The last year of his ministry, Rev. Branham would condemn Los Angeles for allegedly rejecting Christ, and condemn the city into destruction. His vision would compare to Capernaum, which Branham thought was beneath the sea during the time of his ministry.
That is solemn warning. We don't know what time, and you don't know what time, that this city one day is going to be laying out here in the bottom of this ocean. "Oh, Capernaum," said Jesus, "thou who exalted into heaven, will be brought down into hell. For, if the mighty works had been done in Sodom and Gomorrah, it'd have been standing to this day." And Sodom, Gomorrah lays in the bottom of the Dead Sea. And Capernaum is in the bottom of the sea. Thou city, who claims to be the city of the Angels, who has exalted yourself into heaven, and sent all the dirty, filthy things of fashions and things, till even the foreign countries come here to pick up our filth and send it away, to your fine churches and steeples, and so forth, the way you do. Remember, one day you'll be laying in the bottom of the sea, your great honeycomb under you right now. The wrath of God is belching right beneath you. How much longer He will hold this sandbar hanging out over that? When, that ocean out yonder, a mile deep, will slide in there, plumb back to the Salton Sea. It'll be worse than the last day of Pompeii. Repent, Los Angeles.
BRANHAM, 65-0429E THE.CHOOSING.OF.A.BRIDE_ LOS.ANGELES.
Capernaum was a fishing village at the time of the Hasmoneans (140-116 BC). To this day, it is located in the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Archaeological excavations have revealed two ancient synagogues built one on top of the other. Capernaum was spared by the Romans during the Jewish Revolt (AD 66-70), and was referred to as a fertile spring in the writings of Josephus. Many homes were built in the 4th century, and one of the homes was greatly transformed in the 5th century. Evidence shows a constant transforming city since before the days of Christ until about the 5th Century. It has never been under the sea.
It is common knowledge that California sits on a fault line that produces major earthquakes of this day, just as the Bible predicted. It was common knowledge before Branham made the prediction that Los Angeles particularly was very brittle under the foundation, and Branham discussed this in his sermons.
And this scientist was speaking, being on an interview. We was watching on television. And he said, "Beneath that is just a churning lava." And he said this, he said, "That is a chunk will break loose," and said, "and it will." And this inter-... The man, scientist interviewing this chief scientist, said to him, said, "Well, that could then all sink?" He said, "Could? It's got to!" Said, "Well, course, will probably be many, many years from now." He said, "It can be in five minutes from now, or it can be in five years from now." He just lotted five years. But just as I sure was standing there under that Inspiration, put judgment on that West Coast, and then followed it right up here with the sinking of Los Angeles, she is gone! That's right. It will happen. When? I don't know.
BRANHAM, 65-0711 ASHAMED_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
Previous visions by others have predicted earthquakes sinking Los Angeles since 1937. While in a hospital, a 17-year-old Joe Brandt had an out-of-body experience that was so clear to him that it was written down and formed into a book in 1965.
I've been thinking about it all morning. I'm going home tomorrow. It was just a dream. It was nothing more. Nobody in the future on Hollywood Boulevard is going to be wearing earringsâ€”and those beards. Nothing like that is ever going to happen. That girl was so real to meâ€”that girl with those kids. It won't ever happenâ€”but if it did, how could I tell her (maybe she isn't even born yet) to move away from California when she has her twinsâ€”and she can't be on the Boulevard that day. She was so gosh-darned real.
The other thingâ€”those ham operatorsâ€”hanging on like thatâ€”over and overâ€”saying the same thing:
"This is California. We are going into the sea. This is California. We are going into the sea. Get to the mountains. Get to the hilltops. California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Utah. This is California. We are going into the sea."
The Coming Earthquake - Joe Brandt
Branham could see nothing past 1977, and made that very clear throughout his ministry. According to a book by Pearry Green, Branham saw Los Angeles under the ocean before Billy Paul was an old man.
"Billy, I may not be here but you won't be an old man until sharks will swim right where we are standing"
BRANHAM, See The Acts of the Prophet, by Pearry Green, page 119
Billy Paul Branham was born on September 13, 1935, putting him at age 76 in 2011. Branham claimed to be an old man at age 56, and 76 years old is considered to be old age by practically everyone in every nation.
Knowing that Los Angeles lies beyond the fault, knowing that the foundation under Los Angeles is very brittle, and probably knowing that Joe Brandt also had a very clear retelling of California going under the sea, it would be very easy for Rev. Branham to "predict" that it would happen. Many scientists of the day had also predicted it, and still worry about it to this day.