Paradise Restored During the Millennium
and then Eternal Paradise in Heaven
Paradise Restored During the Millennium and then Eternal Paradise in Heaven
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|Click blue links for Overview|
|Session 1: God's Plans for the Future|
|Session 2—Part 1: The Missing Messianic Kingdom—The Disciples’ Confusion Over Christ’s First Coming|
|Session 2—Part 2: The Missing Messianic Kingdom—Today's Confusion over Christ's Second Coming|
|Session 3—Part 1: Method of Interpreting the Scriptures—Understanding the Adamic Order of Being|
|Session 3—Part 2: Method of Interpreting the Scriptures—Understanding the New Creation as Sons of God |
|Session 4: The Two Kingdoms of God|
|Session 5—Part 1: A Chart of God’s Endgame|
|Session 5—Part 2: A Chart of God’s Endgame|
|Session 6: A Critique of Premillennialism|
|Session 7: A Critique of Amillennialism and Postmillennialism|
|Session 8—Part 1: A Case for Postrestorationalism|
|Session 8—Part 2: A Case for Postrestorationalism|
|Session 9: A Hundredfold Reward on a Restored Earth|
|Session 10: The Gospel of the Kingdom|
|Session 11: The Final Resurrection|
|Session 12: The Second Coming on Judgment Day|
|Session 13: The New Heavens and New Earth|
|Session 14: The Great Tribulation|
|Session 15: The Battle of Armageddon|
|Session 16: Daniel and the Olivet Discourse|
|Session 17: The Seventy Weeks in Daniel|
|Session 18: This Generation|
|Session 19: The Cosmic Changes in the Heavens|
|Session 20: The Stealthy Restoration|
|Session 21: The Early Church Millennialists|
|Session 22: Irenaeus and the Two Resurrections|
|Session 23: Lactantius and the Two Resurrections|
|Session 24: Augustine’s Theology of the Future|
|Session 25: Calvin’s Theology of the Future|
|Session 26: The Future of Israel|
|Session 27: God’s Plan of Redemption|
|Session 28: Conclusion|
|Appendix 1: Preparing for the Great Tribulation|
|Appendix 2: The Genesis Creation Accounts|
Session 1: God's Endgame (41 min)
Session 2—Part 1: The Missing Messianic Kingdom—The Disciples' Confusion Over Christ's First Coming (33 min)
Session 2—Part 2: The Missing Messianic Kingdom—Today's Confusion over Christ's Second Coming (35 min)
Session 3—Part 1: Method of Interpreting the Scriptures—Understanding the Two Orders of Being (36 min)
Session 3—Part 2: Method of Interpreting the Scriptures—Understanding the New Creation as Sons of God (44 min)
Session 4: The Two Kingdoms of God (38 min)
Session 5—Part 1: A Chart of God’s Endgame (35 minutes)
Session 5—Part 2: A Chart of God’s Endgame (45 minutes)
Session 6: A Critique of Premillennialism (45 min)
Session 7: A Critique of Amillennialism and Postmillennialism (45 min)
Session 8—Part 1: A Case for Postrestorationalism (39 min)
Session 8—Part 2: A Case for Postrestorationalism—(45 min)
Session 9: A Hundredfold Reward on a Restored Earth (45 min)
Session 10: The Gospel of the Kingdom (15 min)
Session 11: The Final Resurrection (36 min)
Session 12: The Second Coming on Judgment Day (35 min)
Session 13: The New Heavens and New Earth (32 min)
Session 14: The Great Tribulation (36 min)
Session 15: The Battle of Armageddon (33 min)
Session 16: Daniel and the Olivet Discourse (36 min)
Session 17: The Seventy Weeks of Daniel (44 min)
Session 18: This Generation (23 min)
Session 19: The Cosmic Changes in the Heavens (20 min)
Session 20: The Stealthy Restoration (37 min)
Session 21: The Early Millennialists (40 min)
Session 22: Irenaeus and the Two Resurrections (31 min)
Session 23: Lactantius and the Two Resurrections (28 min)
Session 24: Augustine’s Theology of the Future (36 min)
Session 25: Calvin’s Theology of the Future
Session 26: The Future of Israel
Session 27: God’s Plan of Redemption
Session 28: Conclusion
Appendix 1: Preparing for the Great Tribulation
Christians believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Jewish Messiah. According to the Old Testament prophets, the Messiah was supposed to take away our sins, remove the curse on this Genesis creation, and restore the earth to its Edenic condition. He would then rule over Israel and the whole world, ushering in an age of righteous humanity. The world would be characterized by peace, justice, righteousness, and abundant prosperity.
