ST. CATHARINES, ONT. — 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.
“They wanted to do it,” Ms. Rosado, 45, said at the St. Catharines tattoo parlour where her daughters were inked. “But now it’s more important because we’re counting down… I’m so proud.”
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.
The group, which they say has branches in five Canadian cities and members in more than 130 countries, believes that on June 30 (or July 1 across the international dateline), their Texas-based leader and his followers will be transformed, said Alex Poessy, the group’s bishop in Canada.
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.”
Growing in Grace International is not the first to prognosticate that the so-called end of the world will come this year. The Mayan calendar famously picks Dec. 21, 2012.
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.
“[We can] run and not get tired. Go through fire and not get burned…. I could be talking to you right now, and then I could go through that wall. So, you’ll know there is a difference,” Cooley said.
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Submitted By: Grigori Yefimovich
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Thinking Allowed, how in the 31 Realms of Pain and Discomfort is this not fundie? It's a small cult believing that Jesus has returned and that they will gain special powers while the non-believers suffer for eternity. It's no different than what the RR folks say every day. Did you post on the wrong quote or something?
5/10/2012 10:09:12 AM
I wonder how much money these gullible folks have given to Senor Jesus? Because, you know, he may be immortal and all that but he just can't get a handle on the money thing.
5/10/2012 10:36:53 AM
One thing is likely, which is that on June 30 Jose de Luis de Jesus will vanish off the face of the earth... only to reappear in a tax haven which has no extradition treaties with the US or Canada.
5/10/2012 10:42:43 AM
I get so sick of the media reporting that the Mayans "predicted the end of the world" in 2012. They did no such thing. One calendar in one temple happened to end in 2012. Other calendars in other temples go to different dates; one goes past the year 4000. It wasn't meant to signify the end of the world. And they calculated dates differently than we do, anyway.
5/10/2012 10:48:20 AM
At least we won't have to wait as long to hear the hilarious excuses they come up with when it doesn't happen as we did with Harold Camping.
5/10/2012 10:51:02 AM
@1401184: Never mind that the reason it ended there was because it finished a loop. The next cycle would necessarily have the same structure as the first, so continuing it past the 2012 point, when it was several centuries away, and the first calendar was still available as a model, probably wasn't terribly high-priority.
5/10/2012 11:01:35 AM
"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.
“[We can] run and not get tired. Go through fire and not get burned…. I could be talking to you right now, and then I could go through that wall. So, you’ll know there is a difference,” Cooley said."
Cool! I look forward to the videos when you post them on Youtube.
5/10/2012 11:11:27 AM
This is the guy who was interviewed by Bill Maher in his film "religulous". He's got a good angle on an old scam; don't just claim to be the Messiah, but the antichrist as well.
I really wonder what the pay-off is psychologically for the millenial cult whose millennium never arrives. Maybe it's just in-group cohesiveness and a sense of superiority over others heightened by the imminent catastrophe.
5/10/2012 11:39:20 AM
Uh-huh, uh-huh. Would you like to place a little wager on this? I'm betting it won't happen.
5/10/2012 11:45:48 AM
I have no doubt that Mr. de Jesus will be transformed: from a slimy charlatan he will become a slimy charlatan on the run with bags of other peoples cash. That or into some asshole making excuses for why his prediction wasn't fulfilled, but yet really was, you all just didn't notice. Sorta like that ancient bastard that predicted the end of the world multiple times and doesn't have the common decency to die and leave us all alone.
5/10/2012 11:53:34 AM
Oh please, all this bullshit about some special number. Who gives a shit?
The only numbers I want to know are the telephone number of the cute blond I saw today and next week's lottery numbers.
5/10/2012 12:10:23 PM
Guys, this is a suicide cult.
5/10/2012 1:01:13 PM
Totally wrong. The second coming of Jesus is a guy who lives three blocks from me. His name is Frank.
5/10/2012 1:11:47 PM
Ahh silly cultists
5/10/2012 1:17:55 PM
The second coming of Jesus has already occurred. But he was born in Israel, grew up Jewish and didn't believe in himself.
5/10/2012 2:04:36 PM
I hope they take the precaution of calling the police to witness this transformation.. and prevent any untransformed suicides.
5/10/2012 4:28:22 PM
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
Sure. But is he faster than a speeding bullet? More powerful than a locomotive? Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound?
"Look! Up in the sky!"
"It's a bird!"
"It's a plane!"
"It's ... Jose de Luis de Jesus?"
5/10/2012 5:43:06 PM
The bigger the lie the more people believe it?
5/10/2012 7:27:30 PM
5/10/2012 8:15:21 PM
Guys, this is a suicide cult.
5/10/2012 8:34:51 PM
Cripes, I'm a Luciferian Satanist and wouldn't get that tattoo (the numbers 666 mean more to Christians than they do to us).
5/10/2012 11:58:56 PM
So sad...everyone will merely assume you are all Iron Maiden fans!
5/11/2012 3:31:32 AM
5/11/2012 3:49:36 AM
I have never heard of any other group interpreting all that "don't take The Mark" stuff in Revelation as an instruction to...take the mark.
5/11/2012 8:18:34 AM
It's going to be a great summer...
5/11/2012 2:10:43 PM
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