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Poll Shows Most Leaders are Premillennialists

The National Association of Evangelicals has released results of its new poll showing that 65 percent of evangelical leaders identify with premillennial end-times theology. Amillennials represented 13 percent of those polled and 4 percent identified as postmillennial. But Leith Anderson, president of the NAE, said “even within premillennialism there are varieties of views and beliefs.” As described by the NAE, premillennialists maintain that Jesus Christ will come to earth for the second time after a period of tribulation, followed by a literal 1,000-year period in which Christ and His followers reign on earth. Amillennialists, however, believe the non-literal millenial reign of Christ is occurring now, and postmillennialists believe Christ’s second coming will occur after the 1,000-year period. Premillennialists also debate the timing of the “rapture,” the moment in which believers rise and join Jesus, whether it will occur before, during, or after the tribulation. Many who responded to the poll said end-times debate can distract from living faithfully in the present.

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