Ante-Nicene Chiliasm: The Great Tribulation and Personal Antichrist
 
Another important aspect of the early Christian eschatology was their belief in a future and brief Great Tribulation period in which a personal Antichrist tyrant was to wreak havoc upon the earth. This position is consistent only with Futurism. The Historicist position teaches a very long and extended period of tribulation under a succession of many, many Roman pontiffs. And the Preterist position would have the early Church unaware that the fulfillment of these prophecies had taken place.