Sunday, August 2, 2009

How Those Who Were Destroyed by the Antichrist Will Be Raised



Rev. ll:ll-12 " But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here!"







And they went up to heaven in the cloud. Having been dead for as many days as the years of their prophecy, it says, they will be raised and taken up into heaven in the master's chariot, the cloud, causing fear and trembling to those who see it.

Rev. ll:12-13 " And their enemies saw them. And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell, and seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake."

Perhaps on the one hand, these things will take place physically at that time. On the other hand, the earthquake we think spiritually means movement of all things that are shaking from the solid and certain (state). The one tenth of the city to fall is the error of impiety, and not even one of them became prudent because of the rapture (of the two prophets) like the rest who will be saved. For the seven thousand who were destroyed appears to mean those who were given up to the weekly time of the present life, and who were not awaiting the eighth day of the resurrection, those also for whom it was necessary to die the second death in Gehenna, the eternal punishment. Or, perhaps the seven thousand will be those among the Jews who were persuaded by the Antichrist.

Rev. ll:13-14 "and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come."

When the unbelieving are castigated and the martyrs of Christ are glorified, it says those worthy of salvation will glorify God. After the two woes, it says, comes the third through the seventh trumpet.


ANDREW OF CAESAREA AND THE APOCALYPSE IN THE ANCIENT CHURCH OF THE EAST, SECTION 11, CHAPTER 31, Translation of the Apocalypse Commentary of Andrew of Caesarea by EUGENIA SCARVELIS CONSTANTINOU


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