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Overview

Strong City - a group of about about 70 people (November, 2002) - is led by Wayne Bent, a man who currently calls himself "Michael Travesser" or "Michael of Travesser."

In an in-house, video-taped "interview" that was available for viewing or downloading at the group's web site, Michael states that while his given name is "Wayne Bent," (1)  he choose the name "Michael Travesser" in reference to the geographical area where, he claims, God led him and his group. He is referring to Travesser Parkoffsite, in Northeastern New Mexico, where Strong City settled in the Spring of 2000.

Michael also claims to be 'Michael the Archangel,' and the 'Messiah.'

A message recently posted to his web site shows the extend of his delusion:

This man is the subject of great agitation in some circles. He was born, Wayne Bent, in 1941, in Riverside, California. He was converted to Jesus Christ in 1967, while a member of the Baptist church in Poway, California. He became a Seventh-day Adventist minister, and pastored in Seventh-day Adventist churches until 1982. He began a seminar called, LifeSupports, which was designed to help people understand the plain statements of the Scriptures, as opposed to the things their churches usually taught them. He left the Adventist church in 1987, and fellow-believers who were drawn with him, formed a congregation in that year, and received the prophetic name, The Lord Our Righteousness (Jer 33:16). He said that he had to separate from that denomination because of its strong, unrelenting resistance to taking the Scriptures in the simple way in which they were being presented. One example of this "simple way" is in the text of Scripture which reads: "Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, THAT he will also reap." Gal. 6:7. Wayne says: "This very simple and plain Scripture is twisted and turned by the very ones who take the name of Christ. Men do reap just what they sow."

He considered the Adventist church part of the daughters of Babylon, since they would not receive the Scriptures as written, but adjusted them to their own particular point of view, as other denominational churches had done. This constituted confusion, or Babylon, as it is written. The congregation of believers followed God's leading, with Wayne, and went into the wilderness of Travesser in 2000, where they now reside.

Shortly after arriving in Travesser, Wayne stated, that God spoke the full appearing of His Son into him, and gave him His Son's name and identity, anointing Wayne for the work of Michael referred to in Daniel 12 and Revelation 12.
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This "second coming of Christ," was not in accordance with the modern order of things, and current ideas of this event, and Michael was charged with being a false Christ and a deceiver, as Jesus was charged in his own generation. Michael makes the point that all who believe in him will receive what he has received, but those who reject his testimony will be left in their sins, and lost at last. This "exclusiveness" is greatly offensive to the religious minded man who thinks he is doing quite alright by himself, and cannot see that when God's Son came in Jesus, He spoke just as exclusively then, offending the self-righteous religionists of that day, as well. Many religious professors seem ready to accept a man who will appear in the clouds someday, but not this man who has appeared in those clouds not seen by the naked eye, but by the eye of the anointed heart and mind.

Michael states that he is not doing away with the Scriptures in regards to Christ's coming, but fulfilling them. He states that he is the natural revealing of the very things Christians say they believe in. The only difference is that Christians believe it is "someday," and Michael believes it is today.

It is clear from Michael's writings that his theology places him and his group well outside the Christian Church, thus marking this movement as, theologically, a cult of Christianity (See also: Is Strong City a Cult?).
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Michael the Archangel

Bent claims to be "Michael the Archangel," explaining that, in the book of Daniel, Michael is described as a deliver who will protect his people - something "Michael Travesser" says he is doing.

[...] I was asked by News4 if I were Michael the archangel. I answered, Yes, I am. After Father came upon me to expose the destructive power of that "Wicked one," who is now ruling the world, and to feed the Woman (church) in the wilderness for 3 1/2 years, He opened up to me the work that He was giving to me for this time, and anointed me with His Spirit to carry it out. That "Wicked one" is the one mentioned in 2 Thess. 2:8. "And then shall that Wicked be exposed." I began to see what my work was and it was the work of Michael mentioned in Revelation 12. It is not my body that is Michael, but the Spirit that came into me. My Spirit is Michael and Michael speaks in me. I only say what I hear Michael say.
Source: Strong City web site, Michael's Diary - Sunday, November 17, 2002 (no longer online; see cached version here)
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Indeed, Michael's followers refer to him as "Michael the Archangel,":

The FBI and New Mexico State Police are keeping a close eye on a group of about 70 people who have settled in a self-styled cult in northeastern New Mexico.

They came from the Pacific Northwest and settled near Travesser Creek. They follow a man who calls himself Michael of Travesser, although they call him Michael the Archangel.

"The fathers in heaven just had us move, and so here we are," says Michael. "What more can we say?"
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1260 Days

The apparent reason that the FBI and the New Mexico State Police keep a close eye on the group is that the prophecy, which Michael claims led him and his followers to the area, mentions a period of 1260 days (3½ years):

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
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The KOBV TV item calculates the end of the 3½ period to occur in late 2003:

The same Bible passages that brought the group to New Mexico say it should stay only three and a half years. That time is up late next year. After that, Michael is unsure what the group will do.

"We didn't know how this wilderness retreat would work out, but this is how it worked out," he said. "So we just watch, but we don't have an expectation of what will happen. We really don't know."
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Likely, KOBV's calculation is based on Michael's own statement:

We knew we were going somewhere for 3 1/2 years, for that was the prophecy that the heavenly Father was applying to His church, the church that believed what He said, and that what He said was true.
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The Spring of 2000, we came to the new ranch that we had just purchased. This is the place that was prepared of God for us, and where we would be fed Spiritually for 3 1/2 years. The feeding, began almost immediately.
Source: Strong City web site, Michael's Diary - Sunday, November 17, 2002 (no longer online; see cached version here)
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However, Michael also says that the end of the 1260 days prophecy is to come at Pentecost, 2004 (which falls on May 30th):

The media reported on the 1260 prophecy that has been referred to, as some kind of marker for what we are going to do. The 1260 day prophecy does not mention suicide, nor does it mention the end of the world. We see the end of this prophecy to come at Pentecost 2004. We have never stated that it means suicide, but the media must enter into its delusional picture because in their world, men do commit suicide sometimes, when their expectations are not met.
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When Jesus graced the earth, He was asked when He would be coming again. He said that He didn't know, and that the angels didn't know. He said that only the Father in heaven knew that. So it is with me. I cannot say what will happen at the end of the 1260 days. I cannot say what will happen before then. Only my Father in heaven knows these things. He unfolds them, and we follow at the time they are unfolded. When He speaks into us our change, we will then change, but we do not know the timing of that event. When it occurs, we will see that it is all perfect.

