BY THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN | LAST UPDATED: APR 2, 2013 – 1:04:40 PM
[Editor’s note: The following article contains a distillation of the hour-long message delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as Part 11 of his 52-week Lecture Series “The Time and What Must Be Done.” This message originally aired on Saturday, March 23, 2013.]
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
Greetings to you. I am Minister Louis Farrakhan, National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, The Eternal Leader of the Nation of Islam and that Great Preacher of Freedom, Justice and Equality to the Aboriginal People of the Earth, and particularly, the Black man and woman of America and the Western Hemisphere. And a Warner to the United States of America, its people, its government, and the nations of the Earth.
Once again, I am so pleased to be able to come to you via television, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and speak to you about this most interesting and valuable subject matter given to us by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. The title of the subject is: “The Time and What Must Be Done.”
The Signs that show The Messiah and The Mahdi are in the world
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”
—Matthew, Chapter 24, verses 6-7
These are The Signs that Jesus spoke of.
But then Jesus said all of these are only “the beginning of sorrows”; and then it talks about how “the families will be broken apart.” And if you remember what I said in a previous broadcast, that the “Jesus” that you are looking for in this time, “The Messiah”—He is not going to unite all the people. The Messiah is here to divide The House: Separate “the wheat” from “the tare,” “the sheep” from “the goat,” The Righteous from The Wicked. And this will be done by The Presence of a Powerful Truth that judges the world and the behavior of the people that The Wicked have deceived!
In the Book of Revelation, Chapter 12, verse 9, the scripture teaches: “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Well, if the “whole world” is deceived, in what way are we deceived? We are deceived about that Man that would come at the end of the world to end Satan’s power, to end his dominance over the people of the Earth and to begin the destruction of Satan’s rule; and to free the masses of the people from the deception of Satan’s rule by telling them that particular Truth that Jesus spoke of: “Ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free.”
Well, all of these signs are now being fulfilled. Look at the division in “the households”; look at children killing their parents, and parents killing their children. Look at the unseemly behavior of people in love with themselves in an inordinate way, in contravention of The Divine Laws and Will of God. Look at the way Hollywood—and this is really “Satanic”—is enjoying making the people to deviate from The Will and The Law of God.
Satan delights in turning The People of God into rebellion against God, because Satan’s desire is to take The People of God down to hell with him when he goes. So the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that his desire was to “make the Truth so plain” in these last days of this wicked nation and world that “a fool would find it hard to make a mistake.”
In the Book of Matthew, Chapter 24, verses 33-34 it reads: “So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” As we said last week, this scripture could not have been talking about “the generation of Jesus The Prophet,” but it was talking about a time when The Messiah and The Mahdi is in the world, when that generation would not pass before all of the things that the Jesus of 2,000 years ago prophesied would come to pass.
Remember, a “generation” is “30 years”; and since we are “2,000 years” from Jesus, the prophet: If you divide “30” into “2000,” you get the number “66.666.” Well, this is “The Number of The Beast” that the Book of Revelation speaks of in Chapter 13, verse 18: “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six [“666”].”
So when you see these numbers coming up again, “66.666”: Then this is that “generation” that, by The Grace of God, will live to see all of the things that Jesus The Prophet prophesied come to pass.
America: This nation’s term has come
It is written in the Holy Qur’an that “every nation has its term,” and when its term comes, it cannot delay the “term,” or “time”; nor can it go ahead of that time. What is a “term”? According to Webster’s Dictionary, a “term” is a “fixed, or limited period for which something lasts, or is intended to last.”
Well, what “nation” is it whose term has come? If we go to the Book of Genesis again, the 15th Chapter, verses 13-15, God is telling Abraham that his seed will, in the future, be in a “strange land,” among a “strange people,” and they will be oppressed and afflicted in that land for “400 years.” But pay attention to the words that God speaks to Abraham, that after that time of “400 years,” God says: “I will come, and I will judge that nation which they shall serve.” America is that nation whose “term” has come.
