The Weekend Question: Millennialism

The topic of eschatology or what the bible says about the things of the end is often overemphasized or completely ignored in many Christian circles. I have always believed that a healthy discussion on these topics leads to a better appreciation for other positions. One point that is often discussed is the timing of the return of the Lord Jesus in regards to the millennium. There are actually many different points of view in regards to this question but there are three views that have been prevalent especially in the 20th century Christianity mainly Premillennialism, Amillennialism & Postmillennialism.

  • Premillennialism is the view that Christ will return to the earth prior to the millennium and usher in 1000 years of peace on the earth prior to the final judgment. The 1000 years in Revelation is taken as a literal number.
  • Amillennialism is the view that Christ will come in judgment after the millennium and that we are in the millennium in this age. This view would not take the 1000 years in Revelation 20 literally but as symbolic.
  • Postmillennialists would see the coming of Christ after the millennium but would argue that there will be a 1000 year golden age of peace prior to the coming of Christ in judgment. Again, there are a variety of different views even within these three pre-eminent views.

The question is: Which view do you hold to and why?

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2 thoughts on “The Weekend Question: Millennialism

  1. Personally I think prophecy is far bigger than just talking about the millennium. There are all sorts of issues regarding how you see Israel & the church, how you see the 7 year trib and how you interpret much of the OT prophecies.

  2. You are correct in stating that the whole issue of eschatology certainly surpasses simply identifying a millennial position. There is the whole issue of dispensationalism in its various forms as well as Covenant Theology which, quite honestly, has a far greater impact than many are willing to admit. There are different understandings also of premillenialism which many assume is associated automatically with dispensationalism. However there are other premillennial views such as Historic Premillennialism. The same can be said for Postmillennialism in that there are Historic Postmillennialists (Edwards, Warfield) and those who are of the Reconstructionist Postmillennlialism (Gundry, Demar, Wilson). I personally hold to the Amillennialist view closely associated with Anthony Hoekema and Geerhardus Vos.

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