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Things You Must Believe if You’re a Premillennialist

If you are a Premillennialist (whether Dispensationalist or not), there are several things you must necessarily believe:


  • You must necessarily believe that physical death will continue to exist beyond the time of Christ’s second coming.
  • You must necessarily believe that the natural creation will continue, beyond the time of Christ’s second coming, to be subjected to the curse imposed by the fall of man.
  • You must necessarily believe that the New Heavens and New Earth will not be introduced until 1,000 years subsequent to the return of Christ.
  • You must necessarily believe that unbelieving men and women will still have the opportunity to come to saving faith in Christ for at least 1,000 years subsequent to his return.
  • You must necessarily believe that unbelievers will not be finally resurrected until at least 1,000 years subsequent to the return of Christ.
  • You must necessarily believe that unbelievers will not be finally judged and cast into eternal punishment until at least 1,000 years subsequent to the return of Christ.

Amillennialists don’t see these beliefs being taught in Scripture.

Sam Storms


From Monergism.com’s eschatology page on Premillennialism: http://www.monergism.com/directory/link_category/Eschatology/Millennial-Views/Dispensational-Premillennialism/

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  1. Jay Haynes

    1. You must necessarily believe that physical death will continue to exist beyond the time of Christ’s second coming. True, Isaiah 65:20. (Isaiah 65:20 Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach[a] a hundred will be considered accursed.) Some A-mill commentaries have tried to make this say that a hundred years here is symbolic of eternal life, but that is both surprisingly weak metaphor, and out of step with the context. Pre-mils believe that this is actually death of unbelievers after the start of the millennium.
    We (pre-m’s) believe that Jesus’s resurrection of the saints is immediate, but that the redemption of creation in general, and the effect of the assertion of his dominion on unbelievers in specific, gradually unfolds from the point of his second coming until the end of the thousand years. (1 Corinthians 15:24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.)
    Pre-M’s believe this is describing the thousand year period which is explicitly described in Revelation 20.

    2. You must necessarily believe that the natural creation will continue, beyond the time of Christ’s second coming, to be subjected to the curse imposed by the fall of man. Pre-M’s believe this to be true, but in a gradually diminishing way over time; the man in Isaiah 65:20 who dies will actually be mourned for dying young when he dies at 100. Implicit is the idea that he should have lived much longer before he died. A general pre-m view is that much of scripture, Zachariah, Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, etc., describe an improved state for even the pagan world to observe and enjoy, almost as if it is meant to finally prove the benefit of living HIS way and give a last chance for repentance.
    3. You must necessarily believe that the New Heavens and New Earth will not be introduced until 1,000 years subsequent to the return of Christ. This is where the writer is either disingenuous, or mis-informed. Pre-M’s believe that Isaiah 65 describes the “new heavens and new earth” in the text following after God says “17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth,” whereupon he describes a wonderful state in which even non-believers enjoy this new heavens and new earth..(but still die).at least for a time. (thousand years) At the end of that thousand years he judges all remaining non-believers and all resurrected non-believers together(rev 20:11-15) immediately after the devil (rev 20:10) and then he says “behold, I am making ALL things new” (emphasis added), after which we see the final consummation of “new heavens and new earth”. This is the point in time described in 1 Corinthians 15 when it says “for he must reign until…” We take that to mean literal physical reign of Jesus on Earth, and “24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.”
    4. You must necessarily believe that unbelieving men and women will still have the opportunity to come to saving faith in Christ for at least 1,000 years subsequent to his return. Pre-M’s Happily believe this.
    5. You must necessarily believe that unbelievers will not be finally resurrected until at least 1,000 years subsequent to the return of Christ. Pre-M’s Happily believe this…because that’s what Rev 20 explicitly says. (Revelation 20:5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.)
    6. You must necessarily believe that unbelievers will not be finally judged and cast into eternal punishment until at least 1,000 years subsequent to the return of Christ. (at the risk of repeating myself:) At the end of that thousand years he judges all remaining non-believers and all resurrected non-believers together(rev 20:11-15) immediately after the devil (rev 20:10)
    Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are ended, (then it describes Satans final attempt instigating the unbelievers to rebellion with him against the physical reign of Jesus, Jesus defeating Satan, and Satan being cast into hell)…11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which isthe book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
    Amillennialists don’t see these beliefs being taught in Scripture.”
    And I might add postmillennialists as well(!)
    My final comment to his 6 points is that the reason A-mills and Post-Mills don’t see these things in scripture (as I have corrected them as presented in theses 6 points here) is that once they see them in scripture the become Pre-Mills. (ref. Isaac Newton, D A Carson, Wayne Grudem to name a few) Oh and before I go, did you see the video where R.C Sproll, presumably an A-Mill, was describing Carson ( a confessed Pre-Mill) as the best New Testament scholar alive on the planet? Google Sproll interviews DA Carson

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