Magisterium of the Church
has never commented on
a thousand year reign of Christ. Rather, as is already clear
from what is covered in these notes, the Church does not
see the Second Coming of Christ at any other time than at
the general judgment of all men and women which is the same
as the resurrection of the dead followed by definitive reward
or punishment for souls.
The Church interprets the expression "
a thousand years
literally but according to the literature in which it appears-
prophetic and apocalyptic
. In apocalyptic literature, a thousand
years would simply indicate a long period of time, in this case,
the time period before the Second Coming of Christ.
Apocalyptic literature is
not to be taken literally