And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.”
The first sign before the end is indicated by the Lord in Matthew 24:4-5: Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. That sign has begun to be manifested since individuals have appeared that they are the Christ. Probably the number of people deceived still is not very numerous; but no doubt that, as the day of our Lord’s return draws nearer, many more false Christs will appear.
In the Hispanic world, perhaps the most well-known false Christ is Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on April 22, 1946, he was a religious preacher and entrepreneur based in Miami, United States. He was known with the alias of Apostle, Doctor, Dad, God, and especially Jesus Christ Man and Papi. De Jesus was the founder and leader of the Creciendo en Gracia (Growing in Grace) religious sect, based in Miami, Florida. He claimed to be both resurrected Jesus Christ and the antichrist, and displayed a tattoo with the number 666 on his forearm.
De Jesus was raised in the poverty of the streets of Ponce, Puerto Rico, son of Antonio De Jesus and Ana Luisa Miranda. He said that during his adolescence he became addicted to heroin at age 14 and was arrested for robbery on several occasions. In his youth he tried different religions: Catholicism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Adventism and finally Pentecostalism. In 1986 he founded his church in Puerto Rico, although years later moved his headquarters to Miami. At first he referred to himself as “man Christ Jesus.”
In early 2007 he claimed that he was the antichrist. He said the term is appropriate, because people should no longer follow the “Jewish teachings” of Jesus of Nazareth, but rather follow the teachings of the apostle Paul allegedly manifested through De Jesus. According to him, “antichrist” means “not following the Jesus of Nazareth who lived in the days of His flesh.” His followers were tattooed on their bodies with the symbol 666. Jesus said that 666 is not a sign of the devil, is the number of the Antichrist. They also tattooed the letters SSS, which represent the motto of their sect “Saved Always Saved” (Salvo Siempre Salvo, is Spanish).
After the death of De Jesus, on November 16, 2013, the “Growing in Grace” sect is renamed “King of Salem” and a new “dispensation” has been presented in which his wife, who now calls herself “Christ Lisbeth,” “the reincarnation of the archangel Michael” and the “mother Jerusalem” is the new goddess. The sect now claims that those who believed that De Jesus Miranda would not die fell into a deceptive power sent to them by the same “god” José Luis De Jesus Miranda, who could fall into a “seduction that he took in his flesh” and that now the new truth is with his consort mother Lisbeth.
As we pass into the countdown of the glorious coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, the number of false Christs will increase. Let us be alert so that we are not part of the deceived group. Let us hearken more to what the Word of God says than to what we hear say to “prophets” and “apostles” of these times. The Bible is the only truth. God bless you.