In the following quotation from Irenaeus, the essential elements of Chiliasm can be seen tied together: the future gathering of Jesus’ elect after a brief period of persecution by the Antichrist the future hope of the Abrahamic Land inheritance for Christians the future millennium, “the rest, the hallowed seventh day,” after six millennia of man’s struggle under the curse. This is Chiliasm in a nutshell.
The earliest post-Apostolic Christian writers, whose eschatology can be determined with certainty, consistently held to Chiliasm. These men lived contiguous with the age of the Apostles. Some of them were personally instructed by the Apostles and others who had seen the Lord. They were the early apologists for the Christian Faith, fiercely attacking and overthrowing … Continue reading The Millennial Week (CHILIASM) In the Early Christian Eschatology
Some have tried to malign premillennialism by suggesting that it is a relatively novel development of recent times—that it is not a view which finds support among the early Church. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, in the earliest church, prior to the time of Augustine and Roman Catholicism, premillennialism was the dominant view … Continue reading The Millennial Kingdom in the Early Church