Premillennialism

~ Premillennialism was the dominant view in early church history, for they had a strong expectation of His soon return.
~ This is a popular view among evangelicals, conservatives, Charismatics, and Pentecostals who are usually also dispensationalists.
~ Premillennialists see the Millennium as a future period, thus most are also advocates of the Futurist school of interpretation.
~ This group tends to show more interest in eschatology than Amillennialists or Postmillennialists.
~ Some Premillennialists disagree among themselves as to whether or not the Church will be on earth during the Tribulation – although the vast majority are Pretribulationists.
~ They hold the key passage to Millennialism is Rev. 20:4-6 – “we will reign with Him 1,000 years”.
~ Because Premillennialists believe in a literal 1,000-year reign of Christ, they tend to take God’s Word more seriously than Amillennialists or Postmillennialists.

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Premillennialists believe:
“Christ’s enemies must be vanquished before He can return and rule. The white-horse-rider in Rev. 19 is Christ Himself. Jesus personally arrives on earth to inaugurate His Millennial kingdom. The saints will reign together with Him throughout this era. Jesus is physically present on earth during the Millennium and will set up His throne in Jerusalem (Mt. 19:28). There will be two resurrections – one at the commencement and one at the conclusion of the Millennium. Both resurrections in Revelation 20:4-6 are literal, rather than figurative. The Millennium begins as a sudden, cataclysmic event as the Battle of Armageddon concludes. Israel plays a significant role during the Millennium, for there will be a literal restoration of this nation in accordance with God’s promises. His covenants with Israel will be fulfilled, for “God has not cast off His people” (Rom. 11:2). Many Israelites will convert to Christ during the Millennium.”

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Premillennialists correctly conclude there will be:

A. a future era in which all unfulfilled eschatological prophecies are indisputably fulfilled.
B. a total and universally recognized defeat of Satan and his cohorts before Jesus comes as reigning King.
C. a prolonged period of validation (the Millennium) of Christ as the Messiah – for He was rejected as the Messiah during His earthly ministry.
D. a public vindication of all Believers by Jesus Christ Himself.
E. a decisive climax to human history in which Christ is globally recognized as its absolute victorious Redeemer.

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~ The inherent danger in all millennial research is that we spend so much time attempting to discern WHAT, WHY, and WHEN the Millennium is, we spend less time worshiping WHO reigns as Supreme King. 

                                                                    – Dr. J. Knoles, 1MAY18

 

Maxim of the Moment

He who speaks ill of his wife dishonors himself.