Why premillennial theology matters is an issue that every student of biblical prophecy needs to be aware of.
Premillennialism teaches that at Jesus’s second coming he will deliver the righteous and judge the ungodly. Then the righteous will enter into a period—the millennium—of peace and righteousness where Jesus establishes on earth his physical reign of all nations—including a restored nation of Israel who recognizes him as the Messiah. All nations will worship Jesus as King and Lord. The future millennium will be characterized socially, politically, ethnically, and spiritually.
I believe premillennialism is the correct biblical view because the narrative in Revelation 19:11—20:6 indicates this. Traditionally, interpreters have mistakenly started the millennial debate at chapter 20. But the narrative context begins before Revelation 20. There is a cause and effect action where the victory of Jesus at the battle of Armageddon will cause the defeat of the three enemies of God: the beast (i.e. Antichrist), the false prophet, and Satan. The passage states that Satan’s immediate punishment will be his binding in the abyss for 1,000 years (i.e. the millennium). In short, since Jesus’s battle victory occurs during his future second coming, the binding of Satan must begin at the second coming.
I gave four reasons why holding to the premillennial view is important, and thus why the millennial debate matters. READ MORE…