After a Discussion about Elder Ephraim with an Abbot of a Monastery (December 24, 2010)

Elder Porphyrios said: At the end of his life, Elder Ephraim will be the only person who will deposit healing.1

Geronda Ephraim leaning on a headstone.
Geronda Ephraim leaning on a headstone.

He will be the saint of humility.2

The Jews want to kill him. So, they sent a woman to confess and gave her a knife with poison. And you only have to touch him and the Elder will die. So the girl went to the monastery and after waiting 5-6 hours, she entered the cell to confess and supposedly the following event occurred: As soon as she went to confess, the Elder was not in the cell. She looked left, she looked right…nothing. She didn’t see the Elder. She looked here, she looked there…nothing. The Elder was hovering high above at the ceiling. He looked at her sternly and told her to throw away the object that was in her hands. Afterwards, she narrated her entire life from her childhood years. The Elder told her the following: Do not mention anything you saw until my death. However, after she left the cell, she narrated everything to everyone, about the holiness of the Elder.3
Elder Porphyrios said: Elder Ephraim will do a great work because he did complete obedience to his Elder, Joseph the Cave-Dweller.
Elder _______, narrated: Once, Elder Ephraim, his disciple and a Metropolitan were found together in the same car. The Metropolitan vulgarly insulted Elder Ephraim non-stop. Elder Ephraim did not speak at all. When the disciple got out he asked the Elder why he did not respond to the Metropolitan. The Elder told him that he is the bishop and we do obedience to him. A man of complete humility and obedience. May we have his blessing.4

Geronda Ephraim and the late Fr. Savvas Filotheitis.
Geronda Ephraim and the late Fr. Savvas Filotheitis.

A Testimony about the Monastery of Saint Anthony in Arizona:

The following was narrated by a Christian Orthodox parishioner of the area and frequent visitor to the monastery that Elder Ephraim the Filotheitis founded.

When he was to build his monastery, Elder Ephraim began to go to the desert of Arizona. Then he heard bells, and then told the driver to proceed as far as he could into the desert. So he continued to hear the bells that the others could not hear. They went deeper into the desert, several kilometers into the depth of complete desolation. When the Elder arrived in an area that was close to the center of the desert stopped hearing the bells. Then the Elder said, “Stop. We will make our monastery here.” So, they built the magnificent monastery in the desert of Arizona.” Works that people start and Christ finishes. Wondrous is God in His saints. Amen.

St. Anthony's Monastery in the Sonoran Desert.
St. Anthony’s Monastery in the Sonoran Desert.


1. This statement can also be used to “validate” the monks and nuns who say that Geronda Ephraim is not only the holiest man in the history of the Orthodox Church, but also the last of the saints, “Who will there be after him? No one has reached, nor will be able to reach the spiritual heights he has.” Geronda Ephraim has also told his abbots and abbesses on more than one occasion, “Woe unto you when I am gone!” A very cryptic and enigmatic saying.

2. When Geronda Porphyrios and Geronda Paisios were alive, they are said to have frequently criticized Geronda Ephraim and Elder Joseph the Hesychast. In 1998, the Abbots of Geronda Ephraim (Frs. Paisios (AZ), Dositheos (TX), and Joseph (NY) had a meeting and agreed to boycott the books of Geronda Paisios and Porphyrios from their bookstores due to all the problems they gave Geronda Ephraim in Greece, as well as all the things they said critically about him. Furthermore, Geronda Paisios book, Athonite Fathers and Athonite Matters, does not even mention Elder Joseph the Hesychast once. The boycott seems to have relaxed at some of the monasteries as they sell both these Elders’ books now. Not to mention, Geronda Joseph’s monastery in New York has distributed two of Geronda Paisios’ books, Epistles and Elder Paisios of Mount Athos. Now, with the numerous books being translated into English, and the growing popularity of these two Elders in North America, the disciples of Geronda Ephraim are telling pilgrims about all the positive things these Elders said about Geronda Ephraim and Geronda Joseph (and of course, omitting the negative). However, none of these praises of Geronda Ephraim or Elder Joseph the Hesychast appear in any of their books (not to mention, not all the books written about these two Elders are “validated” by their disciples). These praise “quotes” come from the same mouths that just 15 years ago, were talking about how much Geronda Paisios and Geronda Porphyrios fought and spoke out against Geronda Ephraim, and how jealous these two Elders were of Geronda Ephraim, and how much difficulty the two Elders gave him.

3.  In some accounts, the girl is a Jehovah’s Witness. Though, considering the monastery’s teaching that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are a Zionist creation, are funded by the Zionists, and serve the aims of Zionism, then perhaps one can say that it was the Jews…(see Αρχιμ. Χαράλαμπος Βασιλόπουλος, Ο Οικουμενισμός χωρίς μάσκα, 1972, pp. 45-48).

