Orthodox Christain Eschatology


Paradise and Hell in the Orthodox Tradition by Fr George Metallinos
Dean of the Athens University Schoolf of Theology
"More oftentha not we strive to secure a plaece in "Paradise," instead of striving to be healed.... Orthodoxy does not make any promises to send mankind to nay sort of Paradise or hell; but it does have the power...to prepare man, so that he may forever look upon the Uncreated Grace and the Kingdom of Christ as Paradise, and not as Hell."

On The Dread Judgment by St. John Maximovitch
"The more consciously and persistently a man strives toward God in his life, the greater will be his joy when he hears the words: “Come unto Me, ye blessed”; and conversely, those same words will call forth the fire of horror and torment on those who did not want Him, who fled or fought or blasphemed Him during their life."

Life After Death by John Maximovitch
"But when it leaves the body, the soul finds itself among other spirits, good and bad. Usually it inclines toward those which are more akin to it in spirit, and if while in the body it was under the influence of certain ones, it will remain in dependence upon them when it leaves the body, however unpleasant they may turn out to be upon encountering them."

Sermon On The Last Judgment by St. John Maximovitch
"The Last Judgement knows of no witnesses or written protocols! Everything is inscribed in the souls of men and these records, these “books,” are opened at the Judgement. Everything becomes clear to all and to oneself."

At Christ’s Second Coming by St. Augustine of Hippo
"He will gather together with him for the judgement his chosen ones, but the others he will set apart; for he will place some on his right, others on his left. What is more equitable, what more true than that they should not themselves expect mercy from the judge, who themselves were unwilling to show mercy before the judge’s coming. Those, however, who were willing to show mercy will be judged with mercy."

Homily 79 on Matthew by St. John Chrysostom
"But while the brutes have from nature their unfruitfulness, and fruitfulness, these have it from choice, wherefore some are punished, and the others crowned. And He does not punish them, until He has pleaded with them; wherefore also, when He has put them in their place, He mentions the charges against them. And they speak with meekness, but they have no advantage from it now; and very reasonably, because they passed by a work so much to be desired."

Dialogues, by St. Gregory the Great (the Dialogist). From the Fathers of the Church series (New York, 1959). See Vol. IV, which is entirely devoted to the subject of death and the future life.

The Last Judgment by Fr. Steven C. Kostoff
"The Fathers tell us that we have the gift of "self-determination" (Gr. autexousia). This means that we are forming ourselves in the way we shall be for all of eternity — a sheep "at his right hand" or a goat "at the left.""

On the Second Coming of Christ, Ch. 15 from The Truth of Our Faith by Elder Cleopa of Romania
"If neither the angels in heaven nor the Son of Man Himself as man know the appointed time, how is it possible for it to be known among men? From the words of the Saviour it is understood only that we must be ever vigilant and mindful of our salvation, ever ready for the coming of the Lord, for we know neither the day nor the hour of His coming, nor even the hour of our own end in this life. His appearance will be unexpected, as the Lord forewarned us when he said, Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh. (Mat. 25:13)"

Life after Death by Bishop Alexander Mileant
The scripture also teaches us that after death God appoints a place of temporary abode corresponding to that which it has earned while living in the body — heaven or hell. The appointment in one or the other place or condition is preceded by a so-called informal judgement. The informal judgement must be distinguished from the final judgement that will take place at the end of the world. Regarding the informal judgement, the Scripture teaches us: "For it is an easy thing unto the Lord in the day of death to reward a man according to his ways" (Sirach 11:26). And further, "And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment," seemingly on an individual basis (Heb. 9:27).

The End Times: The Orthodox Christian Perspective by Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver

On the World and Family by Elder Ephraim

Audio Visual

Slide Presentation on Orthodox Eschatology by Dn Haralambos Joiner
Audio of lecture

The Rapture - An Invention of Man - audio by Pres. Jeannie OCN


Orthodox Dogmatic Theology, Chapter 10, Protopresbyter Michael Pomansky

The Mystery of Death by Nikolaos P. Vassiliadis
Table of contents

Life After Death by Metropolitan of Nafpaktos Hierotheos
Excerpts from the book

The Soul After Death by Fr. Seraphim Rose
"THE AIM of the present book is two-fold: first, to give an explanation, in terms of the Orthodox Christian doctrine of life after death, of the present-day "after-death" experiences that have caused such interest in some religious and scientific circles; and second, to present the basic sources and texts which contain the Orthodox teaching on life after death."

A Second Look at the Second Coming by T. L. Frazier
Speculation about the apocalypse has almost become an industry. "The world is coming to an end," the prophets cry. We know the Lord will come again and eagerly await Him, but where is the sober teaching on the apocalypse?
Provides a balanced, well-researched treatment of the end-times, interpreted from the Christian East, by faithful Orthodox saints, martyrs, and spirit-filled Fathers of the Faith.

Eternal Mysteries Beyond the Grave by Archimandrite Panteleimon