St. Thomas Aquinas on whether all will die before the Final Judgement?
St.Thomas Aquinas had an extraordinary traditional way of understanding Sacred Scriptures and often depended on classical exterior sources like St. Augustine, St. Irenaeus and many of the Church Fathers for guidance.
In his commentary on 1 Thessalonians 4 Aquinas said:
When the Lord does ...
Aquinas understood rapture differently than the popular image of dispensational Protestants. As Nathaniel answered in another question What is the Catholic view of the rapture, in his commentary on 1 Thessalonians 4 Aquinas said:
when the Lord does come, first those who are found alive will die and then, immediately together with those who had died before, ...
Absolute Divine Simplicity: Distinctions (plurality) is a Given
Aquinas returns to Divine simplicity in his answer: simplicity implies immediately that the essence of God can be identified with
each Person. However, this answer is troubling in that we’ve spent
many questions demonstrating the distinction between the Persons and
now we seem to be saying ...