“The Children of Israel” in Egypt were a prophetic, symbolic picture of that People that would fulfill the scriptures that Jesus was prophesying and giving parables about. And here we are, having been brought through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the first slaves coming to these shores in the year “1555”—so in 1955 we had come to “400 years” of The Fulfillment of our servitude slavery to America and its people. So from that time on:The Presence of God would begin to interfere with America’s rule over The Black Man; and
The Black Man and Woman of America, styled in the scriptures as “dead,” would begin The Process of Resurrection.
This is not talking about some “dead people in the cemetery,” it’s talking about a People who have “eyes” but can’t see, “ears” that can’t hear, “tongues” that can’t speak—they are blind, deaf and dumb! A People who are spiritually dead—morally “turned out” by Satan! A People who are politically dead, economically dead, intellectually dead!
That is the condition of The Black Man and Woman of America.
The ‘sale of indulgences’ used by The Enemy to trick, trap and weaken
The wickedness of our slave masters and their children has been such on us that they have made us into themselves, so that our wickedness is equal to theirs! So when we say that they have been “devils,” you say, “Well, what about us?” because “the killing of us” that is going on in the neighborhoods today: It’s by “us” against “us”! It’s “Black-on-Black” crime, “Black-on-Black” violence! It’s “Black-on-Black” death!
We have become as evil to ourselves as our former slave masters and their children have been, and still are, to us. That is why the scripture teaches that God’s Coming is after The Workings of Satan. We are “The Product” of Satan’s Work, because he has turned The Black Man out! He has made us into himself…
All types of unrighteousness are practiced by him—and he has allowed us into his social equality which he kept us out of for years; because he was afraid that when we learn the filth of their doings in their private parties and dwellings, we would “run them from among us.” But we are not going to run them from among us, because we have become the same as they! They have integrated us into their “bedrooms,” and not necessarily into their boardrooms. And although some of us are on their boards, we are just “spooks that sit by the door”: We are not the ones that create the policies, but we say “yea” when they say “yea”; and we’re afraid in those boardrooms to speak up and say “nay” because we have to “go along to get along” in order to stay on the board.
But to “stay in the bed”? Oh, no! They have “fixed” that!
Please read in the Book of Revelation, Chapter 13, where you have a “dragon” that is sitting astride “the beast,” giving guidance to the beast; and in Chapter 17 where you have a woman dressed in scarlet, sitting upon “the beast.”
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, in Chapter 38 of his book The Fall of America, stated: “The Bible’s Revelation refers to the destruction of the beast and his chief instructor, the dragon. The name beast given here is not referring to four-footed animals, but to a people whose rule is like that of a savage beast.” He then quotes Martin Luther—that great preacher in Europe who was the one responsible for breaking away from the Catholic Church and forming what is called “The Protestant” part of the Christian faith—when describing what the term “dragon” refers to.
Martin Luther was protesting against “the sale of indulgences,” meaning that in the church it had become so corrupt, that if you had money and you wanted to do that which is against The Teachings of Christ: If you paid the money, you could indulge in whatever behavior you wished to indulge in. Martin Luther resented that, and revolted against that; and in some of his own interpretations, he referred to The Pope as that “dragon” that gave power to “the beast.”
And when the scripture talks about “a woman who sits astride the beast”: You will find that The Beast has always used his women to “trick” and “trap” others for The Beast! That was done in the time of Samson. Study the Book of Judges, Chapter 16: Delilah used her trickery and her beauty to deceive Samson, to learn the secret of his strength; and then turned his knowledge of where his strength lied into the hands of his enemy.
That is a Sign of you, Black man and woman! The moment you get these Teachings, your “hair,” which is a sign of “the health of your body,” “your strength,” begins to “grow” from a bald head into “hair.” Samson’s hair became so long, because it was the sign of his “strength”—and now that The Enemy sees Knowledge coming to you, Wisdom coming to you, and he sees The Time of Your Rise: Your “hair” is growing…
And so The Enemy uses the beauty and fascination of “the unalike” of his women to trap you for him!
