I am curious about all of you who visit this blog. I am conducting a poll on the eschatology, the end-time beliefs concerning the return of Christ. Here are the possible answers:
Dispensational Premillennial -- This views that Jesus will come invisibly close to earth to take all those who are Christians away to heaven (called the rapture). This will start a seven year tribulation period, which will result in immense persecution of those who become Christians during this period. Jesus will come visibly at the end of the seven and reign 1000 years. At the end of the 1000 years, Satan will lead a rebellion which Jesus and his followers will put down. This will result in the eternal kingdom.
Historic Premillennial -- This is the older form of premillennialism that many of the old church fathers held, such as Irenaeus. In this view there is no rapture that precedes the start of the tribulation. Jesus makes a visible return that closes the tribulation and starts the millennium. At the end of the 1000 years, Satan will lead a rebellion which Jesus and his followers will put down. This will result in the eternal kingdom.
Amillennialism -- This views that the periods of time discussed in Revelation for the tribulation and millennium use symbolic numbers, such as other symbolic expressions, to refer to the time from Jesus' first advent on earth until his second coming. At Jesus' second coming, both the tribulation and millennial reign of Christ and the church end and the new heaven and earth are created. All who believe in Christ will live in both the new heaven and new earth.
Postmillenialism -- This views that the tribulation started sometime after Christ's first advent, when Jesus ascended into heaven. After the tribulation, the millennial era began (possibly longer than 1000 years) where the gospel advances and vanquishes evil. Then Christ returns and the new heaven and earth are created. All who believe in Christ will live in both the new heaven and new earth.
Full Preterist -- This views that Christ fully returned around 70 AD with the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple. Death has been spiritually conquered and the spiritual resurrection began at 70 AD. All the prophecies in Revelation were fulfilled at around 70 AD.
Partial Preterism -- Christ made a spiritual return in judgment at 70 AD at the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple, which brought an end to the period of the old testament temple. However, Jesus' second coming did not happen at that time. Some partial preterists then follow a postmillenial view or an amillennial view.
Historicist -- This views that Revelation's visions speak primarily about things that have happened during the church age after Christ's ascension. Unlike the amillennial view, which sees the visions speaking of general things that happen throughout history with a brief interval of intense tribulation just prior to Christ's return, the historicist sees that each thing described in Revelation refers to one historical event in the past. Often the historicist sees the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church as the antichrist.