Another edifying, prophetic essay by Archbishop Averky. Every day these words become more and more true. This essay is taken from a website dedicated to his writings. The translation is not perfect and is awkward in a few spots, but overall it conveys well.
So says one of the very ancient predictions about what will happen on the earth shortly before the end of the world.
Many ancient prophecies have come true, and continue to come true before our eyes. Isn’t this prophesy already coming true, as well?
After all, what is happening now in the world may not be explained otherwise than with an indiscriminate, mass insanity, of which only very few are free. And that is in all areas of modern life, which has gone far astray from common sense, with a full violation of the reason given by God to man, unlike the speechless, irrational beings.
It is like this in personal life, – family, social, political, public and even in religious life and church life.
Everything has been turned upside down. Black is called white, white – black, light is called darkness, and the darkness – light, the truth is called a lie, and the lie – the truth, good is called evil, and evil – good … And this is not being done only by the explicit and open atheist- theomachists who call themselves communists, in whom many naive people tend to see the main and almost the only evil of modern life. No! not inferior to them in their true madness are other people, as if the opposite camp, the opposite sentiment and ideology – the people who left and right all the pathos told that they – “anti-Communists” and even though fighting against communism, wishing to be saved from being absorbed by this world.
Hypocrisy, falseness, deception and manipulation have become an epidemic, which has now infected great masses of crazed people; and believe in their honesty and sincerity, in most cases, is impossible, because they say one thing and do quite another, often the exact opposite.
In saying this, we deliberately avoid mentioning certain innumerable facts, because these facts are more or less known to all, but they often stir up different to the opposite evaluation, precisely because today most people are in a frenzy, lost their minds and lost common sense, and become incapable fair assessment of what is happening, and judge everything with bias, seeing from their own point of view totally dependent on their spiritually morbid disposition.
But life, which every day becomes more and more ominously gloomy, witnesses itself to the correctness of our statements, as well as the fact that all the ancient prophecies are now coming true with amazing precision, in the fullest sense of the word, before our eyes, for those who are still able to see it, who are not yet mad, – not yet foaming at the mouth with some frantic ferocity – not trying to insist everything in the world is doing fine, everything is going quite normally and naturally, as usual, on the path of undeniable “progress “.
And indeed, many of those truly blinded madmen try to convince us that we are the madmen, not they!
Today’s youth… An amazing unheard of before, the moral laxity, lack of manners, impudence, rudeness, boorishness, a total disregard for the authority of elders… Parents are deprived of the right to punish their obstinate, disobedient children…
And very few people find this really embarrassing or shocking, because it has become somehow commonplace.
Instead, in full flower blooms the overt and covert worship of Satan, even before it has official recognition, the politicians support the temples of Satan and Satan’s ministers, often in open of worship Satan, and they even promote it through the press and all the means of modern technology. There is an intensive preparation for the unification of all religions and all nations and world governments, of course, with a purpose of all this [world association] globalization is heading towards the enemy of Christ – the Antichrist – about which there are many predictions given to us by the ancient Fathers of the Church. All modern world policy is precisely leading to Antichrist; it is not noticed by the spiritually blinded, and it is denied by those who themselves are involved in this work, willingly or unwillingly, consciously or unconsciously, living from day to day, and turning a blind eye to the consequences of their participation in Satan’s doing.
Worst of all, of course, is that the Church and the life of modern “Christians” are not far behind this general epidemic of madness – the onrush towards the Antichrist; the madness is being hidden behind all sorts of specious pseudo-Christian slogans. Here we often see the horrible picture, which has nothing to do with true Christianity, nothing to do with the serving God and Christ’s Church. A deceptive appearance – without content. And here in the first place – there lies personal gain, greed, vanity, ambition and lust for power and vainglory – which pleases not God by any means but rather their own sinful passions, under the hypocritical guise of religiousness.
We will not even speak of such a phenomenon, unprecedented in the history, militant atheism, as the ministry of the Church, in the person of its senior hierarchs, which in essence is nothing but some kind of mad self-destruction. We will not dwell on all the fairly well-known facts pointing to many bishops belonging to secret anti-Christian organizations focused on the goal to destroy Christianity and to bring about the early enthronement of the enemy of all mankind and the enemy of Christ – the Antichrist.
Even if all this, and not in full, then missing also is the most necessary – a solid standing in the true Christian faith and confession, so important especially in these days of the growing apostasy from God. There is no sincerity, no honesty, no strict ideology and principles, there is no one ready for self-sacrifice, and instead of all this – only the seeking of careers increasing of personal material benefits, cunning, Jesuitism, hypocrisy – all with the sole purpose of obtaining as much as possible all sorts of worldly goods, wealth and contentment here on earth, with complete disregard for the afterlife, the retribution, and the eternal life awaiting us all.
Here’s how the grim picture of modern spiritual crisis in the Church is drawn by one of the candlesticks of our Russian Church at the end of the 19th century, watching as early as back then the already begun increase of the impoverishment of the genuine spiritual life in the bosoms of our Orthodox Church itself:
“In the higher shepherds of the Church there remains a weak, dark, confusion, misunderstanding as to the letter, which kills spiritual life in the Christian community, which destroys Christianity, which is a deed, and not a letter. It is hard to see who has been entrusted with the sheep of Christ, who provides for their guidance and salvation! … ”
If it was like this back then, how many more times worse is it right now! Indeed! Few people think about or care about the spiritual life. It all comes down only to the external decor, more or less decent and proper, and often even this is lacking because of the complete lack of principles and ideals – coupled with the open service to one’s own passions, which manifests to all and is seen by those who have not yet lost their innocence. This can be very painful for those who still have not lost the sensitivity of their conscience.
It is not surprising that many in our time, having essentially no spiritual guidance and seeing only temptations and bad examples, fall away from the Church and even lose faith in God.
And is not all this real madness?
And just try to strongly and openly talk about it, all at once, violently pounce on you and speak with us in the spirit of the above ancient prophecy.
And try to only strongly and openly talk about this as all immediately bitterly aggro on you and will speak in the spirit of the above us the ancient prophecies. …
“You are crazy, because you’re not like us!”
Here is in what a truly terrible time we live!
The World is indeed mad, and they do not even notice or would not notice!
What do we do?
The only thing we can do in such a situation is with all our heart to pray to God to preserve us unshaken our own faith and to preserve the faith of the people close to us and to grant us patience in the midst of this already almost universal epidemic of madness, reaching sometimes to violent lunacy, reminding ourselves of the meaningful call that has come down to us from time immemorial:
“Save yourself, to save your soul!”