What does Millennial mean in the Bible?

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(a.) Of or pertaining to the millennium, or to a thousand years; as, a millennial period; millennial happiness.

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Millennial - ) Of or pertaining to the millennium, or to a thousand years; as, a Millennial period; Millennial happiness
Millenary - ) Consisting of a thousand; Millennial
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Psalm 46:9 (b) It may be that this is emblematic of the peace that the Lord will bring on earth in the Millennial day
Millennium - The meaning of the thousand years and the relation of Christ's future coming to them have given rise to various Millennial views. ...
Evangelical Christians hold three main views: amillennialism, dispensational premillennialism, and historic premillennialism. A popular view of yesteryear was postmillennialism, but it is no lonhyger widely held, though a new form of it combined with reconstructionist theology has appeared. ...
The use of the prefixes a- , pre- , and post- with the term Millennial could be misleading. ...
Postmillennialism The growth of the church and the power of the gospel will cause the world to get better and better until the present order blends into the millennium during which the righteous will be in charge on earth. ...
Amillennialism The term suggests “no thousand years. ...
Premillennialism The idea is that of “before the millennium or thousand years. ” Such a view positions the return of Christ prior to a Millennial period. There are two broad types of premillennialism. Dispensational premillennialism takes the thousand years to be literal both as to fact and number. The Jews as a nation are seen to have a major place in the events of the Millennial period. Historic premillennialism holds to a literal, future reign of Christ on earth, during which Satan is bound a thousand years and the saints reign with Christ. This type of premillennialism does not divide the second coming into two phases
Age - There is the patriarchal age; the Mosaic age or dispensation; the Christian age, in which "the kingdom of God cometh without observation" (and evil predominates outwardly); and the future manifested Millennial kingdom: the two latter together forming "the world (Greek: "age") to come," in contrast to "this present evil world" (age) (Ephesians 1:21; Galatians 1:4). , the beginning of the Millennial age would be A
Tribulation, the - According to premillennialism, this is a seven year period that immediately precedes the return of Christ and the Millennial kingdom of His rule which lasts for 1000 years
Winepress, Wine-Vat - , "the winepress of the wine") the word is used metaphorically with reference to the execution of Divine judgment upon the gathered foes of the Jews at the close of this age preliminary to the establishment of the Millennial kingdom
Abdon (1) - " A prophetical type of Israel's and the world's coming Millennial blessedness (Isaiah 1:26-27)
Regeneration - Nations and society shall be first regenerated in the Millennial world, with Israel as their priest-kingly head (Isaiah 2:2-4; Isaiah 2:11); wars shall cease, and even the wild beasts cease to rage
Millennium - At the present time, in addition to the Second Adventists, Millennial views are held strongly by a number of earnest Christians commonly called pre-millenarians because of their belief that Christ will return before the period of a thousand years begins and establish an earthly reign. At the same time, there is little question that this pre-millennial view is germane to the literalistic Messianic hope which controlled the NT Church, and is not beyond a possible harmonization with 1 Corinthians 15:23 The fundamental difficulty in erecting it into a doctrine of essential Christianity is that it presupposes conditions and expectations, carried over from Judaism, which the course of history has shown to be without foundation
Throne - Hebrews 1:8 ; Revelation 3:21 (1st part); 22:3; His seat of authority in the Millennium, Matthew 19:28 (1st part); (c) by metonymy for angelic powers, Colossians 1:16 ; (d) of the Apostles in Millennial authority, Matthew 19:28 (2nd part); Luke 22:30 ; (e) of the elders in the heavenly vision, Revelation 4:4 (2nd and 3rd parts), RV, "thrones" (AV, "seats"); so Revelation 11:16 ; (f) of David, Luke 1:32 ; Acts 2:30 ; (g) of Satan, Revelation 2:13 , RV, "throne" (AV, "seat"); (h) of "the beast," the final and federal head of the revived Roman Empire, Revelation 13:2 ; 16:10
Heavens, New - Amillennialists generally hold to this theory. Some premillennialists associate the creation of the new heavens and earth with the beginning of the thousand year Millennial reign of Christ. A second viewpoint commonly held by many premillennialists is that the new heaven and new earth are created at the end of the Millennial reign of Christ
