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Even Catholics do not know. I've done many searches and checked sources. They all say the same thing. Everything from ... "I don't know" to "as long as it takes"... or "It ends at judgment" or "Only God knows".
The reality is that Purgatory is a made up place by man. God needs no place or state to purify our souls. That is what He paid for at Calvary.
IF... God was going to make a place to purify our souls, we would not need the cross. Jesus would not have had to die.
And the answers to the "time" question are as silly as the idea of Purgatory. IF God had needed to create such a thing because Jesus dying on the cross was not enough. He would have said so. He didn't. God addresses time with man. "It is given once to man and then, the judgment." (your life is time).. He created Hell.. it is for eternity. (time) And Heaven, for eternity (time) What God said, is that He loved us so much He sent His Son to die for our sins, to pay for us and that Jesus is enough. He has no need to keep us guessing about where we will be for how long.
"Do you not know For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body." I Cor. 6:20
"You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men." I Cor. 7:23
"Jesus himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls" (1Peter 2:24-25).
"Be shepherds of the church of God which he bought with his own blood" (Acts 20:28)
Ephesians 1:13-14New American Standard Bible (NASB)
13 In [a]Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is [d]given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
We are bought, paid for and redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb.