When you examine William Branham's statements regarding government officials and those running for candidacy, it is very evident that there were political motivations behind some of the statements in the sermons. Though Branham claimed that he was "neither democrat or republican, I'm a Christian," his rants against political leaders would seem to say otherwise.
While we do not have any recorded statements concerning president Roosevelt during his run for president or his time during office, we do have expressions of memories describing this time period by Branham on recorded sermon. As we've shown in other places, these memories are not always found to be truthful, however we can find a thread of truth in-between the lines of fiction. And this thread of consistency seems to be one having ties to Branham's former pastor, Rev. Roy E. Davis.
Branham describes his being at a Roosevelt rally as the election campaign made its way through Southern Indiana:
Well, it's just too bad. Well, we just have to put up with... Our day's coming. That's right. Our day... This--this is the day of man. The day of the Lord will come. That's right. That's when... I stood one time to watch the late President Roosevelt when he came into a little city of ours, in New Albany, Indiana. I was working out there on high lines as a lineman.
His memory of this rally was not a good one. He woudld often describe being upset because he had to stand in the back of the crowd with the "common people":
One time in New Albany, Indiana, when our late President Roosevelt was coming down to make a speech, and he came down by the train, and they stopped down at the river, I tell you, every place was filled up. And two or three of us preachers, little, what we call Holy Ghost preachers... I tell you, talking about a back number, we was. They wouldn't even let us get nowhere. So we had to stand way back up somewhere. But I thought, "Yeah, this is the day of man. But wait till the day of the Lord comes." Amen.
Before Branham started promoting the idea that he prophesied regarding president Roosevelt, his statements concerning the late president would clearly display his political viewpoints. Some of them were with mixed emotion, but generally speaking, they were negative:
When the late Mr. Roosevelt come to the little city (my city's too small for him), but when he come to New Albany, just below me... I think we got about twenty-one thousand; they got about twenty-seven thousand. But he stopped there in one of his elections and electioneering, and, oh, my, everybody just filled the whole country around there to see Mr. Roosevelt. Well, I was like Zacchaeus, I was too little. So I... to look over the crowd, so I got way up on top of the hill. And the train stopped near the river. And he stood on the back po--or the back part of the train to make a little speech. And so I backed my truck up to a shed and climbed up on top of the shed to look. I thought, "Well, you know, nobody knows I'm here now; probably Mr. Roosevelt doesn't either." Doesn't make much difference. But I want to live so that when Jesus comes, that He will say to me like He did to Zacchaeus, "Now, come down off of that shed." I'm sure we all feel that way, don't we?
I came down, and I thought... Well, they told us we could go down and hear him. He was going to make just a little whistle stop like when he came through the city. And oh, how everybody gathered out. Well, time us workmen got there, well, I had to get on top of a shed way back up here to even see the man walk out.
But let me tell you, when Mr. Roosevelt... The man is dead. Let him rest; I trust he is. Come in, and run in three or four terms, and taken over, just a preliminary dictatorship. I can prove to you, that in the Scripture, where That said it'd take place. That's right. We haven't got no more constitution. She is broke to pieces. Everything is all smattered. The Republicans is just as bad. It's six of one, and a half a dozen of the other one. 204 For, every kingdom is going to be smashed, but the Kingdom of Jesus Christ shall stand and reign forever. That's right. Upon... Daniel saw the Rock hewed out of the mountain, and hit the political world back there and mashed it into a grinding powder like that, like the wheat on a threshingfloor of a summertime. But that Rock grew into a great mountain that spread over the hea-... filled the whole heavens and earth. That's it.
Over time, Branham starts to claim that he was speaking against Roosevelt during his time under Pentecostal pastor Roy E. Davis. Like other recorded statements regarding Branham's personal opinion, these negative statements against Roosevelt later turned into a description of what he called "prophecy." But remember,there is a thread of truth that can be found between the fiction. Branham started claiming that he "prophesied" of the downturn in Roosevelt's policy:
Why is it each day you make a mistake, each day you do wrong? But if you're borned again, man or woman, as soon as you make the mistake, God knows you're sorry for it. You'd stand in the Presence of--of President Roosevelt or anybody else and say, "I'm wrong; God forgive me for this thing." Why? And there's where the Blood atonement... You notice that s-i-n-s. A sinner is a sinner; he does not commit sins. But the church commits sin, does wrong, gets a wrong thought, wrong impression, makes scruples, wobbles like a little child walking, trying to learn how to walk. He just don't know how to walk good yet, 'cause he's a little boy. But we have a hand that reaches down if we--gets us and steadies us, and say, "Make this step this a-way, son." He doesn't pick us up and spank us because we made a mistake; He doesn't beat us to death because we're trying to walk. He loves us like we love our children.
