What are your views on this? Do you think that the year 2012 will be the beginning of a supposed consciousness change? If there is a supposed false Christ who will come, do you think that Catholic and Orthodox leaders will fall for his tricks, as the man who made the video implies? Please only serious answers.
This man presents his “theory” about how it will all happen starting with a major war in 2012, but he prefaces this by saying he is still working on his theory and he may be wrong. In the Orthodox Church there is no such market for “Apocalyptic theorists”. We have saints and Fathers who, illumined by God, did say a thing or two about the Antichrist and the Second Coming, but not attempting to assign dates to certain events, and not to play a guessing game about how they think things will play out. Regarding the claim that a fake Antichrist will precede the real Antichrist so that many will think that the real Antichrist is the Lord and worship Him, perhaps this will happen but I have seen nothing of the sort revealed accept by this man who by his own admission is playing a guessing game. As to whether the real Antichrist will deceive “institutional churches”, that is certainly to be expected and we see signs of the preparation for the Religion of Antichrist being embraced already by Roman Catholics and mainline Protestants, particularly in the form of the “contemplative prayer” and “centering prayer” movements, yoga, the Charismatic movement, and other pseudo-spiritualities that place private subjective “experiences” above God’s revelation and above the Church’s patristic teaching. We also see preparation for the Antichrist in self-proclaimed “Bible believing” churches primarily in the form of the false teaching that the Lord will reign on earth
for 1,000 years. Many Protestant fundamentalists are already preparing to welcome the Antichrist by funding Non-Christian Zionists and their efforts to rebuild the Jerusalem Temple, for instance. Sola Scriptura places infallibility in the mind of the interpreter, such that regardless of how “New Age” the Antichrist’s religion might otherwise seem, the Sola Scripturist will likely find complete biblical justification for accepting the Antichrist, just as they find complete biblical justification for rejecting many of the verses of Scripture already (for instance, those which clearly state that Communion is actually Christ’s body and blood).
The Church is not an institution or a “denomination”, but rather the body of Christ, a divine-human organism. It is the Church that is the “pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim 3:15)”, and not the Scriptures which can be interpreted in every way possible to fit in with man’s delusions and “theories”. Since the Scriptures say that the Antichrist will “deceive, if possible, even the elect (Matt 24:24),” we can be sure that some Orthodox will be deceived, and we can already see preparation for this deception among those who advocate syncretistic ecumenism, who do not fully accept the Church’s ecclesiology, and who do not uphold or teach the Church’s ascetical and martyric worldview. Those who are truly Orthodox, who live patristically and ascetically, will not be deceived by the Antichrist, but sadly it is true that some false brethren (and even false shepherds/hierarchs) will be deceived. As for liberal and fundamentalist Protestants and Roman Catholics, who have not tasted of the grace present in the Mysteries of the Church, and who already have accepted many false wonders, pseudo-spiritualities, and false teachings, they will gladly serve the Antichrist who will fulfill the ambitions of their respective religious institutions.
Regarding the “new consciousness” that has been developing throughout the world, and how the “Charismatic movement” is related to the coming Antichrist, I would recommend the book “Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future” by Fr. Seraphim Rose:http://stherman.com/Catalog/Writings_of_Father_Seraphim/orf_book.htm
You can read some excerpts here:http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/readings/future/http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/readings/sign/
For a detailed Orthodox commentary on the Book of Revelations, listen to the audio by Archimandrite Athanasios Mitilinaioshttp://www.pantokrator.info/en/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=viewdownload&cid=5
As Fr. Seraphim (Rose) stated in his book, among other things: The Second Coming of Christ will be unmistakable: it will be sudden, from heaven (Acts 1:11), and it will mark the end of this world. There can be no "preparation" for it - save only the Orthodox Christian preparation of repentance, spiritual life, and watchfulness. Those who are "preparing" for it in any other way, who say that he is anywhere "here" - especially "here" in the Temple of Jerusalem - or who preach that "Jesus is coming soon" without warning of the great deception that is to precede His Coming: are clearly the prophets of antichrist, the false Christ who must come first and deceive the world, including all "Christians" who are not or do not become truly Orthodox. There is to be no future "millennium." For those who can receive it, the "millennium" of the Apocalypse (Apoc. 20:6) is now; the life of grace in the Orthodox Church for the whole "thousand years" between the First Coming of Christ and the time of antichrist. That Protestants should expect the "millennium" in the future is only their confession that they do not live in it in the present - that is, that they are outside the Church of Christ and have not tasted of Divine grace.