These are a few recent writings and sayings by Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain, +1994. In them, he is specifically talking about the mark of the beast, 666, and the then proposed national ID cards in Greece.
“UPON THE END OF DAYS” One day, just before the beginning of the Great Lent in 1987, I went to the cell of Father Paisios. At that time, there were a lot of discussions on the subject of identification cards containing the code 666. I asked the Elder if these identification cards truly have the number of the Book of Revelation written on them. He replied, “This is a very cunning way through which they try to establish this new financial system and set a trap for the Christians. Here in Greece, the application of this system has been delayed. In America, they are already marking with laser beams the name of the “beast” on the forehead and hands. In 1982, 3,000 people were marked in America; the distinguished personalities were marked first, as a special way of honoring them.” Then, Father Paisios brought two pieces of paper, one from China and the other from Europe, which had about a dozen buttons on them and the number 666 clearly written in numbers. He also showed me some pamphlets from Australian banks advertising the new financial system and confirming the security it provides to every person who has the mark on his forehead and right hand. Moreover, he showed me the book THE NEW MONEY SYSTEM 666, written by the American woman, M.S. Relfe. He went on, “I feel very sad, because the mysteries, which St. John the Theologian had foreseen, are now clearly apparent; many people, even priests and bishops, regard this issue from a secular point of view, rather than dealing with it spiritually. They say to people that nothing is going on, and it does not matter if they take these identification cards and generally find excuses for what is inexcusable. This is not right, because they reassure people and allow them to be in a situation, from which they might not be able to get away. Of course, they will be the ones responsible for this. “Many people, who knew my disagreement on the issuance of these identification cards, said, “So what if Paisios said this? It is just his own opinion, not the opinion of the Church.” However, this is not right. I did not express my opinion. I humbly indicate to those who ask me for the Church’s opinion, the words of Christ, the Gospel itself. “I agree that no one, no matter whether he is a spiritual father, the Patriarch, or Paisios, should formulate his own opinion and express it to the people of God. Instead, we should all submit our opinion to the opinion and will of God that was made known to us through the Gospel.” “One day, a priest came to visit me, who had heard that I was constantly telling people to be careful with these identification cards and whatever has to do with the Antichrist, whose system has methodically been promoted.” “Father, isn’t it better for us to talk about Christ, instead of discussing all the time about the Antichrist?” “When you talk to a 90 year old lady about weddings, baptisms and celebrations, she starts remembering her good old days and feels happy. However, she might suddenly die unprepared, solely thinking about weddings and celebrations and false happiness. Instead, when they tell her about the death of other old people, memorial services and people being terminally ill, then she begins to think that she should spiritually prepare herself for her own death, that is go to confession, etc. Thus, when death comes on its way, she will be ready for it. The same thing applies to the priests or spiritual fathers regarding the matter of the Antichrist. We must keep the faithful up to date and alert them in a good sense, so that they will be properly prepared to face any coming difficulties. We must not panic them, as they will not be the ones to be found in a difficult situation; rather, it is the people who are on the devil’s side. It is also written in the Book of Revelation that we will certainly face difficulties, but the people of the devil are the ones who will carry the scars on them. Things will be more difficult for them as they will have to face God.” --------- Many things are being said on the issue of the new identification cards. You must wait to see what the Church has to say. The Church must express a clear view on the matter, so the faithful people will know what to do. Also, the Church must [canonize] the ones who take these identification cards out of necessity, so they can realize it is a sin. Carrying an identification card, as the word itself suggests, means that you absolutely identify with it. --------- Today the logic of those considered “knowledgeable” influences people. People love comfort and conveniences and have been enslaved by them. Although they know that the three 6’s on the Universal Product Code is a sign of the devil, they accept it. They are responsible for doing so, because they know what it means. If they were ignorant, they would be excused. --------- The E.U. member states will not come to an agreement because each one of them has a different cultural background and tradition. --------- “Father, I have heard that in Jerusalem there is a man who says he is prophet Elijah. Can you tell us something about it?” “Do not rush to come to a conclusion. If you say now that he is prophet Elijah and he is not, then the rest of the people will accuse you of lying. I will give you an example. When you see a plant in a pot turning green, do not take the risk to say what kind it is. Be patient and you will figure it out, when it grows a little bit more.” --------- In 1987, during Great Lent, I went to see the Elder for a personal matter. While I was there, he told me, “I have written a pamphlet on the issue of the new identification cards. Do you have time to have a look at it?” I told him that I have plenty of time. After I read the text, we had a long discussion. I would like to present the Elder’s text on the identification cards, so every Christian can read it and keep it as a spiritual witness on this subject. The Sign of the Times 666 After the devil’s cataclysm, God’s sunshine will appear. Behind the worldly spirit of today’s “freedom,” the lack of respect for the Church of Christ, older people, parents and teachers who have fear of God, is hidden spiritual slavery, anxiety and anarchy which lead the world to an impasse, the destruction of man’s body and soul. Therefore, behind the perfect system of the computerized “convenience cards,” is hidden the universal dictatorship, the slavery of the Antichrist. “Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six” (Rev 13:16- 18). St. Andreas of Ceasarea writes the following: “On the dirty name of the Antichrist. Time and experience will reveal to those who are vigilant the accuracy of the numbers and anything else written about him… but divine grace did not wish that the name of the scourge be written in the Holy Bible; a lot will be found written on the subject…” Oddly enough, many spiritual people, apart from the fact that they give their own interpretations on this issue, are also afraid of this secular filing system; they should be concerned in a spiritual way, however, and help Christians by alerting them positively on the subject and strengthen their faith, so