Here is the text of a letter Vernon Howell dictated Wednesday to his attorney, Dick DeGuerin, and asked to have released to the media:

“As far as our progress is concerned, here is where we stand.

“I related two messages from God to the FBI — one of which concerns present danger to people here in Waco. I was shown a fault line running through the Lake Waco area. Many people here in Waco know that we are a good people, and yet they have shown the same resentful spirit of indifference to our warnings of love.

“I am presently being permitted to document, in structured form, the decoded messages of the Seven Seals. Upon the completion of this task, I will be freed of my waiting period. I hope to finish it as soon as possible and stand before man and answer any and all questions regarding my activities.

“This written revelation of the Seven Seals will not be sold, but is to be available to all who wish to know the truth.

“The four angels of Revelation, Chapter 7, are here now ready to punish foolish mankind, but the writing of these seals will cause the winds of God’s wrath to be held back a little longer.

“I have been praying for so long for this opportunity to put the seals in written form.

“Speaking the truth seems to have very little effect on man. I was shown that as soon as I am given over to the hands of man, I will be made a spectacle of and people will not be concerned about the truth of God but just the bizzarity of me in the flesh.

“I want the people of this generation to be saved. I am working night and day to complete my final work of writing out these seals. I thank my father. He has finally granted me this chance to do this.

“It will bring new light and hope for many and they won’t have to deal with me the person.

“The earthquake in Waco is not to be taken lightly. It will probably be the thing needed to shake some sense into the people.

“Remember, the warning came first and I fear that the FBI is going to suppress this information. It may be left up to you (DeGuerin).

“I will demand the first manuscript of the seals be given to you. Many scholars and religious leaders will wish to have copies for review. I will keep a copy with me.

“As soon as I can see that people like Jim Tabor and Phil Arnold have a copy, I will come out and then you can do your thing with this beast.

“I hope to keep in touch with you through letters. We are standing on the threshold of great events. The Seven Seals in written form are the most sacred information ever.”

Read the Tribune-Herald's 7-part investigative series on the inner workings of the Branch Davidians. Hours after Part 2 appeared in print, the ATF raided the group's compound.

Read the Tribune-Herald’s account of the ATF raid on the Branch Davidian compound on Feb. 28, 1993. Four ATF agents and six in the compound were killed in the gunfight.

Read the daily news accounts of the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Elk, which began Feb. 28 and lasted until April.

April 19 and beyond: FBI agents began inserting canisters of tear gas into the Branch Davidian compound in the early morning hours. By noon, it was on fire.

Federal officials left the compound site in late May 1993. As identifications of bodies continued, questions about the survivors, the compound and the cult itself began to emerge.

As the world began to take a critical look back at the events and legal proceedings continue, the ATF's bombshell report forces a shakeup at the top after the raid gone "tragically wrong."

In 1994, the surviving Davidians went on trial in San Antonio. Over six weeks, more than 140 witnesses testified, with the verdict coming just two days prior to the anniversary of the ATF raid.

The Rodenville shootout and the 1988 trial, the end of the world in 1959 and more stories from deep in the Trib archives.