4. This incident was recorded secretly and is found on the “Secret Archive/Μυστικό αρχείο (of Elder Ephraim)” series compiled by Fr. Savas Filotheitis of blessed memory. Unfortunately, when Geronda Ephraim learned of the existence of this DVD, he ordered the abbots and abbesses to take back whatever copies they had given to their monks and nuns. The information this series contained was too sensitive and incriminating as Geronda Ephraim speaks very freely about the Patriarchate, bishops, priests, about certain monks in Philotheou, joining ROCOR, etc. As well, there are recordings of bishops and priests who didn’t know they were being recorded saying incriminating things.

Geronda Ephraim liturgizing with his abbots and priest-monks at St. Anthony's Monastery.
Geronda Ephraim liturgizing with his abbots and priest-monks at St. Anthony’s Monastery.

“Get Ready, Very Difficult Days Are Coming” (Geronda Ephraim of Arizona, July 2010)

Wednesday, July 26th, 2010

The famous Elder Ephraim of Arizona and Athonite monk urges more “preparation because the very difficult days will start soon.”

 Γέροντας Εφραίμ της Αριζόνα: “Ετοιμαστείτε, έρχονται πολύ δύσκολα…”
Γέροντας Εφραίμ της Αριζόνα: “Ετοιμαστείτε, έρχονται πολύ δύσκολα…”

This exhortation was made to an abbot of an Athonite monastery who visited him recently and asked him about the developments in Greece. Geronda Ephraim was very clear: “Very difficult days are coming” …And the monastery has already made a “crisis team” responsible for preparing the monastery for very difficult days for an unknown period of time.

The above could be a bad joke. But it is not … Unfortunately, the upcoming events are more visible to the naked eye, since all of us can see now what is coming, namely misery and hunger …

The 2008 Greek riots started on 6 December 2008, when Alexandros Grigoropoulos, a 15-year-old Greek student, was killed by two policemen in Exarcheia district of central Athens.
The 2008 Greek riots started on 6 December 2008, when Alexandros Grigoropoulos, a 15-year-old Greek student, was killed by two policemen in Exarcheia district of central Athens.

“I cannot understand the world. Everyone asks, “Me to catch the new measures?”!!! Honestly, I cannot understand how much modern society and the people who live in this country has been eroded. No one cares about his neighbor. No one cares about the problem that has hit the door of his fellow citizen, his neighbor. Everyone thinks about whether the “measures” affect their own petty interests!”

“Frankly, I believe that God will give the opportunity for us recover. Greek Orthodoxy revealed great contemporary figures who offered to the work of God, who fought to save human souls. Porphyrios, Paisios, Joseph … Elders who bled in the struggle for their fellow men, in the struggle to drive out the suffering and evil from the hearts of the people who suffered …”

“What morality is there left? Evil has hit the family, Education. Evil has hit in every healthy cell of society and today we live the results of this war. People are running without worrying about their neighbor. Society that we knew no longer exists. Today individualism dominates…”

The Greek Austerity Protests started May 5th, 2010.
The Greek Austerity Protests started May 5th, 2010.

“Why? Because some played with the Greek character and eroded all those characteristics that could help him. It is unthinkable! Individualism is alive and well, while the fraud became ‘charisma.’ They grew generations who were taught how to grab. And this in a state of complete impunity…God sees this.”

Today, an Athonite monk laid down these shocking things to me in a discussion. And his voice trembled with emotion and anxiety about what will happen.

“Be careful,” he told me. “Tell others to be careful. Do not let your logic surrender to what they tell you. Where is the valor of those who do not permit anyone to reduce them? Where are those brave young men who gave their blood for us all? This land was drenched with blood. It is a great pity that foreigners and the unworthy governed it… be careful.”

What can I say? I remembered Geronda Ephraim of Arizona’s words: “Very difficult days are coming. Take care of your soul. Gather and give to your struggle …” He said these things a few months ago. And now it has become clearer: “The very difficult days will start in September.”

The prayers of the Geronda are always with us. But I wonder: what do we do to help ourselves? Do we simply worry about whether the measures will touch us?

“Someone should tell you that you do not live in a dream or a nightmare. You live in a very ugly reality that it will only get worse …”

The Marble-King John (Theologoumena of Geronda Ephraim)

Elder Ephraim says that when the Greeks take back Constantinople, 33 years of prosperity will pass and then full apostasy will start and the Antichrist will rule.

