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Chiliasm
Thousand-Year Reign
Dictionaries
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Chiliasm
CHILIASM. The materialistic and sensual aspect of millenarianism, the belief in an earthly paradise lasting about one thousand years. Illustrative of this belief is 2 Baruch 29–30, a Jewish work of the early 2d century c.e. It says that the earth will yield “ten thousand fold,” the vine will have a thousand
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
chiliasm
chiliasm (Gk. χίλιοι, ‘a thousand’). Another name for *Millenarianism, the theory that Christ will return to earth and reign here for a thousand years before the final consummation of all things. The belief is based on an interpretation of Rev. 20:1–5.
The Lutheran Cyclopedia
Chiliasm
Chiliasm, a vague theological term, referring to the 1,000 years of Rev. 20:4, 5. It is employed to designate certain doctrines respecting the future of the kingdom of God on earth, the personal coming again of the Lord Jesus, the millennium, and the final consummation. It is frequently used as an opprobrious
Chiliasm
Chiliasm or Millennarianism, so called from the thousand years mentioned in Rev. 20:2–4, is the expectation of halcyon times, of a sabbath of peaceful and blissful security and prosperity for the Church on earth before the last advent of Christ. In the later Jewish Church expectations of a temporal Messianic
Dictionary of Theological Terms
Chiliasm
ChiliasmFrom the Greek word chilioi, “thousand,” this is the view, based on Rev. 20:1–5, that Christ will reign on earth for a thousand years following His second coming.* Chiliasm can be traced through church history to the very early days of NT Christianity.See Millennium.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Chiliasm
chiliasm kil′i-az′uhm (from Gk. χιλιάς, “thousand”). The doctrine that Christ will reign on earth for a millennium, that is, 1,000 years; usually synonymous with premillennialism.
Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times
Chiliasm
ChiliasmThe term chiliasm comes from the Greek word chilioi, meaning “thousand” (see Rev. 20:2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Chiliasm represents an interpretation of 20:1–10 that sees Christ returning to earth and reigning for a thousand years before the eternal state. For instance, one often reads that the views
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
Millenarism
MILLENARISM. This belief (in Greek, chiliasm), widespread in the first centuries of Christianity, maintained that before the final judgment and the end of the *world there would be a first *resurrection of only the righteous. In the heavenly *Jerusalem descended to earth they would enjoy a millennium
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CHILIASM
CHILIASM [χιλιάσμος chiliasmos]. A type of millennialism, based on Rev 20:1–15, and taught by Apollinarius, which was refuted in the Second Ecumenical Council (381ce). See MILLENNIUM.
Key passages
Re 20:2–7

And he seized the dragon—the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan—and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it above him, in order that he could not deceive the nations again until the thousand years are completed. After these things it is necessary …