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The Profession of Faith

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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

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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.

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