An Antichrist or The Antichrist?
Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda. I first saw him on the Today Show a couple of months back. Claiming to be the “incarnated” Messiah, he has attracted numerous followers in Florida, Puerto Rico and a smattering of other places around the world.
Harmless or the next David Koresh?
In a story by Newsweek/MSNBC by Arian Campo-Flores on 2/5/2007, Campo-Flores reveals his research on this self-proclaimed “anti-christ.”
“In 1998, [Jose Luis] de Jesus [Miranda] avowed that he was the reincarnation of the Apostle Paul. Two years ago at Growing in Grace’s world convention in Venezuela, he declared himself Christ. And just last week, he called himself the Antichrist and revealed a “666” tattooed on his forearm. His explanation: that, as the second coming of Christ, he rejects the continued worship of Jesus of Nazareth.”
What does the Bible have to say about this?
“Children, it’s the end of time. You’ve heard that an antichrist is coming. Certainly, many antichrists are already here. That’s how we know it’s the end of time. They left us. However, they were never really part of us. If they had been, they would have stayed with us. But by leaving they made it clear that none of them were part of us. The Holy One has anointed you, so all of you have knowledge. I’m writing to you because you know the truth, not because you don’t know the truth. You know that no lie ever comes from the truth. Who is a liar? Who else but the person who rejects Jesus as the Messiah? The person who rejects the Father and the Son is an antichrist. Everyone who rejects the Son doesn’t have the Father either. The person who acknowledges the Son also has the Father. Make sure that the message you heard from the beginning lives in you. If that message lives in you, you will also live in the Son and in the Father. (I John 2:18-24; God’s Word Translation; Emphasis Added)
Since de Jesus Miranda rejects Jesus of Nazareth, he is indeed “an antichrist.” However, the question that remains is if he is “an” antichrist or “the” antichrist? Most likely, he’s one of many who will arrive in the last days proclaiming to be Jesus or to outwardly oppose the true Jesus of Nazareth. However, it’s important that all of us keep a watch out for antichrists and help those who are weak in faith to resist the temptation to follow them.
Listen to what Jesus had to say and heed His warning! Tell others!
“At that time don’t believe anyone who tells you, ‘Here is the Messiah!’ or ‘There he is!’ False messiahs and false prophets will appear. They will work miraculous signs and do wonderful things to deceive, if possible, those whom God has chosen. Be on your guard! I have told you everything before it happens. (Mark 13:21-23; God’s Word Translation)
The End Times Journal has attempted to contact de Jesus Miranda to share these Bible verses with him and his staff. They have rejected any attempts to share the truth with them.
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