“Allah’s commandment will come to pass, so seek not to hasten it. Glory be to Him, and highly exalted be He above what they associate (with Him)!”
Holy Qur’an, Surah 16, Verse 1
As we approach the great day of the Million Family March, we are in the process of uniting our many families as one. Coming from many religious paths and nationalities, we are becoming acutely aware of the sacredness of the moment as we dedicate ourselves to the path of redemption coming before Almighty God Allah. Within the sacredness of this event, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has stated that he will conduct a sacred wedding ceremony for 10,000 new couples and remarry those who wish to do so. In concert with this theme on the sacredness of the marriage covenant I wish to pose the following questions.
Why are many religious leaders around the globe conducting these sacred wedding ceremonies under the name or sign of the Messiah?
Is this part of a Divine Plan from Almighty God to bring the communities of Muslims, Christians and Jews into one body of Christ?
“What, Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Holy Bible I Corinthians, Chapter 6, Verses 19 and 20
As we have now entered the New Millennium which has brought us into the period of world history in which everyone is looking for the Return of the Messiah as it is written in the scripture that His return would be celebrated around the gathering of God’s people in a great Marriage Ceremony. In the Garden of Eden (Book of Genesis), the narrative moves to a genealogy that focuses on Abraham and his seed, Ishmael and Isaac. While Ishmael and his seed are relegated to a back seat in the Bible it is the seed of Isaac which takes priority. Isaac becomes the father of Jacob and Esau.
When we look at the name Isaac, we see the Arabic name for Jesus which is Isa. When we look at the name Esau we have the sound value and Arabic spelling of Isa which again means Jesus. The return of Jesus or the Messiah is hidden in the genealogies of both sons. The theme of the Book of Isaiah, is the Messiah and in the name Isaiah we once again have the Arabic name Isa which stands for Jesus. According to the Book of Isaiah Chapter 26, Verse 21, we read “For, behold the Lord cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquities; the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.”
It appears from the foregoing study of scripture that the Messiah Figure would fulfill the genealogies of both peoples who are the seed of Abraham. Both would be blessed in His name, so if this is the case, there need not be a dispute or argument among the Christians, Muslims or Jews. The Hebrews have an anointed one. The Jews are waiting for the anointed one. The Christians are in expectation of the Second Coming of Jesus. The Muslims too are looking for Jesus’ return, who would be accompanied by the Mahdi. All three people have prophecies and Divine Scriptures pointing to this great one coming at the end of the world who would appear under the name Messiah.
In the name Messiah also appears the name Isaiah, so that Jesus (Esau) and the Messiah become as one. In our search for the Messiah, he must fulfill the prophecies of both scriptures, Bible and Holy Qur’an. He will speak the language of both books (Holy Qur’an and Bible) which will satisfy the yearning of both peoples to be reunited to God.
I have featured in my photo display the anointed one chosen to represent the Hebrew Israelite community. Two other photos show prayerful women, one from America and one from Losoto, South Africa, invoking the name of God for world peace. All three religious communities are involved in the peace process that is taking place in Israel with their focus on the Holy City of Jerusalem. During the Sacred Ceremony that will be performed, God Willing, on the Mall in Washington, D.C., there will be representative words shared from all of the worlds great religious communities which includes representative voices from the Far East blending with those of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic theologians on the theme of Divine Unity.
The theme of this Sacred Marriage Ceremony will be centered around God’s Sacred Covenant which will witness the return of His lost and forsaken people. In the 19th Chapter of Revelation, Verses 7-10, we read about the marriage of the Lamb in these words: “Let us be glad and rejoice and give owner to him; for the marriage of the Lamb is come and his wife have made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he said unto me, Right, blessed are they who are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb and he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, see thou do it not! I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God; for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
It is in this context of a Marriage Ceremony that God’s Coming is announced to His people with the message of unification. Once that union is achieved then the Sacredness of the Marriage Ceremony is consummated with God being proclaimed at the center and the Mighty One to Whom all praise is due. All those spiritual leaders who have been anointed under the name Messiah are in reality the Servants of the Most High God. The Messiah’s Return will be witnessed and heralded foremost in America where God’s power will be Made Known. The hiding of God’s power is in the use of language until it becomes flesh. So the duty of the True Parents and of individuals is to harmonize their lives in accord with our Spiritual calling which is to Exalt God in our daily lives.
Immediately following the Marriage Ceremony and testimony as revealed in the 19thtChapter of Revelation the heaven opens and God in the Person of the Messiah appears.
“And Allah’s is the unseen of the heavens and the earth. And the matter of the hour is but a twinkling of the eye or it is nigher still. Surely Allah is possessor of power over all things.” Holy Qur’an, Surah 16, Verse 77.