By Nathan Jones
Born in Bethlehem on December 25, 1974, to a young woman named Jasmine. Now lives on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Flip-flops around with 12 devoted followers. Heals the sick and raises the dead for free from his humble "Miracle Camp." Claims his father is a space alien. This is Rex Farrye, the New Messiah.
Farrye is claimed to have stated, "I am of this world because my mother is of this world... I am not of this world because my father is not of this world. Some say I am the Messiah. Some say I am not." His purpose in life: "to bring love into the world."
Here are some of Farrye's supposed miracles:
- vanish and reappear hundreds of miles away
- move or destroy objects just by looking at them or waving his hand
- raises people from their deathbeds
- raised a dead woman from her coffin
- heals... "just as likely to make a wart vanish as help a quadriplegic move again"
The CIA is supposedly keeping a very close eye on Farrye who is said to be planning a world tour "to bring his message of love — or hate — to a global audience." People are said to be wondering, "For whom is Farrye working: the forces of light and peace and good, or the forces of darkness and evil and war?"
Jesus has the answer in Mark 13:5-6, that in the last days many false prophets would come claiming to be the Messiah. "Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and will deceive many." Jesus also warned in verses 21-22 that in the last days many deceitful people would create a hubbub about supposed new Messiahs coming on the scene. "At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'Look, there he is!' do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect — if that were possible."
So here's the kicker, from all indications it would appear that Rex Farrye falls into the second category — the workings of a deceitful imagination. Rex Farrye would seem to be a hoax.
Whose imagination would come up with this imaginary New Messiah? The originator of the Farrye story is a man named Derek Clontz. Clontz is "an herbalist, author and journalist of international reach with his articles on alternative medicines, parapsychology, conspiracies, UFOs, the strange, the odd, and the fantastic." Clontz reported on the New Messiah and his miracles in his March 3, 2008, article titled New Messiah or Evil Anti-Christ: Just Who is Rex Farrye?
How can we know Rex Farrye is fictitious? The biggest evidence is that there is no corroborating story. Clontz claims the Jerusalem Post reported on Farrye, but no such story can be found. Google "Rex Farrye," and all the surfer gets is a few posts seeking corroboration. Fakemessiah.com agrees, "This may all be all a hoax. We acknowledge that Derek Clontz is the only one reporting on this Rex Farrye. Google search also reveals nothing on 'Laycie Datnoff' who Derek Clontz claims is a 'freelance journalist who has reported on Farrye and his ministry'. According to posts on Derek's Blog, Rex Farrye and/or his followers have the ability to cause this news blackout. Let's watch and search out more about this. There may be nothing to this at all."
Why would Derek Clontz make up a story about a new Messiah? As one commented looking for corroboration on the existence of Rex Farrye stated on Bibleprobe.com, "A freelance journalist will do anything to get their name in the news." Sensationalism, to make money, to get attention — these are the reasons why most people will lie.
"For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain." — Titus 1:10-11