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?