National Geographic : 2017 Aug
84 national geographic • august 2017 MOSES HLONGWANE also known as The King of Kings, The Lord of Lords, Jesus In Eshowe, South Africa, Moses Hlongwane preaches to his flock during his own wedding ceremony—an event he says marks the begin- ning of the End of Days. Moses says that God identified him as the Messiah during a dream in 1992. At the time Moses was working as a jewelry salesman. Since then, he’s preached in Eshowe, Johannesburg, and other cities in the region. Moses has about 40 disciples. INRI (preceding pages) Near Brasília, Brazil, followers of INRI (Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeo- rum: Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews) push their messiah around on a rolling pedestal. A dozen disciples—most of them women—live full-time with the cel- ibate 69-year-old in his walled compound, which is protected with barbed wire and electri- cal fencing. INRI takes his name from the ini- tials that Pontius Pilate inscribed on Christ’s cross. His awakening came in 1979.