Sheep - , "the fold of the sheep," and John 10:2-27 ; 21:16,17 in some texts; Hebrews 13:20 ; of those who in a future day, at the introduction of the Millennial kingdom, have shown kindness to His persecuted earthly people in their great tribulation, Matthew 25:33 ; of the clothing of false shepherds, Matthew 7:15 ; (c) figuratively, by way of simile, of Christ, Acts 8:32 ; of the disciples, e
Rapture - Those of varying Millennial views about end time events all hold firmly to the biblical truth of such a rapture. However, it is within the premillennial view that the teaching of a rapture finds major emphasis
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Isaiah 14:8 (b) Probably this refers to the Millennial time when Satan will be cast down and will be unable to bring trouble on the earth
Dew - Israel shall hereafter be "in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord" (Micah 5:7); overwhelming their enemies "as the dew falleth on the ground" (2 Samuel 17:12), and as "life from the dead" to the Millennial earth, as "the dew of herbs" causes them to revive after the deadness of winter (Isaiah 26:19)
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Psalm 96:12 (c) This probably is a picture of the blessed condition of this earth during the Millennial reign of CHRIST
Thousand Years - The Millennial nations will be prepared for a higher state, as Adam would have been in paradise, had he never fallen (John 14:30; Revelation 21:26). Papias, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Cyprian, expected an earthly Millennial kingdom; not until Millennial views carnally confounded the state of the transfigured king-priests with that of the subject nations in the flesh, and the church itself sought a present visible kingdom with Rome as its center, instead of hoping for it only when Christ shall come, was the doctrine abandoned by the church and apostasy set in. ...
Peter (2 Peter 1:16-18) makes the transfiguration the earnest of Christ's coming in glory (Matthew 17); it is the miniature specimen of the Millennial kingdom: first, Christ in glory, then Moses a specimen of those raised from the dead at Christ's coming, then Elijah a specimen of those who never taste death, but being found alive are transfigured in a moment (1 Corinthians 15:51-52); finally Peter, James, and John, the specimen of Israel and the nations in the flesh who shall desire the tabernacling among them of Christ and the transfigured saints: "Lord, it is good to be here," etc. The Millennial heaven and earth, connected but separate, are but a foretaste of the everlasting state, when the upper and lower congregations shall be no longer separate and new Jerusalem shall descend from God out of heaven. The millennium shall be the last season of grace; for what can move him in whom the church's visible glory, evil being circumscribed on all sides, evokes no longing for communion with the church's King? As the history of nations ended with the church's Millennial manifestation in glory, so that of mankind in general shall end with the separation of the just from the wicked
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(1) Hades (see articles Hades, Hell), an intermediate place or state whose existence ends at the close of the Millennial kingdom. ...
(2) The Abyss (" translation="">Revelation 20:1), in which the dragon is bound during the Millennial reign (cf. ...
(3) The Lake of Fire, mentioned as existing before the beginning of the Millennial kingdom (" translation="">Revelation 19:20), the place into which the beast and the false prophet are cast after their defeat by the Lamb
Regeneration - This restitution will not in the coming Millennial age be universally a return to the pristine condition of Edenic innocence previous to the Fall, but it will fulfill the establishment of God's covenant with Abraham concerning his descendants, a veritable rebirth of the nation, involving the peace and prosperity of the Gentiles
Zion, Sion, Mount Zion - " This has been thought to mean that mount Zion was in the north of the city; but may it not signify that on the north side of Zion is the city of the great King, that is, Jerusalem? The psalm is clearly Millennial
Eschatology - Not all proponents of the various Millennial views, however, insist that this period must last exactly 1,000 years. There have been three basic Millennial perspectives. Premillennialism Premillennialists hold that Jesus will return before (“pre-”) He establishes a Millennial kingdom on this earth. Until the fourth century, the early church was generally premillennial. In subsequent centuries premillennialism was often held by radical groups at odds with state-supported religion. Those who hold the general expectation that Jesus will return before establishing an earthly millennium are called “historic premillennialists. ”...
