Rumors of apocalypse ahead of FLDS leader's detention hearing

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Warren Jeffs Predicts Apocalypse Ahead of Court Hearing

SALT LAKE CITY (KSTU) -- Ahead of a federal court hearing for Fundamentalist LDS Church bishop Lyle Jeffs, some ex-members of the Utah-based polygamous sect have claimed they are hearing rumors that his brother has prophesied the end of the world -- again.

It is not the first time Warren Jeffs has proclaimed the end of days. In his writings, he repeatedly makes reference to the end of days.

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"The day of the judgements of God have begun," Jeffs said in a 2005 dictation. "That day is upon us. And the judgments of God have begun with the House of God. And that means this is the day of his choosing."

In a 2012 dictation obtained by FOX 13, Jeffs declares that God has demanded he be freed from prison -- or else face His wrath.

"Now let my holy servant go free, lest I allow nation to feel my judgments," Jeffs wrote.

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Women and children from the YFZ Ranch, the compound built by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, are moved by bus to San Angelo, Texas, on Sunday, April 6, 2008. Authorities are investigating allegations of child abuse. (Photo by Khampha Bouaphanh/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Women and children from the YFZ Ranch, the compound built by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, are moved by bus to San Angelo, Texas, on Sunday, April 6, 2008. Authorities are investigating allegations of child abuse. (Photo by Khampha Bouaphanh/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Members of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are assisted by law enforcement officials as they board a San Angelo Independent School District bus which is being used to relocate them from Eldorado, Texas, to San Angelo, Texas, Apr. 6, 2008. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, left, is driven away from the Tom Green County Courthouse by Sheriff's personnel Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in San Angelo, Texas. A West Texas jury has heard audio recordings and diary accounts of polygamist leader Jeffs teaching his 14-year-old "spiritual wife" how to please him sexually. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
FILE - This Aug. 9, 2011, file photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows polygamist leader Warren Jeffs in Huntsville, Texas. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Robert Hurst said Jeffs is in stable condition, Monday, March 17, 2014, at a Galveston hospital. Hurst says Jeffs was admitted March 11, for treatment of a condition that's not life-threatening. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice, File)
CENTENNIAL PARK, ARIZONA, USA - FEBRUARY, 2008: Trampoline jumping is always a hit in Ray Timpson's family. 17-year-old Rebecca looks after her younger siblings. The Timpson family is part of the small polygamist community of Centennial Park which was founded in 1986 south of the communities of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah. The Centennial Park group split from the FLDS Church led by infamous jailed polygamist Warren Jeffs in 1986 because of doctrinal differences. (Photo by Stephan Gladieu/Getty Images)
UNDATED - UNSPECIFIED: In this handout provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), polygamist Warren Steed Jeffs is pictured on a FBI Ten Most Wanted poster. Jeffs, the fugitive leader of a polygamist Mormon sect, was arrested by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper on August 28 during a traffic stop. Jeffs was wanted in Utah and Arizona on charges linked to allegations of arranging marriages between men and underage girls. (Handout by Federal Bureau of Investigation via Getty Images)
Women and children from the YFZ Ranch, the compound built by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, are moved by bus to San Angelo, Texas, on Sunday, April 6, 2008. Authorities are investigating allegations of child abuse. (Photo by Khampha Bouaphanh/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
CENTENNIAL PARK, ARIZONA, USA - FEBRUARY, 2008: Some of Ray Timpson's children playing in the garden of the house they share with their very large family consisting of one father, six mothers and 41 children. The Timpson family is part of the small polygamist community of Centennial Park which was founded in 1986 south of the communities of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah. The Centennial Park group split from a group led by infamous jailed polygamist Warren Jeffs in the 1980s because of doctrinal differences. (Photo by Stephan Gladieu/Getty Images)
CENTENNIAL PARK, ARIZONA, USA - FEBRUARY, 2008: Trailers in the polygamist town of Colorado City, a community at the border of Utah and Arizona ran by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) led by infamous jailed polygamist Warren Jeffs. (Photo by Stephan Gladieu/Getty Images)
Warren Jeffs (L) watches the jury leave the courtroom to restart their deliberation in his trial 24 September, 2007 in St. George, Utah. Jeffs, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is charged with two counts of rape as an accomplice for allegedly coercing the marriage and rape of a 14-year-old follower to her 19-year-old cousin in 2001. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Douglas C. Pizac (Photo credit should read POOL/AFP/Getty Images)
CENTENNIAL PARK, ARIZONA, USA - FEBRUARY, 2008: Ariel Hammon, his two wives Helen and Lisa, and nine of their ten children watch cartoons in their house of Centennial Park, a small polygamist community at the border of Utah and Arizona. Founded in 1986 the Centennial Park group was born from a split over doctrine with the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) led by infamous jailed polygamist Warren Jeffs and based in the neighboring community of Colorado City. (Photo by Stephan Gladieu/Getty Images)
ST. GEORGE, UT - SEPETEMBER 24: With law enforcement behind him, Warren Jeffs waits for the jury to reconvene for deliberation in his trial September 24, 2007 in St. George, Utah. Jeffs, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is charged with two counts of rape as an accomplice for allegedly coercing the marriage and rape of a 14-year-old follower to her 19-year-old cousin in 2001. (Photo by Douglas C. Pizac-Pool/Getty Images)
ST. GEORGE, UT - SEPTEMBER 21: Prosecutor Brock Belnap outlines the elements of the alleged offenses during closing arguments in Warren Jeffs' trial September 21, 2007 in St. George, Utah. Jeffs, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is charged with two counts of rape as an accomplice for allegedly coercing the marriage and rape of a 14-year-old follower to her 19-year-old cousin in 2001. (Photo by Douglas C. Pizac-Pool/Getty Images)
ST. GEORGE, UT - SEPTEMBER 18: Defense witness Charlotte Jessop answers questions during Warren Jeffs' trial September 18, 2007 in St. George, Utah. Jeffs, former head of the polygamist Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is charged with coercing the marriage and rape of a 14-year-old church-follower to her 19-year-old cousin in 2001. (Photo by Douglas C. Pizac-Pool/Getty Images)
