Christians all know and believe that Jesus is coming back. But when he does, how will you be able to identify him? What if a man came up and told you he was Jesus Christ, would you believe him or think he was a lunatic? Most of us say that we would know the real thing if we saw it, but we probably would not.
Alan John Miller of Kingaroy in the state of Queensland, Australia says that he is Jesus. Miller runs a movement known as the Divine Truth, and is gaining quite a following.
Not only does Miller say that he is the reincarnation of Jesus, but his partner, Mary Luck, is also Mary Magdalene. As you might already know, Mary was the first person to see Jesus when he rose from the dead and was also present at his crucifixion.
Miller dresses the way Jesus would dress, and speaks the way Jesus would speak. His followers hang out on his website as if it were a second home. He has even sparked a property boom in his neighborhood, known as the Queensland Bible Belt, where his followers have taken up residence just to be near him.
Miller’s disciples pooled together $400,000 to buy property so they can hold their weekly meetings. He also plans to build a center for international followers and visitors alike. He attracts over 100 people when he speaks, and there are reports of screams from the healing exercises that Miller performs on his property.
Australia’s Cult Awareness and Information Center and the Anglican and Catholic churches are expressing concern that Miller is a fraud who is taking advantage of vulnerable people.
“My name is Jesus and I’m serious,” Miller says. “Just a little over 2,000 years ago, we arrived on the Earth for the first time.”
“Because of my personal desire and passion for God, as I grew, I recognized not only that I was the Messiah that was foretold by ancient prophets, but also that I was in a process designed by God that all humans could follow, if they so desired.”
Miller is a divorced father of two children. He says that his marriage fell apart when he began to remember the details of his previous life.
“I have very clear memories of the crucifixion, but it wasn’t as harrowing for me as it was for others like Mary who was present,” he said.
Miller says that after he was crucified, he met up with Plato, former popes and former US presidents. He also says that he remembers performing miracles.
“I did resurrect quite a number of people … including a friend of mine Lazarus, who most people know is mentioned in the Bible,” he said.
One woman, Louise Faver, is a former neuroscientist who gave up her career to be closer to her “Jesus.”
“It’s just nice to instead of being surrounded by people who think you are nuts, to be surrounded by people who understand what you are going through and the difficulties of trying to deal with all the emotional stuff,” she said to Sky News.
What do you think? Could he be the real thing? How will you know the difference?