Stephen Whitsett BA
Giving an orthodox apologetic answer for Preterism / Dispensationalism
Systems: Amil - Post
(Latin: a- "no" + millennalism) is a view in Christian end-times theology named for its rejection of the theory that Jesus Christ will have a thousand-year long, physical reign on the earth. This is in opposition to premillennialism and some postmillennial interpretations of chapter 20 of the Book of Revelation.
In contrast, the amillennial view holds that the thousand years mentioned in Revelation 20 is a symbolic number, not a literal description; that the millennium has already begun and is identical with the current church age, (or more rarely, that it ended with the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70— see Preterism). Amillennialism holds that while Christ's reign during the millennium is spiritual in nature, at the end of the church age, Christ will return in final judgment and establish a permanent physical reign.
I understand that “A thousand years” used in scripture can mean a “unspecified time period” or a specific time period of a thousand years, both are true as it’s used in the Greek, but why would this scripture be a theory? “Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years”. If the first resurrection is a real event, they why would reigning with Him at his “Real” return not be “Real”? The angel repeats the phrase “one thousand years” three times so we have no hard time understanding a thousand years is a thousand years, but while preterist tell us “immediately” means “Immediately” but thousand doesn’t mean literally a thousand.
Neither can the Millennium be the church age. In Luke 21, “and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” In proper chronology this time of the gentile, being the church age, and a concept the disciples would not have understood at that time, follows after the destruction and leads up to His return, then the Mill rule begins. I do not understand why the chronology has to be changed?
Further as we have shown previously when he returns with His saints in a physical body of flesh and bone, the same one he left with, the Bible never says he leaves this earth and returns to heaven. In fact when Satan is loosed he gathers the armies again to attack Christ who is on the throne, “they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city” There is no credible scripture that changes this fact since the only place the “millennium” is taught is in Revelation.
Postmillennialism is an interpretation of chapter 20 of the Book of Revelation which sees Christ's second coming as occurring after (Latin post-) the "Millennium", a Golden Age in which Christian ethics prosper. The term subsumes several similar views of the end times, and it stands in contrast to premillennialism and, to a lesser extent. Postmillennialism is a relatively rare belief compared to premillennialism and Amillennialism, which are well-established in Protestant, Orthodox Church, and Catholic Church theological circles.
Although some postmillennialists hold to a literal millennium of 1,000 years, others postmillennialists see the thousand years more as a figurative term for a long period of time (similar in that respect to Amillennialism). Among those holding to a non-literal "millennium" it is usually understood to have already begun, which implies a less obvious and less dramatic kind of millennium than that typically envisioned by premillennialists, as well as a more unexpected return of Christ.
Postmillennialism also teaches that the forces of Satan will gradually be defeated by the expansion of the Kingdom of God throughout history up until the second coming of Christ. This belief that good will gradually triumph over evil has led proponents of postmillennialism to label themselves "optimillennialists" in contrast to “pessimillennial" premillennialists and amillennialists. Many postmillennialists also adopt some form of preterism.
Many “latter Reign” proponents hold to this view and in the process either miss or deny scripture that states the beast will hold authority over the saints for forty two months as we stated before.