The Minister Louis Farrakhan issued a fiery message to Pope Francis Sunday, challenging the pontiff and "all lovers of Jesus" to "a showdown."
In addition to quoting writings about "the white race" from Elijah Muhammad, a former Nation of Islam leader, Farrakhan spoke directly to the pope and to other Christians he sees as misrepresenting Jesus Christ.
Minister Louis Farrakhan speaks during the Saviours' Day annual convention at the U.I.C. Pavilion in Chicago, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP/Paul Beaty)
The quotes Farrakhan shared from Muhammad were controversial to say the least, including claims that white people have a history of causing trouble and of being difficult to live with.
"According to the history of the white race, they are guilty of making trouble, causing war among the people and themselves ever since they have been on our planet earth," Farrakhan read. "So, the God of the righteous has found them disagreeable to live with in peace and has decided to remove them from the face of the earth."
He continued, citing Muhammad's past comments: "God does not have to tell us that they are disagreeable to live with in peace; we already know, for we are the victims of these troublemakers. Allah will fight this war for the sake of his people [the black people], and especially for the American so-called Negros."
Farrakhan added that "peace can only come from a superior power" and proceeded to proclaim that he truly knows the real Christ.
"And now I say to the pope and all the lovers of Jesus, if you desire let's have a showdown," he said. "You call the Jesus that you know and I'll call on the Jesus that I know and let's see which one of us really knows Jesus."
Farrakhan then proceeded to mention "1,500 ... wheels," a concept that is integral to Nation of Islam.
"Yes, there's 1,500 of these wheels. I believe in Jesus. I believe him to be the Christ and we have all over the world a right to love Jesus, but it's better to love him with knowledge than to love him in the way that he is being represented," Farrakhan added.
As TheBlaze has reported, Nation of Islam theology teaches that the "Mother Wheel," a massive spaceship, remains in orbit and will eventually rescue adherents from earth. Farrakhan spoke about this spaceship theology in a 2011 speech:
"The final thing is the destruction. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad told us of a giant Mother Plane that is made like the universe, spheres within spheres. White people call them unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Ezekiel, in the Old Testament, saw a wheel that looked like a cloud by day, but a pillar of fire by night. The Hon. Elijah Muhammad said that that wheel was built on the island of Nippon, which is now called Japan, by some of the original scientists. It took 15 billion dollars in gold at that time to build it. It is made of the toughest steel. America does not yet know the composition of the steel used to make an instrument like it. It is a circular plane, and the Bible says that it never makes turns. Because of its circular nature it can stop and travel in all directions at speeds of thousands of miles per hour. He said there are 1,500 small wheels in this Mother Wheel, which is a half mile by-a-half-mile. This Mother Wheel is like a small human built planet. Each one of these small planes carry three bombs."
This description adds understanding and context to Farrakhan's proclamations in his latest sermon. Calling Jesus the controller of the Mother Wheel, Farrakhan warned detractors that he has God's ear -- and that the massive Mother Wheel will come to earth at his beckoning.
"All of you failed prophets and hypocrites join all together all of you that condemn me -- see if you have the power -- all of you together to call the Christ the Master of the Wheel and let him bring them down, all 1,500 of them," he said. "You go ahead and try to call the wheels down since Jesus is up there and he's the master of that wheel and I'll make a call to the Jesus that I know and represent and let's see which one of us he'll answer."
Farrakhan said that fire will come down from heaven if he calls for it -- and he warned those who plan "evil" to beware.
Watch his controversial sermon below:
His comments were made during the 57th installment of Farrakhan's ongoing "Time and What Must Be Done Series," a weekly video sermon sequence during which he issues his controversial theological views.
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