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In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

I have chosen as a subject today, “The Divine Destruction of America: Can She Avert It?” America is the greatest nation on earth and the greatest nation in the last 6,000 years. But America and her people, which includes you, face divine destruction. The question is: Can she avert it?

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

In the Holy Qur’an, the 7th Surah, or chapter, in the 34th verse, it reads: “And every nation has a term; so when its term comes, they cannot remain behind the least while, nor can they precede it.” If every nation has a term, does America have a term? If so, what is the term? A term is a time or period to which something lasts. It is a period of time to which limits have been set; conditions or stipulations limiting what is proposed to be granted or done. If every nation has a time to which some limits have been set, what time is it for America and what limits have been set for her?


In the book of Revelations, the 13th chapter, the 18th verse, it reads: “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count [or calculate] the number of the beast: for it is a number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six.” Some translations say it is the number of a man, 666. The word calculate is trying to teach us that we must ascertain the beast and the man by mathematical methods.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad is a principal helper in this calculation. Most of us, as Black people in America, have not understood the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, nor have we understood his value to us to get through what’s about to come down on America. Either Elijah Muhammad is a man from God or he is not. If he is not, then you can dismiss me and what I have to say. But I don’t think you can dismiss me; and if you cannot dismiss the student, then you certainly cannot dismiss the teacher.

If White folk created or made a world that is unjust—lies, murder and stealing are at the root of this world—then this world can have no permanence in God’s universe of truth. So there would come a time when this world would be judged and destroyed. The Bible and Holy Qur’an say this world was doomed for destruction from its inception.

Slave cabin. Photo: Library of Congress

Both the Bible and the Holy Qur’an speak of judgment and the hour and the day—the Day of Judgment and the Hour of Doom. In the hour you have 60 minutes. In the minute you have 60 seconds. So the man whose hour has come is the man of six.

The scriptures say no man knoweth the hour but the Father. That means the hour of total destruction. This book (Bible) takes you right up through the judgment. This book (Qur’an) takes you right up through the judgment, but for the guidance of the Hereafter, where there is no term limit set, there must be an everlasting gospel that will be preached on the other side of the destruction of this world. So a new book is coming.

Allah says in the Holy Qur’an that He is the Master of the Day of Judgment. Why should there even be a judgment? When you get a judgment, it means a judge has rendered a decision. Judgment (according to the dictionary) is the ability to judge; to make a decision or form an opinion objectively, authoritatively and wisely, especially in matters affecting action, good sense, discretion; misfortune regarded as afflicted by divine sentence is also a judgment; also the last judgment, the final trial of all mankind, both the living and the dead, at the end of the world.

When we’re talking about judgment, in this case we’re talking about God forming a decision that comes down against America and against this world. God has sent down His decision. His intention is the total destruction of America. The question is, is America good and by what standard? If America has exceeded the limits, then somebody has to make God’s decision known. Publish the decision. There is no appeal, but there is a way to get out from it. It’s very narrow, it’s very limited, but you can avoid it.

What is your position, Black man, in this judgment? Whether you know it or not, you are the reason why God is judging America. Even as it was in ancient Egypt, it was Pharaoh’s mistreatment of the Children of Israel that caused God’s appearance and His judgment. It was the Hebrews in Babylon, their presence and their mistreatment that caused God’s judgment of Babylon. It is your mistreatment at the hands of White people that has caused God to send down His judgment on America.

The Book of Revelation talks about a mystery Babylon. There was an ancient Babylon that we know about, but John the Revelator was talking about a mystery Babylon. According to the English interpretation, the word mystery means unknown, uncertain, obscure, concealed, a secret, something locked up, something that has not been or cannot be explained. In theology, it is a supposed truth or fact of great religious importance which is beyond human comprehension. In order to understand the mysterious one, we have to know something about the known in Babylon.

In ancient times Babylon, under the kings Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar, was a great city of idol worship and evil. She was the queen of evil, rich and well fortified. Mystery Babylon refers to a future city or a future people. No city or people answers the description of a mystery Babylon better than the cities and the people of America.

How is God going to destroy America? What instrument is He going to use? Whenever God gets ready to destroy any people He sends that people a warner, and the warner is always raised from among the oppressed. That’s God’s pattern. If America is going down, and she is, who are the oppressed? It’s either the Native American or you (Blacks).

You have suffered worse than the Native American because the Native American can still speak some of his language, he knows something of his history. But you have been totally destroyed. And that’s why God is angry with America. You may forgive her but I don’t know that God ever will. She is going to have to do something real big to get out from under what’s coming. I intend to make this known very clearly to America.

Look at the warner that comes to Babylon. He tells his people to come out of her (Babylon) that they be not partakers of her sins and of her plagues, for her sins have reached unto heaven. He’s saying don’t integrate with her. Come out of her way of thinking. Come out of her name. Come out of her false worship and come into a righteous code of conduct that will allow you and me to escape what God has purposed for her. Now the question is have you heard the warner?