Defense witness Margaret Thomas answers questions during Warren Jeffs' trial 18 September 2007 in St. George, Utah. Jeffs, former head of the polygamist Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is charged with coercing the marriage and rape of a 14-year-old church-follower to her 19-year-old cousin in 2001. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Jud Burkett (Photo credit should read Jud Burkett/AFP/Getty Images)
ST. GEORGE, UT - SEPTEMBER 18: Defense witness Joanna Keate answers questions during Warren Jeffs' trial September 18, 2007 in St. George, Utah. Jeffs, former head of the polygamist Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is charged with coercing the marriage and rape of a 14-year-old church-follower to her 19-year-old cousin in 2001. (Photo by Douglas C. Pizac-Pool/Getty Images)
ST. GEORGE, UT - SEPTEMBER 6: Several television trucks are parked outside the 5th Judicial District Courthouse for the first court hearing for Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) leader Warren Jeffs September 6, 2006 in St. George, Utah. Jeffs faces sex charges involving an underage girl in an arranged marriage with an older man. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
COLORADO CITY, AZ - SEPTEMBER 6: Women sit on horses September 6, 2006 in Colorado City, Arizona. Warren Jeffs, of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is the leader of the polygamist Mormon sect living in Colorado City and Hildale, Utah. Jeffs, who will face sex charges involving an underage girl in an arranged marriage with an older man, will have his first court hearing September 6 in St. George, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
HILDALE, UTAH - MARCH 3: A large unfinished house (R) stands in contrast to the finished homes in the compound of the Prophet (L) of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) Warren Jeffs March 3, 2004 in Hildale, Utah. Most of the homes in Hildale and Colorado City which is run by the FLDS Church are unfinished. The FLDS Church which believes in Polygamy, and is in legal battles with several former male members of the church over property rights and custody custody of their wives and children after they were kicked out of the church. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
SAN ANGELO, TX - APRIL 9: (TABLOIDS OUT; UTAH MEDIA-SOME RESTRICTIONS APPLY) (R-L) Richard Wright, Willie Jessop, and an unidentified man leave the Tom Green County Courthouse after attorneys for the FLDS church presented their case April 9, 2008 in San Angelo, Texas. Jessop is the former bodyguard for Warren Jeffs. Some 416 children were removed from the polygamous sect's West Texas ranch by officials last week after allegations of abuse were reported. The children were placed in temporary custody of the state. (Photo by Mike Terry/Deseret Morning News/Getty Images)
COLORADO CITY, ARIZONA - MARCH 3: A large church building of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) stands empty and unused for almost a year March 3, 2004 in Colorado City, Arizona after the Prophet of the church Warren Jeffs said the people weren't worthy enough to attend church. The FLDS Church believes in Polygamy, and is in legal battles with several former male members of the church over property rights and custody custody of their wives and children after they were kicked out of the church. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
In this Dec. 16, 2014 photo, girls stand in a playground in Colorado City, Ariz. The sister cities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, once run by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, are split between loyalists who still believe he is a victim of religious persecution and defectors who are embracing government efforts to pull the town into modern society. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this Dec. 16, 2014 photo, people walk along a street in Hildale, Utah. The sister cities of Hildale and Colorado City, Ariz., once run by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, are split between loyalists who still believe he is a victim of religious persecution and defectors who are embracing government efforts to pull the town into modern society. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this Dec. 16, 2014 photo, a girl runs past a street sign in Hildale, Utah. The sister cities of Hildale and Colorado City, Ariz., once run by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, are split between loyalists who still believe he is a victim of religious persecution and defectors who are embracing government efforts to pull the town into modern society. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Dec. 16, 2014 photo shows the compound built for polygamist leader Warren Jeffs in Hildale, Utah. Willie Jessop, the former spokesman and bodyguard for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or FLDS, has converted the compound in to a bed and breakfast. In defiance of some of Jeffs' rules, he now flies the U.S. flag, keeps the gate open and has torn down part of the wall. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this Dec. 16, 2014 photo, Willie Jessop, the former spokesman and bodyguard for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, stands on the steps of a compound built for polygamist leader Warren Jeffs in Hildale, Utah. Jessop has converted the compound into a bed and breakfast. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
FILE - Hildale, Utah sits at the base of red rock cliff mountains with its sister city, Colorado City, Ariz. in the foreground in this Thursday, April 20, 2006 file photo. An attorney for local law enforcement in the two polygamous towns, where most residents are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints run by the group’s jailed leader Warren Jeffs, says the U.S. Justice Department plans to sue both communities, claiming religious discrimination. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
This July 12, 2011 photo shows Texas Parks and Wildlife Capt. Marco Alvizo pose for a photo near Lake Amistad, in Del Rio, Texas. Alvizo pulled over a man in 2004 who led him to a secretive religious compound of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints _ a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism that believes polygamy is the key to heaven_ led by Warren Jeffs. A 2008 raid seized 439 children and led to the arrest of Jeffs, and 11 other sect members, facing charges including sexual assault and bigamy. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
FILE - In this April 7, 2008, file photo, adult members of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather as children play with bottles of bubble water on the grounds of their temporary housing at Fort Concho National Historic Landmark in San Angelo, Texas. Members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints _ a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism that believes polygamy is the key to heaven _ were subject of a SWAT team raid where 439 children were seized from mothers. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
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Tonia Tewell, the director of the non-profit group Holding Out Help, which works with people leaving polygamous communities, said she has heard similar rumors from ex-members with family ties in Hildale and Colorado City.

