Doctrines

The End of the World as We Know It

The goal for this end times infographic by Josh Byers was to summarize the major postions that Christianity has held over the years in regards to the timing of last things. The three major views are premillennialismpostmillennialism and amillennialism.


PREMILLENNIALISM

Premillennialism is the belief that the Second Coming of Christ occurs before the millennium, which is a literal 1000 years.

Dispensational Premillennialists believe that believers will be caught up into heaven at the end of the church age before a time of great tribulation on the earth. They will then return with Christ to rule with Him for a literal 1000 years after which unbelievers are judged and the eternal kingdom is set up.

Historic Premillennialists believe that the rapture occurs at the end of the Tribulation and will immediately return with Christ to set up His kingdom.

POSTMILLENNIALISM

Postmillennialismis the belief that the Second Coming of Christ occurs after the millennium.

Some that take this position believe the millennium is a literal 1000 years while others believe it is a figurative concept referring to the entire New Testament age.

Postmillennialism teaches that the forces of Satan will gradually be defeated by the expansion of the Kingdom of God throughout history up until the Second Coming of Christ.

The view that the tribulation has already taken place is the Preterist postion. The view that the entire church age is in tribulation is the historist view. These can also be applied to the amillennial postion.

AMILLENNIALISM

Amillennialism is the belief that there is not a literal 1000 year reign of Christ on the earth but that His Second Coming occurs at the end of history.

The millennium is purely spiritual in nature and at the end of the church age, Christ will return in final judgment and establish a permanent physical reign.

In the classical view the tribulation and anti-christ are looked at as symbolic in the book of Revelation. Like Postmillennialism, the Preterist view believes that almost all end-times prophecy was fulfilled before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

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