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As you note, the different "millennialisms" are based on different interpretations of the "thousand year reign" mentioned towards the end of Revelation. Unfortunately, answering this question is not as easy as simply stating the different views on the millennium itself. Each of the different views only make sense inside their respective theological ...


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I don't know how much weight should be put on this reference, but it does give different information: It may come as a surprise but the doctrine of the Rapture is not mentioned in any Christian writings, of which we have knowledge, until after the year 1830 C.E. Whether the early writers were Greek or Latin, Armenian or Coptic, Syrian or Ethiopian, ...


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Origin of the phrase There are actually a number of texts that are labeled the "Nicene Creed". The text produced by the 325 council does not include information about the kingdom at all. Eusebius of Caesarea, who attended the council, wrote back to his congregation about the deliberations. He reports an initial version of the creed that was used as a ...


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As dleyva3 mentioned, the term comes from 1 Thessalonians 4:17. Our word "rapture" comes from the Latin word for "caught up". The doctrine that faithful Christians would be whisked away to be spared tribulation is a relatively new interpretation of that verse. The traditional Christian belief was that Jesus would return once, to bring judgment. At his ...


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I don't know if a picture is a valid answer, but I think it shows a pretty good comparison. Source


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The idea of the rapture is taken from many scriptures in the Bible, but the term "rapture" is from 1 Thes. 4:17. The phrase "caught up" in latin is rapiemur. It means "seized" or "taken." See also the words of Jesus: For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe ...


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The first mention of an "escape" event outside of the scripture (according to my studies) is The Shepherd of Hermes. The following is an excerpt from my book, The Partial Rapture "Theory" Explained / Escaping The Coming Storm. The Shepherd of Hermes is one such ancient document. We will acknowledge first that much of what is recorded in these texts does ...


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Postmillennialism and premillennialism are both based on a literal "millennial kingdom" in which Satan will be sealed in the Abyss and there will be peace on earth for 1000 years. After the 1000 years there will be a final judgment. However, they differ in when Christ will return. In premillennialism, it is believed that Christ will return before the ...


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The passage you link to is Isaiah 65:20: Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed. Your assumption is that this is referring to Christians. However, we know that ...


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While the doctrine may have not been created until the 17th century, the idea came about probably quite shortly after Revelations was first created. The idea comes directly from a literal interpretation of Revelations. Revelations 20:4-6 NIV 4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those ...


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The Moody Bible Commentary (MBC), which is dispensational, pre-tribulation, and pre-millennial in its outlook, takes an in-depth look at these verses. Some relevant points from it include 1) the rapture is described as a single event and 2) the distinct steps of the event do not suggest a delay. 1) The commentary describes the rapture multiple times as a ...


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There are two main purposes to the millenial reign: First, to show the world that the true problem isn't the devil (since he will locked away for 1000 years) but rather, the real problem is our evil hearts. Under the perfect and utopian rulership of Jesus, people will still choose to rebel and hate Him and wage war against Him. Second, to prepare the earth ...


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As a premillennialist, here's my view: After the 1000 years (Revelation 20:6), Satan is loosed temporarily. He gathers those who remain on Earth who want to rebel against Christ to try one more time to defeat Him (Rev 20:7-8). Those forces are destroyed by God directly (verse 9). The devil is then permanently cast into the lake of fire to be tormented ...


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At first blush it looks like it's saying the final judgment happens right at the Lord's return -- for both the righteous and the wicked. Matthew 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: This division is done between those who followed Jesus ...


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Perhaps the simplest--yet most profound--reason for Satan's being chained for a thousand years is because God desires to prove to humanity once and for all that even with Satan out of the way, human beings will still reject the Lordship of Jesus Christ, thinking they are better off being masters of their own fate instead of subjects of the King of kings and ...


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The Book of Revelation chapter 21 verse 1 answers your question when it says: "and I saw a new heavens and a new earth." The implication here is we simply enter into a new cycle or round of Creation as a result of God the Father establishing His Kingdom in victory. This comes into focus clearly when you understand how to decipher the Creation Account as the ...


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I had this discussion not long ago (I was hosting a weekly theological discussion night) with several colleagues who ascribe to premillenial views. They nearly all came to the same conclusion, that the rulers of the earth both during and after the 1,000 years will be chosen from the among the body of believers. The two passages they used to support their ...


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According to Rev.20:14 and Rev.21:1-5, death is cast into the lake of fire after the millennial and the final judgement is over and therefore, the sting of death and the victory of the grave are no more. Therefore all the survivors of the great tribulation that shall live on to the millennial reign of Jesus Christ with their mortal bodies and all the ...


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Here's how I understand it. The people who have become believers during the Millennium Kingdom won't die! Think about it. We know from Scripture that the people who make up the population during this time are those who were martyred during the Tribulation and came back to life to reign with Christ, and those who didn't take the mark of the beast, instead ...


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When taken in full context, I believe the answer becomes a little more clear. "For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those ...


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It's possible that 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 is the reason: Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things in subjection under ...



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