The Church's Ultimate Trial
according to The Catechism of the
Clarifying NOTE added on May 21, 2004
Carefully note that what is meant by “...this
falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism...”
thousand years spoken of in Revelation 20:1-10.
What the Catechism is warning the faithful about is the “falsification of the kingdom
that is, when the False Christ, about whom we have written and warned
the faithful about, will try to convince people to work with him to
achieve the real thousand years of peace and prosperity. This
“falsification of the kingdom” would be “the 'intrinsically perverse' political
form of a secular messianism”
that you may read below in
Paragraph No. 676 and that we
continually warn one and all about!
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Paragraph No. 675
Before Christ's second coming the Church must pass through a final
trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that
accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of
iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent
solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The
supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a
pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of
his Messiah come in the flesh.
Paragraph No. 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
eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms o
this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of
millenarianism, especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form
of a secular messianism.
Paragraph No. 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.
The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the
Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God's victory over
the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down
from heaven. God's triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form
of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing
(1) Catechism of the
Catholic Church, pp 176-177, Liguori Publications, ISBN 0-89243-566-6
En Español: Sobre el Milenarismo
- La Última Prueba de la Iglesia
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