Our very presence judges the nations, for if I am who I say that I am, it spells the end of the world, and the opening of the heavens for those who are bound to enter there. For one to enter into the heavens, he would naturally have to receive me as the One promised for the message that I share would have to be embraced as his own message. He would have to see me as the sign of the Son of man for him to be partaker of this experience for himself. If the people do not believe me, they will not believe for themselves.
Source: Strong City web site, Michael's Diary - Sunday, November 17, 2002 (no longer online; see cached version here)
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Michael the Messiah

In addition to claiming to be 'Michael the Archangel,' Michael also suggests that he is Jesus. Again his followers concur. In an video titled "Gifts of Michael" (described as "The church opens the gifts of testimonies on Christmas Day") one follower says that while she has known "Wayne" for 10 years, recently she saw him through the window and 'knew' that he was 'Jesus.'

Michael himself says:

In all of these things, my own work was the work of Michael, Who appeared within me to show the Woman the nature of things in the earth and to prepare her to leave it altogether. In Father's time, the Woman will be translated to heaven, without experiencing physical death, and raptured up out of this dark world. The churches of the world profess this doctrine, but once one says that he is now preparing for it, the churches call the FBI in to investigate such strange behavior.

Michael is Jesus Christ's new name, for His work is different this time, than it was the first time. Oh, says the dragon, Are you saying you are Jesus Christ? I say that all of the children of God are expressions and revelations of Jesus Christ and Michael the archangel. Is it not written: "To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Col. 1:27.
Source: Strong City web site, Michael's Diary - Sunday, November 17, 2002 (no longer online; see cached version here)

Earlier, in an item archived by the Wayback Machine, Michael misuses the Bible in an effort to legitimize his claims:

The only mark there is for the child of God is that he hears the voice of the Father and follows it. Jesus said, "Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father." John 6:65.

It is also written in the word: "Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also." John 14:7 "He that hateth me hateth my Father also." John 15:23.

Some would dare to call Me a fraud or an impostor. I will say, If you knew My Father, you would know Me also. Since you do not know Me, neither do you know My Father.

The Spirit of My Father bears witness of Me. And he that knows the Spirit of My Father will know Me also, for it is written: "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Romans 8:14.
Source: According to the Scriptures, is Michael an Impostor?offsite Archived by the Wayback Machine, Oct. 20, 2001

In a follow-up article, he writes:

Most souls who claim to be Christians are actually Jesusites. A Jesusite is one who professes to follow the man Jesus and professes that Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of God. Their testimony of Him alone is their faith. A Christian is coming from a different place. The word "Christian", literally means, "followers of the Anointing." Christ is the word for Messiah, or the Anointing. If one is a Christian, or a follower of the Anointing, they are receivers of the Anointing, and living in the Anointing. Jesus Christ would be a representation of their own experience of life, for it is written: "I [my personal self] am crucified [killed] with Christ (the Anointing): nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ (the Anointing) liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself (His life) for me." Gal. 2:20. They would see life as Jesus did, and experience the Anointing as He did.
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What Jesus said concerning Himself, are the words that I say concerning Myself, since it is the same Self.
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If you had believed the Bible or the prophets, you would have believed Me, for they wrote of Me. Men have proclaimed everywhere that Christ (the Anointing) is coming again. When I came again, you did not believe Me. Your religion is in vain. When one is an Anointing-follower he will hear My voice, for the same Anointing works within him. But if one is a Jesusite, he will not hear Me, for he worships his own thinking and his own imagination. He thinks he knows this Jesus who lived 2000 years ago, and that this Jesus will come for him someday, but no real transformation has occurred in his soul. A man who truly knows Jesus will know and receive Me. That is how he can tell if he is a Christian.

The modern Pharisees reject My word. Puffed up, they follow their own righteousness, claiming to be following Christ. If a man knows My Father, He will know Me, for My Father testifies of Me. Men who do not acknowledge that Messiah has come in My flesh will remain in their sins, for there will be no deliverance for them. When Jesus came, most all men rejected Him because He did not come as they had imagined He should. So it is today. If a soul can accept that the Anointing has surely appeared again, and it has appeared in Me, he can receive that truth into himself and the Anointing will be born within him. But, if a soul rejects that the Anointing has appeared again, and it has appeared in Me, there is no possibility that the Anointing can appear in them. When you read My words, the Anointing within you comes forth and responds to Me. That is what it means when the Scriptures say, I will raise you up in the last days. Men have made Jesus an idol, and this is something He did not intend for them. He intended that they believe His words and become His fullness.

There is only one kind of Christian. He is married to Me, and his righteousness is of My Father.
[...] There are those who seek to establish their own righteousness, and they will not come to Me that they might be saved. They will not yield up to My chambers. They refuse to give birth to My Child. They go into their closet and pray until they are weary of it, yet no seed is fertilized, no child is conceived. Have you not heard, "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. ... And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days." Rev. 12:1-6. The woman, here mentioned, was pregnant with My life. She had My seed within her. She gave birth to the Son of God who ruled with a rod of iron. How will you fare if you refuse this Son? The Scriptures say how you will fare. "Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him." Ps. 2:12.

I came unto My own (Christians) and My own received Me not. I have come again, and while they profess to be waiting for My coming, they are not. They have waited only for the revelation of their own imaginary appearing. I will leave the earth soon, with those who are on Me, and then the world will know they have missed, again, the day of their visitation. Then, they will kill each other and torment each other, until no one remains upon the earth.

