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About The "Message" Mind Control Cult

And Roy Elonza Davis, Imperial Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan

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The religious cult following of William Marrion Branham, collectively called the "Message" consists of a variety of groups and splinter groups who are programmed to believe that Branham was the return of "Elijah the prophet" to forerun the second coming of Jesus Christ. Some of the more extremist cult groups believe that Branham himself was Jesus Christ, while other splinter cells believe that his son, Joseph Branham, is the Christ. All share a common belief structure, which is based on fundamentalist Pentecostalism. Like other Pentecostal-style religious cults, those under the undue influence of the "Message" believe that a "Prophet leader" is the ultimate authority on scripture and doctrine, and that the extra-biblical rules established by the "prophet leader" are required for salvation.

William Branham was initiated into the ministry by official Ku Klux Klan spokesman Roy E. Davis in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Davis, a Texas native fleeing prosecution, legal action, and exposure from crimes committed in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, Texas, and other states, briefly took residence in Jeffersonville to establish one of many churches under his supervision. The state of Indiana was a hotbed for Klan activity after D. C. Stephenson's attempt at a Klan controlled presidency through their own appointed or influenced U.S. Senators and Congressmen in Indianapolis. After Stephenson's imprisonment and the hidden secrets of the Klan were exposed, many cities began passing ordinances to limit Klan activity. But the lawless gambling town of Jeffersonville, Indiana had a Ku Klux Klan headquarters and a sympathetic community. When neighboring cities of Louisville, KY, New Albany, IN, and others began to force Klansmen out of their boundaries, Jeffersonville became a safe haven to the White Knights.

As Klan spokesman, Davis frequented many cities throughout the United States under the disguise of a minister or evangelist, often returning to Jeffersonville during times of trouble with local and federal law enforcement. It was during this time that Davis connected with a young William Branham. Branham, whose family found financial support from the Klan during his father's incarceration for illegal production of alcohol, was the perfect fit to oversee the Jeffersonville operations. Shortly after William Branham was appointed into a position of leadership in Davis' Pentecostal church, Davis was extradited to Arkansas on charges of grand theft auto and connection to a murder.

A few years later Davis reconnected with a former United States Congressman, William D. Upshaw, who was strongly connected to the formation of the Second Ku Klux Klan and was a personal friend of former Imperial Wizard William Joseph Simmons. Together, Davis and Upshaw were involved in a scandal when the Ashley-Davis Children's Orphanage was exposed as a money-making scam to fund Davis' agenda.

Soon after the funds were collected and matters were settled, William Branham was initiated into evangelism. His first campaign manager, Reverend Kidson from Davis' home state of Texas, bragged that suitcases of money were collected during Branham's first few meetings. After Branham was established in the Pentecostal evangelistic community, former Congressman Upshaw entered Branham's "prayer line" as an invalid bound to a wheelchair, though he had been walking and running since the early 1930's. Word quickly spread that a former Congressman was healed of a bedridden and wheelchair-bound condition, and to those who did not know the Congressman personally viewed it as a "miracle." Branham rose to instant fame on the heels of the Healing Revival.

Click To Read It was during this time that the Third Wave of the Ku Klux Klan was initiated to combat the rise of Civil Rights. Branham and Upshaw began touring the United States promoting the religious aspects of the Klan agenda while Davis began positioning himself for a leadership role in the strong opposition to Civil Rights. Unsealed FBI documents bind Davis to organizing the opposition to in Little Rock, Arkansas immediately prior to the Little Rock Nine, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr, and various other events in the war against Civil Rights including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. During the heat of this battle, Branham's ministry was fully aligned with the religious aspects of the Ku Klux Klan, claiming that the "colored man" should be satisfied in the condition he is in and should not need integration (63-0628M), that Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement were "Communistic Inspired" (64-0830E), and most importantly that interracial marriage produced illegitimate children not worthy of the kingdom of heaven. (61-0411). His ministry was strongly opposed to President Kennedy, who was a strong proponent of Civil Rights in the United States. After Kennedy's presidency began, Branham began comparing the president and his wife to Ahab and Jezebel (62-0422), and that a final attack against the White House was necessary. (61-0319) It is because of these statements that some debate the nature of the "Message" cult. Many claim that the following was established solely as a religious following, and therefore should be labeled as a destructive religious cult. Others, realizing that the cult's establishment included a strong political agenda through Davis feel it could be labeled as a destructive political cult. In either case, it is apparent that Branham's long-lasting influence could support either theory.

