Alex Hannaford’s Channel 4 documentary, The End of the World Cult, follows the story of Wayne Bent, or Michael Travesser to those in his group. In 1987, Bent left his denomination and started a community near Clayton, Union County, New Mexico. This group grew to about 50 members by 2007.
In June 2000, Bent claims he experienced a divine encounter in his living room where God spoke to him directly: “You are the Messiah.” He announced that Judgment Day would be on October 31st, 2007 – a date based on Biblical prophecy number 490 added to 1517 (the year of the Protestant Reformation). October 31st was chosen as this was when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses.
The End of the World Cult takes an in-depth look at this cult and its leader who believed himself to be the Messiah. It reveals a darker side to the cult including Bent’s deviant behavior toward children and even his own son’s wife.
Following its broadcast, Bent was convicted of criminal sexual contact with a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is currently serving out his prison sentence.
This documentary provides viewers with an insight into the mind of a man who believes himself to be the Messiah as well as an uncomfortable look at cults in general. It is sure to intrigue any viewer looking for an intriguing insight into religious extremism and seduction that comes with it. Whether you believe this story or not it is worth watching The End of the World Cult for an eye-opening experience into cult life.