Does the Church teach the world will actually end someday? and When?

By October 12, 2014 16 Comments


Some say the world will not actually end. That the “end of the world” is actually metaphor for each individual’s death. Is this true according to the Church? If yes, does the Church teach of a period of time?


To put it simply : No. We believe in an actual end of human history, and the perfection of creation; “A new heaven and a new earth” where righteousness dwells and where the Lord will reign and live among his people.

"But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace" (2 Pet. 3:13).
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.... I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen. (Nicene Creed)

The Catholic Church teaches that Christ will come to judge the earth and to bring peace to it. Those who have died shall rise again to take their bodies. We all shall repossess our bodies then, those who were already in heaven and hell shall come out, and those in the world shall be transformed. Each shall receive the reward due them; a share in the Glory of Christ for all who are just, and condemnation for all who rebel against Him. We call Mary the “Icon of our hope” since she now dwells with her Son in the state we hope to be at the end of the world; united with our glorified bodies with Christ the Lord.

The Christian Creed - the profession of our faith in God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and in God's creative, saving, and sanctifying action - culminates in the proclamation of the resurrection of the dead on the last day and in life everlasting. We firmly believe, and hence we hope that, just as Christ is truly risen from the dead and lives for ever, so after death the righteous will live for ever with the risen Christ and he will raise them up on the last day. Our resurrection, like his own, will be the work of the Most Holy Trinity:
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit who dwells in you.
The term "flesh" refers to man in his state of weakness and mortality.The "resurrection of the flesh" (the literal formulation of the Apostles' Creed) means not only that the immortal soul will live on after death, but that even our "mortal body" will come to life again.
Belief in the resurrection of the dead has been an essential element of the Christian faith from its beginnings. "The confidence of Christians is the resurrection of the dead; believing this we live."
How can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. . . . But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. CCC 988- 991


To save you some time, No one knows, not even the Church. Sincerely, what the Church concerns herself with is not to discern times but to minister salvation to all men in keeping with the command of Christ. His it is to know when he’ll come (and He knows), but ours it is to keep watch for He “comes like a thief”. Let us live righteous lives and leave everything in the hands of God’s mercy.


  • Sonia says:

    I have seen with my own eyes when my mother passed away just before she did she looked up like a child talking to her farther she spoke in tungs you could not under stand wat she was saying but I be leave she was talking to ar lord thanks be to god

    • Edward Fernandes says:

      Before my mother died, she twice said to my younger brother, who was looking after her:”I am in heaven”.

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  • Maria Alincastre says:

    Will purgatory end at the same time the world ends? Will those who are not sinless and still in the world forego purgatory and go straight to heaven?

    • Lea Leger says:

      When Jesus comes (Judgement day) its only either Heaven or Hell. Those who are in Purgatory when Jesus comes will go to Heaven, they have the rights to enter Heaven. Purgatory is only a temporary place to purify their souls so that they can enter heaven but those who remains when Jesus comes they will go to Heaven. When someone dies, the soul will go to, Heaven, Purgatory and hell (Particular Judgement) –

      • Letitia grant says:

        There is a slight mistake which makes a big difference; when our lord comes again the souls in hell will not be redeemed! as they have had their judgement, only those in purgatory or those living will be transformed; and those in heaven already havetheir eternal reward. Leas text should read at the end, ‘when some one dies (before the 2nd coming), their soul will either go to heaven, purgatory OR hell. (Not and).

  • Jose says:

    The bible doesn’t say Mary is in heaven, the bible describes death as being asleep and only at Jesus second coming will the dead rise. They are not in heaven or in hell.

    • nemirc says:

      Uhm, remember that certain passage when Jesus says something to the one crucified to his side? What does he say? Did he say something about going to sleep?

  • Diosdado Sumalinog says:

    The God is in our hearts if our faith and beliefs are sincere you can call him all the time.

  • Meka says:

    Jose I think you’re quite confused, if Mary is not in heaven, then wat abt Elijah, Elisha whose body went up in heaven, even Moses who appeared… Even during transfiguration. Talk more of the mother of God. Who God found worthy, more christianed to bear his son. Not to be in heaven.

  • Visuca Mazo says:

    I do know that for God NOTHING is impossible; but if we choose to be cremated, are we hampering His work? What happens to those lost at sea, or eaten by animals, and so on? – Thank you.

    • Noel David says:

      Burn me, bury me or blow me to pieces – the Lord my God will raise me up again…. So for me it does not really matter….
      As to when the world is going to end…. that also does not really matter to me – as it will end for ALL OF US the day we die…. And ALL OF US excepting NO ONE are surely going to die….
      What matters most is how we live this life and not when we are going to die or when the world is going to end….ALL those who try to live a good life and do good to those in need (without discriminating in any manner) will surely be rewarded with Eternal Happiness by the Lord…. And ALL those who live a wicked/unjust and heartless life with least concern for others will be punished with Eternal Suffering by the Ultimate Judge of ALL….

  • stanislaus says:

    You need not be concern with what will happen to this world, but what will happen to you when you cease to exist in this world.

    • Sonia says:

      I always be leave when we die that is the end on this world I have seen with my own eyes how my mother spoke in tungs I be leave ar lord was there

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  • Agnes Chiravira says:

    Is purgatory biblical?

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