The president which now is, President Franklin D. Roosevelt... (Now remember, this is twenty-eight years ago.) will cause the whole world to go to war; and the new dictator of Italy, Mussolini, shall make his first invasion towards Ethiopia, and he will take Ethiopia; but that'll be his last. He shall come to his end.
The irony is found in Roy E. Davis himself. Davis was Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, recorded in the United States Senate giving testimony in his establishment of the White Knights throughout the midwest. Branham was Davis's assistant pastor.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt ran for office under the disguise of a Klan supporter, and even pushed Klan agendas from time to time. Roosevelt is viewed negatively for nominating Hugo Black for the supreme court -- while it was public knowledge that Black was affiliated with the Klan.
While we do not find recorded statements to confirm this, it is our opinion that WMB supported Davis during a portion of his run for election. Simply based upon his memories of Roosevelt, there was a combination of supportive statements and very negative emotions. Generally speaking, the Klan were supporters until they realized that Roosevelt was using them as a tool for election.
Towards the end of his run for election, Roosevelt started making decisions that angered the Klan. He started accepting the support of the Catholics, Jews, blacks, and union organizers. Trying to sway the vote against Roosevelt, the Klan issued this statement:
"Don't be fooled. Farley is ROOSEVELT; Tammany Hall, Catholic controlled, is ROOSEVELT.... EVERY PROMINENT ROMAN CATHOLIC YOU CAN FIND IS FOR ROOSEVELT..... The Underworld is a unit for Roosevelt. The gangsters of Chicago, St. Louis... and New York are for Roosevelt.... Roosevelt, their subservient tool, will turn our country over to Tammany and thus we will have CATHOLIC CONTROL OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND LIFE, if he is elected.... BE AWARE OF THE 8TH OF NOVEMBER!"
This statement, issued by the Klan, pretty much sums up Branham's political agenda for years to come. One can easily take this same statement, change the name "Roosevelt" to "Kennedy," and apply the same position towards any of the politically minded statement Branham made concerning President Kennedy before, during, and after his presidency.
The problem is that Branham tied these politically-motivated statements to what he called "prophecy."
Wade, The Fiery Cross: The Ku Klux Klan in America
1933, one morning going to the Baptist tabernacle, I went into a trance, saw a vision. I saw President Roosevelt was going to help lead the world to a world war, told it that morning. They was going to lock me up for it.
As time progressed, and a better understanding of the war was given to the public, Rev. Branham would change his views on the instigator. In later accounts, Branham would proclaim that he had prophesied that Hitler was the one in his vision that caused the whole world to go to war. The vision was said to have even predicted the country of origin for Hitler, where he would become a dictator, and the mystery around his death.
The next vision foretold that an Austrian by the name of Adolph Hitler would rise up as dictator over Germany, and that he would draw the world into war. It showed the Siegfried line and how our troops would have a terrible time to overcome it. Then it showed that Hitler would come to a mysterious end.
But the truth is that Roosevelt was not the instigator, and did not lead the world into war. World War II began in March 1939, and United States finally joined into the war after over 2 years of battles between world powers -- in 1941. The United States joined into the war after several other countries, even major world powers, had entered into the war.
These are the dates each country entered into the war:
Now, look what happened now. In... President Franklin D. Roosevelt took America to England's tea party. That's right. Germany never picked on us; we picked on them, throwed the whole world into a war, to cause a world war.
BRANHAM, 60-1113 CONDEMNATION.BY.REPRESENTATION
Great Britain 9/3/1939
New Zealand 9/3/1939
S. Africa 9/6/1939
Costa Rica 12/8/1941
Dom Rep 12/8/1941
El Salvador 12/8/1941
Five world powers were already at war as either Axis or Allied forces. Though it was necessary for the United States to get involved to stop Germany as their forces grew, Roosevelt was hesitant to join the fighting. Instead, Roosevelt insisted on preventing Japan from becoming a part of the war or a supplier of military supplies. It was Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor that ultimately led to the United States joining the war, and only as retaliation from a first strike.
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