Now, here is the full text of Minister Farrakhan’s statement to and through the press, to America and the world.
Text of press conference delivered on October 24, 1989 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. by the Honorable Louis Farrakhan.
“Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, Brothers and Sisters, we are honored by your presence here this morning.
“I am a man who has great respect for the press and the electronic media and I also have respect for myself and my mission. As you know, I do not readily submit to interviews, nor am I frequently seen on the television; for I am not before you of myself, nor do I do what I do to be seen of men. Therefore, I have never tried to abuse, or misuse the press to seek advantage for myself, or the Nation of Islam. So, in calling this press conference, I am calling you because of the serious nature of the Announcement that I am about to make; an Announcement on which hangs the future of this nation, its leaders and the people of America.
“It is written in the book of Ezekiel:
‘When I say unto the wicked, You shall surely die; and you give him not warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at your hand.
‘Yet if you warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have de-livered your soul.’
“It is in this spirit that I make this announcement.
“In a tiny town in Mexico, called Tepoztlán, there is a mountain on the top of which is the ruins of a temple dedicated to Quetzalcoatl—the Christ-figure of Central and South America-—a mountain which I have climbed several times. However, on the night of September l7, 1985, I was carried up on that mountain, in a vision, with a few friends of mine. As we reached the top of the mountain, a Wheel, or what you call an unidentified flying object (UFO), appeared at the side of the mountain and called to me to come up into the Wheel. Three metal legs appeared from the Wheel, giving me the impression that it was going to land, but it never came over the mountain.
“Being somewhat afraid, I called to the members of my party to come with me, but a voice came from the Wheel saying, “Not them; just you.” I was told to relax and a beam of light came from the Wheel and I was carried up on this beam of light into the Wheel.
“I sat next to the pilot, however, I could not see him. I could only feel his presence. As the Wheel lifted off from the side of the mountain, moving at a terrific speed, I knew I was being transported to the Mother Wheel, which is a human-built planet, a half-mile by a half-mile that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad had taught us of for nearly 60 years. The pilot, knowing that I was fearful of seeing this great, mechanical object in the sky, maneuvered his craft in such a way that I would not see the Mother Wheel (Plane) and then backed quickly into it and docked in a tunnel. I was escorted by the pilot to a door and admitted into a room.
“I shall not bother you with a description of the room, but suffice it to say that at the center of the ceiling was a speaker and through this speaker I heard the voice of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad speaking to me as clearly as you are hearing my voice this morning.
“He spoke in short cryptic sentences and as he spoke, a scroll full of cursive writing rolled down in front of my eyes, but it was a projection of what was being written in my mind. As I attempted to read the cursive writing, which was in English, the scroll disappeared and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad began to speak to me.
“He said, ‘President Reagan has met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to plan a war. I want you to hold a press conference in Washington, D.C., and announce their plan and say to the world that you got the information from me, Elijah Muhammad, on the Wheel.’
“He said to me that he would not permit me to see him at that time. However, he said that I had one more thing to do and when that one more thing was done, that I could come again to the Wheel and I would be permitted to see him face to face.
“He then dismissed me. I entered the small wheel and the pilot whom I still could not see, moved the craft out of the tunnel and took it up to a terrific height and maneuvered his craft that I might look down upon the Mother Wheel. I saw a city in the sky.
“With great speed, it brought me back to earth and dropped me off near Washington, where I then proceeded into this city to make The Announcement.
“After I awakened from the vision, it seemed to vanish from my mind. However, on the morning of September 19, 1985, a great earth-quake struck Mexico City and it was felt in the little town where I was staying. That earthquake brought the vision forcibly to my mind and I spoke it, later that morning for the first time to my wife, Khadijah Farrakhan, and Sister Tynnetta Muhammad, in the city of Cuernavaca.
“During the vision of 1985, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad did not tell me who the war was planned against, or where it would take place. But, as events began to unfold from September to December of 1985 into January of 1986, it began to dawn on me, slowly, that the war might be against Muammar Qaddafi and the Libyan Jamahiriya, but I was not completely sure.
“In early February 1986, I was invited to participate in and be the spokesman at a press conference initiated by the Libyans in cooperation with Kwame Toure of the All African Peoples’ Revolutionary party and the representatives of approximately 15 groups of Blacks, Native Americans, Hispanics and Whites, in essence, to state to the government of the United States: ‘Hands off Libya.’ While I was speaking at the press conference, the lights of the television cameras in the back of the room brought back the vision of the press conference that I was to hold in Washington, D.C., and I wondered to myself, “Could this be it?”
“In February 1986, I embarked on a world tour. While I was in Ghana, it crystallized for me that the war President Reagan and the Joint Chiefs of Staff had planned was in fact against Muammar Qaddafi and the people of Libya. So, I decided to alter my planned itinerary to go to Libya and to warn Muammar Qaddafi.
“From Tripoli, speaking before the representatives of approximately 80 nations, I told the vision publicly, sending back to the United States a warning to President Reagan and Secretary of State George Schultz.
“During the confrontation in the Gulf of Sidra, between the United States Air Force and the Libyan Air Force, it was reported in the press that a bright orange object was seen over the Mediterranean. The Wheel was, in fact, present and interfered with the highly sensitive electronic equipment of the aircraft carrier, forcing it to return to Florida for repairs.
“In 1987, in The New York Times’ Sunday magazine, and on the front page of The Atlanta Constitution, the truth of my vision was verified, for the headlines of The Atlanta Constitution read, ‘President Reagan Planned War Against Libya.’
“In the article which followed, the exact words that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad spoke to me on the Wheel were found; that the President had met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and planned a war against Libya in the early part of September 1985.
“I did not realize, at the time, when the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that I had one more thing to do, that one more thing involved having the actual press conference—that I am holding today—and making the actual announcement that I am now fully in the knowledge and understanding of. The reason that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad did not tell me who the President and the Joint Chiefs of Staff had planned the war against was because Muammar Qaddafi, the Muslim Revolutionary leader, and the small nation of Libya, was only to serve as a sign of an even more significant and consequential war, which would come several years later.”
More next issue, Allah willing.