Mat 24:5   For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

 Is this the second coming described in the Bible ?  Has this man healed the sick, raised the dead?  Jesus spoke what his father told him to.  Did he have anything to say on environmentalism?   Is the planet for saving?

 1 Thess 4: 16   For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord

 The account has this to say: 

 

Have we seen all the dead in Christ arise ?

But to his believers in this remote corner of Siberia, Sergei Torop, a former traffic policeman, is the literal reincarnation of none other than Jesus Christ. Torop, 48, is the spiritual leader of at least 5,000 devoted followers, among them intellectuals, artists and professionals who flock to worship him in the small isolated village of Petropavlovka – more than 2000 miles from Moscow.

Torop was ‘reborn’ as ‘Vissarion’ in 1991 just as Russia was facing a crisis of confidence following the collapse of the iron curtain.  He is just the latest example of Russia’s predilection for ‘personality cults’  – a national obsession that leads back all the way to the days of Rasputin.

 Both Lenin and Stalin tapped into the Russian people’s eagerness to embrace powerful figures and actively fostered the almost religious fervour with which they were worshipped.  After time spent in the Army, Torop had been working as a traffic policeman on the night shift in the small Siberia town of Minusinsk until he was made unemployed.

 Suddenly something ‘awoke’ inside him, he says, and he instantly knew that he was the second coming of Christ – 2,000 years after he was first crucified.  He says he realised that God had sent him to Earth to teach mankind about the evils of war and the havoc we were wreaking on the environment.

 With Christmas abolished his followers mark the day of his first sermon on August 18 as their special feast day.Time in the community is measured by Vissarion’s life and so as he is 48 years old his Church is now living in year 49.

His followers, who have given up their lives to follow him, are strict vegans and are banned from smoking and drinking or handling money.  Around 300 of them live in wooden huts in the village that has grown up around his church and which does not appear on any maps.

 Many thousands more have made their homes in the small villages that surround Petropavlovka and survive the vicious Siberian winters so that they can be close to their Messiah.

 On a mountain close by their village a large bell tolls three times a day so the followers know when they should break off from their back-breaking work to kneel and pray.  Vissarion himself whiles away his days painting in his chalet where he lives with his wife and six children – one of whom he adopted from a single mother in the commune.

 But critics in Russia have accused him of fleecing his loyal community of followers for personal gain.  In recent years he has travelled to France, Italy and Holland to ‘convert’  new followers although he claims that his visits were sponsored by his hosts and that his Church makes no money

Mat 24:24-26   For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.   Behold, I have told you before      Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, [he is] in the secret chambers; believe [it] not.

Act 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

As he ascended up to heaven the disciples were given this promise.  AS YOU SEE HIM ASCEND, SO YOU WILL KNOW HIM WHEN HE DESCENDS IN LIKE MANNERWe do not expect him to wake up one day and decide I will be Jesus.  Sorry it does not work that way.  In fact we can see from the verses we looked that  we are to reject any seudio appreances.  The world has seen them before and the world will see them again.

 As far as being all for the environment which is all fine and good, but in the end the environment is going to be destroyed.  Gods judgement is coming upon a world that has finally rejected him and his meassage.  If this ex policeman was the real Jesus they would still take him out and kill him. 

Where are the nail prints?

 His followers live in Minusinsk, which they call the “Promised Land.  I think someone has got the promised land all mixed up somewhere. 

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Comments
  1. reincarnation?
    I hardly think so.
    Jesus won’t return as someone else.
    This reeks of hinduism.

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