Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan in February told a Chicago crowd he was the "Messiah" while explaining his own version of Jesus Christ's death.
"God so loved his people that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believed in Him would not perish but have everlasting life," Farrakhan began, he said in his Nation of Islam Saviour's Day keynote address, quoting from John 3:16.
"God does not love this world. God never sent Jesus to die for this world. Jesus died because he was 2,000 years too soon to bring about the end of the civilization of the Jews. He never was on a cross, there was no Calvary for that Jesus."
Farrakhan, who has a history of making controversial claims, went on to assert he was the real son of God, sent to save the world.
"The real story is what I tried to tell you from the beginning," he said. "It didn't happen back there. It's happening right while you're alive looking at it. I represent the Messiah. I represent the Jesus, and I am that Jesus. If I am not, take my life."
Farrakhan also clarified what he meant when he tweeted, "I'm not an anti-Semite. I'm anti-Termite," in October, saying he did not mean he thought all Jews are termites, but the "richest 10 percent of Americans" who own "84 percent of all stocks" are the termites.
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