The events of this century on a world stage and the persecution of God's church and His vengeance are
the subject of Ezekiel 21. God willing, I will present a study of the whole chapter soon. This week, the
study is of only three verses, those that have been fulfilled in my church.

"And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, thus
saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that
is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he
come whose right it is; and I will give it (to) him." (Ez. 21:25-27).

The most obvious part of this prophecy is that it deals with the false claimants to the throne of the
kingdom of God. God will overturn three, "until he come whose right it is; and I will give it (the crown,
the throne, to) him."

God addresses each man to be overthrown a "profane wicked prince of Israel." They are profane
because the seizure of the throne of Christ's King is blasphemy, a deliberate thwarting of the will of God.
They are called wicked because their hearts are full of greed and pride rather than the love of Christ.

Each one comes to his overthrow, his "day is come, when iniquity shall have an end." Each will be forced
to "remove the diadem, and take off the crown."

The diadem is the symbol of royalty, the hereditary right to wear the crown of the kingdom of God that
stems from biblical King David. "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that
I will raise unto David a
righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper
, and shall execute judgment and justice in the
earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he
shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness." (Jer. 23:5,6).

The crown is the symbol of ruling authority, sovereignty in the eyes of men. "And he brought forth the
king’s son, and put the crown upon him, and gave him the testimony; and they made him king, and
anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save the king." (2 Kings 11:12). Both
hereditary right (the diadem) and sovereign authority (the crown) are taken away from the pretenders.

As God overthrows each of the first two, He raises a successor to take his place. "Exalt him that is low,
and abase him that is high." But after the third pretender is abased, the throne will be discontinued for a
time, until it is given to the rightful King. "I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and
it shall be no more,
until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him."

The three "profane wicked princes of Israel" who seize the diadem and crown of the Kingdom of God are
linked in prophecy. Because they are false kings claiming the throne established by God, each is an idol.
"What profiteth
the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher
of lies
, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?" (Hab. 2:18).

Who are or were they? The first was George Roden, the graven image. He was the son of Ben Roden,
the founder and first prophet of the Branch Davidians. He was his father's vice-president and after his
father's death his mother anointed him to lead the church. George can be characterized as the graven
image because he was found among the lively stones in the temple of God. "Ye also, as lively stones,
are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by
Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 2:5). George was a priest in the church. For a short time, after his father's death,
he was the rightful leader.

George's mother, Lois Roden, had the spiritual message, the connection with the Holy Ghost. There
should have been peace between George and his mother. "Even he (Christ's King) shall build the
temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a
priest upon his throne: and
the counsel of peace shall be between them both (Christ's King and the Holy
Ghost)." (Zech. 6:13). The strife between George and his mother became so uncontrolled that at one
point he hogtied her and she eventually took him to court.

As a representative of Christ, George should have had both the indwelling of the Holy Ghost (a God-sent
prophetic message explaining the Bible) and the ability to accept direction from other prophets. "And
being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness..."
(Luke 4:1). George had neither of these attributes. His spiritual message, entitled "Rough Winds," was a
rambling garble. And he had an insatiable desire to dominate.

Nor did George have the meekness of spirit, and the forgiving nature that marks a true Christian. When
George took control of the church property (because he prevailed in a church election), he evicted his
mother's supporters, sending them into David Koresh's arms at the church Koresh had started in
Palestine, Texas. George's mother's supporters responded by raising Koresh up, claiming he was a
Messiah, "exalt him that is low." Koresh wrote and performed a song about George, "Mad Man In Waco,"
seeking to discredit George.

Koresh can be characterized as a molten image, he came from outside the church (he was not a stone).
His followers worshipped him as the tribes of Israel worshipped the golden calf in the wilderness. Right
or wrong, they loved him.

Eventually, George's disrespect for the courts led to his downfall. He told several Waco judges to shove
herpes and AIDS. He called Federal Judge Walter Smith a "goddamn tyrant." A conspiracy evolved to get
rid of George and place Koresh in the leadership of the church. (See No. 9, "An Honest Church History.")
The plot was successful. George spent most of the rest of his life in custody, eventually dying in a facility
for the criminally insane, "abase him that is high." George was overturned.

David Koresh took control of the church property the day after George first went to jail. Less than 10% of
the church followed Koresh, his claim was specifically forbidden by church law and there is no
precedent in American (or English) law for a splinter group with a new message to be given a church's
property. Nevertheless, Koresh was awarded the church property in a Waco court room, and the Texas
and U.S. Courts refused to hear the appeals. Koresh was acknowledged as the new leader of the Branch
Davidians, "exalt him that is low."

Koresh, the molten image, had no connection with the Holy Ghost at all. He preached his message in
long sermons and taught that the days of written messages had ended. Both these tactics hid the lack of
coherence that is revealed in transcribed copies of his tapes. Basically Koresh rambled on and never
got to the point, but his delivery was excellent and convincing.

Koresh was a terrible example of a Christian. He shot his enemies twice. He sold guns out of a Christian
church. And he took young girls (even preteens) to his bed and lied about it. (See No. 9, "An Honest
Church History.") The child abuse became known to those who put Koresh in charge of the church and
was sure to become public.

Although Koresh blackmailed his way out of the child abuse investigation, claiming that he had
documentation of the plot that gave him the church, his former friends were determined to avert a
public scandal. They sent the ATF to raid Koresh's church for illegal weapons. The raid set off a Standoff
that ended in the death of most of Koresh's followers, "abase him that is high." Koresh was overturned.

Without a single follower, and in hostile courts (that refused to accept the trusteeship appointment
given me by George Roden, the last living original trustee, that tried to hide hearings from me, and that
stole or altered documents to stop me), I succeeded in preserving the church property for the members
of the original church. The battles lasted just over a year. No one helped me but God, who was my senior
law partner and my strength.  

Over the years, in Gadsen, Alabama, a man named Charles Pace, a teacher of lies, had gathered a tiny
group who hailed him as the true leader of the Branch Davidians, "exalt him that is low." (Charles Pace
taught that he was Christ and his wife was the Holy Ghost, a claim that, based on his character, was
obviously untrue. Hence he was a teacher of lies.) He had claimed the leadership of the church since the
death of Lois Roden in 1986. As soon as the battle for the property was won, he came to Waco to take
over the church property.

Initially, I had no objections. Soon, however, I perceived that Charles Pace had a very unchristian spirit.
Like Koresh, he had no connection with the Holy Ghost, no message of present truth for the church and
no rightful claim on the church property. Since I was quite willing to give my opinion of him or David
Koresh, Pace and Clive Doyle, the leader of Koresh's survivors, began a campaign to get me off the
property which is documented in No. 6, "King Of The Hill," No. 9, "An Honest Church History" and No. 4,
"The Coverup."

Charles Pace has been raised up by the media as the current leader of the Branch Davidians, "exalt him
that is low." As this website raises me up as a true messenger of the Branch Davidian church, I would
expect the truth to overthrow him, "abase him that is high." That would mean that a third pretender is
overturned. I wait upon God.

It would not mean that I would lay claim to the throne. As the scripture says, "it (the throne) shall be no
more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it (to) him." Christ's King is a man, I am a woman.
Moreover, it is his right to sit on the throne, not mine.

Amo Paul Bishop Roden