2. A figurative belief of what is called the "church age" during which Jesus literally will rule on the Earth after the church age; that is, Jesus will rule in the hearts and lives of the believers from the birth of the church until his Second Coming.
3. Etymology: from Greek a-, "no" + Latin millennium, "thousand years" = "no millennium".
During the millennium, persecution will continue, though Satan has no real power over the church because Christ already defeated him on Calvary.
The tribulation represents the church persecution throughout the millennium. At some point in the future, Jesus will return and initiate a final judgment and eternity.
It is believed that Christ is even now reigning or there is "nunc-millennialism" (nunc means "now") at the right hand of God over His church.
After this present age has ended, Christ will return and immediately usher the church into their eternal state after judging the wicked.
Eschatology is the study of the eschaton which is equated with "last things". While other views focus on the final days of humans on earth, amillennialism sees "the last things" as having been initiated at Christ's resurrection and so, being applicable from the earliest days of the Christian church.
From the amillennialist perspective, the whole of God's redemptive revelation is twofold: promise and fulfillment. It also emphasizes that a strict-literal interpretation of the Old Testament is not necessarily the most accurate way of determining what the text means.