BE ENCOURAGED, BE INSPIRED BY SEN. TIM SCOTT

“Our family went from cotton to Congress in one lifetime.”

Those were the words of Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who spoke during the opening night of the 2020 Republican National Convention.

The senator was referring to his grandfather, who would have turned 99 years old Tuesday. Growing up, Scott said, his granddad “had to cross the street if a white person was coming,” adding, “He suffered the indignity of being forced out of school as a third-grader to pick cotton and he never learned to read or write.”

Yet,” Scott continued, “he lived long enough to see his grandson become the first African-American to be elected to both the United States House and the United States Senate in the history of this country. Our family went from cotton to Congress in one lifetime, and that’s why I believe the next American century can be better than the last.”

In a time of such racial unrest in the U.S., Scott’s words were a strong reminder of how far the country has progressed.

He also called on listeners to find the good news, rather than dwelling on the negatives so often put on display by the national news media.

“We live in a world that only wants you to believe in the bad news, racially, economically, and culturally,” Scott said. “The truth is, our nation’s arch always bends back toward fairness. We’re not fully where we want to be, but I thank God Almighty we are not where we used to be. We are always striving to be better. When we stumble — and we will — we pick ourselves back up, and try again.” “We don’t give in to cancel culture or the radical and factually baseless belief that things are worse today than in the 1860s or the 1960s,” he continued. “We have work to do, but I believe in the goodness of America, the promise that all men and all women are created equal, and if you’re watching tonight, I’m betting you do, too.”

THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF CHRIST

The Bible makes it very clear that when Jesus returns with the resurrected saints to defeat the Antichrist at the Battle of Armageddon, He will set up His Kingdom in a totally reconstructed Jerusalem.

This commences the Millennial reign of Christ on this earth. He will rule and reign with the resurrected saints, and with a rod of iron, for 1000 years. The Adamic curse has not been lifted so people will die, although they will live longer. People will still have to accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, just as we do now, in order to receive eternal life. Also, we know that Satan is released at the end of the Millennium and is still able to raise an enormous army to come up against Jesus.

And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.Revelation 20:7-10

The video below is instructive and inspirational but it has one major error. The new heaven and the new earth which only the saints inherit is created by God after this earth has been consumed by fire and the White Throne Judgement.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4

Nevertheless, Ezekiel’s 48 description of the Millennial Kingdom is correct and as I said before is inspirational as well as instructive. Well worth the time and effort.