As far as historical documented evidence of Christ’s second coming is concern, A-Millennialism right through to the modern Pre-tribulation view and anything in between have no sightings within the first three hundred years. The question beckons as to why modern Christians are prepared to erase the first 300 years of clear documented evidence of Christ’s second coming, especially when these people have been first hand witnesses of the information given by the Apostles of Christ, and yet modern Christians are turning to their own way of interpreting Scripture. Within all the 9 volumes of the Ante-Nicene Fathers, from the first century to the third century, the Millennium week was taught and all of them understood that the antichrist was still coming and that he will bring a great tribulation on the Church before Christ’s return.

In a nut shell we have from 400 AD on, that Augustine’s teachings turned Early Christian thinking upside down. From the 1500s those of the Protestant Reformation, would continue Augustine’s teachings, with many Protestant Christians fracturing into thousands of splinter groups, all claiming to their own interpretation of Scripture. We acknowledge that the Early writings are not Scripture but they certainly do give us a better reference of what was originally understood by the Early Church. The following writings are a small portion of those of the Ante-Nicene Fathers who wrote on the subject of Christ’s second coming.

Justin Martyr and the ‘Millennium week’.

 Chapter LXXXI.–He endeavours to prove this opinion from Isaiah and the Apocalypse. “For Isaiah spake thus concerning this space of a thousand years: For there shall be the new heaven and the new earth, and the former shall not be remembered, or come into their heart; but they shall find joy and gladness in it, which things I create. For, Behold, I make Jerusalem a rejoicing, and My people a joy; and I shall rejoice over Jerusalem, and be glad over My people. And the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, or the voice of crying. And there shall be no more there a person of immature years, or an old man who shall not fulfil his days. [2265] For the young man shall be an hundred years old; [2266] but the sinner who dies an hundred years old, [2267] he shall be accursed. And they shall build houses, and shall themselves inhabit them; and they shall plant vines, and shall themselves eat the produce of them, and drink the wine. They shall not build, and others inhabit; they shall not plant, and others eat. For according to the days of the tree of life shall be the days of my people; the works of their toil shall abound. [2268] Mine elect shall not toil fruitlessly, or beget children to be cursed; for they shall be a seed righteous and blessed by the Lord, and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass, that before they call I will hear; while they are still speaking, I shall say, What is it? Then shall the wolves and the lambs feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent [shall eat] earth as bread. They shall not hurt or maltreat each other on the holy mountain, saith the Lord.’ [2269] Now we have understood that the expression used among these words, According to the days of the tree [of life [2270] ] shall be the days of my people; the works of their toil shall abound’ obscurely predicts a thousand years. For as Adam was told that in the day he ate of the tree he would die, we know that he did not complete a thousand years. We have perceived, moreover, that the expression, The day of the Lord is as a thousand years,’ [2271] is connected with this subject. And further, there was a certain man with us, whose name was John, one of the apostles of Christ, who prophesied, by a revelation that was made to him, that those who believed in our Christ would dwell [2272] a thousand years in Jerusalem; and that thereafter the general, and, in short, the eternal resurrection and judgment of all men would likewise take place. Just as our Lord also said, They shall neither marry nor be given in marriage, but shall be equal to the angels, the children of the God of the resurrection.’

Papias (AD. 70-155) Chapter. XXX. 4. But he indicates the number of the name now, that when this man comes we may avoid him, being aware who he is: the name, however, is suppressed, because it is not worthy of being proclaimed by the Holy Spirit. For if it had been declared by Him, he (Antichrist) might perhaps continue for a long period. But now as “he was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the abyss, and goes into perdition,”4708 as one who has no existence; so neither has his name been declared, for the name of that which does not exist is not proclaimed. But when this Antichrist shall have devastated all things in this world, he will reign for three years and six months, and sit in the temple at Jerusalem; and then the Lord will come from heaven in the clouds, in the glory of the Father, sending this man and those who follow him into the lake of fire; but bringing in for the righteous the times of the kingdom, that is, the rest, the hallowed seventh day; and restoring to Abraham the promised inheritance, in which kingdom the Lord declared, that “many coming from the east and from the west should sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

Barnabas speaks of the Millenium week of God’s time table of when the messiah will restore order on the earth.

Barnabas (AD. 100?) Chapter XV. —The false and the true Sabbath.

 Further,1654 also, it is written concerning the Sabbath in the Decalogue which [the Lord] spoke, face to face, to Moses on Mount Sinai, “And sanctify ye the Sabbath of the Lord with clean hands and a pure heart.”1655 And He says in another place, “If my sons keep the Sabbath, then will I cause my mercy to rest upon them.”1656 The Sabbath is mentioned at the beginning of the creation [thus]: “And God made in six days the works of His hands, and made an end on the seventh day, and rested on it, and sanctified it.”1657 Attend, my children, to the meaning of this expression, “He finished in six days.” This implieth that the Lord will finish all things in six thousand years, for a day is1658 with Him a thousand years. And He Himself testifieth,1659 saying, “Behold, to-day1660 will be as a thousand years.”1661 Therefore, my children, in six days, that is, in six thousand years, all things will be finished. “And He rested on the seventh day.” This meaneth: when His Son, coming [again], shall destroy the time of the wicked man,1662 and judge the ungodly, and change the-sun, and the moon,1663 and the stars, then shall He truly rest on the seventh day. Moreover, He says, “Thou shalt sanctify it with pure hands and a pure heart.” If, therefore, anyone can now sanctify the day which God hath sanctified, except he is pure in heart in all things,1664 we are deceived.1665 Behold, therefore:1666 certainly then one properly resting sanctifies it, when we ourselves, having received the promise, wickedness no longer existing, and all things having been made new by the Lord, shall be able to work righteousness.1667 Then we shall be able to sanctify it, having been first sanctified ourselves.1668 Further, He says to them, “Your new moons and your Sabbath I cannot endure.”1669 Ye perceive how He speaks: Your present Sabbaths are not acceptable to Me, but that is which I have made, [namely this,] when, giving rest to all things, I shall make a beginning of the eighth day, that is, a beginning of another world. Wherefore, also, we keep the eighth day with joyfulness, the day also on which Jesus rose again from the dead.1670 And1671 when He had manifested Himself, He ascended into the heavens.