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The source of this tradition is the words of Jesus in Matthew 16:18, which I reprint in the context of Matthew 16:13-18, to allow a comparison with Mark's slightly earlier version ofthe same event: When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi 9 he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" They replied, "Some say John ...


A caveat about my answer below is that I'm a Lutheran (LCMS) pastor and am trying to do justice to the Catholic view on this. Lutherans, Catholics, Orthodox and others actually share the same view on the "thousand-year reign." The Catholic view of the thousand-year reign is termed amillennialism. As I mentioned, this view is shared by Lutherans, Orthodox, ...

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