What is millenarianism?


By BibleAsk Team


Millenarianism is the belief by a religious, social, or political group or movement in a coming fundamental transformation of society. It is taken from Latin mīllēnārius “containing a thousand.” The terms “millennialism” and “millenarianism” are sometimes used interchangeably.

In Christianity, millenarianism or millennialism, is the belief that there will be a 1,000-year period in the future in which Christ will come to earth. It is the closing period of God’s great week of time-a great sabbath of rest to the earth and to the people of God.

Revelation 20:1–6

“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”

The Different Views on the Millennium:

Amilenialism: It teaches the rejection of the doctrine that Jesus will have a literal, thousand-year-long, physical reign on the earth. This term, literally means “no millennialism.”

Millennialsim: It teaches that there will be a ‘golden age” on earth in which Christ will reign for a thousand years before the final judgement.

Dispensational Premillennialism: It teaches that Jesus will return before a seven-year tribulation period and take Christians to heaven by means of a secret rapture. Christ would then physically return after the tribulation.

Premillennialism: It teaches that Christ’s second coming occurs before the millennium.

Postmillennialsim: It teaches that Christ’s second coming occurs after the millennium.

Historical Premillennialism: It teaches that Jesus will physically return before the millennium. In contrast to dispensational premillennialism, historical premillennialism teaches that Christ comes for all His people after the tribulation but before the millennium.

The Biblical View

The Historical Premillennialism is the view that is clearly supported by the scriptures. Here is a review to the events the occur at the beginning of the 1,000 years:

1-Devastating earthquake and hailstorm (Revelation 16:18-21; Revelation 6:14-17).

2-Second coming of Jesus for His saints (Matthew 24:30, 31).

3-The dead in Christ raised to life (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).

4-The righteous given immortality (1 Corinthians 15:51-55).

5-The saved will be given bodies like Jesus (1 John 3:2; Philippians 3:21).

6-All righteous caught up into the clouds (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).

7-The living wicked slain by the breath of the Lord’s mouth (Isaiah 11:4).

8-The wicked remain dead in the graves until the end of the 1,000 years (Revelation 20:5).

9-Jesus takes righteous to heaven (John 13:33, 36; 14:1-3).

10-Satan bound (Revelation 20:1-3).

For the events that happen during and at the end during the 1,000 years, please check out The Millennium.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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