I am speaking the week for the “Week of Missions” conference at Camp Winema on the beautiful Oregon coast. Yesterday, my wife Susan and I toured the famous Tillamook Cheese factory and learned that it produces about 167,000 pounds of cheese a day.
The theme of this conference is “The Everlasting Gospel,” and my Bible lectures have been on the book of Revelation. Today I will be speaking on Revelation 20, the only place in the Bible that speaks clearly about a 1,000 year reign of Christ (the “Millennium”). In my estimation, there are four primary millennial views. They are:
1. Traditional Premillennial View: Christ will return to establish a thousand-year kingdom of peace on earth. After this will come the final Resurrection and Judgment. We could diagram it like this.
2. Dispensational Premillennial View: Christ will return to establish a thousand-year kingdom of peace on earth, but before this takes place the church will be “raptured” (removed from earth to heaven). The thousand-year kingdom will be with the Jewish people. After this will come the final Resurrection and Judgment. We could diagram this view this way:
3. Postmillennial View: The church will increase until it establishes the Kingdom of God on earth. After a period of 1,000 years (which may be symbolic), there will be a final conflict between the forces of Good and Evil, and then will come the Final Resurrection and Judgment. Here is a diagram of this view:
4. Amillennial View: All of these references are symbolic. The millennium is symbolic of the period between Christ’s first coming and his second coming. Here is how it might look as a timeline diagram:
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