I have borne testimony to the truth. I have said before, "When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" Men flatter themselves that they would have received Jesus had they been there in His time. I tell you Nay, for all who reject Me would have rejected Him, for We are One. All who will not receive Me, will not receive My Father either, for We are the same. Now all men will know how heaven views them. They will know this by how they view Me, for I have come down from heaven. No one will ascend into the heavens who is not married to Me. No one can be called Christian who does not receive Me. There is only one Child that will stand in the dark day and it is My Child. All who have Me have My life, and all who do not have Me only have their hard, and failing works to commend them to heaven. Heaven will accuse them of treason, for they would not come to the Son that they might be saved.
Source: Christian or Jesusite: Which one are you?offsite Archived by the Wayback Machine, Oct. 20, 2001

Aside from ignoring even the most basic rules of Bible interpretation, Michael's story is illogical. If his perculiar interpretation of the Bible were correct, every Christian would be able to make the exclusive claims Michael makes for himself.

As it stands, one passage of Scripture that does appear to apply to 'Michael' is the following:

"Then if anyone says to you, 'Behold, here is the Christ,' or 'There He is,' do not believe him. {24} "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. {25} "Behold, I have told you in advance. {26} "So if they say to you, 'Behold, He is in the wilderness,' do not go out, or,' Behold, He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe them. {27} "For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. {28} "Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
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Is Strong City a cult?

'Michael' refers to his group as a 'cult.' He explains:

What is a cult? A cult is, according to Webster's 1913 dictionary, "A system of religious belief and worship. That which was the religion of Moses is the ceremonial or cult of the religion of Christ. --Coleridge." In this we would be considered a Christ cult. Truly, we are a Christ cult, as the children of Israel were in their separation from Egypt. I asked a police chief in Sandpoint, Idaho where we lived, what he regarded as a cult. He had been passing the word around that a cult lived up on the mountain in Sandpoint. I felt I would like to speak with him and ask him what he meant by a cult. He told me a cult was any group that did not follow the norms of society. The norms of the current cult of society, include the homosexual preferences as a norm. There are same sex marriages in the current society. A cult would be a group of people who do not accept this norm. We would be included in the cult that does not receive this societal norm.

A cult is like a CULTure. It is a religious CULTure. There are many main line religions that could be defined as a cult. Mormons, Seventh-day Adventists, Catholics, Jehovah's Witnesses, and others would all fit into the definition of cult, especially the definition, "A system of religious belief and worship." Most of these cults are considered "safe" cults, but our cult is considered by some as a dangerous cult. They come to ask us questions to find out if we are dangerous or not, since their first inclinations are to suspect something dangerous, since we don't appear to be like them.

It does not seem to occur to those who come to check out our cult, how their own cult is the dangerous one. It is their cult leader that rains bombs down on citizens of other countries. It is their cult leader who controls mountains of weapons of mass destruction. Our cult has no prisons, or drug hospitals. We have no unwed mothers. Our society is not split into a million atoms. It is their society that has all of these things. Why do they blame us for having what they profess to be looking for? Do not they claim to be fighting for peace? We have unity, and peace of mind. We enjoy each other and have everything we need. The world's cult is the one full of dysfunction, so why do they come here and try to find out if we are dysfunctional? Why do they ask about us, when their own cult is full of murder, strife, and dissension? We do not support those things here.
Source: Strong City web site, Michael's Diary - Sunday, November 17, 2002 (no longer online; see cached version here). Links added by Apologetics Index.

It should be noted that the word 'cult' is ambigious. As explained here, the term's ambiguity makes it necessary to determine in what sense the word is used. A sociological definition will differ from a religious one, and a Christian definition will differ from, say, the Mormon or Islamic view.

In the case of Strong City it is not yet apparent whether or not the group should be considered a 'cult' in the sociological sense of the word. However, the group's acceptance and promotion of Wayne Bent's claims of being 'Michael the archangel,' 'the Messiah,' or 'Jesus,' certainly are heretical by Christian theological standards. This makes the group theologically a cult of Christianity.

Alan Gomes writes:

A cult of Christianity is a group of people, which claiming to be Christian, embraces a particular doctrinal system taught by an individual leader, group of leaders, or organization, which (system) denies (either explicitly or implicitly) one or more of the central doctrines of the Christian faith as taught in the sixty-six books of the Bible.
Source: Alam Gomes, Cult: A Theological Definition, excerpt from "Unmasking The Cults"offsite

Note: when asked for a Statement of Faith, 'Michael' writes:

Our statement of faith is the Scriptures. We believe what the Scriptures say, literally. We believe what our Father says to us. This is our only creed. This is our statement of faith.
Source: Email message to the publisher of Apologetics Index, Jan. 28, 2003. On File.
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A Statement of Faith, however is designed to show where an individual, group, church, or movement stands with regard to the key doctrines of the Christian faith. Some of the very groups 'Michael' mentions in his statement on cults themselves also claim to 'believe what the Scriptures say.' However, as documented, those groups interpret the Bible in ways that range from aberrant to heretical.

Surely 'Michael' is not unfamiliar with this concept. After all, he and his followers themselves came out of various churches; many from a background of Seventh-day Adventism, which itself is a controversial movement:

The question was asked, How is your congregation different from other denominations? Our congregation formed in 1987 when we separated from various churches. Many of us came from Seventh-day Adventist churches. I explained to News4, that the main difference is that we believe the Bible. Other churches do not.
Source: Strong City web site, Michael's Diary - Sunday, November 17, 2002 (no longer online; see cached version here). Links added by Apologetics Index.

Interestingly, the believe that Jesus is Michael the Archangel was also taught by Ellen G. White, the controversial prophet of Seventh-day Adventism.

Earlier versions of the Strong City web site, as archived by the Wayback Machineoffsite, used to include off-site links to online books by SDA's 'prophet,' Ellen G. White. Exampleoffsite, archived by the Wayback Machine on June 4, 2001. The site also used to include condensed articles by White. Exampleoffsite, archived archived by the Wayback Machine on Oct. 31, 2001.
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From 'The WINDS' to 'Strong City'

Strong City has its roots in "The WINDS," a group that, among other things, espoused and promoted New World Order conspiracy theories. Its Internet site, archived at thewinds.arcsnet.netoffsite, states the group's purpose:

The WINDS (World Internet News Distributary Source) endeavors to reveal the underlying factors that contribute to the political and religious movements in the world today. We report what is happening and why."