Elder Ephraim reveals that it is not yet the epoch of the Antichrist’s government and that there are still prophecies that have not happened, such as the 33 year reign of the sleeping marble King, John, after the 3rd world war and the capture of Constantinople.

Geronda Ephraim of Arizona.
Geronda Ephraim of Arizona.

Elder Ephraim speaks about this event on various cassettes:

“There is a sleeper General named John who the Archangel Michael will then indicate to Christians that he will reign now. He will indicate the place to them with his finger and they will call him to lead and reign over the Greek Orthodox people. And this will happen!
“Years ago there was an [Old Calendarist] Archpriest named Hierotheos on Mount Athos. He came from Asia Minor and the Ecumenical Patriarchate placed him on Mount Athos to perform ordinations, memorial services, liturgies, etc. He was a holy Archpriest in the type of St. Nicholas. I was counted worthy of the Priesthood by this holy Archpriest from Asia Minor. Blessed man of God! “One thing I will tell you. What vigils that we did! This 80 year old man did fifteen hour vigils without sitting at all in the seat. He descended from his throne in the stall again upright. And in the Liturgy which followed three hours after the long Orthros, standing! We placed a chair for him to sit down and he did not want it. He said, “Still our Panagia does not tire me” even when he was trembling from fatigue. This holy Archpriest told us he saw the sleeping General John, who will be resurrected when the great 3rd World War takes place! He saw him! Because the lips of an archpriest don’t lie.

“So, he told us the truth. And we asked him. For at that time my blessed and holy Elder was still alive (the famous Joseph the Hesychast and Cave-Dweller), and all our synodeia and had gotten him in our church and we sat there and asked him questions. And he said it. We heard with our ears. “He said, „There is this sleeping King and he will resurrect again!‟ We said, „When, Elder? When, holy Archpriest of God?‟ He said, „When the third World War takes place!‟ And he also told us that, „The right hand of the King is on the handle of the sword! Which sword is in the scabbard.‟ And he said, „when the sword is out of its sheath, then the third World War will start.‟ And we, out of our curiosity asked him: „Your Reverence, how far is the sword out of the sheath?‟ He replied, „Just a few centimeters remain to come out!‟”
There is a cassette where Elder Ephraim tells listeners that he has seen the marble King John himself [It is unsure if he meant in a vision or with his physical eyes].

2 Sources of Geronda Ephraim’s Teachings on the Marble King:

Saint Ioannis Vatatzis the Beneficent and Geronda Ephraim of Arizona.
Saint Ioannis
Vatatzis the Beneficent and Geronda Ephraim of Arizona.

Unfortunately, the original prophecies that Elder Ephraim is referring to are pseudepigraphs. The first one, attributed to St. Methodius of Patara [4th century] is from the 7th century and written by an anonymous Syrian Monophysite. Even if it was written by St Methodius, the text itself contains so many historical and theological errors that it’s already rendered heretical just by Scriptural and ecclesiastical teachings. There is a prophecy on St. Constantine’s Tomb that has never been recorded or mentioned by any ecclesiastical writer or historian, nor is it in his Synaxarion. The next prophetic text in succession which is attributed to St. Andrew the Fool-for-Christ is rejected by St Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain as follows:
“The Life of this Saint Andrew is preserved in a manuscript of much breadth, a book almost of great composition, in which are contained numerous prophecies concerning the future. I will never issue this here, since it is said it contains some things that are doubly unacceptable, and it is found at Iveron, as well as other places.” (Synaxaristes For the Twelve Months of the Year, vol. 3)

The prophetic text  attributed to St. Andrew the Fool-for-Christ is rejected by St Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain.
The prophetic text attributed to St. Andrew the Fool-for-Christ is rejected by St Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain.

Besides the fact that most of these prophecies strongly contradict the Scriptural and Patristic eschatology accepted by the Orthodox Church, their origins are dubious and obscure, they are not referenced as factual, nor incorporated into the eschatological writings of the Church Fathers (i.e. not found in St. Cyril of Jerusalem, St. John of Damascus, St. Photios the Great, St. Gregory Palamas, St. Ecumenios, St. Andrew of Caesarea, etc.), and they seem to relate more with Hellenic nationalism and xenophobia than orthodox spiritual teachings. It is worthy to note that these prophecies were also widely disseminated Apostolos Makrakis’ disciples. Even into the 1970’s there were monks on Mount Athos who followed Makrakis and wrote about the Constantinople prophecies (Such as Archim. Neilos Sotiropoulos, who wrote The Coming Double-Edged Sword in 1965: )
The sleeping king’s sword has been almost fully out of the sheath for almost 60 years now, and both Elder Ephraim and Elder Paisios of Arizona reference the sword to this day.

