'The Time and What Must Be Done' 2013 Lecture Series, Part 18By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan | Last updated: May 15, 2013 - 9:32:36 AM
[Editor’s note: The following article contains a distillation of the hour-long message delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as Part 18 of his 52-week Lecture Series “The Time and What Must Be Done.” This message originally aired on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Click here to order this message it in its entirety on MP3, DVD and CD or call 1.866.602.1230, ext. 200. Be sure to visit NOI.org/TheTime each Saturday at 6 p.m. Central Time (5 p.m. MST and 7 p.m. Eastern Time) to view the ongoing series.]
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
Greetings to you. I am Minister Louis Farrakhan, National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, that Great Preacher of Freedom, Justice and Equality to the Black man and woman of America and the Western hemisphere, and the Aboriginal People of our planet.
‘The Whole Armor of God’ which will protect us from The Wiles of Satan
In an hour as dangerous as this, when darkness is overspreading and evil is spreading far and wide, and Satan is practicing every art of deceit, that The Righteous may fall victim to his wiles. So Paul, in the Book of Ephesians, Chapter 6, verses 10-20, says that The Righteous have to put on “The Whole Armor of God,” that we may be able to stand against The Wiles of Satan:
“The Breastplate of Righteousness”
“The Shield of Faith”
“The Helmet of Salvation”
“The Sword of The Sprit,” and that
“Our Feet” should be “Shod (fitted, as with shoes) with The Gospel.”
This is “armor.” This is protection. But in the Book of Proverbs, Chapter 4, verse 7, the scripture teaches: “Get wisdom, but with all thy getting, get an understanding,” because if you don’t understand “the armor”—if you don’t know how to put the armor on, and know how to recognize the armor, you’ll have your “books of scripture in your hand” and be deceived by The Arch-Deceiving Satan, “The Devil”: That “old serpent” that was in The Garden in The Beginning of this world, and now is seen as “a Dragon” in the Book of Revelation.
I will deal with this subject, which is something that “must be done.” And what is that? We must make known to the entire world The Identity of “Satan.”
In the Holy Qur’an, Surah 2 Al-Baqarah (“The Cow”), verse 42, it is taught to the members of “The Children of Israel,” or the Jewish community: “Mix not up truth with falsehood, nor hide the truth while you know”; and throughout The Qur’an they are being asked to “remember The Favor of God to you,” that He sent you many prophets, many sages, to give you guidance more than He gave to any other people in the last 6,000 years. So how you use the energy of The Truth that you have been given will either put you on The Side of God, or mark you as “Satan,” “The Devil,” in human form.
Truth must be spoken today… And that One on Whom The Mission is to “make Satan known”: He must deliver The Message, and fear not the consequences of delivering The Message, for surely The Qur’an says: “Allah will protect you from men.” And since the Honorable Elijah Muhammad—that Great Messianic Figure Who is now The Exalted Christ: Since he made known, partially, “the identity of a made man,” now most of that revelation must go all the way to “Satan” himself!
So the Honorable Elijah Muhammad told me before he left: “Brother, I don’t want you using the term ‘devil’. I want you to use the language ‘Satan,’ ‘The Enemy’ and ‘the slave master’s children.’” I didn’t know at that time why he told me such words. But Allah, through His Messiah, has gently led me to The Task that is before me and us today.
The Truth necessary to expose the characteristics of this ‘man of sin’
Is “Satan” real? Is “Satan” just “spirit”? Or is “Satan” a man with a nature of evil, and an energy of spirit that directs his hatred and malevolence, his mischief-making and lying, to take the Earth down with him as he now knows that his time is very, very short?
Please study the Book of 2 Thessalonians, Chapter 2. In verse 3, the scripture teaches: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition…” Notice the scripture didn’t say “spirit” of sin; it said man of sin. Here it is telling us some of the characteristics of this Satanic human being. In verse 4, it describes him as one: “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God, sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” What “madness” is this, that this wicked son of perdition would see himself as “God”? And then come to the world as though he is “God,” and try to force every knee to bow to him? Remember those characteristics as we go further in our study.
