Davidia or The 11th-Hour Church, Which?


Text of Address By The Lord’s Ordained Minister
Lennox Sam
Minister of Davidian Seventh-day Adventists
Mt. Carmel, Waco, Texas.
“Where Truth can Enter”


  1. The knockout blow of 1959 propaganda;
  2. The beloved name “Davidia” and the hated name “Eleventh-hour church”;
  3. Association formed as a result of WW II propaganda;
  4. Accepting the additions to the Shepherd’s Rod Message and teaching for doctrines the errors therein;
  5. Tormenting Mother with the distribution on literature in front of the churches on Sabbath, at camp meetings and other SDA events.

Davidia or The 11th-Hour Church, Which?

Let us deal with the name “Davidia”: Is it the name of a place? Is it the name of the composite Davidian Associations and independents? Is it the name used to identify the multi-sectarian 11th-Hour Movement? Is it the composite name of the various “Mt. Carmels?”

In my research I found no written evidence answering any of these questions. I therefore decided to ask the oldest Davidian if he knew where the title came from. He immediately said, “Oh, the Old Codes!” I informed him that it was not in the Old Codes and he was a bit surprised that it wasn’t there. It may shock many of you to know that the name “Davidia” is not in The Shepherd’s Rod Message. It was not given to us by God through His servant V. T. Houteff. Consequently, it must have been added by a servant of the enemy of God and His people.

Let look us examine the word by itself:


We can see the name David. Let us now hyphenate the word:


We now have David and “-i-a,” and it looks like it came from the name “Davidian” by just dropping the “n”.


But it sounds like Laodicea. Let us compare the two in juxtaposition:


David-i-a La-od-i-ce-a
David-i-a-n La-od-i-ce-a-n


We know that “Laodicea” was an ancient seaport on the Mediterranean Sea; but what is “Davidia”?


Why the change from the name 11th-hour church to Davidia?  Evidently, it must be for the same motive as was that of the slave-masters when they changed the names of their slaves: to take away their true identity to begin the process of enslavement. 

Every Bible student knows that names are important to our Lord, whether it is the name of a place or a person. He changes them when necessary as we read of Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah, Jacob to Israel and Esau to Edom.

We also read of the heathen king, Nebuchadnezzar, changing the names of the four Hebrew captives in an effort to take away their Hebrew identity and identify them with his pagan gods. Daniel’s name was changed to Belteshazzar and he was considered the master of the magicians. Nonetheless, Daniel did not accept the pagan name or title for he was the prophet of the True and Living God; not the magician of a false god.  How do we know this? Because it is written in:

Dan. 2:17      Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:

Notice that Daniel did not refer to his companions by their pagan names: Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego. He called them by what their Jewish names; their Hebrew names; their true identity. This tells me that they did not accept those pagan names.

Let us go to:

Dan. 5:12      Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation. 

Dan. 5:13      Then was Daniel brought in before the king. [And] the king spake and said unto Daniel, [Art] thou that Daniel, which [art] of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry?

Here in chapter 5, we can see that Nebuchadnezzar’s grandson, the new king, was told of the heathen name given to Daniel. However, he did not call Daniel by the pagan name, showing that he knew Daniel rejected the pagan name. What did he say?  “Now let Daniel be called,” and then when he spoke to Daniel, he said, “[Art] thou that Daniel..?” he did not say, “[Art] thou that Belteshazzar…” No.

He was reminded that his name was changed to Belteshazzar but he never called him that. This tells me that Daniel was respected for standing for the Truth. Shall you dare to be a Daniel and refuse to be called by the new name, or title, or whatever else it is, and insist on being called by your God given title? Or are you going to continue being called or titled, “Davidia?”

By the usage of this name, I think it means all Davidians as a body.  Davidians as a whole have no problem calling themselves Davidia, but they unanimously refuse to be titled as God’s church within His church.  A certain brother said that it is an abomination to call “Davidia” a Church; I can see why: for it does not look like God’s church.  But I say: It is an abomination to call God’s 11th-Hour church by a name given to it by an uninspired person, whoever he or she may be.

