In this Channel 4 film British journalist Alex Hannaford sets out on a journey to visit The Lord Our Righteousness Church, also known as Strong City. Strong City is a community located near Clayton, Union County, New Mexico. When filmed back in 2007 the group consisted of about 50 members and it’s leader was Wayne Bent or rather Michael Travesser to those in the “church”.
Bent, was once a pastor for The Seventh-day Adventist Church but in 1987 he decided to leave his denomination with those he considered to be like-minded. However in June 2000, Bent claims that he had an experience in his living room where by he met God himself and was told “You are the Messiah.”
The End of the World Cult covers Bent’s Judgment Day announcement, which is meant to take place on October 31, 2007. This particular date was chosen due the calculation of a Biblical prophecy number which was 490 and then adding it to the year 1517, which was when the Protestant Reformation began, which yields the year 2007. The day itself October 31,was chosen as it is the day that Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses.
We are given great insight into the mind of a man who thinks he is the Messiah, whilst the documentary also reveals a darker side to this cult which includes Bent’s deviant behaviour with regards to children in the cult and even his own sons wife.
Since the film aired Wayne Bent was convicted of criminal sexual contact of a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He continues to serve out the remainder of his prison sentence.