And in the 8th verse, it states: “And then shall that wicked one be revealed whom the Lord will consume with The Spirit of His Mouth, and shall destroy with The Brightness of His Coming.” “Revealed” means that Satan is “covered up.” The Bible also teaches in 2 Corinthians, Chapter 11 that Satan is so clever that he can masquerade and come to the people as an “angel of light.”
Satan knows “good” and he knows “evil”; so he uses “good” to trick and trap The Righteous, and then lead them into “evil”—and then make evil fairseeming to them! What a skillful Enemy of God: The Man of Sin.
Why does the Truth have to be told? Do you remember in the Book of Job, Chapter 1: The Sons of God came to present themselves before God, and Satan came also with them? They were walking with Satan—“The Sons of God”—and didn’t know they were, pardon the expression, “hanging out with Satan.” And when they got in The Presence of God, He knew Satan right off and said, “Whence cometh thou, Satan?” I’m sure the sons of God were shocked! Then Satan spoke up: “I come from walking up and down, to and fro, in the Earth, seeking whom I may devour.”
Let’s look at the image of “up and down,” “to and fro”:
Is that accidentally the sign of “the cross,” the duality in the nature of man? Is it possible that you who think that you are following “Jesus Christ” have been eaten up by Satan, and instead of being a part of “the body of Christ” by our actions, we are literally devoured into the body of Satan?
So the only way that you can be set free is that God will consume The Wicked with “The Spirit of His Mouth” on “The Brightness of His Coming”! If we are “revealing Satan,” that tells you God is Present! If we are revealing “Satan,” then that means that when you have The Knowledge of this Wicked, Evil One posing as “God”: The Knowledge of him will separate you from him, and produce what is called “a falling away.”
Satan does not want you to “fall away” from him. He wants to keep you with him! So The Truth is what must be told, because it is time… It’s time that you should know The Truth that Jesus prophesied: “You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Well, that Truth now is in the world! That Truth will “set you free” from Satan, his deception; expose his lies and deceit, and the evil that he has led us into that has made evil “fairseeming” to us! That when we “fall away from Satan,” we can fall away from the evil that Satan has guided The Righteous into performing, thinking that they are “doing the right thing.”
“Truth” is the greatest life-giving, life-saving, life-advancing essence. “Truth” is the most important and greatest possession that any human being could have, for “Truth” is the root of everything that we see, hear, smell, taste, and, touch and feel. This “Truth”: That you came into the world from the darkness of our mother’s wombs into “The Great Book of God”—which is nothing but The Truth.
Allah (God) says in the Holy Qur’an that in everything that He created there is “a lesson” for man, if man would be mindful. So when you think on God’s Truth: This is what we must feed on if we are to grow into The Purpose of our existence! The life that we have been given is important, but not “more important” than The Truth which is the very essence of life itself.
Most men and nations say, “We will give our life for liberty and justice, and equity”; and in American history, it was Patrick Henry (one of America’s “Founding Fathers”) who said: “Give us liberty, or give me death,” meaning he loved “liberty” more than life. Well, Mr. Henry, you spoke well. But let’s take it up “a notch”: 1) There cannot be “liberty” without Truth; and 2) There cannot be “justice” and “equity” without Truth.
So every human being that knows The Truth should stand up on that Truth regardless of the consequences of standing on that Truth! Live for The Truth, and die on behalf of The Truth! Because if we do that—giving and living our lives for Truth: This is The Greatest Act of Service that we can do! And is why Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”
The History of Jesus brought into ‘Present Tense’, context
Jesus of 2,000 years ago, my dear and beloved brothers and sisters, was not “The Messiah.” He was 2,000 years too soon to establish The Kingdom of God and end the civilization of the Jews. This is why members of the Jewish community hate Jesus; and have written terrible things of him! The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said when he was teaching The History of Jesus, that some of the things that the Jewish people 2,000 years ago said of Jesus were so horrific, so vile, that he could not even bring himself to write a word of what they were saying!