Premillennialism's more specific form is qualified by the adjective “dispensational. ” Dispensational premillennialism acquired its specific shape during the ministry of John Nelson Darby (1800-1882), founder of the Plymouth Brethren. It will climax when, after several years of tribulation, Jesus returns with the church to center His Millennial rule in Palestine. Postmillennialism Whereas premillennialists hold that Jesus will return before the millennium, postmillennialists maintain that He will return after (“post-”) an earthly kingdom is established. Postmillennialism has often been the general perspective of Roman Catholic, Reformed, and other socially established churches. ...
In a general sense, postmillennialism serves as a label for any eschatology which expects religious and social activity to play a large role in establishing God's kingdom. ...
In the general sense, then, movements such as the early twentieth century “social gospel” and contemporary liberation theologies can be called postmillennial. ...
In the more specific sense, postmillennialists are those, such as many reformed evangelicals of the last few centuries, who regard Jesus' return as an historical event and enter into discussion as to show how the final events will occur. Amillennialism By adding the prefix “a-” (meaning “not”), amillennialists express their conviction that no historical period called the millennium does or will exist. In general sense, amillennialism can refer to everyone who interprets all language about a final, earthly realm of peace in a spiritual manner. ...
Paradoxically, it was during late antiquity, as many church leaders were adopting a postmillennial perspective, that much popular piety ceased hoping for any historical millennium and, focusing entirely on the afterlife, became amillennial. In this general sense, amillennialism tends to be individualistic, concentrating on the heavenly destiny of each person rather than on the future of this earth. ...
During the nineteenth century, however, “amillennialism” was applied increasingly to a more specific eschatology. Like postmillennialists, these amillennialists believed that Christ was already reigning with His saints. Like premillennialists, these amillennialists expected Jesus to return, to conquer His enemies and to rule over a transformed earth. This specific form of amillennialism, then, is far less individualistic than the general one, and views history before Jesus' return much as does the more general, or “historic,” premillennialism. ...
The Order of the Final Events Proponents of both forms or premillennialism, and of the more specific forms of post-and amillennialism, have often minutely debated the order in which the final events will occur. Postmillennialists and amillennialists expect them to occur more or less together and to be preceded by a troubled time called the Great Tribulation (Mark 13:19 ) during which the antichrist will rule. ...
Historic premillennialists also expect Israelite conversion and the Great Tribulation to occur before Christ's return. (1) At Jesus' return: antichrist will be defeated, and Satan will be bound (though not wholly destroyed); then “the just” alone shall rise from their graves; they will be judged and rewarded for their good works; and the Millennial kingdom will be established. ...
Dispensational premillennialists further subdivide this scheme. Then Jesus will return to defeat antichrist, bind Satan, and establish a Judeo-centric Millennial kingdom. From then on, events will proceed much like those of historic premillennialism. ...
The Last Judgment While traditional eschatological discussion has been preoccupied with Millennial issues for over a century, several other doctrines have received attention through much longer periods of history. Upon closer examination, this also proves to be true of Millennial questions. For instance, postmillennialists will usually conclude that because the millennium is already here, vigorous involvement in certain social movements is imperative. Premillennialists may conclude that because the millennium is not yet here, social involvement is not appropriate; or perhaps that radical, counter-cultural criticism and involvement are called for
Fountain - It is also a picture of the great blessings that GOD will send upon this earth in the Millennial age
King - , Matt, 2:2; 27:11,29,37; as the "King" of Israel, Mark 15:32 ; John 1:49 ; 12:13 ; as "King of kings," Revelation 17:14 ; 19:16 ; as "the King" in judging nations and men at the establishment of the Millennial kingdom, Matthew 25:34,40 ; of God, "the great King," Matthew 5:35 ; "the King eternal, incorruptible, invisible," 1 Timothy 1:17 ; "King of kings," 1 Timothy 6:15 , see Note (2) below; "King of the ages," Revelation 15:3 , RV (AV, "saints")
New Heavens And a New Earth - This is certainly the eternal state and not a Millennial scene. The sea is gone from Revelation 21 but not from other Millennial images
