Starac ubrza da ga sa mukom pratih, onda mi pokaza i rece: Vidi! I ja videh mnogi narod mucen demonima(djavolima), koji ih mucise stapovima, vilama i kukama, ja upitah Starca sta znaci stanje ovog naroda, a on odgovori
,,to su oni koji se odrekose svoje Vere I koji napustise Svetu Sabornu I Apostolsku Crkvu I prihvatise novu modrnizovanu Crkvu Ova grupa predsatvlja i svestenike, monahe, monahinje i mirjane koji prekinuse svoje zavete i brak te se upustise u pijanstvo i svaku vrstu bezakonja i hule”
Svi oni imase uzas na licima a iz usta im se sirise nepodnosljiv smrad ,dok ih demoni(djavoli) mucise i vukose u duboku provaliju iz koje se uzdizala paklena vatra, ja se strasno uplasih i prekrstih moleci se ,,Izbavi nas Gospode od ovakvog puta,, Tada videh grupu ljudi starih i mladih strasno ruzno odevenih koji podizase veliku ,,PETOKRAKU ZVEZDU,, na svakom kraju zvezde bese po dvanaest demona(djavola) a u sredini zvezde sam Satana sa uzasnim rogovima i izduzenom i izopacenom glavom, on sirise oko sebe penu na ljude dok govorase ,,Ustajte vi prokleti sa znakom..,,
Odjednom se pojavise mnostvo demona(djavola) sa zeljeznim pecatima i na sve ljude stavise znak, na usne, iznad lakta i na desnu ruku,ja upitah Starca za znacenje ovoga a on odgovori,,OVO JE ZNAK ANTIHRISTA,, JA se prekrstih I krenuh za Starcem,malo zatim on naglo stade I pokaza rukom na istok Gde videh veliku grupu ljudi sa radosnim licima gde nose Krstove i upaljene Svece u rukama a medju njima se nalazise veliki Oltar beo kao snegi na Oltaru se nalazio,,Vosduch,,(veo kojim se pokrivaju Sveti Darovi)sa zlatnom carskom krunom Na kojoj je bilo ispisano ,,na kratko vreme,, Patrijarsi , Episkopi,Svestenici,Monasi,Monahinje i Mirjani stojeci oko oltara pojase ,,SLAVA BOGU NA VISINI I NA ZEMLJI MIR,,.
Ja se iz velike radosti prekrstih i zablagodarih Gospodu, tada Starac podize svoj Krst uvis tri puta i ja videh planinu telesa zalivenu krvlju a iznad njih Angeli letese uzimajuci duse Ubijenih za Rec Boziju i nosise ih ka nebesima pojuci ALILUJA, dok posmatrah Ja glasno zaplakah a Starac me uhvati pod ruku I zabrani da placem govoreci ,,Sta je ugodno BOGU ,da je nas GOSPOD ISUS HRISTOS mucen prolio Svoju Presvetu Krv za nas,a ovi ce biti Mucenici koji ne prihvatise znak Antihrista I svi koji proliju krv svoju primice nebeske vence. Tada se Starac pomoli za te Sluge Bozije I pokaza na istok a reci Proroka Danila se obistinise ,,GNUSOBA PUSTOSNA,,(Danilo 12 ;11).
