The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad

That old serpent, called the devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world (Rev. 12:9) is a person or persons whose characteristics are like that of a serpent (snake). Serpents or snakes of the grafted type cannot be trusted, for they will strike you when you are not expecting a strike.

Let us refer to Genesis: Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path that biteth the horse’s heels so that his rider shall fall backward  (Gen. 39:17). Here Jacob on his deathbed fortelleth the future of his sons (Moses calls Dan a lion’s whelp; he shall leap from Bashan; Duet. 33:22). That old serpent, devil and Satan, the old beast, is the dragon which deceiveth the whole world of the poor ignorant darker nations and has caused them to fall off their mount of prosperity, success and independence by accepting advice, guidance and empty promises which he (the serpent-like Caucasian devil) never intended to fulfill.

How well the prophets have described the characteristics of this race of devils as corresponding to the nature of a snake (serpent). Most snakes wobble and make a crooked trail when and wherever they crawl. So it is with the White race, which goes among the black nation leaving the marks of evil and crooked dealings and doings.


In spiritual dealings, there again you will find them like a snake (serpent), following on the heels of the truth bearers (prophets and messengers of God) to bite the believers with false teachings and fear in order that he may cause them to fall off their mount of truth. Like a snake (serpent) he parks in and on the pathway of all the so-called Negroes who seek the way to freedom, truth, justice and equality (Allah and the true religion, Islam). In many instances, they threaten you with imprisonment the loss of your jobs, hunger, lack of shelter and disrespect of human rights. On some occasions, they threaten to take away your very life! By speaking evil of the truth (Allah and His apostle and Islam), they cause fear to enter the hearts of the weak believers and they fall off the mount of the truth of God which would have saved them from fear, harm, hunger and lack of shelter. As he caused the fall of Adam and his wife from the Garden of Paradise, so they are trying to cause the fall of you and me and prevent us from entering Paradise by not believing in Allah and His religion, Islam.

Allah (God) drove out both Adam and Eve and cursed the serpent and set a day of execution upon the (human) serpent (the devil and Satan) and enmity and hatred (discord, dislike, disapproval) between the apostles and prophets of God and the human serpent. And God said unto the serpent, because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field, and I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed and her seed, it shall bruise thy head and thou shall bruise his heel (Gen. 3:15).

Notice that the above verse refers to the woman’s seed as it and in the last two words of verse 15, his heel is used. The woman’s seed and the serpent’s seed are involved. Therefore, the seed of the two will settle the wrong between the woman and the serpent caused by the serpent in the Garden of Paradise 6,000 years ago. The woman’s seed shall bruise the serpent’s head.

What is the head of this human serpent? It is the false religious leaders of the human beast serpent. Come hither, I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters with whom kings of the earth have committed fornication and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk.   (They are silly drunk from the false religious teachings of the head of the serpent. Under this drunkenness they war against the truth and persecute and kill the servants of truth, thinking that they are doing God’s will, or they try to prevent the truth from manifesting falsehood).

In the fourth verse, the woman is arrayed in purple and scarlet color and is filthy. In the first and sixteenth verses, she is called a whore. The beast supports her.

(Reprinted from “Message to The Blackman,” 1965.)