Postmillennialism

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Postmillennialism is a version of Christian eschatology. The different versions of eschatology are named after where adherents believe Christ returns in relation to the millennium prophesied in Revelation. Postmillennialists believe that Jesus will return after the millennium, which in this instance is generally interpreted to be a period of 1,000 years, based on statements contained in Chapter 20 of the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. However, many Postmillennialists do not hold to a literal millennium.

Postmillenialists believe that the church is on earth to fight a battle against evil forces in the world. In the United States, the major oranizational forms of postmillennialism are based on Dominion Theology, a theocratic form of Dominionism. A theonomic and doctrinaire version of postmillennialism is Christian Reconstructionism.

The other major variants of Christian End Times belief are Premillennialism, Preterism, and Amillennialism.


References

Barron, Bruce. 1992. Heaven on Earth? The Social & Political Agendas of Dominion Theology. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan. (ISBN 0310536111)

Clarkson, Frederick. 1997. Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy. Monroe, Maine: Common Courage. (ISBN 1567510884 or ISBN 1567510892)

Mathison, Keith A. 1999. 'Postmillenialism. An Eschatology of Hope. Philipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing. (ISBN 0875523897) - Good one volume over-view of Postmillennialism. Written by a proponent.

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