In 1933, William Branham toured the World's Fair Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. This fair provided visitors with a glimpse into the future, walking patrons through the latest technologies, prototypes, and future direction.
One of the exhibits in this fair was the Lincoln Zephyr, which seems to be the foundation for a prophecy that Branham would claim years later. The Lincoln Zephyr, originally named "Briggs Dream Car," was a prototype that was made in honor of the biggest attraction in the 1933 World's Fair: The Pioneer Zephyr.. This train was the early model of what would become the California Zephyr, a train that would quickly transport passengers from Chicago to San Francisco.
The aerodynamics of this train was state-of-the-art, its front end rounded and angled forward to allow airflow freely over or to the side of the engine. Lincoln took the same design with the car’s front-end grille, but took aerodynamics to the next level with the rounded fenders, rounded top, and overall shape of an egg. For its time, this car was sci-fi fantasy, but not long after, it became reality.
This aerodynamic strategy was employed in several prototypes by other manufacturers, including another egg-shaped vehicle on display in the 1933 World's Fair. The first prototype of the Dymaxion made test runs at the Fair, and was involved in an accident that killed the driver and seriously injured two passengers. The canvas top of the vehicle did not offer sufficient protection against impact, and the single rear wheel did not offer enough stability. After its accident, the investors abandoned the project.
In 1956, Branham started claiming to have had a vision describing this shape of a car. Also, during sermons, Branham claimed that the shape had become common — reminding listeners of how the early automobiles were designed. His original intent was to describe a prophecy that listeners would see as already fulfilled.
Over time, this motive changed. As technology increased, and automobiles no longer styled themselves like the Zephyr, Branham added additional details to this prophecy. From rounded glass tops to self-guidance systems, this prophecy of a car shaped like an egg began to take other forms pointing to future innovation.
When the Central Power and Light Company ran an article entitled "Power Companies Build For Your New Electric Living,” Branham's telling of this vision now included details of the people sitting inside of the car. His description closely matched the scene from the article, from the rounded glass dome of the vehicle to the family playing a board game in the cab while leaving the steering wheel unattended.
Again, Branham claimed that his vision had been fulfilled. This time, however, it was fulfilled by the driverless car. That same car was on exhibit in the 1962 World's Fair Century 21 Exposition, in Seattle, Washington. Branham toured the exhibits, and described the car as fulfillment of prophecy.
But like the egg-shaped Zephyr, this technology has not become mainstream. Followers of William Branham gather great excitement when they read of any advancement in the automotive industry, hoping that these vehicles will someday become common.
With the progression of science, one can raise many questions surrounding this prophesy describing an egg-shaped car. Why are cars no longer in the shape of the Lincoln Zephyr? Why would God show a vision of a family playing a board game, when modern families are more likely to be entertained by a DVD, Blu-Ray, Xbox 360 or Playstation? Why did Branham claim prophetic insight regarding something that he saw at a World's Fair and in a magazine?
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