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A thousand years during which Christ is to rule on earth, before the last day, based on Revelation 20:1-5. Held by some Fathers, such as Justin (A.D. 100-65) and Ireneus (130-200), the millennium is still professed by a number of Protestant denominations. The Catholic Church interprets the biblical passage as referring to Christ's spiritual reign in the Church and takes "thousand years" to mean simply an indefinitely long time.