And so the holy apostle, John the Theologian, wrote the book of Revelation, the Apocalypse, around 67 A.D., revealing the secrets of the fate of the Church, and the end of the world . . .
The Holy Apostle and Evangelist John, the Theologian
Today the Orthodox Church honors Christ's beloved disciple, the holy Apostle and Evangelist John, the Theologian.
The Saviour loved John for his selfless love and virignal purity. The Apostle John never left his teacher. He stayed with Him both in times of joy, and during the greatest tribulation of the Christian people.
He stood weeping with the Mother of God at the cross, and afterwards he took care of her until her assumption into Heaven.
Then John traveled to far lands, preaching the Gospel and turning the blind pagans to the true, Christian faith. His preaching was accompanied by many great miracles, and the number of those who believed grew every day.
The Apostle John was sentenced to death many times for his confession of the Christian faith, but the Lord protected his chosen one.
Once, the Apostle John and his disciple Prochorus went to an uninhabited mountain, and while John was praying, the mountain shook and thunder roared. Prochorus was frightened, but the holy apostle told him to write down everything that he said.
"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." The Holy Spirit declared this through the Apostle John.
And so the holy apostle, John the Theologian, wrote the book of Revelation, the Apocalypse, around 67 A.D., revealing the secrets of the fate of the Church, and the end of the world.
Almost thirty years later, after returning from exile and preaching in Ephesus, the Apostle John wrote his Gospel, calling all Christians to love the Lord and each other, and thereby to fulfill the laws of Christ.
The holy Church calls John the Apostle of Love, because he continually taught that a person cannot draw closer to God without love. The Apostle John spoke about the meaning of love towards God and one's neighbor in his three epistles.
The Apostle John outlived all the other eyewitnesses of the Lord. For a long time, he was the only living witness of the Lord's life on earth.
When he was more than 100 years old, he departed to the Lord in a miraculous manner. His faithful disciples buried him. Later, however, his body was no longer there. But on May 8th (on the Old Calendar), a fine dust comes up from his grave, which heals the faithful from every illness.
The twenty-first of May is the feast day of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John, the Theologian.
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