the belief that Christ will return to earth in visible form and establish a kingdom to last 1000 years, after which the world will come to an end. Also called millenarianism. —chiliast, n. —chiliastic, adj.
eschatologyTheology. any set of doctrines concerning flnal matters, as death, the judgment, afterlife, etc. —eschatological, adj. —eschatologist, n.
the preachings of the American William Miller (1782-1849), founder of the Adventist church, who believed that the end of the world and the return of Christ would occur in 1843. —Millerite, n.
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