Millenialism

Often called “amillenialism” I find the term “millenialism” more helpful. The main reason for this is the fact that by using the prefix “a” to “millenium” appears to negate the fact that there is a millenium. As an advocate of this position, I believe there is a 1000 year reign of Christ. Two qualifiers: 1) We are in the 1000-year reign of Christ (as spoken of in Revelation 20); 2) the 1000 years is not a quantitative 1000 years. That is, as much of the numerology of apocalyptic literature, the 1000 years is symbolic of completeness.This interview (in three parts) by the A-Team blog is helpful as a primer on the doctrine of millenialism:Part OnePart TwoPart ThreeIf you want further study, I would strongly suggest two books:41HMA2MTF8L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpgRichard Baukham’s Theology of the Book of Revelation4137A73JRCL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpgG.K. Beale’s RevelationThe first is great for a bird’s-eye-view of the book and better understanding of apocalyptic literature. The second is worth the money as a resource for you to become familiar with all major positions on the eschaton – and he will argue for “millenialism” as the biblical view.

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  1. I personally like the term “inaugurated millenium”. Even though I am not quite sure whether I fall into this category or the historic premil camp….In the i.m. scheme of things where does the great tribulation fit into the picture? Was that in 70 A.D.?

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