Postmillennialists do not believe in a literal reign of Christ on earth. Their views are based on carefully selected Scriptures. For them, the Millennium is only an extension of the Church Age and has no clear “beginning”. A major tenant of postmillennialism is the slow but successful spread of the Gospel. The Kingdom of God arrives through this long process and ends when Christ physically returns to earth. Most postmillennialists will admit that Christianity has made little progress in the world so far…..but it is bound to accelerate. Christ will come after most of the world is converted to Christianity. They expect a gradual conversion of all nations prior to His return. They hold world evangelism to be the key to the Second Coming (Matthew 24:14), and that the whole human race will be mostly evangelized prior to that event. According to them, “Peace will prevail and evil will be banished.” “The power of the Gospel will cause the world to improve until the present Church Age blends into the ‘millennial age’ during which time the Church will be in charge of the earth.” They imagine the present Gospel Age will eventually root out all evil. They believe the world will gradually improve leading up to the time of Christ’s physical return to earth. “The world will be largely converted without miraculous intervention ” “The 1,000 years isn’t literal, but began with Christ’s birth. ” “Since Christ and the Gospel “reign” on the earth now, it is not His Second Coming that brings in the millennial age.” Postmillennialists think the figurative 1,000-year period will be the crowning triumph of the Gospel Age.

Some of their other believes include:

<> Satan was “bound” when Jesus died on the Cross and remains bound until the Second Coming.
<> God’s power will become more fully manifest over His enemies as the time of His physical return draws closer.
<> At the end of the millennium period, Satan is loosed for a brief time and then is bound forever.
<> The “souls of the righteous” in Revelation 20 are those who die prior to the physical resurrection.
<> There will be no restoration of the nation of Israel.
<> The 1,000-year reign of Christ will be completed just prior to the Second Coming, i.e.; the Second Coming concludes the millennial period.
<> The millennium is in progress now, demonstrating the triumph of the Gospel.
<> The Second Coming takes place after the Tribulation.

Most postmillennialists hold a symbolical view of historial and prophetical events. Many of them tend to think in terms of a literal 1,000 years, but they had to re-think their theology after 1,000 AD, because Jesus didn’t return. They have had to revise their view numerous times and now regard the 1,000 years as symbolic of an indefinite period of time. Since 1000 AD, postmillennialism has been revised to say the 1,000 years is only symbolic of the entire Church Age, however long it may last. They view the millennium as an extended period of spiritual prosperity for the Church. Some postmillennialists hold that the Church is currently in the millennial period, while others see it as a period still in the future.


But consider the following facts:

World-conversion is unscriptural and unrealistic.

The percentage of Christians in the world is not on the increase.

This blind optimism leaves little room for Christ’s teachings concerning expectancy and readiness.

Jesus spoke of worsening conditions as the end-times approach. (Matthew 24:9-14)

Jesus taught that, due to the nature of mankind, evil will be rampant during the tribulation period.

Post-millennialism was a popular doctrine when the Church was prospering, for they saw it as a sign that Jesus would soon return.

This view holds that discrimination, injustice and wars will be a thing of the past just prior to His Second Coming.

After Korea, Vietnam, and the current wars in the Middle East, many postmillennialists have redefined their theories.
  If things are really getting better all the time…...why all these wars?

 


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