The Triumph of God's Kingdom in the Millennium and End Times
The Triumph of God's Kingdom in the Millennium and End Times - A Proper Belief from the Truth in Scripture and Church Teachings
by Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, OSJ
St. John the Evangelist Press, Havertown PA. 1999.
Just what is the Millennium and is it an acceptable part of Roman Catholic teaching?
What follows is a brief summary of Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi’s landmark book. The book
clears up two points that are very relevant to the current dialog among Christians
regarding the end times – Jesus does not come in the flesh to usher in the
Millennium, nor does the Rapture begin the Millennium.
Fr. Iannuzzi asks the question: "Did the Apostolic Fathers ever mention an 'era of
peace' or an intermediary reign of Christ on earth?" (p. 10). He shows unequivocally
that the answer is yes. The first half of the book is a rather difficult, slow read, since
Fr. has to prove that the Fathers of the Church did in fact leave a legacy of writings
that gives a specifically Catholic understanding of the Millennium.
He shows that the proper concept of the Millennium is consistent with Catholic
teaching, and can be traced back to the earliest Church Fathers. This view is derived
solely from Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium. No visionaries or private
revelations are cited (making this book unique in Catholic circles among books that
discuss the end times).
To summarize very briefly, there will be two tribulations, two triumphs, two remnants
and two kingdoms. One set of these events occurs at the beginning of the Millennium, and
the other at its end.
Fr. Iannuzzi makes no predictions as to actual dates and times.
However, in salvation history, four thousand years preceded Christ, and two thousand
years have followed upon his birth. The next thousand years would be the seventh thousand,
or the seventh day, the Sabbath day rest. Hence this period may very well be the
millennial period. After the end of the seventh day, comes the eighth or eternal day of
God's everlasting kingdom. However, we do not know for sure if the thousand years is to be
taken literally, nor for sure when it will begin.
In scripture, the Day of the Lord refers to the whole seventh day, or the whole
thousand-year period. The Millennium is the period of peace which marks the peak of this
Day. The defeat of Antichrist will herald the beginning of the Millennium, or thousand
year spiritual reign of Christ. The binding of Satan for a thousand years is also at the
beginning of the Millennium.
The reign of Jesus during the Millennium will be a Eucharistic reign.
Jesus will not come in the flesh to begin the Millennium, but will come in
spirit and power. To say that Jesus will come in the flesh for the thousand years is the
heresy of Millenarianism. To say that He will come in the flesh for a thousand years and
establish a 'sensual' kingdom of carnal banquets is the heresy of Chiliasm.
The end of the Millennium is marked by the final defeat of Satan (Gog, Magog period).
The Rapture or gathering up with Christ refers to the final judgement, and will be at the
end of the millennial period, not at its beginning.
The end of the seventh day is the end of time, and the beginning of eternity, or the
eighth day of eternal rest, the eternal kingdom of God.
Thus there are then two separate tribulations, one at the beginning of the day
(Antichrist), and one at the end of the day (Satan), the 'great' tribulation. There are
two remnants, the Christian survivors of each of the two tribulations. There are two
triumphs - the first triumph heralds the Temporal Kingdom and the second triumph heralds
the Eternal Kingdom.
The book goes into detail about the characteristics of these two Kingdoms, the
information coming from the same sources he uses throughout: Scripture, Church Fathers and
Doctors, and the Magisterium.
Disclaimer: This review is a good faith sharing from my own personal notes, and is not
to be construed as a 100% accurate representation of the book’s contents. I am merely
carrying out Fr. Iannuzzi’s wishes for this book as expressed in the Epilogue (p.
169): "Please share it with others for God’s glory. If you found this book to be
helpful or valuable, please recommend it to your friends and family."
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Be careful with Fr. Iannuzzi. He's of course 100% right about Luisa being authentic and he's 100% right about the Antichrist being soon, but other than that stay away. He's a modernist. He promotes intercommunion with non Catholics, he promotes Communion for unrepentant adulterers, he condemns anyone who has any criticism for Pope Francis, he promotes the Vatican-condemned non-Catholic seer Vassula Ryden (https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/pope-bashers-get-out https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/mystic-dupes-catholics-with-imprimatur )... oh, and, in his latest Radio Maria show he just announced (to the whole country,) "shame on those" who promote Luisa and don't have theology degrees and know Italian fluently. (He apparently thinks he's the only person in America who can write about Luisa. Guess he loves those book royalties.)ReplyDelete
You'd be better off warning people AWAY from Fr. Iannuzzi himself
This is coming from someone who loves your work, Frank. Many blessings to you!! Keep going!!
I think his support of Vassula is a mistake. She has apparently ordered critics of Pope Francis to leave her TLIG group - isn't this authoritarianism one of the earmarks of a cult?Delete