Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Legion Maria Pentecost, Simeo Ondeto Revealed

Legio Maria was founded on 9th March 1962 at the home of John Baru in Suna Migori.  Before that day, Simeo Ondeto had gone through a huge transformation from a Roman Catholic auxiliary catechist to a highly treasured prophet, but he had never been recognized as God by the huge multitudes that visited him to listen to his grabbing preaching about the Kingdom of God.  And while he had previously said he was the son of God sent from heaven by his father to give glory to the faithful of God, the message did not win the hearts of men. And they still called him the risen prophet.

Legio Maria Pentecost of March 9th 1962

On Friday evening, March 9, 1962, when around 1,150 members of the Legion of Mary who followed Simeo Ondeto were in the home of John Baru, they at once heard the sound of a mighty choir singing familiar songs from the nearby Kachola Hill towards John Baru’s home. Startled and puzzled by what they were hearing, they rushed and gathered outside to see what was happening. And as they were standing at the center of the home trying to guess what was happening, they noticed that the mighty chorus consisted of a multitude of voices and was moving nearer and nearer.

The mighty choir of heavenly Glory landed at the home of John Baru by 6:00 p.m. and immediately caused a rapturous experience that had never occurred in the world before.  All the 1150 people were caught up in spirit, got ecstatic and started to see the vision of the glory of God in their midst. They spoke in tongues and saw things that ordinary human eyes can never see. And surprisingly, all of them were having the same experience as if their minds were all joined at once into one huge super-computer, making their visions public and their experiences concurrent.

What did they see? The Legion of Mary faithful saw:

a.      Angels and saints descend from the clouds of heaven and join them in John Baru’s home.

b.      Simeo Ondeto seated in the throne of heaven as the son of God and King of Kings, judging the living and the dead.

c.      Angels and saints falling down on their stomachs before the glorious seat of Simeo Ondeto and worshipping him.

d.      A brilliant and magnificent light of the Glory of God surrounded the area where Simeo Ondeto was seated, burning brightly like the pillar of fire that led the people of Israel.

Results of Legio Maria Pentecost

Legion Maria Pentecostal day had great spiritual ramifications for these members of the Legion of Mary lay movement. They had shared an experience like no other and learned the unshakable truth that Simeo Ondeto is God. They had communed with the angels and saints of heaven and tasted the sweet inheritance of eternal life that awaited them.  They had seen Christ, the son of God in their own likeness, seated in the throne of heaven and passing judgment on the living and the dead. Theirs was an experience worth absolute faith. And they would never mix this sweet experience with the dirt of unbelief. So, from that day of 9th March 1962, Simeo Ondeto was elevated in their midst. He was no longer going to be called prophet, but was now going to be their Lord and God.

Declaration of the Holy Spirit during the Legio Maria Pentecostal Day

The shift from knowing Simeo Ondeto as prophet and teacher to Christ and God was not only based on the rapture and concurrent spiritual experience of his followers. The Holy Spirit himself had declared Simeo Melkio Hosea Enure Santa Maria Laurida Lodvikus Messias as the Son of God and the glory of God who is the fulfillment of God’s promise of the second coming of his son.  The declaration was made at around 8:30 pm when the spirit had indwelled Siprianus Ochieng and was speaking directly to the gathered members of the movement.

The Holy Spirit asked Simeo to declare who he was to the gathering. And at first, Simeo introduced himself as Simeo Ondeto, Son of Joseph Owiti Obimbo of Angoro Awasi, Watombori clan. When he had done so, the Holy Spirit threw the entire gathering into ecstasy and tongues with huge shouts of “No! No!” It was after this that the Spirit again called Simeo to tell the children of God the truth and Simeo said he was the Messiah (Christ) sent by God from heaven. Then the Spirit went on to teach and reveal to the gathering that God had sent his son on earth as was promised in the New Testament and that Simeo Ondeto is the fulfillment of that promise. He is the second Christ, the glory of God.

