Glory to Jesus Christ!
Glory to Him Forever!
I read "Ultimate Things" right after Christmas. I really enjoyed this book. I was really struck about how similar Orthodox thought on the end-times is to the Protestant position. Now, don't get me wrong, there are some differences. (e.g. rapture, millennium, anti-Christ being killed and resurrected.) These differences are very important, but not so much so to make us think they are not any similarities. But overall I find many similarities. For example, the author mentions a seven-year tribulation, personal anti-Christ, literal mark of the beast, two witnesses who are killed at end of the first 3 1/2 years of the tribulation, etc. It was really neat to read about in the book about "the 70 weeks of Daniel." I had first heard of the 70 weeks on a Jack Van Impe series on the book of Daniel, when I was a Protestant. To hear it from an Orthodox Christian was at the least very interesting.
This book seems to have passed the test of world Orthodoxy, for I've not heard anybody saying that it is too protestant or full of errors. Fr. Thomas Hopka (Dean of St. Vladimir Orthodox Seminary) mentioned his views of it in the beginning of the book. He said he only disagreed with the concept of the last Tsar of Russia being the "restrainer" of 2 Thess. (Actually, I understood the author to mean that Holy Orthodox Monarchy was the restrainer, not Holy Royal Martyr, Tsar Nicholas II in particular.)
About Roman Catholic end-times prophesies . . . I believe in a lot of it.
Prophecies like this are pretty similar to Orthodox prophecies as far as I know. I've never study this out, though. A theme very prominent in Roman Catholic end-time prophecies is, "The Three Days of Chastisement." These, three days are supposed to be days when the evil spirits can be visibly seen on earth and the world will be a strange color, anyone outside during this time will die instantly, you will even die if you look out your windows during this time. I wonder if Holy Orthodoxy teaches a similar thing? Come on, Orthodox people enlighten me