Instead, Jesus Christ was crucified by the Romans, and after being resurrected, he ascended to heaven without establishing his reign over this world. The Genesis creation remains under a curse, and Satan continues to be the ruler of this fallen world of sinful humans. This demonic world is characterized by strife and war, injustice, unrighteousness, and systemic poverty. Where, then, is his messianic kingdom of peace and prosperity?
In this challenging series of lectures, the current views on the biblical future—amillennialism, postmillennialism, and premillennialism—will be examined and critiqued. Topics such as the Great Tribulation, the millennial reign of Christ, the first resurrection, the final resurrection, and the second coming of Christ on Judgment Day are examined in depth. Then, a fascinating alternative to understanding God’s endgame will be presented.
This lecture series makes the case that instead of the Messiah returning to this earth to establish his 1,000-year messianic kingdom, he remains in heaven seated at the right hand of the Father when he removes Satan, restores this Genesis creation, and rules the world. The departed saints inherit this messianic kingdom through the “first resurrection” as described by John in the book of Revelation. This will be of the natural human body that can marry and reproduce.
When Christ does come again, it will be on Judgment Day when he destroys this Genesis creation, raptures the saints at the final resurrection, and takes the immortal sons of God to the new heavens and new earth. After this final resurrection, the eternal sons of God will no longer experience marriage and reproduction. This eschatology is named “postrestorationalism”—Christ returns after (post-) a literal 1,000-year restoration of this Genesis creation.
Conservative evangelicals today agree on many core doctrines, but unfortunately, they have not been able to agree on the subject of eschatology. The various views are complex, confusing, and even contradictory. Without a doubt, a great deal of confusion continues to surround God’s endgame.
Premillennialists believe that because Christ did not set up his messianic kingdom the first time he came to this earth, he must return a second time with his departed saints at the beginning of the millennium to finally establish it. Satan will be removed, the curse on this Genesis creation will be lifted, and a human paradise will be restored for a thousand years—before his people inherit the new heavens and new earth, or the eternal kingdom of heaven.
Amillennialists insist the Scriptures teach that Christ returns on Judgment Day, when he destroys this cursed Genesis creation and judges all mankind. He then takes the raptured sons of God to the Father’s eternal paradise in heaven. There is no 1,000-year restoration of this Genesis creation to an Edenic paradise before the eternal kingdom of heaven.
Amillennialists may be correct in teaching that the second coming occurs on the very last day of this Genesis creation, but how can we have a Messiah without his messianic kingdom? The Scriptures also teach that the Jewish Messiah is the eternal Son of God through whom and for whom this Genesis creation was made. As such, doesn’t he have the divine power, authority, and right to remove Satan and rule his own creation? It was his creation to begin with before Satan entered this world.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gary S. Cangelosi is a graduate of Tulane University, where he studied architecture and intellectual history. Not called to the ministry or academics, he pursued a business career for 30 years. During that time, he pursued theology through independent studies at both Gordon-Conwell and Reformed Theological Seminaries in Charlotte, North Carolina. Gary and his wife, Terri, reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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“Mr. Cangelosi has produced a most interesting study in the field of Biblical Eschatology. One does not need to agree with all points of interpretation in order to regard his work as a view worth considering. He is an original thinker, sometimes challenging traditional understandings of certain passages.”
– Kenneth L. Barker, general editor of the NIV Study Bible
“Ken Barker, OT scholar and longtime general editor of the NIV, writes that Cangelosi’s study represents a view well worth considering and I agree. . . . Premillennial, amillennial, and postmillennial eschatologies have been the three competing interpretations of biblical teaching . . . for most of the history of the church. Is one clearly right and are the other two wrong? . . . Or is there some combination of two or three of the perspectives that has yet to be explored in depth and that might advance the discussion? Gary Cangelosi, who has studied at both Gordon-Conwell and Reformed Theological Seminaries, thinks so and dubs the perspective postrestorationist. Maybe the solution . . . is to adopt a historic premillennial chronology for Revelation 19–20 but observe that Christ does not explicitly return to earth even at the end of chapter 19. Perhaps he reigns from heaven throughout the millennium . . . The second coming would then occur at the end of Revelation 20, in accompaniment with the White Throne Judgment.”
– Craig L. Blomberg, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary