What is Premillennialism?

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Q. Could you review, in a brief way, review your discussion on the Premillennial position that is receiving so much attention today? Is there anything being taught in the Bible to indicate that the year 2000 will be the end?

There is nothing in the Scriptures which point to the year 2000 as being a significant year. I know that many are suggesting that something "big" is going to happen in the year 2000, but the Scriptures are not supportive of the positions taken by my so-called, and self-proclaimed "prophets" of our day. Others are saying it will be the year 2001.

The first thing we should be able to recognize is that Jesus' birth was designated at 1 B.C. There was no year 0. From 1 to 100 A.D. was the first century, and from 1 to 1000 the first millennium. The second millennium started January 1, 1001, so the third millennium will begin January 1, 2001, not 2000.

Another fact that we must consider is there is a problem in calculating the year of Christ's birth because of an error in our calendar. In the sixth century A.D., a monk by the name of Dionysius calculated the year of Jesus's birth, called it 1 A.D., and designated all years according to how long before or after His birth they were. The problem is, Dionysius miss the year of Jesus' birth in his calculation. The Jewish historian Josephus records that Herod the Great died in 4 B.C. But Herod was alive when Jesus was born. Therefore Jesus has to have been born before 4 B.C., most scholars think about 6 B.C.

Therefore, if there were anything significant about the year 2000, it would have already would have happened! The year 2000 came and passed January 1, 1995!

It's interesting to note that History tells us that there was a great deal of speculation about the end of time when the year 1000 came and passed. We're seeing the same kind of speculation about the year 2000. The idea that wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes and famine indicate the end of time come from a misunderstanding of Jesus teaching regarding the destruction of Jerusalem. These were His predictions of the events that would foreshadow Jerusalem's destruction which occurred in 70 A.D. What is consistently taught about the 2nd coming in the New Testament is that no one will know the time, no one will be able to look at the events of the world and predict the time.

Mark 13:32

"But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.

Matt. 24:36

"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.

1 Thess. 5:2

"For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night."

2 Pet. 3:10

"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."

Matt. 24:43

"But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into."

And regarding morality, things are probably much as they always have been.

2 Tim 3:13

"But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived."

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