I believe the name change is really to get us off-track of who we are and of what is our true purpose. Let us hear how The Shepherd’s Rod calls us in the famous knockout blow statement found in The White-House Recruiter, on page 33, paragraph 2:

WHR: 33.2: Everything that can be done against God’s message of today will be done with even a greater vengeance than was manifest against Heaven’s message in the days of Christ’s first advent, for the Devil knows that if he loses now, he loses forever — that he is to have no other chance. Unparalleled, therefore, is the urgency that every eleventh-hour church member now quickly and solidly brace himself against the Enemy’s effort to deliver a knockout blow.  We must be alert, too, to realize that the blow is to come from surprisingly unsuspected foes — from professed friends of the gospel, who are no less pious than were priests in Christ’s day.  It is, moreover, but to be expected that the Adversary will employ every agency possible to prevent the Lord from disclosing to view His now obscure 144,000 first-fruit servants, who are to go gather in the second fruits (Rev. 7:9).  The Enemy will try everything conceivable to confuse, becloud, and cover up the Truth, especially on the subject of the 144,000.

You heard that? “Every eleventh-hour church member.Don’t let anybody fool you that we are not the eleventh-hour church.

Please note carefully that the Devil will attempt to deliver a knockout blow to the eleventh-hour church members, not to any other group of people. Therefore, the eleventh-hour church must be in existence before the Enemy’s effort to deliver the knockout blow.

Today, Davidians promulgate that we received a knockout blow in 1959 and yet teach that the eleventh hour church is the purified church only:  Was the church purified in 1959? And why would God warn the purified church of a knockout blow to come?  Besides, the teaching among Davidians is: After the purification the church is immediately taken to the Kingdom. Is she, then, to expect a knockout blow in the safety of the Kingdom — from unsuspecting foes in the Kingdom?  — God forbid! This teaching is void of logic and reason. How can a people with so much light be in so much darkness?

The very statement tells us that this knockout blow is to prevent the Lord from disclosing to view the 144,000; which proves that the blow is to come to the eleventh hour church before the 144,000 are disclosed to view by the purification of the church, thus showing that the 11th-hour church is in existence before the purification. Consequently, the doctrines and the teachings that the eleventh-hour church is a purified church are illogical when we are teaching that the blow came in 1959.

Let us consider the Matthew 20 chart:

Chart of Matthew Chapter 20

The early morning call is a Church: The Jewish Church; its message — the Earthly Sanctuary Truth and its Ceremonial Services.

The early morning call is a Church

The 3rd-hour call is a Church: The Apostolic Church; its message — Christ’s Advent, Crucifixion and Ascension. It is depicted by the cross on the Chart:

The 3rd-hour call is a Church

The 6th-hour call is a Church: The Church of Philadelphia, The Millerite Church; its message — the 2300 day prophecy.

The 6th-hour call is a Church

The 9th-hour call is a Church: The Seventh-day Adventist Church; its message — The Three Angels’ Message. It is depicted by the three angels flying on the Chart.

The 9th-hour call is a Church

The 11th-hour call, we are told by our Davidian leaders and ministers, is not a church! Well, my question is, if it is not a church, then what is it?

The 11th-hour call is What

The Davidian masses will tell you: “It is an Association.” But an Association is just a type of business entity! Therefore we must ask ourselves: what kind of Association are we?
According to a sworn statement signed by the servant of the Lord, Brother V. T. Houteff, we are a Church organization.

