A man claiming that he’s the second coming of Jesus Christ is amassing a huge following.
The Russian man is gaining rapidly gaining thousands of dedicated followers who swear he’s the second coming of Jesus.
Tens Thousands of people are flocking to a cluster of small towns called Petropavlovka in the wilderness of Siberia.
Petropavlovka is home to almost 25,000 “Vissarionites.”
These Vissarionites have moved to one of the coldest places on the planet to worship the man they believe is the Son of God.
People have descended on this remote corner of the world to meet a man from Russia named Vissarion.
These people are convinced that Vissarion is the second coming of Jesus.
The second coming of Jesus Christ
Vissarion, a.k.a. the Teacher lives in a personal compound close to the community of worshippers.
However, his followers get to hear him offer sermons where he goes over subjects like vegetarianism, reincarnation and the coming apocalypse, which he says will be a “great flood.”
Before that day comes, Vissarion intends to unify all the world’s faiths.
His fans likewise study the Last Testament, Vissarion’s 10-volume “follow up” to the Bible which includes approach, descriptions of aliens and warnings about the future.
His followers are also prohibited from drinking and smoking or utilizing money.
So who is Vissarion? And how did his Church get started?
The male who calls himself Vissarion was born Sergey Anatolyevitch Toro.
And while he claims that his mom is Mary he admits he had a biological mom too.
Toro, now 56, was a soldier in the Red Army before the Cold War ended, and worked as a traffic policeman up until 1989.
That’s when Vissarion lost his job, and coincidentally began to have visions exposing his “true calling in life.”
He moved into the Siberian wilderness in the 1990s, when Petropavlovka was simply a group of huts in the forest.
Now, it’s a big, self-sufficient community with solar power, satellite TVs, and natural veggie gardens.
While Vissarion states he’s the second coming of Jesus, his Church of the Last Testament plays by a different set of guidelines.
For something, polygamy is allowed.
Vissarion himself has six kids from two wives, consisting of a female he wed when she was 19 after she presented nude for his paintings (Vissarion’s first other half left him after that).
Not surprisingly, numerous call Vissarion a liar, a swindler, a cult leader, and a con man.
Although this makes him feel “sad” he confesses that it’s “unavoidable,” adding:
“I’ll put down the basis that will change all humanity.“