Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or happening in the time before the millennium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Occurring before, or in anticipation of, a new millennium

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Previous to the millennium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preceding the millennium; existing or occurring before the millennium.

Etymologies

pre- +‎ millennial (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Many fundamentalist Christians believe in what's known as the premillennial view of history, a few believe in what is known as the post-millennial view and, fewer still, an a-millennial, meaning "no-millennium."

    Steve McSwain: As A Fundamentalist Christian, This I Was Taught to Believe

  • These Christians are Zionists because they believe that Christ's second coming will be heralded by a powerful Jewish state a theory called premillennial dispensationalism.

    The Guardian World News

  • The vast majority of Christian evangelicals in the United States are called premillennial dispensationalists.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • I had opposed with much persistency what is known as the premillennial view, and brought out my objections, to all of which he made one reply: "My beloved brother, I have heard all your arguments and objections against this view, but they have one fatal defect: _not one of them is based upon the word of God.

    George Müller of Bristol And His Witness to a Prayer-Hearing God

  • These premillennial looks are no longer passé; they fall into the category of hallowed design history, and are ready to be donned again.

    I Love the '90s

  • Many evangelicals, including Billy Graham and millions of others, believe in the imminent, premillennial, pretribulational second coming of Jesus Christ for all of His Church.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Public Opinion on Legal Challenges to the Individual Mandate

  • Broadly speaking, these Christians subscribe to a theology called "premillennial dispensationalism."

    Blood in the Water

  • If I understand Dispensational theology (and that may not even be possible, given the inherent contradictions and outright nonsense with which such premillennial claptrap is imbued), the coming of the "anti-Christ" should be a good thing, since it presages The Rapture, wherein the Righteous are bodily ascended into heaven, leaving the rest of us heathens and unbelievers to live in peace, once and for all.

    Discourse.net: New Low For McCain Campaign: Obama == The Anti-Christ

  • TV's Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn are probably the best known contemporary prosperity theology advocates, while the late Jerry Falwell and the writer Tim LaHaye are, more or less, in the premillennial camp.

    Daniel Krotz: Jim Bakker and the Counterfeit Hell Robbers

  • Today, there are 38,000 distinct Christian denominations worldwide not churches -- denominations with the prosperity and premillennial brands growing fastest.

    Daniel Krotz: Jim Bakker and the Counterfeit Hell Robbers

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