Simplified Millennial Views

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  • Topic: Premillennialism, Christian eschatology, Millennialism
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Simplified Millennial Views

Table of Contents

Thesis Statement and Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 2 Dispensational Premillennialism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 3 Historic Premillennialism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 4 Postmillennialism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 6 Amillennialism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 7 Closing Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 9

Thesis Statement:

There are four Millennial views, there as follows, The Dispensational Premillennialism, Historic Premillennalism, Post millennialism, and Historic Premillennialism. In this paper we will explore each one and then choose which one best lines up with the Biblical view standard, then simplify it so that it is easily understood.

Introduction
When asked, most Christians don’t have a clue about what the Millennium is. It wasn’t until the year 1999 that we stated hearing about the new millennium and we quickly deciphered the meaning to be a thousand years. According to our text book the word millennium comes from the Latin words Mille, which means thousand and Annus, which means year. In the Greek language the word millennium is derived from Chillas, meaning a thousand .When questioned deeper and asked what does the term millennium mean in the book of Revelation chapter 20 and how does that pertain to you. It becomes evident that they have little if any understanding of what you are talking about. In this paper I hope to bring these higher thoughts down to a level that is easily understood by not only us as student but for the common, everyday Christian that hasn’t been to a College or University.

Dispensational Premillennialism

In order to understand this first view we can’t assume that anyone understands the words used to title the view it’s self. Let’ break it down. Dispensational is defined as follows, a Protestant evangelical tradition based on a biblical hermeneutic that sees a series of chronologically successive "dispensations" or periods in history in which God relates to human beings in different ways under different Biblical covenants. Simply put, dispensational means we study God’s word to see how God interacts with humans during different times and in different ways depending on the covenant they are under. Next we look at the term Premillennialism. We have already broken down the word millennium and know that it means a thousand. The prefix “Pre” means before and the suffix “Ism” means to follow or adherence to something. If we put it all together we have a thought process that looks at the different periods of the Bible in which God relates differently to humans under different promises before the thousand year rein of Christ on Earth.

Dispensational Premillennialism is the view that is most widely accepted of all four of the millennial views. It has a strict and literal hermeneutic. A hermeneutic is a study of all forms of communications as pertaining to the Bible. Dispensational Premillennialism views the church and Israel as two distinct and different people groups under different convents and with different redemptive plans. Dispensational Premillennialism believes the church will be raptured before the seven years of The Great Tribulation during which the Anti-Christ reins and God removes (Like 1:32) the Holy Spirit from the Earth.(Daniel 9:24-27) This view believes in a literal physical reign that was prophetically foretold by saints in the Old Testament. Christ will then return at the end of the great tribulation to institute a thousand-year rule from a the New Jerusalem. Those believing in Christ during the...
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