Homilies of hegumen Varsonofii (Khaibulin)
Compiled on the basis of homilies of hegumen Varsonofii (Khaibulin) to eschatological themes.
The State of the Church before the Sabbath
Ahead is the time of the Sabbath of the people of God, the greatest apocatastasis of the Church, and on the eve of it, a terrible decline. This is not very noticeable, because outwardly we are free. The Lord gave us external complete freedom so that as many people as possible could repent, because many of them participated in beast-worshipping in one way or another.
Further, when the septenary time ends and the Sabbath begins, then there will be no time for repentance, that is, it will be fruitless. I look forward to this milestone with complex feelings. On the one hand, this is the greatest revival of the Church, on the other hand, this is an irreversible disaster for those who did not use these precious days for their revival.
Unfortunately, few people go to church in the villages. The picture is sad. The joyless defeatist propaganda that loves to denounce the people and does not see any bright prospects ahead, only death, death, also hinders. A gloomy atmosphere is created, which scares some people away.
The power of the Antichrist lasts until the end of the sevenfold time
Intuition did not deceive the Holy Fathers at all. They decided that the power of the Antichrist would be until the end of the septenary time. This idea is definitely true. Because all the other great events will take place in the post-septenary time, in which there is no more conversion. Therefore, when they concentrated the vigilance of Christians on this time, their intuition did not deceive them. To see further, it is necessary that time arrives.
Fall of the Whore of Babylon
Lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, right from Genesis. The prophets have a single language and all the prophets speak this language. We must learn to understand it. These are the three main passions from which everything else grows, the three components on which all wickedness is built. That's where the murder comes from. It seems to me that Babylon is the collective name for the passions of wickedness.
Here the whole riddle lies in the fact that a state of satanic nature arises, which, nevertheless, turns out to be at enmity with these passions. And with the means available to the state power, it begins to fight these passions and destroy them. Here is the paradox. Andrew of Kessariysky draws attention to this. He says it's amazing that this is satanic and that is satanic, why do they rebel against each other?
16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
Here are the mysteries of God's providence. It is clear that the devil cannot control all events, but here the providence of God is going on, and the devil, apparently, is driven by passions. After all, he is not a source of wisdom, but of insane passion. Here the providence of God somehow uses this fact and directs everything.
To whom he is defeated, to him is a slave
Surprising and mysterious description of how the ten horns devastate the harlot. Curiously, they initially struggle with the Lamb, but the Lamb overcomes them.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
But we know that «of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage»
Anti-Christianity is a quasi-Christianity
On the one hand the beast-worshipping is an anti-Christian itself. It is somehow satanic, diabolical. On the other hand, it is somewhat quasi-Christian, because the second beast has two horns, like the Lamb's
From here, many aspects open up. Why quasi-Christianity? Because it aims to deceive Christians. Ex-Christians become the temple that the Antichrist usurps as God, i.e. Christians who fall away from Christ into beast-worshipping. In order for this to happen, the ideology of Antichrist must contain the outward features of some kind of Christianity. Otherwise, Christians cannot be deceived by this.
The highest beauty is the Lamb. If the second beast has two horns like the Lamb, this means that some features of the highest beauty of Christianity must also be present in the anti-Christian ideology.
I grew up in conditions when every atom of space was filled with the name, propaganda, worship of Lenin, Stalin. A huge number of talented people, composers, poets, writers, created this cult. All these hymns, melodies, words were embedded in people in every cell of the brain, the body.
The cult was nurtured in the hearts of the people. This was possible only because the people who served this cult also gave their hearts to it. That's why we got such exciting melodies, such exciting hymns.
All this is just “two horns like the Lamb”, this is a kind of Christlikeness. This Christ-like substitution captures the depth of the heart, which, according to God's plan, should belong only to Christ. And, in fact, only Christ is the true bridegroom of the human soul, the true ideal, which it can fully follow. Ultimately, the soul of a person is united with Christ in a union, which is depicted as a Lamb marriage.
And in this quasi-Christianity, which was the communist cult, this Christ-like substitution was carried out in the depths of human hearts.