Definition of Pre-millennialism
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Pre-millennialism Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of religious terms
a belief that the moral condition of the world is degenerating and that Jesus Christ will shortly arrive, establish himself as king and start 1000 years of peace. Originally a Christian heresy in the early church, this belief is now promoted by many Evangelical Christians.
Official Christianity Glossary for Introduction to Religion
This theology was created by John Darby in the first half of the 1800's. He believed that there were six stages ("dispensations") of human existence and that the present world was in the sixth and final stage. At the end of this stage, Satan would be overcome, Jesus would establish a 1000-year reign on the earth (the millennium ), then the Day of Judgement would come, and the New Heaven and the New Earth would appear and last for eternity.
Pre-millennialism Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Premillennialism in Christian eschatology is the belief that Jesus Christ will literally and physically return to the earth and take the righteous back to heaven with him. This return is referred to as the Rapture, and rather than Jesus descending to touch the Earth, the righteous will be raised to meet Him in the air. Bible passages such as 1 Thes 4:16-17 & Rev 20:1-6 are cited as evidence. The doctrine is called premillennialism because it holds that Jesus' physical return to earth will occur prior to the inauguration of the millennium. It is distinct from the other forms of Christian eschatology such as postmillennialism or amillennialism, which view the millennial rule as occurring either before the second coming, or as being figurative and non-temporal. For the last century the belief has been common in Christian fundamentalism.
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