Wayne Bent: False Messiah Who Predicted 2007 Doomsday Still Around

“The Wild Hunt of Odin”, by P N Arbo, 1872

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.


[Originally published December 27, 2007] UPDATES @ End

Wayne Bent, Michael Travesser, Strong City, Lord Our Righteousness Church

What’s a “Messiah” to do when his doomsday prediction has come and gone? Local New Mexico “Messiah” Michael Travesser, aka former sailor Wayne Bent, struggles with ‘post-doomsday prophesy dysfunction’.

Michael “Messiah” Travesser

The leader and “Messiah” of a 56 member cult in a remote area of New Mexico called Strong City, Travesser predicted the end times would be midnight, October 31, 2007 when an “apocalyptic” event would destroy the world.

According to Travesser it was God who gave him the Doomsday date.

Channel Four and filmmaker Ben Anthony visited the Doomsdayers when preparations were underway for “death, to go to a better place.” Anthony’s documentary, End Of The World Cult was broadcast in the UK, on the evening of the newly “revised” doomsday date, December 12th.

Anthony asked Travesser if he and and his group were going to do the “Jim Jones” method or perhaps “Heaven’s Gating”? Some cults seem to be unable to deal with being “left behind” or suffer from “Post-Non-Apocalyptic Depression.

Jim Jones and The People’s Temple

On November 18, 1978, in Guyana, it was reported that Congressman Leo J. Ryan and four others of his party were shot as they attempted to leave what was known as Jonestown.

Named after the “Reverend” Jim Jones and his 1100 disciples, the “People’s Temple” became known as a place of mass murder and suicide as 913 members wound up dead.

A tape-recording of the mass-suicide reveals that there was little dissent about the decision to die. One or two women who felt that the children should be able to live protested, but they were soon reassured by reminders of the alternative undignified death at the hand of the enemy and the shouted support of the group. The poison-laced drink was brought to the hall and dispensed. The babies and small children, over two hundred of them, were first, with the poison poured into their mouths with syringes. As parents watched their children die, they too swallowed the fatal potion. The moments before the final decision to die brought resistance from a few, but armed guards who surrounded the room shot many of them. Of the estimated 1100 people believed to have been present at “Jonestown” at the time, 913 died, including Jim Jones; the rest somehow escaped into the jungle. It is not certain whether Jones shot himself or was shot by an unknown person. [3]

Heaven’s Gate

Heaven’s Gate is a destructive, doomsday cult centered in California. 21 women and 18 men voluntarily committed suicide in three groups on three successive days starting on 1997-MAR-23. Most were in their 40’s; the rest covered an age range of 26 to 72. 1 Two months later, two additional members, Charles Humphrey and Wayne Cooke attempted suicide in a hotel room a few miles from the Rancho Santa Fe mansion; Cooke succeeded. Humphrey tried again in the Arizona desert during 1998-FEB and was successful. [4]

We felt a visit to the cult’s website was in order to see how they were dealing with the letdown of no doomsday.

From Michael the “Messiah,” part of post he put up December 26, 2007.

It Is Finished!
Posted by Michael Travesser at 1:34 PM | (17) Comments

I am writing to the family to give an overall view of the events of our last twenty one years together as a church family. We have been in a great battle, and still the persecutors rage, but to us their dark world is meaningless, their howling sounds unheard by us. All of this time together we have watched the powers of heaven battle with the dark world below, and it is clear to us now what the issues are in the spiritual realm. [2]

We’re not quite sure who the “persecutors” are that Michael refers to. Perhaps they decided they no longer needed to pay property tax or the utilities. It makes a better story if your cult is somehow “persecuted”, the old “us” against the wicked rest of the world.

After reading a bit more of Michael the “Messiah’s” post on the “It is Finished” thread, we’ve come to this conclusion:

What to say about a group of people who have made the decision to live in perpetual fear of this life?

It’s their life. They have the right to live (0r not) as they please. And if they owe us any money, please pay before the door hits you on the butt on your way out.

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UPDATED: July 14, 2013:

  1. In 2011, National Geographic covered Travesser in Inside a Cult.
  2. Apologetics Index listed Travesser/Bent/Strong City as a “cult.”
  3. Travesser/Bent was serving a 10-year prison sentence for sex with underage followers when the New Mexico Supreme Court overturned his conviction.

4. From Lord Our Righteousness Church:

“Bent claims that, during an experience in his living room in June 2000, God told him, “You are the Messiah.” Bent has since stated, “I am the embodiment of God. I am divinity and humanity combined.”

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”
–Matthew 24:5

“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”
–Matthew 24:11

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Behold, I have told you before.

Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.”
–Matthew 24:24-26

5. Wayne Bent.com is subtitled “Prisoner of the Lord”

6. List of Men who Claimed to be Messiah

7. Apocalyptic Sect Leader Released from Jail

by LBG

[Originally published at DBKP @Blogger.] Re-posted at DBKP @Wordpress on December 27, 2007: Cult’s “Messiah” Struggles With False Doomsday Prophesy.

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Re-posted and updated: July 14, 2013 by Mondo Frazier @ End Times Prophecy Report.

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18 thoughts on “Wayne Bent: False Messiah Who Predicted 2007 Doomsday Still Around”

    1. Some fact checking needs to be done here. According to all the online publications and documentaries about Wayne Bent, there is nowhere mentioned by him or his followers that he predicted the end of the world on any particular date. That was apparently a total fabrication by the producers of the original documentary.


      1. Brillo,

        Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment.

        As the article quoted the documentary–and there is no conclusive proof otherwise–any complaint would be with that documentary, not us. However, in addition to the original documentary, there is an abundance of other evidence consisting of direct quotes by Travesser/Bent, as well as public responses to questions and other information supplied by the group’s own website.

        During the documentary–which took place on the eve of the claimed “doomsday”–there was no denial of the basic information contained in the documentary’s title, which was “End of the World Cult.”

        Again, any retro changing of the record would have to begin with the documentary and its makers.

        Thank you once again for taking the time to leave a comment.

        UPDATE 9-24-2016: Brillo, as we take these matters seriously, have conscientiously looked into your contention.

        There is quite the extensive paper trail which documents the many previous statements of Travesser/Bent concerning “doomsday.” In addition to the documentary, there is ample additional evidence to support what the article contained. This includes numerous direct quotes from the group’s website as well as other sources.

        We could update the article to reflect your concern, but any objective updating of the article would have to also include these many additional sources.

        Thank you for your time.


  1. Wayne Bent used to be a Seventh-day Adventist. He claims he left that church because he got fed up with the people. He claimed “they wouldn’t do anything for God’. Well, he went off the deep end. I can’t say that he really wanted to find God. He became a cult leader.


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