that they can feel God’s consolation. I wonder! Don’t they question what is going on? Why don’t they put a question mark next to their mind’s interpretations? What if they help the Antichrist in marking more people? How can they sway these people to the loss of their souls? “to lead astray if possible the elect” (Mk 13:22). Those who give their own interpretations will be led astray. Things are very clear. The “beast” with 666 in Brussels has swallowed almost all the countries in its computers. The card, the identification cards, the introduction to the mark, what do they indicate? Unfortunately, we only listen to the radio when we want to hear the weather report. What will Christ tell us? “Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times” (Mt 16:3). After the card, the identification cards and the establishment of the filing system, they will maliciously proceed to the marking by announcing on TV that someone stole another person’s card and withdrew all his money from his bank account. On the other hand, they will advertise the “perfect system,” the marking of the Antichrist’s name, 666, on the hand and forehead with laser beams which will not be externally detectable. Unfortunately, some who think of themselves as knowledgeable will “swaddle” their spiritual children, as if they were babies in order to console them by telling them: “it doesn’t matter, it’s nothing, as long as you have faith inside you.” While we see that St. Peter externally denied Christ -and it was a denial-, they deny the holy mark of Christ, which was granted to them through the Holy Baptism, the “Seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit,” by accepting the mark of the Antichrist; and they claim they have Christ inside them! Unfortunately, some “knowledgeable” people shared the same logic during the years of the holy martyrs and tried to change the minds of the prospective martyrs. St. Basil the Great writes in his speech on Martyr Gordios: “…many people were being irrational by trying to convince the martyr to deny Christ with his words only, and keep his faith in his soul, in his inner disposition, claiming that God does not pay attention to our words but to our disposition. However, martyr Gordios was rigid in his belief and replied: …the tongue, which is created by Christ, cannot bear to utter anything against Him… do not deceive yourselves, God cannot be mocked, He judges us according to our own mouth, He justifies us by our words, and by our words, He convicts us.” Also, Dekios had issued a decree ordering Christians to avow the religion of paganism; those who did and offered a sacrifice to the idols, were granted a certificate and thus were saved from martyrdom. These people who denied Christ together with those who gave money to the committee of pagans and took the certificate without denying Christ, the so-called “liveloforoi,” were considered by the Church as being apostates and sinners. We have many examples, such as the miracle of St. Theodoros which is celebrated every year on the Saturday of the First Week of Great Lent. “Julian, the Apostate, knowing that Christians are cleansed more by fasting strictly during the First Week of Great Lent, -which for this reason we call Pure Week- chose to pollute them during this specific period; therefore, he secretly ordered that food, which had been polluted by the blood of the idols’ sacrifices, be put out in the market place during this week. By tally appearance Martyr Theodoros appeared to Archbishop of Constatinople Evdoxios in his sleep. The matryr revealed the mystical message to the Archbishop and asked him to gather the faithful people immediately on Monday morning, and alert them not to eat from this food. Instead, he offered them “koliva” (boiled wheat given at memorial services) to replace the shortage of food. Therefore, the aim of the Apostate was annulled and the devout people were protected and kept pure. Abstaining from the pollutions of the idols is a rule of the Apostles. “The apostles and the elders were gathered together… abstain from the pollutions of idols and from unchastity and from what is strangled and from blood…” Acts 15: 6, 20. Despite what I just reported, unfortunately, we hear today a lot of nonsense from those considered “knowledgeable.” Some people say: “I will accept the identification card with the number 666, but I will put the sign of the Cross next to it.” Others say: “I will accept to be marked on the forehead with the number 666, but I will also put the sign of the Cross next to it.” They think that this way they can be sanctified. But this is only an illusion. Only what is accepted with Holy Water is sanctified. For instance, water can be blessed and become Holy Water. Urine cannot be sanctified. A stone can be turned into bread by a miracle. Whatever is dirty, cannot be sanctified. Therefore, when the symbol of the devil, the Antichrist is on our identification card, our head or hand, it cannot be sanctified by putting next to it the sign of the Cross. We have the power of the Holy Cross, our holy symbol, the divine grace of Christ, only as long as we have the holy marking of Holy Baptism, meaning we have denied the devil and sided with Christ, and received the Holy Marking, the seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit. May God enlighten us. Amen. Mount Athos, Panagouda Cell of Koutloumousiou Monastery, Saturday, First Week of Lent, 1987. With lots of pain and love in Christ, Monk Paisios --------- In the age of the Antichrist, when he will dominate the world, the simple but genuine prayer of a Christian will make him tremble, for Christians have tremendous power. --------- “Elder, some people say when the Antichrist comes, Christians will not be able to buy food and will starve.” “Well, Christians can live on bread and olives. The ones who will suffer are those who are used to having ten different kinds of cheeses on their table.” --------- We constantly hear on the news that one third of the forests have been burnt, one third of the sea water has been polluted, and by the year 2000 one third of the people will be suffering of cancer. The news we read sounds like an interpretation of the Book of Revelation. --------- “Father, they say that everything is polluted after the Chernobyl accident. What shall we do?” “If just a certain area had been polluted, I would suggest you avoid it. But since pollution is everywhere, make the sign of the Cross and eat everything. You will not be harmed; this is what I do.” --------- When people stopped the discussions on the new identification cards and the government froze the issue, Father Paisios also ceased to talk about it. However, some people kept on discussing it and writing against the government and the passing of the new bill. They went to see the Elder and asked him, “Why do you also keep silent?” He replied, “When they stop, we should also stop, otherwise they will say: “Something must be wrong with these people. They shout and create problems without any reason.” That is why we should keep silent when they stop; and when they start again, we must also start. A good guard dog barks when it sees a thief coming. When, however, the thief disappears, it stops barking. If it continues, then something is wrong with the dog.”
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