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1995, Julian Webb, an Australian wheat-farmer, witnessed the miraculous
materialization of Christ's face on a hard slab of granite rock. The
miracle took place at night when Mr Webb was walking on his farm near
Beverly, 120 miles east of Perth. He saw a shaft of light illuminate
the rock, and watched amazed as the face of Christ slowly appeared from
Some days beforehand
Mr Webb had heard a message coming from the area of the rock, saying:
"Let I, the Lord, show you the way." Thinking he'd imagined it all,
he took his son Adrian, 20, with him the next time. He felt sure "something
profound was going to happen" to him -- and the miracle occurred.
Mr Webb, who rarely
attends church, said: "I'm just an ordinary bloke who's experienced
a miracle and people can take it or leave it." (Source: Daily Mail,
Indonesia ( c1980 )
a voice urged her to give a sermon when she was six years old, Rebekka
Monningka, a young Indonesian woman now in her early 20s, has drawn
enormous crowds to religious mass meetings. While some people in the
audience "see fire", others "experience Jesus". In 1981, at the age
of 13, Marthen Roti attended his first meeting in the stadium of Klabat
where 20,000 people had gathered to hear Rebekka speak. He says: "This
was the first time I saw the fire. The body of Jesus became visible
and He addressed the crowd." Photographs taken at the meeting show two
fiery hands, stretched out in blessing. There have also been reports
of spontaneous healings during these meetings. (Source: Omega,
Evangelical Broadcasting Organization, the Netherlands; reported in
Share International, July-August 1997 )
is reported in various parts of the city ( Teheran ) that an image of
Jesus has been seen on fences or in windows. People have gathered to
witness it for themselves." So writes the Iranian newspaper Akhbar
in its 25 December 1995 edition. Reuters news agency quotes newspaper
reports of the face of Jesus appearing on the wall of a flat in the
Iranian capital of Teheran. The report also mentions the spontaneous
healing of a paralysed girl from a Christian family. Rumours spread
like wildfire within the city and hundreds of Iranian Christians and
Muslims alike flocked to the apartment building. An elderly woman in
a black chador claimed it had happened before and that a Muslim man
suffering from cancer had been healed on that occasion.
( Source: NRC Handelsblad, Holland )
April 1997 a fire raged through Turin Cathedral destroying the 300-year-old
Guarini Chapel which was built especially for the Sindone, the
Shroud in which, tradition has it, the body of Jesus was buried. The
Turin Shroud itself was saved from the blaze by a fireman who, as if
in trance, cut through four layers of bullet-proof glass to rescue the
silver box containing the Shroud.
and Turin Shroud update ( from Share International, June 1997
of the Kenyan border town Busia are saying that Jesus appeared to them.
According to Kenyan radio stations people fell to their knees, weeping
and praying. Local officials, however, maintain that the people were
simply confused by a light-show used to advertise a local discotheque.
(Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)
Mary's Catholic primary school, Aking in Akamkpa Local Government area
of Cross River State (Nigeria) became a centre of attraction when the
image of a man suspected to be Jesus Christ appeared on the wall of
The picture of the
man, clad in white garment with a lamb on the right hand side and a
staff in his left hand appeared on the wall with light shining around
the area, attracting various people to the scene.
Reports said the
picture disappeared after 10 minutes but stayed for several hours on
the wall on a second appearance. It was also gathered that after the
second appearance the head of the man with a long beard appeared for
a longer period.
According to the
deputy headmaster of the school, Mr Bassey Itaya, the fingerprint of
the man is still visible on the wall of elementary 3A classroom. Mr
Itaya said that people from all walks of life thronged the school premises
to have a glimpse of the mysterious picture on the wall which remained
like a television screen throughout the scene.
The councillor representing
the ward in Akamkpa Local Government, Mr Lawrence Effa, who was also
present, described the incident as the first in the history of the area,
saying that he was confused. He wondered what was the significance of
the picture on the wall.
The Nigerian Chronicle, Cross River State, Nigeria, 3 October 1988 )
image of Jesus has appeared on the floor of the Sacred Heart Clinic
in Narra, Palawan, in the Philippines. The image has attracted devotees,
and "has transformed the clinic into a worship centre".
(Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer)
of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns appeared recently on a communion
wafer in the little town of Moure in Portugal. Hundreds of the faithful
gathered to see the pale and sad face of Jesus on the wafer. This follows
a similar incident which also occurred in Moure the previous year. (Source:
Le Dauphine, France)
One day in
spring 1991 a small picture of Jesus caught my attention. I got a desire
to paint that face of Jesus on a bigger piece of paper. When it was
finished I fixed the portrait on a wall but was not quite satisfied
with the beard. So I came closer and began to paint little hairs on
the left side of it. I suddenly noticed that at the same time little
hairs were being painted by themselves on the right side of the
beard. Who helped me paint the right side of Jesusí beard? Jesus Himself?
Blanka Plesec, Verovskova,
(Source: Share International, March 1998)
Pepler is set to win £35,000 after placing a bet at a British
bookmakers, William Hill, that the Second Coming will happen.
For many months Colin sensed the nearing of this event, and arranged
to place a £35 bet at 1,000-1. Some weeks later, whilst watching
a football match, Colin experienced a "vivid dream" in which he knew
the Second Coming had taken place. "It felt like somebody had planted
the idea in my head ... and I knew that every eye will see Him,"
Colin then returned
to William Hill's to demand his winnings, and was asked for confirmation
of this event from the Archbishop of Canterbury, who replied in the
negative. Colin vows: "I am not giving up. I saw the Second Coming so
clearly in my mind". For readers' information, the odds have now dropped
to 500-1. (Source: The Sun, UK)
USA - California,(1992)
of Jesus Christ and the Virgin of Guadalupe have appeared in the window
of a small apartment building in Long Beach, California. A steady stream
of visitors now comes to the building to pray and pay homage to the
images. Seventeen-year-old Guadalupe Orozco was among the first to notice
something unusual in the window. "We were parking the car and one of
my friends felt something telling him to look toward the window. That's
when we noticed the image of Christ." Not everyone sees the images,
but those who do have set up an altar of flowers and candles beneath
the window. "We just want people to feel comfortable coming here and
looking," says Carmelo Contreras, a building resident. ( Source: Press-Telegram
USA - Connecticut(1993)
gathered around a sycamore tree in Wooster Square Park in New Haven,
Connecticut (USA), where many saw the figure of Jesus crucified on the
cross. Although many of the people who came were clearly convinced that
they saw Jesus' form, the priests have declared it an optical illusion.
Unless miracles of healing take place at the site, the church will not
sanction the tree as an authentic manifestation of Jesus.
varied on why Jesus would appear. "Because the world is in such terrible
shape," "I think we've gone too far," "I think God's fed up." "The world
is coming to an end." and "The world is entering a better time."
The image was discovered
by a young mother who is simultaneously losing her sight and hearing.
She was visiting her lawyer, who was helping her with some legal business.
The lawyer suggested that he could complete the tedious work while the
woman and her father took a stroll through the park. On their stroll
the woman saw the unmistakable image of Jesus and asked her father to
confirm it. They told the lawyer, but he didn't think anything of it.
A couple of days
later, they dropped by the lawyer's office and left him a home video
of the tree. "I tell you I literally leaped out of my chair!" the lawyer
said. "There it was as plain as day ... I was completely flabbergasted."
After he spread the word to people in the community, people flocked
to the tree. While no healings appear to have taken place, many people
say they feel great peace when they are there. (Source: Village Voice)