John the Baptist 27 AD "The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." (Matthew 3:2) 27 AD "Who warned you to flee from the wrath about to come?" (Matthew 3:7) 27 AD "The axe is already laid at the root of the trees." (Matthew 3:10) 27 AD "His winnowing fork is in His hand." (Matthew 3:12) 27 AD "The kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:17) 27 AD "The kingdom of God is at hand." (Mark 1:15) 27 AD “Who warned you to flee from the wrath about to come?” (Luke 3:7) 27 AD “The axe is already laid at the root of the trees. " (Luke 3:9) 27 AD "His winnowing fork is in His hand…." (Luke 3:17) Jesus the Christ 28 AD "The kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 10:7) 28 AD "You shall not finish going through the cities of Israel, until the Son of Man comes." (Matthew 10:23) 28 AD "....the age about to come." (Matthew 12:32) 28 AD “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” (Luke 10:9) 28 AD “The kingdom of God has come near.” (Luke 10:11) 30 AD "The Son of Man is about to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his deeds." (Matthew 16:27) 30 AD "There are some of those who are standing here who shall not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom." (Matthew 16:28; cf. Mark 9:1; Luke 9:27) 30 AD "'When the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?' '....He will bring those wretches to a wretched end, and will rent out the vineyard to other vine-growers, who will pay him the proceeds at the proper seasons.' '....Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and be given to a nation producing the fruit of it.' ....When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them." (Matthew 21:40-41,43,45) 30 AD "This generation will not pass away until all these things take place." (Matthew 24:34) 30 AD "From now on, you [Caiaphas, the chief priests, the scribes, the elders, the whole Sanhedrin] shall be seeing the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven." (Matthew 26:64; Mark 14:62; Luke 22:69) 30 AD "What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vine-growers, and will give the vineyard to others. ....They [the chief priests, scribes and elders] understood that He spoke the parable against them." (Mark 12:9,12) 30 AD "This generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” (Mark 13:30) 30 AD “What, therefore, will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others." …The scribes and the chief priests …understood that He spoke this parable against them.” (Luke 20:15-16,19) 30 AD “These are days of vengeance, in order that all things which are written may be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:22) 30 AD "This generation will not pass away until all things take place.” (Luke 21:32) 30 AD "Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.' Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us,' and to the hills, 'Cover us.'” (Luke 23:28-30; Compare Revelation 6:14-17) 30 AD "I will come to you. …In that Day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.' …'Lord, what then has happened that You are about to disclose Yourself to us, and not to the world?'" (John 14:18,20,22) 30 AD "If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?" (John 21:22) The Disciples 30 AD "We were hoping that He was the One who is about to redeem Israel.” (Luke 24:21) Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles 52 AD “…we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord… …We who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds… …You, brethren, are not in darkness, that the Day should overtake you like a thief.” (1 Thessalonians 4:15,17; 5:4) 52 AD “May your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23) 52 AD “It is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire.” (2 Thessaloniams 1:6-7) 56 AD “The time has been shortened.” (1 Corinthians 7:29) 56 AD “The form of this world is passing away.” (1 Corinthians 7:31) 56 AD “Now these things …were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” (1 Corinthians 10:11) 56 AD “We shall not all fall sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52) 56 AD "Maranatha!" [The Lord comes!] (1 Corinthians 16:22) 56 AD “Godliness …holds promise for the present life and that which is about to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8) 56 AD “I charge you …that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Timothy 6:14) 56 AD “…storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for that which is about to come, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.” (1 Timothy 6:19) 57 AD “He has fixed a day in which He is about to judge the world in righteousness…” (Acts 17:31) 58 AD “Not for [Abraham's] sake only was it written, that [faith] was reckoned to him [as righteousness], but for our sake also, to whom it is about to be reckoned.” (Romans 4:23-24) 58 AD “If you are living according to the flesh, you are about to die.” (Romans 8:13) 58 AD “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18) 58 AD "It is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand." (Romans 13:11-12) 58 AD “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” (Romans 16:20) 60 AD “There is about to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.” (Acts 24:15) 60 AD “As he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment about to come…" (Acts 24:25) 61 AD "...not only in this age, but also in the one about to come.” (Ephesians 1:21) 61 AD “In the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self… …Avoid these men. For of these are those who enter into households and captivate weak women… …These also oppose the