I have been studying Revelation 20 for a men’s bible study in my church and of course the big discussion is always if we should take the thousand years literally or not. This really is an important issue that many don’t take seriously (but that will have to be a post for another time).
My reason for this post is to share a quote from Justin Martyr, an early second century apologist of the Christian faith, who had very definite pre-millennial views. The quote comes from a work he wrote called Dialogue with Trypho. Trypho asks him the question, “Do you really admit that this place Jerusalem shall be rebuilt, and do you expect your people to be gathered together and made joyful with Christ and the patriarchs and the prophets, both the men of our nation and other proselytes who join them before your Christ came?” And Justin answers Trypho and says:
“I and many others are of this opinion and believe that such will take place as you are assuredly aware, but on the other hand I signified to you that many who belong to the pure and pious faith and are true Christians think otherwise. But I and others, who are right minded Christians on all points are assured that there will be a resurrection of the dead and a thousand years in Jerusalem which will then be rebuilt adorned and enlarged as the prophets Ezekiel and Isaiah and others declare (italicized emphasis mine).”
I love it! “But I and others, who are right minded Christians on all points!” Are you “right minded” on the millennium? If not, come on in, the water is fine!