Men posing as Jesus will try to deceive people in the last days – here’s one in Siberia,Russia

Since the 19th century, it has been documented that men have been posing as Christ… and doing their own missionary work, in fields the church of Jesus Christ has not reached.

Men posing as Jesus will try to deceive people in the last days.
It’s in the Bible, Matthew 24:23-24.

„At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe it. For false Christ’s and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible.”

I came across this 13 minute documentary, while researching something completely different. I do not like to waste my time watching/reading about people making outlandish claims, or about false prophets, nor studying other cults built on falsehoods and strange religions, as there is so much kingdom work that Jesus has called us to, such as preaching the Gospel to all the nations. But, I decided to watch this short clip because of my ties with Romania, and  because of the ties, we as peoples of all of the former communist countries have to theses countries, and we are all especially watching the consequences of the dark communist age, and the rebuilding of those countries, after the fall of communism that swept eastern Europe in the 1980’s and 1990’s.  When it comes to religion, esp. faith in Christ, the similarities of the transition that followed the fall of communism are not surprising. As one man, interviewed in the video, says that after communism fell and all these religions invaded Russia, it was so hard to pick which one to follow. And so, this video brings to light a commmunity of 20,000 people, who pick what they like in this Vissarion, and they choose to follow this man blindly, just on his word, when he says that he is Jesus Christ returned to earth. This is mind boggling! As they are searching for God, they are not investigating if there is any truth claim to this man, as Paul had said in Romans 1:18-22:

God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools,

How can his followers accept his lifestyle? How can sane adults concur with the life of their leader, when you read below that this Vissarion rejected his first wife and took another girl to live with him, at the age of 7. This is in the realm of the demonic. Yet, 20,000 people follow this 53 year old man and worship him.

Here is an excerpt from wikipedia on this false prophet and blasphemer:

On August 18, 1990, when he was 29, Vissarion claims that he had a revelation that he was the reincarnation of Christ. His religion combines elements of the Russian Orthodox Church with Buddhism, apocalypticism, collectivism, and ecological values. His followers observe strict regulations, are vegans, and are allowed no vices such as smoking or drinking alcohol and money is banned. The aim of the group is to unite all religions on Earth. Vissarion formed his religion around the time of the fall of the USSR, not by coincidence but because religion became an accepted way of life. In October 1995, the religious association of Vissarion officially registered as the „Church of the Last Testament”. Vissarion has two wives, and six children from two marriages. He rejected his first wife and married a nineteen year-old girl, who had lived with Vissarion since the age of seven. (Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vissarion)

This documentary, produced by Journeyman Pictures, features Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop, who calls himself Vissarion. Please forgive me for not posting the video here, but, I have no wish to promote something so blasphemous. The point of this post is to remind us that the mission field is ripe not only in Africa, and India, although the fields there are indeed more populous. But, for those of us with ties to Eastern Europe and Russia, the field is very much open for people with a hunger for God, and in the meanwhile they are fulfilling it in the wrong places with very false and dangerous prophets.

By the way, if you go to wikipedia, you will see a surprisingly big list, listing dozens of men who claimed to be Jesus, going back to the 19th century.

For those of you wishing to watch this video, you can do so here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J98adI7b6E8

3 comentarii (+add yours?)

  1. The Narrowing Path
    oct. 23, 2013 @ 01:51:39

    Oh dear, how awkward…we already have ‘Jesus’ living right here in Australia:

    Imagine that…hard core occult ‘new age’ teaching dressed up as Christianity and presented by a dangerous fraud. Hmmm…I am seeing a theme emerging (pun intended).

    Some comments on this guy from a pastor in New Zealand your readers might find interesting:

    http://drmarkk.blogspot.com.au/2011/10/x-reasons-why-aj-miller-is-not-messiah.html

    🙂 Sherryn

    • rodi
      oct. 23, 2013 @ 07:49:01

      Sherryn,
      what I find nteresting is that all these false Jesuses look like the characters of Jesus portrayed in the movies about Jesus, and similar to the likenesses of paintings about Jesus. It is appalling that people fall for them, especially with this guy’s moral standards in Russia.

      Obviously, Miller has hiw own moral problems, and this seems to be a running theme with these false messiahs. Miller also knows not the Scripture. No surprise there, since most people, even many Christians, I dare say, do not know their Scriptures well, but know cliches they have heard. So, Miller gets away with telling people whether their spouse is really their soul mate or not, which then, leads them to divorce their spouse??? Wow! That’s very nice, so if he finds a particular follower attractive, all he has to do is tell her to leave her husband… forgetting Jesus’s strict standard for adultery, and God’s standard set in Genesis about one man leaving his parents and cleaving to one woman.

      But then I got to this bit: „He left the Jehovah’s Witness church for a problem with a hooker.” That, right there, just says it all. This is flabbergasting, for how can anyone follow such a man? But the Bible clearly states they will. Thanks for the heads up from your part of the world. Looks like Satan is uniformly baiting men and women everywhere, he is just using a homegrown version of a false messiah that will be palatable to that specific culture.

  2. The Narrowing Path
    oct. 23, 2013 @ 07:58:26

    Thanks for your thoughtful response. It is easy for people to jeer at such people as this, but they bring disrepute to Christ’s name (to the unbelieving world, at least) which no doubt is the Devil’s main purpose. Sadly, some unbelievers respond to such stories by further entrenching themselves in their rejection of Christ. Truly a tragedy, except of course when the Lord mercifully saves people out of such cults, which thankfully he does!

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