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[Editor’s note: The following article contains excerpts from a message delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on the 24th Anniversary of the Million Man March and Holy Day of Atonement held at Christ Universal Temple in Chicago on October 13, 2019. This is Part 1 of a two-part article. We encourage readers to order this message in its entirety on MP3, DVD and CD through store. finalcall.com or call 1-866-602-1230, ext. 200.]
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
There are no creatures superior to the human being. The human being is the supreme of the creatures of God. In fact, the Bible calls us the Glory of God, but all of us have fallen short of the Glory of God and have not measured up to what God created us to be. Satan has made sure and has done his job, but his time is up.
We thank Allah for all of his prophets and messengers and the scriptures which they brought. We thank him for Moses and the Old Testament, Israelite Prophets. We thank him for Jesus and the Gospel and the Apostles who gave us what is called the New Testament. We thank him for Muhammad Ibn Abdullah, the Great Prophet of Arabia, who brought into the world a final book to finish out the 6,000 year work of Adam and Adam’s progeny.
But we’re entering into a new day now where God and his Christ have come to take over the rule.
The rule of the earth under the wicked has been a horrible nightmare. In the Bible, Jesus made a parable of the wicked husbandmen. The owner of a vineyard let it out to some wicked husbandmen; and he charged them to bring in the fruit thereof. But unfortunately, they were not good.
And then the owner sent his son into the vineyard and they slew him. The wicked will always try to slay one who presents an example of what righteousness is. So, the wicked rulers couldn’t stand the son because a clean glass makes a dirty glass look just like it is.
So, they tried to kill the son and they did. So, Jesus asks a question. He said, “What will the Lord of the vineyard do when he comes?” And they answered saying, “He will utterly slay them.” So, the wicked now are running around trying to put it together. Poor things, because the end has come. …
Brother Ishmael Muhammad, as he was introducing me, said God had come to fulfill His promise that He would come and He would choose a people that were no people at all, a dead nation of a once great living people styled as the dry bones in the valley.
But He would choose them as His People, and He would be their God and He would raise them from a dead level. Some of the wise ones among us say “to a living perpendicular.” I said, “a wise one” says it like that. The foolish don’t know what a living perpendicular is. But it means taking you from living your life on a horizontal level. That means that you’ve never really grown up because babies come in the world and they’re on a horizontal level. And after a while, without any instruction, they look for something strong to pull up on and they start standing up perpendicular to the earth. That’s what is called “a living perpendicular.”
Now, you grow up into physical uprightness. But it’s so sad that we live our lives after the beasts of the field and the serpents and the snakes of the grass. We’ve fallen so low that we are considered by God and the prophets “lost souls.” Some so lost that some of them called them irredeemable. “Nothing can redeem them.” Well, you just haven’t met Jesus the Christ. You have not met Muhammad the Liberator. …
Twenty-four years ago we were in Washington doing an impossible thing. We called for one million men to come to Washington, not to picket, not to beg the government, but to atone to God for our failure as men to shepherd our families, to be the guides of our people, the guides of our family, the good husbands of our wives, good fathers for our children but we knew we had messed up. So, I didn’t want anybody coming to Washington thinking we’re going there to beg the government. Begging the government is folly today. Whatever you think you want from the government ask them can they produce it.
They’re broke, $22 trillion in debt, that’s why our dear president has put $750 billion into the military because America will say to the world that it owes, “Don’t even try to collect. I’ll blow you off the face of the earth.” That’s why he’s still making new weapons of mass destruction. He’s trying to frighten the world. He owes China over a trillion dollars, Japan, England, poor fella. But he’s keeping up a good show. But in a few minutes, the bubble is going to bust; and in a few minutes you will see how poor and raggedy America is.
God is lashing her now. As my great national assistant said, “Our teacher told us that the day was coming when the temperature one day would be between 80 and 90; and within a few hours, it would drop under freezing. Now it’s happening. This past spring 19 million acres of land failed to be planted because of weather. Those that got planted, planted late. So, it’s a late harvest for them now. But they’re expecting two feet of snow in the Midwest. So, what they thought was going to come out of the earth is buried under the snow.
The words of the Master are coming true. In the 24th chapter of Matthew, he talked about things happening: Wars and rumors of wars. Famine, pestilence, earthquakes in diverse places, nation rising against nation, and kingdom against kingdom and then he said, “This is only the beginning of sorrows.”
Have you seen that the storm clouds of war are gathered not only throughout the Middle East but the whole earth is filled with war talk, war preparation? You can talk about turning your spears into pruning hooks. They’re turning their pruning hooks into spears. Food cultivation is taking second place to preparation for war. Where will you be? What will you be doing when war is declared?
Iran figures big in it, so does Israel. But the scripture says, when Jerusalem is surrounded by armies, don’t go in the house, flee to the mountains. This is just the beginning of sorrows.
Then Jesus says, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation. Every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” And if Satan casts out Satan, he’s divided against himself so how then can his kingdom stand? …
Did you think that you were holy because you’re in church? Don’t deceive yourself any longer. The church is full of devils. The mosque is full of devils. The synagogue is full of devils. Stop it. Don’t argue with me because I have the truth. And, I’m going to hurl it at falsehood until it knocks out the brains of falsehood. So, if you want to hold on to the false idea that you are somehow holy, I’m going to finish that quickly. No. Nothing holy in here. Aren’t you in here, Farrakhan? Yes, I’m in here. Aren’t you holy? No, but who supports me, who backs me, who covers me is holy, so I stand in His holiness to reach out to my fellow sinners.
Remember when Moses met God? God told him, “Take off your shoes. The ground where you stand is holy.” He didn’t say, “Moses, you’re holy.” The ground where you stand is holy because I’m standing here with you, Moses. So, what we have to do is get a closer walk with God. The more you get closer to God and walk with him, His holiness rubs off on you and me and His presence in our lives purifies us from the stench of Satan’s urine. Satan is like a snake and a skunk that has urinated on the human family. Wait, wait, wait, wait, Farrakhan. I’ve got a brand new suit on. I don’t care what you have on. See, the stink is not in the suit. It’s coming from what the suit is covering. You can’t cover up sin with suits.
You can’t cover up sin with white garments. You can’t cover up the funk and the filth of Satan’s world. He’s a skunk of the planet earth. So that’s why Jesus said, wash and be clean. Wait a minute. I’ve tried. You haven’t tried hard enough. We play with God and we play the Jesus game. Jesus is on first. I’m going to bring him home. But Satan is busy and Satan’s helpers are catching. You can’t bring him (Jesus) home. He knocks on the door of your mind and your heart and he’s asking us, “Let me in.” I didn’t say, “sing him in.” I didn’t say, “dance him in.” Time is up for foolish worship, which is disgraceful to God. It’s holiness that He wants. It’s righteousness that He wants. He knocks, will you let Him in?
Paul said, “Let this mind be in you.” What kind of mind, Paul? “The same that is in Christ Jesus.” What kind of mind is that, Paul? That’s the mind of God. What kind of mind do I have now? Look at the deeds of your hands, and the thoughts that we think, and tell me, whose mind do you have? The time for playing games with God is all over. He’s very disturbed. God is angry. As it is written in Revelations 8:18, “The nations are angry and thy wrath is come.” What kind of wrath is that? You talk about when you get angry, “don’t mess with me. You don’t want to put that over on me because I’m ready. I’m a bad Negro.”