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‘The time is finished’: sect says its ‘666’ leader will be ‘transformed’

[A mother1] watches her teenage daughters, [xyz] and [XYZ], get the numbers “666” tattooed on their wrists, beaming with pride. The number typically conjures up biblical symbolism tied to the Antichrist, but this St. Catharines, Ont., family belongs to a obscure Christian sect for which “666” is a positive symbol of their group’s messianic leader.

Canada’s National Post says

For this family, and other members of Growing in Grace International, these tattoos are a way of demonstrating their faith as true believers of Jose de Luis de Jesus — who they fervently believe is the second coming of Jesus Christ — before a day of reckoning they believe will wipe out most of humanity.

The group, which they say has branches in five Canadian cities and members in more than 130 countries, believes that on June 30 (or July 1 across the international dateline), their Texas-based leader and his followers will be transformed, said Alex Poessy, the group’s bishop in Canada.

To spread the word, Growing in Grace put up billboards in Toronto this week featuring Mr. de Jesus.

“That day, the body of Jose de Luis de Jesus, who is a human like you and me, his flesh is going to be immortal…. He’s going to be living forever. And that will happen to him, but also his followers.”

But, said Mr. Poessy: “All those that are not believers are going to be destroyed.” […]

“The world’s not going to end. What is going to end is the system…. All the governments and the currencies will fall. The new government of the 666 will take over,” [the bishop’s daughter] said. […]

The group has come under fire and accused of being a cult.

Regina Albarracin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., whose son Alvaro became estranged from his family after he joined Growing in Grace, said its members are “brainwashed.” []

José Luis De Jesus Miranda has previously said, “I am Jesus Christ man …The second coming of Christ.” He also refers to himself as the ‘Antichrist.’

Carlos de Jesus Miranda says his brother, José Luis De Jesus Miranda, is a phoney, and that his followers are being brainwashed into tattooing themselves and giving money to a slick salesman, who has become a very wealthy man.

Theologically, Miranda’s movement — Creciendo en Gracia (Growing in Grace) — is a cult of Christianity, due to the fact that it rejects essential doctrines of the Christian faith and promotes extra-Biblical teachings.

Research resources on Creciendo en Gracia (Growing in Grace)

Notes:

  1. This article has been edited to remove three names for privacy reasons

Hundreds celebrate a man they believe to be Jesus Christ reincarnated

Preacher claims to be both Jesus Christ and the Anti-Christ

GOLDEN GATE, Fla. – A man claiming to be Jesus Christ reincarnated had a birthday party Friday. Hundreds gathered in Golden Gate to celebrate their Christmas – the birthday of a Miami man who says he is Jesus Christ the man.

WINK News report

His name is Jose Luis de Jesus. In 1973, he said angels came to him in a dream and told him he is the second of coming of Jesus Christ. He has millions of followers nationwide, and hundreds gathered in Naples to celebrate his birthday a few days early.
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Jose Luis de Jesus refers to himself as ‘The Man Christ Jesus‘ and he believes there is no sin, the devil does not exist, and 666 is the number of God himself.
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The Growing in Grace movement survives through donations, and this so called second coming brings in 1.4 million dollars a year. Some followers donate cars, homes, and large sums of money to the man who claims to be Jesus Christ.
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WINK News spoke with some preachers about this man who claims to be ‘Jesus Christ Man’, and despite his national attention, the religious leaders we spoke with have never heard of him.
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– Source / Full Story: Hundreds celebrate a man they believe to be Jesus Christ reincarnated, WINK, Florida, April 18, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda — who also claims to be the Anti-Christ — has reportedly used charitable donations to his ministry for personal expenses.

Last January Miranda lost his divorce court bid to protect his church from financial claims by his most recent ex-wife.

Carlos de Jesus Miranda says his brother, Jose de Jesus Miranda, is a phoney, and that his followers are being brainwashed into tattooing themselves and giving money to a slick salesman, who has become a very wealthy man.

More trouble for fiery ‘Antichrist’ preacher

Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda, who gained international notoriety by declaring himself first to be Jesus Christ, then the Antichrist, roundly lost his divorce court bid to protect his church from financial claims by his most recent ex-wife.

Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Roberto Pineiro essentially ruled that de Jesus’ Growing in Grace church was his personal business, rather than a religious nonprofit organization, and awarded Josefina de Jesus Torres the more than $2.2 million she sought in the divorce — the amount her lawyer deemed was half the assets of her ex-husband and his church. [Read more...]

Antichrist misses court date, but divorce case goes on without him

Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda, the Doral-based church leader who first claimed to be Christ, then the Antichrist, disappeared after he was declared in contempt of court for failure to pay alimony to his soon-to-be ex-wife.

Their divorce trial went ahead without him this week, with wife Josefina de Jesus Torres alleging abuse, abandonment and infidelity. [Read more...]