Why have a Millennium at all?

I cant even imagine that anyone would choose a thousand years on this corrupted earth, even ruling with Christ in a glorified body like His, over the new heaven and earth. But I would suspect that such choice would be akin to preferring to remain living out our mortal lives, instead of exiting them prematurely, leaving such decisions solely in His capable hands. But I do thank you for extending me the benefit of the doubt. I assure you that my Chiliast stand is based primarily upon the reading and plain interpretation of the Revelation as I have continually expressed it here and in my book.

Secondarily, my belief has been upheld and confirmed, upon seriously considering Amillennialism, after reading perhaps too many scholars of the view, which also required my dive into the primitive church belief on the issue. I found that in the first century, indeed chiliasm was nearly non-existant in the church, if even expressed at all. It was not until the second century that millennialism began its rise, because of the release of the Revelation itself!

In the following several centuries many of those who opposed the the idea even rejected the Revelation itself as genuine and apostolic, because of that very chiliast innovation which it expressly codified in its words, as if the word of God. And I also found that every one that had any direct connection with John or those he discipled in his few remaining years, agreed with those detractors that came later, that the Revelation was absolutely chiliast, but instead embraced the position rather than reject the Revelation itself.

Modern Anti-chiliasts, however, having confirmed the Revelation as genuine, apostolic, and cannon, as well as accepting the late date – the early date being unsupportable by any reason, have instead decided to conjecture and reinterpret the millennium away. Some much more convincing than others. There being no express or explicit scriptural statement of support for the thesis, what choice do they have. But as with all conjecture, there are always loose ends or tell tales that require an expansion of the construct, until it becomes so overwhelming that it simply implodes!

6 thoughts on “Why have a Millennium at all?”

  1. 1 Corinthians 15
    The Lord has been defeating His enemies under his feet since His Resurrection and the last will be death upon His return and then a New Earth and a New Heaven Revelation 21
    Is Not all the seals, vials and bowls in the book of Revelation about Christ defeating his enemies and causing judgements through the whole church age ?

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  2. Revelation 20 is a summary of events leading to the Great white throne judgment
    All scripture is to be weighed and measured regarding His reigning Kingdom on earth
    Revelations 11:5
    The kingdoms of this world are become the Kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ ; and He shall reign for ever and ever
    Isaiah 66:1 The Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool

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  3. Daniel 2:44. States that God would set up his Kingdom during the reign of the last empire that would rule
    This time would be the time after Jesus resurrected and sent his Holy Spirit upon those in the upper room in the book of Acts , establishing His Church from Jerusalem and the thousands that heard the word of God in their language bringing the message forth to all the Nations .
    At this time when the church was in its beginnings there was no true religion, it was a time of a false religion even among the Jews , kind of like what it is amongst the so called Protestants today with Rome again at the helm of a world wide religion(paganism) the Lord states , will there be faith upon the earth when he returns . Why would he establish a Kingdom for a second time ? It would be like those of today thinking that Israel would be established for the Jews again ???
    I have been conflicted with understanding if the millennium reign of Gods Kingdom is to come or if it’s been reigning since the establishment of the Church . Is Revelation 20 a summary of events leading up to the Great White Throne Judgement ?

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      1. Presently Jesus sits at the right hand of God in heaven until his enemies be made his footstool. When He returns his feet will be placed on the earth (as his footstool) where and when He will rule on the earth with His saints for a thousand years. Nothing added, nothing taken away!

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      2. One thing I am not taking away is the millennial reign of Christ with His saints for the age to come expressed in Rev. 20 – as the Amillennials do..

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