4. A Prophecy for Two

For sure dear reader, you are unaware that Constantine the Great (“Saint Constantine”) killed his son from his first wife, as well that he killed his second wife who was forced into boiling water after his orders (The Great American Encyclopedia, Greek edition 1980, Volume 14, page 330). This man, the Orthodox church proclaimed him not only a saint, but also as equal apostle (equal to the apostles of Christ)! The act of proclaiming a saint such a man indicates that right from the beginning the Orthodox Church was driven by another spirit, than the Spirit of God ( The proclamation of saints by the Orthodox and the Catholic Churches is a great sin; proclamation of saints is an exclusive right of Lord Jesus Christ, which He will exercise on the Judgment Day ).

There is a prophecy in the book of Daniel in the Old Testament, which is valid for Alexander the Great as well and for Constantine the Great. Daniel had seen in his dream a ram which had two horns. Following that he saw a male goat who had only one horn and who was coming from the west. When the male goat came to the place where the ram was, he rushed against the ram and broke the ram’s two horns. Following that fight, four other horns grew in the position of the one horn on the male goat’s head (Daniel, 8:3-8).

An angel explains to Daniel the vision which Daniel had seen before:

“The ram which you saw, having the two horns – they are the kings of Media and Persia. And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king. As for the broken horn and the four that stood up in its place, four kingdoms shall arise out of that nation, but not with its power” (Daniel, 8:20-22).

Alexander the Great the “first king” that united the Greeks against the Persians, “was coming from the west”. And Constantine the Great the “first king” of Byzantium, was also “coming from the west”. The four horns that took the position of the one horn on the male goat, symbolize in the case of Alexander the Great, the four kingdoms of his successors. But also the religious “kingdom” which Constantine the Great created, the Orthodox Church, was divided into four Patriarchates, the so called main Patriarchates. These are : that of Constantinople, that of Jerusalem, that of Antioch and that of Alexandria. The patriarchs that occupy the thrones of these four Patriarchates are ever since of Greek ancestry, despite the fact that these patriarchates are located in non-Greek lands. “Four kingdoms from the Greek nation but not because of its power” according to Daniel’s prophecy.

From the one of the four horns of the male goat came out a little horn which grew exceedingly great “toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Glorious Land” (Daniel, 8:9). This little horn is, as explained by the angel to Daniel a “king” who “through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule” (“he shall cause deceit to succeed in his hand”, in the original Greek text) and who “shall destroy many in their prosperity” (Daniel 8:23-25).

The prophecy of Daniel refers particularly to the Orthodox Church. “Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be” (Daniel, 8:19), the angel said to Daniel. The “king” who “grew exceedingly great” among other places also in the “Glorious Land”, that is the Holy Land, is the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem – one of the four main Orthodox Patriarchates.

The main reason of glorification which the “king” experienced it was an admirable thing which he did and which was nothing but “deceit in his hand”. His glory within the “Christian” world, the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem owes to a great extent to the “miracle” of the “Holy Flame” ( or ” Holy Light ” ) which is a reason for many to vanish “in their prosperity” (“in peace”, in the original Greek text, Daniel 8:25).

Alexander the Great in order to maintain the unity of his huge territories, he encouraged his soldiers to respect ethics, the traditions and ways of worship, of the people he conquered. Himself, he married Persian wives, an act which to his encouragement many of his soldiers had followed. In Egypt, Alexander the Great was worshiped as son of the God Ammon.

The same did Constantine the Great. In the East where most of the citizens were Christians he encouraged the Christian traditions and ethics and religious beliefs, while in the West, where the pagans were the majority, he accepted the somewhat modified type, of worship of him like God, what happened also before with the previous emperors. He, himself, according to other historians, was not baptized Christian, but only on his bed at the time of death, he was baptized, and according to others he never baptized.

From Alexander the Great to the four Kingdoms of his successors of the Hellenistic period and after that to the Roman Empire, and from Constantine the Great to the Greek Orthodox Church with her four main Patriarchates, and following that with the Schism of 1054 to the Roman-Catholic Church. An alternating Greek-Roman rule upon the Earth…