by Master Elijah Muhammad

 

        The coming and the presence of God: What is the idea of God in coming? What is He
coming here for? Since we didn’t invite Him, why does He want to come to us? We have
never invited God to come to us other than in the wrong way. We wanted Him to come to us
in our heart. How do we know that He’s going in our hearts if we never seen God. We don’t
know God if he doesn’t come to us. How could He get to us, if we don’t recognize His
presence? We have not been taught to look for a God coming in person. We have been
taught to look for God coming in a spirit form. That’s the kind of form we have been
receiving. We have never seen God before, in person. We have always been praying, singing,
and preaching for Him to come to us in the spirit, but not in the person. Would we recognize
Him if He comes in person? No, we don’t know Him like that. How about praying for Him to
come in the spirit? That’s a feeling. You can’t name what God feels like. He tell us in
Psalms, “To feel for Him.” I’m a fellow that likes to go to the root of things.

        The majority of us have been praying for God to come. We pray that, “You come to
me.” If we did not believe He would come in person, then what are we praying for? It’s a
feeling. “I want Him to hear my prayer so I can feel Him in my soul.” If someone comes to you
in person and tells you, “I have heard your prayer and I’m here to answer it,” then what? Now,
you would say “No, no. I didn’t send for you. You look like me.” Well then, who would you
accept? You know we could have a lot of fun with one another when we don’t know.
I use to go to church and the preacher would preach that hell fire. To me, it seemed to
be so plain, I would be afraid to go home. I mean they could preach it in those days. Now,
the day has come for the fire, to light upon those who are not the righteous. Today, you
don’t preach it much, because you’re a little guilty. You think that you also would be one of
them for the fire. Well, that’s right. The older we get, the wiser we get in this civilization,
and the more understanding of that which we use to believe.

         The presence of God: How do we know when God is present? What is the idea of God
coming? He is represented by the prophets as coming to seek His own. Who is His own? We
use to believe this wrongly. We thought it meant anybody that had been forgiven for their
sins. That’s the way we use to believe it. His “own,” Biblically and Qur’anically, represents a
people who are His own people, and had went astray from Him. So many parables are spoken
of in the Bible to give us an idea of what the people would look like and their characteristics.
We have been told in parables that we are like a man who had two sons. The younger
son wanted to go leave his father and go into a far country, live to himself out of the law of
the families’ life. His father willingly let him go; for he knew the country and the people of
that country. He knew that one day the son would want to get back.

        Jesus put the parable so clearly. He said, “Alas in that land a famine arose and the son
who did not want to live under the good law of his family became in want. He could not get a
job. He could not get bread and meat; so, he lifted up his eyes towards his father’s house.
He said, “I will arise and go to my father. He has bread to spare. Why should I suffer here.”
He made up his words he intended to use when asking for forgiveness, “I will say unto him
that I am not worthy to be called your son, make me a servant.” Don’t tell them whom I am,
in words he was saying, that I was one of your sons. You are too great for a man like me to
come in reaching out for the respect of the family and other people by saying that I am your
son.

        These are very beautiful scriptures, very beautiful. “I am not worthy to be called your
son. Make me a servant of your own, not a son. I’m not fit for that kind of honor.” The

father said, “Oh, come on son I will represent you.” So, he got near the house and he still felt
too cheap to go in the families’ home. His brother looked out and saw his father coming up
with this very bad and contrary son, his brother. He said, “Come on in, let’s make merry, for
your brother has come home.” He scorned the presence of his brother, because he had lived
with rough and scandalous people. He said, “As long as I’ve been here with you, you’re telling
me now to kill the fattest calf we got to make merry over this man who has been out among
strangers, committing all the acts these strangers have committed, and now I’m to represent
and recognize him as being my equal. I have not been any place. I have been here with you
always.” Come on in son.

         He could not accept his brother, making him his equal in the house, “No, I will not come
in.” Then the Father said, “Stay out there son, I’m taking him in the house.” He took this son
in the house and represented him to the family. All the members of the family that would
not bow to their brother, were made servants of their brother who had been away a long
time.

       When the Father saw that they would not respect his word, and He being the power of
the family, He said, “Sit him down over there. Put a crown on his head and make him the
ruler of the house.”
This parable represents you and me who had been away from our native land and people
for a long time. The enemy has destroyed us and made us act like himself and look like
himself as near as possible, so that our people would not want to mix with us. But, a God of
ours has come out to meet us. The enemy has just about destroyed us and have taken away
our identity; nevertheless, our Father said, “I will go out and meet him.”
He looked and he saw his son coming a long way off. Four hundred years is a long way
off. He said, “This is my son; this is your brother, my son.” “I can’t mix with that kind of
brother.” He said, “Listen son, you’re alright, but this is your brother that went astray among
strangers. I’ll admit son, he went astray, but I went out and met him. He recognizes himself
now. He was lost from himself, but now I have found him. He was dead to the knowledge of
self, but now, I met him and I gave him life.”

         Before we knew anything, God was here with us. We didn’t go out looking for Him; He
came seeking us. Who loves the other one the most? “I will search the earth…” He says,
“until I have found him, and I will bring him again. Tell Abraham that I will go and bring them
again, right here in this same place, where they left from.” This is the prophesy He made to
Abraham. “He’ll go astray, but I will go after him and I will bring him back again. He must
have that which was promised to you Abraham, that I would give. I want to give him the
Earth. Strangers are ruling the Earth. I want to give it to him; it’s his Earth. Abraham, I’m
going after them. I’m going to search the whole Earth until I find him, and those enemies that
have him. I will bring him back and I will miserably destroy his enemies.”

         He has come and found us; now He wants to take you and me home again by going to
war with the enemy. In order to get the prodigal son to thinking of a home, He went to work
on the land that he was in. In that land, the book says, a great famine arose and the poor
boy became in want. He couldn’t get a job; he had nothing fit to eat, only what the hogs ate.
In his Father’s house, they didn’t allow hog around there. The enemy knows that; so, he gave
him a job he knows he didn’t want. “Go feed my swine” The boy’s religion was such that he
should not even touch a swine, nor have a swine near him. He was a Muslim. “I don’t like this
job, but I’m so hungry that I could eat the corn the hogs are eating.” Remember brother, this
has not passed, it’s to come here.

       These parables are directed towards you and me. God loves His people. He loves that
boy regardless to his sin; He loves him. I’m going after them. He promised Abraham that He
would do so. “I can’t break my word with my friend Abraham, I must go after him.”

        We have been here for 400 years; yet, never seeking Allah. We didn’t know how to pray
for Him to come to us. Now, today, He’s searching the Earth for His people. He finally found
them and He was like a man finding a jewel or a pearl that He’s not able to take, because
there is an enemy that owns the beautiful jewel at the time. He goes and hides them. He
goes and prepares to get that land and take it. He’s after the country. He’s so powerful and
well able to make war with the enemy and overcome him. He sets the clouds against him.
He sets the wind against him. He sets the snow against him. He sets the ice against him. He
sets his own friends against him. He makes it impossible for him to agree and get along in
peace with anyone. He’s after him. After doing that, He goes and taps his farms by sending
enemies like worms and bugs into his farms, that eat up his crops. He’s a terrible God to
fight, as Habakkuk said in his book of prophesy. He said that he himself hoped that he would
be here when God rises up and invades the people. He hoped he would be here.

 

[Excerpt from Theology of Time lecture series]

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