TAMO videh kupolu Jerusalimsku nad kojom se nalazise zvezda ,a u Crkvi veliko mnostvo miliona ljudi a jos mnogi pokusavahu da udju unutra ,ja htedoh da se prekrstim ali me Starac uhvati za ruku I rece ,,OVDE JE GNUSOBA PUSTOSNA,,tada videh oltar gde gorase svece od smole a na oltaru se nalazio kralj u vatreno crvenoj porfiri ,na glavi imase zlatnu krunu sa zvezdom,I ja upitah Starca ,,ko je ovo,, a Starac rece ,,Antihrist,, On bese veoma visok ,sa vatrenim ocima ,crnim obrvama ,cetvrtasto uoblicenom bradom,lukavo,zlo I strasno lice .On se sam nalazio na oltaru ,tada podize ruke ka narodu , ruke mu licise na kandze tigra I povika ,,JA sam kralj ja sam Bog,ja sam vodja i onaj koji nema moj znak bice ubijen,, Svi ljudi padose nicice i obozavase ga a on stavljase znak na njihove usne i ruke da bi mogli primiti malo hleba I da nebi poumirali od gladi I zedji ,tada pred antihrista njegove sluge dovedose nekoliko ljudi sa zavezanim rukama koji mu se ne htedose pokloniti,
Oni glasno rekose ,,MI SMO HRISCANII MI VERUJEMO U NASEG GOSPODA ISUSA HRISTA,, A antihrist im u trenu pootkida glave I hriscanska krv se proli, Tada u oltar pred antihrsita dovedose dete da mu se pokloni ,ali se dete ne htede pokloniti Vec jasno ispovedi,,JA SAM HRISCANIN I VERUJEM U NASEG GOSPODA ISUSA HRISTA A TI SI SLUGA SATANIN,, antihrist tada uzviknu ,,smrt tom detetu,, dok ostali koji prihvatise znak antihrista padose pred njim nicice i obozavase ga.
Odjednom grom odjeknu ,mnostvo munja poce da seva i vatrene strele pocese da padaju Na sluge antihrista,tada velika vatrena strela sevnu i pogodi antihrista u glavu,on mahnu Rukom a kruna mu pade sa glave na zemlju i izlomi se,tada milioni ptica poletese na sluge antihristove . Ja osetih da me Starac uze za ruku i povede ,hodasmo dalje I ja videh jos jako mnogo prolivene Hriscanske Krvi i tu se setih reci Svetog Jovana Bogoslova u knjizi ,,Otkrovenja,, da ce krvi biti konjima do uzdi Ja pomislih Boze spasi nas Tada videh Angele koji letese i pojahu ,,SVJAT SVJAT SVJAT GOSPOD BOG SAVAOT,, Starac pogleda unazad I rece ,,NE TUGUJ JER BRZO,VRLO BRZO CE DOCI KRAJ SVETA ,, moli se Gospodu ,,BOZE BUDI MILOSTIV NA SLUGE SVOJE,,
Vreme se primicase kraju,Starac pokaza ka istoku,pade na kolena i poce molitvu i ja mu se pridruzih,tada Starac bi podignut u visinu ka nebesima I dok odmicase u visinu ja se prisetih da neznam Starcevo ime te glasno povikah za njim ,,OCE KAKO TI JE IME,, A on blago odgovori ,,SERAFIM SAROVSKI,, TO JE ONO STO JA VIDEH I ZAPISAH ZA PRAVOSLAVNE HRISCANE
Veliko zvono zazvoni nad mojom glavom I ja cuvsi zvuk ustade sa kreveta I pomolih se ,,GOSPODE BLAGOSLOVI I POMOZI MI MOLITVAMA VELIKOG STARCA, TI PROSVETLI MENE GRESNOG SLUGU SVESTENIKA JOVANA KRONSTADSKOG.
Sveti Jovan Cudotvorac Kronstadski se slavi Oktobra 19 i Decembra 20
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EVO BRAĆO PA NEK JE NA PROSVETLJENIJE I SPASENIJE!!!
Vision of the Holy Father Saint John the Wonderworker of Kronstadt
The holy men of God would not betray the Faith by even so much as a word.
Our Father among the saints, John of Kronstadt, (1829-1908) was born in the village of Soura in the far North of Russia in 1829. He was loved by both rich and poor, by noblemen and beggars. When he celebrated the Divine Liturgy thousands would flock to the Cathedral of Archangel. During the last years of his life, Saint John constantly predicted the approach of terrible events in Russia. He died on Dec. 18, 1908. Over sixty thousand people attended his funeral.
