UNEDITED:

From volume 1

Open the New Testament, from the first page until the last, you will find commandments everywhere. When Saint Paul says Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice (Philippians 4:4), or be people of joy, do you think that this is something optional? Did you think: I can have joy if I want to and if I do not feel like it, I can be miserable? No, rejoice is a commandment! You must be a joyful Christian, a cheerful Christian. If you are not a cheerful Christian then you still do not know what it means to be a Christian. You do not understand what it means to be a redeemed person. You do not understand that God has granted you and me a privilege. I am privileged because God has adopted me. I am His child by grace and He gives me His blessedness. Now, if I have all of the above and the great hope of the Kingdom of God, tell me, how can I be gloomy or sad? What does Saint Paul say? Does he not say rejoicing in the hope? Even if we only have the hope of God’s kingdom we should be jumping with joy! He says, rejoicing in the faith and the hope (Romans 5:2, 8:28, 2:12).


From volume 2 ​
One should not think that these lessons have as a goal to delight and please the ears. The goal is to teach, to reveal the truth, the Lord's will, to wake up our consciences, to censure, to console, to strengthen, to revise mistaken positions and to point out the way of salvation and repentance. This is the goal of the topics and lessons before us.

Second, what we will accept as a lesson must not simply move us or remain at the level of unproductive knowledge. What we hear should develop into an experience, a change, a rebirth. Our experiential, eschatological concern must be developed. The reality about the end of our life and the end of history must not stay buried deep in our subconscious. This reality must be established in our soul without choking the positive attitude about life, without extinguishing the fruit of joy that escorts those who share in the life of the Holy Spirit.
The end of times is awaited. Let us not think that the Lord will delay very long. Let us be reminded of what the Scripture says about the evil worker and the foolish enemies who say that the Lord will delay. Let us not say, “Who cares?”


From volume 1
The very Word of God became poor, and through these lowly and poor words that Saint John uses, the wealth of theology is made manifest, the wealth of the Kingdom of God. This wealth is so abundant that it runs over and beyond the meaning of the words themselves. It is something so fantastic, so amazing, that only the person who familiarizes himself with Revelation can discover all these elements and wonders in a way that they never exhaust themselves. It is a true masterpiece. It has unity, symmetry, great rhythm; it has powerful wording despite the poverty of the words. It has wealth – wealth of color and tone. It has a great variety of topics, a certain flexibility, and vivacity. Its charm magnetizes the person who reads and studies it. There is no other book in the history of humanity that has as many commentaries, writings, and references as Revelation. A great number of books have been written, are being written, and will be written about Revelation. It is a great treasure, a book of great depth that awakens the conscience of people. It amazes people with its wonderful imagery and scenery. The scene is predominately set in heaven and earth. Its place of reference is the entire universe. Its time frame is not limited to the earth’s history, but moves beyond that to universal history and eternity.

From volume 3
The introduction of the book aims to attract interest. However, let’s be careful. Do not expect to hear, while interpreting this book, if and when World War III will take place, or when the Antichrist will come, and when the Second Coming of Christ will take place. Please do not expect these things. We need to follow the proven path of our Church. This path, my friends, was mapped out by God-inspired holy Fathers who wrote theologically sound commentaries on Revelation: Saint Andrew of Caesarea, of the sixth century and Saint Arethas, Archbishop of Caesarea of the ninth century. I have both commentaries in my hands, glory be to God. I have two complete commentaries on Revelation, in which one can see the Orthodox teaching of how our Church interprets Revelation. It is not mere coincidence (and we will analyze this more as we continue), that our Church fathers did not overly occupy themselves with the Revelation. We will see this in our journey. Panayiotis Trembelas, for example, interpreted and published commentaries on all of the books of holy Scripture with the exception of Revelation. Trembelas was a great Greek scholar of the twentieth century. My basic resources include the great commentary of Professor Bratsiotis (the only one of its kind in neo-Hellenic theological literature) along with Saints Andrew and Arethas. These serve as my guides. All the others have some hidden dangers.

[1] Panagiotis Bratsiotis (1918 –1982): Biblical scholar from the University of Athens, a prolific writer and a theologian of international fame.

From volume 1
The mourning, the distress, the tribulation, and the pain – none of these last forever. They are connected to time and time passes. They are not permanently fixed. Christ is coming and the faithful will rejoice, while the non-believers will weep.


