Dear in Christ,
Orthodoxy, like Christianity in general, must be about living in the "end times" without being "apocolyptic."
What I mean by this is that ever since St. John wrote the Book of the Apocolypse/Revelation, Christians have been living in the "end times" and have been "in the world but not of the world." I am reminded of the following quotation from the Letter to Diognetus, Chapter V.-The Manners of the Christians:
For the Christians are distinguished from other men neither by country, nor language, nor the customs which they observe. For they neither inhabit cities of their own, nor employ a peculiar form of speech, nor lead a life which is marked out by any singularity. The course of conduct which they follow has not been devised by any speculation or deliberation of inquisitive men; nor do they, like some, proclaim themselves the advocates of any merely human doctrines. But, inhabiting Greek as well as barbarian cities, according as the lot of each of them has determined, and following the customs of the natives in respect to clothing, food, and the rest of their ordinary conduct, they display to us their wonderful and confessedly striking18 method of life. They dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners. As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners. Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers. They marry, as do all [others]; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring.19 They have a common table, but not a common bed.20 They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh.21 They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven.22 They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time surpass the laws by their lives. They love all men, and are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned; they are put to death, and restored to life.23 They are poor, yet make many rich;24 they are in lack of all things, and yet abound in all; they are dishonoured, and yet in their very dishonour are glorified. They are evil spoken of, and yet are justified; they are reviled, and bless;25 they are insulted, and repay the insult with honour; they do good, yet are punished as evil-doers. When punished, they rejoice as if quickened into life; they are assailed by the Jews as foreigners, and are persecuted by the Greeks; yet those who hate them are unable to assign any reason for their hatred.
We must not run off and hide as some have suggested over time; what we must do is stand up for our faith and live it in expectation of the true life which is to come. Being apocolyptic, i.e. wondering about the signs and wonders, who is the AntiChrist, if we are on the verge of Armaggeddon, etc., is wrong. We must have hope in Christ, and trust in HIS timetable.
I find the teachings of Fr. Seraphim of Platina to be utterly wrong on this issue (even though at other times I agree with him totally). He is quoted as saying in his biography Not of this World that there are no true elders left in the world as this is the end times and grace will not be delivered to such a great extent as to give us Optina Elders again. I say rubbish. How does Fr. Seraphim know that we are in the "real" end times when even the Son of Man does not know the hour of His coming? How can Fr. Seraphim be so sure that no elders live? I wonder if he would have thought the same had he met Fr. Ephraim.
In any case, sorry for the ramble.