Saint John of Damascene (c. 675 or 676 – 4 December 749) was a Syrian monk and priest whose characterization of the Antichrist was the primary model for the Grand Inquisitor in Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, "The Brothers Karamazov," (1879-1880). The Grand Inquisitor is an important part of the novel because he represents Dostoevsky's penetrating insight into the fallen human psyche and one of its' most important endowments: moral freedom.
Thus the Inquisitor symbolizes the principle of rebellion and negation in mortal men such as Hegel, Max Stirner, Karl Marx, Freud, Nietzsche, Albert Pike (and the Illuminated Brotherhood), Teilhard de Chardin, Sartre, and Gnostic death of God theologians, who though not the actual devil are of like mind with him, hence are in service to the Devil and are in fact prototypes of the coming Antichrist. Some, like Karl Marx's anarchist comrade Bakunin, openly laud the Devil while others, like Albert Pike and the Illuminated Brotherhood worship him as their god:
"The Evil One is the satanic revolt against divine authority....Socialists recognize each other by the words, "In the name of the one to whom a great wrong has been done....Satan (is) the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds." (Mikhail Bakunin, Marx & Satan, Richard Wurmbrand, p. 27)
"We worship a God, but it is the God that one adores without superstition. To you, Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, we say this, that you may repeat it to the Brethren of the 32nd, 31st, and 30th degrees---The Masonic religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine.....Lucifer, God of Light and God of Good, is struggling for humanity against Adonay (the Triune God), the God of Darkness and Evil." (New World Order: The Ancient Plan of Secret Societies, William T. Still, p. 124)
Because the Inquisitor is of like mind with the Devil, he is a conscious swindler, a Big Liar who knows that the living Triune God of Revelation exists, yet perversely chooses to rebel against God as revealed through Jesus Christ despite that he knows his own life is by the grace of the living God.
In the following passage John of Damascene describes the Antichrist:
".....the Devil himself does not become man after the manner of the incarnation of the Lord---God forbid!---but a man is born of fornication and receives into himself the whole operation of Satan, for God permits the Devil to inhabit him, because He foresees the future perversity of his will."
"So, he is born of fornication...and is brought up unnoticed, but of a sudden he rises up, revolts, and rules. During the first part of his reign---or his tyranny, rather---he plays more the part of sanctity; but when he gains complete control, he persecutes the Church of God and reveals all his wickedness. And he shall come 'in signs and lying wonders'---sham ones and not real---and he will seduce those whose attention rests on a rotten and unstable foundation and make them abandon the living God, 'inasmuch as to scandalize (if possible) even the elect." (Political Apocalypse:A Study of Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor, Ellis Sandoz, p. 146)
The man who receives into himself the whole operation of Satan organizes the political, scientific (mandated universal evolution), and religious cult of Satan, which will be military in character. The nature of the militaristic cult will be absolute as its' purpose is total seizure of both the world's resources and the whole man---his mind, conscience and soul---by taking possession of his body through a Luciferian Initiation.
Discussed with great excitement among the world's powerful occult New Age leaders, most of them under the influence of spirit guides, this much anticipated event will directly link the initiated with the Antichrist, the being described as "the angel of man's evolution" by New Age leader David Spangler. (Reflections on the Christ, p.37)
Vladimir Soloviev (1850-1900), a brilliant Russian philosopher, theologian and visionary, was a good friend and confidante of the great Russian novelist and prophet, Fyodor Dostoevsky. Soloviev's predictions regarding events in our age (i.e., idolatry, confusion, revolutions, lawlessness, hatred between brethren, division among Christians, apostasy) are astonishing in their prescience, primarily because they not only offer an amazingly accurate glimpse into the mind of the idolatrous man-god who will become the Antichrist but because they also illustrate the real obstacle to salvation, the refusal by proud, willful, envious, covetous, evil-minded men to recognize, admit and repent of their sins.
