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"God is strong enough to restore those who labor, if we ask Him. Let us keep praying and begging - and God will recover even from stones his chosen ones". "At least once in our life we need to light a candle for those we have offended, or deceived, from whom we stole, or to whom we did not pay debts."
The Elder said that the time would come when 40 people would cling to every believer for he would save them. "God would wait for a thousand years that at least one man might be saved to replenish the number of fallen angels."
The Elder said that God gave us a soul, but our body is inherited from our parents and grand parents, that is why together with our body we receive part of their sins. They are waiting for our prayers and feel great joy when we pray for them, and those who are in the Heavenly Kingdom help us.
The Holy Elder could see not only the future lives of people, but also the future of our church and the country. The witness to it is his poetry written in 1939:
The storm will pass over the land of Russia God will forgive the sins of Russian men The Holy Cross in its majestic splendor Will shine above the churches' domes again The bells will ring awakening from horror From sins to salvation The holy houses of the Lord will open their doors And faith in God will bring us all together.
The Elder said that the time would come when the beginning of the verse will read as "The storm has passed over the land of Russia".
One time to answer his spiritual son's question about the future of Russia, the Elder suggested to him to look out the window. The man saw through the window the Gulf of Finland and many ships under different flags in it. "What does this mean?"- He asked the Father. The Elder answered: "The time will come when spiritual life in Russia will blossom." Many churches and monasteries will be opened, even people of other religions will come here to be baptized in Orthodoxy. Although this will not last long -maybe fifteen years, after which Antichrist will come".
He would say that after the East becomes strong, the world would become unstable. "They are bigger in number, and not only that - their workers are honest and sober people, and here - so much alcoholism..."
As those witnesses remember, the blessed Elder said: " the East will be baptized in Russia. The Heavenly Kingdom and those on earth who understand pray for the enlightening of the East."
"The time will come when Russia will be torn into pieces. The entire country will be partitioned first and then despoiled. The West will welcome the decay of Russia and till a certain time will agree that China takes the eastern part of Russia. Japanese will lay their hands on The Far East of Russia and the Chinese - on Siberia; they will move to Siberia, marry Russians, and in the long run by means of treachery and deceit, will occupy the territory of Siberia all way to Ural. When they are ready to go further, the West will resist it."
"Many countries will assail Russia, but She will hold out, although She will loose a major part of its territory. The war mentioned by the prophets and the Holy Gospel, will cause the unification of mankind. People in the world will understand that they are moving to a dead end, destruction of everything live, and will eventually elect a Common Government - this will be a precursor of the enthronement of Antichrist. Then, the persecution of Christians will start all over, people will flee to Russia in huge numbers, and one will need to go with the first, for many who stay will perish."
The Elder loved young people with all his heart. At that time young people went to church very rarely, if ever; so he was especially happy when they visited him. Father Seraphim spoke about the tremendous role of young people in the future rebirth of the Church. He said that "the time would come (and is already coming) when immorality and corruption will reach the lowest depths. There will be scarcely any purity left in young people. They will see no showstoppers in satisfying their whims, for they will be sure in their impunity. They will get together into groups and gangs to commit robberies, and live dissolute lives. At a certain time there will be a call from God and it will no longer be possible for them to live that kind of life- and they will turn to God, everyone by his own road, many will feel a craving for asceticism. Those who were sinners will be in the churches, fallen people will feel a strong need for a spiritual life, and many will become monks and nuns. The monasteries will be reopened, the churches will be full of people the majority of which will be young. The young will be going on pilgrimages to holy places - what a wonderful time this will be! The more they sin now - the more fervent their repentance will be. As a candle sparkles bright before it goes out, the same with the life of the Church. This time is near."
"God blessed Russia so generously with richness and beauty: forests, lakes, rivers, and mineral resources. Sadly, people live without God, but the earth is the mother, she gives bread and life. The enemies - the God battling authorities will not let people get back to the earth for a long time. The earth can feed everybody and everything can be set, but this not what the enemy wants, not a newly born Russia. Nonetheless, Russia will live from her earth."
"Jerusalem will become the capital of Israel and in time must be the capital of the world. For it is the center of the earth, the Savior of the world was crucified there and raised from death."
Father Seraphim knew about his future glorification and said: "Do not haste to dig my body out. Rely on God... I do not want my body to be subject to trade".
His spiritual children preserved one more verse of the Elder written in 1946:
"Glory to the marvelous God our Lord! Sing and rejoice, oh my soul I am in craving for a holy abode Where Jesus is the sweetest of joys You alone are the hope of my life In sorrows and sickness, my strength Be my joy, my cover and hope I give my whole life to you Glory to the marvelous God our Lord! Sing and rejoice oh my soul I am in craving for a holy abode Where Jesus is the sweetest of joys "
Russia. The Russian Federal Border Service estimated that there were a million illegal migrants in the country, most from China; between January 1999 and June 2000, 1.5 million Chinese entered Russia, and only 237,000 were legally registered. However, the Federal Migration Service said that there were not one million Chinese in the country, saying that most of the Chinese are shuttle migrants who buy and sell goods, and do not remain in Russia.
Russia and China share a 500-kilometer border in Siberia and the Far East.
China said that its migrants who are working and trading in Russia are spreading prosperity on both sides of the border. Local Russian officials counter that the migrants contribute little to the local economies, dodge taxes and are increasingly involved in illegal timber and scrap metal exports. The FMS says that the Chinese send home more than six billion dollars a year.
In a poll cited by ITAR-TASS, nearly 44 percent of Russians are opposed to issuing work permits to jobless migrants, with 28 percent backing a reduction in immigration. The Russian government issued about 200,000 work permits in 1999 most for those from the Ukraine, Turkey, China, Vietnam, Moldova and Azerbaijan.
Mr. Nemtsov discussed two major points with regards to Sino-Russian relations.
First, he observed that there were at present no political problems between the two countries. A potential danger area concerned the problem of illegal Chinese immigration into Siberia. The population of Siberia totals approximately 20 million people, who live next to a much greater Chinese population in Northeastern China. At present, he estimated that there are approximately one million illegal Chinese immigrants in Siberia.
Secondly, Nemtsov noted that the huge potential for an immensely rewarding economic relationship between the two powers. Russia, blessed with abundant energy resources, could build a pipeline from Siberia to China to help satisfy China's growing need for energy imports. The problem: the current weak international oil market makes financing such a project problematic. Russian electricity exports to China constitute another possible new market.
As for Russian weapons exports to China, Nemtsov noted that the do indeed "exist" but that the Russian government would never send "something wrong" to China. Russia will abide by its international obligations and doesn't expect that this will be a problem in the future either.
trangely enough, his prophecies match the prophecies of greek orthodox monks
The only thing thats 'strange' is that russian and russian orthodox monks predicted that their enemy, the church devouring soviet union, would be destroyed and that their church would be revided.
Oh wait, thats not strange, thats to be expected.