(FinalCall.com) – The TV-movie and documentaries, which were aired last month (November) on Jesus, were, to me, somewhat odd. Normally, at this time of the year, movies and documentaries on Jesus are reserved for December, when what is called the anniversary of his birth is celebrated.
The ones I saw last month centered on the subject of the persons, groups, conditions and the circumstances involved in, and leading to, his death. His resurrection in each portrayal was short and superficial. Particular attention was given to the motives of those involved in his murder. One documentary even went so far as to examine Jesus’ own motives for placing himself in the position to be assassinated.
The New Testament devotes more space to Jesus’ return than to his first appearance. Now, if he were to reappear with the kind of power we’ve been taught that he had, what kind of businesses and institutions would he bring to an end? What new ones would replace them? Why these questions?
If Jesus was God, as many believe, and as we drew ever closer to the time of his return or arrival, universal changes would occur. All current things would begin to die out, as distinct signs of His near arrival. However, this process would greatly speed up when He actually arrived. That’s written.
So what does this have to do with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s answer to my question of the 104 books that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad studied under the guidance of his Teacher; Minister Farrakhan’s identity; your ministry and the end of envy, which ended my last article?
How did the Honorable Elijah Muhammad recognize Master Fard Muhammad’s identity? He recognized the correspondence between the person and words of Master Fard Muhammad, as he looked at and listened to Him, and the Bible’s prophecies of such a man as the one he beheld. Of course, He was deeply involved in this process.
The very first words of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad to his Teacher were: “You are the One Whom the Bible’s prophets foresaw coming along about this time, about 2,000 years after Jesus, or the Son of Man.”
The very first words Master Fard Muhammad spoke to His servant were: “Yes, I am the One. But who else knows this but yourself?”
That was the night of September 22, 1931.
Twenty-three years and five months later, on the day of February 26, 1955, he recognized Minister Louis Farrakhan on first sight, without the Minister having said one word! We’ll look at his first words to Minister Farrakhan later, in which he was given the very essence of his future work.
Jesus’ identity was intricately involved in the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s first meeting with his Teacher. So, too, is your identity and ministry thoroughly tied to the identity of Jesus.
The arrival and the identity of Master Fard Muhammad and the significance of His meeting with the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, is most difficult to get Black people to understand and accept. The hardest thing for Black people (of America) to accept about the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is the fact that he met and was commissioned by God Himself. Yet, this is the most important fact about him. The hardest part of his message for Black people to take concerns Jesus. Yet, that is the part, which if understood, would awaken them at once.
Here is one way he put it: “After Master Fard Muhammad taught me, I saw quickly that this man’s (Jesus) history was the world’s most misrepresented and misunderstood. I do believe that, if my poor blind, deaf and dumb people could be taught the true knowledge of the true history of Jesus, they would awaken at once.”
This compound problem of getting us to really understand this is tied to every problem Black people now have. Yet, the truth of the identities of the Jesus of 2,000 years ago; God Himself; the Messiah; Minister Farrakhan and us, are at the root of the solution of every problem we (Black people) have or will have.
This is the awesome task that Minister Farrakhan has been working on, especially since 1977: the resurrection of an entire nation in a world under the judgment of God Almighty–a world which opposes him 100 percent.
Now, who is Minister Farrakhan?
Whatever your view is of his identity, how do you know it is true? What is the relevance of his identity to you? Who are you? How do you know? How do you know your self-view is true? How do you know that he is who you say he is and who you think you are? Are Minister Farrakhan’s identity and your self-concept important to Allah? Why? How is Minister Farrakhan’s identity and your identity related in the eyes of God? Have you ever thought of these questions and their answers? Why, or why not?
What does the word “identity” mean? Have you ever lost your wallet with those things called your “identification?” How were you affected? Have you ever had your identity misused by another? How did that affect you? In each case, how were those close to you affected by the lost and/or the misuse of those things that are called your identity?
Does the truth of your identity go deeper than your driver’s license; social security card; passport; marriage license; bankcard; birth certificate; school records; baptismal certificate; military discharge papers; some medical records and whatever else you lost?
Suppose you bumped your head and became an amnesia patient. Suppose this incident occurred to you somewhere far from those you know. How would you be able to identify yourself? Would public ads informing those who know you help? What of fingerprint records; DNA records; dental records, etc.?
Contributing identification factors to help identify you may well include: tattoos, vaccine records, blood type, involving rare diseases, surgical scars, etc.
Alright, suppose you were helped to regain your memory and to reconnect you with those who know you, and you even got back all of your “ID” materials, would that answer the question: Who are you?
Minister Farrakhan’s teacher said, in a Theology of Time speech: “If you can’t take less, how can you take more?” Jesus said something similar, according to the gospels.
We’re going into the simpler aspects of Minister Farrakhan’s identity to get to ours. If we reject the lesser facts, we’ll not ever grasp the greater. Then, we’ll be as those who will say: “O Allah, why have you raised me up blind when I used to see?”
Minister Farrakhan has been by his teacher as Aaron was by Moses; as Paul was by Jesus–and then some. This is far deeper than mere comparisons or analogies. We are dealing with fulfilled prophecies. Minister Farrakhan is fulfilling things you have read, or should have read, in the scriptures! So are you! So are others!
His answer to my question of the 104 books deal with “identity.”
Ponder this from “Message to the Blackman” by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad: “It is Allah’s (God’s) will and purpose that we shall know ourselves. Therefore, He came Himself to teach us the knowledge of self. Who is better knowing of who we are than God, Himself?”
More next issue, Allah willing.