Truth Worthy of Unshakeable Faith

Legion Maria belief that Simeo Ondeto is God is not based on the private experience of an individual prophet. It is not based on intelligent interpretation of scriptures and in the persuasive oratory skills of great teachers and orators.  It is based on something bigger, something larger than individual dreams and visions of prophets. It is based on the unanimous, concurrent and simultaneous public experience of over 1000 people who were gathered at John Baru’s home on 9th March 1962. It is based on what they saw and heard. It is based on their communion with angels and saints from heaven. It is based on the truth of the four songs they heard together, the rapture they experienced together and the ecstasy and spiritual indwelling they had together.

When Legio Maria says we have God, we refer to that glorious day. We rethink of how God revealed himself to our own at once and made a declaration to them. We know that one man can lie, and two can collude to say untrue things. But we know that over 1,000 people who saw the lord seated in the throne of God and passing judgment over the living and the dead could have not all at once lied. And we know that the Holy Spirit that spoke through them in tongues, and who opened their eyes to see angels and saints descend from the clouds of heaven and worship Simeo Ondeto is true. So we firmly believe and declare as a faithful people to whom the Glory of God was revealed, that ours is not accidental timid faith based on misrepresentation of scripture; but it is a living unshakable faith based on the Pentecostal Day of 9th March 1962, at the home of John Baru.

Simeo Ondeto Declares Himself as Christ

Teaching Legio Maria faithful at Raha soon after the Pentecost, Simeo Ondeto declared himself the second Christ. Speaking to Legios, he said:

“My children, I have come again. Truly I have come. I have come as one of you. As one of your brothers with whom you eat from the same plate. But why don’t you discover this truth? Your eyes are blocked by thick cobwebs.”

In this sermon, Simeo Ondeto was declaring that he is the Christ, Messiah, Son of God. He is the second coming of Christ.

Worshipped as God

Simeo Ondeto is worshipped by Legio Maria as God. Right from 1962, Legios fell down and kneeled before him in worship. Prayers are directed to him for answers and he blessed Legios not as their leader but as their God. Chairs were removed from church and only one seat was left on which Simeo sat and blessed Legios. And whenever Legios enter church compounds or into the presence of their lord and God, they remove their shoes as Moses of old was asked to do when he was in the presence of his God.

Simeo Ondeto and Jesus Christ

Legio Maria started as an offshoot of Catholic Church and ended up with a God. Simeo Ondeto, however, did not advance a new claim about God, but instead stated he was the Son of God. Inevitably, Simeo Ondeto stated he had the same status as Jesus of Nazareth. And because God has only one begotten son and Simeo Ondeto is that son, he and Jesus is one person revealed differently in the form of flesh.

Secondly, in Lejo Maria, the role of Mary mother of Jesus replays. Legio Maria reveres a black African woman by the name Mary. Mary’s body was buried in Ephesus Church in December 1966. She is the woman who is sometimes confused with Gaudencia Aoko as Legio Maria co-founder. Mary, indeed, was an old woman of around 90 years of age by 1962. She could not go everywhere to preach Legio Maria message and left the task to the younger people such as Aoko Gaudencia. But when it came to the core tasks such as ordination of Legio Maria priests, she played the most critical role. By having the same status as Jesus and having the same spiritual mother called Mary, Simeo Ondeto placed himself in the same position as Jesus of Nazareth.

Legio Maria Theology of God

Legio Maria faithful believe in God who is the father of Simeo Ondeto; God who sent Simeo to them. That God is one and is the creator of everything that is and that is not. He is the energy from which everything comes and returns.  And He is three persons in one: The first person, the second person, and the third person. Just like the Christian theology of the trinity, the Legio Maria version of the Trinity is similar.

According to Lejo Maria, Simeo Ondeto is the pre-existent Son of God. He is God even before he is revealed to humans. And when he is revealed, He works with humans to ensure that they too are lifted into sonship and become the sons of God. When he takes flesh, his divinity is never corrupted by his humanity.  And so, Simeo Ondeto was both fully human and fully God. He took up flesh to complete God’s mission.  After which, he returned to the heavenly Kingdom where he sits as fully divine being.

