Catechism of the Catholic Church

272 Part One 1040 The Last Judgment will come when Christ returns in glory. Only the Father knows the day and the hour; only he determines the moment of its coming. Then through his Son Jesus Christ he will pronounce the final word on all history. We shall know the ultimate meaning of the whole work of creation and of the entire economy of salvation and understand the marvellous ways by which his Providence led everything towards its final end. The Last Judgment will reveal that God’s justice triumphs over all the injustices committed by his creatures and that God’s love is stronger than death. 628 1041 The message of the Last Judgment calls men to conversion while God is still giving them “the acceptable time, . . . the day of salvation.” 629 It inspires a holy fear of God and commits them to the justice of the Kingdom of God. It proclaims the “blessed hope” of the Lord’s return, when he will come “to be glorified in his saints, and to be marvelled at in all who have believed.” 630 VI. T he H ope of the N ew H eaven and the N ew E arth 1042 At the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness. After the universal judgment, the righteous will reign for ever with Christ, glorified in body and soul. The universe itself will be renewed: The Church . . . will receive her perfection only in the glory of heaven, when will come the time of the renewal of all things. At that time, together with the human race, the universe itself, which is so closely related to man and which attains its destiny through him, will be perfectly re-estab- lished in Christ. 631 1043 Sacred Scripture calls this mysterious renewal, which will transform humanity and the world, “new heavens and a new earth.” 632 It will be the definitive realization of God’s plan to bring under a single head “all things in [Christ], things in heaven and things on earth. 633 1044 In this new universe, the heavenly Jerusalem, God will have his dwelling among men. 634 “He will wipe away every tear 628 Cf. Song 8:6. 629 2 Cor 6:2. 630 Titus 2:13; 2 Thess 1:10. 631 LG 48; cf. Acts 3:21; Eph 1:10; Col 1:20; 2 Pet 3:10-13. 632 2 Pet 3:13; cf. Rev 21:1. 633 Eph 1:10. 634 Cf. Rev 21:5. 637 314 1432 2854 769 670 310 671 280, 518