Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 177 676 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 eschatalogical judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsifica­ tion of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, 577 espe­ cially 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 kingdomwill be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascen- dancy, 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 II. T o J udge the L iving and the D ead 678 Following in the steps of the prophets and John the Baptist, Jesus announced the judgment of the Last Day in his preaching. 582 Then will the conduct of each one and the secrets of hearts be brought to light. 583 Then will the culpable unbelief that counted the offer of God’s grace as nothing be condemned. 584 Our attitude about our neighbor will disclose acceptance or refusal of grace and divine love. 585 On the last day Jesus will say: “Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” 586 679 Christ is Lord of eternal life. Full right to pass definitive judgment on the works and hearts of men belongs to him as redeemer of the world. He “acquired” this right by his cross. The Father has given “all judgment to the Son.” 587 Yet the Son did not come to judge, but to save and to give the life he has in himself. 588 577 Cf. DS 3839. 578 Pius XI, Divini Redemptoris, condemning the “false mysticism” of this “counterfeit of the redemption of the lowly”; cf. GS 20-21. 579 Cf. Rev 19:1-9. 580 Cf. Rev 13:8; 20:7-10; 21:2-4. 581 Cf. Rev 20:12; 2 Pet 3:12-13. 582 Cf. Dan 7:10; Joel 3-4; Mal 3:19; Mt 3:7-12. 583 Cf. Mk 12:38-40; Lk 12:1-3; Jn 3:20-21; Rom 2:16; 1 Cor 4:5. 584 Cf. Mt 11:20-24; 12:41-42. 585 Cf. Mt 5:22; 7:1-5. 586 Mt 25:40. 587 Jn 5:22; cf. 5:27; Mt 25:31; Acts 10:42; 17:31; 2 Tim 4:1. 588 Cf. Jn 3:17; 5:26. 2425 1340 2853 1038-1041 1470 1021