Simeo Ondeto: The Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient

All the attributes of God that humankind is aware of are used by Legio Marias in reference to Simeo Ondeto. He is called the omnipotent (janyalo, n’gat man kod nyalo), the Lord (Ruoth), Teacher (Japuonj), the African Lord (Ruodh Jorotenge), Black God (Nyasach jorotenge), Omniscient, and omnipresent. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Simeo Ondeto multi-locates (be in different places at the same time). When people visited him, they would always find that he had known them by name, family, and clan or village before they introduced themselves.

The Seven Names of Simeo Ondeto

Simeo Ondeto has seven names which the Holy Spirit revealed at Raha and at Johannes Baru’s home in Suna Migori. The names are Melkio, Hosea, Enure, Lodvikus, Santa Maria, Laurida, and Messias. Of all the seven names or titles, the most important to Legio Marias is Lodvikus. Lodvikus means vicar of the lord or what is interpreted as one like the lord. Therefore, to Lejo Maria faithful, Simeo Ondeto is the Glory of God.

Eternal Spiritual Leader

Simeo Ondeto is the eternal spiritual leader of Lejo Maria. That is the principal title that appears on Legio Maria banners. What does it mean? To Legion Maria, eternal spiritual leadership refers to Ondeto’s sonship of God and his eternal mediatorship. He mediates forever for all Legios and brings them to the glory of God. He lifts us to the high and heavenly heights of glory. He gives us life because he has life abundantly.”

“Our God, Simeo Melkio. Give us a living faith and bring us to your eternal glory. Just as we communed with angels and saints of heaven when you were revealed at John Baru’s home, bring us to eternal communion with the holy ones of God and into your eternal kingdom. Amen.”

Friday, March 21, 2014

Simeo Melkio Ondeto, the Black Messiah of Legion Maria

Simeo Melkio Ondeto, also known as Lodvikus, Hosea, Enure, Santa Maria, Laurida, Messias, is the founder of Legion Maria of African Church Mission (or simply Legio Maria). 

While many founders of churches and religious movements are simply known as leaders, Simeo Ondeto is one of the rare founders who is worshipped by followers and known as God. 

What makes Simeo Ondeto to be revered as God? Is he really God?

God is Known by His Self-Revelation

The supreme, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent being we call God has never been seen by human eyes. All that human beings know, say and believe concerning God has come through God’s own self-revelation. 

It is only God who makes known his being and inspires belief in millions of people who have experienced him through revelation. Prophets and religious teachers, pastors and priests, and all the spiritual leaders that the world has hosted have only known God through revelations. And those revelations have come in the form of dreams, visions, natural phenomena, interactions with angelic beings, the power of human conscience, the experience of beauty, truth and justice, and the incarnation of the son of God.

When humans say there is God, they do not mean they can produce him or point people to where he is located here on earth. But they mean they have experienced the supreme and divine being in one way or the other. This is what the scriptures declare, for scriptures are records of human experiences with the divine. 

The stories recorded in the Bible, right from the creation narratives to the audacious declarations of the Book of Revelation, are human experiences. In Genesis we read of Abraham’s experiences and interactions with God; in Exodus we read of the mighty power of God in the journeys of Israelites; through prophets Elijah, Jeremiah,  Ezekiel, Daniel, Micah, Zephaniah and Malachi, we hear of the experiences of different men with God. All these are revelations. All these are the self-revelation of the unknown God whom eyes cannot see.

Legio Maria Declaration of God

When Legion Maria declares that it has God, it is merely stating that it has experienced the self-revelation of God and mastered the truth of God’s existence. 

God who was revealed to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; God who was revealed to Moses through the burning bush; God who was revealed in visions and dreams to prophets Ezekiel, Elijah and Isaiah; God who was revealed by angels through angelic visitations; and the same God who was revealed through the incarnation of Jesus Christ is the almighty God that Legio Maria is declaring. 