truth… …But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all…” (2 Timothy 3:1-2,5-6,8-9) 61 AD “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is about to judge the living and the dead…” (2 Timothy 4:1) 62 AD “The Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:5) 62 AD "The gospel …was proclaimed in all creation under heaven." (Colossians 1:23; Compare Matthew 24:14; Romans 10:18; 16:26; Colossians 1:5-6; 2 Timothy 4:17; Revelation 14:6-7; cf. I Clement 5,7) 62 AD “…things which are a shadow of what is about to come.” (Colossians 2:16-17) 63 AD “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son.” (Hebrews 1:1-2) 63 AD “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who are about to inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14) 63 AD “He did not subject to angels the world about to come.” (Hebrews 2:5) 63 AD “…and have tasted …the powers of the age about to come.” (Hebrews 6:5) 63 AD "For ground that drinks the rain which often falls upon it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near a curse, and it's end is for burning.” (Hebrews 6:7-8) 63 AD “When He said, 'A new covenant,' He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.” (Hebrews 8:13) 63 AD “The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way of the [heavenly] Holy Places has not yet been revealed, while the outer tabernacle is still standing, which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience, since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation.” (Hebrews 9:8-10; Compare Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 2:21-22; 3:17; 4:13) 63 AD “But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things about to come…” (Hebrews 9:11) 63 AD “Now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin.” (Hebrews 9:26) 63 AD “For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things about to come…” (Hebrews 10:1) 63 AD “…as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25) 63 AD “…the fury of a fire which is about to consume the adversaries.” (Hebrews 10:27) 63 AD “For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay.” (Hebrews 10:37) 63 AD “For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the one that is about to come.” (Hebrews 13:14) Peter the Apostle to the Circumcision 30 AD “This is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel: 'And it shall be in the last days…'” (Acts 2:16-17) 62 AD “…salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:5) 62 AD “He …has appeared in these last times for the sake of you.” (1 Peter 1:20) 62 AD “In the last days mockers will come. …For this they willingly are ignorant of…” (1 Peter 3:3,5) 62 AD “They shall give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” (1 Peter 4:5) 62 AD “The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.” (1 Peter 4:7) 62 AD "For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God.” (1 Peter 4:17) 62 AD “…as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is about to be revealed.” (1 Peter 5:1) 62 AD “We have the prophetic word …which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the Day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.” (2 Peter 1:19) 62 AD “Their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” (2 Peter 2:3) 62 AD “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God.” (2 Peter 3:10-12) James 62 AD "Speak and so act, as those who are about to be judged by the law of liberty." (James 2:12) 62 AD “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. …It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure!” (James 5:1,3) 62 AD “Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord.” (James. 5:7) 62 AD “You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” (James. 5:8) Jude the brother of James 62 AD “For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation. …About these also Enoch …prophesied, saying, 'Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly…'” (Jude 1:4,14-15) 62 AD “But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, 'In the last time there shall be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.' These are the ones who cause divisions…” (Jude 1:17-19) John the Apostle whom Jesus loved 62 AD “The darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.” (1 John 2:8) 62 AD “The world is passing away, and its desires.” (1 John 2:17) 62 AD “It is the last hour.” (1 John 2:18) 62 AD “Even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour.” (1 John 2:18; Compare Matthew 24:23-34) 62 AD “This is that of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.” (1 John 4:3; Compare 2 Thessaloniams 2:7) 63 AD “…to show to His bond-servants, the things which must shortly take place.” (Revelation 1:1) 63 AD “The time is near.” (Revelation 1:3) 63 AD “Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come.” (Revelation 2:25) 63 AD “I also will keep you from the hour of testing which is about to come upon the whole world.” (Revelation 3:10) 63 AD “I am coming quickly.” (Revelation 3:11) 63 AD “And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is about to rule all the nations with a rod of iron.” (Revelation 12:5) 63 AD "And in her [the Great City Babylon] was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth." (Revelation 18:24; Compare Matthew 23:35-36; Luke 11:50-51) 63 AD “…to show to His bond-servants the things which must shortly take place.” (Revelation 22:6) 63 AD "Behold, I am coming quickly. " (Revelation 22:7) 63 AD "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near." (Revelation 22:10; Compare Daniel 8:26) 63 AD "Behold, I am coming quickly.” (Revelation 22:12) 63 AD "Yes, I am coming quickly." (Revelation 22:20)

