Monday, March 20, 2017

Word of the day: millenarian

The word of the day is millenarian:

  1. of or pertaining to a thousand, especially the thousand years of the prophesied millennium.
  2. of or pertaining to the millennium, especially of Christian prophecy, or millennialism.
1550s, "one who believes in the coming of the (Christian) millennium," from L. millenarius (see millennium) + -ian. As an adj., from 1630s.

"After the Battle of Armageddon would follow the second coming of Christ, when his elected would reign in happiness and prosperity for a thousand years.  Much of what Darby preached was not new, but he wove the strands of earlier millenarianism and prophecy into a tightly spun system of his own, supported by Biblical texts, then communicated it to his followers in his endless writings and during his impassioned speaking tours."

 - Caroline Moorehead, Village of Secrets

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