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The Fathers Speak: No Thousand Year Reign of Christ on Earth!

June 26th, 2010
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“Christ is the Rock by which and on which the church is founded. And thus it is overcome by no traces of maddened people. Therefore the heretics are not to be heard who assure themselves that there is to be an earthly reign of one thousand years; who think, that is to say, on the same wavelength with Cerinthus. For the kingdom of Christ is now eternal in the saints, although the glory of the saints shall be made known after the resurrection.”

— Victorinus of Petovium
Commentary on the Apocalypse, 16.

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  1. June 27th, 2010 at 12:58 | #1

    Really interesting quote there Paul. Much of the pro-premillennial propaganda I’ve heard credits Augustine with being almost the first father to oppose this teaching. Perhaps amillennialism has an older pedigree than some would have us believe!

  2. Randy Keyes
    June 28th, 2010 at 08:22 | #2

    While Justin Martyr was “historic pre-mill,” he does note in one brief line that there are others, even at around 150ish AD who disagreed with him on such. At one time I knew where that was, but it’s been a few years (15?) since I had looked that up. Victorinus of Petovium was still late third century, and the favoritism of historic pre was waning by that time. As a former dispensationalist, I studied this quite a bit before “jumping ship.” Vern Poythress’ _Understanding Dispensationalists_ was instrumental in that jump.

  3. Jacob
    June 29th, 2010 at 17:32 | #3

    It is alarming how the pre-mill Darbyist system has taken over most of American Evangelical Christianity. We are to believe that these speculations are the plain, literal interpretation and we are also at the same time supposed to believe that that the Bible is a book of secret codes and one can discover the “real meaning” of scripture through an almost occult-like system of numerology. The bad eschatology in itself does not bother me too much. What bothers me the most is that people are mislead in that they are not taught how to read the Bible. And the scoffers have many “prophetic predictions” to laugh at while some people, because they have not been taught better, are really pulling doctrines out of thin air. The gospel gets neglected in favor of weird imaginings.

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