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kingdom was like a seed growing into a tree or like yeast permeating dough (Matthew 13:31–33). What this suggests to postmillennialists is that the millennial kingdom will emerge slowly and then expand to fill the entire world. At the end of this glorious time-period, God will allow Satan to deceive the nations for a very brief time (Revelation 20:7–9). In that moment when the Satan-inspired armies of the earth have arrayed themselves against the reign of God, Jesus will return to earth to defeat Satan once and for all (Revelation 20:10–15). Some postmillennialists understand this glorious time-period still to be in the future. In their perspective, the great tribulation is taking place in the present, or this time may still be future. After the great tribulation, the millennial kingdom will begin to dawn.

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BETTER WORLD: POSTMILLENNIALISM

“The Millennium to which the postmillennialist looks forward is ... a golden age of spiritual prosperity. ... It is an indefinitely long period of time, perhaps much longer than a literal one thousand years. The changed character of individuals will be reflected in an uplifted social, economic, political and cultural life of mankind. The world at large will then enjoy a state of righteousness. ... This does not mean that there ever will be a time on this earth when every person will be a Christian, or that all sin will be abolished. But it does mean that evil in all its many forms eventually will be reduced to negligible proportions, that Christian principles will be the rule, not the exception, and that Christ will return to a truly Christianized world.”154 Loraine Boettner

Other postmillennialists take the millennium to be a present reality. These postmillennialists place the dawning of the millennial kingdom in the first century AD—perhaps around AD 30 at the ascension of Jesus, or in AD 70 with the destruction of the Jewish temple. This perspective expects a continual expansion of the gospel throughout this period, until the spiritual reign of Jesus through the gospel fills the entire earth.

Some postmillennialists view the tribulation as a brief time of persecution that occurs immediately before the millennium. O thers, usually known as “preterists,” believe that “great tribulation” describes the First Jewish-Roman War, which culminated in 70 with the destruction of the Jewish temple.

The Church Age

Tribulation

ETERNITY

Second Coming of Christ & Final Judgment

Millennium

Society gradually improves

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Rose Guide to End Times Prophecies - Selected Sample Pages  
Rose Guide to End Times Prophecies - Selected Sample Pages  

Selected Sample Pages from the NEW Rose Guide to End Times Prophecy by Dr. Timothy Paul Jones, Associate Professor, Southern Baptist Theolog...