David Koresh, née Vernon Wayne Howell, was the leader of the Branch Davidians cult. In the pre-YouTube era, he searched for followers by placing eye-catching advertisements in religious journals.
“Dear Brethern in the Seventh-day Adventist Church:
I am the Son of God. You do not know Me nor My name. I have been raised up from the north and My travels are from the rising sun…
…I have been rejected in the person of my Prophets over and over. I have seven eyes and seven horns. My name is the Word of God and I ride on a white horse. I Am here on earth to give you the Seventh’s Angel’s message.
I Am the prophets; all of them. I want to invite you to My marriage supper. The invitation is in Psalms 45. Read it and confess that you don’t know Me. I Am the Word of God.
The key of David is in My hand. I only can open the prophecies of David and Solomon. I have ascended from the east with the seal of the living God. My name is Cyrus and I Am here to destroy Babylon. I have come in a way that is contrary to your preconceived ideas. I will reprove you for your world loving. I will scold your daughters for their nakedness and pride that they parade in my Father’s house and by My angels will strip them naked before all eyes before their foolish pride. Read Isaiah 3:13-36.
The young men will abuse My kindness. They will take My life, but I will arise and take theirs forever more.
You ministers will lament your foolishness. Your lost flock will tear you to pieces…
PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD
P.O. Box 1846
Palestine, Tex 75802”