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Friday, February 04, 2011

1000 year reign of Peace

The Catholic Catechism states: "The Antichrist's deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgement. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the 'intrinsically perverse' political form of a secular messianism." Many have misunderstood what the church is saying in regard to the millenium. Obviously the church cannot contradict Scripture which states that there will be a 1000 year reign of Peace in which the fulfilment of the Lord's Prayer will occur that the Divine Will shall be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Many Catholics, getting confused about what this means, make statements which contradicts the Fathers of the Church. The Church forbids millennialism but what does this mean? It is the idea that Jesus or a Messiah figure or system will come and reign in physical form over a physical earthly kingdom during History. Catholics believe that it is only at the end of history and time that Jesus will return in a bodily form and usher in the World to come in Eternity. This does not mean that there wont be a 1000 year reign or era of Peace ushered in by a spiritual coming of Jesus to reign in and transform hearts through the Eucharist within history. The Fathers call this spiritual coming where Jesus reigns from Heaven in human hearts and minds through the Eucharist and the Holy Spirit- the Hidden or Intermediate Coming. Some refer to this as the Second Coming. St Cyril of Jerusalem mentions this Hidden Coming as does St Bernard of Clairvaux who also calls it the intermediate Coming. St Bernard states " We know that there are three comings of the Lord. The third lies between the other two. It is invisible, while the other two are visible... The intermediate coming is the Hidden one...".

There are some different opinions about what the first resurrection means. Many Catholics believe that this refers to the spiritual resurrection of the soul mentioned in Romans and other places. Others believe it does refer to a bodily resurrection but only of the 144,000 martyred priests who then reign in Heaven with Jesus and Mary in their resurrected bodies. What is forbidden for a Catholic -is to believe that this resurrection of saints means they reign with Jesus in bodily form on the earth in their resurrected bodies during the era of Peace. While they may reign through the Holy Spirit and the Eucharist in hearts over the earth from Heaven they will not do so in bodily form on the earth.

While most Catholics see the figure of 1000 as symbolic or allegorical; a literal belief of a 1000 year Sabbath Rest in History is also acceptable as long as it does not include a belief in resurrected bodies dwelling on earth indulging in carnal delights and feasts. St Augustine also allows such a belief while preferring a different interpretation himself. "And this opinion would not be objectionable, if it were believed that the joys of the saints, in that Sabbath, shall be spiritual, and consequent on the presence of God..."

This Hidden Coming is the one Our Lord referred to as Coming like a thief in the Night. A thief in the Night is not seen clearly. The Final Coming is as clear as Day. The coming like a thief in the night happens at the time of transition between the 5th age of the church of Sardis (from the reign of Charles V till the Great Monarch) and the 6th age of the Church of Philadelphia (Sabbath Era of Peace) as mentioned in Revelation 3:3 (this is also referred to in 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4; Matthew 24:43-44; Luke 12:39-40; 1 Peter 3:10). The Final Coming happens at the end of the Church Age of Laodicea at the end of the world (see Revelation 21).

For a more detailed look at this topic see "The Splendor of Creation" by Father Joseph Ianuzzi.


Gilbert Arbon said...

If I recall correctly what some Catholic commentators had said, the 1,000 years and the 144,000 martyrs can be taken symbolically. 1,000 refers to a great number. Thus, the 1,000 year reign of Peace means a long, long time. And 144,000 martyrs means a vast multitude of God's holy nation, i.e. twelve (a sacred or prophetic number, e.g. 12 tribes, 12 apostles, etc.) squared or multiplied by itself, then the result replicated a thousand times.

Gilbert of the Divine Presence said...

Yes it is a highly symbolic book and the number can be interpreted that way. However many Catholics think that one can't interpret the 1000 literally as that is millennialism. This is incorrect. Millenialism is saying that Christ and the resurrected saints will in human bodies live on earth for a 1000 years.