THE ANTICHRIST will exert global “control” on mankind through smartphones and the internet, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church has claimed in a bizarre warning.
Patriarch Kirill, the head of Russian Orthodox Church, has claimed the Antichrist will arrive and take control over the “entire human race” through the world wide web using phones, the internet and other gadgets. Speaking to state-run Rossiya-1 TV network on Monday, Patriarch Kirill said: “The Antichrist is the person who will be at the head of the worldwide web, controlling all of humankind. “Every time you use your gadget, whether you like it or not, whether you turn on your location or not, somebody can find out exactly where you are, exactly what your interests are and exactly what you are scared of. “If not today, then tomorrow methods and technology could appear that will not just provide access to all information but will also allow the use of this information.
“Do you imagine what power will be concentrated in the hands of those who gain knowledge about what is going on in the world?
“Such control from one place forebodes the coming of the Antichrist.”
Patriarch Kirill’s message received widespread backlash from social media users.
One user wrote on Twitter: “The Church is not against science and technological progress, but is concerned about the freedom of the individual. Yeah, sure.”
Another joked: “Smile, the Antichrist is about to fly out.”
Patriarch Kirill, whose real name is Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev, aired his messaged ahead of Orthodox Christians’ Christmas Day on January 7.
Ever since he became the leader of Russian Orthodox Church in 2009, Patriarch Kirill made several controversial comments on his world beliefs.
In 2017, he claimed the world was heading towards an apocalypse, and that civilisation was inevitably slipping into “the abyss of the end of history”.
Speaking state-run RIA Novosti, Patriarch Kirill said the apocalypse “is already visible to the naked eye.”
He added: “Today is not the time to rock the boat of human passions. Today is the time to rally all healthy forces.”
“That’s why the church, art, culture, our writers, scientists—all those people who love the Motherland—should come together because we are entering a critical period in human civilisation.”
In July 2013, he told a congregation at Kazan Cathedral in Moscow that the legal recognition of same-sex marriage is “a very dangerous sign of the apocalypse.”
The patriarch also criticised countries for legalising same-sex marriage, saying that “some countries approve their choice in favour of sin and justify it by law.”