Doris Rosado watches her teenage daughters, Ninette and Kiara Mongrut, 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.
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.
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.”
“We are sure that it’s going to happen,” said Mr. Poessy.
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Famous last words? Not likely, seeing as how the end of the world has been predicted numerous times over the centuries. Harold Camping probably being the most infamous recent Armageddon predictor. Next is the world famous Dec. 21st end of the Mayan calendar scheduled to happen later this year.
There are conflicting bits in the article, though, as it’s sometimes referred to the end of the world and other times as the transformation of Mr. de Jesus. So what exactly IS going to happen June 30th 2012? Probably nothing. But don’t you feel bad for these poor kids? Most people assume 666… number of the beast.
Don’t miss this article because it’s chock full of “are you KIDDING me?!” moments, like this one:
But Mr. de Jesus also predicts that the “transformation” will endow him, and his loyal followers, with superpowers, such as the ability to fly and walk through walls, said Axel Cooley, the bishop’s daughter.
Here’s more. Wow.