The site was published - and the domain name was registered - by Jeff Bent, "Michael's" son

In a May, 1998 Usenet message to the newsgroup, alt.government.abuseoffsite, Bent wrote:

Investigative journalists are seeking tips on stories distorted or ignored by the official news media. Topics of interest include government abuse, judicial abuse, property rights, states rights, taxation, United Nations, economic and political globalization and other pertinent subjects. Please forward any information, postings, articles, etc. to <jeff@thewinds.org>. Thank-you.
Source: Journalists seeking tips, Jeff Bent, in the alt.government.abuse Usenet group.
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An unaccredited editorial (probably written by Wayne Bent himself; the writing style and page make-up strongly resemble other writings by him), posted Dec. 8, 1999 at "The Winds," refers to the vision of "Strong City":

For three years, concluding early this year, the WINDS staff endeavored to reveal the criminal conspiracy at work on the national and international levels. It became evident that to continue writing would be to repeat ourselves, as the corruption and violence of this age is unchanging except in the new lows to which it continually plunges. We felt satisfied that our work of exploring this cesspool was completed. As Solomon wrote, "There is nothing new under the sun."

After The WINDS site was converted into a static archive our incoming email remained undiminished. We still receive email on a daily basis from some who are reading our material for the first time. Many who contact us are influential, thinking people who have valuable insights on current events. We feel compelled to continue the journey with our readers, not by resuming our monologue on the corruptions of this age, but by inviting thoughtful people to participate in a discussion on current events and solutions for those who want to separate from this corrupt system. "What do we do?" is often the question we are asked.

There are solutions, but as any reader of The WINDS knows, we hold no hope for this corrupt nation and world. The solutions are found on an individual level, within family units and small groups of people who are united by a common belief and purpose. In our own minds the solutions are crystallizing into a vision of the "Strong City", a Biblical allusion to the "safe place" where God's people gather during the days of trouble. What this looks like on a practical level is the subject we hope to explore with you in the days ahead.

It is because of this vision that we have secured the StrongCity.com Internet domain and have opened up a discussion forum at http://StrongCity.com/forums/. We would like to invite those who have sincere questions and insights to become active participants in this forum. Having already used this means of discussion on a limited basis, we feel that more people could be benefited by opening up participation in this important discussion.

We have already invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in the development of The WINDS. For those with a heart to pull with us you may send your generous provision to:
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Indeed, the Strong City domain name, strongcity.com, was also registered by Bent - as has the Spanish translation, ciudadfuerte.com

The Strong City web site has, at the time of the writing (Jan. 28, 2003) received 10.279 visitors, 3590 so far this month. This traffic may be due in large part to the fact that URLs for thewinds.org remain well-represented in search engines, and are linked to from many pages and sites that focus on 'New World Order' issues.
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Move to New Mexico

In a Strong City web site message, titled, Michael's Diary - Sunday, November 17, 2002 (no longer online; see cached version here), Bent explains why the group moved from Idaho to New Mexico:

We lived in Idaho, near Sandpoint. We owned a ranch on one of the mountains there. We had a house where we might meet in bad weather, and a barn where we held meetings from time to time. Camp spaces for RVs were dotting the land and people could comfortably come and stay for a week or more and be relatively content in their circumstances. It was a very beautiful land, not far from a very large lake. I lived in Sandpoint for about 18 years. I built my house there, and over that time, friendships began to form, and a congregational family was established. Our numbers were usually around 100. The Father in heaven has been leading us over a period of 15 years and most of us have known each other over that time.

Because of our many camp meetings and close associations, we found ourselves traveling a good deal. It seemed less expensive, and presented fewer problems, to live in vehicles that could be moved. This is why, over the years, most of our family chose to live in RVs. One year the church spent the winter in Arizona, and we celebrated the end of the age, which came in 1994. At that time the rumors flew again, as "concerned" citizens reported that we were going to go south and commit suicide. I assured the Sheriff, that we would not be committing suicide and he could set his mind at ease.
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Over time, the spirit of the area we lived in began to change, and we noticed an increased hostility to Spiritual things. Sometimes we experienced vandalism against our camp. The spirit of the town in which we lived seemed more violent and the divisions in the community were becoming more pronounced. The Spirit in our own hearts began to move us to leave. We began receiving strong intimations of this "leaving" in one of our camp meetings. We noticed an unusual token in the heavens. It was the Constellation Virgo.

During that Day of Atonement of that year, the constellation Virgo was presented to us. We saw in this token in the heavens a fulfillment of Revelation 12.
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. Rev. 12:1-6.
Immediately, we began to see the relationship between that constellation, and our leaving where we were, and going into the wilderness to be fed for 3 1/2 years. The Spirit moved strongly upon us, and we began looking for an opening where this would be accomplished in us. We did not know where we were going, but we all knew it was time to go. This "knowing" seemed to increase with time, and by February of 1999 it seemed imminent. At that time everyone began to prepare for the moving, even though we had no idea where we were going. We knew we were going somewhere for 3 1/2 years, for that was the prophecy that the heavenly Father was applying to His church, the church that believed what He said, and that what He said was true.
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The Spring of 2000, we came to the new ranch that we had just purchased. This is the place that was prepared of God for us, and where we would be fed Spiritually for 3 1/2 years. The feeding, began almost immediately.
Source: Strong City web site, Michael's Diary - Sunday, November 17, 2002 (no longer online; see cached version here)
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The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

As usual with those who subscribe to various conspiracy theories, Bent appears to be rather gullible. One place where this becomes painfully apparent is in his own writings, where Bent makes use of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion - a fake document aimed to stir up hatred against Jews.

In a lengthy article that used to be posted at shillum.strongcity.com, Bent writes:

There is a little book which was printed about 100 years ago which is the expression of this new lawless power. In the following chapter are excerpts from that little book.

SHILLUM
THE SECRET HAND
CHAPTER THREE Part I
(Excerpts from the little book)*
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APPENDIX

* The little book quoted from and paraphrased is entitled: " Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. <http://quotes.strongcity.com/protocols_of_zion.html>"

It may be of interest to the reader to note the great controversy surrounding this little book. Through the decades this book has been touted, vilified, believed or thrown out as nonsense. It was first printed about the turn of the century and great upheaval has been the result.