The 11th-hour call is also a Church

The same is filed in the County Clerk’s office of McLennan County, Texas. Here it is:





That GENERAL ASSOCIATION OF DAVIDIAN SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS, an Association constituting a Church, acting herein by and through its duly authorized and acting Board of trustees, namely, V.T. Houteff, Mrs. Florence Houteff, Mrs. Sopha Delle Hermanson, J.O. Conrad and Merritt Wolfe, of the County of McLennan and State of Texas for in consideration of Sixteen Hundred ($1600.00) Dollars cash to said Association in hand paid by E. Heim and wife Gertie Heim of the County of McLennan and State  of Texas, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, have granted, bargained, sold and conveyed, and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and convey, unto the said E. Heim and wife Gertie Heim, all that piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the County of McLennan and State of Texas, and described as follows:

BEING a tract of land 100 x 150 feet out to the J.M. Sampier survey in McLennan County, Texas, and being a part of the certain 189 acre tract of land conveyed to the GENERAL ASSOCIATION OF DAVIDIAN SEVENTH – DAY ADVENTISTS by deed recorded in Vol. 523, Pg. 311 of the McLennan County, Texas, Deed Records.

BEGINNING at the South or Southeast corner of said 189 acre tract, said point being an iron stake located in the North line of State Highway #6.

THENCE: N 81-43 W 2056 feet with the North line of said Highway to a concrete monument at the beginning of a 3-degree curve to the right;

THENCE: In a Westerly direction around said curve to the right 516.9 feet and with the North line of said Highway to an iron stake said point also being the intersection of the North line of said Highway and the West line of Charbonneau Drive;

THENCE: N 9-16 E 612.8 feet with the West line of Charbonneau Dr. to beginning of the  herein described tract of land, said point being its SE corner;

THENCE: N-16 E 100 feet with the West line of said Dr. to iron stake for NE corner of this;

THENCE: N 80-44 W150 to iron stake for NW corner of this;

THENCE: S 9-16 W 100 feet to iron stake for SW corner of this;

THENCE: S 80-44 E 150 feet to the place of beginning.

Grantees herein assume and agree to pay all taxes for the year 1955 on the property hereby conveyed.

Grantees herein further accept the herein above described tract subject to the following restrictions;

The property herein described shall be used for residential purposes only and no more than one residence shall be erected on the tract of land as hereinabove described. However this restriction shall not prevent the erection of the usual appurtenances including private garage and bona fide servants’ house.

Such residence as may be erected shall face Charbonneau Drive and no structure shall be located… [some words missing here]

The ground floor area of such residence as may be constructed, exclusive of open porches and garages, shall be not less than 1300 square feet.

No trailer, tent, garage, barn or other out building erected on said property shall be at any time used as a residence temporarily or permanently, nor shall any structure of a temporary character be used as a residence. No existing structure or portion thereof shall be moved upon said property but and all improvements placed thereon shall be new construction; however, this restriction shall not prevent the use of used materials in the construction of new improvements.

The residence erected upon the property herein conveyed shall be veneered with either brick or stone or a combination of masonry and wood siding; no fences may be constructed in the front yards.

No noxious of offensive activity shall be carried on upon said property nor shall anything be done thereon which may be or become an annoyance or nuisance to the neighborhood.

No livestock or poultry shall be maintained upon said premises.

If the purchaser or their heirs or assigns shall violate or attempt to violate any of the covenants or restrictions herein contained, it shall then be lawful for any other person or  persons owning property in the original 189 acre tract, herein above referred to, to prosecute any proceeding at law or in equity against the person or persons violating or attempting to violate any such covenant or restriction and either to prevent him or  them from doing or too recover damaged or other dues for such violation, all without prejudice to the rights of any bona fide lien holder.

Invalidation of any of these covenants or restrictions by judgment or court order shall in no wise affect any of the other provisions which shall remain in full force and effect.

Those covenants and restrictions shall run with the land and shall be binding on Grantees and all persons claiming under them.

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the above described premises, together DEFEND, all and singular the said premises unto the said E. Helm and wife Gertie Helm, their heirs and assigns against every person whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any thereof.

WITNESS our hand this 22nd day of January, A.D., 1955.



