I know that this is an old thread, but an anyone please tell me if there have been lengthy visions in our Church in the last 300 years or so that have the basic qualities in the way they were experienced like St. John did in his book of Revelations?
The Book of Revelations narrates a series of visions to St. John over 22 chapters, and they are quite detailed and lengthy, beginning with Jesus' own appearance to St. John in which Jesus touched John and Jesus had a sword coming out of his mouth. These visions in total must have taken from fifteen minutes to an hour, if not longer, considering how detailed they are and cover so many chapters.
Have there been visions like that to saints in Orthodoxy in the last 300 years? The vision of St. John itself seems so lengthy and detailed that it seems that even a few Orthodox theologians (like apparently Fr. Tarazi) have proposed that St. John himself directly and deliberated thought it out as a parable, in the vein of Dante's Divine Comedy, rather than literally receiving such a long, extreme vision and then remembering it so precisely.
(Apparently in Fr. Tarazi's interpretation, the author wrote it in order to give Christians in the Roman empire renewed confidence, rather than simply recording it all exactly as described like a stenographer:http://www.stgeorgegoc.org/sermons/revelation%20summary%20by%20tarazi.pdf