Did you know that in the very Talmud written by Jewish rabbis and scholars, that their hatred of Jesus is such that they said: “Jesus is in hell, boiling in excrement”? Now, you wouldn’t think that “a people of righteousness” would say that about a Righteous Prophet and Servant of God!
Well, let me say in The Present Tense: Their language is so vile.
According to The Teachings of Master Fard Muhammad to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, about “The History of Jesus”: Jesus taught in the tiny state of Palestine—where there is, today, so much trouble and confusion! On the streets of Jerusalem he preached; and on the day that he was captured, he had his largest crowd, about “35” or “36” people. Jesus was in front of a Jewish store, and when the proprietor, or owner of the store, saw the crowd, he wanted to move the crowd away from his store; but when he saw that crowd, he thought that they might come in and purchase something from him, so he let Jesus go on and speak. However, after he heard what Jesus was saying, he called the authorities, because there was a bounty on the head of Jesus: $1,500 if he were caught and brought in alive; $2,500, in gold, if they brought him in dead. The Jewish people of that day did not like what he was saying, so they collaborated with Roman authorities to put an end to The Life of a Holy Prophet and Servant of God.
Jesus didn’t die there, on a literal “cross.” The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us that he died in the form of “a cross.” We’ll get into that more at another time. But, suffice it to say: Jesus gave his life for The Truth that he taught, that his name would live for 2,000 years until The Coming of The Messiah Who would come in his name, and reprove the world of sin and of judgment because it believed not in him! Beloved Christians: You know, Jesus said if you “follow him,” you will be persecuted. You will be hated for his name’s sake; some of you, he said, will be beaten, and some will be killed—and they will kill the righteous, thinking that they’re “doing God a favor.” Some would be cast into prison: Are you suffering this for Jesus’ name? We are…
Right now, they are tired of my preaching; and I’m sure they have contacted the “Roman authorities” whom they control in the United States government; and are saying to them: “You have to do something about Farrakhan.” Is there a bounty on my head? He sits in the heavens, and laughs at you… Because what you “plan” for me, and this tiny little Nation of Islam: Please be careful, for you are planning your own death while you think you’re planning mine.
Just remember Pontius Pilate (the judge at the trial of Jesus, and the man who authorized the crucifixion of Jesus): He knew that Jesus was innocent! And I am sure the president of the United States, Barack Obama, knows that “Farrakhan” is not an “anti-Semite,” nor is he a “hater”—he just “tells The Truth”! But you are pressing President Obama, now, to do an evil thing that will not be good for him, will not be good for you, and will not be good for America. But you must do what you must do. And by The Grace of Allah, I will continue to do what He has commanded me to do, and that is to “pull the cover off of Satan”; as it is written in the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 28, “the cover too short, and the bed too narrow.” There is no more “hiding place” for Satan! God will “consume him with The Spirit of His Mouth,” and now He is Present and it is His Words in my mouth! It is His Spirit that is moving me! So do what you will, because I certainly am going to do what God has commanded me to do! As I said in a prior broadcast: “O messenger! Deliver the message. And if you do it not thou has not delivered the message. But if you do it, surely I will protect you from men” (Surah 5, verse 67). What a wonderful, and comforting, ayat of The Qur’an that is!
‘Perdition’ defined, and the two ‘falling aways’
The scripture teaches this “Satan” is “the son of perdition.” What is “perdition”? It’s “ruin”; it’s “the loss of soul”; it’s “damnation.” “Perdition” is the future state of The Wicked: It is “hell,” it is “utter destruction”; and it means to be “obsolete” and “lost.”
Where are you, America? Where are you, Black man and woman of America? Are we experiencing “loss”? Are we experiencing some form of “ruination”? Have you lost your soul? Remember that song that we used to sing in the church, “The devil is mad, and I’m so glad that he missed the soul that he thought he had”: The Enemy is always trying to snatch that most important essence of the human being, the human soul. Have you given it away? In Psalm 23, David The Psalmist says, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”; and in a succeeding verse: “He restoreth my soul.”
