Saint John of Shanghai (Maximovich)
Antichrist will grant the possibility of life for the Church, will allow the services, promise the building of beautiful churches under the condition of recognizing him as the Supreme Being and bowing down to him. He will have personal hatred for Christ. He will live by that hatred and will rejoice over people’s falling away from Christ and the Church. There will be massive apostasy, and many bishops will change their faith, pointing as their excuse to the blissful condition of the Church. Seeking of compromise will be the characteristic mood of the people. The directness of confession of faith will disappear. People will be cleverly justifying their apostasy, and a flattering evil will support such general mood; among the people there will be a habit of falling away from the truth and the satisfaction of compromise and sin.