“Amillennialism” is also called “Nonmillennialism”. This view holds there is no literal Millennium on earth; no earthly reign of Christ. Amillennialism rest entirely on a symbolic interpretation of Revelation.They point out “Millennium” isn’t a Bible word (although neither is “Trinity” or “Missions”), thus there is no millennium except what is in progress now, in the Church Age. “Good and evil will continue on earth until the Second Coming. Resurrection(s) and judgments will then take place followed by perfect, eternal order and rule by Christ.”  However, some in this school deny any future Kingdom of God on earth.
The amillennialist tends to have an individualistic view, concentrating on the destiny of each person rather than on the global future of the human race.

Amillennialist views include:

<> There is no restoration of the nation of Israel. Old Testament prophecies are for the Church only.
<> “The Great Tribulation” was the persecution of the early church.
<> “Armageddon” symbolizes the power of God’s Word over all evil.
<> The white horse rider of Revelation 19 is a vision of Christ’s victory over pagan Rome.
<> Revelation 20:4 refers to the blessed state of saints who have died since Calvary and are now with the Lord in heaven.
“Christ is already reigning with His saints” (although other amillennialists believe Christ could return to earth anytime).
<>There is a general resurrection after the Church age, then the new heavens and earth.
<> There will not be a literal 1,000 year reign of Christ after His Second Coming.
<> The Millennium began with the Incarnation of Christ, and Christ’s spiritual rule from heaven (now) is actually ‘the millennium’.
<> The “binding of Satan” took place when Christ went to the Cross, or during the time of Constantine, or perhaps will…...at some obscure future date.

Amillennialists spiritualize all the resurrections. They say the first resurrection will be spiritual; the second one will be physical. But many amillennialists disagree concerning which resurrections in Revelation are spiritual and which ones are physical. Some believe in two resurrections: other Amillennialists believe there will be only one. Some hold the millennium began with the triumph of Christianity in the era of Constantine. Amillennialists believe that millennial passages only refer to John’s era (first century). Augustine helped to establish this theory, for he also held human history would be completed in 6,000 years. Other amillennialists think the “1,000 years” is the current period between Christ’s First Advent (the Incarnation) and the Second Advent. (the Second Coming).

Most amillennialists feel that judgments immediately follow the Second Coming. Even among amillennialists there is little agreement. There are many blurred lines between amillennialism and postmillennialism because they share many common features. This makes it often difficult to distinguish between the two. Actually, nany amillennialists are former postmillennialists. Most amillennialists try to distinguish their position in how it differs from premillennialism rather than from postmillennialism. Both amillennialists and postmillennialists hold that the 1,000 years reign is only symbolic: not literal. Both feel that the millennium is the current Church Age (1 to 2000 AD), although some postmillennialists imagine the 1,000-year reign is literal. In addition, the resurrections in Revelation are often confused: some are symbolic and others are literal. Most amillennialists believe in only one resurrection – one for the entire human race.

Up until about the year 1900, amillennialism and postmillennialism were not differentiated, but the amillennial position is closer to postmillennialism than premillennialism. Amillennialism has been especially popular since World War I. They see Revelation, with its bowls, seals and judgments, as only symbolic. For the amillennialist, the 1,000 year reign of Christ in Revelation 20 is only symbolic of the completeness of Christ’s victory over Satan. Amillennialists have a more general view of prophecy as a whole, and often treat prophecy as symbolical or historical rather than futuristic.

In the final analysis, the most notable feature of an amillennialist is negativism. They don’t tend to display optimism, but pessimism. They do not look for His imminent return. When bad doctrine destroys the blessed hope of the Church, those who cling to such doctrines view the future as dismal. In contrast, Paul encourages us to establish our hearts in holiness before God, looking for ” the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thess. 3:13).

   


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