A video footage showing blood leaking from Jesus Christ's tomb at the Stone of Anointing in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre is going viral. Experts, however, are trying to debunk the claims by offering a more science-based explanation to the mystery.
The video appeared as "breaking news" in a Twitter post from Christian devotee Nicola Kanaan that has since been deleted. Before its removal, however, the message circulated in at least 1,800 reposts on the social media platform and other communities.
The shaky footage showed the top side of Jesus' grave with red spots and stains seeping through its stone. The tweet alleged that Israeli police were currently investigating the "blood" leaking from Jesus' tomb.
Users also asked the source on Twitter for more information, but he could not provide any other details. Kanaan's post ignited a debate among believers, who regarded the video as a sign from the heaven, and debunkers, who doubted the validity of the footage.
Some sleuthing, however, led netizens to the original video upload from 2015. The description stated that the video was actually taken on Good Friday in 2014, hence it was not a breaking news story.
"Haynes UFO Investigations Manual" author Nigel Watson told Daily Mail that the blood on the stone could be explained through science. He suggested that the red stain could either be "damp causing rusty patches, condensation, or outright fraud."
The Stone of Anointing, built in the 13th century, is believed to be where Jesus' body was prepared for burial after his crucifixion. Reconstruction has changed the site over centuries but it remains a holy place that thousands of Christian pilgrims visit every year.
Meanwhile, Kanaan revealed in a conversation with a Reddit member that he shared the video on his Twitter after a friend showed it to him and he also came across the video on an Israeli news feed. There was no intention on his part to mislead thousands of Christians online.