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millennium

[Lat.,=1,000 years], the period of 1,000 years in which, according to some schools of Christian eschatology, Christ will reign again gloriously on earth. Belief in the millennium, based on Rev. 20, has recurred in Christianity since the earliest times. Today it is held and taught by the AdventistsAdventists
[advent, Lat.,=coming], members of a group of related religious denominations whose distinctive doctrine centers in their belief concerning the imminent second coming of Jesus (see Judgment Day).
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 and some other conservative evangelical bodies. Belief in the millennium is called chiliasm by historians of the ancient church. See Judgment DayJudgment Day
or Doomsday,
central point of early Christian, Jewish, and Islamic eschatology, sometimes called the Day of the Lord. References to it throughout the Bible are numerous.
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millennium

the Christianity the period of a thousand years of Christ's awaited reign upon earth

millennium

(1) One thousand years. As it pertains to the calendar, we recently passed through the second millennium (January 1, 1001 to December 31, 2000), and the third millennium began January 1, 2001.

(2) (Windows Millennium) See Windows ME.
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His areas of research include nineteenth-century religious thought, British-Israelism, and millennialist theory.
While communism at least expressed an alleged commitment to Enlightenment ideals that may be acceptable in themselves, Islamists propound an extremely reactionary ideological mishmash of anti-Western, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, anti-modern, anti-intellectual, genocidal, misogynistic, homophobic, barbaric, violence-laden, theocratic and millennialist drivel--all of which is readily accessible to anyone who takes the time to read, listen to, or watch the masses of Islamist material that have been produced over the past three decades and that are increasingly freely available on the Web.
Common to American and European romantic millennialist thought, the Emersonian identification of poet with messiah, which transforms poetry into gospel and invests it with redemptive power, underlies Whitman's messianic stance.
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In a fusion of secular and millennialist impulses, the patriotic plays tend to reduce the complex socio-political parameters of the revolution to an oversimplified pattern of vivid moral contrasts that call for immediate choice.
The roots of the seemingly strange alliance between Jewish and Christian Zionisms can be traced back to the early 1800s, in England, when millennialist Protestant fundamentalists, with political leadership from Lord Shaftesbury, began to advocate the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine.
Will antigovernment and millennialist types see the new reach of federal intelligence as yet more proof of conspiracies?
Indeed, the millennialist 'Plan' pin-points the stage where "we are now.
Some historians might even be tempted by parallels between the idealistic hopes of a democracy movement in a time of cataclysmic change, and millennialist movements among oppressed peasantries earlier in colonial history.
The millennialist, apocalyptic view of the world, which many groups and individuals hold, likely will become an area of increasing concern to law enforcement, especially as the year 2000 approaches.
Participants were business, association, community, and government leaders from around the country -- representatives of police, emergency management, association management, insurance, law, legislative, federal agencies, military, a high school student, a futurist, a millennialist, an environmentalist, and so forth.
The mass suicide in a wealthy Southern California enclave casts a brutal light on a millennialist sect that earned notoriety in California 22 years ago, before disappearing into isolation to teach its members that the Earth was corrupt, that civilization was doomed and that only the disciplined few could be saved, rescued by a UFO.