A ‘transitory life’ a result of ‘the vacuum’ in The History of The Black Nation
Suffice it to say, that this world in which we live is called a “vacuum” in The History of The Black Nation. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad says, and The Qur’an bears him witness, that the Caucasian world would rule in a “vacuum” in our history. A “vacuum,” meaning that in a vacuum there is no air; there is no oxygen; so life cannot exist in a “vacuum.”
The term of “6,000 years” is a short time when compared to The Infinity of Time before Yakub’s “made man”—and an Infinity of Time that will occur after their power is broken, their world is destroyed, and a New World of Righteousness will come in called “The Kingdom of Heaven,” or “The Kingdom of Allah,” or “The Kingdom of Islam.” We are at that Time, and so, my beloved brothers and sisters, we need not to be talked to in “simple terms,” we need a re-education so that we may be brought back to our real selves!
“What is our real self?” the Honorable Elijah Muhammad asks. Our real self is a “Self of Righteousness” because we are born in The Nature of God, which is to submit our will to do The Will of God. The Original Man’s Natural Life of The Nature of God cannot reign at a time when wickedness was to rule our planet.
In the Holy Qur’an, it calls the life of this world a “transitory life”: “Surely these love the transitory life and neglect a grievous day before them.” (Surah 76 Al-Insan, “Man”, verse 27) What does this mean? That though we are in this world, we are “in transit” from an Infinity of Time before the “made man” came into existence, to an Infinity of Time after his power is broken.
This world, The Qur’an says, is a world of “sport and play.” Look at this world: It doesn’t honor teachers as much as it honors “sport” and “play.” It doesn’t honor scientists, and the great explorations and the great experimentation of “the growth in knowledge.” It honors and pays the most money to “sport” and “play.”
So in this “world of sport and play,” where do we fit? Black Man and Woman: We dominate. When they let us into baseball, we dominated. When they let us into basketball, we dominated. When they let us into football, we dominated. When they let us into tennis, we dominated. When they let us into golf, we dominated. And in our domination, we are now getting exorbitant salaries! Most of our young men and women in sports that are successful are making money into the millions and millions of dollars. But how do we end up? We don’t use the wealth that we get from our sport and play to invest it wisely, so that when the “day of sport” is over we have something great to fall back on.
But, we have fallen into “The Trap”: We start off with a Black woman; and then we grow and we grow, and when we become great athletes: We look around, and we now have a Caucasian counterpart; and, we are “in love.” Look at our brother Tiger: He was the greatest in golf, and he married a woman that was a nanny. And now the nanny is rich, rich, rich because he went off of a moral standard with many more Caucasian women; and, this woman has taken a great deal of his wealth.
Well, Black brother… You start off in the “chitlin’ circuit” as an entertainer, and you are there singing and dancing and performing for your own Black people; but you’re not making the “big money.” But when those who control the entertainment industry find you, and see you, they make you a “crossover artist,” and they give you money commensurate with The Gift of God that you have.
Now, you’re making millions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of dollars, singing and dancing—and displaying your nudist parts; filling the world with debauchery and sex. But, you’re rich! And your “richness” makes you think that what you’re displaying and what you’re doing is “morally correct.” You sing the filthiest songs; you do the lewdest of dances. And when you are paid, and you get an award for your song at the “Emmys,” or, at the “Grammys,” or at the “Oscars,” the first thing that comes out of your beautiful Black mouth is: “I thank God for this gift,” this “song,” or this that “made me a hit.”
But you are not “honoring God” with the way you are using your talent. Cultural people should be The Guardian of “liberty” and “freedom” for the world! But today, our “talent,” our “culture,” our “art” is being used to literally corrupt The Peoples of The World through “sport” and “play”—in a vacuum in Our History.
Well, before this generation passes, all these signs will be fulfilled.
