The Disparagement of Divine Law by Antichrist;
Persecutions and Tortures of those Confessing Christ
Antichrist will be an obstinate enemy of Christ. He will disparage all of
Christ’s actions and teachings, and will criticize miracles, and will attempt to
ruin God’s Law; he will renounce baptism, anointing with holy oil, Communion
and the remaining sacraments. The holy martyr Hippolytus in his discourse about
the end of the world says: “During the time of Antichrist the offering of the
bloodless sacrifice to God shall be halted; God’s churches will be demolished,
shall be turned into dens of robbers and indecent stables; psalm chanting shall not
be heard, for every rank and all church splendor shall become extinct.” St. John
Chrysostom says: “When he appears, he will order nothing that is right, only
everything that is criminal and illegal” (4th Homily).
Antichrist will command all to be circumcised and to worship on Saturdays.
Being accepted by the Jews as the Messiah, he himself will accept everything
that is Jewish; as the Jews do not believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, so their
messiah, Antichrist, shall disparage and hate Him. Who is a liar, exclaims St.
John the Theologian, but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ: He is Antichrist,
that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath
not the Father.
Having called himself God, Antichrist will have over himself a kind of strong
god, i.e., the devil. The holy Prophet Daniel witnesses: He shall honor the god of
forces; and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver,
and with precious stones, and pleasant things (Daniel 11:38).