On the Intermediate Coming of Jesus and the Millennium of Peace and Holiness

On the first return of Jesus (the “intermediate coming”), see this booklet, online, by Fr. Albert Roux of the Marian Movement of Priests, explaining Fr. Gobbi’s position. See especially the subsection titled “The Coming of Jesus and The Millennium” and “Church Fathers on the “Intermediate Coming”; and “the Millennium”.

The first point is that the Millennium is not Millenarianism. The latter proposes an earthly reign for Christ, which is heresy. In the Millennium, the world continues much as it is today, after the end of the tribulation, but the long reign of sin has ended. The Church rules over the whole world and everyone is Catholic Christian. But people still sin and still die. This is described in the book of the Prophet Isaiah:

{65:18} But you will be glad and exult, even forever, in these things that I create. For behold, I create Jerusalem as an exultation, and its people as a joy.
{65:19} And I will exult in Jerusalem, and I will rejoice in my people. And neither a voice of weeping, nor a voice of outcry, will be heard in her anymore.
{65:20} There will no longer be an infant of only a few days there, nor an elder who does not complete his days. For a mere child dies at a hundred years of age, and a sinner of a hundred years will be accursed.
{65:21} And they will build houses, and will inhabit them. And they will plant vineyards, and will eat their fruits.
{65:22} They will not build, so that another may inhabit. They will not plant, so that another may eat. For according to the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people. And the works of their hands will be long-standing.
{65:23} My elect will not labor in vain, and they will not bring forth in disorder. For they are the offspring of the blessed of the Lord, and their posterity are with them.
{65:24} And this shall be: before they call out, I will perceive; while they are still speaking, I will hear.
{65:25} The wolf and the lamb will pasture together. The lion and the ox will eat hay. And dust will be the food of the serpent. They will not harm, and they will not kill, on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.

Notice that in verse 65:20, people live particularly long lives, so it is not the present time. But people still sin and they die whether they are holy or a sinner. So it cannot be the time after the general Resurrection. Rather, this is the time of the First Resurrection mentioned in Revelation:

{20:5} The rest of the dead did not live, until the thousand years are completed. This is the First Resurrection.
{20:6} Blessed and holy is he who takes part in the First Resurrection. Over these the second death has no power. But they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they shall reign with him for a thousand years.

After the end of the tribulation and the end of the Antichrist’s reign, the Saints and Martyrs are resurrected, in the First Resurrection, but “the rest of the dead did not live” because it is not the time of the General Resurrection. And this time is said to last for a figurative “thousand years”. But in fact it may be longer:

{8:13} Groom: My vineyard is before me. The thousand is for your peacefulness, and two hundred is for those who care for its fruit.

Ronald L Conte Jr

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