God’s State of Mind upon His Coming to execute Judgment and Justice
In the Book of Revelation, the 11th Chapter, the 18th verse, it reads: “And the nations were angry, and your wrath has come. It is the time of the dead, that they should be judged or given justice.” Take a look around you… In the Western World, the nations are angry! The nations of The East are angry! The nations of Africa are angry! All of the nations, now, are angry, and all of the nations are arming for The Great War that we are coming up on very, very soon.
But it is not only that “the nations are angry”; John The Revelator says The Wrath of God has come for it is also “the time that the dead must be judged and given justice.” Again, this is not talking about “the dead in the cemeteries,” it’s talking about The Black Man and Woman of America and The Darker People of the world who have slept in a shallow grave of death under the power of Caucasian rule. It is now your time to be given Justice.
So when The God comes after the 400 years of our sojourn, our affliction, our oppression, what is His “State of Mind” on His Coming? Let’s study the 63rd Chapter of Isaiah, verses 1-6, where Isaiah speaks on “God’s Coming”:
“Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winepress? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me. And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth. “
God is coming, and His Coming is out of The East; He is wearing “dyed garments.” Most of the robes in The East are “white,” but He’s coming in the “dyed garments” of The People of The West. And when the question is asked: “Why are you ‘red’ in your apparel, and your garments like him that treadeth the wine press?” God Answers, “I have trodden the winepress alone.”
In English Lesson No. C1 of “The Supreme Wisdom Lessons,” in the third year of Master Fard Muhammad’s Presence among us, when speaking to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, He said: “My name is W.F. Muhammad. I came to North America by myself.” Well, in 1 Thessalonians, Chapter 5, verses 1-4 the scripture teaches God came “under disguise,” and if they had known what hour “the thief” would show up, they would not have suffered “their house to be robbed.” And in the Book of Matthew, Chapter 24, verses 42-44, the scripture teaches that He came “without observation” and He “spoiled the goods of the house.”
Master Fard Muhammad came to reform The Black Man! He came to transform the life of The Black Man from the life that White America has bred into him, back to his natural life!
In that same writing, Master Fard Muhammad tells the Honorable Elijah Muhammad that His people were brought over to America “379 years before this writing”; and that “My people do not know that they are related to God; they were made blind, deaf and dumb by the enemy when they were babies.” Then the question is asked “What is his own self?” and Master Fard Muhammad said: “His own self is a righteous Muslim.”
You are already a “Muslim” by nature, but Master Fard Muhammad puts an adjective (“righteous”) in front of the word “Muslim,” because we have been made other than “righteous.” So The Greatest Teaching that Master Fard Muhammad gave to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was just six words: “Accept Your Own” and “Be Your Self,” because your “self” is righteous!
So now look at this One Who is coming! “…I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.”
God is coming. He is Present. He is Angry. And the fury that is in Him is causing Him, now, to bring about destruction and bloodshed; so that Isaiah The Prophet saw His garments stained with The Blood of The Wicked.
Oh, what a terrible prophecy! And we are now in it, America! We’re in it, brothers and sisters! Calamities are striking America on all sides, one after another!
Babylon could have been saved, but she was not
Read The Fall of America, Chapter 32, “Babylon Could Have Been Saved, But She Was Not.” In this chapter, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, when speaking of the scriptures talking about “Babylon,” wrote: “America seems to be the answer to many of the Bible’s and the Holy Qur’an’s prophecies. It is mentioned in Jeremiah (51:9) that ancient Babylon could have been healed but was not, for her wickedness was such that she was neither healed nor forgiven. …” Regarding John The Revelator’s prophecies about “Babylon,” he wrote: “The Revelations of John’s prophecies were that they repented not of their evil deeds but blasphemed the very name of God (Rev. 16:9.) Therefore, when a man is guilty of a great evil done against the cause of God and His people, he cannot be forgiven unless he seeks forgiveness himself. We see this in the working of the fall of America today. …”
“Old Babylon,” the city of Babylon that is in Iraq: When it had the Jews in Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar and his nephew, or “grandfather” according to some scholars and historians, the Jews were in captivity; and, Babylon should have let them go. But Babylon refused to let them go, so The God turned the neighboring nations against Babylon, and Babylon was destroyed.
