sightings sweep America!" proclaims US tabloid
cover story in the US tabloid Weekly World News, 'Jesus sightings sweep
America!', describes "amazing eyewitness accounts of miraculous encounters
with Christ," and asks the question: "Are new Jesus sightings
a sign of the Second Coming?"
The article says that since 1 January 1999, over 23,000 people worldwide
have reported seeing Jesus, and that, as the year 2000 approaches, the
number of sightings has been increasingly exponentially. Numerous Christian
theologians are convinced that many of the reports are genuine, according
to the article. "There is no doubt in my mind that the person that
witnesses are seeing really is Jesus," said Father Franco Tomassi
of Rome, who has investigated several hundred of the cases for the Vatican.
Among the encounters with Jesus described in the Weekly World News:
Josip Hoxha, a former lieutenant in the Serbian Army, said: "As a
Yugoslav army officer fighting in Kosovo for Slobodan Milosevic, I had
killed many times in the service of my country. But from this day forward
I will never raise my gun again - because Jesus came to speak to me and
convinced me to live the rest of my days in peace...
"When I saw Christ, I was preparing to order my men to murder a family
of peasants - three ethnic Albanian men, their wives and four children
that our troops had been ordered to eliminate. I remember that my men
and I had herded the family into a wooded area where a grave pit had been
dug. My men had ordered the peasants to line up by the pit and the women
and children were wailing and pleading for their lives.
"Suddenly a younger man whom I had not noticed in the group before
stepped forward from among the crying women. He was oddly dressed and
calm and gentle in His demeanour. He walked straight up to me, despite
my men's efforts to hold Him back. I should have ordered Him to stop -
but for some reason I found I wanted to speak with Him. I wanted
to learn what He had to say.
"For a long time this wonderful man stood before me, asking me why
I wished to kill the innocent people gathered there in the woods. I knew
almost as soon as I heard His voice that I was in the presence of Jesus.
As He spoke, I was filled with shame and remorse. I fell to my knees and
began to weep and the others around me did the same. Christ's eyes were
extraordinary, warm and full of compassion, yet strangely sad. We never
doubted for an instant that this was Our Lord.
"He said: 'The time has come to drive hate from your heart, for I
say unto you, the Day of Judgement is near.' "I begged Jesus for
forgiveness and He looked at me and my men and He said to us: 'Go and
sin no more.' And we knew that we must do as He asked. We knew we must
turn away from war and killing and devote our lives to spreading His loving
message of redemption.
"After that, Jesus vanished into thin air. I ordered my men to empty
their rifles and we turned our backs on the peasant family and let them
escape. Then every one of us joined the refugees and crossed the border
into Macedonia, where we turned in our guns and quit the war."
"Today, I am working with abandoned children at the refugee camp
- and telling everyone I meet that I have met and spoken with Jesus Christ
and that He is alive and back on Earth."
Victor Reblane of Columbus, Ohio, said: "Before I was visited by
Jesus, my life had truly hit rock-bottom. I had been doing heavy drugs
for nearly three years and hanging out with a bad crowd. And I had lost
my job and didn't have a dollar to my name. Even my drug-dealer pals weren't
my friends any more.
"I needed to get money in a hurry - and the fastest way was to steal
it from the nearby church where my brother is the Minister. As I stood
in the church parking lot late that night, I had every intention of breaking
out a window, climbing in and swiping the money. But as I approached the
door, a bearded man dressed as a priest appeared before me. I knew
immediately who it was - it was Jesus."
"He told me to be at peace and believe in Him and everything would
be fine with me. I spoke with Him for a few moments and then He walked
away. But after that brief encounter I felt a rush of joy and exhilaration
that I had never felt in my life. Miraculously, my horrible drug addiction
disappeared - I was experiencing total freedom."
"The next day my former boss called and offered my old job back.
I accepted his offer but I'll be leaving there before long - when I go
on a three-month missionary trip to Asia."
Judy Galvereau, from Jacksonville, Florida, said that Jesus "stopped
me from committing suicide after the death of my husband, and gave me
the will to live." Feeling depressed about her husband's recent death,
Galvereau went to a nearby beach and began to cry. "Gradually, I
began to feel a warm sensation in my body. I looked up and noticed a man
beside me. I hadn't been aware of him before and I had no idea where he
came from. For reasons I didn't understand, I sensed I could trust him.
He took my hand but there was nothing sexual or forward in the gesture.
He didn't seem to want anything and he said nothing.
"He was bearded and dressed in robes, his hair was long and he had
the gentlest eyes I've ever seen. All at once I was pouring my heart out
to him ... When I was finished I sensed a lightness, a peace I had never
known before. I knew beyond a doubt that I'll see [my husband] Mel again,
and that I'll be all right. The man rose to leave and I asked him who
he was - even though I somehow knew. He finally spoke: "John: 10:14,"
he said. I went home and looked up the passage in the Bible. It said:
"I am the good shepherd and I know my sheep and I am known by them.'
Morris Hiltfen of Chicago, Illinois, was miraculously cured of inoperable
brain cancer after a visit from Jesus. According to Hiltfen: "The
cancerous tumour on my brain was growing by the day and three doctors
had told me that there was no way anyone could save me. And the truth
is, at that point I didn't really want to be saved. I had lost my ability
to speak or get around on my own. I was in constant pain and I had lost
control of my bodily functions. At 50, I had become such a burden to my
family that I simply wanted to die, to end their suffering as well as
"When Jesus entered my room at the hospice, I thought at first that
I was simply delirious. But there He was, in his robe and sandals, looking
as though He'd just stepped out of the pages of the Bible. He walked silently
toward me, placed both hands on my head and told me - in the kindest voice
I have ever heard - that my suffering was over and that by
tomorrow I would be fine. I thought He was telling me that soon I would
be in heaven with Him. But almost immediately the pain that had wracked
my body for months was gone."
"Within hours I could speak as clearly as ever, and I was walking,
eating and thinking like a man who'd never been sick a day in his life.
My doctor couldn't believe his eyes. And the next day when he took X-rays,
he really couldn't believe his eyes, because the giant tumour on my brain
was gone - totally, completely, inexplicably gone. Overnight, my life
had returned to normal ..."
(Source: Weekly World News, USA)
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