"Now, the question that divides Bible-believing Christians is how this
Will this entire millennium come before or after Jesus comes again? "Some say that one thousand years, the millennium, is a reference to the period of time where we are right now as Christ reigns in heaven today till he puts all of his enemies under his feet," explains Piper.
"Some others say that the one thousand years is a real period of lengthy glory in this age. We are not in it yet. It will come just before Christ comes so that the gospel triumphs in the world: the world is Christianized, by and large, peace and righteousness hold sway in the world, and then, after that, post that, Christ returns — this is Postmillennial."
But pastor John Piper himself would align with a third way. "Some say that the one thousand years happens after Christ comes again, or he comes pre, before the millennium — and that is why it is called Premillennialism. Then, after Christ comes to a very rebellious earth and establishes his reign, there is a long, long period of glorious rule of Christ on the earth."
So, John believes that Christ's return may not be 1000 years off at all. Instead, he believes it could be very soon indeed. "Christ could come very, very quickly. I pray he does. I have really good friends who hold all three of these positions. And so, I am not going to withhold my fellowship or friendship over these kinds of disagreements," he says.
"It could happen very, very soon. He (Jesus) doesn’t have to wait one thousand years."