Well, my foot is feeling better than it did over the weekend. Whatever is causing this swelling, it looks like it will go away much faster than last year’s gout.
For the past few weeks, at my church’s Tuesday night men’s group, we have been watching a set of DVDs produced by Joel Richardson. In the message I posted October 4, 2007, I reviewed his book AntiChrist: Islam’s Awaited Messiah . The DVDs cover his theories regarding the Gog-Magog war described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. We also checked out the websites of Adnan Oktar, a Turkish gentleman who is allowing speculation that he might be the Mahdi, the Moslem Messiah. Both he and his websites are smooth operators, to the point that one of these days I’ll probably post a message about him with the title “Is This Man The Antichrist?”
Now when it comes to false prophets, there are plenty in our time. It looks like there is another one in Siberia — a former policeman named Sergei Torop, who decided in 1991 that he is a reincarnated Jesus, and changed his name to Vissarion. OK, he looks like Jesus, all right; if I was making a movie about the New Testament, I’d consider casting him in the lead role. But can he do miracles?
According to the webpages I saw, his followers have built a village in Siberia named Petropavlovka. I haven’t been able to find it on a map, but judging from the pictures I saw of it, with mountains in the background, I’m guessing it’s just east of the Urals. I also watched a few videos, none of them in English, though. Over the years I have learned that some languages make everyone sound polite, like Swedish, while others make you sound authoritative. Russian is an example of the latter, but somehow Vissarion comes across sounding gentle while speaking Russian; no wonder he attracts a crowd over there.
Oh, and one other concern. Vissarion is not the first Siberian holy man. A century ago, another one came out of Siberia and gained control over Tsar Nicholas II and his family — Rasputin. Here’s hoping that history won’t repeat itself.
Anyway, here is the article where I heard about him; I have already printed up a copy to show my friends and co-workers tomorrow.