Well, America: That “Babylon” is gone, but in the Book of Revelation, Chapter 17, it’s talking about a “Mystery Babylon,” meaning that that “Babylon” that is to be destroyed, as the Ancient Babylon was, is a “mystery”; it’s “not known.”
But today, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad has been taught by God that all of it is referring to the “United States of America” and “the world” that the Caucasian people have brought into existence. For he writes in The Fall of America, Chapter 31, “Mystery Babylon, The Great”: “…The ‘Mystery Babylon, the Great’ is none other than America. This ‘Mystery Babylon’ is full of riches, hatred, filth, fornication, adultery, drunkenness, murder of the innocent and idol worship. ‘Mystery Babylon’ is full of names of blasphemy. …”
God has come, and He is furious! He’s destroying, now, The Wicked—and some of us that don’t believe that we are at “the end” of The Time of The Wicked to hold us in captivity, we have become so blind, and so deaf to the hearing of Truth, that we are happy, happy, happy to be integrated into a House of Filth and Evil that God has come to set down!
Remember the words of Isaiah The Prophet: “Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, and the lawful captive be delivered?” It is talking about us! And that’s why Paul said to us, “Be ye not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of our minds.”
But how can our minds be “renewed” if we won’t listen to the Truth that will raise us from a “dead level”?
A special warning to our Black artists: Resist temptation to follow the ways of the wicked
Oh, my dear brothers and sisters, The Enemy is after you. This generation shall not pass before all these things come to pass!
I am pleading with you, my dear brothers and sisters, as it is written in the scriptures: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” But you are acting so weak, that when you know he’s leading you to something that you should not do, you don’t resist because you want “the fame,” you want “the money,” you want “the job”; you want “nearness” to your Enemies!
Remember how Satan took Jesus up on a mountain, and showed him all of the cities that he could have if only he would bow down to Satan? Please study the Book of Matthew, Chapter 4: “Mountain” here means he takes you up to a “high place” because that’s where you want to be in sport, in play, in music, in science, in medicine. You want to be “on the mountain top”—but the man that’s taking you there is the god of this world! So when Satan said to Jesus, “If you would bow down and worship me, you can have all of this,” Jesus had the strength to say to him: “Get thee behind me, Satan.” And that is where Satan belongs; he doesn’t belong “in front” of you, leading you! You need to put him not only “behind” you, but put him out of the equation altogether!
God is Present today. And if you really want to “go up” in strength and power and wealth and righteousness, remember: Satan only promises you to deceive you.
It is written in the Holy Qur’an, “And when the matter is decided”—“this matter” is going to be “decided,” and very soon. The Matter is being decided as you listen to these broadcasts!
Satan will say to you, “Allah promised you a promise of truth, and I promised you, then failed you. So blame me not, but blame yourselves, for I deny your associating me with Allah before.” He has lied to you! He has falsely deceived you! He’s trying to make you believe that he can make a place for you with him! But his “place” is being taken; and he cannot make a place for himself anymore!
The God is here to make a place for you, so don’t let The Devil’s False Promises deceive you. Tell him, “Thank you—but no thank you.” You don’t have to “go along to get along,” just stand up and be your righteous self! You don’t have to be disrespectful of them; after all, they are “The God” of the world that we are living in, and they demand that “respect.”
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said: “We respect the laws that govern this nation. And we are in obedience to those laws as long as those laws do not conflict with our religion,” so you can be “stand up”; you can be “strong,” without being disrespectful.
Please, think about what you’re seeing and what you’re hearing, and know that God does not “hate” you. He loves you! And He’s calling you out of a way that hurts your future—which is a Great Future! And your Enemies in Hollywood: They know it! So they want you to keep on being “the clown,” “the buffoon,” and “the fool.” They want you to keep on feeding the people with filth in your lyrics. Stop it, brothers and sisters!
The Time is at hand. The Time is set. The Time is come.