“FALSE ‘CHRISTS’ WILL COME”
The Messiah, Y’shua,
Jesus, warned that in the endtimes there would be false prophets, messiahs,
and people who claim to be Christ.
“Y’shua answered and said to them, ‘Watch out that no one
deceives you. For many will come in My Name, saying, “‘I am the Messiah -
the Christ,” and will mislead many ... and many false prophets will appear,
and will deceive many people ... Then if anyone says to you, “Look!
Here is the Christ, the Messiah!” or, “There He is!” do not believe it. For
false Christs and false prophets will appear and will perform great signs
and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen
ones). Look! I have told you in advance’.”
(Matthew 24:4-5, 11, 23-25)
In the 20th century,
reportedly, there have been not less than 12,000 people who claimed to be
Christ, God, or the Holy Spirit. Some gained a lot of popularity or
notoriety, but one by one they came to ruin! The Scripture derisively says
“You are gods, and all of you are sons of
the Most High, but you die like men.”
the last couple of years, another claimant has been causing waves of
excitement, and outrage, in Miami, and especially throughout the Spanish
A FALSE CHRIST IN MIAMI
The leader of a bizarre cult
in Miami, Florida, claims he is the Man Christ Jesus, and that his church will
one day rule the world.
Rican preacher, José Luis De Jesús Miranda, 60, says a wondrous thing happened
to him in 1976 when he was living in Massachusetts. He claims that two heavenly
beings visited him and announced the arrival of the Lord. Then an apparition of
Christ “integrated” with him and began to speak inside of him. Miranda believes
that he and Jesus Christ became one and the same in that instant.
In his youth, Miranda,
drifted between Roman Catholics, Pentecostals and Baptists. Some years after his
“integration encounter” the voice inside Miranda’s head later told him to move
to Miami, where he founded, in 1986, his controversial Creciendoen Gracia (CeG)
(Growing in Grace International Ministry).
In the early years after
founding CeG he didn’t claim to be Christ, but he worked as a pastor and began
to spread his doctrine, that under a new covenant with God, there is no sin and
no Satan, and people are predestined to be saved.
In 1998, de Jesus claimed
that he was the reincarnation of the Apostle Paul. In 1999 he began calling
himself El Otro (The Other), and in 2004, at CeG’s world convention in
Venezuela, he announced that he is Jesus Christ. Recently, he called himself the
Anti-christ and revealed a “666” tattooed on his forearm. His explanation was,
that as he
is the second coming of
Christ, he rejects the continued worship of Jesus of Nazareth.
5, 07) has given a write-up entitled, “Meet the Minister Who Says He Is Jesus
The article described a
meeting of a 10-piece band and its singing, swaying, whooping and hollering. And
as Jose Luis de Jesús Miranda enters the people chant, “Lord! Lord! Lord!” A man
onstage announces, “It’s Jesus Christ himself! Let’s welcome Jesus Christ Man!”
The lectern is emblazoned
with a near replica of the U.S. presidential seal, except that it reads in
Spanish, Government of God on Earth. In the eyes of his flock,
Miranda is “the second coming of Christ.”
His sprawling organization
now includes more than 300 congregations in two dozen countries, from Argentina
to Australia. He counts more than 100,000 followers and claims to reach millions
more through a 24-hour TV channel, which reportedly reaches 2 million, as well
as a radio show and several websites.
Many of his followers wear
T-shirts with De Jesús’ face and a bold slogan, GOD HAS COME. Their cars are
adorned with license plates that say: Creciendo en Gracia:
The Government of the Kingdom of
His doctrines are bizarre. He
tells his followers they can live any way they want to because sin doesn’t exist
and the devil is dead. He also teaches that Christian churches are led by
ministers of Satan, and he encourages members of his organization to stage
protests at church services and Christian events.
Miranda does not hide his
intentions. “My purpose is to close down every church so that the true church
can begin,” he told the Miami paper. “You could say I am leading the greatest
reformation that has ever happened.”
The official website of Growing in Grace
“With over 30 countries
already reached more than 350 educational centres, His own TV and radio
programs, an entourage of 300+ faithful Pastors, and a ministry to millions of
followers is growing in numbers every day … the nations are shaking as the man
Christ Jesus is leading the biggest reform the world has ever seen.” - La
prensa – El Salvador
“The Man Christ Jesús
Dr Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda,
is coming to the USA.
The King of kings and Lord of lords
has arrived in America!
He is …
* Turning ignorance into wisdom by revealing the mysteries of the world.
Teaching the world that sin no longer exists, as we are dead unto sin.
* Proving there is no Devil, as it was destroyed 2000 years ago.
* Transforming the lives of millions of people worldwide.
* As the last manifestation of God in
flesh, He has established the Government of God on earth as written in the
Gospel, and NEVER does Telethons for His radio or TV programs.
* He has promised that EVERY religion
including Catholics, Protestants, Jewish, Mormons, etc., will end, as all their
leaders are corrupt in teaching an expired doctrine.
* Worldwide followers – THE CHURCH -
recognized and proclaimed Him as the LORD, and revealed to all nations that He
BLIND LOYALTY OF FOLLOWERS
Miranda exerts total
authority over the ministry. He fits the classic profile of an egotistical
religious con man. He lives in a mansion, drives a BMW, wears lots of diamonds
and spends $300,000 a year on bodyguards. Meanwhile many of his staff volunteer
their time and give up to 80% of their income to the CeG. Hispanics especially
are falling for his deception — and lining his pockets.
Though his followers worship
him, others denounce him as a charlatan.
What is most alarming about
CeG is the level of blind loyalty his followers display. The group’s website
proclaims: “We are going to shut the mouths of those dogs [speaking of Christian
churches.] We are ready to give our lives for this!”
The apostle Paul has given us
a clear warning about imposters, charlatans and false teachers in the endtimes.
And there are a lot of them around the world, on TV channels, on the internet,
and in the church today! Paul writes to those who are true servants of Jesus,
Y’shua, the true Messiah,
“In the presence of God and
the Messiah, Y’shua, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of His
appearing and His kingdom, I solemnly charge you: Preach the Word! Be ready in
season and out of season; rebuke, exhort, and encourage with great
patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people
will not tolerate sound doctrine; but to suit their own desires, they
will gather more and more teachers around them who will tickle their ears.
They will turn away from hearing the truth, and will turn aside and
listen to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:1-5)