15 years after the Branch Davidian's
Three teenagers have been removed from a remote
The three teens, a 16-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl, were taken into custody over a three-day period starting April 22. They had been living at a compound called
"The state police are investigating what has happened there,"…
Travesser, who also goes by the name Wayne Bent, broke from the Seven Day Adventist church in 1987 to form his Lord of Our Righteousness Church. On the group's Web site, Travesser, 66, describes being annointed the messiah by God in 2000, shortly after moving to the New Mexico property in the state's northeastern corner.
* This undated photo, supplied by the The Lord Our Righteousness Church, shows group leader Wayne Bent This undated photo, supplied by the The Lord Our Righteousness Church, shows group leader Wayne Bent, 66, who is also identified on the church's Web site as Michael Travesser. New Mexico state police have removed three children from the church compound following an April 22, 2008, investigation.
Apparently this group is made up of many former SDA’s at least according to their website which says.
During the 1980's, a Seventh-day Adventist minister by the name of Wayne Curtis Bent created and conducted a seminar called LifeSupports. The intent of these seminars was to present practical illustrations and training of how the laws of life function, and how individuals create their lives to be precisely what they are. The seminar was based on Scripture and the writings of Ellen G. White, a founder and prophet of the Adventist church.
In 1987 Bent and a number of people who were associated with him through his ministry formally separated from the Seventh-day Adventist church, founding the aforementioned The Lord Our Righteousness, using the Scriptural authority found in Jeremiah 33:16: "... and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord our righteousness."
- 1987 - The Lord Our Righteousness separates from Adventism.
- 1988 - 300 baptized at Hat Creek, near
. Redding, California
- 1989 - The church split. One third of the membership leaves.
- 1990 -
320 acreranch property purchased near of . Sandpoint, Idaho
- 1993 - Entire church congregates at Castle Dome near
, for the winter. Yuma, Arizona
- 1994 - Church begins to study the hidden hand controlling the world through money.
- 1995 - Tax issue with
. Shillum published. Booklet distributed around the country. Bonner County, Idaho
- 1996 - Church focuses on Internet outreach. WINDS website established.
- 1999 - WINDS work completed. Church prepares to leave Sandpoint.
- 2000 - After wintering in
, church relocates to Travesser Creek in Safford, Arizona . Messiah appears in Wayne Bent, and Two Witnesses are anointed. New Mexico
- 2001 - Michael Travesser writes prophecy on September 10 regarding destruction of the
the following day. Twin Towers
- 2002 - In June, FBI and State Police visit
. KOB-TV runs sensationalized broadcast about Strong City in November. Strong City
- 2003 - Michael Travesser Family website launched.
- 2004 - State Police raid
. Messiah "cut off" in the "midst of the week" according to prophecy of Daniel 9. Work of teaching and intercession ends. Judgment begins. Strong City
- 2006 - Seven last plagues announced on Shillum website.
- 2007 - Plagues poured out. Church awaits final fulfillment of seventh plague and the end of the 490 year prophecy.
The group became known among Adventists as the L.O.R. or more pejoratively as "LOR-ites", and were widely regarded as an off-shoot of Adventism. Members of the L.O.R. view the Seventh-day Adventist denomination as one of the daughters of the great harlot of Revelation 17, exhibiting the worldly corruption pervasively found in other Christian denominations that constitute
Churches of The Lord Our Righteousness were located mostly throughout the Pacific northwestern
In August of 1988 the church gathered outside