Hello all, I have a question but I would like to preface with just a small bit about myself so that the question itself will be clearer.
I am a returning Catholic after about 20 years away. Originally baptised and raised Catholic my mother chose to leave the Catholic Church when I was about 12-13 so I never quite made it to confirmation. She took us instead to a Baptist church which I attended (as required by her) until age 18 when I went out on my own and pretty much stopped attending any church. Though I never lost my faith in God, I just didn’t feel comfortable in any protestant church (as most of my central beliefs remained Catholic) and didn’t feel comfortable going to a Catholic church (since I felt I had ‘missed out’ on much and still didn’t feel comfortable going against my mother’s wishes). Now in my mid-30’s I’ve finally come full circle back to the Catholic Church where I find the teaching that I know is truth.
Since I did indeed ‘miss out’ on quite a lot of learning about God and the church during that time (and RCIA is still a few months off), I find that there are some aspects of the Catholic Church where I am not as knowledgable as I would prefer to be (though of course there is much that makes me say “Yes, exactly! I knew that already.” :)).
Since my wife has chosen to also go to Catholic Church now, though she was raised fully Baptist, she often asks me questions where she’s not familiar with the differences between the two and today the topic of end times (e.g. Rapture, Millenium etc…) came up. I found that I only possess partial knowledge on the topic from the Catholic side so I’m hoping that you great folks here can lay it out for me (and her also).
From the Baptist view, they anticipate the Second Coming and the Rapture of those who are saved. Then would come the seven year Tribulation followed by the millenial reign of Christ on Earth. A bit oversimplified (and of course there is a lot of disagreement on where the ‘millenium’ falls) but that’s the basic gist of how she understands things to come.
I understand that the Catholic Church teaches that it is currently the Millenial reign where Satan is chained (if I understand correctly) but am quite unsure as to the actual ‘chain of events’ to come that describe the end.
Thanks in advance for your answers, and for taking the time to help educate me and, through me, my wife also.