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The Bible says in Titus 2:13: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”
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Postmillennialism, with its Utopian view of the future, fell on hard times during this century, following two world wars and the unmatched inhumanities of Communism inspired by both the Soviets and Chinese. In addition, because postmillennialism allegorizes prophecy, this view has not had much acceptance among Bible-believing Christians. In recent years reconstructionists and dominionists have tried to revive it, but it has made few inroads among those who take a literal view of prophecy. For example, Revelation 20, which six times in six verses indicates that the length of the kingdom age will be 1,000 years, must be taken either literally or figuratively. If you take those statements literally, you are probably a premillennialist. If you take them symbolically, you are probably either a postmillennialist or amillennialist. There are, however, some fine Christians who take the Bible literally (yet interpret prophecy symbolically, although it is my belief that doing so creates more problems than it solves).
Premillennialism, which has been under a small but noisy attack today by some of the aforementioned postmillennialists, traces its roots back to the apostles Paul and John as well as most of the early church fathers. This view dropped out of sight during the Dark Ages (dark because the Bible was kept in monasteries and museums and not accessible to the common people). Later, as Bibles began to be printed and distributed and Christians began studying God’s Word for themselves, premillennialism came back on the scene.
It was widely popularized by John Darby, the founder of the Brethren movement, a church deeply committed to Bible study during the middle of the nineteenth century. In the twentieth century, premillennialism became the dominant view of the Bible-believing church through the writings of C.I. Scofield (author of the notes in the Scofield Study Bible) as well as through the Fundamentalist movement of the 1920s and the teachings of Dallas Theological Seminary (and certain other schools). Almost all Bible institutions and Christian colleges that did not come from a Reformed or covenant church background hold to a premillennial perspective. Such institutions and colleges were committed to taking the Bible literally rather than imposing a certain end-times position onto the Scriptures to arrive at a particular interpretation of the Scriptures.
If you take the Bible literally, then you will come to the conclusion that Jesus Christ will someday come back to this earth and set up His kingdom, and it will last, according to Revelation 20, for 1,000 years. Premillennialism does not answer every complex question of prophecy, but for those who endeavor to interpret the Scriptures literally, it answers far more questions than any other view of Bible prophecy.
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