70-1070AD A Brief Introduction to the 70-1070AD Millennium

The major features of one's end-time belief (eschatology) can be readily communicated by where he places "The Millennium" upon the timeline of God. This is because eschatology's grandest events are organized around these "1000 years," also known as, "The Day of the Lord," (2 Peter 3:6) The Resurrection of Christ's Triibulation-martyrs at His Return demarks the beginning of the "1000 years" (Rev 20:4 & 1 Thes 4:16) and the Resurrection of the rest of the dead demarks the end of the "1000 years," (Rev 20:5). Therefore, by telling us where one places the Millennium on a timeline, he also tells us when Christ Returns, when the first resurrection takes place as well as the Day of Judgment and the resurrection of the rest of the dead. With this in mind, the major eschatological positions are each described in terms of where they place the Millennium on a timeline:

Premillennial - The 1000-year Millennium will begin with Jesus' future Return; view known previously as "Chiliasm."

Mine is NOT one of the major eschatological positions of our times. I take a historical preterist position and hold to an endpoint to Rev 20:1-10's "1000 years" an actual 1000 years after the Lord's 70AD Return. This position may be succinctly described as "70-1070AD Millennium." What follows are introductory details:

Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone determines orthodoxy, correct teaching) will permit only one of four possibilities:

a) "1000 years" = a 24-hour day

I reject a) as a reasonable possibility because that would make the very long anticipated 1000-year reign of the Saints with Christ become a mere 24 hours; a farce.

I reject c) as a reasonable possibility because Rev 20:1-10 clearly demarks the beginning and ending points of the "1000 years" by certain, anticipated, landmark events. The "1000 years" is clearly described, therefore, as a finite period of time.

I reject d) as a reasonable possibility because God expects us to understand His Word. "Study to show yourselves approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly understanding the Word of Truth," 2 Timothy 2:15. Everything in the Bible was written to be understood by men. And God has provided us with 2 Peter 3:7-12 which associates the term "1000 years" with "the Day of the Lord." This clues us to understand that all the references to the anticipated "Day of the Lord" refer to a lengthy span of time, a 1000 years.

Only b) remains for consideration, then: Rev 20:1-10's "1000 years" can only be an actual 1000 years as humans count them: the prophecy was given to humans to bless them when they understand it upon reading. 2 Peter 3:3-14 describes the anticipation for the Day of God since the dawn of human history. And the heart of the passage firmly announces that Day would be as (equal to) a 1000 actual years as humans count them. Rev 20:1-10's "1000 years" = "Day" of 2 Peter 3:3-14 as well as other New Testament references to the anticipated "Day" whether referred to as "The Day of the Lord," "The Last Day," " The Day of God," "The Day of Judgment," etc. The Day was at hand when Paul penned 2 Thessalonians 2:2 and Romans 13:12 around 52AD and 56AD, respectively.

Historical Preterism has, to me, the most sound argument for the arrival date of "The Day of the Lord": that is, within the lifetimes of the Apostles, around the time of ancient Jerusalem's fall in 70AD.

Putting these together, I arrive at the fulfilled view that Christ Returned around 70AD as He performed the first resurrection of the two resurrections described in Rev 20:4-6. This first resurrection was also foretold by 1 Thess 4:16-17. "The rest of the dead did not come to life (resurrected) until the 1000 years were completed" following that closely anticipated first resurrection, per Rev 20:4-6. That would place the resurrection of the rest of the dead around 1070AD. That resurrection of the rest of the dead was as unseen to the natural eye as the first resurrection had been 1000 years prior at Christ's Return, 1 Thess 4:16-17. These epoch events inaugurated ongoing processes of judgment and resurrection-transformation of both the Just and the Unjust following each one's biological death whereupon their souls each give account for the deeds done in their natural-mortal bodies. The natural-mortal bodies of each, upon receiving judgment, are resurrected-transformed to animate new bodies: the Just to the resurrection of Life and the Unjust to the resurrection of Damnation (Lake of Fire / Second Death).