"April 6 is supposed to be the end of the world and only the most righteous will be saved. I've also heard that's when the prison walls are supposed to crumble and only Warren and Lyle will be let go," she told FOX 13.

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​Ahead of a federal court hearing for Fundamentalist LDS Church bishop Lyle Jeffs, some ex-members of the Utah-based polygamous sect have claimed they are hearing rumors that his brother has prophesied the end of the world -- again.
The timing coincides with a scheduled court hearing for Lyle Jeffs. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah is urging a federal judge to keep Lyle Jeffs in jail pending trial on charges of food stamp fraud and money laundering.
The FLDS Church, a fundamentalist Mormon sect, is a breakaway religion from the mainstream LDS Church. Indeed, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not practice polygamy and excommunicates those who do.
Tonia Tewell, the director of the non-profit group Holding Out Help, which works with people leaving polygamous communities, said she has heard similar rumors from ex-members with family ties in Hildale and Colorado City.
On Tuesday, federal prosecutors asked for a one-week delay of Lyle Jeffs' hearing to present rebuttal evidence to a defense motion to release him. The defense points out that he has complied with court orders in other cases and denied that he was a flight risk.
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Substantiating the rumors is difficult. Some FOX 13 spoke with in the communities said they had not heard of any "end of the world" prophecies within the FLDS Church. Tewell said she had a teenage boy her group was helping who wanted to get back into the church recently because he wanted to get to heaven before the end of the world.

Of course, when the apocalypse comes and goes, Tewell said, followers are told it's another test -- and they must do more to stay worthy.

"They put this enormous pressure on the people that this is the end. When they say it's not the end, then they have more pressure saying they're not righteous enough and they have to clean and cleanse their community so the apocalypse can actually happen. It puts more of a burden on people I love and care about," she said.

Tewell said her group continues to offer resources to people inside the polygamous communities.

The timing coincides with a scheduled court hearing for Lyle Jeffs. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah is urging a federal judge to keep Lyle Jeffs in jail pending trial on charges of food stamp fraud and money laundering. Federal prosecutors allege taxpayers were bilked out of more than $12 million by FLDS leaders, who demanded members hand over their food stamp benefits to the church to do with as they pleased.

April 6 has some significance in Mormon history -- it is the day in 1830 that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded by Joseph Smith. Some LDS leaders have also claimed it is Christ's true birthday. (The FLDS Church, a fundamentalist Mormon sect, is a breakaway religion from the mainstream LDS Church. Indeed, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not practice polygamy and excommunicates those who do.)

On Tuesday, federal prosecutors asked for a one-week delay of Lyle Jeffs' hearing to present rebuttal evidence to a defense motion to release him. The defense points out that he has complied with court orders in other cases and denied that he was a flight risk.

"Taken at face value and assuming this is true, the Court must consider that these allegations occurred eight to ten years ago at the height of Warren Jeffs' criminal matters," defense attorney Kristen Angelos wrote. "Furthermore, there is no suggestion that Lyle Jeffs himself was ever subject to arrest. Therefore, there is no evidence that he was attempting to evade arrest by authorities."

U.S. District Court Judge Ted Stewart denied the feds' motion to continue the hearing without comment.

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