After the assassination of President Kennedy, Branham's ministry began to transform. Without the background information into the strong ties to the Ku Klux Klan, and without having knowledge of Imperial Grand Dragon Roy E. Davis, Branham's sermon transcripts prior to 1963 are very vague in who, exactly, is being promoted. It isn't until after Kennedy's death and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's initiation of a very thorough examination of the white supremacy groups that Branham begins to turn vague hints into strong promotion of himself. In fact, a large number of his current followers believe that Branham's sermons prior to 1963 were "not inspired," and that the "real Elijah" begins to present himself after 1963. From 1963 to 1965, Branham openly described himself as the "Messiah," claiming that his evangelistic ministry was the fulfillment of Luke 17:30 of the Christian Bible describing the return of the Son of Man. Weeks before his death in 1965, Branham claimed that the "Elijah of this day" (himself) was, in fact, Jesus Christ. (65-1127B)

After his death, the cult following of William Branham continued to grow and spread through the efforts of his two sons. In 2012, their organization, Voice of God Recordings claimed that there were between 2 and 4 million followers worldwide, and tax records filed with the Internal Revenue Service showed an increase in assets of over $100,000,000. Upon further examination of the corporations filed with the states of Indiana, Kentucky, and Arizona, it appears that even more money has been moved through sub-corporations and dispersed to unknown entities and agendas. Cult pastors continue the Klan-aligned religious agenda created by Roy E. Davis and spread through William Branham, some of them labeled as the "Most Racist Pastor(s) In America".

The cult was examined in 2015 by mind control cult expert Steven Hassan, and it was established that the "Message" cult meets the criteria to be labeled "destructive mind control cult." According to Hassan's "BITE Model", The cult is employing behavioral control, information control, thought control, and emotional control to attract new recruits and keep them captive. "The Message" cult is now listed in the database of mind control cults on Freedom of Mind Resource Center.

But thankfully, a large number of people have escaped from the undue influence and invisible boundaries of this destructive cult. Through the work of former members, many of which are listed on our partners page, a very large portion of Branham's statements have been examined for historical and scriptural accuracy, as well for morally acceptible practice. This examination has proved helpful to many in escaping the clutches of the cult's influence, having realized that not only were many of William Branham's claims exaggerated or inaccurate, the agenda he supported was morally unacceptible. Before long, support groups were created to assist with the deprogramming process and to lesson the pain that former mind control cult members face in their day-to-day struggles as they start to integrate into normal society.

A fully-detailed examination of the cult's creation is found in the book "Stone Mountain to Dallas - The Untold Story of Roy E. Davis," which is available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback format.
William Branham's Alignment With Klan Agenda:

The "Colored Man" Should Be Satisfied In The State He Is In
I wish I could talk to Martin Luther King. That man, being a Christian, don't know he is leading his people right into a death trap, where there is going to be millions of them killed. See? He is wrong. 18 I love my brethren, my colored brethren. I wouldn't be in Africa and around, preaching to them, if I didn't love them. They're God's people, the same as we are. But I don't believe that… That man, under this, is only going to cause many, many, many more of them to be killed. Then it'll start a revolutionary again, that'll never wade out of the people down here. So they're not slaves. They have as much freedom as anybody else. They, if they were slaves, I would be on that side. But they're not slaves. It's just because they want to go to school. They got schools. Let them go to school. That's right. 20 Was there, remember that old colored brother standing up, that morning, in that riot. He asked the militia if he could speak. He said, "I never was ashamed of being a black man. My Maker made me a black man. But this morning, I'm ashamed the way my race is acting. What's them people doing to us? Only been good to us." "The white woman," raised up and said, "I don't want my children schooled by a white woman," said, "because they… she won't pay the—the interest, take interest in my children like a colored woman was in my own race." Said, "There, look at our schools. They got swimming pools. They got better schools and everything. Why do we want to go to their schools?" That's right. I believe God is a God of—of, well, I'd say He is a God of variety. He makes big mountains and little mountains. He makes deserts. He makes forests. He makes white man, black man, red man. We should never cross that up. It becomes a hybrid. And anything hybrid cannot re-breed itself. You are ruining the race of people. There is some things about a colored man that a white man don't even possess them traits. A white man is always stewing and worrying; a colored man is satisfied in the state he is in, so they don't need those things.
Branham, 63-0628M - O Lord, Just Once More

Martin Luther King And Civil Rights Movement Were "Communistic Inspired"
Down there that day in Shreveport when that uprise come, and them—and there was all them young colored inspired out there, communistic… I've told you here in this pulpit, Martin Luther King is the greatest indebtment the colored people's ever had. Right. That man's going to lead a—thousands of them to a slaughter (That's right.), inspired by communism.
Branham, 64-0830E - Questions And Answers #4

