FUTURE-FUTURE MILLENNIUM Futurism, Premillennial Dispensationalism, Chiliasm
This view holds that the Millennium (1000 years) of Revelation 20:1-7
- WILL BEGIN AT A TIME STILL FUTURE.
- WILL END AT A TIME STILL FARTHER FUTURE, A LITERAL 1000 YEARS AFTER IT BEGINS.
It incorporates the following error:
Teachings of a Millennium to begin in the future were discredited in early Nicene times by the most of the notable of Christian leaders, Eusebius and Augustine among them. They denounced it as the heresy of "Chiliasm," ("1000-ism"), so named due to its adherents' fixation upon a yet future, 1000-year, visible reign of Christ. Chiliasm lost traction as mainstream Christians began to realize that they were already living within the Millennium, delighting themselves in the relative abundance of peace that came with Constantine's victory and the Nicene era. The Middle Age's belief that the Millennium would end around 1000AD coupled with its still greater conviction that martyred Christians were already enjoying a glorified existence with powers over the affairs of men testify to the historic belief that the Millennium and its First Resurrection were regarded as past events. Chiliasm came back with renewed vigor in modern times as "Premillennial Dispensationalism." Modern Chiliasm, Premillennial Dispensationalism, "futurism" change the meaning of the words of Scripture that refer to the timing of the Lord's Return-Rapture, the arrival of the Last Day, the beginning of the Millennium in order to fit their Millennium into our future, now nearly fifity generations since Christ's ascension. Many a frank article is available that refutes this system.