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As is the earth, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, so shall we also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

-I Corinthians 15:39-53

For these seven biblical reasons, most Reformed theologians have not favored the premillennial view of eschatology.

A second major view of the last events is postmillennialism. While postmillennialism also appears in various forms, in general, postmillennialists believe the following:

    1. The entire world will gradually be won for Christ through its hearing of, and conversion to, the gospel.

    2. During this time, sin and conflict will gradually be defeated and righteousness and peace will increasingly reign throughout the world.

    3. This one-thousand-year-golden-age time of gradual betterment is the millennium (some postmillennialists, however, do not interpret the one thousand years literally, but figuratively).

    4. Christ will return at the peak, at the close of this continually improving millennium, a time in which all the world shall be serving God in peace. The church, at this time, will pass into eternity in a calm, smooth, almost unnoticeable transition.

    5. Some postmillennialists include a brief, temporary setback immediately prior to Christ's return, called' 'the tribulation." This tribulation is on a small scale, however, and will not seriously affect the main direction of the millennium.

What totally secular theory parallels postmillennial thought and pictures a steadily advancing and more enlightened society that will attain a golden-age state of existence?
What great difference is there between secular and postmillennial thought on this matter?

How is the time before the worldwide flood compared in Scripture to the time prior to worldwide judgment? Was the world's condition steadily improving and at a golden-age state? Why will both "old worlds" need to be destroyed to usher in the "new"?

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