Friday, July 15, 2011

A Voice from the Past - Augustine of Hippo

That last persecution, to be sure, which will be inflicted by Antichrist, will be extinguished by Jesus himself, present in person. For the Scripture says that 'he will kill him by the breath of his mouth and annihilate him by the splendor of his coming.' Here the usual question is, 'When will this happen?' But the question is completely ill-timed. For had it been in our interest to know this, who could have been a better informant than the master, God himself, when the disciples asked him?

Augustine, City of God, Book XVIII, Chapter 53 (Penguin Books, trans. by Henry Bettenson, p. 838)

Do you agree with this statement? What are the implications of it? Why is this issue important?

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