Legion Maria believes in one God, the creator of heavens and earth, and everything that lives and which do not live. He is three in one (trinity), made up of three persons of the same substance.  He is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Simeo Ondeto is God

When Legio Maria states that Simeo Ondeto is God, it is affirming the truth that God who is unknown and eternal has been revealed through a human person called Simeo Melkio Ondeto, who lived on earth from 1926 to 1991. 

The same God who revealed himself according to his own discretion as Jesus of Nazareth has revealed himself as Simeo Ondeto. And in Simeo Ondeto, divinity and humanity have become one, so that there is no gap between what is divine and what is human. 

In Simeo Ondeto, the son of God that is only known by faith, the Christ of faith who exists eternally as spirit has been revealed as a real human being. Simeo Ondeto is the human existence of the spiritual Christ.

Why is Simeo Ondeto God?

On Friday 9th March 1962, when members of the lay Legion of Mary movement were at the home of John Baru in Suna Migori, they experienced the self-revelation of God and the Holy Spirit’s declaration that Simeo Ondeto is God.

 It was 6:00 p.m. when the group heard a multitude of voices singing four familiar songs from the nearby Kachola Hill and moving towards the Home of John Baru. As they were gathered at the center of the home in awe, not knowing what was happening, the unseen multitude entered the home singing and the mysterious revelation of God occurred.

Immediately after the unseen choir sang the last song over the home of John Baru, the over 1000 people gathered in that home had their eyes opened and they were at once taken up into spirit and rapture, becoming ecstatic and seeing heavenly visions.

 All of them concurrently, simultaneously and at once had the same vision of angels and saints descending from the clouds of heaven, of Simeo Ondeto seated on his heavenly throne and passing judgment over the living and the dead, and of angels and saints falling prostrate before the glorious seat of Simeo and worshipping him.

When they had experienced this edifying occurrence, the Holy Spirit spoke through one of them called Siprianus Ochieng. The Holy Spirit declared Simeo Ondeto as the son of God who had taken up flesh to bring the message of the glory of God on earth. 

The Spirit called Simeo to introduce himself to the people as God; and at first; Simeo declared that he is Simeo Ondeto Son of Joseph Owiti Obimbo of Angoro Awasi, of Kano, Watombori Clan. The Spirit rejected this introduction and asked him to re-introduce himself properly. And doing his introduction a second time, Simeo declared he was the Messiah (Christ), son of God, who was sent by God for the glorification of men.

The Public Revelation is Worthy of Faith

This experience of over 1000 people gathered at once at the home of John Baru is the basis of Legio Maria. For when 1000 people concurrently and simultaneously see the angels and saints of heaven descend from heaven and join them on earth, it is a greater and more believable vision than the vision and experience of one prophet. 

A single prophet can lie. Two people can collude. But when hundred people say they experienced the same vision and saw the same things at once, it is worthy of belief. And even more believable is when 1000+ people re-tell the same vision and heavenly experience.

Moreover, the public revelation given to Legio Maria was accompanied by the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit filled many Legios several years later and did many great things. The same Holy Spirit that still works in Legion Maria today is the same Spirit that came on that day. And because the public revelation is true and the declaration that Simeo Ondeto is God was made by the Holy Spirit, He is truly God.

Reasons Why Simeo Ondeto is God

1.     He was revealed publicly to 1,150 people concurrently, simultaneously, at once on March 9, 1962.

2.   The Holy Spirit declared Him as the son of God.

3.   A voice from heaven called Him son of God in the presence of Legio Maria members on more than one occasion.

4.   He fulfilled biblical prophecies of the second coming of Christ.

5.    He gave followers the Holy Spirit, something only God can do because the Holy Spirit is God.

6.   He knew everything before happening, including his persecution and death.

7.    He knew all who went to him by name, background and problems even before they introduced themselves to him and told him of their problems.

8.   He did many miracles including bringing the dead back to life. He brought back to life Amoke of Asembo, a Roho church faithful at Gombania in Tanzania, the son of Kalaudia in Nairobi, and Angelina of Seme, among others.

