Meet South Africa's Prophet of Doom…Literally

Image shared widely on social media. This one was shared by @Mission316Show.

Image shared widely on social media. This one was shared by @Mission316Show.

A self-proclaimed prophet, Lethebo Rabalago, has shocked many South Africans after news broke out that he uses Doom, a popular insecticide in the country, to heal. He sprays the deadly chemical on different parts of the body of his church members including faces.

Announcing the “healing” powers of Doom, Rabalago wrote on his Facebook page:

By my name, you shall drive out demons.
By my name, you shall pick up snakes. Anything you touch, recieves favour because of the annointing upon you. Doom is just a name, but when you speak to it to become a healing product, it does. People get healed and delivered through doom. Its not by might nor by power, but by the HolySpirit. We give God the glory!!

The company behind the insecticide has condemned Rabalago and says it is in the process of contacting him to warn him about dangers of using Doom insect poison onto people's faces.

The Internet has reacted with anger, shock and funny memes using the hashtag #ProphetOfDoom.

A Twitter user using the name ‘Sound Surgeon’ joked:

Iloveza shared this picture showing empty shelves of Doom in a supermarket:

Mphuma mentioned other strange acts performed by a growing number of self-proclaimed prophets in South Africa:

Bizzare “prophetic” acts by South African preachers in recent years have included eating grass, snakes and drinking petrol, which supposedly becomes pineapple juice after prayer.

Considering the latest “miracle”, Ditjhaba said South Africa needs a timeout:

@shandu009 tweeted a photo of a man trying to increase his wealth at an ATM machine following the preacher's advice:

Another Twitter user said:

Vhoni joked:

A Zimbabwean man posted the following photo suggesting that Zimbabwean president needs the special “Doom healing”:

Qamatha posted a photo of a mini bus with a Doom advert suggesting that it belongs to the church :

The video below shows the prophet in action:

South African Internet entrepreneur Peter Mansfield suggested:

Another Twitter user rephrased the Bible verse in the book of John 3:16. The verse reads: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life”:

Celeste thought the spraying of the harmful chemical on congregants amounted to attempted murder:

Using the photo of the Ghanaian Internet sensation, Jake Amo, Barry Roux wrote:

TB Joshua is a popular Nigeria preacher who is known for controversial prophecies. During the US elections he predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the election.

Kalabash Media posted this photo:

Rabalago has claimed that with his spiritual powers it is possible to make a phone call without a sim card or drive a car without fuel.

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