Following Augustine's teaching a 1-1000AD or 70-1070AD Millennium, much of Christendom of that period believed themselves to be living in a 1-1000AD Millennium. By the same teaching, much of Christendom believed their world to be ruled over by resurrected-glorified martyr-Saints who, following their deaths & resurrections, had received delegated authority from Christ over the various powers in the Creation, whether that be safety in travel, or on the seas, or whatever, displacing the rule of the former, pagan gods. (Taken to the hyper-extreme, this is where some jumped off into praying directly to various resurrected-glorified Saints who specialized in answering certain types of prayer requests. Notwithstanding, all prayer is to be directed to God the Father in the name of Jesus the Son).

The great reformer Martin Luther, following up on Augustine's teaching of a 70-1070AD Millennium, taught a 1000-year Millennium that began at the time Revelation was penned and ended at the 1073AD inauguration of Pope Gregory VII (who inaugurated various audacious papal claims to world authority). Martin Luther believed himself and the Reformers to be living in the period of Satan's Release that follows the Millennium, Rev 20:7. (He calculated it to be a period of 666 years from 1073AD to 1739AD, from Pope Gregory's inauguration through the times of the Reformers. This was part of their doctrine that the Roman Pope was the anticipated Antichrist).

Concerning the timing of the 1000-year Millennium, my view is in very close agreement with that of Augustine and Martin Luther.


More about Martin Luther and Augustine's eschatology may be found at: http://prophecyhistory.com/?q=node/246

Further introduction to the 70-1070AD Millennium may be found at: http://prophecyhistory.com/?q=node/122

The subject of Resurrection is treated at: http://prophecyhistory.com/?q=node/146

Comments

Hey Kenny,

Good to see your comments again.  Hope all is well with you and your studies are fruitful as Christ our Teacher guides you.  Here are a few thoughts on the 1000 years mentioned in Rev 20:1-10 and 2 Peter 3:8 (really, the broader context of 2 Peter 3:2-8-16 "The Day of God, Judgment, the Lord").  Complete articles on the subject may be found at http://prophecyhistory.com/?q=node/274  and http://prophecyhistory.com/?q=node/74 :

The major features of one's eschatology can be readily communicated by where he places "The Millennium" upon the timeline of God.  This is because eschatology's grandest events are organized around these "1000 years," also known as, "The Day of the Lord."  The Resurrection of Christ's Triibulation-martyrs at His Return demarks the beginning of the "1000 years" (Rev 20:4 & 1 Thes 4:16) and the Resurrection of the rest of the dead demarks the end of the "1000 years," (Rev 20:5).  Therefore, by telling us where one places the Millennium on a timeline, he also tells us when Christ Returns, when the first resurrection takes place as well as the Day of Judgment and the resurrection of the rest of the dead.  With this in mind, the major eschatological positions are each described in terms of where they place the Millennium on a timeline:

Premillennial - The 1000-year Millennium will begin with Jesus' future Return; view known previously as "Chiliasm"


 

Mine is NOT one of these major eschatological positions of our times, however.

May God grant the reader the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him through Jesus Christ our Teacher and remind that Christians are all brothers.

ProphecyHistory.com

*PS - Let the reader be careful not to allow anyone to browbeat or bully him into any doctrine.  Grapes are not picked among thistles nor figs among the thorns.  Anyone who resorts to insults forfeits credibility among Christ's flock  http://heavenlyjerusalem.com/?q=node/135   They will flee from a stranger, John 10:5.

 

 

 


--- In PretCosmos@yahoogroups.com, Kenny Plummer <kenny_p1948@...> wrote:
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> Some perterists do propose the view of 40 years for millenium. Though I was never convinced of that view. I don' have a view on that. How are you? Nice to see you on this site.
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> > << I don't understand HOW or WHY the 40 year 'transition' period from
> > the OC to the NC is considered to be the millenium????
> > Since 'millenium' means 1000 and is sometimes translated as a one
> > thousand year period of time??? >>
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> > There is absolutely nothing in the Bible supporting the view that the
> > so-called Millennium is a period of 40 years. So, it is understandable
> > that you do not understand this view.
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> DEB: I thought that is what preterists believe??? Have I really missed something here?
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