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What is the “Last Judgment”?

BY Jimmy Akin

| Posted 7/2/13 at 9:14 PM


What is the Last Judgment, and why do we call it "Last"?

Are there other judgments?

When do they occur?

And, if there are other judgments, why do we need the "Last" one? What is its purpose?

Let’s look at the Bible indicates about all this . . .


“Will Come Again in Glory to Judge the Living and the Dead”

A reader writes:

Every Sunday, we say in the Creed that Jesus “will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.”   

This statement implies that the dead have yet to be judged. 

Does this mean that they have been somewhere else after their death waiting to be judged until  the end of time? 

But many people talk as if Aunt Ann is in heaven, no longer in pain, etc.

That would mean she has been judged already. 

If so, why would she be judged again at the end of time?

Are you able to clarify any of this for me?

It’s an interesting set of questions. A lot of people wonder about this, and these questions come up regularly.

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