“Preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive.” Hutaree
On March 27, eight members of the Hutaree militia were arrested based a federal grand jury indictment for seditious conspiracy attempt to use weapons of mass destruction; teaching/demonstrating the use of explosive materials; plus two counts of carrying a firearm as part of a crime of violence. The eight were arrested in small towns in Southeastern Michigan and adjacent areas of Ohio and Indiana.
According to their web site, Hutaree means soldier of Christ. In fact, the term is meaningless except in the private language of the group.
The religious warriors had a four part plan. They would draw the attention of federal law enforcement officials by killing one or several, including family members if they were available. When a major funeral was held for the slain police or federal officials, the Hutaree would attack the funeral procession with explosive devices killing as many police as they could. At that point, the soldiers of Christ would retreat to the woods and battle law enforcement. All of this would culminate in a national uprising against the government, which they believe to be the agent of the antichrist. USA versus David Brian Stone, et al (HUTAREE)
“The Hutaree will one day see its enemy and meet him on the battlefield if so God wills it.”
Eight indicted Hutaree (“Christian Soldiers”)
The Hutaree have a grandiose notion of their role in relation to Christ and also their power to generate a revolution across the country. Their web site’s “About Us” page states that, “We believe that one day, as prophecy says, there will be an Anti-Christ. All Christians must know this and prepare, just as Christ commanded.” Accordingly,
“Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment. The only thing on earth to save the testimony and those who follow it, are the members of the testimony, til the return of Christ in the clouds. We, the Hutaree, are prepared to defend all those who belong to Christ and save those who aren’t. We will still spread the word, and fight to keep it, up to the time of the great coming.” Hutaree.Com
The Hutaree action plan is similar to that murderer Charles Manson and his followers in the late 1960’s. According to Manson, random killings of wealthy Southern California would spark a national race war. When the whites were defeated, somehow the Manson family would emerge and be honored by victorious blacks for initiating the revolt.
The thought is not the deed. But these thoughts extracted from the Book of Daniel formed the justification for the Hutaree project. From Daniel 11:32-35:
32. Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
33 “And those of the people who understand shall instruct many; yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering.
34 “Now when they fall, they shall be aided with a little help; but many shall join them by intrigue.
35 “And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time.”
This is a video that the group shared on its web site.