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Book of Revelation: Perspectives on the Millennial Kingdom

By Richard Wagner, Larry R. Helyer

Part of Book of Revelation For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The exact meaning of the Millenium, the 1,000 year reign that John speaks of in Revelation 20, is a centuries-old debate in Christian circles. One problem comes from the different interpretations concerning the meaning of the Millenium. The following chart can help you sort out these respective viewpoints:

Category Premillennialism Amillennialism Postmillennialism
Beginning of the Millennium Jesus’s Second Coming Jesus’s resurrection When a majority of the of the Millennium world’s population
converts to Jesus
Duration 1,000 years or a long period of time Undetermined; lasts until Jesus’s Second Undetermined; lasts until Jesus’s Second
Jesus’s type of reign Physical, earthly Spiritual (through conversion) Spiritual (through conversion)
Tribulation (period of suffering before Jesus’s Second
Coming)
Literal 7-year period Brief period before Jesus’s Second Brief period before Jesus’s Second
Timing of the rapture (transport of believers to heaven) Before the Tribulation, halfway through, or after it Occurs as part of Jesus’s Second Coming Occurs as part of Jesus’s Second Coming