Please study the words of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.


The following are excerpts taken from a lecture delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on December 27, 1978.


“… It is written in the 21st Chapter of Luke, verses 25-26: ‘There shall be signs in the sun, the moon and the stars and upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity; the sea and waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those which are coming upon the earth; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.’

Think of it, and reason, my beloved brothers and sisters: The astronomers today bear witness that never before have they seen such activity in the sun and its family… the scholars and scientists are looking at the moon, and the moon’s effect upon the waters and the moon’s effect upon the system of Communication.

Look at the nations of the Earth; look at the trouble spots of the world. Look at the Horn of Africa. Look at South Africa and Southwest Africa and East Africa. Look at the Isles of Northern Ireland. Look at China and Taiwan and Korea and Southeast Asia. Look at the Isles of the Pacific. Look at the Caribbean, look at Central America. Trouble is brewing everywhere!

Distress of nations with perplexity; When we say “perplexity” we mean great confusion. My beloved brothers and sisters, look at the confusion among those who are entrusted with the responsibility of leadership. The leaders are confused and at their wits end, for the problems are so great that they have no solution to the world’s problems.

Yes, the seas and the waves roaring. This particular verse of scripture is teaching us that the powers of the moon will be brought into play to bring about great tidal waves among the nations. The waves roaring also have a significance, as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad has taught us that the seas represent the masses of people; and the waves roaring are the waves of dissatisfaction coming up among the people.

There is nowhere that we can go on this Earth where we do not find great dissatisfaction. In the United States of America, not only are Black people dissatisfied, but White people are also dissatisfied. In fact, the dissatisfaction on the Earth is 100 percent. And the Honorable Elijah Muhammad has taught us that whenever there is 100 percent dissatisfaction, this 100 percent dissatisfaction is bound to bring about a 100 percent change–a complete change in rulership.

… The sea and the waves are roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming upon the Earth”–The number one disease in America today is heart failure. Why are men’s hearts failing them? This scripture teaches their hearts are failing them with fear. Their heart’s muscles are being restricted with fear and dread and apprehension, not over what was, not over what is, but what they see coming.

They see the tidal wave of human problems, crashing down upon civilization, destroying the very institutions that civilization is built upon. They see ruin and desolation and destruction coming. And because of this, men’s hearts are failing them with fear. The scripture teaches the powers of heaven shall be shaken. This signifies that the rulers of the world, and their power, shall be shaken. The powers of heaven signify the powers in religious leadership. Rome is shaking at what they see coming. Mecca is shaking. Every religious quarter on the Earth is shaking.

The religious leaders are at their wits end. They have no solution to the problems. They search the pages of scripture. They can find it written in the scripture, but they cannot extract the Divine Wisdom in God’s word to find the healing balm of the wounds of the nations. And so, one old prophet said that there would be a famine on the earth. Not a famine of bread, but a famine for the hearing of the Word of God. And even though the Word of God is being preached all over the world, yet the peoples’ souls are starved, because the religious leadership is bankrupt! And it has no answers to the perplexing problem of the time. And so the churches are filled with music–but no answers to the human problems of their suffering congregations.

Oh, my beloved brothers and sisters; We have entered that Great Time of Trouble. If the leaders are confused, what about the people? II Timothy, Chapter 3 Verses 1-5 teaches: “This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come, for men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection; truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good; traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. …”

Pick up your newspaper! Turn on your television screen! What is the news about? Murder, rape, robbery, mayhem is the order of the day! What is happening? It is a time of trouble. The stress and the pressure is so great in the families among men, that little incidents in the home are sparking great quarrels and conflicts. The family members purchase a gun to safeguard that home against an intruder, a robber. And then, with a small incident the gun is drawn, and a husband murder their parents! This is the order of the day! It is a time of trouble. The stress and the strain is so great upon the people. The increase in child abuse is staggering! Men and women taking out their frustration on their innocent little children, burning them to death, beating them to death, drowning them in the bathtubs. What a time of trouble!

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad has taught us that Almighty God has been sending His prophets, His guides, His warners into the world, warning men of their course of conduct. And the nations and the rulers and the kings, who have felt the threatening of their power, have murdered God’s prophets! Jailed them! Beat them! Made mockery of them! And some they have killed; and then taken that prophet’s message; and twisted it out of shape! Deceived the people! And so there’s a madness among the people that is threatening ordered society!

Yes–America, who feared revolution coming from the Blacks in this country because of their discontent, now have to fear revolution from their own people because of their great dissatisfaction with government. It is a great time of trouble. The Holy Qur’an teaches us that whenever Allah sends a messenger, He seizes the people with distress and affliction that they might humble themselves. Has God sent a messenger into America? Has God warned America? And has America been proud against God and His Warner, so that America, and the Black man, must now be seized with distress and affliction that they might humble themselves?

More next issue, Allah willing.