Wayne Curtis Bent, the author of this little book is currently, as of 2018, in his 77th year. He was born in Riverside, California in 1941, seven months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He married in 1962 and had three children over the next seven years. When he was twenty-five years old, while fasting and in prayer, he heard the voice of God command him three times to leave his Sunday-keeping church and then he heard God command him once to keep the seventh-day Sabbath. Because of this command, he joined with the Seventh-day Adventist faith in 1967. Soon after this he attended Loma Linda University, earning his Master’s degree in Religion. He served successfully in the Adventist ministry as pastor in southern California for 12 years before leaving that ministry to lead out in spiritual growth seminars named “LifeSupports.” He then left the denomination to co-found The Lord Our Righteousness church in 1987. Mr. Bent is most widely known by his depiction as a New Mexico cult leader in two National Geographic documentaries.
The Lord Our Righteousness congregation came to New Mexico by God’s instructions so that God could work with them in greater power. Their “Strong City” was meant for the church to have a place for prayer and meditation and to walk with God having less distraction.
But the media and the state immediately came against the community for being a “cult” and planning “suicide.” National Geographic finally launched their dark tale with suspicion and innuendo, claiming falsely that Mr. Bent predicted the end of the world for the end of 2007.
These things all paved the way for the general media pogrom which led to the arrest and seven-year incarceration of Mr. Bent. Mr. Bent had placed his hand once on the sternum of a sixteen year old girl while praying for her healing. This one-time touch on the sternum was declared to be “criminal sexual contact of a minor.”
Mr. Bent was released from prison on February 11, 2016. The pages of this little book explain the details of the ordeal that The Lord Our Righteousness church had to endure. But this “time of trouble” for seven years was prophesied for God’s people at the end of the age.
Mr. Bent stated that his own “crucifixion” and “cross” opened the gates for the end of the world, as the crucifixion of Jesus opened the gates for the end of their present-day Jerusalem. History repeats itself and the “End of the World Cult” and “Messiah on Trial” have an ominous ring declaring the end for a generation once again in rebellion to the message that God sent to them. This little book is the story.