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.
The message of the Last Judgment calls men to conversion
while God is still giving them “the acceptable time, . . . the day of
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.”
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
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.
Sacred Scripture calls this mysterious renewal, which will
transform humanity and the world, “new heavens and a new
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.
In this new universe, the heavenly Jerusalem, God will
have his dwelling among men.
“He will wipe away every tear