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Apokaliptiek en millennialisme: Die relevansie van die begrip "duisendjarige vredesryk" vir vandag

Jonada Groenewald
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 57, No 1/2 | a1891 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v57i1/2.1891 | © 2001 Jonada Groenewald | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 December 2001 | Published: 14 December 2001

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Jonada Groenewald, Departement Nuwe-Testamentiese Wetenskap Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Apocalypticism and millennialism: The relevance of the "thousand year reign" for today. With the turn of the century it once again became clear that apocalypticism and millennialism are important themes. At the dawn of a new millennium the expectancy arises that the end of the world is at hand. Apocalypticism deals with the end time and millennialism with the thousandyear reign. The purpose of this study is to look at the relevance of the "thousand year reign" for a postmodern person. The "thousand year reign ", described in Revelation 20:1-10, is a concept that originated in the premodern time. Since there is a difference between how a premodern and a postmodern person understands time, it is important first to understand what this theme meant for the first readers of Revelation and then asking the question as to the relevance of this theme for today.


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