Postmillennialism is the belief that the second coming of Christ will occur after the millennium. The millennial reign described in (Revelation 20:1-6) represents a long time period when, through the preaching of the gospel, most of the world will submit to Jesus Christ. During this time, Satan will have NO power over the earth, and evil groups will collapse (Revelation 19:19-20:3). A period of great tribulation may precede the millennium. They believe that nearly everybody will turn to Jesus (Mark 3:27). Agustine understood this verse to mean that before Jesus can claim his kingdom, those that are lost must come under the control of Jesus. These people who have believed in and followed Satan’s lies. This age which is believed by the Postillennialists is described in scriptures as (Psalm 2:8) Isaiah 2:2-4) (Jeremiah 31:34) (Daniel 2:35) and (Micah 4:1-4).
According to postmillennialists,
During the millennium, Christ will rule the earth through his Spirit and through his church. He will not however, be physically present on the earth.
The resurrection depicted in (Revelation 20:4) represents the spiritual regeneration of people who trust Jesus Christ.
The second coming of Christ, the final conflict between good and evil, the defeat of Satan, the physical resurrection of all people and the final judgement will occur together, immediately after the millennium (Revelation 20:7-15).
Here are some scriptures which seem to support the postmillennial view.
- (Matthew 24:14) (Mark 13:10) Every ethnic group will receive the gospel before the second coming.
- (Revelation 20:4) The first resurrection could refer to the spiritual resurrection. (This is the regeneration or new birth of persons who trust in Christ (Romans 11:13-15) (Ephesians 2:1-4).
- The second coming of Jesus and the resurrection of all people, saved and unsaved, will occur at the same time (Daniel 12:2-3) (John 5:28-29).
R.C. Sproul & Greg Bahnsen both believe in Postmillennialism.