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 on: Yesterday at 10:16:56 PM 
Started by scamandrius - Last post by Asteriktos
Smiley The DVD tonight to go to sleep to is...


 42 
 on: Yesterday at 10:14:53 PM 
Started by Sirach - Last post by Anna.T
This may be a silly question, and I'm sure you've all considered this already, but don't the souls of the martyrs under the throne in Revelation imply that at least souls must be in heaven before the resurrection of the dead?

I've thought about the fact that they are given robes as that would seem to imply a body. But I'm sure there are things I just don't know.


 43 
 on: Yesterday at 10:08:19 PM 
Started by hecma925 - Last post by Ignatius II
If you like Orthodox churches, in every city and village of Russia there any number of beautiful Orthodox churches of all variations.  My favorite place I saw in Russia was Kihzi Island.  The Church of the Transfiguration there is simply amazing. The island is not particularly easy to get to, but well worth the trip.

 Uglich is a small city not far from Moscow which is also very interesting. Of course, St. Petersburgh and Moscow are huge and if you go to Russia you definitely want to see them. There are unlimited things to see and do there.

Most of the Russian people I encountered were kind and willing to offer help to us in any way they could, if we asked them. I was never made to feel uncomfortable or threatened in any way. Of course, it goes without saying that if you travel anywhere unfamiliar use caution and don't go into areas that are going to place you in a compromising situation.

 It does helps to have at least a working knowledge of the Russian language. It came in very handy for us. This is particularly true if you get off the tourist trail, as many Russians do not speak any English.

 

 44 
 on: Yesterday at 10:06:06 PM 
Started by Peacemaker - Last post by podkarpatska
6 January is the Eve of the Nativity(OS), and it has been at least since the year 1901 AD and will remain so in 2015. The 7th is the Nativity(OS).

 45 
 on: Yesterday at 10:03:24 PM 
Started by Asteriktos - Last post by Nephi
Who were the earliest Orthodox Christians to take the position, at least somewhat explicitly stated, that being gay is not a sin in itself, and that it is only certain associated acts or dwelling on certain thoughts (or whatever else) that is sinful?

I would be very impressed to know that those people are not alive today. 

Yeah, since the idea that homosexuality isn't something "chosen" by itself is pretty recent, any moral response would have to be even more recent than that. Without the notion that it's not a choice, homosexuality would've been equated with homosexual activities with no possible distinction that I could imagine being made.

 46 
 on: Yesterday at 09:52:34 PM 
Started by Peacemaker - Last post by Antonios
Welcome to the forum.

The dreaded event has passed, hasn't it?

Thank you for the welcome!  A blessed Holy Wednesday to you!

This celestial event has begun but won't end until fall 2015. 

Scan over this website for more graphics about how unique this event is.  Never has happened, and statistically will never happen again with such perfect symmetry.  (Note, there is a Protestant dispensationalist bent to this webpage, so take some of the commentary with that in mind, but the astronomical data seems legit).


http://bloodmoonscoming.com/?m=201401

 47 
 on: Yesterday at 09:47:41 PM 
Started by Peacemaker - Last post by Antonios
Regarding this day, the 15th Tevet 5775 (Jan 6, 2015) from a Jewish devotional site, the reading from Tevet 15, 5703 (1943) which is meant to be read on Tevet 15, 5775:


"Hearken and hear Israel, this is the time marked for the redemption by Mashiach.

The sufferings befalling us are the birth pangs of Mashiach (translated: Messiah)

Israel will be redeemed only through Teshuva (translated: repentance)

Have no faith in the false prophets who assure of glories and salvation after the War.

Remember the word of G-d, "Cursed is the man who puts his trust in man, who places his reliance in help in mortals, and turns his heart from G-d" (Yirmiyahu 17:5)

Return Israel unto the Eternal your G-d; prepare yourself and your family to go forth and receive Mashiach, whose coming is imminent."

 

This sign seems to be directing the Jews towards Christ as the Messiah and instructing them to repent.

 48 
 on: Yesterday at 09:45:11 PM 
Started by Peacemaker - Last post by Αριστοκλής
Welcome to the forum.

The dreaded event has passed, hasn't it?

 49 
 on: Yesterday at 09:43:45 PM 
Started by Peacemaker - Last post by Antonios



In their calcuation, they have come up with January 5th, 2015th as being the center of the Tetrad, however, this might not be the most accurate answer.  It is hard to know what it means to be the 'center', since they have the day of the eclipse as inclusive in determining the center.  If one does not do that and simply adds the number of days (not including the eclipse day), you get Jan. 6th, 2015.  Of course, another cause of discrepancy is I am not sure what they are using as the starting point for the beginning of the day?  Are they using the conventional modern methods (midnight) or the ancient method of starting the new day at sundown?  Either way, whether it is Jan 5th or 6th might not mean much of a difference, since for us Orthodox, the forefeasts mark the beginning of the observation of the feast. (Perhaps this sign is a sign of preparation and not particularly that the Last Day is immediately imminent?  IDK).
 
What interests me is how these dates fall on Jan. 6th which is the only time of the year (I can recall) where two different major feasts of the Church are celebrated in the Orthodox world on the same day, one according to the Julian (lunar) calendar and the other to the Gregorian (solar) calendar.  Then to understand how in this unprecedented event, there will be 4 consecutive total lunar eclipses with 4 solar eclipses during this time, all with perfect symmetry, all centered on Jan. 6th.  If it is pointing to anything, I think it is pointing to Christ revealed in His humanity as Man (Nativity), Christ revealed in His divinity as God (Theophany).
 
Now, this could all be sensationalism, and I promise you, I am usually one who scoffs at such 'signs'.  I never give much weight or thought when I hear people say 'the signs are around us!  The end in nigh!'.  That being said, we shouldn't be so quick to laugh off or scoff every and all such 'signs', since we do know that God will reveal signs in the heavens in the appointed time.  In Genesis we read:
 
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; (Genesis 1:14)
 
This doesn't mean we should become astrologers and follow the zodiac!  Heavens no!  Indeed, such things I believe are condemned in the Scriptures and doorways to the occult!  Nevertheless, that there are some who take things as these to extremes, it does not mean that God will not use the stars and the heavens for the purposes of transmitting a sign.  Indeed, Scriptures says that is exactly what will happen.
 
In the Old Testament, the Prophet Joel wrote (also repeated by St. Peter on Pentecost in Acts 2):
 
"And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the
Earth:
blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
The Sun shall be turned into darkness,
and the Moon into blood,

before the coming
great and awesome Day of the Lord,
and it shall come to pass
that whoever calls on the Name of the LORD
shall be saved."

(Joel 2:30-32)
 
 
Lastly, from the prophecy of St. John in the Book of Revelation:
 
 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. (Revelation 6:12)
 
Now, again this event may be just an extremely, unlikely, unprecedented coincidence, and one should definitely not be selling the ranch and preparing themselves for the 'rapture' because of it, but it is interesting nonetheless in its uniqueness.  I would be quite happy if all these cosmic phenomenons did nothing more then convince a Jew or a non-believer that Christ is the Messiah.

 50 
 on: Yesterday at 09:40:41 PM 
Started by Ebor - Last post by Mor Ephrem
Love the sig, Asteriktos!  That was a fun trip back to a happier time. 

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