And I think that Martin Luther King is Communistic inspired, which is going to lead about a million people to a absolutely a death trap. See? I don't say the Lord told me that. "I" believe, see. And I believe it shouldn't be done. I think that people ought to be Christians and recognize one another as brothers. And, but I think just because… 12 This United States, this government now tells me that I can't even sign a check that—that's be… give to me personally. See? That's constitutional rights taken from me, but what can I do about it? Just go ahead, that's all. See? And it has to go through another system before I as a citizen of the United States can cash a check, has to come through this church, I can't cash it. See? And that's not right. That's unconstitutional. But what—what can I do about it? There's nothing. This tax collector down here is the one told me I couldn't do it, so, well, there it is. If it is, what of it. So just let it go. 13 I think it ought to be the same thing, that the… that my colored brothers and sisters in the South oughtn't to rise up to arms against their brethren and things like over such a little thing as that. My, what difference does it make if you go to school where or what?
Branham, 63-0721 - He Cares Do You Care?

Stronly Opposed To Interracial Marriage
In the Old Testament a child that was hybrid, borned out of holy wedlock could not even come in the congregation of the Lord for ten generations: took ten generations to breed it out. That's four hundred years to breed out a illegitimate child; could not even come into the congregation of the Lord; hybreeding: a woman vowed to her husband and live with another man and have a baby by him: a horrible thing. Today, we have so much fussing and stewing about this segregation of white and colored and everything. Why don't they leave it alone? Let it the way God made it. Tell me what real good, smart, intelligent, beautiful, colored woman would want to have a baby by a white man to make it a mulatto? Not sense. Many thing the colored people has is far beyond the white man.
Branham, 61-0411 - But It Wasn't So From The Beginning

Strongly Opposed to President Kennedy
She is setting right here on the throne, today, in this country. Remember, just like Ahab did, and Jezebel behind him. That's… The Bible calls the Catholic church "Jezebel; prostitute." And Ahab wasn't no bad guy. I don't say that Mr. Kennedy isn't a nice man. I don't know nothing about him. He's a man. That's all I know. He's the President. I believe he'll make a good President. It's not him; it's that system behind him. Wait till she gets wormed into the cabinet, and everywhere she can, then watch what'll happen. Look what it done in other nations. Look what it's always done. 331 And don't the Bible say, in Revelation 13? This nation is number thirteen. It's got thirteen stripes and thirteen stars in the flag. Thirteen stripes in the flag. Thirteen, everything in it is thirteen; thirteen colonies, thirteen everything. And it's found in the 13th chapter of Revelation. 332 And the Bible said, that, "She come up like a little lamb," freedom of religion; "two little horns," civil and ecclesiastical. And after while, they united, "And he spoke like the dragon did, and done everything the dragon did before him." And the Bible said, "They made a image unto the beast," the confederation of church, just what they got in right now, here in New York City. And there that great big morgue up there! And all you Methodists, Baptists, and Pentecostals, and every one of you, economical, ecumenical people out here, trying to do such things as that, and selling out your birthrights, to join that bunch of Babylon. What's the matter with you? Sure. Selling your birthrights, like Esau did, for a mess of pottage. That's all you're going to get. That's all.
Branham, 62-0422 - The Restoration Of The Bride Tree

Declared Attack on White House
But there'll be a one-man system come forth with the power and the anointing of Elijah to fulfill the prophecy. Hallelujah. He'll shake it. And remember, he prophesied to them, and prophesied, and told them all the things, and God worked with him. But his final message was attacked on the White House. When John came, his final message was attacked on the White House of that day. Elijah's final message, when he walked down that road that morning after being in the Presence of God out there, walked down that road with old hairs all over him, his bald head shining, the whiskers blowing, them little old eyes was gleaming with the glory of God, that stick in his hand, and his feet just as steady as they could be: what's he doing? Walking right down from Samaria into the presence of the White House, and saying, "THUS SAITH THE LORD." Fearing nothing… The churches had turned him down; the people had turned him down; so now he's giving his final attack upon the White House.
Branham, 61-0319 - Jezebel Religion


William Branham Declared Himself To Be the Christ
But the Elijah of this day is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is to come according to Matthew the seventeen-… Luke 17:30, says the Son of man is to reveal Himself among His people. Not a man, God! But it'll come through a prophet.
Branham, 65-1127B - Trying To Do God A Service Without It Being God's Will