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How is the reality of the new Jerusalem on the new earth of Revelation 21-22 to be understood? Is it merely an allegorical description of the final state of the church with no real future new earth locality in view? Is it a literal city that may hover over the Millennial earth and house the glorified church-age saints during that period and then be transferred for expanded purposes into the eternal state after the renovation of the earth (some dispensationalists; but, some nondispensationalists also apply it to the Millennial period)? Is it a literal city distinctly designed as a center focus for all the redeemed in the eternal state? Is the vision of John, given in apocalyptic motifs, merely a statement in sophisticated symbolism that God will be victor in the climax of history? These and other proposals appear in the literature that addresses this interpretive aspect of the new Jerusalem
Lion - Yet for all its seeming autonomy, the lion is ultimately dependent on God (Job 38:39-40 ; Psalm 104:21 ), answerable to him (Job 4:10 ), and subdued in the Millennial age (Isaiah 11:6-7 )
Philippus, the Arabian - (3) He celebrated the Millennial games with heathen rites
Firstborn - As He is "the firstborn" in relation to the election church, so it is "the church of the firstborn," "a kind of first-fruits of His creatures" (James 1:18), in relation to the Millennial church, and to the hereafter to be regenerated natural creation
Fig - "To sit under one's own vine and figtree" was the proverb for peace and prosperity; so under Solomon (1 Kings 4:25); type of the true Solomon, Prince of peace, and of His coming Millennial reign (Micah 4:4; Zechariah 3:10); men will be safe in the open field as in the house
Universalists - They teach, also, that the righteous shall have part in the first resurrection, shall be blessed and happy, and be made priests and kings to God and to Christ in the Millennial kingdom, and that over them the second death shall have no power; that the wicked will receive a punishment apportioned to their crimes; that punishment itself is a mediatorial work, and founded upon mercy, and, consequently, that it is a means of humbling, subduing, and finally reconciling the sinner to God
Dispensation - The seventh or last dispensation will be the Millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 20:1 )
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ZION as the place where David pitched a tent for the ark and had his throne and ruled over God's chosen people — type of delivering grace established in power and blessing in Christ: Zion will yet be the seat of Messiah's power on earth in Millennial blessing
Temple - The Millennial Temple at Jerusalem. The full significance of the language shall not be exhausted in the Millennial temple wherein still secular things shall be distinguished from things consecrated, but shall be fully realized in the post-millennial city, wherein no part shall be separated from the rest as "temple," for all shall be holy (Revelation 21:10-12). As the sacrificial serrate at the tabernacle at Gibeon and the ark service of sacred song for the 30 years of David's reign, before separate (2 Samuel 6:17; 2 Chronicles 1:3-4; called "the tabernacle of David" Amos 9:11-12; Acts 15:16; 1 Chronicles 13:3; 1 Chronicles 16:37; 1 Chronicles 16:39), were combined in Solomon's temple, so the priestly intercessory functions of our High priest in heaven and our service of prayer and praise carried on separately on earth, during our Judaeo universal dispensation, shall in the Millennial temple at Jerusalem be combined in perfection, namely, Christ's priesthood manifested among men and our service of outward and inward liturgy
Canticles; the Song of Solomon - At the close of this part (Song of Solomon 8:4) is restored Israel's charge to the Gentile converted nations not to interrupt the Millennial rest of Christ with His worldwide church, "I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up . ...
Then the elect church from Jews and Gentiles, now being gathered, is described, Song of Solomon 8:5-14, which is chronologically before the Millennial church just described, but fitly brought in as the closing subject ("make haste, My beloved," etc
Ebionism - They looked for His Millennial reign on earth. They agreed with the Nazarenes in expecting a Millennial reign on earth
Obadiah - In the Millennial kingdom to come there will be a "prince" not a "king" (Ezekiel 44:3; Ezekiel 44:7); "saviours" or "deliverers" like the "judges," bringing in sabbattic rest
Restore, Renew - Some interpreters view 19:28 as a reference to the Millennial kingdom, based upon the reference to the apostles judging Israel
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Isaiah 26:2 (a) This is probably a Millennial scene in which Jerusalem having been rebuilt will welcome all nations who fear GOD
Joshua, the Book of - " The limit, the Euphrates, was not actually reached until Solomon's reign (1 Kings 4:21), and the full realization awaits Christ's Millennial reign (Genesis 15:18; Psalms 72:8); but the main step toward its fulfillment was taken
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A glimpse of Millennial glory is given in the declaration at the close of the chapter as to angels ascending and descending upon the Son of man. ...
