All of the Abrahamic religions teach about the coming of God or a messianic figure at the end of the world. But teachings of God’s coming and a day of judgment appear to be either an apocalyptic razing of the planet or day that will never actually come.
When the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered his Feb. 22 Saviours’ Day address at Christ Universal Temple in Chicago, there were many points that demanded attention and study but his declaration about the Day of Judgment, and teaching that God’s judgment is in the world today must be paid close attention to. The Minister clearly explained that the Day of Judgment is the day in which we now live as his teacher, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, taught.
Judgment is defined as “ a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion … a formal decision given by a court … the final judging of humankind by God, a divine sentence or decision; specifically: a calamity held to be sent by God.”
When does judgment come? Judgment comes after warning and for the past 6,000 years prophets and messengers have been warning that the current world of the Caucasian people is doomed. One of the early sermons that was popular and important in American history is “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards, a descendent of generations of Puritan preachers.
“He begins his sermon by pointing out four features of walking on a slippery slope: The threat of destruction is constant, the destruction is imminent, it is self-generated, and the delay of that destruction is due to God’s restraining hand. He is clearly establishing here the foolhardiness of those who choose to walk in such slippery places and the fact that a fatal slide into the yawning abyss is an inescapable certainty.
He speaks to both the head and the heart in leading his hearers to recognize the nature of such foolishness and to fear the consequences. The warning leads Edwards to his theme: ‘There is nothing that keeps wicked men, at any moment, out of Hell, but the mere pleasure of God,’ ” according to www.enotes.com/topics/sinners-hands-an-angry-god.
If this was a warning from a Puritan preacher in 18th century New England, how much deeper have the country and the world slid into injustice, murder and destruction?
“I cannot allow you to think that God loves this world,” said Min. Farrakhan at Christ Universal Temple. “Because if you think that way, you’ll want to stay in it. You’ll see yourself as desirous of being part of it. … God did not love this world, he declared its destruction the day of its inception. He gave this world six days … in the seventh day God would come. And you Black man and woman, you think so little of yourself though you sing the song what he did for others he can do for us. But he hasn’t done it yet. And you have rejected the gift of life he wants to give to you because you are so in love with your slave masters and their children. The scripture says come out of her my people.”
There is a failure to match prophecy with day to day news so that people will know the Bible and Qur’an are books of relevance today and books that we must pay attention to. Many biblical scholars agree that the year 1914 heralded the end of Satan’s grip on the current world and there are few prophecies that have not been fulfilled.
As the Bible speaks of war and rumors of war worldwide, since 2008, 111 countries have deteriorated in levels of peace, while only 51 have increased, according to the 2014 Global Peace Index. “Europe retains its position as the most peaceful region with 14 of the top 20 most peaceful countries. The world has become less peaceful over the last year, mainly due to a rise in terrorist activity, the number of conflicts fought and the number of refugees and displaced people,” said the report.
Five-hundred million people live in countries at risk of instability and conflict, 200 million of whom live below the poverty line, it added. “The Global Economic Impact of violence reached U.S.$9.8 trillion last year, which is equal to 2 times the total GDP of Africa,” it said. But even the countries that are considered to be at “peace” have internal problems and discord.
The conditions faced by Black people in America, in particular, cry out for justice and cry out for a savior. Can the destruction of past empires and nations be justified if America does not repent or face destruction? Kidnapping, murder and theft are crimes and all of those crimes have been committed against Black people in America. Crimes are violations that deserve punishment and justice demands that divine punishment strike those who have violated God’s law to the highest degree.
No one has been more violated than Black people in America and this is the time of judgment. We cannot afford to be derailed by false or cowardly religious leaders nor by a fawning, delusional belief in those who have a history of destroying us. It’s time we accept the blessing of God and his protection, lest we are punished alongside those who have earned it.