How will the world come to an end?
At the end of time, God will create a new heaven and a new earth. Evil will no longer have any power or attractiveness. The redeemed will stand face to face with God as his friends. Their yearning for peace and justice will be fulfilled. To behold God will be their blessedness. The Triune God will dwell among them and wipe away every tear from their eyes; there will be no more death, sorrow, lamentation, or trouble.
Why do we say “Amen” to the profession of our faith?
We say Amen “Yes” to the profession of our faith because God appoints us witnesses to the faith. Anyone who says Amen assents freely and gladly to God’s work in creation and redemption.
The Hebrew word amen comes from a family of words that mean both “faith” and “steadfastness, reliability, fidelity.” “He who says amen writes his signature.” (St. Augustine) We can pronounce this unconditional Yes only because Jesus in his death and Resurrection
has proved to be faithful and trustworthy for us. He himself is the human Yes to all God’s promises, just as he is also God’s definitive Yes to us.