Commentary on the Apocalypse
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
The present translation originally formed a component of my doctoral dissertation at Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada, which I successfully defended in August of 2007. When I first proposed Andrew of Caesarea and his commentary on the Apocalypse as ...
In the early seventh century, the most important Greek patristic commentary on the Book of Revelation (the Apocalypse) was produced by Andrew, Archbishop of Caesarea, Cappadocia.1 Its impact on the use and understanding of the Apocalypse in Eastern ...
Commentary on the Apocalypse
Table of the Chapters of the Interpretation of the Apocalypse of Saint John the Apostale
Interpretation of Andrew, Archbishop of Caesarea, Cappadocia, on the Apocalypse if John the Theologian
To my lord brother and co-celebrant: Having been asked many times by many people—who out of love have a greater opinion of my abilities—to elucidate the Apocalypse of John the Theologian1 and to adapt the prophecies to the time after this vision, I was putting off ...
An apocalypse is the manifestation of hidden mysteries when the intellect is illuminated either through divine dreams or according to waking visions from divine enlightenment. To be given to Christ, it says, making this statement about ...
2.8. And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: “Thus says the First and the Last, who was dead and came to life. The first as god, and the Last as having become man in the latter times, and having opened eternal life to us through his three-day death. ...
The seven stars, we said previously,1 are the divine angels, and the seven spirits are either the angels themselves or the acts of the Life-giving Spirit, both of which are in the hand of Christ. On the one hand, if the stars represent ...
The removal of the door of the secret mysteries of
the spirit means the declaration, and the trumpet
And here the good order of those in heaven is shown, from the first orders coming down to the second. Thus, from one of the fourfold-appearing living beings, that is, the lion, he heard originating from the first voice the command ...
The fourth living being, that is, the eagle, its high flight and keen eyesight coming down upon its prey from above, can signify the wounds from the divinely led wrath of God for the revenge of the pious and the punishment of the ...
If some1 have interpreted these things as having happened to the Judeans under the Romans of old,2 considering the four divine angels to be showing that to escape the wrath of those being put to trial either on the earth or on the ...
Some think these things imply in an obscure way the variety of punishment of sinners in Gehenna, figuratively described through physical pains.1 We, however, think it does not mean that, especially because not one-third is to be punished ...
Wn and the moon,1 which things were already drawn out according to the decision of the Master concerning the end.2 We say that by the one third of the luminaries and ...
The cloud and the rainbow and the sun-like light are
seemingly to be understood as
Having been dead for as many days as the years of their prophecy, it says, they will be raised and taken up into heaven in the Master’s chariot, the cloud,1 causing fear and trembling to those who ...
And these things can fit both the first fall of the devil from the angelic order because of arrogance and envy, and his degradation by means of the cross of the Lord, when, as the Lord said, “The ruler of this world is judged,”1 and ...
This beast some say1 is the Antichrist, but to others his two horns seemed to hint at the Antichrist and the false prophet.2 Since it is admitted that the false prophet also is to come in his own person, we think it is not absurd to ...
The mid-heaven shows the angel, who appeared to be
both high and heavenly, having been sent from above
to the people below to lead
Cloud we understand
Here, the bowl, just as the cup, is to be understood as a chastising activity which, it says, by its pouring out by the angel is to become evil sores, implying the throbbing distressful penalty of a discharge in a heart, which occurs in the hearts ...
Perhaps people will also be physically burnt by the flames of the sun at that particular time. “With bit and bridle,” God, who loves humanity, compels “the jaws of those who do not approach him”1 in order that they might know ...
The angelic voice from heaven says, “It is done,” that is, the divine command is accomplished. The flashes of lightning, voices, and thunders mean the amazing nature of these occurrences and the future coming of Christ, just as in ancient ...
Here is shown the brightness and radiance of the holy powers, a brilliancy surpassing the stars and luminaries by great measure.  ...
Heaven opening signifies the appearance of the visible judge to come, just as here, when the curtains of the judges on the earth are drawn back, the judgment and sentence come down upon those who are guilty. And the white horse is the future ...
Already thrones for teaching have been given to the holy apostles through whom the nations have been enlightened. They will be given, according to the divine promise, also in the future for judging those who rejected the gospel preaching, as David ...
By the white throne is meant the resting-place of God,
which he will make in the saints shining by their virtues,
being enthroned among them. The flight of
heaven and earth is their passing away and renewal into
Through these it is shown that not only the angels apply
distressing wounds, but they are like doctors, on
one occasion cutting and on another pouring on assuaging
medicines. For the one
And this is characteristic of the apostolic soul: just as
he had done in the Gospel by saying, “and the one
One must know that the author of the present book
furnished it to those esteemed individuals who asked
to study it,