The OT Prophets speak of this time period and here in Revelation God mentions it 6 times thru the pen of John!!! For emphasis like he always does when HE wants us to "get it."
After looking carefully at these verses of Apoc. 20:1-6, I agree with Pope Pius XII. That there will be a literal 1,000 year reign of Christ physically present on earth in Jerusalem is NOT TAUGHT OR EVEN IMPLIED IN THIS VISION or any other vision for that matter.
It's almost blasphemous to picture Christ on an earthly throne doing some kind of day-to-day-work for 1,000 years! Christ's Millennial kingdom is the Chruch of which St.Paul teaches there is "no Jew or Gentile...." Christ's Millennial kingdom is universal made up of all nations. Christ's Millennial kingdom is ecclesiastical. Christ reigns and rules His kingdom from heaven..after His Second Coming in Judgment (not for an earthly rule), the Millennial kingdom becomes New Jeruslem, an eternal, heavenly spiritual reality. It makes no sense to plant Christ on a physical throne in earthly Jerusalem. No, no, no. no. Can't be.
That's it KFC...no time, no place, no Scripture which teaches a future 1,000 year reign of Christ on this present earth. There is no Scripture which views the Church age as nothing more than a "parenthesis" in the work of Almighty God.
The literal interpretation of Apoc. 20, a future millennial kingdom of earth where Christ after He appears for His Second coming will reign in Jerusalem for 1,000 years was officially rejected by the Chruch under the reign of Pope Pius XII as a system of interpretation that "cannot be taught safely."
This is exactly where you and I differ. When you listen to men over God's revealed word.
The question is not what is written in God's revealed Word...we can all read. The question is what does Apoc. 20:1-6 really mean?
Yes, you are right ....you and I differ.....
You are reading Apoc. 20:1-6 and listening to men as to what it means....Marv and Rapturists, Dispensationalists, Pre-Millennialists, Christian Zionists and so on.
I'm reading Apoc. 20:1-6 and listening to the Church as to what it means. In this case Pope Pius XII, who, as St. Peter's successor, was given the teaching mission of the Church by Christ. St.Matt. 28:18-20.
From the pen of St.John, I know that the teaching authority in the Chruch has Divine protection, "These things I have spoken to you while yet dwelling with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your mind whatever I have said to you.....when the Advocate has come, whom I will send from the father,, He will bear witness concerning me, becasue from the beginning you are with me." 14:25-26, 15:26-27.
Christ made it quite clear when He said, "He who heareth you, heareth Me." Confirming that the teaching authority of the Chruch is the infallible voice of Christian truth St.Paul wrote, "I write these things to thee....that thou may know how to conduct thyself in the House of God, which is the Chruch of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of truth. 1Tim. 3:15.