The Holy and Righteous John of Kronstadt recalled this vision which he had in January of 1901:
After evening prayers I laid down to rest a ittle in my dimly lit cell since I was fatigued. Hanging before the icon of the Mother of God was my lit lampada. Not more than a half hour had passed when I heard soft rustle. Someone touched my left shoulder, and in tender voice said to me, ‘Arise servant of God John and follow the wIll of God!’ I arose and saw near the window glorious starets (elder) with frosty grey hair, wearing a black mantia, and holding staff in his hand. He looked at me tenderly, and I could scarcely keep from falling because of my great fear. My hands and feet trembled, and I wanted to speak, but my tongue would not obey me. The starets made the sign of the cross over me, and calm and joy soon came over me. Then I made the sign of the cross myself. He then pointed to the western wall of my cell with his staff in order that I should notice certain spot. The starets had inscribed on the wall the following numbers: 1913, 1914, 1917, 1922, 1924, and 1934. Suddenly the wall vanished, and I walked with the starets toward a green field and saw a mass of crosses-thousands standing as gravemarkers. They were wooden, clay, or gold. I asked the starets, ‘What are these crosses for’ He softly answered, “These crosses are for those who suffered and were murdered for their faith in Christ and for the Word of God and have become martyrs!” And so we continued to walk. Suddenly I saw an entire river of blood and asked the starets, ‘What is the meaning of this blood? How much has been spilled?’ The starets looked around and replied, This is the blood of true Christians!’ The starets then pointed to some clouds, and I saw mass of burning white lamps. They began to fall to the ground one after another by the tens and by the hundreds. During their descent they grew dim and turned to ashes. The starets then said to me, ‘Look!’ I saw on a cloud seven burning lamps. I asked, ‘What is the meaning of the burning lamps which fell to the ground’ He said, Those are the churches of God which have fallen into heresy, but these seven lamps on the clouds are the seven Catholic and Apostolic Churches which will remain until the end of the world!’ The starets then pointed high into the air and I saw and heard angels singing, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Sabbaoth!’ Then a large crowd of people with candles in their hands rushed by with joy on their shining faces. They were archbishops, monks, nuns, groups of laymen, young adults, and even children and babies. I asked the wonderworking starets, ‘What is the meaning of these people’ He responded, These are all the people who suffered for the Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church, for the holy icons at the hands of the wicked destroyers.’ I then asked the great starets if I could sit down next to them. The starets said, ‘It is too early for you to suffer, so joining them would not be blessed by God!’ Again I saw a large group of infants who had suffered for Christ under Herod and had received crowns from the Heavenly King. We walked further and went into large church. I wanted to make the sign of the cross, but the starets said, ‘It is not necessary to cross yourself because this is a place of abomination and desolation!’ The church was very gloomy. On the altar was a star and a Gospel book with stars. Candles made of tar were burning and crackling like firewood. The chalice was standing there covered by strong stench. There was prosphora with stars. A priest stood before the altar with face like pitch and woman was under the altar covered in red with a star on her lips and she screamed and laughed throughout the church saying, ‘I am free!’ I thought Oh, Lord, how awful! The people, like madmen, began to run around the altar, scream, whistle, and clap their hands. Then they began to sing lecherous songs. uddenly lightning flashed, frightening thunderbolt resounded, the earth trembled, and the church collapsed, sending the woman, the people, the priest, and the rest into the abyss. I thought Oh Lord, how awful, save us! The starets saw what had happened as did I. I asked, ‘Father, tell me, what is the meaning of this frightening church?’ He responded, These are the earthly people, heretics who have abandoned the Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church and recognized the newly innovated church which God has not blessed. In this church they do not fast, do not attend services, and do not receive Holy Communion!’ I was frightened and said, The Lord has pity on us, but curses those with death!’ The starets interrupted me and said, ‘Do not mourn, but just pray!’ Then I saw a throng of people, each of whom had a star on his lips and was. terribly exhausted from thirst, walking here and there. They saw us and yelled loudly, ‘Holy Fathers, pray for us. It is very hard for us because we ourselves cannot. Our Fathers and Mothers did not teach us the Law of God. ‘We do not even have the name of Christ, and we have received no peace. We rejected the Holy Spirit and the sign of the cross!’ They began to cry. I followed after the starets. ‘Look!’ he said pointing with his hand. I saw a mountain of human corpses stained in blood. I was very frightened, and I asked the starets, ‘What is the meaning of these dead bodies?’ He replied, These are people who lived the monastic life, were rejected by the Antichrist, and did not receive his seal. They suffered for their faith in Christ and the Apostolic Church and received martyrs crowns dying for Christ. Pray for these servants of God!’ Without warning the starets turned to the north and pointed with his hand. I saw an imperial palace, around which dogs were running. Wild beasts and scorpions were roaring and charging and baring their teeth. And I saw the Tsar sitting on a throne. His face was pale and masculine. He was reciting theJesus Prayer. Suddenly he fell like a dead man. His crown fell. The wild beasts, dogs, and scorpions trampled on the anointed Sovereign. I was frightened and cried bitterly. The starets took me by my right shoulder. I saw a figure shrouded in white-it was Nicholas II. On his head was a wreath of green leaves, and his face was white and somewhat bloodied. He wore a gold cross around his neck and was quietly whispering a prayer. And then he said to me with tears, ‘Pray for me, Fr. John. Tell all Orthodox Christians that I, the Tsar-martyr, died manfully for my faith in Christ and the Orthodox Church. Tell the Holy Fathers that they should serve a Panachida for me, a sinner, but there will be no grave for me!’ Soon everything became hidden in the fog. I cried bitterly praying for the Tsar-martyr. My hands and feet trembled from fear. The starets said, :Look! Then I saw a throng of people scattered about the land who had died from starvation while others were eating grass and vegetation. Dogs were devouring the bodies of the dead, and the stench was terrible. I thought, Oh Lord, these people had no faith. From their lips they expelled blasphemy, and for this they received God’s anger. I also saw an entire mountain of books and among the books worms were crawling emitting ? terrible stench. I asked the starets, ‘What was the meaning of these books?’ ?? said, These books are the Godlessness and blasphemy which will infect all Christians with heretical teachings!’ Then the starets touched his staff to some of the books, and they ignited into flames. The wind scattered the ashes. Further on, I saw ? church around which was a large pile of prayer intentions for the departed. I bent over and wanted to read them, but the starets said, These prayer requests for the dead have been lying here for many years, and the priests have forgotten about them. They are never going to read them, but the dead will ask someone to pray for them!’ I asked, ‘Who, will they get to pray for them?’ The starets answered: ‘The Angels will pray for them!’ We proceeded further, and the starets quickened the pace so that I could hardly keep up with him. ‘Look!’ he said. I saw a large crowd of people being persecuted by demons who were beating them with stakes, pitchforks, and hooks. I asked the starets, ‘What is the meaning of these people?’ He answered, These are the ones who renounced their faith and left the Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church and accepted the new innovative church. This group represents priests, monks, nuns, and laymen who renounced their vows or marriage, and engaged in drinking and all sorts of blasphemy and slander. All of these have terrible faces and a terrible stench comes from their mouths. The demons beat them, driving them into the terrible abyss, from where hell fire comes forth. ‘ I was terribly frightened. I made the sign of the cross while praying, Lord deliver us from such a fate! I then saw a group of people, both old and young, all of whom were terribly dressed, and who were raising a large, five pointed star. On each corner were twelve demons and in the middle was satan himself with terrifying horns and a straw head. He emitted a noxious foam onto the people while pronouncing these words, ‘Arise you accursed ones with the seal of ?..’ Suddenly many demons appeared with branding irons and on all the people they placed the seal: on their lips, above the elbow and on their right hands. I asked the ?tarets, ‘What is the meaning of this?’ He responded, This is the mark of the Antichrist!’ I made the sign of the cross and followed after the starets. He suddenly stopped and pointed to the east with his hand. I saw a large gathering of people with joyous faces carrying crosses and candles in their hands. In their midst stood a large altar as white as snow. On the altar was the cross and the Holy Gospel and over the altar was the vosduch with golden imperial crown on which was written in golden letter, ‘For the short term.’ Patriarchs, bishops, priests, monks, nuns, and laymen stood around the altar. They were all singing, ‘Glory to God in the highest and peace on Earth’ Out of great joy I made the sign of the cross and praised God. Suddenly the starets waved his cross upwards three times, and I saw mountain of corpses covered in human blood and above them Angels were flying. They were taking the souls of those murdered for the Word of God to heaven while they sang, Alleluia!’ I observed all this and cried loudly. The starets took me by the hand and forbade me to cry. ‘What is pleasing to God is that Our Lord Jesus Christ suffered and shed His precious blood for us. Such ones will become martyrs who do not accept the seal of the antichrist, and all who shed their blood will receive heavenly crowns.’ The starets then prayed for these servants of God and pointed to the east as the words of the Prophet Daniel came true, ‘Abomination of desolation.’ Finally, I saw the cupola of Jerusalem. Above it was a star. Within the church millions of people thronged and still many more were trying to enter inside. I wanted to make the sign of the cross, but the starets grabbed my hand and said, ‘Here is the abominaton of desolation!’ So we entered into the church, and it was full of people. I saw an altar on which tallow candles were burning. On the altar was a king in red, blazing, porphyry. On his head was a golden crown with a star. I asked the starets, ‘Who is this?’ He replied, ‘The Antichrist!’ He was very tall with eyes like fire, black eyebrows, a wedge-shaped beard, a ferocious, cunning, evil, and terrible face. He alone was on the altar and he reached his hands out to the people. He had claws as those of a tiger for hands and he shouted, ‘I am King. I am God. I am the Leader. He who does not have my seal will be put to death.’ All the people fell down and worshipped him, and he began to place his seal on their lips and on their hands in order that they should receive some bread and not die from hunger and thirst. Around the Antichrist his servants were leading several people whose hands were bound as they had not bowed down to worship him. They said, ‘We are Christians, and we all believe in our Lord Jesus Christ!’ The Antichrist ripped off their heads in a flash and Christian blood began to flow A child was then led to the altar of the Antichrist to worship him, but he boldly proclaimed, ‘I am a Christian and believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, but you are a minister, a servant of satan!’ ‘Death to him!’ exclaimed the Antichrist. Others who accepted the seal of the Antichrist fell down and worshipped him. Suddenly roar of thunder resounded and thousand lightning flashes began to sparkle. Arrows began to strike the servants of the Antichrist. Then ? large flaming arrow flashed by and hit the Antichrist himself on the head. As he waved his hand, his crown fell and was crushed into the ground. Then millions of birds flew in and perched on the servants of the Antichrist. I felt the starets take me by the hand. We walked further on, and I again saw much Christian blood. It was here that I remem- bered the words of SaintJohn the Theologian in the book of Revelation that blood would ‘be up to the horse’s bridle.’ I thought, Oh my God, save us! At that time I saw Angels flying and singing, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy. Lord of Sabbaoth!’ The starets looked back and went on to say, ‘Do not grieve, for soon, very soon, will come the end of the world! Pray to the Lord. God be merciful to His servants!’ Time was drawing near to close. He pointed to the east, fell to his knees and began to pray So I prayed with him. Then the starets began to quickly depart from the earth to the heights of heaven. As he did so I remembered that I did not know his name, so cried out loudly, ‘Father, what is your name?’ He tenderly replied, ‘Seraphim of Sarov!’ That is what ‘saw, and this is what ‘ have recorded for Orthodox Christians. A large bell rang above my head, and I heard the sound and arose from bed. ‘Lord, bless and help me through the prayers of the great starets! You have enlightened me, the sinful servant, the priest John of Kronstadt.”
– St. John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt
Commemorated October 19 and December 20 (+ 1908)
Remmember in thy prayers Rab Bozii
I fear Red Hierarchs….
Holy Elder Nektary of Optina