November 15, 2021

Mark 13:5 Jesus began, “Watch out for doomsday deceivers. Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities claiming, ‘I’m the One.’” (The Message Bible)

Have you heard of Jose Luis de Jesús Miranda? I came across him accidentally as I was doing a google search for other things. The Wikipedia article about him states, “He claimed to be both the returned phase of Jesus Christ and the Antichrist” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%c3%a9_Luis_de_Jes%c3%bas). Who would believe such a thing? That same article states, “the Dallas Morning News reported that de Jesús “preaches to followers in some 35 nations, mostly in Latin America, and has 287 radio programs and a 24-hour Spanish and English-language TV-network. He claimed to have two million followers in 30 countries by 2008.” He died in 2013. How about Simon ben Kosevah?“Known to posterity as Bar Kokhba (died 135 AD), he was a Jewish military leader who led the Bar Kokhba revolt against the Roman Empire in 132 AD. The revolt established a three-year-long independent Jewish state in which Bar Kokhba ruled as prince. Some of the rabbinic scholars in his time imagined him to be the long-expected Messiah” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_bar_Kokhba). So it happens, way back when and even today. “Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities claiming, ‘I’m the One.’” “Watch out.”

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