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False Christs and New Messiahs - men who claim to be Jesus - a Word of Warning from the Bible

Updated on May 11, 2016

David Shayler says he is Jesus

David Shayler by JK the Unwise
David Shayler by JK the Unwise | Source

The Bible warns against False Christs and fake messiahs

The British rock band Dire Straits had a hit single entitled Industrial Disease, taken from their album Love Over Gold, that comments on people who claim they are Christ. The lyrics go: "Two men say they're Jesus, one of them must be wrong, there's a protest singer, he's singing a protest song."

The Bible warns that in the end days before Armageddon and the second coming of Jesus there will be many false prophets, fake messiahs and men claiming to be the Christ. Matthew 24:5 Jesus himself cautions: "For many will come in my name saying 'I am the Christ' and shall deceive many."

In Matthew 24:23 we are warned again: "Then if any man shall say unto you, lo, here is Christ, or there, believe it not."

Whilst Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits wrote and sang of "two men" saying they are Jesus, today there are currently three people I can think of making this claim and one of them is leading a sizable cult-like following in a remote part of Siberia. Let me introduce you to three men who claim to be the Messiah returned. They are David Shayler, Vissarion and Leo Zagami.

The Messiah at Guildford Cathedral (Part One)

David Shayler - a very British Messiah

David Shayler has a very colourful past and present and is perhaps the most unusual candidate of all as the second coming of Christ. He was a member of MI5 the Security Service but he gained notoriety in the media when he was prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act 1989 for leaking secret documents to the Mail On Sunday newspaper in August 1997, alleging that MI5 was paranoid about Socialists and that the organisation had conducted investigations into the lives of Labour Party politicians Peter Mandelson, Jack Straw and Harriet Harman.

He is a journalist and worked for a while for the Sunday Times but his employment there was terminated.


Shayler joined MI5 in October 1991 and says he began work in F branch, which involved dealing with counter-subversion, including monitoring left-wing groups and activists. Later on in his career he headed the Libyan desk as G9A/5, and during the work he claims that he learned of the MI6 plot to assassinate Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi.He left working for MI5 in October 1996.

Following his arrest, conviction and imprisonment in 2000, the year afterwards in 2001, he became involved with the 9/11 Truth Movement. Much like David Icke had already done, Shayler increasingly started to talk about conspiracy theories and was quoting the very controversial Protocols of The Elders of Zion, a document that Icke too had spoken of as a reality with regard to New World Order plans.

Daily Mail

In 2007, Shayler announced that he was the Christ returned. In the Daily Mail he said: "I am the messiah and hold the secret of eternal life." On his website he backed up this claim by stating: "David Michael Shayler -- ‘Sheylr’ in Hebrew ... was anointed Messiah on 2 July 2007 and proclaimed on 07.07.07, in line with ancient prophecies."


Because of his past 'celebrity' status Shayler is no stranger to mainstream media coverage but he has many more controversial views on life. He is pro-cannabis, admits to having taken magic mushrooms, is opposed to vaccines and has lived as a squatter in more recent years.

He and fellow squatters had moved into an abandoned English farmhouse but faced eviction. The story was covered in the news media because Shayler was one of the people living there.

He also has a transvestite personality known as Delores Kane who wears mini skirts.

Is this man really Jesus? He doesn't look like Jesus! What do you think?

Vissarion - Jesus from Siberia

Vissarion. Photo by Sawromat
Vissarion. Photo by Sawromat

"Jesus of Siberia"

Vissarion the Siberian Jesus

Second up in our look at modern self-proclaimed messiahs is Vissarion. He used to be Sergey Anatoljeyvitch Torop and was born in Krasnodar in 1961.

He worked as a traffic warden until 1989 when he lost his job, but in May, 1990, at the age of 29, he had a mystical awakening and in 1991, he publicly announced in Minusinsk, on 18 August, that he was Vissarion, the returned Jesus Christ. He thinks of himself as the “Word of God” and his followers today also call him the “Teacher.”

Church of the Last Testament

He founded a new religious movement known as the Church of the Last Testament, or the Community of Unified faith, as it is also known. In 1994, he established a community of followers who have been living in a settlement of villages at Tiberkul, in the remote Siberian Taiga.

