[quote=Des]Well, correct me if i’m wrong but i dont think the Church has the full interpretation of the Book of Revelation and all that is in it. Doesn’t even the Cathechism state that though Revelation is revealed it is not yet made explicit. Or does this mean only the Dogmas?
No the church hasn’t an official interpretatiom of the Book of Revelation nor does it have an official interprettion of any book of the Bible.
She gives us clear direction of which boundaries we cannot cross though and the Left Behind novels have crossed them. The church admits we don’t know the final details of how the consummation will happen but we do know the order. Tribulation, then ressurection of the dead and then rasing up those alive, the final judgement, the end of time or the consummation of the earth and of man.
So they have added to scripture a rapture prior to a tribulation and a third coming. They have also grossly misinterpreted a secular millinial kingdom of Christ into Revelation which has been described as “intrinsically perverse”.
The Left Behind novels predict the new heaven and earth is one thousand years after the tribulation; the catholic church says otherwise.
1048 "We know neither the moment of the consummation of the earth and of man, nor the way in which the universe will be transformed.
The Left Behind novels teach a rapture of the church prior to the tribulation the catholic church teaches we must pass through the final trial of tribulation.
The Church’s ultimate trial
675 Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers.574 The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth575 will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.576
The Left Behind novels teach that after the tribulation their will be a millinial, earthly and political kingdom of Christ where Christ rules on earth from Jerusalem for a thousand years where there is peace and perfection on earth. The catholic church teaches that such an understanding of the millinium is not only an error but “intrinsically perverse” so if you think the Left Behind novels are ok to read for a catholic remember that what they teach is “intrinsically perverse” to the Christian faith.
676 The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism,577 especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism.578
677 The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection.579 The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God’s victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven.580 God’s triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world.581