I’ve learned that some people did not like the Bible. A few times I was told this to my face. Why?
I intend to finish this article next issue, Allah willing and the question I just raised “why.”
In the divine order of things, it was to be that Master Fard Muhammad would come and after a specified time, leave, and go to another place, and there would be only one to present him to the world. That one was him who was prepared for that service. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad did just that for forty years.
Again, it was in the nature of things, both divine and undivine, that even on his departure, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad would still be a mystery to almost everyone on earth (in terms of the total population of the earth). This was in accord with the timetable of God. With that, and more in mind, both he, and his Master, prepared and left in our midst a man both had worked on, for a very unique assignment. That man, of course, is the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Making the great commission of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad known, and preparing people, by the millions, for him–and in the process, becoming a bridge for them, between here and the hereafter– is a work of stupendous proportions.
Minister Farrakhan has been at this work since 1977, again, after a prescribed period of time of thirty months after the departure of his teacher. In my humble judgment, Minister Louis Farrakhan has performed this task admirably, and I think we owe God and His Christ a great debt of gratitude for providing this mighty bridge to Them in the person of our beloved brother, Minister Louis Farrakhan.
The work of Minister Farrakhan has forced every one, whether friend or foe of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, to rethink that man; his work; his place; his worth. That process is going on and it did intensify.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad made clear to the world that it needed a better, or, rather, the correct understanding of the scriptures. His position was that the full meaning of the Bible and Holy Qur’an could not come to the world until these–the last days of this world. Again, he made clear that the most important of all scriptures concerned. …“the last Messenger.” (Page 188 of MESSAGE TO THE BLACK MAN.) He further stated that the scholars and scientists, … “should meet and confer on this most important of all scriptures and come to the correct interpretation.”
The Bible and Holy Qur’an, taken together, give an accurate picture of all that is going on today. This includes knowledge of the underlying cause of what we see, hear and are experiencing every day of our lives. This does not mean that anyone can see what is what and who is who the moment they open either of those books. Not everything in them is put plain enough for all to see with equal quickness.
Most things in them can’t be understood until near to, or just at, the time of their fulfillment. There are exceptions, of course. And, of course, there are reasons in the divine scheme of things why some grasp certain areas before others. Most of the words of the New Testament are prophetic of people and events of our day, as is the case of the Old Testament. Some are of the prophecies of the gospels Jesus uttered. Others were put in his mouth.
In the light of all this it is a shame that Black people were put so soundly asleep that we don’t realize that most of what we read in the scriptures is going on right now. But, thanks to Allah, He has provided the means (His Apostle) by which we can come out of our prison houses of ignorance. As it is written in Isaiah:
“On that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see. The lowly will ever find joy in the Lord, and the poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the tyrant will be no more and the arrogant will have gone … .”
Furthermore, it is written: “Those who err in spirit shall acquire understanding … .” (Holy Quran 27:16-20).
In the sixteenth chapter of John, Jesus said that after he died another would be raised by God to teach and guide the people into truths he could not effectively teach. Moreover, this future man would not only teach truths Jesus knew, but would teach truths which Jesus, nor anyone else were ever taught by God. Both ideas are found in John 6:12, 13. It reads:
“I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear (understand, take) them now. But when he, the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth … .”
Many still have the false idea that the Spirit of Truth was, or is, a spook–a formless spirit–that made its presence felt on the day of Pentecost. According to the second chapter of Acts, followers of Jesus were gathered together in a certain place. It is written that “a sound from heaven like a rushing mighty wind” filled the place where they were. The people were filled with “the Holy Spirit” and they “began to speak in other tongues,” so it reads.
Others, not filled with that spirit, were puzzled. Still others mocked the followers saying, “These men are full of new wine” (Acts 2:13).
Peter defended himself and the others who were filled with the spirit. His speech runs from Acts 2:14 through verse 35. Peter began by quoting prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-32), to the effect that they were in the last days when God would pour out His spirit “upon all flesh.” Also, he said that those who call on God’s name would be saved.
Without going into the rest of Peter’s speech it is clear that as truth for those times, in the way that it reads. Number one, the last days were not 2,000 years ago. Number two, those who called upon God’s name back then were not saved. Therefore, Peter (or whoever put those words into his mouth) was not right in applying Joel’s prophecy of the last days to his day. The main point here is that the prophecy of the coming of the Spirit of Truth, or the outpouring of God’s spirit, was not fulfilled 50 days after Jesus’ death on what is called the day of Pentecost (2,000 years ago).
Ezekiel and Jeremiah speak clearly of this time when God would bless the people with the fullest measure of His spirit (wisdom). The words used in their books can in no way fit or apply to 2,000 years ago.
(I’m not mentioning envy or jealousy in this article. I’ve read and studied envy years ago. I intend to get back on this subject, Allah willing. Why at this time?)
More next issue, Allah willing.