(Apologies if this thread doesn’t belong in this sub-forum. I wasn’t entirely sure where to post this, but if it needs to be moved, then that’s okay.)
So this was a popular thing to talk about among young devout Protestant friends of mine some years ago. There was the usual talk about a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, the Seven Year Tribulation, Armageddon, etc. And it always seemed like it was “imminent” every year. Of course, being an atheist at the time, I dismissed it immediately, but in renewing faith lately, and in my interest in what the Catholic Church has to offer that my old one doesn’t, I’m rather curious about the RCC’s general view of the whole end times subject. Maybe even more so thanks to recent world events and all.
On one side, I hear from some Catholics who take a bit of a literal futurist approach to Revelation and other books containing prophecy, seeking to connect them to current happenings in the world in a similar manner I’ve seen non-Catholics doing. Yet on the other side, I hear a bit more of a non-literal partial preterist take on it all, which I feel I agree with the most. But I guess my ultimate question is: is there a definitive official take of the Church on this subject and how it goes down, or is it more of a “anything could happen” between now and Second Coming/Last Judgment?