The end-time viewpoint of Cyprian who wrote around 258 A.D.
Cyprian was the Bishop of Carthage in North Africa during severe persecution of Christians leading to martyrdom for many.
Probably believed in a 1,000 yearmillennium. However, he made two serious mistakes: (1) refers to 6,000 yearsof human history and (2) believed that the end of the world would come soon (which it didn't).
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The Treatises of Cyprian
Treatise XI — Exhortation to Martyrdom, Addressed to Fortunatus.
It is an ancient adversary and an old enemy with whom we wage our battle: six thousand yearsare now nearly completed since the devil first attacked man.
. . . as the first seven days in the divine plan containing seven thousand years.
- He subscribes to the idea that the days of creation correspond to the total age of the creation.
- He mistakenly thinks that the end of the 6,000 yearswill occur soon but it continues for at least 1,700 more years.
- This passage assumes human history will last exactly 6,000 years. This does not match modern premillennialism at all; most premillennialists are young earth creationists and think Adam & Evewere created 10,000 B.C. or earlier