The 1000 Years of Revelation 20:1-6

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction 1 What is the Millennium? 2 Post-Millennialism 2 Amillennialism 4 Premillennialism 5 Bibliography 8 THE 1000 YEARS OF REVELATION 20:1-6 Introduction There has been great confusion on eschatology, or the theological study of future events, since the early church. The millennium, or the 1000 years, in Revelation 20:1-6 has not escaped this confusion. To develop the understanding of the topics under discussion in this paper, the main passage under consideration reads as follows in the New King James Version (NKJV): Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the dragon, that…show more content…
Another verse that sheds light on the inconsistency of the postmillennialist view is that of Revelation 19:15b, “And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron.”(NKJV) This is speaking of when Jesus comes back the second time to rule and that He has to do it with a rod of iron. If He has to rule with an “iron rod” how can it be considered that we could do it under our own power? Amillennialism The next interpretive view that we should examine is that of the amillennialist. As stated previously, this view began to influence the church under the teachings of Augustine, the bishop of Hippo, in the late fourth century. Augustine interpreted the statements in the book of Revelation allegorically or figuratively, much like the postmillennialists. Using the prefix a meaning “no” gives the idea that there is no millennium or 1000 years. Augustine believed that by looking at our spiritual blessings and riches that we have now, we now have as much millennium that we will ever know. In his views, Augustine did not stray too far from that of Origen in that the manifestation of the kingdom of God happens within the souls of man not the actual world. This symbolic interpretation of the Bible can become a “slippery slope.” Anthony Hoekema a proponent of amillennialism stated, “Literalism is the most stupid and dangerous scheme ever advocated.” By not interpreting the Bible
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