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.
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."
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 vast majority of Christian evangelicals in the United States are called premillennial dispensationalists.
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.
These premillennial looks are no longer passé; they fall into the category of hallowed design history, and are ready to be donned again.
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.
Broadly speaking, these Christians subscribe to a theology called "premillennial dispensationalism."
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.
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.
Today, there are 38,000 distinct Christian denominations worldwide not churches -- denominations with the prosperity and premillennial brands growing fastest.