Jesus Christ has Returned And There are Three of Them: You Get to Pick
Jesus Christ has returned. Or at least that what some are saying. For thousands of years, Christians have been watching the skies and searching the streets for the returned resurrected Messiah who has promised to return. Many of the early Christians, including Paul and Peter, firmly believed that Jesus was going to return for the final judgement within their lifetime. Christ disappeared into heaven and the angels told his disciples that he would return just as he left. Moreover, we learn in Revelation that Jesus would come in triumph and victory in the clouds, conquering the world and establishing his kingdom. His presence would be felt and seen by all, for either joy or terror. At least this has been the traditional interpretation. And while this has been the view of most orthodox Christians in general, whether Protestant, Catholic, or Eastern Orthodox, a great many of people believe it is going to happen differently. In fact, they believe Jesus is already here on earth now.
And not just one Jesus, but three. I am sure there are more people in the world who are building followings calling themselves God, and certainly more than enough crazy bums who think they are our resurrected Lord. But these three independently claim that they themselves are the second coming, resurrected Lord Jesus Christ and have amassed wealth and thousands of followers.
Jesus of Porto Rico
Perhaps one of the more widely known is Jose Luis Miranda, but to his followers He is Father, God, or Jesus Christ. The interviews and documentaries are pervasive. He does not shy away from his claim that he is the second coming of Jesus Christ, speaking boldly in the things he did before he was crucified. As Jose recounts, he came to a sudden epiphany in his youth. The resurrected Jesus Christ possessed and integrated his being with that of Jose, transforming him into the our modern Second coming of Christ. And while humorous on some level, he has thousands of followers who firmly believe his is God in the flesh.
Check out this video.
Jesus of Siberia
Perhaps more elusive and mystical is Vissarion, the second coming of Jesus Christ in Siberia. Little is really known of this Russian Messiah. Reports have been done, interviews attempted, and literature read, but what this former traffic cop really teaches is somewhat obscure. He had built a compound in the midst of isolated forest with his thousands of followers. While he certainly appears “Christ-like” in the sense of his physical features in comparison to western traditions and painting, he also has a other-worldly demeanor about him.
Check out this video. It’s a bit long but you can skip to the end and see Jesus for yourself.
Jesus of Australia
A more recent Jesus to make an appearance is the reincarnated Christ, Alan John Miller—or AJ as his followers call him. He comes teaching a gospel more akin to a psychologized, self-help, Scientology-like faith in which we must reawaken our past lives and deal with the pain and struggles of those former existences. Together with his partner, the reincarnated Marry Magdalene, they are building their following and numbering in the thousands.
Check out this interview with this Aussi messiah.
While there have been “anti-christs” since the time of Christ 2000 years ago and therefore such men are not surprising or unique, one must wonder where these three Christs are headed with there already thousands of followers. Will they join forces as some kind of unholy trinity? Will they denounce each other as false Christs? And where does this leave the Christian today? Should they be laughed about over a good cup of coffee, or should they be feared as agents of some nefarious and demonic plan?
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