It is a territory of 2.5 square kilometres, and is set out as a three-tiered structure: with the Abode of Dawn, the Heavenly Abode, and the Temple Peak. Today there are some 5,000 members based there, although it is believed that his cult-like following amounts to as many as 10,000 worldwide.

Vissarion’s followers are all vegans and are not allowed to swear, smoke, drink alcohol or take drugs. Money is also banned. They believe in reincarnation and also that the world as we know it is soon to end.

Vissarion has fathered six children by two wives, the first wife of whom he expelled. He married the second wife when she was just 19. She had been raised from the age of seven living at his home.

Vissarion, of course, has a natural mother called Nadedja but he regards the Biblical Mary as his real mother. He also has a sister called Irina.

Vissarion, at least looks like the traditional image of Jesus, unlike Shayler and Zagami.

Leo Zagami claims "I AM THE MESSIAH'

The mysterious Leo Zagami

Leo Zagami, who is also known as Leo Lyon Zagami and Leo Young, is the most mysterious of all the supposedly returned messiahs. His claims and life has been so bizarre and controversial that even the conspiracy theorists are divided in their opinions about him. Is he a real whistle-blower, a disinformation agent, working for the Vatican, a CIA employee, an attention seeker, fake, or simply mentally unbalanced? You will find all these opinions out there.

Zagami claims to be from an aristocratic family bloodline. He was born on March 5 1970, in the Gemelli hospital in Rome to Jessica Campbell Lyon Young and and Elio Zagami. He lived in Rome until the age of 24, followed by many years in Norway and England.


During his years spent in Norway, in the summer of 2005, he married Fatma Suslu, the daughter of a prominent Sufi family. The couple have one child, Isak Rumi Zagami.

It has been reported that Zagami took on the Islamic name Khaled Saifullah Khan when he converted from Catholicism to Islam in 2003. However, the story goes that his wife, betrayed him on trumped up charges and he was arrested in Norway. He claims that he was treated very badly by the legal authorities there and that all this had happened because he was informing the world about the sinister secrets of the Illuminati.


Zagami has been a Catholic, a Christian, a Muslim and even a founder and prophet of a new religion known as Matrixism. On the video included here you can hear him announcing that he is the messiah returned, that he is Christ.

He also claimed to be a former high-ranking member of the Comitato Esecutivo Massonico (Executive Masonic Committee) of Monte Carlo and a high-level member of the Italian Illuminati. He has further said that he is a 33-degree Freemason and was a member of the P2 lodge. He says that he has left his past behind because of the satanic rituals and plans of the Illuminati and the controllers of the world.

The Internet is full of information about Zagami and videos too but much of it is conflicting and most of it dubious as source materials. There is no official Wikipedia entry about him.

I will leave you to make up your own minds about Leo Zagami, the third self-proclaimed messiah in this investigation.

Then, of course, there are many people who don’t even believe that there ever was a Jesus Christ in the first place, and that the Bible is mainly fiction and clever story-telling that has fooled billions of people throughout the ages. What do you believe?

© 2012 Steve Andrews


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    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      2 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for commenting and appreciating it!

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      2 years ago

      Thoughtful questions - and very interesting, and varied, replies! Great Hub,

      Steve, thank you

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for your feedback on this!

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      Debra Allen 

      4 years ago from West By God

      Great hub. People only take from the Bible what they want to see and use to control others. While it was said in the Bible that he will come again, it will not be in a physical form OUTSIDE of ourselves. Jesus said that the Kingdon of God is WITHIN each and ever one of us. We see the Christ inside of us, not working on the outside. There have been some 212+ times where Jesus was supposed to have come and not one of them did the people understand what Jesus said about within yourself and the lawas are also within our minds prior to being born. In other words we know right from wrong, most of us do at least. When the frontal lobe is forming at the onset of being 18 years old then we are all mixed up with our bodies and many do not know how the decisions that they make will affect their lives much later. I believe that is when we do get those laws. The main brain is what we are doing on the survival mode.

