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This paper is focused on one of the three most common viewpoints of the millennium also known as eschatology which is the study of the last things To understand this postmillennialism viewpoint you must have a basic grasp on the other two Therefore I have included a short explanation of all three views I also include definitions of some key words Then the viewpoint is broken drown into four parts starting with a historical development then a theological foundation Then a redemptive historical flow and then final the scripture that are commonly refer to as exegetical evidence Premillennialism The present form of Gods kingdom is moving toward a grand climax when Christ will return the first resurrection will occur and his kingdom will find expression in a literal visible reign of peace and righteousness on the earth After the final resurrection the last judgement and the renewal of the heavens and the earth this future temporal kingdom will merge into the eternal kingdom and the Lord will reign forever on the new earth New International Version 1984 Amillennialism The millennium describes the present reign of the souls of deceased believers with Christ in heaven The present form of Gods kingdom will be followed by Christs return the general resurrection the final judgement and Christs continuing reign over the perfect kingdom on the new earth in the eternal state New International Version 1984 Postmillennialism The world will eventually be Christianized resulting in a long period of peace and prosperity called the millennium This future period will close with Christs Second Coming the resurrection of the dead the final judgement and the eternal state New International Version 1984 According to this view the thousand years represent the triumph of the gospel in the period leading up to the Second Coming of Christ The return of Christ will follow the Millennium It is an optimistic view that Christ will reign spiritually on earth through the work
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