Before we understand the end times, we need to first understand the Bible. Most notably, we need to follow what the Bible teaches, not what we have been told the Bible teaches. It’s also important to consider everything the Bible says about a topic and not just focus on one verse in isolation to draw a conclusion. We should also avoid excessive harmonizing, where we take one position and make everything else fit into this view point. Context and genre are also important.
Given this, there are four major end-time views from Revelation Chapter 20, which are reviewed in detail in this message. They include:
1. Postmillennialism: Jesus will return after one-thousand years of peace on Earth. This viewpoint was popular in the late 1800s, but became less popular after WWI.
2. Amillennialism: The one-thousand-year period is a figurative reign and it started when Jesus returned to Heaven.
3. Historic (Classic) Premillennialism. Jesus returns and then reigns for one thousand years.
4. Dispensational Premillennialism. Jesus returns and then reigns for one thousand years, but this view has a Jewish focus.
What’s important to note is that all views agree that Jesus is coming back. We must have confidence that no matter how bad things get, it will be ok. We need to be ready.