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said America is a preserved area. No foreign nation will destroy America lest they get the credit. God will do it Himself. He said America is number one on God’s list to be destroyed. He talked about the four beasts: America, England, Germany and Italy. These are four White nations that have acted with great wickedness against the darker people of the world. He says the more you fight against Elijah, the more God makes perfect through me. Elijah Muhammad said, we will make the truth so plain that a fool will find it hard to err.

He said that he wants every no good disbeliever off the face of the earth. He said after this, America will never rise to be an independent nation again. She won’t have the power that she had last year, meaning that every year from then her power would be diminished. He said America is gone, her money is gone. There is no more silver, no more gold, after a while she may ask for copper. Right now the money has no value.

This (dollar) used to be a silver certificate that said pay the bearer on demand one dollar in silver. You can’t get silver for it anymore; you can’t get gold for it; it is the wealth of the country (gross national product) that is holding up the dollar. Elijah Muhammad said soon you will see money piled and burning in the streets. There will be another medium of exchange not coming from this country.

He said America will continue to fight. He mentioned Vietnam and other areas of Asia. But the last fight, he said, will be in East Germany, and there she (America) will be destroyed.

You think East Germany and West Germany have united. They broke the wall down, but they are not united. East Germany has been 40 years under the communists and West Germany has been under American and Western democracy. These are like apples and oranges, and it is very difficult to produce the integration. When the power of the Soviet Union was broken, many of you that were in the armed forces in Europe were called back to America. You don’t have jobs, but soon they are going to ask you to go back to Europe. The Messenger said that you would go away in the thousands and you will return in the tens. And when you return, there will be no such thing as an American government.

He said that all of America’s possessions will be taken one by one, and all of her fortifications will be destroyed. Her great armies poured into Asia and Europe will not return. He said France will emerge, that France won’t be with England and America. He said that England is going to trick America into war. He said White America will be destroyed mercilessly, that not even her own (White) brother or sister will show mercy on her. He said, it’s not 40 years away, it’s not 40 months away. He said preparation is being made to take her right now.

The war is building and the four great judgments that God is going to use are rain, hail, snow and earthquakes. If you look at the weather, you already know that something is going on. When it rains, it’s unusual rain that comes down in torrents. It is interfering with the foundation of the houses, tearing up the streets and the roads, upsetting the railroad tracks.

The final thing is the destruction. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad told us of a giant Mother Plane that is made like the universe, spheres within spheres. White people call them unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Ezekiel, in the Old Testament, saw a wheel that looked like a cloud by day, but a pillar of fire by night. The Hon. Elijah Muhammad said that that wheel was built on the island of Nippon, which is now called Japan, by some of the original scientists. It took 15 billion dollars in gold at that time to build it.

The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad

It is made of the toughest steel. America does not yet know the composition of the steel used to make an instrument like it. It is a circular plane, and the Bible says that it never makes turns. Because of its circular nature it can stop and travel in all directions at speeds of thousands of miles per hour. He said there are 1,500 small wheels in this Mother Wheel, which is a half mile by-a-half-mile. This Mother Wheel is like a small human built planet. Each one of these small planes carry three bombs.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said these planes were used to set up mountains on the earth. The Qur’an says it like this: We have raised mountains on the earth lest it convulse with you. How do you raise a mountain, and what is the purpose of a mountain? Have you ever tried to balance a tire? You use weights to keep the tire balanced. That’s how the earth is balanced, with mountain ranges.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that we have a type of bomb that, when it strikes the earth a drill on it is timed to go into the earth and explode at the height that you wish the mountain to be. If you wish to take the mountain up a mile, you time the drill to go a mile in and then explode. The bombs these planes have are timed to go one mile down and bring up a mountain one mile high, but it will destroy everything within a 50 square mile radius. The White man writes in his above top secret memos about the UFOs. He sees them around his military installations like they are spying.

That Mother Wheel is a dreadful looking thing. White folks are making movies now to make these planes look like fiction, but it is based on something real. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that the Mother Plane is so powerful, that with sound reverberating in the atmosphere, just with a sound, she can crumble buildings. And the final act of destruction will be that Allah will make a wall out of the atmosphere over and around North America. You will see it, but you won’t be able to penetrate it. He said Allah (God) will cut a shortage in gravity and a fire will start from 13-layers up and burn down, burning the atmosphere. When it gets to the earth, it will burn everything. It will burn for 310 years and take 690 years to cool off.

The Book of Revelation says, And the Kings of the earth who have committed fornication with her, shall lament for her when they shall see the smoke of her burning. This fire is for us. It’s prepared from men and stones. Stones represent the hard-hearted people of this wicked world and for men who refuse to change and come to God.

You are in the valley of decision. What are you going to do? Are you going to clean up your lives? I’m not asking you if you want to join me. You can if you want to. But if you are in the church, you better make the church right because Judgment is going to begin at the so-called house of God. Wherever you are, you are going to have to clean it up. Whatever we are doing that we know is wrong, we must straighten it out. But if you don’t it’s on you.

I hope and pray that I have made the message clear. Thank you for reading these few words.

As-Salaam Alaikum.