From volume 1

​One thing is sure, that we will always have a number of faithful who will stay true to the Lord. This number will represent the Orthodox Church, which will always stay Orthodox—true to Christ—despite the tumult of the Ark, despite all of Her misfortunes in the ocean of history. Truly, the Church will be comprised of those who remain stable—the true Christians—who are not easily influenced by the various winds and waves of the heresies of every season or by the craftiness of evil people who are always ready to invent theology to justify the funeral of their Orthodox spirituality. There will always be the remnant, the rest, who do not lower their head and bow the knee to the various forms of Baal, the false god. Saint Paul writes to the Romans, I kept for myself, says God, seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal. So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace (11:4-5). (Lesson 18)


From volume 2
..as for prophecies, they will pass away (1 Corinthians 13:8), meaning that they will finish. There is no prophecy referring to the end of the Kingdom of God; it is unto the ages of ages, endless ages. It never ever finishes. Nor is this a discussion about events; events do not exist in the Kingdom of God. There are no events in terms of eternity because events and facts are elements of time and history. We will see the face of God; we will hymn Him; we will be in the blessedness of God—nothing else.  

From volume 3
Internal and external quiet time is also needed for one to understand the word of God. Saint Gregory the Theologian says, “The Divine is experienced in a state of quiet.” You need quiet stillness to feel and understand God within you. This stillness is mostly internal but also external. You need peace in your heart but we will not stop reading the word of God even when we have turmoil. However, we need to regain our peace in order to delve into the deep things of God. In order to submerge ourselves we need inner peace and stillness. All our daily cares must come to a halt.

From volume
In addition, when we study the word of God, we must feel that it is for us, and not for others. We must see our own shortcomings and not those of others. On this Saint Isaac the Syrian says, “When the man of humble heart studies Scripture he never says, ‘this is for that person, this is good advice for other people.’” No, the word of God is speaking to me.

From volume
Every distress that visits us in our daily life and every display of patience needs to be connected to Christ. Otherwise, there is no great value or substance, since such patience does not have an eternal dimension. Of course, even in the mundane reality many things can be accomplished if one handles his life’s challenges with patience. The first one, which is not of small importance, is to avoid psychiatric medications, and treatment for nervous breakdowns. This is no small feat, especially these days. Many times, I cross myself and pray, “My God, protect me, so I don’t end up in a psychiatric hospital at some point.” Our times are horrible. Sometimes, disasters strike in a family one after another and we do not know what tomorrow will bring, so even in the ordinary sense practicing patience is definitely to our advantage. However, this does not carry any weight in eternity if these things are not related and connected to Jesus Christ. So both the suffering and the patience, which is the stretcher that carries us through our suffering, need to be connected with Christ.

From volume
My friends, most of you are filling your children up with chocolate, ice cream, cakes, cream cheese, and fresh butter on a daily basis. What is going to happen in a period of hunger? We need to teach the children to fast, to learn, even with all of today’s technological advances, to endure some mild suffering, so they may be able to survive some difficult days, if they happen to come upon them. If they are trained for the difficult days of their lives, like Saint Paul, they will say, I know how to live with plenty and I know how to survive with next to nothing.

From volume 1
God works the miracles through the hands of those whom He loves, the saints. God loves His saints and He does not look at the sinner; instead, He sees the saints before Him and He wants to honor them. The Lord Himself said it: Those who honor me, I will honor, and those who glorify Me, I will glorify (cf. 1 Sam. 2:30).

From volume 1
What is abundantly clear here is that the seven lamps in front of the Father are the Holy Spirit; and the seven eyes of the Lamb are the Holy Spirit. In conclusion, the Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God as well. How much Christology! The entire Gospel is here within the book of the Revelation …

From volume 
As today, the genuine sermon of a preacher is annoying to some people who comment that this or that preacher is constantly speaking about repentance or forgiveness, and that he does not speak about living a beautiful, comfortable life. He keeps harping about repentance. How annoying! All of those who will be annoyed by the piercing sermons of the two prophets will rush to exchange gifts celebrating their eradication when they see their death televised from the center of Jerusalem, there where the Lord was crucified. This (probable) televising is what shows that their preaching is universal[1] And they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, in other words, three and a half years, or forty-two months. It is also quite interesting to see that the two witnesses will continue their preaching for repentance as long as the Antichrist stays in power. These one thousand two hundred and sixty days, as I had earlier noted, will be the forty-two months when the nations of Gentiles will trample Jerusalem. Earlier, we had related that during this time that Jerusalem—actually, the (outer yard of the) Church, because that is what is meant by Jerusalem here—will be trampled, the Antichrist will have made his presence known. However, the true Church of Christ, which is the temple and the altar which were measured by Saint John during the previous prelude and placed under the protection of God, will abide in the desert during these forty-two months. In the twelfth chapter of Revelation we read, and the woman (The woman here is the Church.) fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which to be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days (12:6).

QUOTES FROM THE ELDER ATHANASIOS MITILINAIOS (1927-2006)

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