[Editor’s Note: This article is a reprint that was published online on November 8, 1995; and The Final Call will continue to publish articles by our late and dear Mother Tynnetta Muhammad].

In the Book of Daniel, during the reign of Belshazzar, the son of Nebuchadnezzar, there was great rejoicing in the palace of his father.  It was during this festival or period of rejoicing when he brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the House of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king and his princes, his wives, and his concubines drank in them.  At the same hour, there came forth a finger of a man’s hand, and wrote upon the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace.  And the king saw the part of the hand that wrote these words:  ‘ME’NE, ME’NE, TE’KEL, U-PHARSIN.”  The interpretation of ME’NE is, “God hath numbered thy kingdom and finished it,” TE’KEL is, “Thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting.”  PE’RES is, “Thy kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.  The reward that the king promised to Daniel if he was able to interpret the handwriting on the wall was a scarlet robe to wear, a chain of gold around his neck, and further that he would become the third ruler in the kingdom.

It is also written in the Book of Nehemiah that after he discovered the condition of his people in Jerusalem, that he requested permission to leave from his ancient homeland of Persia to travel to Jerusalem to repair the walls of his people.  We have walls in the Book of Nehemiah and we have the handwriting on the wall in the Book of Daniel which I believe can be interpreted with a similar meaning.  The walls represent the people and the people were in need of repair and rebuilding.  This is the Mission of Minister Louis Farrakhan, the Helpmeet of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, in the rebuilding of his fallen people.

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When Nehemiah came to Jerusalem, he found that the gate had been consumed with fire and that the wall was broken down.  And, the narrative continues by describing the gates of the fountain and the king’s pool.  We noted that one of the landmarks within the Mall grounds in Washington, D.C., in front of the Lincoln Memorial is the Reflecting Pool.  The Reflecting Pool measures 2,000 feet long.  This 2,000 foot long Reflecting Pool can be compared to the 2,000 years that it would take for the Master or the Messiah to come who would restore all things, and return the Lost and Found People of God back to their Father’s House.


The Scripture states that the rulers knew not whither Nehemiah went nor what he did because he came alone and neither discussed his plan with the Jews, nor the Priests, nor the nobles, nor the ruler, nor the rest that opposed his work in the resurrection of his people.  How do these two Books of the Bible, Nehemiah and Daniel, compare to what happened on October 16th in Washington, D.C. and the day after?  Immediately on the next day of October 17th, there was a dispute over numbers and the counting was way below the figure of the actual participants.  The number given was 400,000.  When we look at the number 400,000 we see that even here, a Judgment in the writing of that figure.  For over four hundred years we were enslaved in America before the Master came.  And in the 400, we have the number 40.  It has been 40 years since the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was raised by Almighty God Allah to help the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in the rebuilding and the resurrection of God’s People in the midst of America.  The Nation fell following the departure of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and only one man was left to do the work of rebuilding, and that man is Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Emphatically no, we cannot separate the Message from the Messenger nor the Messenger from Almighty God.  After 440 years of slavery, we have taken this powerful stand in Washington, D.C. on October 16th.  Our total population of 4,400,000,000 around the planet have answered to his call for Divine Unity.  As we looked out over the millions of people, it was like a sea or a wall of people.  It was on this very Mall that our slave parents were bought and sold as merchandise and put into slave pens and bartered in slave markets and owned by the early Presidents of this country and by the Founding Fathers of this Republic at the very site of the Washington Monument which stands at 555 feet.  It was in the year 1555, when our first foreparents were captured and tortured on a slave ship named Jesus by the slavetrader, John Hawkins.  Now we make our appeal for Justice before the United States Government, before the Congress and the Highest Executive Office in the land for them to respond effectively to the problem facing 40,000,000 ex-slaves of America.

The wise among the American people know that Minister Farrakhan is speaking the truth and they will not argue nor will they debate with a man that is expressing this kind of wisdom.  The teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad goes to the root of the Divine Creation so that we as Black people can remaster ourselves and return once again to the top of civilization.  So, I say in closing, that this day, October 16th, is a day that will undoubtedly live in history as a memorial to the Freedom Struggle of our people in America taking a stand on the basis of Righteousness and the virtues of Atonement and the Reconciliation of our differences.  It was truly the day, “Yaum Al-Furqan,” that God blessed a Chosen Servant from among us, Minister Louis Farrakhan, to make a distinction between Truth and Falsehood.

(Reprinted from “The Final Call newspaper,” November 8, 1995.)