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.
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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 will literally and physically return to the earth before Christ's reign for 1,000 years during a golden age of peace. This return is referred to as the Second Coming, in which believers will be resurrected to meet Christ during his return. (The Second Coming event is altogether distinct and separate from the Rapture, wherein Christ does not physically return to earth, but as described in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, he appears "in the air" to resurrect the bodies of the Christians, as well as to cause those Christians still living to be "caught up to meet Him." 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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