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73. Signs Preceding General Resurrection and Judgement

1. When our Lord comes in glory to judge the world at theend of time, certain signs shall herald his coming. These signswill be such as to forewarn all people and bring them into reverentsubjection to God's will if they will heed. Just what the signsof Christ's second coming will be, we do not know. Those signsmentioned in scripture refer not only to his coming to judgemankind, but to his coming continually to visit his Church; some ofthem refer to the coming of divine justice upon unfaithfulJerusalem.

2. The actual darkening of the sun and moon may precedethe coming of the Judge, and may stir sinners to fear andrepentance. But it is not likely that the Day of Judgment will bedark. Our Lord will come in glory as scripture says (Isa. 30:26):"The light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, andthe light of the sun shall be sevenfold."

3. "The virtues of heaven shall be moved," saysscripture, referring to the day of general judgment (Matt. 24:29).This prediction probably refers to the angels, either in general,or to the particular order of angels called Virtues. Theend of time means a change in the temporal assignment of angels whohave charge of earthly things.

"The Lord has always revealed to mortals the treasures of his wisdom and his spirit, but now that the face of evil bares itself more and more, so does the Lord bare his treasures more."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"This is the greatest wisdom -- to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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