by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
[Editor’s Note: The following text is excerpted from a message delivered
by Minister Louis Farrakhan on March 18, 2001 at Mosque Maryam in Chicago]
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
We say that Adam begins a new kind of world order. Adam and his family, in fact, are the first dysfunctional family of the world. God gave Adam the woman to help him, and Satan talks to the woman, but he comes to her as a snake. I don’t know any woman that will listen to a snake, and it certainly would have to be an extraordinary snake to be able to talk. I’ve never seen a talking snake, but I have seen human beings who slither and crawl and are devious like snakes. I’ve seen human beings who, as Paul described, have the poison of asps under their tongue. It is snake-tongued human beings like this that destroy the peace of the church, the peace of the mosque, the peace of the temple, the peace of the cathedral, the peace of the monastery, the peace of any organization. Adam and Eve messed up, so God threw the first family out of the Garden. And since all of us are supposed to be descendants from that family, you can see why we are also messed up.
The Bible says that Adam and Eve had two children, Cain and Abel, and one of them is beset with the terrible emotion of envy. And Cain thinks to kill his brother, and does. According to the Bible, God put a mark on Cain that made Cain frightened that everybody that sees him would slay him. But you can’t be slain but once. So, what is meant by everybody that sees him will slay him?
From Adam to Moses is 2,000 years. We don’t have too much knowledge about this first 2,000 years because the first five books of the Bible, called the Pentateuch, are the first five books of Moses, who came 4,000 years ago, which is 2,000 years after Adam. Moses received a message from God and he tried to be successful, but Moses could not stop Satan because Satan has 6,000 years to rule. All of the prophets of Israel couldn’t be effective in stopping Satan because it wasn’t time. Two thousand years after Moses comes Jesus, who comes 4,000 years after Adam. Jesus is 2,000 years too soon. That’s why Paul saw Jesus as a man born out of due season. Jesus was born 2,000 years before the end of the time given to the rule of Satan. The Holy Qur’an says that Jesus and his mother were a sign, meaning that the Jesus of 2,000 years ago prefigured the one that would come at the end of the world.
You say that Jesus died and he rose from the dead and he is at the right hand of God waiting for the proper time to return. All of that scripture is true, but the time sequence you have it in is incorrect; and Satan knows this. If Satan is going to deceive the whole world, he has to deceive you about Jesus because Jesus is the man that ends Satan’s world. Why would Satan teach you well about the man who comes to end his world?
To my Christian brothers and sisters, you’ve got the name of Jesus, you’ve got his word, but you are not involved in his work. You are a part of the work of Satan, himself. Look at the way you live. Look at the way you act. Jesus would not like what you are doing, but Satan loves it. Satan doesn’t mind you singing about Jesus; Satan doesn’t mind you shouting about Jesus; Satan just doesn’t want you to really get to know Jesus.
When the disciples were preaching, they were preaching in the name of Jesus. The people in that day were so angry that they told the disciples that it was alright to preach, they just would not be allowed to preach in that man’s name. Why? Because there is no name under the heavens, whereby a man can be saved, but by the name of Jesus. But it’s not just the name, Jesus. It’s the name and the function and the working of that name that brings salvation. If the name alone could do it, we all would have been saved by now. You’ve got the name, but you’re not in the function.
Jesus said the rulers of the world would hate his followers just as they hated him. But this world doesn’t hate you, Christians. However, the moment you try to be like Jesus, the church is going to get upset; the moment you try to be like Jesus, the pastor is going to put you out of the church; somebody in the church is going to attack you because you are going to want to reform that which the pastor doesn’t want to reform. You’re going to call him on the Book and he can’t stand that. All of you that falsely confess his name, the Bible says that when he comes, he will look at you and say, “depart from me, you workers of iniquity, for I know you not.” So don’t tell me that Jesus paid the price for you to be a fool and a freak. That means you don’t know what iniquity is. If he is going to punish you for iniquity and cast you away from him, then why aren’t you trying to clean up your life?
The community of Jesus is overrun by Satan. The community of Moses is overrun by Satan. Satan is marching, and here comes Muhammad (PBUH) in the 7th century A.D. He comes seven centuries after Jesus to give you a sign of what will be in the seven thousandth year. Muhammad and his followers conquered the known world. They say he conquered by means of the sword, but the scripture teaches that when Jesus comes again he will be at the head of 10,000 with a sword dripping with blood. That’s my Jesus. I don’t want a Jesus that is going to come here and hobnob with the world of evil. I want the Jesus in my life that will destroy this world that has destroyed humanity.
You may say that, God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosever believe in him would not perish but have everlasting life. Notice the words “believe in him.” How could you believe in that which Satan never gave you the knowledge of? And that’s why Paul said, “how can they know except they have a teacher? And how can they have a teacher except he be sent?”
In the Book of John, Jesus didn’t say he prayed for the world; he said that he prayed for those that the Father gave him out of the world. That’s a big difference. In John 14:16, Jesus says: “And I will pray the Father …” Jesus is praying. That means he is not the equal of his Father. “… and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.” Jesus is saying that he would not abide with the people forever, but there is one coming after him that will abide with them forever. “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” If that kind of power is in you, then you can deal with Satan. But I don’t think you’ve got it yet.
In John 16:7-11, Jesus says, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you: but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.”
Jesus is telling us that one is coming, but he’s coming in his (Jesus) name. He (Jesus) prefigures that one, and Muhammad prefigures that one, too. Dear Muslims, some of you believe that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the answer with the Holy Qur’an. Muhammad, which means one worthy of praise—Jesus, Yashua, Esau, in Arabic—it really stands for and is a sign of the justice of God. He is represented by a star. Muhammad heard what God said and spoke what he heard. And Jesus testifies that that one, when he comes, will speak only what he has heard. He won’t do his will. He will do the will of the Father.
Here is a book, the Holy Qur’an, that most of you as Christians don’t have. When I first became a Muslim, I wanted to read this book. I went to the Boston Public Library, when I was living in Boston, and they had the Holy Qur’an in the rare book section. I had to prove that I was a Muslim, otherwise they wouldn’t let me read this book. What is it about this book that White folk don’t even want to talk about it, but they talk about it in secret. The high Masons, called Shriners, know about this book but they can’t talk about it. This book, Qur’an, was revealed to Muhammad, who spoke it as he heard it, and his followers who could write wrote it down. Muhammad was the vehicle through which the book was revealed, but the full meaning of this book could not be taught until Satan’s time was up.
This book, even without the full understanding of it, has caused a renaissance in Europe, but it also bound the white man up in Europe for 1,000 years. And the book of Revelation says that Satan would be bound up for 1,000 years. But after that, it says Satan will come down unto you having great wrath for he knows he has but a short time.
More next issue, Insha-Allah.