Theology Thursdays: The Dead Sea Scrolls, Prophecy and Messiah VIII
In his book, This Is The One, theologian Jabril Muhammad refers to a footnote in The Amplified Bible which, in part, reads, "Mathematicians have estimated, according to the Law of Compound Probabilities, that if a prophecy concerning a person, place, or event has twenty-five details beyond the possibility of human calculation, collusion, collaboration, comprehension, and coincidence, there is only one chance in more than thirty-three and one-half million of its accidental fulfillment."
There is no way to deal with this subject of the fulfillment of prophecy unless the person considering it has properly and thoroughly grasped the most applicable meanings of the words, “calculation”, “collusion”, “collaboration”, “comprehension”, “coincidence”, “chance” and “accident”.
A couple of weeks ago we referred to what Jabril Muhammad quoted from The Universal Encyclopedia Of Mathematics:
"Probability - If an event occurs n times, and if we may expect the event to turn out in a particular way (a favourable event, a success) m times out of the n trials, each of the events being equally probable, then the probability P of a success is
"A probability is always a number between 0 and 1. If the probability of occurrence of an event is 1 the event will certainly take place. If, on the other hand, the probability of occurrence of an event is 0, then the event will certainly not take place.
"Addition law of probability theory: If an event can come about in several independent ways, the overall probability that it will occur is equal to the sum of the individual probabilities."
Minister Jabril Muhammad later wrote, " ...when there are secondary or conditional aspects of prophecy in the overall prophecy, that is, when there are conditional prophecies which depend on the unconditional prophecies, you use the law of multiplication to determine the degree of the certainty of the whole prophecy."
So, among other things, to properly assess the subject of the fulfillment of prophecy we should be familiar with the addition law of probability theory as well as the theory of compound probabilities.
Now, this excerpt from This Is The One:
Let us continue with the mathematician, George Boole. From his book mentioned above, we read:
"A perfect acquaintance with all the circumstances affecting the occurrence of an event would change expectation into certainty, and leave neither room nor demand for a theory of probabilities."
For more about the mental power of somebody having such “perfect acquaintance,” let us consider the following. For a moment accept as a fact, that someone exists with the intelligence to mentally grasp the powers or forces which activate and govern the universe. Let us also accept that this same person’s brain power is able to analyze both the universe and what governs it. Such a mind could and would be able to reduce the many rules or laws governing the different aspects of nature or the universe, into one all-embracing law ruling the whole. This law, rule or formula would comprehend the activity of everything – from the largest star to the hydrogen atom. Such person with such brain power could not be limited by time nor space. He would be certain of everything; the past and the future being as the present to his eyes. Anyone with that kind of knowledge would have to be God.
With this line of reasoning, an atheist can easily accept the supposedly religious concept of a "Supreme Being".
Now a question, with such a God, or mind with a "perfect acquaintance with all the circumstances affecting the occurrence of an event", is there ever "chance", "accident" or "coincidence"?
Is the upcoming or potential war between the United States and Iraq, in the eyes of God, or a mind with perfect acquaintance with all the circumstances affecting its occurrence a "chance", "coincidental" or "accidental" event? If the scriptures come from a God able to see the future with the same clarity as the past or present, then is it possible that the God of the scriptures missed the United States of America or Iraq's position in world affairs and the course of human history? Is it possible that God missed the subject of weapons of mass destruction – chemical, biological and nuclear – which have the power to destroy the planet earth, which Muslims, Christians and Jews believe this same God created?
The scriptures contain a description of the creation and recreation of the heavens and earth. They also speak of wars, but one particular war receives the greatest or most serious attention. It is described as the last and greatest war of this world, referred to as the War of Armageddon.
Two nights ago, Christian preachers and pastors publicly debated the subject of Jesus and a potential war in Iraq on the Larry King Live program. During the program, not one of the participants dealt, in any depth or detail, with the subject of the War of Armageddon. Why? Were they holding something back, or simply ignorant of how President Bush's plans to invade Iraq, and the chain reaction it will lead to, corresponds to what is described in the book of Revelations? Recently, Minister Farrakhan said the following, "If you don't know where to place America in the Bible and in the Qur'an, then you do not know how to guide the people in such an hour."
I think over the stewardship role played by preachers, politicians and educators in this country when I reflect over the Minister's words. The pastors on the recent Larry King Live program, as intelligent as they may be, should think over this before they speak this Sunday, or any other, in my view. The same applies to Rabbis, Sheihks and Imams who stand before congregations as shepherds.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, for several decades last century went into extraordinary detail regarding this great and "final" prophesied war. If one were to list and count the number of details the Muslim leader went into, I believe it would go into the hundreds. Hundreds of these hundreds of details were given in public - in speeches, newspaper articles and books. Others were discussed more privately. On February 23, 2003, Minister Louis Farrakhan went into some of what he was told by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad on one particular private occasion in the 1960s. One of the many details that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad gave that day was that France would turn and no longer side with America.
On May 8, 1942, the FBI - on the orders of President Roosevelt and J. Edgar Hoover - arrested the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. They wanted to keep him out of the public, at home, especially while a war was being prosecuted, abroad. They seized his brief bag and made copies of its contents. In the Honorable Elijah Muhammad's brief bag, among other things, was a description of the future of China. U.S. government officials read that description and have seen it come to pass. Jabril Muhammad writes of this, "This government did not see that future. How did he? And, according to what - or whose insight (the base of foresight) did he see what he saw?"
Good questions. All of which relate to what is in the Dead Sea Scrolls, seen by an elite group, but not revealed to the general public by the leading preachers and teachers of the world's major religions.
So many important hidden truths are about to be revealed and manifested; and prophecies fulfilled; in the next few years that it is going to be "head-spinning".
Let's not "lose our heads" or be deceived because of our ignorance or disrespect of scripture and prophecy.
How many of you are mastering the concept and principles wrapped up in the word "epistemology"? (smile)
Thursday, March 13, 2003