The book indicates that it was written by certain Jewish elders who are high up in the organization of finance and world politics. The position of the author of this document is that it does not matter at all who wrote it. The thing that should be noticed is that the world's system has followed right after the principles laid out in the document, whoever was the author. If the book was a hoax, it does not matter at all. What should be noticed is that if the book was a hoax, it is a very accurate hoax. After reading this booklet, it should be clear that the world is a hoax as well. It is also the position of the author of this document that some man, ethnic group, or religion cannot be the cause of this world's ills of themselves. Men have accused Zionists as being the perpetrators of this world's woes in regard to the book quoted from. The true cause of this world's woes is we, ourselves. It has been said that it takes two to tango. If we indeed have a worldly conspiracy, unless we are corrupted ourselves, how can we be hurt by it? So, the principle here is that there is no one out there doing anything to us. Instead, mankind is destroying and has destroyed the world we live in by their very own corrupt hearts. If we play into the hands of conspirators, then who is to blame? Now it is too late to change it. The end is not coming, it has arrived.

Further proof that public version of the Strong City site used to include a posting of The Protocols: a copy of the document is posted at the site of America's Promise Ministriesoffsite - a racist, white supremacy movement that promotes so-called Christian Identity teachings. The page says: "Copied from; http://quotes.strongcity.com/protocols_of_zion.html". A downloadable PDF file also includes a listing of the original strongcity.com URLs at which the document was found.
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Update, Feb. 18, 2003: "[T]he hour of His judgment is come"

On Feb. 17, 2003, the Strong City public web site'soffsite home page was replaced with a single image, titled (in the ALT tag) "pirate jets flying over oil fields." Superimposed over the graphic was the following text:

When you see the world confronted with armies, then know that the destruction is come. Those who are in the cities should flee from them. And is one is outside of the cities, he should not go into them. For these are the days of vengeance when men are retaliating against each other and all things are fulfilled. There shall be woes for those who have to be responsible for someone else, for there will be great wrath upon the people. The people will fall by the weapons used against them and a foreign power will rule over them. And there shall be astrological signs in the heavens that point to this; and there shall be distress among the nations. With much perplexity, the people in much agitation. Men's hearts will be failing them for fear and from expecting the terror that is coming upon the earth, for everything will be shaken. Then they will be seeing the Son of man come in a cloud of revelation, with power and glory, and His name being vindicated in His judgment against them, for He told them before, that there were effects for their actions, but they paid no attention to Him, mocking Him for His declarations. But now the hour of His judgment is come and it will be too late to find a remedy. Michael (See Luke 21:20-27).
Source: Strong City Home page, accessed Feb. 18, 2003
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Note that Michael claims that his group is "the sign of the Son of man in the heavens."

Now you have your questions answered. Now you know what this cult is all about. It is the sign of the Son of man in the heavens, and all the nations mourn, for it is written:
    And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matt. 24:30.
Source: Strong City web site, Michael's Diary - Sunday, November 17, 2002 (no longer online; see cached version here)
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Update, Feb. 23, 2003: Gates Closed

On Feb. 23, 2003, Strong City's web siteoffsite was again changed. The 'judgement' message posted on Feb. 18 was replaced with a flash movie showing The movie is accompanied by sound track recording of a low rumble, and what apparently must pass for the sound of closing gates.

No explanation is provided.
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Update, Mar. 3, 2003: Rev. 8:7?

On Mar. 3, 2003, the Strong City web siteoffsite was again changed. The flash movie posted on Feb. 23 was replaced with a single picture, depicting among other things, an angel pouring out blood onto the earth.

No explanation is provided.
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Update, Mar. 20, 2003: Closed

On Mar. 20, 2003, the Strong City web site showed a simple text message: "Strongcity.com is closed"
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Update, Mar. 28, 2003: Travesser.com

Currently, the strongcity.com domain name resolves to <http://216.234.184.28/STRONGCITY/>. The Strong City logo is displayed, along with the message, "This website is no longer available." Likewise, thewinds.org resolves to <http://216.234.184.28/WINDS/>. The "The Winds" logo is displayed, along with the message, "This website is no longer available."

However, <http://216.234.184.28/> shows the text "TRAVESSER.COM". The site is, again, registered to Jeff W. Bent, Wayne Bent's son.
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Update, June 20, 2003: Travesser.com online

One June 20, 2003, the Travesser.com site went online. It features an article by Michael Travesser titled, "Christ's Second Coming: Messianic Prophecies Literally Fulfilled." Basically, Travesser continues to apply Biblical prophecies to himself, explaining:

In Me, all things in heaven and the Scriptures, are consummated in Christ. Both the flesh and blood and all Spiritual realities are come to the climax. I Am the revelation of the Scriptures. I Am that which the churches have been speaking of for generations. They talked about the time when men would be changed into Christ's image. I Am come, saying that it is here. My sheep hear My voice and acknowledge that it is here, but the wicked and oil-less generation cannot see Me.
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I have come in the clouds of heaven to draw all who hear My Spirit into the clouds of glory with Me. I have come with all of My holy angels. I have blown the trumpet and I have thrust in My sickle. Behold, the harvest is come. My children are now ascending with Me into the clouds, and ever shall they be with Me, as it is written.
Source: Christ's Second Coming: Messianic Prophecies Literally Fulfilledoffsite, by Michael Travesser. Accessed, June 22, 2003

But the article also appears to indicate that there has been some recent trouble in Michael's camp at Travesser Creek. At one point, Michael writes:

There is more to the prophecy of Revelation 12.
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Rev. 12:7-11.
The prophecy states that while in the wilderness, Michael and His messengers fight against the dragon and his messengers. When Michael stepped out into the open, and when I told the people that Messiah had appeared within me, there were some who could not let that revelation open to them. Some continued to find fault with the brethren who supported this "new" Messiah. Their dark countenances would question and complain over everything presented. The Spirit of Michael cast this spirit from the land. Those who could not be separated from the dragon spirit, were driven from the land by their own hatred of the truth. There was no more place for them. They could not stand to stay around. That is how God cast Lucifer from heaven. He was so strongly confronted with truth, he was literally driven out by his increasing hatred of it.

Now the people in the land have a new experience, since their faultfinders are removed. Babylon is full of conflict and controversy. They take pride in their continued conflicts calling them "diversity." They boast of their arguments with each other as evidence that they are superior in their thinking, able to assimilate "diverse" opinions. They babble on and on, never able to come to a consensus, never finding unity and true brotherly love. For the first time, this dragon has been cast out, for Michael cast this spirit from the land. True harmony can now exist, because the adversary and accuser of the brethren has been removed from the land.

