[Editor’s Note: This article is a reprint and was published online on June 22, 2004.]
“When the fulness of time was come, God sent forth His Son made of a woman, made under the law that He might redeem them that were under the law.” (Galatians 4:4)
“Prepare Me a body and I will go down and redeem man.” In the older Bibles, these words were taught by Christian theologians to have been words that Jesus spoke, before he was born via Mary. Later, translations present these words to read as if he was already born of Mary.
However, in the first talk during which I heard the Honorable Elijah Muhammad speak on this subject, he first briefly referred to the Christian teachings of the Trinity. He began with the Christian’s idea of an imaginary or symbolic conversation between the persons of the Trinity on the need for man’s redemption and their decision on how to do this.
Why? Educators know and understand that they must begin where the student is and work from the known in order to bring the student into the unknown.
He continued that Christian scholars claim that, in this conversation the Son said: “Prepare Me a body and I will go down and redeem man.” From their writings, most, if not all, Caucasian religious scholars, at one time, believed this conversation really took place.
Now, more of them publicly admit that one really has to understand the manner of the writing of the scriptures to make sense out of these writings. They claim to seek God’s meanings of God’s words. They know there are many prophetic sayings of God, through His prophets, of things that were unconditionally going to occur in the future. In these instances, the prophets spoke with such overpowering conviction of God’s truth that they spoke of things to come as if they had already happened.
There were things that God revealed only to a certain extent, so as not to interfere with Satan’s rule. Certain things were not revealed at all. In other instances, certain truths were written and taught in symbolic language, without the meaning or without the full meaning.
So, these words–“Prepare Me a body”–contain profound truths that were placed in language that both reveals and conceals profound truths to be fully revealed when the “fullness of time” arrived.
Psalms 40:6-8 is said by all Christian scholars to be prophetic of Christ, whom they claim appeared 2,000 years ago, and of his sacrifice. Hebrews 10:5-8 is explanatory of the significance of the sacrifice of the Christ. There are truths in these passages that could not be understood until today. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught repeatedly, for over four decades, that the Bible’s truths were not to be revealed until–this day–God Himself has arrived.
For the reader’s convenience, here are both passages from The King James Version of the Bible.
“Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering has thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalms 40:6-8)
“Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body has thou prepared me; In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.” (Hebrews 10:5-8)
It’s important for all to know how dangerous it is for the powers of White America to try to execute what they intend against the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. There are many Black people who fear for Minister Farrakhan’s life because of his bold declarations of the most relevant or pertinent truths that could be told at this time. This is also true of an increasing number of other people in America, including Caucasians.
But do they realize how dangerous such a move is for America herself? In these few articles, I’m in the process of making it extremely clear that Minister Farrakhan is precious in the sight of the Living God and His Christ, by going deep, but not too detailed, into the roots of the reasons of that to which I’m bearing witness.
It’s unfortunate that far too many of us interpret this or that of the scriptures before we really get the facts of that which we are trying to interpret. Oftimes, we do so without regard for, or understanding of, “meaning” and the source of the meaning we seek to interpret. This is a major factor in generating confusion that exists in the understanding of critical areas.
You may recall in the previous article, wherein I quoted excerpts from two places in the Holy Qur’an when Pharaoh’s magicians became convinced of God’s truth. In one instance, they said they believed in “the God of Aaron and Moses.” In another place, they said they believed in “the God of Moses and Aaron.”
What does this tell us? Since the Qur’an is the Word of God, every word must be studied, including how they are placed. Furthermore, whether we know the Arabic language or not, we will be wise to rely on the interpretation of the book that God gave to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, of which Minister Farrakhan is the chief exponent, otherwise we will become as those, who are “ever learning, but never able to come to (or acknowledge) the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:7) Some translations read that they “will listen to anybody and yet, never be able to grasp the truth.”
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad wrote an article in 1956 in The Pittsburg Courier, which he titled “Will the so-called Negro Preachers Accept Islam?” He opened that article with: “Yes.”
Minister Farrakhan was invited to speak before 500 Black pastors in Boston in 1969 or ’70. His teacher helped him with his speech. Minister Farrakhan was extraordinarily successful that day. He did not plan it, but that speech was one of the pivotal steps, ordered by Allah, which was a major factor leading to the complete fulfillment of God’s purpose in his rise to eminence. His rise was/is an essential part of Allah’s plan which is contained in the scriptures. We must come to see that the scriptures teach of the unique help Minister Farrakhan would be–and indeed is–in the salvation of his people, and others, too.
So, when Pharaoh’s enchanters became convinced of God’s truths, Aaron was, to them, such a huge figure that, in their thinking, they mentally put him ahead of Moses. After they became further enlightened by Aaron, he was still an even larger figure to them, as they grew to be able to place him in his proper relation to Moses.
Please study the words of Psalms and Hebrews, as quoted above, since in the next article, Allah willing, I’ll summarize how this applies to Master Fard Muhammad; to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad; to Minister Farrakhan and to you, the body of Christ.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said–years before Minister Farrakhan came to him in 1955–that the mass awakening of the Black preachers and pastors will be one of the definite signs of the ending of the end of this world.
The ever-lessening dominance of the medical profession, that includes the powerful emergence of a new medicine, is another sign of the end of which he spoke.
More next issue, Allah willing.