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In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
In Message To The Blackman in America on page 210, in the section entitled “We Seek Truth and Justice,” the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad describes “The War of Armageddon” as: “The final war of Judgment and separation of the righteous from the wicked, of which I am sent to teach”; a “Holy War, or the war to end wars.”
Why must there be a War of Armageddon? In this house, there are great spiritual teachers, but most of the preachers don’t talk about the “War of Armageddon.” By the grace of God, when we finish today, I hope that we will be full Gospel teachers.
Preachers, when you are afraid of certain passages in the Book that we didn’t write, your voice gets stuck, like a frog is in your throat, because fear stops you. I pray that Allah (God) will bless me today to take the fear out of every Gospel preacher, and take the fear out of all those who want truth to be told. But you have to have the faith and the courage to speak the truth! Truth is the most necessary ingredient for our salvation.
The Spirit of Truth will free those enslaved by The Archdeceiver
In St. John, Chapter 8, verse 32, Jesus said we shall know “the truth,” and that truth will “set us free.” The members of the Jewish community who were listening, responded: “How do you say we shall be set free? We have never been in bondage to any man.” You need to be set free from the bondage of sin that has gripped the Children of Abraham, Muslims, Christians, Jews, and all the human family of our planet. You will never be a happy people if you’re afraid to speak the truth. You will never be free until you recognize you’re a slave, sometimes to your own wickedness. The truth will absolutely set us free!
Why must there be a war to end all wars? We have to have this war, because Satan was given 6,000 years to do his work. And he has done it so well, pastors! He has done it so well, that the scripture in Rev. 12:9 teaches “Satan deceived the whole world.”
Now, that’s a big deception, isn’t it? “Well wait a minute! Am I one of those deceived?” Who wants to admit that you’ve been lied to, and you believed the lie, and so you’re a deceived human being? And when somebody has lied so well that the whole world has been gripped by his lies, so that when truth comes—and a man born to tell that truth—no wonder The Deceiver has to hide that man.
I have never been an anti-Semite. If I had them in front of me, they could not prove their charge. But they make the charge! And when they make the charge, they have control of so much that shapes thinking and the human mind, that whatever they say, they keep saying (it); because when Farrakhan comes, they don’t want you to hear what I am going to say.
Truth is the greatest thing in the universe, because everything of Allah’s (God’s) creation is the truth. He made nothing false. Everywhere you look in His universe, you are looking at His Mind, which is The Birthplace and The Dwelling Place of Truth. So, when you are born into a house that is nothing but truth, how could you be deceived in a house made of truth? The Holy Qur’an and the Bible teach the heavens and the earth are made with truth. But the liar, the false interpreter of God’s words to hook us and deceive us: The Deceiver has had his day—but he knew that the time was coming when somebody would come.
Study the words of Jesus in John 16, verses 12-13: “There are many things that I could tell you, but you just can’t bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you into all truth. … .” “When he comes”: Jesus didn’t say “when I come,” he’s already there, talking! And when he said “you shall know the truth,” he didn’t say he was going to tell you! So, Jesus left himself out of that picture. That Jesus was pointing to one who would come in his name (“the Spirit of Truth”). And because Satan knew someone like that was coming, he had to mess up your head; so that when he shows up, you would be so confused.
In the opening, Brother Ishmael Muhammad shared with you a list of people that Jews have labeled as “anti-Semitic.” Among them is the peanut farmer from Plains, Ga., the former president of United States, Jimmy Carter. They charged him with being an anti-Semite for what reason? Because he criticized the way they were treating the Palestinians.
Consider this: If you looked in the mirror this morning and saw that you didn’t sleep too good last night, the mirror tells you that you could do something about that. But if you don’t have a mirror, and are afraid to look, then you carry your ugliness into your workplace.
The same it is with members of the Jewish community who do not think that anybody is worthy to criticize them. Andit has become so bad, that some of my friends in showbusiness, and in sports and whatnot, if they just come and say, “Hello, Farrakhan! How are you?,” and we sit down together and have a cup of coffee or tea, the next day they are asked by members of the Jewish community: “What were you doing over there with Farrakhan?”
Now, I am soon to be 90… Insha’Allah (if it is the will of God). But I want you to think about this. A 90-year-old man, that has never been arrested in 90 years for even spitting on the sidewalk: Just think of my record! They haven’t even arrested me for drunken driving. They did stop me one day, out in Arizona, because they said I was driving “erratically.” So, they wanted me to walk a straight line. I walked the straight line, and was told “Alright sir, you can go.” Of course I can go. But today, you can’t drive erratically with these people; they use your bad driving to give them an excuse to kill us. Why would you want to integrate into a people like that?