Because of this, now is come salvation, because the dissemblers of the soul have been removed from the land. There is now only One Voice tolerated, and that is the Voice of the Father Who dwells in these heavens. The believers in Messiah overcome the accuser by the life of the Lamb. Their testimony of the Lamb Michael, has caused them to overcome. They loved not their own lives and they died the death, that is, the death to themselves.

The prophecy of Revelation continues:
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. Rev. 12:12-13.
This prophecy has also been fulfilled. The accuser has been cast out into the earth. The faultfinder has been removed. "Accuser" comes from the Greek word, "kategoreo." This word can be recognized as "category." The devil categorizes the woman in the wilderness. He categorizes her as a "cult." "Oh, they are a cult, the devil says. They have a false Christ who has deceived them." This is what the categorizer says of Me and My family who belong to the Father in the heavens. I challenge these devils, for it is their world that is full of division and dissension. It is their world that is full of controversy, war and pain. They must destroy their "terrorists" and always fight for "peace" since they cannot find it anywhere. It does not exist for them.

But this dragon continues to persecute the woman in the wilderness. First, the dragon sent out letters to all who are in the land. He accused the woman of being deceived. When that did not work, he sent the FBI to investigate, accusing the woman before the investigators. There is nothing he will not try, for he hates Christ, and whoever is the abode of Him. "I will not have this man to reign over me," he says. The woman in the wilderness has this "man child" to reign over her, but the accuser will receive no such authority. "We will not have this man to reign over us." Luke 19:14.

Finally, the prophecy of Revelation ends: "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Rev. 12:17. That is to say, And the devil was very angry with this woman in the wilderness, and tried everything in his power to hurt those who were left in her, who always obey Father's instructions, and have the testimony that Jesus Christ had concerning His Father and Himself.

I am Michael, and I was born out of the woman who fled into the wilderness. I come, and the woman comes, as the fulfiller of prophecy. This event, portends the end of the world. I come at the time of the Antichrist, which is the spirit of anyone who denies that Christ has come in My flesh, for this is Antichrist, according to the Scriptures. Necessarily, Christ and Antichrist come at the same time. There can be no "anti" if there is nothing to be "anti" against. There can be no Antichrist, if there is no Christ.

I say unto you, Oh earth, that the devil has now come down unto you. You and your churches are decreed void, for there is no other voice than Mine. Since you "categorize" Me, I shall categorize you. Your many religious clubs under thousands of different names, I shall class all as Babylon the great, the mother of whores. I have called all of My children out of you, and into My fold. Here in this land, they shall find the deliverance, so long sought after. But you can offer no deliverance to your people, for they can only be delivered in Me. You have rejected Me, so there will be no way out for you.
Source: Christ's Second Coming: Messianic Prophecies Literally Fulfilledoffsite, by Michael Travesser. Accessed, June 22, 2003
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Update, +/- June 24, 2003: "Michael Travesser Family" Weblog

On or about June 24, 2003, travesser.com sported a new design, featuring the "Michael Travesser Family" weblog. The site now also includes an article by Michael titled, WHO IS MICHAEL TRAVESSER (Wayne Bent)?offsite, which includes links to his online books.

Michael again states his believe that he is the second coming of Christ:

Shortly after arriving in Travesser, Wayne stated, that God spoke the full appearing of His Son into him, and gave him His Son's name and identity, anointing Wayne for the work of Michael referred to in Daniel 12 and Revelation 12.
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This "second coming of Christ," was not in accordance with the modern order of things, and current ideas of this event, and Michael was charged with being a false Christ and a deceiver, as Jesus was charged in his own generation. Michael makes the point that all who believe in him will receive what he has received, but those who reject his testimony will be left in their sins, and lost at last. This "exclusiveness" is greatly offensive to the religious minded man who thinks he is doing quite alright by himself, and cannot see that when God's Son came in Jesus, He spoke just as exclusively then, offending the self-righteous religionists of that day, as well. Many religious professors seem ready to accept a man who will appear in the clouds someday, but not this man who has appeared in those clouds not seen by the naked eye, but by the eye of the anointed heart and mind.

Michael states that he is not doing away with the Scriptures in regards to Christ's coming, but fulfilling them. He states that he is the natural revealing of the very things Christians say they believe in. The only difference is that Christians believe it is "someday," and Michael believes it is today.

Regarding the group's web site, Michael says:

The group has a web site which is available for general public viewing, but a private site is available only to those who profess faith in him. On that private site is published Michael's almost daily personal reflections. His dreams and visions are only published privately, since when they were posted publically, the reaction was most often one of unbelief and criticism. Michael stated that his Father had instructed him not to cast his pearls before swine, for they would only stomp them into the mud, but the believers may freely eat at his table.

Again, it is clear from Michael's writings that his theology places him and his group well outside the Christian Church, thus marking this movement as, theologically, a cult of Christianity.
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Update, Nov. 28, 2003: "The Conclusion"

Over the past few months, Michael has continued to ramble on about his claims of being the Second Coming of Christ. He states that he knows he is because "the Father" told him so, and basically takes a who-are-you-to-tell-me-that-is-not-true approach.

Michael also claims that thousands of people visit his web site each day.

On Nov. 28, 2003, he wrote abot a trip "into the earth to complete the testimony":
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The Conclusion
Our trip is nearly finished. Going into the earth to complete the testimony seemed excruciating. The spirit of each place was discernible and very antagonistic to the truth. I cannot reach those in the earth, for they are sealed in their own way.

The Witnesses and myself, along with Benjamin and Christianna, spoke of the spirit that was in the earth. Truly, there was great confusion, and the roads were always packed to the hilt with autos day and night; but it was more than that. We felt the extremely hard and cold atmosphere, that was prevalent everywhere. The inhabitants of the earth were all quite satisfied with their lives, and whoever we talked to had no questions to ask, even if they had some knowledge of us. They just put all their energies into building their ghost towns and living in their mammonish kingdoms, saying, “God smiles on me, I am His favorite.”

