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In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” —Matthew, Chapter 24, verses 6-7
The Jesus that you are looking for in this time, “The Messiah” is not going to unite all the people. The Messiah is here to divide the house, separate “the wheat” from “the tare,” “the sheep” from “the goat,” the righteous from the wicked. And this will be done by the presence of a powerful truth that judges the world and the behavior of the people that the Wicked have deceived.
In the Book of Revelation, Chapter 12, verse 9, the scripture teaches: “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
If the “whole world” is deceived, in what way are we deceived?
We are deceived about the Man that would come at the end of the world to end Satan’s power, to end his dominance over the people of the Earth to begin the destruction of Satan’s rule; and to free the masses of the people from the deception of Satan’s rule by telling them that particular Truth that Jesus spoke of: “Ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free.”
All of these signs are now being fulfilled. Look at the division in households, look at children killing their parents, and parents killing their children. Look at the unseemly behavior of people in love with themselves in an inordinate way, in contravention of the Divine Laws and Will of God. Look at the way Hollywood—and this is really “Satanic”—is enjoying making the people to deviate from the Will and the Law of God.
Satan delights in turning the People of God into rebellion against God because Satan’s desire is to take the People of God down to hell with him when he goes. So the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that his desire was to “make the Truth so plain” in these last days of this wicked nation and world that a fool would find it hard to make a mistake.
America: This nation’s term has come
It is written in the Holy Qur’an that “every nation has its term,” and when its term comes, it cannot delay the “term,” or “time”; nor can it go ahead of that time. What is a term? According to Webster’s Dictionary, a term is a “fixed, or limited period for which something lasts, or is intended to last.”
What nation is it whose term has come? If we go to the Book of Genesis again, the 15th Chapter, verses 13-15, God is telling Abraham that his seed will, in the future, be in a “strange land,” among a “strange people,” and they will be oppressed and afflicted in that land for 400 years. But pay attention to the words that God speaks to Abraham, that after that time of 400 years, God says: “I will come, and I will judge that nation which they shall serve.”
America is that nation whose term has come.
The Children of Israel in Egypt were a prophetic, symbolic picture of that People that would fulfill the scriptures that Jesus was prophesying and giving parables about. And here we are, having been brought through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the first slaves coming to these shores in the year 1555—so in 1955 we had come to 400 years of the fulfillment of our servitude slavery to America and its people. So from that time on the Presence of God would begin to interfere with America’s rule over the Black Man and the Black Man and Woman of America, styled in the scriptures as “dead,” would begin the Process of Resurrection.
This is not talking about dead people in the cemetery; it’s talking about a people who have eyes but can’t see, ears that can’t hear, tongues that can’t speak—they are blind, deaf and dumb. A People who are spiritually dead—morally turned out by Satan. A People who are politically dead, economically dead, intellectually dead.
That is the condition of the Black Man and Woman of America.
In the Holy Qur’an, it calls the life of this world a “transitory life”: “Surely these love the transitory life and neglect a grievous day before them.” (Surah 76 Al-Insan, “The Man,” verse 27) What does this mean? That though we are in this world, we are “in transit” from an Infinity of Time before the made-man, the White Man, came into existence, to an Infinity of Time after his power is broken.
This world, the Qur’an says, is a world of “sport and play.” Look at this world: It doesn’t honor teachers as much as it honors “sport” and “play.” It doesn’t honor scientists, and the great explorations and the great experimentation of the growth in knowledge. It honors and pays the most money to sport and play.
So in this world of sport and play, where do we fit? Black Man and Woman: We dominate. When they let us into baseball, we dominated. When they let us into basketball, we dominated. When they let us into football, we dominated. When they let us into tennis, we dominated. When they let us into golf, we dominated. …
Now, you’re making millions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of dollars, singing and dancing—and displaying your nudist parts; filling the world with debauchery and sex. But, you’re rich. And your “richness” makes you think that what you’re displaying and what you’re doing is morally correct. You sing the filthiest songs; you do the lewdest of dances. And when you are paid, and you get an award for your song at the Emmys, the Grammys, or at the Oscars, the first thing that comes out of your beautiful Black mouth is: “I thank God for this gift, this song,” or this that “made me a hit.”
