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A Premillennial View On The 1000 Years Of Revelation

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A PREMILLENNIAL VIEW ON THE 1000 YEARS OF REVELATION

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A Research Paper
Submitted to
Dr. Brian K. Moulton
Liberty University
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In Partial Fulfillment
Of the Requirements for
BIBL 450- B06 Daniel- Revelation

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By
William E. Harris, III
October 8, 2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction………………………………………………………………………………3
The Millennium Defined…………………………………………………………………3
Views of the Millennium…………………………………………………………………4
Premillennialism
Amillennialism
Postmillennialism
Timing of the Millennium……………………………………………………………….6
Duration of the Millennium……………………………………………………………..7
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There will be support to the belief of the writer while interacting with the various arguments throughout the paper.
The Millennium Defined
The word millennium comes from a combination of Latin words.
The word “mille” is understood to mean thousand and “annus” meaning year. The term represents a doctrine that is taken from the book of Revelation 20:1-10. This is a time in which the writer describes the devil being bound and thrown into a bottomless pit for a thousand years. This period of time is said to mark the “removal of satanic influence.” It is described as being a time of peace and prosperity governed by the rule of Christ as king. Elmer Towns defines it as “The one-thousand year period of time when the promise made to Israel for the literal kingdom will be fulfilled on the earth, when Christ will personally sit on the throne of David and reign over the earth from Jerusalem.”
Views of the Millennium
Throughout church history there have been several views that have been taken concerning the millennium. The three most prominent would have to be the Premillennialism, the Amillennialism, and the Postmillennialism views. Some would contend that the difference in opinion has to do with the return of Christ but these views far beyond that one discretion. Understanding the differences between the three views will assist in any attempt of supporting or diminishing their individual stances.
Premillennialism
Premillennialism is the belief that Christ’s second coming will be the catalyst to the millennial age taking place prior to its beginning. This view is one of the most widely accepted among those who interpret the scriptures in a more literal sense when at all possible. According to Lahaye, “Early Christians were unquestionably premillennialists.” Though there has been debate over the newness of this view it has been shown to be a fact that this view was held even during the first three centuries of the early church. This would include the beliefs of the disciples and the people that they taught as well. Premillennialists take their stand with “The belief-system that holds that Christ will return to earth and set up a literal, earthly kingdom as promised.”
Amillennialism
There is no literal belief when it comes to the Amillennialist. Their thoughts consist of spiritualizing and symbolizing prophesies when it comes to the subject of the millennium. They believe that the Old Testament predictions of the kingdom were fulfilled in a non-literal way. They see this happening in the present church age or through the kingdom which will be in heaven. According to Towns, “The Amillennial school of interpretation does not believe in a literal or actual future kingdom of peace and prosperity here on earth that will last one thousand years.”
Postmillennialism
The postmillennialist believes that the millennium is an era. During this era Christ will reign over the earth, not from a literal and earthly throne, but through the gradual increase of...

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