Israel, the Kingdom, and the End of the World
There will be three speakers, introduced below, who will represent the most commonly held views within evangelicalism today: premillennialism, amillennialism, and postmillennialism.
The views of the speakers do not necessarily represent the views of Armor Bible Church.
Sam Torcasio is the lead pastor at Niagara Frontier Bible Church (NFBC). Sam was an NFBC member before going to seminary and it is a joy for him to be back and pastoring this church. Sam has a Bachelor’s Degree from Niagara University, a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary, and is currently pursuing his Master of Theology remotely. Sam will be representing the premillennial position.
“The reason this view is called premillennialism is because Jesus returns before (pre-) the millennium. The millennium, therefore, is future and earthly. Most premillennialists believe that this intermediate kingdom between the present age and the eternal state (Rev. 21:1-22:5) lasts for a literal “thousand years.” What unites all premillennialists is the belief that there will be a kingdom of Jesus on earth with his saints after this present age but before the eternal state.” (Essential Christian Doctrine, ed. John MacArthur, pg. 454)
Chris Amico is the assistant pastor of Christian Fellowship Church. Along with being an assistant pastor, Chris also serves in the U.S. Air Force in the 914th Air Refueling Wing. Chris has a Master of Divinity from The Rawlings Divinity School at Liberty University, a Certificate in Reformed Baptist Studies from the International Reformed Baptist Seminary, and is certified at level 2 through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Chris will be representing the amillennial position.
“The amillennial position…believes that the church age is the kingdom age prophesied in the Old Testament. The New Testament church has become the Israel of God. Amillennialists believe that the binding of Satan took place during Jesus’ earthly ministry; Satan was restrained while the gospel was preached to the world, and this restraint continues today. Insofar as Christ presently rules in the hearts of believers, they have some influences in the culture in which they live, but they will not transform the culture. Toward the end, the growth of evil will accelerate, resulting in the great tribulation and a personal Antichrist. Christ will return to end history, resurrect and judge all men, and establish the eternal order. In eternity, the redeemed may be either in heaven or in a totally renovated earth.” (R. C. Sproul, Everyone’s a Theologian, pg. 313)
Matthew Bryant is the Deputy Wing Chaplain for the 914th Air Refueling Wing, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York. As a member of the AGR Religious Support Team, Matt serves over 3,000 reservists, guardsman, and civilians. He is endorsed by Liberty Baptist Fellowship, Lynchburg, Virginia. As a civilian, Matt has served in Pastoral ministry alongside his military duty since 2011 in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Matt has a Bachelor’s Degree and Master of Divinity from Liberty University and a Master of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Matt is the author of Constructing a Theology of Prayer: Andrew Fuller’s (1754-1815) Belief and Practice of Prayer. Matt will be representing the postmillennial position.
“Like amillennialism, postmillennialism teaches that the “thousand years” [aka, the millenium] of Revelation 20 occurs prior to the Second Coming. Some postmillennialists teach that the millennial age is the entire period between Christ’s first and second advents, while others teach that it is the last one thousand years of the present age. According to postmillennialism, in the present age the Holy Spirit will draw unprecedented multitudes to Christ through faithful preaching of the gospel. Among the multitudes who will be converted are the ethnic Israelites . . . . [And] At the end of the present age, Christ will return, there will be a general resurrection of the just and the unjust, and the final judgment will take place.” (Keith A. Mathison, Postmillennialism: An Eschatology of Hope, pg. 10, brackets added).
John Cooper is the Executive Director of the Niagara Gospel Mission. He has ministry experience with preaching and homelessness in Niagara Falls, Watertown, Hawaii, and Afghanistan. John served 6 years in the United States Army as a sniper section leader including one tour in Afghanistan. His education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Minsitry from Clarks Summit University and he is currently enrolled in the Master of Divinity Program with an emphasis on Leadership at Liberty University Online.
John will be moderating the evening and guiding the conversation.