the millennium

millennium

[mi-len-ee-uhm]
noun, plural millenniums, millennia [mi-len-ee-uh] .
1.
a period of 1000 years.
2.
the millennium, the period of a thousand years during which Christ will reign on earth. Rev. 20:1–7.
3.
a period of general righteousness and happiness, especially in the indefinite future.
4.
a thousandth anniversary.

Origin:
1630–40; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin mill(e) a thousand + -ennium, extracted from biennium, triennium, etc.

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millennium (mɪˈlɛnɪəm)
 
n , pl -nia, -niums
1.  Christianity the millennium the period of a thousand years of Christ's awaited reign upon earth
2.  a period or cycle of one thousand years
3.  a time of peace and happiness, esp in the distant future
4.  a thousandth anniversary
 
[C17: from New Latin, from Latin mille thousand + annus year; for form, compare quadrennium]
 
mil'lennial
 
adj
 
mil'lennialist
 
n
 
mil'lennially
 
adv

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millennium
1630s, from L. mille "thousand" + annus "year" (see annual); formed on analogy of biennium, triennium, etc. First in English in sense of "1,000-year period of Christ's anticipated rule on Earth" (Rev. xx.1-5). Sense of "any 1,000-year period" first recorded 1711.
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millennium definition


A period of a thousand years foretold in the Book of Revelation. During the millennium, those who have been faithful to Jesus and who have not worshiped the Antichrist will reign with Jesus over the Earth. According to the Book of Revelation, the millennium will precede the final battle for control of the universe; Judgment Day will come afterward.

Note: The meaning of the Bible's words about the millennium has been much debated by Christians. Prophecies about the millennium are part of the basic doctrine of several denominations, including Jehovah's Witnesses.
Note: Figuratively, a “millennium” is a period of great justice and happiness on Earth.
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Millennium definition


a thousand years; the name given to the era mentioned in Rev. 20:1-7. Some maintain that Christ will personally appear on earth for the purpose of establishing his kingdom at the beginning of this millennium. Those holding this view are usually called "millenarians." On the other hand, it is maintained, more in accordance with the teaching of Scripture, we think, that Christ's second advent will not be premillennial, and that the right conception of the prospects and destiny of his kingdom is that which is taught, e.g., in the parables of the leaven and the mustard-seed. The triumph of the gospel, it is held, must be looked for by the wider and more efficient operation of the very forces that are now at work in extending the gospel; and that Christ will only come again at the close of this dispensation to judge the world at the "last day." The millennium will thus precede his coming.

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