Jesus Might Be Alive and Well in Houston
March 6, 2007— A few weeks ago, in a tattoo parlor in the hip art deco district of Miami Beach, people were lining up to get "666" tattooed on their bodies, and then smiling through their pain. But these are not devil worshipers. They see themselves as devout followers of Jesus Christ. But the major difference that separates them from other Christians around the world is that the Jesus Christ they worship is alive and well — and living in the suburbs of Houston.
These people belong to a new movement devoted to a man who calls himself the Second Coming of Jesus, and also claims the title of Antichrist, which to him is the next incarnation of Jesus on earth, not an evil being. To show their devotion, some followers ink themselves with "666." One follower said, "I just want to make sure it's visible, that everyone knows my life belongs to the man." Another said, "I want everyone to know I'm one of the antichrists."
They and others like them are fervently devoted, some say fanatically, to a 60-year-old Puerto Rican whose legal name, to his pleasure, is Jose de Jesus, or "Jose of Jesus." He counts followers in more than 30 countries; some say they total more than a million. But where does this man, who claims to be God, live? Not where you might expect: He resides with his wife in a suburban community just outside Houston.
The Birth of 'Jesus'
When asked to explain who he is, de Jesus responds: "Jesus Christ, man, the second manifestation, the Second Coming of Christ." He acknowledges that "it bothers a lot of people" that he calls himself Jesus.
De Jesus' beginning was anything but grand. Born in Puerto Rico, de Jesus grew up poor, living in government housing. He stole for a living to pay for his teenage heroin addiction and admits to eight felony charges that put him behind bars for nine months.
Like many, de Jesus says he was born again in prison. From there he moved to the United States, where he became involved in church youth groups, and eventually a minister in Boston. But it was a vision, de Jesus says, that turned him from man of God to being God.
"The same spirit that was in Jesus of Nazareth, and the same spirit is in me. He came to me. He [integrated] with my person in 1973." de Jesus says this happened when two angels came to him in a vision, and while he admits there's no real way for him to prove that he's Christ, he says his followers aren't asking for proof.
"So you tell the millions of followers I have that … this guy is a liar. You know what are they going to say? Is that I prefer his lies than what religion gave me. I prefer, see because when they believe in what I teach, they activate angels in their life."
'Jesus Drank Wine Because He Didn't Have Dewar's'
His followers do seem happy. They greet him with mariachi bands at airports and often collapse in tears when they see him preach. But when he speaks to them, it is without theatrics. No holy rolling, no healing — it's a pretty straightforward lesson in the fundamentals of what he believes. And it's an upbeat, no-fault, sin-free message. This self-proclaimed Jesus does not believe in sin, hell, the devil or damnation of any kind.
"Before the presence of God, there's no more sin," he says. And with no sin, de Jesus teaches his followers, there's no devil and no need for prayer, because after Jesus of Nazareth died and was resurrected, one can literally do no wrong in God's eyes.
De Jesus says things like murder and theft are crimes, but not sins, and that people are punished for these crimes on earth. "Heaven doesn't have anything to do with your behavior," he says.
And de Jesus practices what he preaches: He loves women and has been married twice. He smokes cigarettes and while enjoying a glass of scotch, he says, "Jesus drank wine because he didn't have Dewar's."
De Jesus doesn't mind that his ministry often gathers in the corner tavern. "Like my former, Jesus of Nazareth, he used to go to places like this and the religious people, they used to criticize him. … I'm just doing the same kind of thing."
But he does draw the line: no drugs, and he says no getting drunk.
"Jesus never got drunk and I never get drunk. I enjoy life. I enjoy everything that I do."
'The Super Raza'
De Jesus has come a long way from Puerto Rico, and those rough times. Today his believers give money freely. And where does all the money go? Joane de Jesus, the daughter of the man called Jesus, is the official accountant for the ministry. She says, "What you see as luxuries are gifts that members have given him. They're just very grateful, and they want to give him gifts."
There are no rules in de Jesus' church. Anything goes when you follow "Jesus of Suburbia." But he is serious about being the Second Coming of Christ. And along with his followers, he also has many detractors. Some who think he's the devil incarnate and others who think he's just a charlatan and a con man. One of the things that makes him so hated, so controversial, is that he preaches the Catholic Church is evil, and his followers burn pictures of the pope and hold protests outside churches.
And what about the children who grow up in his movement believing that Jesus is alive and well? He calls them the "super raza" or the super race, because they are being brought up pure and with no stain of false religion on them.
The de Jesus ministry is growing, with big followings in Venezuela, Columbia, even Cuba, and the man who believes he is the Second Coming of Christ is now turning his attention to America.
"Miami is the bridge for all nations," he said. "That's where Hispanics are, and then eventually I'm going to find a lot of beautiful English-speaking people who will want to believe in me and I'm going to have millions of them."
I was reading the news this week and ran across another article on this person that calls himself, de jesus...This man calls himself an reincarnation of Jesus Christ, however, he also calls himself the antichrist, the problem is that you cannot be Christ and the antichrist at the same time, therefore this man is either being willingly ignorant or he is just an out right liar! Jesus Christ is of the light and there is no darkness in him...This man claims to be the antichrist also, well then, The Holy Ghost which is Jesus Christ's spirit, will not dwell in a temple that is full of sin, full of iniquity...
If de jesus truly had God's spirit in him(the Holy Ghost) then he would refrain from sinning, like drinking, smoking, ect. God would not dwell in a temple that continues in a sinful lifestyle not to mention a liar! De jesus said that two angels came to him in prision, well, evidently they weren't from God, because they would not have told him that his lifestyle was okay with God....There is only one Christ and his name is Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ preached against sin and a sinful life, Jesus preached against sin more than anything else in the bible....
So, my friends, let's read what Jesus Christ said, for the word of God is truth and it is the only truth and there is no other truth in this world or in the heavens...The bible is God's thoughts on paper, it is his inspired written word, not something some demented man said...
For unto us a child is born, unto us
a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his
name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The
everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Trust ye in the LORD forever: for in
the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:
Let's talk about sin
Lev 18:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses,
Now let's talk about false christ's
Hello, is there anybody out there listening (hearing, reading)...What we have is the devil working through this 60 year old man and the devil is using him to fool so far, a million people...Why are people so blind that they cannot see this man for what he is, a liar? Well, my friends, the devil has had a long time to perfect is wickedness, his decietfulness, and also, people are so hungry out there for something, anything that they can relate them selves to....People are looking for a god to follow, a god who will take care of them, a god that will agree with them and do the things that they want a god to do....
People don't want a god that will disagree with there lifestyle, like; drinking, drugging, smoking, adultry, fornication, homosexuality, pornography, sodomy, murdering, raping, and the like...People want to tell God what they want done or what they want to do, people just want to be left alone to live the life they want no matter what it is...Just like this de jesus says, he says there is no sin, however, if he actually had the Lord's spirit in him, he would know that that is wrong thinking, it is not righteous thinking, not holy thinking, not godly thinking....
This man also says God drank wine because God didn't have Dewar's to drink...Well, the wine Jesus Christ drank wasn't an alcoholic beverage anyway, Jesus never drank a strong drink, that's why he also told his disciples not to drink a strong drink...
6:3 He shall separate himself
from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or
vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes,
nor eat moist grapes, or dried.
This man has evidently never read the bible or perhaps, he is interpreting it in his own way in his own words...So, children of God, be vigilant, try the spirits, read your bible, seek God, Pray, Repent, be Baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins because as the word of God says, we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...If you are reading this, I truly pray that you will seek God for answers and not some person that claims to be Christ, because there is only one Christ, and his name is Jesus Christ....There is only one name under heaven in which you can be saved by and that is the name Jesus Christ, the Al Mighty God.....Amen.... What are your thoughts on this article?