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n. Christianity
The doctrine stating that Jesus will reign on earth for 1,000 years.

[New Latin chīliasmus, from Late Latin chīlias, chiliad; see chiliad.]

chil′i·ast′ (-ăst′, -əst) n.
chil′i·as′tic adj.
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Noun1.chiliast - a person who believes in the coming of the millennium (a time of great peace and prosperity)chiliast - a person who believes in the coming of the millennium (a time of great peace and prosperity)
optimist - a person disposed to take a favorable view of things
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(2) Unlike the original Chiliasts of the Reformation period, who thought that the final empire's ruler would be a great Christian leader, the liberator not only of the Holy Land but of all lands from infidel oppressors of the true believers, (3) dispensationalists of the modern era held that the Antichrist himself would be the final empire's head and that he would use the empire for his anti-Christian purposes.
Nonetheless, all these lacunae help emphasize one of the major points that Popkin and his friends were trying to make: early-modern Europe was teeming with messianic prophets, millenarians, chiliasts, apocalypticists, and utopians.
Weber has read one great slate of unhappiness, history as written by sects and prophets, millenarians, chiliasts, and televangelists.
And though he places the kingdom of Christ in the seventh millennium, inaugurated by the first resurrection (as did the chiliasts), Victorinus never speaks of a replacement of millennial Jerusalem with the Jerusalem from above, as did Irenaeus, and in fact he assumes that the Jerusalem of Revelation 21 and 22 is already present on earth in Chapter 20.
On the role of women at Tabor and among the chiliasts see Macek, Tabor v husitskem revolucnim hnuti, vol.
There follows a quick took at Greek school books on world religions, which at times lump Jews with chiliasts (Jehovah's Witnesses) and Freemasons.
The deliberate adaptation, manipulation and usurpation of eschatological doctrine may seem like marketing at its most cynical and depraved - and to some extent it is - but it is also true to say that chiliasts, millennarians and eschatologists of whatever stripe have shown themselves to be remarkably adept marketers.