[quote=javelin]What really happens at THE END? Really, how are these things lined up, and what am I missing?
The deaths of OT people and prophets
NT saints die
Our descendants die
Christ comes again
The Judgement (one, or personal and Final?)
The resurrection of the dead
The reception of glorified bodies
The “Millenia” spoken of in Revelation
A lot of stuff, I know, but I always have trouble sorting it all out in a logical way.
Thanks for your input!
What you descibe is more or less the pre-millenial end time error believed by many Protestants. The Catholic position would be more like this: we are now living in the “millenium” which is the Church age, the beginning and promise of the fulfilled Kingdom of God (millenium means “thousand” a highly symbolic number in Scripture which means a long, but indefinite, time). When the fullness of time comes, there will be:
- A period of tribulation before the end.
- Christ’s Second Coming at which time those Christians still alive will be taken to heaven (the equivalent of the rapture)
- The General Judgment at which all mankind will be judged and be sent to their eternal reward-either heaven or hell.
The Catechism says this:
**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. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth 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.
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, especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism.
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. 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. 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.
For more information on what the Church teaches on the Last Things, I’d recommend this on-line series of articles:
For more information on the erroneous Protestant teaching on the End Times and how to refute it, go to this link: