6 Famous Men Who Claimed They Were Jesus Christ (Photos)
6 Famous Men Who Claimed They Were Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is considered the founder of Christianity. Christians are inspired by his life and the power of his being. As such, any and all things associated with Jesus Christ is considered praiseworthy. And since he is quoted in the Bible as looking to come back back to earth again, many have been waiting.
NAIJ.com compiles the stories of some famous men who convinced people that they were Jesus. Of course, they amassed followers.
1. Jesus Matayoshi
Jesus Matayoshi delivered a fiery sermon on top of vans. He campaigned for a seat in the House of Councillors and went as as to tell opponents to commit su*cide and threatening hellfire upon those he considered sinners.
Matayoshi was a politician who said he was Jesus. Photo credit: National Geographic Society
Mitsuo Matayoshi was born in Okinawa in 1944. In 1997 he founded the World Economic Community Party, which bases its policies on his identity as Jesus Christ reborn.
2. Jesus of Kitwe
Jesus of Kitwe’s real name is Bupete Chishimba. Photo credit: National Geographic Society
This Jesus is a 43-year-old man named Bupete Chibwe Chishimba. He wears street clothes, drives a taxi, and lives with his wife and five children in neighboring Kitwe, a copper-mining city with more than half a million inhabitants. He said he received a revelation from God when he was just 24.
Vissarion is also known as the Christ of Siberia. He was born Sergei Torop in a small village in Russia. Vissarion claims to have seen the end of the Soviet Union before it happened. He currently has over 5,000 followers who swear allegiance and faith to him.
4. Moses Hlongwane
Moses Hlongwane is also known as the Lord of Lords. Photo credit: National Geographic Society
In 1992, Moses Hlongwane said God revealed to him in a dream that he (Moses) was the Messiah. Since then he has not looked back, amassing a followers. As it stands, Moses has about 40 followers but he is actually quite popular due to his eccentricities.
5. Jesus INRI
In Brazil, followers of INRI (Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum: Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews) push their messiah around on a rolling pedestal. Most of his disciples are women and they live with him full-time with in his walled compound. INRI claims his calling came in 1979 and that he is the Jesus who Christians await.
6. Jesu Oyingbo
Immanuel Olufunmilayo Odumosu aka Jesu Oyingbo was a self-acclaimed prophet who held sway in Lagos, Nigeria in the late seventies and early eighties.
Jesu Oyingbo, a self-acclaimed Jesus Christ in 1970s, raised his empire and died in 1988 in Lagos
In no time, he garnered a group of loyalists who regularly trooped to his enclave which he called the Universal College of Regeneration (UCR).