The early Christians believed that they were living at the end of the world of evil. They believed that they were being persecuted by those who were desperately trying to hold on to power, against the will and power of God. They also believed that God, and/or Jesus was on the way to relieve them of their suffering; to vindicate them; to set them fully free; to punish their enemies.
Well, as we all know the “end” did not come 2,000 years ago. They were mistaken about the time. However, they serve as signs–types–of that which is taking place today at the real end of this world.
If at the end of the world God is to come to build as well as to destroy, we must not shrink or turn our heads in disdain from the notion that the activities of God, especially in the last days of this world, includes destruction and death. Many people have a conception of God that is very unrealistic and that involves the idea that God does not kill and destroy. This is baseless.
Now, even if Jesus preached that “year,” it did not come 2,000 years ago. How does this “year” and this “day” of which Isaiah spoke correspond to the “one day” of Revelation 18:8?
Revelation 18:8 reads: “Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.”
Consider Joel 3:1-3:
“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for a harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.”
This is prophecy of God’s reasoning with all those responsible for our enslavement and who still hold us to them unjustly and refuse to let us go.
This is also speaking of the war of Armageddon, mentioned also in Revelation 16:6, (which I’ve here placed in context) which reads:
Revelation 16:1-18 “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, it is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.”
Some of this is being fulfilled now. Will the rest also be fulfilled? Again, consider Joel 3:5-7:
“Because you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things: The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have you sold unto the Grecians, that you might remove them far from their border. Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompense upon your own head.”
In fact, we should consider all of Joel, as we are all faced with this NOW! Look at the fearsome description given in chapter 2.
Joel 2:1, 2: “ … for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be anymore after it even to the years of many generations.”
Verses 11-13: “And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil … .”
Verses 28-32: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.”
All of these words are directed to us in these days in which He Who was to come, has come, and has begun His work.
The Almighty God is the Ultimate Redeemer of His chosen people. He gave a whole nation to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, for whom the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is issuing The Final Call!
Allah has thoroughly pleaded our cause, as it is written in such places as Jeremiah 50: 33, 34:
“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together: and all that took them captives held them fast; they refused to let them go. Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name: he shall thoroughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.”
If one takes the time to examine the entire range of what the Honorable Elijah Muhammad has taught–now borne witness to by Minister Louis Farrakhan–it is clear our cause has been thoroughly pleaded.
Among the points that Minister Farrakhan emphasized is that a Black man born in Georgia was and is the Jesus of the New Testament.
(The above words I wrote in a published book titled Farrakhan The Traveler Volume one.)
More next issue, Allah willing.