- At the end of the ages, Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead. Following the judgment, a new heaven and new earth will take the place of the old earth, which has been scarred by sin. Because Christ is already present through the Church, Christians enter into the Kingdom through their participation in the sacramental life of the Church as they await the coming of the Lord (Titus 2; Matt. 25:31-46; Rom. 8:18 21; 1 Thess. 4:16,17; Rev. 20:11 - 22:5)
. See also RESURRECTION.