“But, but they’re not all that way!” No, but the few that are better are outnumbered by the mass that are evil as hell. Let me tell you why I said that: Your rise as a Black man and woman is driving them crazy, because they don’t, and can’t, treat you like they treated our fathers and grandfathers. You’re a little too awake to allow that. So when they turn on the TV and see the brilliant Black men and woman, Brown men and women, Asian men and women, this is how they think: “I can’t rule them like I did. What are their children like? I’ll never be able to enslave this people ever again.” Brothers and sisters, you don’t have to say “never again”—God has said it for you! “Never again.”
‘America is fallen’: The stranglehold causing America’s destruction
Why must there be a War of Armageddon? Because evil is spreading far and wide. The God of Righteousness is upset! He is tired of the wickedness, the iniquity of the people, and He is tired of the wickedness of Satan. So here is what’s on His Mind, as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us. Satan knew this day was coming; he knew that when you started to rise, it would begin to produce his fall. So the only way he can keep in power is to keep you ignorant. And in keeping you ignorant, he drops you down into a barrel of filth. All our minds are taken with filth, degenerate behavior, filthy language.
Why must there be a War of Armageddon? Because Satan has to be exposed! “Satan” is no spook, “Satan” is no spirit. “Satan” are men and women, highly intelligent, knowing the truth, and using their knowledge of good to trick people who are good into doing that which is evil; and then make them think the evil that they do is alright. You need help. We need help.
I want to bring some scripture to talk about why there has to be war. Did you think that The God of Righteousness was going to allow this filth to be done in His Name, and He was not going to intercede to put a stop to it? You know, some people who have power, they can be humble; but if you force them, they can show you how much they do have. And usually when you’re selling a wolf ticket that you cannot cash: When you get that good whipping, you get a “good understanding,” and all of a sudden you find out the meaning of humility.
God is whipping the world with forces of nature, letting you know it’s going to get worse. And I am here to tell you: You haven’t seen nothing yet! Many of us may not live to see The Hereafter, to see the day when the power of this world is broken and a new world of righteousness is coming in. But try your best to learn how to eat to live, because in a short while America, America … “America is fallen.”
Now you may not like what I am about to say, but I want to make the case that God intends to destroy and bring America to the bar of justice. America can’t take it. She loves to dish it out, but she doesn’t want to eat the meal that she prepared for others.
In the Bible, in the Book of Revelation 2:9 and 3:9, it talks about “The Synagogue of Satan.” And I know you pastors have read that, but I’ll be damned if you’ve preached it. But, I’m going to help you out today, because I love you, and I really want Satan to know that his day is up.
Billy Graham was one of the greatest pastors in the 20th Century. I have some quotes (provided to me by my Research Team) from Mr. Graham. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the 75th anniversary of Time Magazine. All those that were on the cover of Time, we were blessed to have an invitation; I was invited, and I went. Henry Kissinger was there, and Muhammad Ali, and Bishop “this” and “that.” Billy Graham was there. When everything was over, I wanted to meet Mr. Graham. When I got to where they were, he was talking to Muhammad Ali, and when he saw me, he dropped Muhammad Ali “like a hot muffin” and he ran to me, and hugged me, and kissed me. Now, he wasn’t queer or anything, but I’m going to tell you why he hugged and kissed me.
One day after Israel had bombed a plane of innocent people, and it had upset President Nixon, and upset Mr. Graham, Mr. Graham showed up at the White House. In their conversation, Mr. Graham said: “You know, in the Bible, in the Book of Revelations, there are two types of Jews.” Mr. Graham said, “Now, there are Jews that observe the Torah, and there are other ‘Jews’ who don’t want to live by the preachings and teachings of God.” So, listen to what Mr. Graham then said to Mr. Nixon, talking about “Jewish power”: “This stranglehold has got to be broken, or this country is going down the drain.” What “stranglehold”? He was talking about Jewish power, and the abuse of that power. …
Mr. Graham said, “You know, a lot of Jews are great friends of mine. They swarm around me, and are friendly to me, because they know that I am friendly to Israel and so forth. But they don’t know how I really feel about what they are doing to this country, and I have no power and no way to handle them.”
Stop right there. You mean you know Jesus Christ, and you don’t have any power?! Well, what the hell are you talking to us for? We don’t need no weak Jesus, we need a powerful Jesus!
