This view holds that the Second Coming occurs before the Millennium. The Second Coming begins the Millennium. Premillennialists tends to be literal and dispensational in their interpretation of Scripture. They see the Millennium as a period still in the future.

Most premillennialists are also pretribulationists.They tend to show more interest in eschatology than amillennialists/postmillennialists.They hold to a literal 1,000-year reign of Christ and take God’s Word seriously.This view poses less theological problems than other views, for it is the most literal and consistent of all millennial views. They see Jesus as physically present on earth during the Millennium. Christ’s enemies must be vanquished before He can return and rule. The Millennium is a period still in the future. There will be harmony within creation during the Millennium and the saints will reign together with Christ during this period. To share with Christ in this special era is seen as one of the rewards for faithfulness.

Premillennialism was a dominant doctrine throughout church history, for there was a strong expectation of His imminent return. Pentecostals and evangelicals in general tend to have this view. They believe that the key passage to millennialism is Revelation 20:4-6, “We will reign with Him 1,000 years.” They hold there will be two resurrections: one at the start and one at the close of the millennium. Premillennialists feel the millennium will come as a sudden, cataclysmic event.There will be a sharp change in world conditions as they existed prior to the Millennium. Nature itself will be free from the curse of sin (Isaiah 11 & 65). Jesus will rule from the beginning of the Millennium and the saints will rule with Him during the Millennium.

Premillennialists are not anti-Semitic in their belief, knowing Israel will play a special role during the Millennium. Many Jews will be converted to Christianity during the Millennium. There will be a literal restoration of the nation of Israel. God’s covenants with them will be fulfilled, for “God hath not cast off His people.” (Rom.11:2).

Premillennialists disagree among themselves as to whether or not the Church will be on earth during the tribulation, for not all premillennialists are also pretribulationists. They see the events in Revelation 20-22 as futuristic. Both resurrections in Revelation 20:4-6 are literal, not figurative. Most premillennialists are also considered futurists. This is a popular view among evangelicals and conservatives, who are usually also dispensationalists. They understand that the white-horse-rider in Revelation 19 is Christ Himself.


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