But you are not honoring God with the way you are using your talent. Cultural people should be the guardians of liberty and freedom for the world. But today, our talent, our culture, our art are being used to literally corrupt the peoples of the world through sport and play—in a vacuum in our history. …
In the Book of Revelation, the 11th Chapter, the 18th verse, it reads: “And the nations were angry, and your wrath has come. It is the time of the dead, that they should be judged or given justice.” In the Western World, the nations are angry! The nations of The East are angry! The nations of Africa are angry! All of the nations, now, are angry, and all of the nations are arming for the Great War that we are coming up on very, very soon.
But it is not only that the nations are angry, John The Revelator says the Wrath of God has come for it is also “the time that the dead must be judged and given justice.” Again, this is not talking about the dead in the cemeteries, it’s talking about the Black Man and Woman of America and the Darker People of the world who have slept in a shallow grave of death under the power of Caucasian rule. It is now your time to be given Justice.
So when God comes after the 400 years of our sojourn, our affliction, our oppression, what is His state of mind on His coming? Let’s study the 63rd Chapter of Isaiah, verses 1-6, where Isaiah speaks on “God’s Coming:” “Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winepress? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me. And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.”
God is Coming, and His Coming is out of the East; He is wearing “dyed garments.” Most of the robes in the East are white, but He’s coming in the dyed garments of the people of the West. And when the question is asked: “Why are you ‘red’ in your apparel, and your garments like him that treadeth the wine press?” God answers, “I have trodden the winepress alone.”
In English Lesson No. C1 of “The Supreme Wisdom Lessons,” in the third year of Master Fard Muhammad’s Presence among us, when speaking to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, He said: “My name is W.F. Muhammad. I came to North America by myself.” In 1 Thessalonians, Chapter 5, verses 1-4, the scripture teaches God came under disguise, and if they had known what hour “the thief” would show up, they would not have suffered “their house to be robbed.” In the Book of Matthew, Chapter 24, verses 42-44, the scripture teaches that He came “without observation” and He “spoiled the goods of the house.”
Master Fard Muhammad came to reform the Black Man. He came to transform the life of the Black Man from the life that White America has bred into him, back to his natural life.
In that same writing, Master Fard Muhammad tells the Honorable Elijah Muhammad that His people were brought over to America “379 years before this writing” and that “My people do not know that they are related to God; they were made blind, deaf and dumb by the enemy when they were babies.” Then the question is asked: “What is his own self?” Master Fard Muhammad said: “His own self is a righteous Muslim.”
You are already a “Muslim” by nature, but Master Fard Muhammad puts an adjective, righteous, in front of the word Muslim, because we have been made other than righteous. So the Greatest Teaching that Master Fard Muhammad gave to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was just six words: “Accept Your Own And Be Yourself,” because your self is righteous.
God is coming. He is Present. He is Angry. And the fury that is in Him is causing Him, now, to bring about destruction and bloodshed; so that Isaiah The Prophet saw His garments stained with The Blood of The Wicked.
What a terrible prophecy. And we are now in it, America. We’re in it, brothers and sisters. Calamities are striking America on all sides, one after another. …
Read The Fall of America, Chapter 32, “Babylon Could Have Been Saved, But She Was Not.” In this chapter, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, when speaking of the scriptures talking about “Babylon,” wrote: “America seems to be the answer to many of the Bible’s and the Holy Qur’an’s prophecies. It is mentioned in Jeremiah (51:9) that ancient Babylon could have been healed but was not, for her wickedness was such that she was neither healed nor forgiven. …”
Regarding John The Revelator’s prophecies about Babylon, he wrote: “The Revelations of John’s prophecies were that they repented not of their evil deeds but blasphemed the very name of God (Rev. 16:9). Therefore, when a man is guilty of a great evil done against the cause of God and His people, he cannot be forgiven unless he seeks forgiveness himself. We see this in the working of the fall of America today. …”
Old Babylon, the city of Babylon that is in Iraq: When it had the Jews in Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar and his nephew, or grandfather according to some scholars and historians, the Jews were in captivity and Babylon should have let them go. But Babylon refused to let them go, so God turned neighboring nations against Babylon, and Babylon was destroyed.
