[Editor’s Note: This article is a reprint and was published online on October 4, 2006.]

There are many signs that signify the arrival and physical presence of—The Great Mahdi—Who, according to the prophecies of the prophets, was to come at the end of this world. The scriptures contain these prophecies. The most profound sign that most clearly explains His physical Presence is the existence and spread of His wisdom that contains His explanation.

That wisdom, or teaching, began first among the most oppressed and ignorant people who ever lived— the Black people of America. That was in Detroit, Michigan. It started on July 4, 1930. That God was and is Master Fard Muhammad.

As I just noted, there were other signs of His arrival. One of them was the “discovery” of the ninth planet of our solar system in April 1930. That planet is called Pluto. There are two sets of figures pertaining to this planet. One is true. It has not changed from the early 1930s to the present time. The others are sets of figures that have ever changed over the decades, both prior to and since the early 1930s.

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The first set of figures were produced by the study of the Son of Man—Master Fard Muhammad— according to the testimony of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He first saw and heard Him in September 1931. He wrote Him a letter after he first saw Him. He was visited by Him in the next month. He was taught by Him day and night for the next 40 months, as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad stated constantly.

Among the facts that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad told us was that his Teacher taught him the truth of the universe. This, of course, included the solar system. This supremely comprehensive teaching encompassed, not just facts and figures, but included the meanings of everything that he was taught.

This, of course, included the measurements of the ninth planet, Pluto. One of the interesting facts I studied when I first accepted the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was the differences in the Caucasians’ measurements of the solar system over the decades leading up to the early 1930s and the differences that they came up with after the early 1930s.

To make it short, I found that their figures took a significant jump after the Honorable Elijah Muhammad began spreading what God revealed to him. (Of course, they may have made changes to cover themselves, as they have done with other reference works. But they always slip us.)

We’ve learned through the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and again through the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, who brought back to us and to the world, the Supreme Wisdom 29 years ago. This wisdom includes such truths as those of Pluto.

The scientists of this world claim that Pluto is from 1,420 to 1,400 miles in diameter. Other figures, or poor guesses, are also given by them. In the fifth written Lesson we received through the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, which we call the “Problem Book,” we read that Pluto is 67,000 miles in diameter. This Lesson also reads: “All of these are absolute facts and they stand true, figure for figure, by the Study of the Son of Man and not a spook—(“W. D. Fard”).”

The Caucasians’ means of ascertaining truth is defective.

Not only are they wrong about the external facts of that planet, their spirit does not allow them to ascertain the significance of that planet. The Messiah taught us that Pluto is a sign of Black people of America. Those lacking God’s spirit altogether, who judge other than by what Allah has revealed, don’t see clearly or not at all.

Consider the words of God to Samuel when he made Samuel to know that David was his choice to be king over Israel and the root of His why.

They were: “When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD.’

“But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’” (Edit mine.)

“Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, ‘The LORD has not chosen this one either.’ Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, ‘Nor has the LORD chosen this one.’ Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, ‘The LORD has not chosen these.’

“So he asked Jesse, ‘Are these all the sons you have?’ ‘There is still the youngest,’ Jesse answered, ‘but he is tending the sheep.’ Samuel said, ‘Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.’ So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features.

“Then the LORD said, ‘Rise and anoint him; he is the one.’” —I Samuel 16:7-12 (Edit mine.)

The book, Closing The Gap, can help us become one with Minister Farrakhan because of the nature of his answers to questions that reveal his heart, and which contain the wellspring, source or basis of his motives and actions.

As we’ll see, next article, Allah willing, as they underestimate Pluto’s size and place in the solar system, they also underestimate the Black Man’s importance and place in the divine plan, as Minister Farrakhan highlighted in “A Torchlight for America.”

Another name for Pluto was given by the Teacher of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. It’s in the “Problem Book.” It’s called “Platoon.” The dictionary defines “platoon” to mean: “people or things working together; a body of people or things with a common purpose or goal.”

Is that all that God intends for us to understand in this word, ‘platoon’?

More on this, Allah willing, next issue.