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The doctrine that Jesus's Second Coming will immediately precede the millennium.

pre′mil·len′ni·al·ist n.
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) the doctrine or belief that the millennium will be preceded by the Second Coming of Christ
ˌpremilˈlennialist n
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(ˌpri mɪˈlɛn i əˌlɪz əm)

the doctrine or belief that the Second Coming of Christ will precede the millennium.
pre`mil•len′ni•al•ist, n.
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the belief that the second coming of Christ will usher in the millennium. — premillennialist, n.premillennian, adj.
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Hamlett was a popular figure among Texas and Oklahoma Baptists, and also one of the more prominent premillennialists in the SBC.
Apocalypticism, encouraged by the war's length, widening scope, and destructiveness, appeared in wartime novels and movies, animated radical political movements, and fueled end-time speculation made even more plausible among fervent premillennialists by the British army's victory in Palestine--at biblical Armageddon, no less--and by the Balfour Declaration's promise of a homeland for the Jews.
The watchword for missions since the beginning of the Student Volunteer Movement in 1886 had been "the evangelization of the world in this generation." This was a phrase filled with what William Hutchison calls ambiguities, which allowed both premillennialists and postmillennialists to own it as their own.
(52) For premillennialists such as LeTourneau, the stakes for humanity were even higher.
Picking up on the Jewish Zionism mentioned above, Ruether describes how these events are interpreted through one of the many variations of the apocalyptic Christian lens: When Jews began to emigrate to Palestine under the inspiration of Zionism in the late nineteenth century, and established a Jewish state in 1948, many Christian premillennialists saw [their] predictions being fulfilled.
In 1919 premillennialists formed the World Christian Fundamentals Association to fight liberal ideas in the nation's churches.
Premillennialists insist that the Second Coming will take place before the 1,000-year era, so Jesus can rule during that period.
As premillennialists anticipate a sudden return of Christ without specific warning, they must conduct their lives in perpetual readiness for this event.
Not surprisingly, premillennialists have formed the dominant strand among chiliastic movements.
According to Smith, "Premillennialists suppose that Christ's appearance is necessary before the thousand years of peace can begin.