Our troubled times have prompted many people to speculate about the possibility of our Lord’s return.
Our Lord in the Gospels spoke of His second coming. He indicated that various signs would mark the event. Mankind would suffer from famine, pestilence and natural disasters. False prophets who claim to be the Messiah will deceive and mislead people. Nations will wage war against each other. The Church will endure persecution.
Worse yet, the faith of many will grow cold and they will abandon the faith, even betraying and hating one another. The Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms that “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” (No. 667).
Our Lord will come suddenly.
“The Son of Man in His day will be like the lightning that flashes from one end of the sky to the other” (Lk 17:24). St. Peter predicts, “The day of the Lord will come like a thief and on that day the heavens will vanish with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire and the earth and all its deeds will be made manifest” (2 Pt 3:10).
Those living at the time of the Second Coming will receive judgment.
Those who have rejected the Lord in this life, who have sinned mortally, who have no remorse for sin and do not seek forgiveness, will have condemned themselves to hell for all eternity. The souls of the righteous will enter heavenly glory and enjoy the beatific vision and those who need purification will undergo it.
We do not know when the Second Coming will occur.
Jesus said, “As to the exact day or hour, no one knows it, neither the angels in heaven nor even the Son, but only the Father. Be constantly on the watch! Stay awake! You do not know when the appointed time will come” (Mk 13:32-33).
However, we do know that Jesus wants us to help reap as many souls as possible for the harvest. “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest send out laborers into His harvest (Mt 9:37-38).
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