Why Eschatology Matters Part Four

MILLENNIAL VIEWS

continued from Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Christians of all denominations routinely implore “thy kingdom come” without giving it a second thought. It follows that if one is still asking for something to come, then it cannot be fully present. Even so, the expectation for a literal millennial reign of Christ on earth is perhaps the most controversial subject in eschatology. It is inescapable that the bible plainly proclaims it. Revelation 20:1-6 speaks of a one thousand year period when believers reign with the Lord Jesus after his return.

Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years. (Revelation 20:6)

This plain sense view is also called “chiliasm” from the Greek word chilioi for thousand. Although the word “thousand” is used six times in Revelation chapter 20, the duration is a major point of contention. There is an acknowledged history of allegorical interpretation deeply entrenched in ecclesiastic tradition. Because of this, the majority of the denominational church denies a literal millennium.[1] There are three principle views concerning the millennium promised by God in Revelation chapter twenty: Premillennial (divided into pre & post tribulational positions on the chart below), Postmillennial, and Amillennial.

My next post will outline the Amillennial view and its theological implications.


[1]John F. Walvoord, The Prophecy Knowledge Handbook, Includes Indexes. (Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books, 1990), 624.

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  1. Lou says:

    Hello Chris and anyone who reads this. I wanted to know if and when the Aliens come to claim to be the Lord, will the beings be the fallen angels or the hybrids they try to create? When and if this takes place will there also be The Angels of The Lord Jesus come to defend humanity, the ones who rebuke and ask for deliverance from GOD? Please Lord Jesus protect Chris, Tom, Steve Quayle and me and family even non saved and so many others Amen. It would be a great privilege to meet you and have a 30 minute conversation in Dennys or somewhere. If you speak near the area of Ohio post it or email me so I can listen to your speech. Thank You for doing good and having Godly Perseverance.

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