2008-10-27 - LOUIS FARRAKHAN AND “THE MAHDI”
THE ARRIVAL OF WHOSE MESSIAH?
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The Arrival of Whose Messiah?
The capital of Islam in the West.” That's how Elijah Muhammad, leader of America's Nation of Islam branded the city of Chicago before he died Feb. 26, 1975.
Louis Farrakhan, the present controversial leader of the black American movement known as the Nation of Islam, and successor of founder, Elijah Muhammad, just rededicated a Mosque on Chicago's South Stony Island Avenue to Jesus' mother Mary. The religiously muddled program tied the event to Yom Kippur of the Jewish Calendar, and sounded the traditional Jewish shofar as a call to prayer (done only at Rosh Hashana). The Ave Maria was sung and the Hallelujah Chorus was performed as a benediction.
Even if one overlooks the eclectic muddle, it all seems laughable in light of Elijah Muhammad's comment on Christianity and Farrakhan's comments on Judaism:
“Regardless as to how long and how hard you try to be a good Christian, you never have a sincere true love for your own black brother and sister as you should. Islam will give you true brothers and sisters the world over. This is what you need.”
-- Elijah Muhammad
In spite of Louis Farrakhan labeling Judaism as a “gutter-religion” he included a very famous section of Israel's Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) in his program, the Kol Nidre ceremony. This haunting dirge was a Jewish heart-cry for God's forgiveness when they were forced to convert in Spain's Inquisition in the 1400's.
Elijah Muhammad's political-theological view of America should be alarming to us. And, these ideas are still espoused by Louis Farrakhan today. Elijah said:
“God is drying America up by degrees. The time is at hand, and hell is kindling up. Islam is the right way.”
This strange theology has been growing since 1930 here in the USA. The group believes that “Allah (God) appeared in the Person of Master W. Fard Muhammad, July, 1930; the long-awaited “Messiah” of the Christians and the “Mahdi” of the Muslims.”
But, history of the N.O.I. aside, our current presidential race has brought much to light from the dark corners of the organization. Farrakhan gave a speech in which he hinted at the Messiah (Mahdi) calling forth the youth of the world to open their ears to his (their Messiah) message. This, by the way is an earmark of the coming of the Islamic Messiah figure, the Mahdi.
“The Messiah is absolutely speaking!” Farrakhan declared. This statement came on the heels of noting that Obama had galvanized the black youth of America into a political entity who were not interested in politics beforehand.
Another euphemism for the Mahdi, Islam's Messiah is the “Hope of the Entire World.” Farrakhan spoke of Obama in those glowing terms - a slippery title which serves as a code word for Muslims, but could be denied to be just a glowing assessment of one's potential should a strong challenge arise.
In his first major public address at the dedication of the Mosque Maryam, Farrakhan said that Obama is the “hope of the entire world” and that the U.S. will change for the better. He added,
“A black man with a white mother became a savior to us,” speaking of the Nation of Islam's founder Fard Muhammad in 1930. “A black man with a white mother could turn out to be one who can lift America from her fall” he added, likening Obama to the N.O.I. founder.
Muslim's believe in Jesus, but which One?
Iran's President Ahmadinejad, for the first time ever, told this years UN General Assembly that the Mahdi would soon come and that when he did, Jesus would come with him. Islam's Jesus, is not Jesus of Nazareth, he is Jesus of Mary of Mecca. Let this page of Farrakhan's program speak for itself.
“This mosque is named after Mary, the Mother of Jesus. She is given great distinction and honor in the Qur'an because she gives birth to the Messiah who carries the indwelling spirit of Allah, manifesting Allah's presence, which allows Jesus, the Messiah to do that which no prophet or messenger did before him. He gives sight to the blind by Allah's permission. He makes the deaf to hear by Allah's permission. He gives life to the dead by Allah's permission.
“It is written in the Qur'an concerning Mary, that she was purified by Allah and chosen by Him above all the women of the world. She is more honored in the Qur'an than the mothers of Abraham, Moses, and Muhammad. None of these mothers of the prophets, no matter how great their sons were, was given the distinction of having a chapter in the Qur'an named after them. The honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has named this Mosque after the Mother of Jesus to let this dominant Christian nation know and understand that every Muslim believes in Jesus.”
When He Comes
Until October the 19th, I didn't realize that the same plague that threatens the nation of Israel's very existence was so close to home. Islamic sources say that when the Islamic Messiah (the Mahdi) comes out of hiding that Jesus will come too. Not out of clouds of glory as described in the New Testament, but out of the desert.
When that happens, Jesus will accompany the Mahdi to Mecca where the Mahdi will instruct Jesus on prayer (Jesus being a lower prophet), and Jesus will announce to the world that the Gospels were corrupt. He will then issue an invitation to Islam, the real religion and the war will begin leaving Islam the last standing religion on the face of the earth.
Obama has distanced himself from characters like Farrakhan, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and Bill Ayers the founder of the Weather Underground in the 1970's, who will do him great damage just by association. However, those endorsing Obama, continue to be very dubious. How needful it is to understand the times in which we find ourselves.
October 24, 2008
NOTE: Ron Cantrell and his wife Carol have been close friends of ours since 1990, where we met at Congregation Beth Simcha under the leadership of Murray Silberling. Twice we visited them in Israel, and have appreciated their ministry with “Bridges for Peace” for a number of years. Ron has authored a number of books. Click on <www.shalom-shalom-jerusalem.org> to see his book “The Mahdi: Hijacked Messiah.”If it doesn't appeal to you as relevant “today,” it will “tomorrow.”
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, is an avid Islamic, expecting the very soon-coming of the Mahdi.
You ask, “Who is this coming Mahdi?” In 1966 a movie entitled “Khartoum”, starring Charlton Heston as General Gordon, and Laurence Olivier as the Sudanese Mahdi, who believed Mohammad in vision showed him to be the world Messiah, or Mahdi. For many, this is a scary thought, and Ron Cantrell's book on this subject can throw much light on it.
The above article by Ron Cantrell on this subject by Louis Farrakhan, links Senator Obama with this thought. What is your take on this?
Jim & Marie Watt