The Millennium Factor

Someone asked me the other day about the different millennium views… I do have some trouble understanding a few points within this whole thang, but I got the gist of it, so here’s what I do know… and what I don’t, for that matter. ((grins!))

NoTe: Yes, I’m aware that another blogger has done a thang on the millennium.  I’m also aware that this will probably rile him.  Sorry.  But this has been coming, asd I’ve been moving my way thru the end times for a LONG time now… I don’t see why I should skip this because someone else posted about it.  Besides, a little Biblical insight is always a good thing.

What is the Millennium? A period of a thousand years in which Christ will rule the earth, during which Satan is bound. The Bible says that the beasts will be at peace with each other (Ezek. 34:25-27, Hosea 2:18), the land will be fertile everywhere (Rom 8:20-22, Isaiah 35:1-2, Ezek. 34:25-27, Hosea 1c4:5-7, Joel 3:18), that the swords will be beaten into plowshares (Isaiah 2:4, Joel 3:10, Micah 4:3), the land will be redistributed among the tribes (Ezek.47:13-48:29)… it’s a time of good things (Zech. 14:10-11). At the end of the Millennium, Satan is loosed again, forms a rebellion, and he and his ‘rebels’ are devoured by fire from God and cast into the lake of fire.

Where is this in the Bible? Revelations 20, with detailing of the millennial kingdom given by every major prophet in the Old Testament (see above).

What is the controversy? Ah, there’s ALWAYS a controversy.  There are three millennial views – amillennialism, postmillennialism, and premillennialism. And two are wrong, while one is right.

Postmillennialism is the least believable and most ridiculous. ((Also the easiest to disprove.)) This is the belief that the ‘millennium’ is a period of a thousand years before Christ comes in which the world is ‘christianized’ thru the work of the church, resulting in peace and righteousness. First… let’s think about this: after 2000 years of the ‘church’ being the source of the world’s christianizing… do you see that we’re getting any closer to peace and righteousness? I don’t think so! In fact, we’re moving closer to the days of Noah, the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. Second, the laws of nature defy this theory. Things deteriorate over time; they don’t evolve to something better. Every person is a testimony of this – do you get more wrinkles, aches, pains, and stiffness with age, or do you grow stronger and more perfect with age? Third, based on the aforementioned events of the millennium (swords into ploughshares, animals at peace with each other, venomous critters no longer venomous)… how is this accomplished before the Judgment Day and without Christ? Lions lying down with lambs and not devouring them? Impossible without Christ.

Amillennialism is the belief that there is no millennium – that the 1000 years is “symbolic”. Of what, you ask? Well… nothing, actually. Because there are no thousand years. They attest that Christ isn’t coming back to earth – when He said ‘It is finished’ that was the end of His work here. That His ‘return’ is a spiritual return. I should probably mention that this viewpoint is held by the Catholic church, as well as a few christian denominations. (Little ‘c’.) This view is seriously flawed. Why?

First, Acts 1:11 says that Christ will return the same way He left – and He left in His resurrected body by ascending bodily into the heavens. That’s a bodily return, friends. Second, Zechariah 14:4 says that Christ will return, will stand on the Mount of Olives, and the ground will split east to west. ((Note: the world’s largest plate rift is under the Mount of Olives. Kewl, eh?)) So if Christ is only returning ‘spiritually’, His feet won’t stand on the mount… He won’t be here. That contradicts scripture. Third, if there is no millennium, then you might as well chop Revelation 20 out of the Bible, because according to that chapter, after Judgment Day Satan is bound for a thousand years while Christ and His faithful have a period of peace on earth (Rev 20:8 says it’s on earth, btw).

If this whole period is chopped out, when do the amillennialists see all the land on earth fertile, all the beasts in harmony, and so forth? The new earth? Ah, but swords are beaten into plowshares, it says. If it were a whole new earth, then there would be no ‘old’ swords to make into tools. Fourth, their theory that Christ can’t come back because He’s not of the line of Levi doesn’t wash – Hebrews states that Christ is of the line of Milchezedek… totally different ballgame, there.  Further, if it’s a “symbolic” thousand years, how long is it?  When the Bible said Jesus would rise from the dead after three days, was it a “symbolic” three days?  I think not!  All of this is contradictory to itself and to scripture. And that’s a LOT of verses to contradict.  Bad, bad, bad.

Premillennialism is the belief that what the Bible says is going to happen will happen. If it says a thousand years, it means a thousand years. When it says the prophets will lie dead in the streets for three days, they’re gonna lay there for three days. Premillennialists believe that after the Tribulation and Judgment Day (which is Christ’s second coming), wickedness will be devoured and there will be a thousand year reign of Christ on earth – the millennium.

There is speculation because of days mentioned in Daniel that there will be 75 days of ‘cleaning up’ the mess and renewing the earth between Judgment Day and the Millennium – I don’t know for sure, haven’t looked in-depth at those verses yet.  The other thing I don’t know is who it is that reigns with Christ on earth during this time – I thought it was everybody, but I’ve been reading Revelations, and it looks like the Trib saints will be there, but not the other dead… another thing I don’t know yet.  But I’m a premillennialist.  I base my beliefs on scripture and hold that scripture cannot contradict itself… therefore this is where I fall in the spectrum of millennial belief.

What do you think? I’ve done more than just state the differing viewpoints – I’ve tested them with scripture here, and it seems the Word shoots down two of them easily. Everyone’s entitled to believe what they choose… but I hope this helps you (my readers) understand things in light of all of the scriptures.

Besides, it fits in my whole prophecy series quite well.  ((wink!))

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