In the "A Short Tale of the Antichrist" Soloviev describes the idolatrous man-god as outwardly just, but within he is full of pride, envy, hate and covetousness and is therefore a morally reprehensible idolater, just as so very many, both within and without the Church are today:
".... He believes in God but loves nobody but himself. His relationship with Christ was quickly defined as one of superiority (for he will never) bow before Him like the most stupid of Christians (nor) mutter senselessly....'Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me'....'I, the bright genius, the superman! No, never!" (The Wrath of God: The Days of Antichrist, Livio Fanzaga, pp. 39-40)
As the man-god slides ever deeper into the abyss, instead of the former cold rational pretense of respect for the living God and Christ:
".....there was born and grew in his heart, first, a kind of terror, and then a burning, choking and corroding envy and furious breath-taking hatred." Devoured with envy and hatred of Jesus Christ he cries out "He rotted in the tomb, rotted like the lowest..." (ibid, pp. 40-41)
This is the moment the Evil One has been waiting for. He openly approaches the man-god and possesses him:
"He saw those piercing eyes and heard...a strange voice, toneless...stifled, and yet clear, metallic and absolutely soulless as though coming from a phonograph." Satan pours out his spirit, saying, "I ask nothing of you, and I will help you for your own sake...Receive my spirit...it gives birth to you in power. At these words...the superman's lips opened of themselves, two piercing eyes came quite close to his face, and he felt a sharp, frozen stream enter into him and fill his whole being. And at the same time he was conscious of a wonderful strength, energy, lightness and rapture." (p. 43)
According to Soloviev, the Antichrist is a,
"...great spiritualist, ascetic and philanthropist" whose exalted self-esteem seems to be justified by the "highest expressions of abstinence, unselfishness, and active helpfulness;" he is, "above all others a compassionate friend of man, indeed, not only a friend of man, but also of animals; he is himself a vegetarian." (The End of Time, Joseph Pieper, p. 139)
But in reality he suffers the same monstrously inflated pride, envy and covetousness that transformed Lucifer into the devil. This same pride and envy animated the pantheist sorcerer Hegel, the Masonic Illuminati who planned and instigated the bloody French Revolution, as well as Karl Marx, Nietzsche, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, the West's "God is dead" theologians, America's Ruling Class, and contemporary New World Order globalists and priests who claim to believe in God but love no one but 'self.'
All who are animated by the spirit of poneros---pride, envy, hate and covetousness---will adore the Antichrist who has established peace by dealing with all conditions that lead to envy and covetousness. This he has done by creating,
"....a firmly grounded equality (sameness) in all mankind: the equality of universal satiety (of sin)" (ibid, p. 140)
After he has been proclaimed absolute ruler of the world he issues a manifesto which concludes as follows:
"Peoples of the earth! The pledges have been fulfilled! World peace has been secured to eternity. Every attempt to disturb it will instantly encounter insuperable resistance; for from this day forth there will be upon the earth only one single central power...This power is in my hands...International law at last possesses the sanction it has hitherto lacked. Henceforth no power will have the temerity to say 'war' when I say 'peace.' Peoples of the earth! Peace be with you!" (ibid)
So all the world's unrepentant sinners pray to the Antichrist, the beast, and say,
"Who is there like unto the beast." And it was given "him to make war with the Saints, and to overcome them....and all that dwell on the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life." Rev. 13:7-8
Soloviev masterfully portrays a striking contrast between the apostles of Christ and the saints who enter into Paradise and the Antichrist and those who spend eternity in outer darkness. The former receive the power of the living God and are full of wisdom, love of truth, courage and the rest of the virtues while the latter, those who believe not in the Truth but take pleasure in unrighteousness, receive the power of the devil and are full of pride, negation (i.e., love of unbelief, ridicule, scorn, skepticism, destructive criticism), lies and sophistry, lust, revulsion, burning envy, impatience, seething hatred, jealousy, rebelliousness, and blasphemy.
But though war is made with the Saints, and to overcome them, the Antichrist and his followers are defeated once for all:
"After these things I heard as it were the voice of much people in heaven, saying: Alleluia. Salvation, and glory, and power is to our God." Rev. 19:1
Now heaven opens and releases a rider upon a white horse,
"And he was clothed with a garment sprinkled with blood; and his name is called, THE WORD OF GOD....And the armies that are in heaven followed him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean." "Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.... He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords...And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”
"Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh." Rev. 19
For all who have held on and enter into Paradise, the unimaginably bright, beautiful renewed earth, as N.T. Wright explains,
"...there will be a new mode of physicality, which stands in relation to our present body as our present body does to a ghost....a Christian in the present life is a mere shadow of his or her future self, the self that person will be when the body that God has waiting in his heavenly storeroom is brought out...and put on...over the self that will still exist after bodily death." (Eternal Perspectives, Randy Alcorn, p. 154-155)