After regular visits to heaven, Sibusiso is drawing a map. Soon everyone will know everything about heaven. Never forget, this knowledge originated in South Africa.
MANDENI – Sibusiso Mthembu, a 64-year-old man from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa tells it in all seriousness. And who knows, he may even be telling the truth about having visited heaven four times, so far. The self-proclaimed prophet says there are 11 heavens, each of which he has visited. The first time was in 1998, and subsequent visits were made in 2004, 2006, and 2008.
It all started in 1993, when a white man (an angel, apparently) paid him a visit and told him he was needed in heaven. “An angel, whom I later realised was Gabriel, who was in his early 20s, appeared at my house and led me by the hand to the Mandeni River where he baptised me and he returned to heaven,” Mthembu claimed. And now, after several visits, he’s drawing a map to make sure the rest of us ‘unlucky’ ones get what he’s talking about.
But it’s not the fact that he took a few vacations to heaven or even that he’s drawing a map that amuses me. It’s more to do with the stuff he says he had seen and done there.
“I was then taken to the fifth heaven, called Crista, where I met Jesus in a city called Sharomy. There was also Silvertus-devil’s angel there,” claimed Mthembu.
Mthembu said though there were 11 heavens, the main one was Salem, where God’s temple was. “Jesus is white and God is greyish in complexion. God is in his youth.”
He claims he met God during his second journey in 2004. “I met him at Jadalem, a planet mostly covered in water and ice.”
During his other journeys, Mthembu claims to have seen Moses, Abel and others. “I heard their conversations, experienced the singing and the smell. I explored the Marshnode City – the first place that people go to when they die and their spirits get reincarnated, Wespole City and also saw Jesus, Moses, Eliya, a prophet – not Elijah, and Abel,” he claimed.
According to Mthembu his journey has raised questions about his faith in God and the truth of life. “All I can say is that I believe in the God of the universe and that no one can figure out the great truth of life until we finally unite in eternity at death,” he said.
Mthembu said those people who predicted the end of the world in May last year were correct. “Actually, what was happening on that day is that there was a big meeting in heaven, called Il-Banta to discuss the biggest war to fight Satanism,” he said. “The prophet says that God’s single day is equivalent to 891 years, so May 23 was the beginning of the count-down to the end of the world.”
Since the news spread that there was a map of heaven, locals have been flocking to Mthembu’s house to see it. A visitor who had known Mthembu for a long time said: “I don’t know whether to believe this or not. I think it’s about one’s religion or belief. Some people are convinced that it’s a true map, while others are not.” Another laughed when asked about the map.
The map isn’t ready yet, but Mthembu is already worried about counterfeit versions. “People must come and see the map as one day someone from Japan or China or Britain will design a map of heaven and the people of South Africa will have forgotten that the map was originally made in South Africa,” he says. Perhaps he needs to patent his creation. And while he’s at it, write a fantasy novel and strike a movie deal too?
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