[Signed] V.T. Houteff

[Signed] Mrs. Sopha Delle Hermanson

[Signed] J.O. Conrad

[Signed] Merritt Wolfe

[Signed] Mrs. Florence Houteff


ATTEST: Acting as trustees of said Association

[Signed] Mrs Florence Houteff





BEFORE ME, a Notary Public, in and fro McLennan County, Texas, on this day personally appeared V.T. Houteff, Mrs. Florence Houteff, Mrs. Sopha Delle Hermanson, Merritt Wolfe and J.O. Conrad, known to me to be the persons whose names are subscribed to the foregoing instrument, and acknowledged to me that they executed the same for the purposes and consideration therein expressed, and in the capacity therein stated.

GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND SEAL of office, this 22nd day of January A.D., 1955.





Notary Public in and for McLennan County, Texas.


Filed for record on the 24 day of March A.D. 1955, at 3:15 o’clock P.M

Duly Recorded this the 25 day of March A.D. 1955, at 9:45 o’clock A.M


McLennan County, Texas.

By [Signed] Deputy

Brother Houteff was under no obligation to the government to declare that the General Association of Davidian Seventh-day Adventists is an Association constituting a church. Christ, not Brother V. T. Houteff, declared that the 11th hour movement is a church — He did so in the parable of Mathew Chapter Twenty.

During the life of Brother V. T. Houteff, there were several Davidian churches in the USA. Let us hear the SRod on this matter:

10SC2: 22.2:  The Davidian church at Meadows of Dan was crowded to more than capacity to accommodate the visitors who went from as far as new York and Pennsylvania. Others attended from South Carolina, Tennessee, and various parts of Virginia.

10SC2: 23.3:  Those attending were pleased to have Mt. Carmel represented at the meetings and the Mt. Carmel group stated that Virginia southern hospitality was very much in evidence.

This is consistent with the declaration in page 33 of The White-House Recruiter which refers to us as the 11th-hour Church.

For more sworn statements and/or church deeds declaring that we are a Church organization, please visit the History Section on our website: www.gadsda.com.

To most Davidians, we are an association that was knocked out in 1959; just like the many Savings and Loan Associations that were knocked out of the banking business in the financial crisis of the 1980’s. Is that our legacy? Is that our legacy, my dearly beloved brothers and sisters? A knocked out association?

My dearly beloved, the 11th-hour call is a call within a call according to the chart, or a movement within a movement according to Tract Number 4.

Notice that the chart depicts two angels at the 11th hour — one being the sealing angel of Rev. 7:

The Sealing Angel of Rev. 7

And the other being the Loud Cry angel of Rev. 18:

The Loud Cry angel of Rev. 18

Therefore, the 11th-hour church has two messages: the Sealing message and the Loud Cry message.

Thus, when studying of the 11th-hour church (and I suggest that you speedily study the 11th-hour church) you must keep in mind as a precept that some statements will be referring to the Sealing message and other statements to the Loud Cry message. I want us to read a statement that will confirm this point:

1SC6: 10.9: “Are we giving the 11th hour message now or will it not be given until after the fulfillment of Eze. 9? Has the angel that is to lighten the earth with his glory (E.W. 277) already come?” If the questioner will consult the chart on page 224 of Vol. 2 of the SRod, he will observe that the angels of Rev. 7 and 18 are represented as coming at the 11th hour, and as we are in the sealing time, it proves that we are now in the 11th hour.

1SC6: 10.10:   Concerning the angel of Rev. 18:1, with whose glory the earth is to be lightened, we do not claim to have as yet all his light, nor do we believe that the earth is at present lightened with his glory. But we do maintain that a large part of that light has already been revealed and that as soon as the 144,000 are sealed and the church is purified by the separation of the sinners from “the midst thereof” by the men with slaughter weapons as described in Ezekiel’s vision, the earth will then be lightened as the 144,000 go forth proclaiming the message to all nations. (Isa. 66:19, 20.)

From these statements, we should be nourished with the truth that we are in the 11th hour church, but the 11th hour for the world will strike after the purification of the church when when the 144,000 go to all nations. Again: the 11th hour has already struck for the church according to this reference, but the 11th hour for the world has not yet struck —we are in the 11th-hour for the sealing message.

