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Early Childhood 
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Vernon Wayne Howell was born to a single, 15-year-old mother in 1959
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He was raised by his grandparents and had a very lonely childhood
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He was dyslexic, earned poor grades in school, and eventually dropped out of high school
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He was very interested in music and in the Bible
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He had large amounts of biblical passages memorized, especially those of apocalyptic nature

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Vernon Wayne Howell

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Growth of Interests 


1979:
Howell was introduced to Seventh-Day Adventists by his mother and was soon expelled from the church
1980:
Attempted to launch a heavy metal music career in Hollywood but failed miserably
1981:
Joined the group centered in Waco, TX at Mt. Carmel
1983:
Experienced his first revelation from God.  Also had an affair with Lois Roden, priestess of the General Association of Seventh-Day Adventists
1985:
Led an international recruitment drive for his own religious branch
1987:
Took over the church at Mt. Carmel after a gun brawl with George Roden, son of Lois

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David Koresh, Lamb 
1990:
Howell changed his name to David Koresh
* David refers to King David of whom Jesus was a descendant
* Koresh is the Hebrew name for Cyrus, who was the Persian king that allowed Jews to return to Israel after the Babylonian Exile

*  Koresh believed he was the Lamb of Revelation 5 because he received revelations from God in how to interpret the seven seals needed to be broken in order to open the scroll.
 
 

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