from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The belief that the Second Coming of Jesus will immediately precede the millennium.
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- n. A concept in Christian eschatology that the second coming will happen before the millennium.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrine that the second coming of Christ will precede the millennium. See millennium, millenarianism.
This doctrine—that the second coming takes place before the millennium—is known as premillennialism.
Since his release from prison, he has switched over to premillennialism and preaches a pretty good end-times sermon.
However, the Protestant Reformers of the sixteenth century continued to hold the Augustinian view of the millennium; nevertheless they suggested changes in eschatological interpretation that led to a renewal of premillennialism in the seventeenth century.
However, during the medieval period there was always an undercurrent of premillennialism among individuals such as Joachim of Fiora and the Spiritual Franciscans.
Now, all that means is that if you believe in premillennialism, Christ comes back at the beginning of the Millennium and reigns and rules for a thousand years -- the Millennium.
The popularity of the Left Behind series suggests that premillennialism still has a hold on many evangelicals (though I suspect that much of the appeal lies in a kind of lingering curiosity rather than heartfelt conviction).
They have, despite occasional protestations to the contrary, achieved remarkable successes politically, economically and socially over the last half century so that the siren song of premillennialism no longer has the same appeal it once did.
They carried premillennialism into the twentieth century in large measure because it comported with their own sense that they were marginal figures.
Many Evangelicals also reject the premillennialism that is popular with Fundamentalists.
An almost impossibly rich work, it explicates a host of thorny theological, philosophical, and epistemological controversies and positions (Marsden, for instance, insightfully draws the connection between, on the one hand, the intellectual appeal of dispensational premillennialism and the opposition to Darwinism and, on the other, the peculiarly American “non-developmental” understanding of history).
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