John 2 gives a type of Millennial blessing in the marriage feast (Jesus being the source of the 'good wine' — the best joy — when the wine of Israel had run out), and His divine right in cleansing the temple would be proved by His power in raising the temple of His body, by which, for the time, the material temple was set aside. *...
* The 'third day' of John 2:1 probably refers to the Millennial day: John's testimony being the first, John 1:35 ; Christ's ministry the second, John 1:43 ; and the millennium the third
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However one may interpret the Millennial passage (20:1-6), it surely belongs under this rubric and crowns the martyrology of the book. ...
Other points, such as the length of the tribulation period, the time at which Christ will return relative to that period, and the nature of the Millennial reign of the martyrs, are still debated in some schools of thought
Isaiah, Book of - Messiah, the 'Branch,' and His reign the source of Millennial blessing
Heaven - Apparently during the Millennial reign, the city, in so far as it is conceived of realistically, remains in heaven. We have, on the one hand, a description of the earthly blessing of the risen saints and martyrs during the Millennial kingdom (Revelation 20:4-6); on the other hand, the vision itself supposes that those who have attained are already in heaven
Ark of the Covenant - The spiritual and the literal priestly services will perhaps be reunited in Ezekiel's Millennial temple at Jerusalem, one antitype to Solomon's temple
Immortality - In Revelation 20:4 those who are slain during the great tribulation are raised for the Millennial kingdom, and reign with Christ for a thousand years. The righteous receive the reward of their works and patience, and enter on a blessing which appears to extend beyond the Millennial kingdom, and at any rate reaches its climax there
Heaven - Apparently during the Millennial reign, the city, in so far as it is conceived of realistically, remains in heaven. We have, on the one hand, a description of the earthly blessing of the risen saints and martyrs during the Millennial kingdom (Revelation 20:4-6); on the other hand, the vision itself supposes that those who have attained are already in heaven
Daniel, Theology of - Though Christians disagree on issues such as when Christ will return in relation to a Millennial (thousand-year) reign, all are agreed that the most important question is whether the church is currently living a life worthy of his blessing and acceptance, whenever he comes again
Daniel, Book of - Many of Israel that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake: some to Millennial blessing, and some to judgement
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With regard to the nature of the Millennial state, or the blessings which shall be more particularly enjoyed during that period, the following things seem to be marked out in prophecy:—...
1. He also calls them to purity of communion and personal holiness, and promiseth to dwell in them and walk in them, 2 Corinthians 6:16-17 ; but this will be fulfilled in an eminent and remarkable manner during the Millennial period
Abraham - Tyre and Sidon were never conquered; therefore the complete fulfillment remains for the Millennial state, when "the meek shall inherit the land," and Psalms 72:8-10 shall be realized; compare Luke 20:37
Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons - John concerning the glories of His Millennial kingdom (v. gives a detailed proof of the resurrection of the body and of the Millennial kingdom
Judges, the Book of - Hence too in the Millennial future restoration of Israel Isaiah (Isaiah 1:26) announces from God, "I will restore thy judges as at the first," as in Israel's most peaceable days: Joshua, the judges, and Samuel (compare Isaiah 32:1; Judges 2:6-9)
Bride - John's language, in his magnificent description of the Christian church in her Millennial state: "And I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband," Revelation 21:2
Zechariah, the Book of - The reference to the glorious Millennial feast of tabernacles to come is in undesigned coincidence with Zechariah's assisting Zerubbabel who kept the typical feast (Zechariah 14:16; Ezra 3:4; Ezra 5:1-2)
Priest - The Aaronic priesthood became the temporary depository of all Israel's priesthood, until Christ the antitypical High Priest came; and they shall hereafter resume it when they turn to the Lord and shall be "the priests of Jehovah, the ministers of our God" to the Gentile nations in Christ's Millennial kingdom (Isaiah 61:6; Isaiah 66:21)
Ebionism And Ebionites - 26]'>[2]); its restoration would take place in the Millennial kingdom of Messiah and the Jews would return there as the manifestly chosen people of God
Judgment Damnation - At His Parousia, Christ will smite the nations of the earth assembled against Him in battle, and prepare the way for His Millennial reign (Revelation 19:11 to Revelation 20:6)
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In 2 Enoch we have the conception of the Millennial Messianic kingdom, at the end of which occurs the Final Judgment