To this day, both Elder Ephraim and Elder Paisios of Arizona reference the sleeping king's sword coming out of its sheath.
To this day, both Elder Ephraim and Elder Paisios of Arizona reference the sleeping king’s sword coming out of its sheath.

Again, as a theologoumena, it’s not dogmatic nor is it a belief that one’s salvation depends upon. However if these prophecies are just mere ‘Greek superstitions of simple-minded people,’ as Fr. Athanasius Mitilinaios states, then the people who believe in these fables could be in a shock when it does not occur.
However, a good disciple says, “Whatever the elder believes, thinks, and decides, I also believe, think, and decide in exactly the same way” [Counsels of the Holy Mountain, Chapters on Obedience]. Thus, if one happens to be a disciple of Elder Ephraim, it’s better for them to believe these prophecies so they can be of one mind with their Elder.

The Apostle John Returns

In one of Elder Ephraim’s cassettes on the Antichrist, he speaks about the return of the two witnesses, Enoch and Elijah, and also mentions the Apostle John will be returning, too [‘according to some Fathers’]. The Patristic consensus is that only Elijah and Enoch will return.

Sermons by Elder Ephraim on Eschatological Subjects (In Greek):

When Will the Antichrist Appear?

The Yearning of Christ and the Last Days

The Second Coming of Christ


In the homily, When Will the Antichrist Appear?, Geronda Ephraim states:
“According to the Revelation of John and the prophecy of the Saints we await the Antichrist! We expect him… The Antichrist will test people on how much they believe in Christ … Some say that the Antichrist was born and is a certain age now. Others say no. The “no” is the most prevalent and most true, because when the future Antichrist comes, humanity must be found in the worst condition! Then he will come as a “Savior” … As the “Messiah” … And will deceive people to follow him …
Has he been born now? The human condition itself does not foresee him … Because the people on Earth now have all the goods. They don’t have a need for the Antichrist’s offering! What could he give us to believe him? We have no need of him… Not all the prophecies of the Saints have occurred yet!
When we take Constantinople, 33 years of prosperity will pass and afterwards the complete apostasy of mankind will begin; the Antichrist will rule! This is not yet the government of the Antichrist, because there are still prophecies that have not occurred, such as the government of 33 year reign of the sleeping King John after the 3rd World War and the capture of Constantinople by the Greeks.”

St. Nektarios Monastery in Roscoe, NY (pathway to the old bookstore).
St. Nektarios Monastery in Roscoe, NY (pathway to the old bookstore).

The Brotherhood in New York Will Be the First to Martyr

Before St. Nektarios Monastery was established in New York, and before many of the monasteries were established, Geronda Ephraim use to give sermons in peoples’ houses. He’d travel from Montreal to Toronto, down through New York. He would stay at a spiritual child’s house, and from there word would get out and people would flock to this house to go to confession and hear Geronda’s teachings. On more than one occasion, he mentioned he wanted to start a monastery in New York State, and he also made prophecies that whichever brotherhood would be there would be the first of his monks to martyr.
In 1998, while the Brotherhood of St. John the Theologian was seeking shelter at St. Anthony’s Monastery (until they found a property to purchase in New York), Geronda Ephraim gave many homilies to the Fathers in the Gerondia. He mentioned how he had a feeling the Antichrist would make his first appearances in New York as it had the highest Jewish population in America and all the Headquarters of the “dark powers” were located there. He also stated that the monks in New York would be the first to martyr out of all his monasteries. He has prophesied this on more than one occasion.

St. Nektarios Monastery in Roscoe, NY (looking up at the guest quarters from the first pond).
St. Nektarios Monastery in Roscoe, NY (looking up at the guest quarters from the first pond).


If Geronda Ephraim makes an error, the monastics usually refer to the following teaching of St. Barsanuphius and John’s to justify his error:

Do not think that people, even if they are saints, can grasp the depths of the divinity…Saints, having been made teachers, or making themselves such, or compelling other people to succeed greatly, succeed their own teachers, and, having received support from above, exposited a new teaching, but simultaneously preserved what they took from their former teachers, i.e., the incorrect teaching. Having succeeded and afterwards been made spiritual teachers, they did not pray to God that He might reveal them to be the first of their teachers; whether it was the Holy Spirit who suggested what their teachers taught them but, considering them to wise and intellectual, did not examine their words; and therefore the opinions of their teachers got mixed up with their own teaching, and these saints sometimes said that which they learned from their teachers and sometimes the good which was suggested to them by their intellect; but subsequently these and other words were attributed to them. (Direction on the Spiritual Life 610)