Millennialism

By Victoria Price

Definition-

The belief that Christ will establish a 1,000 year reign on earth of peace and righteousness before the Last Judgement.
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Origin-

  • The belief of millennialism has been derived primarily from the Book of Revelation 20:1-6, in the Bible.
  • It states that the Second Coming of Christ will come and establish a 1,000 year reign on earth of peace.
  • It then states that at the end of time God will judge the living and the dead.
  • Through history this belief has given hope to countless people that are at the bottom of the social class that are Christian, Jewish, Mormon, or Muslim.
  • These people have clung to the belief of millennialism as a way of dealing with poverty and despair.
  • It gave them something to hope for and look forward to.
  • Throughout history some groups have revolted against government as an attempt to start the age of "peace".

Leaders/Significant Groups

  • Millerites were Seventh-Day Adventists who followed William Miller
  • They sold their possessions because they believed that the Second Coming of Christ was in 1843 or 1844
  • They waited for the world to end
  • Millennial Dawnists were a sect of Seventh-Day Adventists.
  • They believed that the world was under Satan's rule.
  • They felt it was their obligation to announce the Second Coming of Christ and the battle of Armageddon.
  • Other religions that believe in millennialism include Judaism, Deism, Buddhism, and Islam.

Contributions

  • The Seventh-Day Adventists, amongst other believers in millennialism, spread the belief of the Second Coming around the world.
  • This made the belief in millennialism more widely known and accepted.
  • This also caused the belief to be carried out throughout most of history, starting in the Christian faith and continuing to present day.
  • All religions that believe in millennialism spread the belief in it to the members of their religion and therefore further the spread of millennialism to a lot of people and to a lot of places in the world.

Works Cited

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He Will Come Again to Judge the Living and the Dead. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://pleaseconvinceme.com/2012/he-will-come-again-to-judge-the-living-and-the-dead/>.


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Mormons and Millennialism. Digital image. Wheatandtares.org. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.wheatandtares.org/14927/mormons-and-millennialism/>.


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