Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done.” Christians all believe that Jesus Christ will return to this world to rule and set all things right. There is no debate about that. But the question that has befuddled many Christians is the time of the Second Coming of Christ.
To an average reader, biblical passages related to this can be difficult to understand and interpret. One such believer asked renowned theologian and Evangelical pastor John Piper, the founder of the Desiring God ministry, about his view on this matter.
In his February 22 podcast, Piper said the answer to this question is found in Revelation 20:1-6, which explicitly speaks of the 1,000 years in relation to the second coming of Christ.
“Now, the question that divides Bible-believing Christians is how this one thousand-year reign of Christ on the earth followed by a complete revolution of things in the new heavens and the new earth, how that relates to the second coming of Christ,” Piper said.
Specifically, the question boils down to this: Will the 1,000 years come before or after Jesus comes again?
Piper said there are three views of this matter.
The first is that “the one thousand years, the millennium, is a reference to the period of time where we are right now as Christ reigns in heaven today until he puts all of his enemies under his feet.”
The second is that “the one thousand years is a real period of lengthy glory in this age. We are not in it yet. It will come just before Christ comes so that the gospel triumphs in the world: the world is Christianized, by and large, peace and righteousness hold sway in the world, and then, after that, post that, Christ returns – this is Postmillennial.”
The third view is that “the one thousand years happens after Christ comes again, or he comes pre, before the millennium – and that is why it is called Premillennialism. Then, after Christ comes to a very rebellious earth and establishes his reign, there is a long, long period of glorious rule of Christ on the earth.”
Piper said he believes in the third view, even though he has “really good friends who hold all three of these positions.”
“Christ could come very, very quickly. I pray he does,” he said. “It could happen very, very soon. He (Jesus) doesn’t have to wait one thousand years.”
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Hazel Torres writes for Christantoday.com, with an emphasis on current events and biblical application to daily living.