      Christ is NOT coming in the flesh outside of us. He is coming inside of us. False prophets are all of the EGO and not the Christ within us.

      Understand who you are without anyone else driving your thoughts.

      We don't live IN Christ or In God. They live WITHIN us.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      You make a very good point with your question!

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      Gregory Jones 

      4 years ago from IL

      Thanks for the hub! I have to wonder if these people REALLY believe they are the Christ or if they are just abusing other people's weaknesses to their own advantage.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for your complimentary comments and vote up!

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      5 years ago

      I met a man who claimed to be Jesus. He lived with his wife in a middle class neighborhood. He said he could keep his beer glass full of beer - sort of like when Jesus turned water into wine. His wife said she struggled with this knowledge, but that she had come to accept that her husband was indeed Jesus.

      Upon being given this information, I said "Wow." (What else can one say?) Anyway, this man and his wife were a pleasant enough couple but I felt sorry for the wife, who had clearly married a narcissist.

      I enjoyed your interesting article. You lay things out extremely well!

      Up & interesting.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for your feedback!

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This is very true and everything about Christs' life on earth shows it:

      "it's really those in the 'church' that we are to watch out for... Peace"

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      Eric T. Shortridge 

      6 years ago from MidWest

      ""For many will come in my name saying 'I am the Christ' and shall deceive many" I think if you look at Whom is speaking... it will properly read as follows... For many shall come in the name of Jesus, saying that I am the Christ, and shall deceive many...

      because Jesus is speaking you can replace the I with his name..

      it's really those in the 'church' that we are to watch out for... Peace

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      No, I hadn't heard about that!

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      Christa Swope 

      6 years ago from Fort Myers, Florida

      Did you hear the the U.N. speech Ahmadinejad? How he spoke of new world order and the coming of Christ? There is a link on my hub. I have been researching this lately. He announced that Christ would be coming soon, but I think he might be referencing the coming of the antichrist. Let me know what you think.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for posting your opinion on this!

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      Michael Jon 

      6 years ago from St. Louis

      Clearly these false Christs have been given over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not be done.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for posting!

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      Jason Reuter 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Fascinating and disturbing hub Bard of Ely! Thanks for tackling a very unique and interesting topic.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Which one, Lou? Or do you mean all of them?

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      Lou Purplefairy 

      6 years ago from Southwest UK

      he's not the Messiah, he a very naughty boy ;)

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      As you can see Vissarion has a very large following so what does it say about them? And by extension, what about the mental health of all the billions of followers of all religions and cults on this planet? Why do people need these beliefs and why do they trust what they are told?

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      6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      To my mind they all sound like a psychiatric assessment wouldn't come amiss and I'm not sure I would trust any of them to save the world lol! One of the big problems we face is distinguishing where spiritual leadership ends and megalomania starts, but this lot look more like they are on the megalomania end of the scale.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for posting, lmmartin, and I agree with you, but at various times earlier on in life I have been a believer in various religious or mystical pathways including Hare Krishna, Gurdjieff and Scientology. These days I am not looking for a guru or a religion or cult. Billions of people still are though!

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      6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      I suspect that if Christ were to come among us today, we would incarcerate him. There have been false Messiahs since the dawn of religion; this is nothing new. Personally, I suspect this longing for a Messiah, a savior, a charismatic leader to bring us "out of the darkness" is just one more ploy to keep us passive and to stop us from saving ourselves. If the world is to be "saved" in whatever context you may imagine, it will most assuredly only happen with a rising up of the body of the people, not the arrival of one lone soul no matter how potent. Perhaps it's time we stopped wishing for a savior and took responsibility for saving ourselves -- spiritually and physically. But then, I've never been a "believer."

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your comments, Ericdierker and Faith Reaper!

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Very interesting hub!!! I am a Christian and have an intimate personal relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When He returns, His Word tells us that every eye will see and every knee will bow. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      The really coolest part about the Messiah, if He shall come again, in our physical time on earth, is that we probably will not know Him. I definitely hope that His love and mine reveal each to one another. But I cannot rely on that, all I can rely on is Him.


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