In the previous article we can read:
“And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off – .”
He interrupted me with these words: “How do you see this ‘cut off ‘, Brother?” I responded that from all I had learned from him and from the scriptures I knew that this referred to him but that this did not mean death for him. I said it meant that he would go to be with Master Fard Muhammad.
Does this involve the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan?
I wrote this publicly before the Honorable Elijah Muhammad left the USA.
His remark to me triggered something that had come to me some years ago, which I had not spoken to anyone. I simply had no reason to do so. It was just one of those things which just sits in the mind of any of us, without our attaching much importance to it, which later turns out to be more significant than we had first realized.
My response to his remark was unplanned, unexpected, and spontaneous. Sometimes later I wondered to what extent was this simply a fortuitous event–that which happens by a fortunate accident or chance–or was it deeper.
To his blushing remark I simply commented that his age was of importance with me. I had no idea that this would open up what it did. He immediately unnerved me when his countenance suddenly became very stern and serious. He looked sharply at me as he sat down. I did not know what I had said to cause this sudden change.
After he sat down he again shot another serious glance at me. He asked me, “What do you see in my age, Brother?” I said I knew there were connections between his age, at certain points in his life, and certain Prophecies.
He continued looking at me with that same stern expression as he asked me to give him an example. I mentioned the ninth chapter of Daniel. He said, “Get my Bible.” It was behind him on the T.V. As I got up to get it I recall thinking that I did not ever recall seeing any of his Bibles downstairs, as opposed to up in his bedroom or in his office. As I picked it up, I noticed that it was The King James Version.
He asked me to turn to the ninth chapter of Daniel. I did. He said, “Read it.” As I looked at the 24th verse I noticed that there were little “Xs” besides each of the last four verses of that chapter. They were verses 24 through 27.
I read aloud from the book of Daniel, beginning in 9:24: “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
“And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off –”
He interrupted me with these words: “How do you see this ‘cut off ‘ Brother?” I responded that from all I had learned from him and from the scriptures, I knew that this referred to him but that this did not mean death for him. I said it meant that he would go to be with Master Fard Muhammad.
As I answered his stern expression softened. While looking directly at me he then said: “This is the most critical part of scripture with me, Brother.”
Then he paused. He leaned back slowly in his chair. He was quiet. Then he asked me this question, “Where do you think I am going to go, Brother, and when?” It would be quite some time before I would think of the momentous significance of this question. Meanwhile, because of a lesson I learned from him in May 1961, in Phoenix, I immediately wrote my answers on the paper napkin his cook had given to me with the orange juice and the coffee.
To the question of “where” I wrote what I thought might be six stopping off places, on the way to his ultimate destination. There was a seventh stop off place that was in my mind. I did not mention that to him until 27 months later, in January 1970, while in his home in Chicago. And I did that in private.
To the “when” part of his question I wrote, “Between December 1970 and February 1971. ” He got up and walked to my side, cupped his hands completely over one of my ears and blew gently. He said this was the way that Master Fard Muhammad showed him how to do when you wanted to say something to another and did not want it to get out into the air where others could pick it up.
He then sat down and said to my answer to his “where” question, which I had written on the napkin, was “That’s a pretty good answer, Brother, for Allah keeps His options open.”
To the “when” part of my response he said, “Brother, you got it pretty near correct.”
Then there was a long pause before he said these words, with (what was to me) great care and deliberation, “If Allah had not shown me how I was going to escape, I would have no hope.”
These words were again followed by a long pause. He looked towards the ceiling up at the chandelier. He looked as if he was deciding or mulling over something. Then he leaned forward with his chin in his hands and his elbows on the table and up towards the chandelier. Finally, he slowly said, “I could tell you Brother, how it is going to happen–”
He paused again, glanced at me and then looked again towards the ceiling and at the chandelier. But his pause was shorter this time and with a slight turn of his head, he slowly continued “–but it is not necessary.”
Later (in June 1972) I came to realize where I was off and that was corrected.
More next issue, Allah willing