When Mr. Graham said that, Mr. Nixon replied, “But you must not let them know.” Why not? Why not, Mr. Nixon? “It’s because we can’t handle them.” One day, I went downtown to meet with former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. As I was sitting in his office, he said to me, “You know, the Jews are very powerful, [Minister Farrakhan].” You mean they are so “powerful,” like the president of the United States, Mr. Nixon, who has his finger on the button that can produce atomic war—and he can’t handle the power of the Jewish people who are wrongdoers? My God…
So, when Mr. Graham was warning President Nixon that they are a part of a “synagogue of Satan,” Mr. Nixon asked him: “You believe that??” “Yes sir,” Mr. Graham said. Mr. Nixon said, “Oh boy, so do I. I can’t ever say that, but I believe it!” Mr. Graham said, “No, but if you get elected for a second time, then we might be able to do something.” Mr. Graham didn’t tell him what, but it’s just the thought that something had to be done to stop the misuse of Jewish power.
What is the price for speaking truth to power?
Graham and Nixon were whispering. But Farrakhan… I want you to know this about me: I’m not a braggard! I’m not an arrogant nincompoop. But now, somebody has to take on the Synagogue of Satan, and here we are!
I have a price to pay for telling the truth. We, dear Believers, we have to pay a price, too, because the Holy Qur’an tells us hard trials are necessary to establish the truth. … This is our Saviours’ Day, and America is in trouble. I have to pay a price for what I have said today, but the Holy Qur’an tells me, “O Messenger! Deliver the message. And if you do it not, you have not delivered the message. Surely Allah will protect you from men.”
I want to prove to all of you, and especially my friends, that God is with me. In Revelation 2:9 it teaches: “Those who say they are Jews and are not,” he says, “I know your tribulation, I know your poverty, and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews, but they are not. I will make them of the Synagogue of Satan.”
Pastors, I need us to study, because we have allowed, on our watch, Satan to take our people into the most horrible behavior.
I offered God my life, and He has made me the mouth of my teacher. My mission is to expose Satan, uncover him, so that you may fall away from him, and come back to God and come back to yourself so you can escape the doom of this world.
Now, in closing, here is how it’s going to go down. You want to know what your role is? A lot of us want to fight, but we don’t have anything to fight with that’s really worthy of note. But if you’ve got the truth? That’s what Satan doesn’t like! Because he is a liar and a deceiver, and that’s what the Synagogue of Satan is all about. …
To The Synagogue of Satan: I’m going to close by telling you what your future is. You see, The Minister is a precious cornerstone, and The Minister is a stone of stumbling. He is the stone that the builders rejected, but God is making him the headstone of the corner of His Kingdom on Earth. Real talk!
A Jewish man said to me, “You know, we say ‘never again.’ Never again will we be in an oven. Never again.” I said, “Hold it. You can say that to men, but you can’t say that to God,” because the Bible teaches: “Behold! The day cometh that shall burn as an oven. And those who do wickedly, he will slay them, and leave them neither root nor branch.” This is a stone of stumbling. So you stumble over me now; and if you fall on me, the Book says you’ll get broken into pieces. But if I fall on you, you’ll be ground into powder—and I am falling on all of the enemies of God.
We’re either going to be right or we’re going to be dead. The War of Armageddon is to decide who will live on this Earth. You can’t live on an Earth that was made for the righteous and think you can continue practicing evil and God won’t punish you, or take your life. I am telling you, brothers and sisters: God doesn’t want to hurt you! God doesn’t want to harm you. But God will chastise you in a way that you will know God is after you. And you will know when you get the whooping; that you can’t sleep at night, and you wish the night would end and the day would come. But He is going to be whooping you. Not that He hates you, it’s because He loves you. He does not want you to go down with Satan.
I hate what Satan has done to us as a people. And God does, too. So when Satan makes his move, because we just made ours today, you’re going to find that there is nothing that the government of America can do to defeat God.
Watch the war. It’s already on. It’s already on, and it’s going to get hot. Germany is a great place for The War to start. The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that America and Germany are the two most vicious of the Caucasian people, and it’s the end.
“Well, what about the good Jews?” Well, the truth is there are many good Jews; they’re not going down with their brothers. But you’ve got to be separated from your brothers because most of the people that begin to hate you don’t know that you are really a good person. So, you’ve got to get out from under that. Come on with me. You wanted to get back into the Holy Land: I think God has given me a ticket for you if you bow down.
And guess what! God has said in the Book of Revelation He is going to make you come and bow down at my feet. And He is going to make you to know that He has loved me for standing up for Him, and standing up for His truth, and standing up for His people; and facing death with a smile on my face! So come on, family!
And I am saying to the Jews: If you want salvation; if you want to get back into the paradise of God, come with The Messiah. That’s your ticket. Some of you have already recognized your brother as that—but that’s an invitation to them, to break them apart from those who are about to be destroyed. God is not unjust. When He kills you, you know you deserved it.