The Rise of the Black man and woman
If the Black man and woman, of America, are the people of God’s choice today to build a new world, everything in the nature of the creation, powered by its Author, will force the Black man and woman in America to rise to their original and natural place in the universal order of things–in spite of themselves. If it’s time, there is no force that can stop this rise.
Daniel records this fact in these words:
“…the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” (2:35)
Again, Daniel 2:44 reads:
“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.”
The Nation of Islam, which is being formed right here in the United States of America, is the kingdom that Daniel foresaw that would be set up by God Himself. It would never fall, once it was established. The full establishment was to occur after the departure of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad–yet through him–by the wisdom and power of the Lord of the worlds.
On this same point, Matthew wrote:
“The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed…which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among the herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.” (13:31 and 32) This is to say that others, other than the Black people of America–who have been the least of all people on the earth–will also benefit from their resurrection.
The old folks use to say, “The bottom rail will come to the top.” That is happening now.
The 16th chapter of Matthew records an event, which, whether or not it actually happened 2,000 years ago, in whole or in part, was written to give a picture of a specific set of events that took place prior to the departure of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. This event of Matthew 16, foreshadowing certain events to come, has been referred to for nearly 2,000 years as Peter’s confession.
The essence of what is in Matthew 16 is that Jesus led his most intimate followers to a place called Caesarea Philippi. He deliberately chose a place that was outside of the locations where there was a greater Jewish influence. This city was a Gentile or pagan stronghold named after the Roman emperor Caesar. It was in Caesarea Philippi that Jesus chose to lead his followers, through a series of questions, to test their knowledge of his identity. He questioned them about who the people thought he was. Their answers showed their grasp of his place with God; his mission and position in the overall scheme of things. This was important, as he was, in effect, part of his own message.
Even though there were some, in that little group, who had come to see the identity of Jesus (even that he was the Messiah, to some extent) before Peter, he was the one who stated in a particularly open manner: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16)
Mark 8:29 and Luke 9:20 records Peter’s words in these forms, depending on which translation you read:
“You are the Messiah.” “Thou art the Christ.” “You are God’s Messiah.” “You are the Christ of God.”
Jesus knew that this was the time when he could expect such understanding–especially from Peter, as he had already chosen Peter for an awesome future assignment. Jesus responded to his disciple by telling Peter that he was a blessed man, for God Himself was the Source of that revelation to him. In addition, he said, so it is written:
“…thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:17 and 18)
To prevail means “to be greater in strength or influence; to triumph; to be or become effective; win out; to get the better of; to overcome, master, conquer, surmount, best, worst; to rule, dominate, reign, predominate, preponderate.”
Could this have been fulfilled 2,000 years ago? No!
In the 19th verse of Matthew 16, we read:
“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Again, could this really have been fulfilled 2,000 years ago–especially in the light of the history of the world, from that time until now?
(There is the deepest kind of tie in between the meaning of the numbers of these verses in conjunction with their contents and the time of their fulfillment; especially in the work of the Honorable Louis Farrakhan.)
Notice, Jesus is saying that he himself would direct this building work through Peter and others. He will do the building of his “church,” by the power of his God, after he had gone to where his Father was, and he would give Peter the keys to the kingdom at a time to come after the time when he was then talking to them. This building work of his began after he was put on the cross and after he went to his Father.
At a certain point in his spiritual development, the Honorable Louis Farrakhan came to recognize certain truths about his teacher. With that came a sense of a future work that he would do in relation to that recognition. He informed his teacher of what he saw. This was one of the critical stages in his development. His teacher acknowledged what his Minister saw–up to a point–and continued his Minister’s preparation for that future work, which he has now been performing since 1977.
Note here, that there was a specific set of exchanges–during this critical juncture (between the teacher and his pupil, from about 1968-1972) during which the latter wrote a letter to his teacher; in response to certain things his teacher was unfolding to him. I’ve seen a draft of that letter. I bear witness that it constitutes the fulfillment of “Peter’s Confession.”
In fact the Honorable Elijah Muhammad had, over the years, made certain statements to Minister Farrakhan that led (guided) him to the recognition–to a certain extent–that his teacher was the Messiah/Christ, and that he had a special future work to do in connection with this recognition.
According to the word-picture painted in the New Testament, the followers of Jesus came to see him much clearer after he departed and went to his Father (God). This word-picture is being fulfilled, in reality, even as you read these words. We are, for instance, living out, or fulfilling, the Book of Acts, as well as other writings and histories.
None of this is not to ignore specific truths the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to this or that person, among his relatives, staff, followers and others. None of this is intended to ignore their value to the rise of Black people.
(If it pleases Allah, I hope to gather from them that which will form part of the basis of a series of volumes on the history of the Nation of Islam, which I’ve worked on since 1976.)
More next issue, Allah willing.