That Babylon is gone, but in the Book of Revelation, Chapter 17, it’s talking about a “Mystery Babylon,” meaning that that Babylon that is to be destroyed, as the Ancient Babylon was, is a “mystery,” it’s not known.
But today, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad has been taught by God that all of it is referring to the United States of America and the world that the Caucasian people have brought into existence. For he writes in The Fall of America, Chapter 31, “Mystery Babylon, The Great”: “… The ‘Mystery Babylon, the Great’ is none other than America. This ‘Mystery Babylon’ is full of riches, hatred, filth, fornication, adultery, drunkenness, murder of the innocent and idol worship. ‘Mystery Babylon’ is full of names of blasphemy. …”
God has come, and He is furious. He’s destroying now the Wicked—and some of us that don’t believe that we are at the end of the Time of the Wicked to hold us in captivity. We have become so blind, and so deaf to the hearing of Truth, that we are happy, happy, happy to be integrated into a House of Filth and Evil that God has come to set down.
Remember the words of Isaiah The Prophet: “Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, and the lawful captive be delivered?” It is talking about us. And that’s why Paul said to us, “Be ye not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of our minds.”
But how can our minds be “renewed” if we won’t listen to the Truth that will raise us from a “dead level?”
My dear brothers and sisters, the Enemy is after you. This generation shall not pass before all these things come to pass.
I am pleading with you, my dear brothers and sisters, as it is written in the scriptures: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” But you are acting so weak, that when you know he’s leading you to something that you should not do, you don’t resist because you want the fame, you want the money, you want the job, you want nearness to your Enemies.
Remember how Satan took Jesus up on a mountain and showed him all of the cities that he could have if only he would bow down to Satan? Please study the Book of Matthew, Chapter 4: Mountain here means he takes you up to a high place because that’s where you want to be in sport, in play, in music, in science, in medicine. You want to be on the mountain top—but the man that’s taking you there is the god of this world. So when Satan said to Jesus, “If you would bow down and worship me, you can have all of this,” Jesus had the strength to say to him: “Get thee behind me, Satan.” And that is where Satan belongs; he doesn’t belong in front of you, leading you.
You need to put him not only behind you, but put him out of the equation altogether.
God is Present today. And if you really want to go up in strength and power and wealth and righteousness, remember Satan only promises you to deceive you.
It is written in the Holy Qur’an, “And when the matter is decided”—this matter is going to be “decided,” and very soon.
Satan will say to you, “Allah promised you a promise of truth, and I promised you, then failed you. So blame me not, but blame yourselves, for I deny your associating me with Allah before.” He has lied to you. He has falsely deceived you. He’s trying to make you believe that he can make a place for you with him. But his place is being taken; and he cannot make a place for himself anymore.
The God is here to make a place for you, so don’t let the Devil’s False Promises deceive you. Tell him, “Thank you—but no thank you.” You don’t have to go along to get along, just stand up and be your righteous self. You don’t have to be disrespectful of them; after all, they are the God of the world that we are living in, and they demand that respect.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said: “We respect the laws that govern this nation. And we are in obedience to those laws as long as those laws do not conflict with our religion,” so you can be stand up; you can be strong, without being disrespectful. …
Please, think about what you’re seeing and what you’re hearing, and know that God does not hate you. He loves you. And He’s calling you out of a way that hurts your future—which is a Great Future.