The Profession of Faith
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,
cially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism.
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 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.
triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last
Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world.
Following in the steps of the prophets and John the Baptist,
Jesus announced the judgment of the Last Day in his preaching.
Then will the conduct of each one and the secrets of hearts be
brought to light.
Then will the culpable unbelief that counted
the offer of God’s grace as nothing be condemned.
about our neighbor will disclose acceptance or refusal of grace and
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
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.”
Yet the Son did not
come to judge, but to save and to give the life he has in himself.
577 Cf. DS 3839.
578 Pius XI,
condemning the “false mysticism” of this
“counterfeit of the redemption of the lowly”; cf.
13:8; 20:7-10; 21:2-4.
5:22; cf. 5:27;