||St. Nilus was
one of the many disciples of St. John Chrysostom (347-407). He was an officer
at the Court of Constantinople, married, with two sons, and later becamne
a priest. His works, including a multitude of letters, consist of denunciations
of heresy, paganism, abuses of discipline and crimes, of rules and principles
of asceticism. St. Nilus died around the year 430 A.D.; his feast day is
After the year
1900, toward the middle of the 20th century, the people of that time will
become unrecognizable. When the time for the Advent of the Antichrist approaches,
people's minds will grow cloudy from carnal passions, and dishonor and
lawlessness will grow stronger. Then the world will become unrecognizable.
People's appearances will change, and it will be impossible to distinguish
men from women due to their shamelessness in dress and style of hair. These
people will be cruel and will be like wild animals because of the temptations
of the Antichrist. There will be no respect for parents and elders, love
will disappear, and Christian pastors, bishops, and priests will become vain
men, completely failing to distinguish the right-hand way from the left.
At that time the morals and traditions of Christians and of the Church will
change. People will abandon modesty, and dissipation will reign. Falsehood
and greed will attain great proportions, and woe to those who pile up treasures.
Lust, adultery, homosexuality, secret deeds and murder will rule in society.
At that future time, due to the power of such great crimes and licentiousness,
people will be deprived of the grace of the Holy Spirit, which they received
in Holy Baptism and equally of remorse.
The Churches of God will be deprived of God-fearing and pious pastors, and
woe to the Christians remaining in the world at that time; they will completely
lose their faith because they will lack the opportunity of seeing the light
of knowledge from anyone at all. Then they will separate themselves out of
the world in holy refuges in search of lightening their spiritual sufferings,
but everywhere they will meet obstacles and constraints. And all this will
result from the fact that the Antichrist wants to be Lord over everything
and become the ruler of the whole universe, and he will produce miracles
and fantastic signs. He will also give depraved wisdom to an unhappy man
so that he will discover a way by which one man can carry on a conversation
with another from one end of the earth to the other. At that time men will
also fly through the air like birds and descend to the bottom of the sea
like fish. And when they have achieved all this, these unhappy people will
spend their lives in comfort without knowing, poor souls, that it is deceit
of the Antichrist. And, the impious one! -- he will so complete science with
vanity that it will go off the right path and lead people to lose faith in
the existence of God in three hypostases.
Then the All-good God will see the downfall of the human race and will shorten
the days for the sake of those few who are being saved, because the enemy
wants to lead even the chosen into temptation, if that is possible... then
the sword of chastisement will suddenly appear and kill the perverter and