Therefore, my dearly beloved, when reading statements on this subject, keep this precept in mind: There is an 11th hour for the S.D.A church and there is an 11th hour for the world — the 11th hour for the S.D.A church has already struck. — Accordingly, when you see a statement that says the 11th hour has not yet struck, it is talking about the 11th hour for the world; and you will see that the supporting references around that statement will confirm what the statement is talking about.

Let us now look at some other statements outside of the 11th hour realm to support the understanding that we are a church — the 11th-hour church.

The 11th-Hour Church

TN4: 57.4: Through this personified prophecy, we see that the Lord is not now calling forth a “new”  denomination, even though the ministry continues to take the membership rights from the adherents of this reformatory message.  Consequently, for its successful delivery to the entire sisterhood of churches, our banding ourselves into a body of workers as a movement within a movement, has been forced upon us.  In brief, we are to confine our message strictly to the old organization, as did the apostles with their message.  For the first three and a half years after the resurrection, they were commissioned to put forth all their effort in behalf of their parent organization only, the last in the Old Testament period; likewise, the Davidians are commissioned to put forth an all-out effort in behalf of their  parent, the Laodicean organization, the last in the New Testament period.

If there is no difference in the statement between the movements, then they are the same; and whatever the movement is, the movement within the movement also is. Consequently, the movement being a church makes the movement within the movement a church — just like the logic of the stone and the mountain of Daniel’s prophecy: whatever the mountain is, so is the stone.

But if logic is not enough, let us go to a subsequent statement found on page 66, paragraph 3, of the same Tract Number 4:

TN4: 66.3: Consequently, as our leading brethren have inadvertently shown themselves unworthy stewards of God’s “storehouse” for the time of the “Loud Cry of the Third Angel’s Message,” He has transferred the “candlestick” and is also calling for the tithes and offerings to be transferred into “His storehouse” of Present Truth.

He has “transferred,” (past tense) the “candlestick,” and every Davidian knows that the candlestick represents the church.  So the Rod tells us that the church is now in the hands of the Davidians, confirming the previous statement of the church within the church — reiterating the statement in The White-House Recruiter: “The eleventh-hour church.”

The eleventh-hour church is the church within the ninth-hour church.

Do we need another statement? I don’t think we do. But we shall read the final statements published in 1954, five months prior to the prophet’s death:

10SC1: 5.4: Certainly then this move could be a signpost to both Davidians and to Laodiceans that the eleventh-hour message is on the very verge of a final and all-out effort to reclaim the church from the hands of the Enemy.

“The eleventh-hour message.” Who is taking the 11th-hour message to reclaim the Adventists church? It has got to be the Davidians with the 11th-hour message (the Revelation 7 angel’s message) reclaiming the church — the 11th-hour church members with the 11th-hour message.

This statement, published five months before the prophet’s death, confirms that there was no change to the position that there is an 11th-hour message for the church and an 11th-hour message for the world —  the former being preached by the Davidians to the Adventist church and the latter to be preached by the 144,000 to the world. It always has been and will continue to be.

So, what do we conclude?

The title “Davidia” is man’s invention and on the same par as the new codes. Say NO to the title “Davidia” by taking it out of your vocabulary:

NO to the title “Davidia”

And stand like Daniel for Your God Given TitleThe 11th-Hour Church”:

Your God Given Title

That is what we must be referred to as if we are to be referred to as collectively: “The 11th-Hour Church,” the Title given to us by our God.

Now, we do not need to go tell mother that we are a church within the church (which may put up barriers) but we need to know who we are. Christ knew that He was the Messiah but He only told it to those who were ready to receive that Truth.  Therefore, my dearly beloved Davidian brothers and Sisters, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves; and do the work of a faithful 11th-hour church member.

Dare to be a Daniel! Dare to stand alone!

The next abomination we will cry out against is the false propaganda that World War II caused Davidians to organize themselves into an Association.

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