The only thing that can “restore” The Soul of a Black man in the Western hemisphere, whose soul has been taken under 310 years of chattel slavery, and a 150 more years of injustice so that you are a “White man in Black skin”: You are doing the same evil deeds that he has done throughout the world! We are now practicing it on each other; we lie, we cheat, we steal; we commit murder! We put our women out to be raped and ravished—and we do it ourselves! We are “little Devils”… But God is going to make Satan manifest before that “Great and Dreadful Day” to give us a chance to fall away from Satan! So you have “two falling aways”:
One falling away from Satan because we know him;
And the other is Righteous People “falling away” from The Messenger of God and His Teachings due to The Deceit of Satan!
The 2nd “falling away”: Those of you who know The Truth, and have come to The Messenger of God, now Satan is after you to turn you into disbelief! That is not only in America, it’s in the Muslim world: Satan has curled his tail, and is taking down some of the “stars of heaven,” which the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said mean “the scholars of Islam” are being taken down! So in Arabic, the word “Satan” is called Shaitan: It’s a being that is not only himself far from The Truth, but also turns others away from The Truth! Who burns with hatred and anger, because he knows he does not have long to live on our planet—and “the greatest joy” to him would be to take those who love Righteousness down with him when he goes!
The Qur’anic Arabic is from the root shaitana, which means “to be perverse,” “to become remote or far from The Truth, and from The Mercy of God.” So no Muslim enters into prayer without saying, A’udhu billahi minash shaitan-ir rajim, “I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan”—that one that is driven away from The Mercy and The Face of God!
Satan is angry, now! He’s full of hatred right now. And he is coming after those who are “The Choice of God.” So “what must be done” in this time? Satan must be exposed, uncovered, and shown to the world for who he is; that you may “fall away from him” because God is now Present.
And if we are to become a part of “The Kingdom of God,” we have to know God, and know Satan, because this is “The Time” before that “great and dreadful day” comes: It only comes on “the heel” of your having certain Knowledge that gives you an Energy to move away from something that you have willingly, and willfully, embraced.
‘The Seal” of Knowledge of God, Self and The Enemy
Look at the calamities that are going on all over the Earth: They are going to increase dramatically! In the Book of Revelation, in the 7th Chapter, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd verses, it states: “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding”—“The Winds”—“the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads”—with “The Seal of The Living God.”
Think about this! The “Four Winds” are being held back until you, God’s Elect, are sealed, in your forehead [your mind], with: 1) The Knowledge of God; 2) The Knowledge of Yourself; and 3) The Knowledge of The Enemy of God. And that “sealing” is going on right now! And then it goes on to say in the 4th verse of that same chapter that “144,000” were “sealed”; and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad wrote “for the pain of such loss of a people that totals 46 million, that only “144,000” will accept The Seal of The Living God?”
Brothers and sisters, look at your actions: You have been “sealed in your forehead” with “the mark of The Beast,” and that’s why you think the way you think, and that’s why your hands are doing the deeds that they do, and your feet are walking the path that you are walking! But The Angels are holding back “The Four Winds”—but they are about to be turned loose… Oh, brothers and sisters: The world is heading into a War like this earth has never seen! And “the winds of war” will blow from every corner of the Earth! It will hurt the Earth! It will hurt the sea; great storms will arise.
And if you think that your submarines in the depth of the sea, like Leviathan, have any “refuge”: The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught me how God will bring your ships up from the depth of the sea, and crush them in front of your eyes with The Power of The Wind and The Water! Oh, you are in a terrible state thinking that you have “power” to fight with God; so you think you are “God,” so you want to show yourself as “God”—and now you hate me, because I’m teaching the people Who God is, and who “Lucifer” and “Satan” is! Well, let’s get right to it! In the Book of Revelation, Chapter 3, verse 9 it states: “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie… .”
To be a “Jew” is a great name; to be a “Jew,” you have a covenant relationship with God; to be a “Jew” means you are in obedience to His Laws, Statutes or Commandments. There are some good and wonderful Jewish people on our planet, and the Holy Qur’an speaks of them with favor in Surah 2, verse 62: “Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in God and the Last Day and does good, they have their reward with their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.” So I am not talking about “good” Jews; I’m not talking about Jews who “keep The Sabbath,” Jews who try to live the life that the Torah taught—I am not talking to you!