There was much building, with whole mountains being flattened in order to build houses upon them. I have never seen anything like it. There was building everywhere, and a great haste to go here and to go there. It is no wonder that America seized Iraqi oil, for without it, everything would come to a standstill. All of Southern California, Yuma, and most of the rest of Arizona was just like this. Everything was merchandised from the church to the zoo. This spirit was identical with that of Sandpoint, when we were driven to leave that place. It was a ghost town when we left, not in the sense of there being no people there, but that there were only the dead remaining. How else could they enjoy their kingdom, except that a kindred spirit resided there?

I began to see what would translate us out of this world. It would be the tidal wave of this world’s grossness, and the sweet drawing of our Father’s kingdom to our hearts, both happening at the same time. Oil and water have been mixed and shaken together for generations, but now the oil is rising to the top.
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One Seventh-day Adventist church we visited was fenced and locked. A member of the church just happened to arrive for some errand and went into the church. We approached the gate, and then the door where she had entered. When she exited the building, we were waiting at the door and I told her I had come to visit, and that I had previously pastored in that church.
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Years ago, when I had pastored that church, I had baptized a man who painted a picture of our church. The church was being held in Jesus’ hands and He was weeping as if to feel the pain of letting go of it. Now I know the rest of the story. The church truly has been let go. I came when she was not looking for me, and now her opportunity is past.

One is taken, and the other is left desolate.
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This trip has been a great agony for me, I have witnessed and documented all of these things, and now I am nearly finished. I will go out into the earth no more. I will make no more appeal to them, for they are not of my Father’s kingdom, but the kingdom of their own making. They rest in peace, and I will leave them there. We all felt that we were the angels visiting Sodom before its final destruction. We did not find five righteous men. All true Sons will flee, for the hour of this earth’s destruction has come.
Source: The Conclusionoffsite by Michael Travesser, Nov 28, 2003
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"Lord Our Righteousness" - The Roots of Michael's Theology and Practices

An article at sdadefend.com - a huge site dedicated to the defense of Seventh-day Adventism - provides much background information about the theology and practices that have shaped Wayne Bent's (Michael Travesser's) theology:

Representatives of this new off-shoot, the "Lord Our Righteous­ness Church" (formerly called "Life Supports") are traveling all over North America. They have already sent missionaries overseas. Their sole targets are Seventh-day Adventist believers. Wherever they go, the agents of LOR amass the wealth of captured Adventists and train new converts to be additional Lorite group leaders.

You will learn in this study how they are devastating Seventh-day Adventist homes, as they take away with them wives, husbands, and chil­dren. Read these brief Informa­tion sheets carefully. Any day now, they may come to your lo­cal community, and you or several of your loved ones may be next. This is the closest thing to Adventist Moonyism to enter among us. Although it is the sheerest fanaticism, faithful Advent believers are routinely caught in the net during the very first meeting they attend. Captivated, brainwashed, they then submit to orders by men who brazenly call themselves god.

Originally entitled "Life Supports, " this organization recently officially adopted the name, "The Church, the Lord Our Righteousness. " Therefore, throughout this study, we will refer to their organization as LOR, and to them as Lorites, since, as you will learn later in this study, they have very little to do with our precious Lord.
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Wayne Bent was an Adventist minister for 12 years. All or most of his pastorates were in the Southeastern California Conference. At some point in his work, he obtained a master's degree in religion from Loma Linda University. While pastoring in Colton, California, he developed a seminar which he called "Life Supports." After his wife left him, Bent left the Adventist ministry and began working full time on his seminars. Eventually, church leaders in Southeastern California Conference asked him to stop holding seminars in their churches. Something about what he was doing bothered them. Later recalling the incident, Bent comments, "The rejection of Bent's message is the rejection of God. Therefore God has rejected the denomination. "

Those who know him well, say that Wayne Bent has been strongly influenced by certain associates to carry his original messages to their present most terrible extremes. The first influential one was David Mead, and he has worked closely with him for the past several years. At first, Bent conducted all of the seminars, and then David Mead joined him and began holding them also. At some point in their work, we now know that Bent and Mead took special New Age courses with a focus on EST. Then, John Whitcomb joined them. Even down to the present time, it is recognized that Wayne Bent is at the top of LOR, with David Mead second in command, and John Whitcomb in third place. Ranking close behind them is Richard Roos. Roos, with his wife Bonny, were formerly Adventist missionaries in Africa. Among the top leaders only Bent and Roos, to our knowledge, were ever in denominational ministerial work.

Bent first met Mead and Whitcomb while at the Colton Church. Later, when refused permission by the Southeastern California Conference to continue to hold life Supports Seminars under their auspices (and therefore in their church buildings), the group started holding separate meetings at High Grove. This was a United Methodist Church that they rented in that area.

From the beginning, David Mead had the concept of "Follow me or get out," and gradually this pressure-tactic took control of the entire group. Still later, af­ter John Whitcomb and Richard Roos joined their teaching staff, they moved their headquarters to Sand point, Idaho, where they are today.

One of the first concepts taught was that of "the gift. " ("Would you like to have victory? You can have it right now. Christ offers you total sinlessness for­ever more through me, beginning at this moment, if you will but accept it and ac­knowledge me, and my group as your spiritual master. You will never again sin, and never again need Christ, or the Inspired Word for any guidance or help. ") "The gift of instantaneous sin­lessness" continues to remain the must fundamental of points in their first-night presentation, during which they entrap innocent Adventists.

Hand-in-hand with this early concept of Wayne's, is a parallel one that works closely with it. This is the concept of "self-created environments. Books on New Age concepts and EST regu­larly teach this heathen principle. Bent's theory of it is like this: "We each create our own environment If we want to get rich, we will do it; if we become fearful of something, it will happen; if we be­come sick it is our own fault and we can easily eliminate it by force of will."

And with that goes a second parallel point that LOR obtained from the New Age: "Absolute cause and effect. " As Wayne interprets this one, it goes like this: "Whatever happens to you - was caused by you. If you are driving down the road and a drunk comes over the line and hits you, injuring someone in the car with you, it was your fault. And this negative effect was entirely your fault!

