5 False ‘Messiahs’ and Why Their Claims to Be Christ Contradict the Bible
Australian Alan John Miller, Miami-based José Luis de Jesús Miranda, Brazilian-born Inri Cristo, Russia’s Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop and Wayne Bent, who is currently imprisoned in New Mexico – these are men from different parts of the world all claiming, like dozens long gone before them, to be Jesus Christ, God’s Messiah and even in one case, both Christ and the end-times figure, the Antichrist.
Jesus said other people are going to come in my name claiming I am he,” he added. “Then he basically says don’t fall for it. Jesus says when he comes back, we’ll know it.”
“The first time he came, he came in a very obscure way — you know, baby in a manger in a sheep cave outside of Bethlehem. But when he comes back again … he will come as king, and we will know him. There will not be any doubt in our mind. … He said until that time, don’t fall for people who claim that they are Jesus. He said it would happen.” When Christ returns, He will return from the Heavens.
Despite such warnings, dozens of figures over time claiming to be Christ have attracted a following, with detrimental consequences, such as with Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple and David Koresh and the Branch Davidians. Below is a list of five men, still living, who have managed to attract followers with their claims to be the reincarnation or second coming of Jesus Christ.
Alan John Miller
A former IT specialist from Australia in his late 40s, who claims to have memories of the crucifixion, also says his companion, fellow Australian Mary Luck, is actually Mary Magdalene, a figure counted among Jesus’ followers in the Bible.
José Luis de Jesús Miranda
Puerto Rican-born José Luis de Jesús Miranda, 67, not only claims to be the second coming of Jesus Christ but also the Antichrist.
Brazilian-born Álvaro Theiss, 65, has been claiming for more than 30 years to be Jesus Christ reincarnated although he started out in the late 60s by proclaiming himself a prophet and the French seer Nostradamus. He claims that in 1971 he heard the voice of God tell him that he was Jesus Christ, and it was at that point he adopted the acronym INRI for the Latinization of “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews,” which the Bible says Pontius Pilate had written to identify Christ during his crucifixion.
Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop
Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop, called Vissarion by his followers, has publicly claimed since 1991 to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. The Russian leader, 52, named his movement the Church of the Last Testament, and reportedly has 5,000 followers worldwide.
Wayne Bent, who also uses the name Michael Travesser, is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for criminal sexual contact of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Bent claims that in 2000 he heard God declare him to be “the messiah,” and the former Seventh-day Adventist pastor has presented himself as God’s divine messenger.