I am talking to those rebellious ones that take The Wisdom of God and use it for Satanic purposes! I am talking to the [Abraham] Foxmans of the world! I am talking to those who use the knowledge and power that God has given you to deceive, with knowledge, the planet; and create “lying wonders” to deceive the entire world: You are the one “the cover” must be pulled off of! You are the one that our people should fall away from, quickly, lest you take them down to hell with yourself!
Future broadcasts: ‘Will The Real Anti-Semite Please Stand Up!’
Louis Farrakhan: An “anti-Semite”?? Well, if somebody is an “anti-” they are “opposed to”; they are “against.” The definition of “anti-” as an adjective means: “A person opposed to a particular policy, activity or idea.”
We, The Nation of Islam, are “opposed,” in that sense, to a wicked policy against our people. We are “opposed” to a wicked activity based on the idea of “White Supremacy.”
Yes; we are “opposed” to that, but you can never find, since I have risen by The Grace of God to rebuild The Work of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, not one White person that has been harmed by us, and not one Jewish person, nor one Black person, that has been harmed by us! So how will you make us “haters” when there is no deed that demonstrates “hatred”? We are beyond that—but, are you? It seems to me that your hatred of Louis Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam is driving you crazy! Everywhere we go we find you’ve been there, telling lies on us before we get there! Every place that we leave, here you come: Telling lies following us up! And that is why, out of The Spirit of God: We Call for a “Showdown”!
Go to store.finalcall.com and get the books The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, Volumes 1 & 2. After you call me an “anti-Semite,” we went into your libraries, we studied from your writings; we studied from your rabbis, your historians, your scholars! And everything that we wrote is backed up by footnotes; that any one of you who wish to be scholarly can go and find the book that we quoted, and the author that we quoted, that you may see that: We did not lie on the Jewish scholars, historians and rabbis!
If you don’t have these two books, how will you know whether we are telling “the truth” on them if you don’t read the truth that we have taken from their scholarship?
They say Book 2 is “a great calumny.” Wrong! It’s The Truth! The “great calumny” is what you put out against me, and The Nation of Islam! So we’re going to expose “the calumnies” that you put out against us, and we’re going to put out The Truth of what we have discovered in your own writings! They may say it’s “a calumny”—but I ask you, Satan: Are you ready for The Showdown? Are you ready to come out from where you hide? Are you ready to meet us and our scholars in the public, so that the world may see who is “a liar” and who is telling The Truth?
And if I am “lying,” I am willing to pay with my life! Are you willing to pay with yours? Let me warn you of “The Showdown of Elijah with The Baal prophets”; let me warn you of “The Showdown with Moses and Aaron, and The Magicians of Pharaoh”! Bring out whomsoever you want… But don’t you send your “Negroes” out, because we know you made them into yourself! Brothers and sisters: Don’t you let them use you to come out against us because you don’t like where we’re going with this broadcast on “The Time and What Must Be Done”! No, you “stand to the side” and watch “The Drama” [play out]!
And to you, my friends in the Jewish community: Remember, this is not about you; this is about your errant brothers and sisters. Dear Christians: This is not about Gentiles that have been victimized by “The Synagogue of Satan” which has a lot of Gentiles in it; it’s not about you! It’s about those who have deceived you, and now are trying to rob you of your future with The God of The Sabbath Who is now Present.
No… If there is to be a “Showdown,” it must be in a public place where all the media of the world can witness this—since you’ve poisoned my name all over the Earth, where I can’t go to London because I’m persona non grata; and I’ve been mistreated by your people in different parts of the world. We want to end this right now!
May God bless us to meet you; but I know you won’t. You’ll continue to press my brother, as president of the United States, to “do something about me,” like you’re trying to press him to do something about Syria and Iran. President Obama: Don’t listen to these “hyenas” and “jackals” that are in high places. You would be wise to follow the dictates of your conscience—if it has not been taken by Satan.