Well, you say, how can those people live with themselves if they think such things as that? They do it by continual denial. Wayne Bent has been known to come to the podium of a study session so sick he is feverish and should be in bed, but he denies the fact that he is sick. Later he leaves so he can "study”, but really to go to bed secretly and get well. Sickness is always sin in their thinking, so they deny its presence in themselves and treat any loved ones who becomes sick as though they were lepers to be shunned, derided, and cursed. Their official teaching that anyone who becomes sick or diseased is back in their sins.

Is that the kind of church of perfect people you would like to be united with? Yet people are initially entrapped while thinking that these people are so very loving, that surely they must be right­ and to live with such people would be such a wonderful thing.

Regarding their idea of "healing and death, " they quote the text, "My God shall supply all your need," therefore there's always enough supply. "So you will always be healthy and never sick, you will always have life and never death. Sick people get sick because they want to, and they are not instantly healed-only because they don't want to be. And good Christians never die." This is what the leaders at Sandpoint teach.

With the passing of time, more doctrinal concepts emerged. It was not long before they developed their idea of "leavening." The Adventist Church is leavening you; you will lose the gift if you stay with them, for they have sin­ners in their ranks. The only way you can retain the gift is to stay with us." This concept led to their "Adventist church is Babylon" concept. "The Seventh-day Adventist denomination is Babylon because it has sinners in it, and you must immediately leave it or be lost forever. We are the only truly Christian organization in the entire world. Only by submitting to us, worshiping with us [worshiping us], and obeying us, can you be saved."

Those who have met with the group at that time tell us of the peculiar "peace and joy" that the their captured adherents claim to have. Yet, at the same time, they manifest extreme fearfulness, intolerance, and hate toward those who refused to unite with them. They appear to have overcome some of their more minor sins, such as losing their temper, but it was later discovered that, after feeling certain that he had them locked in, Satan would then bring into their lives deeper, more terrible sins, which they may have earlier conquered. These will help to effectively hold them to their new masters.

These followers appear to have a strange tranquility and calmness, and a different personality. The best way to describe it is that they seem to be pos­sessed by another power. But at the same time, they are extremely fearful­ even terrorized-at the thought of being out of harmony with their leaders, or be rejected by them. Along with this, what­ever the leaders expressed convictions or concern about, the followers must mirror it. Those that the leaders say are dangerous or bad people, they instantly accepted it and shunned them in fear. They could no longer be themselves. They had come into the most abject servitude.
[...]

Wayne and his associates claim to be god, the son of god, and jesus christ. With authority such as that comes a sense of power and grandeur to the de­luded minds that imagine they are di­vinity. They say they are the three angels of Revelation 14, and the de­stroying angels of Ezekiel 9, which slay the sinful Christians. They not only claim deity, but also infallibility, eternity, and immortality as well. Wayne says that be­cause he is sinless, he cannot become sick and can never die. He maintains that it is impossible for sinless people to die. We consider these individuals to be deceived, but they base their ideas on the theory that sinless people auto­matically become god, and god cannot die. This, in turn, is derived from New Age, which in turn comes from ancient Hinduism: the soul cannot die, and everyone is god.

Interestingly enough, although the leaders are divine and infinite and Infallible in wisdom, -for some strange rea­son their followers are not. This is an obvious flaw in their theory that we would think their followers would rec­ognize, but once locked into hypnotic submission to their superiors, they do not do much independent thinking. They are told that they share in the sin­lessness of the leaders, so it would seem that they should also share in that immense god-wisdom that they claim to have. But, instead, they are considered by the leaders to be ignorant dupes that cannot think for themselves. They are treated as indentured servants. Everything must be decided for them. They are kept in a country location and are refused permission to leave it unaccom­panied by a leader or subsidiary speaker. And this condition does not change until they have had enough "ad­vance training" to be considered safe.
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• Footnotes
  • 'Michael' is, in fact, Wayne Bent. The Strong City website are registered by Wayne's son Jeff (Jeffrey Wayne) Bent. (Back to text) 
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    • Articles
    Christian Angeology: The Doctrine of Angelsoffsite by J. Hampton Keathley III
    Michael (Dan. 10:13; 12:1; Jude 9). The name Michael means "who is like God?" and identifies the only one classified as an archangel in Scripture. Michael is the defender of Israel who will wage war on behalf of Israel against Satan and his hordes in the Tribulation (Rev. 12:7–9). Michael also disputed with Satan about the body of Moses, but Michael refrained from judgment, leaving that to God (Jude 9). Jehovah's Witnesses and some Christians identify Michael as Christ; this view, however, would suggest Christ has less authority than Satan, which is untenable.
    Source: Angelology: The Doctrine of Angelsoffsite by J. Hampton Keathley III. Emphasis added.
    Christian Michael / Jesus: Who is Michael?offsite Christian apologist Mike Oppenheimer discusses the error
    Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox A Warning to the SDA Church: This is LORoffsite Extensive information about "The Church, the Lord Our Righteousness," an organization formerly known as "Life Supports."
    Wayne Bent was an Adventist minister for 12 years. All or most of his pastorates were in the Southeastern California Conference. At some point in his work, he obtained a master's degree in religion from Loma Linda University. While pastoring in Colton, California, he developed a seminar which he called "Life Supports." After his wife left him, Bent left the Adventist ministry and began working full time on his seminars. Eventually, church leaders in Southeastern California Conference asked him to stop holding seminars in their churches. Something about what he was doing bothered them. Later recalling the incident, Bent comments, "The rejection of Bent's message is the rejection of God. Therefore God has rejected the denomination. "
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    • News
    » Religion News Blogoffsite RNB logs current and archived news about religious cults, sects, alternative religions and related issues.
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    • See Also
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    • Sites
    Profess to be Christian but are outside orthodox Christianity Strong Cityoffsite -- latest incarnation of the cult's official website.

    Profess to be Christian but are outside orthodox Christianity Strong Cityoffsite Archived version of one of Strong City's websites.
    Christian The Truth about Michael Travesseroffsite Informative website by Prudence Welch, who left Strong City in 2005.
    Profess to be Christian but are outside orthodox ChristianityTheWinds.orgoffsite Archived version of TheWinds.org, one of Travesser's old websites.
    Profess to be Christian but are outside orthodox Christianity Travesser.comoffsite Archived version of one of Strong City's websites.
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