9.   He spoke through the Holy Spirit to his followers when he was physically dead.

10.                      He appeared physically to his followers when he was already buried, removing Salome from prison, talking to members of the order of angel Michael, visiting Dalmas Oyier, appearing to Gombe and other Legios in his memorial of 1992, and appearing to over 30,000 Legios gathered at the memorial of 2011.

Truly Man: Simeo Ondeto Parents

Simeo Ondeto was born in 1926 to Joseph Owiti Obimbo (Ka-Msumba) and Margaret Aduwo near Awasi School, in today’s Kisumu County, Nyanza Province, Kenya.  His parents never knew that this child would be worshipped 35 years later as the African incarnation of God.

 As a young child, Simeo Ondeto was a herd’s boy who looked after his father’s cattle in the fields regularly. He was obedient to his parents and compassionate to all. According to Simeo Ondeto’s elder brother, Wilson Owino Obimbo, Ondeto was mysterious right from childhood. Owino counts around 8 miracles that Ondeto did as a child in order to affirm the fact that Ondeto was God right from birth, and not made God later on by Legion Maria faithful.

The Names Jesus and Simeo

The son of God does not exist in heaven as a human being and so when he comes to earth, he has to take up flesh. When the son of God took up flesh among the Jews, he was called Jesus son of Joseph (Yeshua Ben Jose).

 Jesus is not the heavenly name of the son of God. In fact, Jesus was a common word and a common name among the Jews. Even Christ is just a worldly name and title given to the son of God when he came on earth. He was named by people in a normal way. Similarly, the names Simeo Ondeto are earthly names given to the son of God in a normal way.

The Spirit of Christ Took Up Flesh

Simeo Ondeto came upon the clouds of heaven as a spiritual being and landed in the home of Joseph Owiti Obimbo in 1926. He came with angels, saints and Mary, but they were all spiritual beings who could not be seen by human eyes. 

To be a human being, he took up flesh naturally. His divine being indwelled his embryonic body and he was born as a child of the world like all other children. He was born according to the will of God to Joseph Obimbo and Margret Aduwo in 1926 in Awasi. And he was the third child in a family of four children as is testified by his elder brother Owino Obimbo who saw the infant Simeo and baby-sitted him.

Simeo Ondeto as Teenager

Ondeto left home in 1936 at the age of 10 and stayed away for 19 years. During his long absence, his family got worried about his condition. But when he returned in 1955, he was completely different and strange. Indeed, he was now only focused on his mission. His family tried to get him married, but he refused, and, instead went ahead with his fasting and prayers. 

And when he was at home in 1955, he was taken up to heaven (he died and lived again) in preparation for his mission. Soon after this experience, he left home and traveled to Tanzania Mara, and then to various villages across Migori County. By 1959, he had spoken of being “God sent by God” while preaching to people at Segegi. Only three years later and Simeo Ondeto had been revealed as God by the Holy Spirit.

Simeo Ondeto Did Not Undergo Bodily Resurrection

While many Christians believe that Jesus was God because of his bodily resurrection, Legion Maria does not believe in Ondeto because of his death or bodily resurrection. In Legio Maria Theology, God can never die. Death and bodily resurrection is, therefore, insignificant in making Ondeto God or not. Instead, Legio Maria subscribes to Ondeto’s teaching that he was God before he came on earth and remains God after departing.

Essential to Legion Maria is a belief that life continuous regardless of the state called death. People simply go through transitions, they are never lost. To Lejo Marias, Jesus is not God because he resurrected bodily; otherwise, he would not be God because he died completely. Nonetheless, Jesus is God who pre-existed creation and exists forever regardless of the transition he levied upon himself through the redemption mission.

“Our God and Lord, Simeo Melkio Ondeto; you were declared God to 1150 Legios at John Baru’s home on 9th March 1962. They saw your true self. They saw you seated on your heavenly throne and judging the living and the dead. And they saw angels worshipping you. Oh, heavenly king, grant that we see you in paradise. Also grant us true and unshakable faith so that we believe in your father who has given you to us for our glorification. Amen.”