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Anonymous wrote:


I come from a Protestant background and I'm still Protestant but I'm exploring Catholicism.
My question has to do with the millennium. From my research, I have found that Catholics are amillennial. I have done research looking for a defense of this view but haven't been able to find a solid Scriptural defense of this view. I have found a lot information about the Catholic view on the rapture. It seems to be post-tribulational which I agree with, but none in defense of amillennialism.

  • Could you please give me a solid and Scriptural defense of amillennialism?



  { Could you please give me a solid and Scriptural defense of amillennialism? }

John replied:

Hi, Anonymous —

We are living in the millennium; it's called the Church age.

Much of Revelation has been fulfilled. The millennium started with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Revelation is primarily a liturgical book not an eschatological prophesy; it is allegorical.

You can't take these things literally.


Anonymous replied:

OK, but didn't Augustine give you guys this view?

There must me some Scriptural proof to this view.


John replied:

Anonymous —

You are trying to derive Catholic interpretations by using Protestant Methodology.

The Church has never been bound to interpret Scripture by Scripture alone. In fact, we reject Scripture alone because Scripture teaches the opposite, as does Tradition.

I gave you one possible view of the millennium. It is a theological opinion. It is not a de fide statement. That's said, the Church as condemned the idea a post-resurrection millennium (millenarianism) as heresy.

The overwhelming weight of the Fathers concur with this.

But even, relying on Scripture, it is all in how you approach Revelation. If you mistake it as primarily a Prophetic book, then you are bound to try and decode the future; but the book is Apocalyptic, meaning it reveals.

  • Well, what does it reveal?

It primarily reveals God's plan of Salvation as it plays out in a heavenly liturgy.  As long as you don't treat the literary genre properly, you won't see it.

I highly recommend Scott Hahn's audio series on Revelation as well as his book called the Lamb Supper.


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