“Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, conducts a service during the “Holiday of Good Fruit” feast in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), southeast of Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. Former police officer Vissarion gave up his original name of Sergei Torop and created a sect in 1991, whose members give up their property to join the construction of a so-called Sun City on the slopes of the mountain where their leader is.” REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin
Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, conducts a service during the “Holiday of Good Fruit” celebration in the village of Obitel Rassveta (Cloister of Sunrise), southeast of Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 18, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin
Members of the religious sect led by Vissarion, who has proclaimed himself a new Christ, take part in a procession on the eve of the “Holiday of Good Fruit” celebration in the village of Petropavlovka, southeast of Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 17, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin
Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop (born January 14, 1961) known by his followers as Vissarion (Виссарион), is a Russian mystic. He founded and heads a religious movement known as the Church of the Last Testament with its head church in the Siberian Taiga in the Minusinsk Depression east of Abakan, in the southern Siberia Kuraginsk district of Krasnoyarsk territory. He has around 4,000 followers (called Vissarionites) in around thirty villages in the immediate vicinity of his base at Sun City, while having approximately 10,000 followers around the world. Vissarion claims to be a reincarnation of Jesus. He teaches reincarnation, veganism, and the impending end of the world, or at least of civilization as we know it. His religion combines elements of the Russian Orthodox Church with Buddhism, apocalypticism, collectivism, and ecological values. His followers observe strict regulations, are vegans, and are allowed no vices such as smoking or drinking alcohol. Money is banned. The aim of the group is to unite all religions on Earth.
Jesus told the disciples that “many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.” (Matthew 24:5) Jesus said this at the beginning of the Olivet Discourse, and these few sentences at the beginning prior to verse 9 or so mark the end time. After verse 9 discusses the Tribulation, but Jesus was speaking in general of the birthpangs at the beginning of the Olivet Discourse. That means now. And it is so, many have come in His name claiming to be Him or from Him when they are not.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” (Col 2:8)
“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:8)
The lost are easily led to a darker forest that the one they live in already. Please pray that these, and all the lost, are led back to the Light. Holy Spirit, let their eyes be opened!