Branham's political agenda continued through is ministry, and like the statements regarding President Roosevelt, Branham's agenda towards President Kennedy turned into prophetic statements. Many of those statements are very similar in agenda when compared to the Klan's issued statement against the election of Roosevelt, and clearly have a racial bias. This is quite obvious when we compare the Klan's 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!"
With William Branham's statements against Kennedy:
Wade, The Fiery Cross: The Ku Klux Klan in America
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. The Germans built the Maginot Line, which there--any veteran here knows what she took there at the Maginot Line. Women, given the right to vote, elected President-elect Kennedy--with the woman's vote, the wrong man, which will finally be to full control of the Catholic church in the United States; then the bomb comes that explodes her. There's seven things predicted, and five of them has already happened. So you can judge yourself how far away we are. We're near the end. If them five things happened, these other two things are bound to happen. It's just got to happen. I do not think that Mr. Kennedy will have much effect now, because he'll make a wonderful president in order to bring in the others to get a scene set just like they have in England, like they did Mexico, like they did everywhere else, like that. And the American people, so unstable, not spiritually; they're smart, but too smart for their own good. Intelligence swings backward sometime and backfires. So they... (I'm preaching on that this morning, in a little bit.) So we find out we're--we're right on the verge... The reason I said this, that's the reason I pressed that the other day so hard the way I did, but it was that that did it. That's right. Women's vote that put... Did you notice the rallies on the television? Nixon to be pretty near all men. All of them wanted to kiss Kennedy (the women), jumping astraddle the cars and everything like that, jumping up and down.
With a group of Pentecostals, William Branham attended a breakfast that included President Nixon as a guest speaker. When you follow this story chronologically, details are added, such as Branham's personal acquaintance with Nixon, a visit from president Nixon to Branham's house in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and more. It is evident, based upon the statements describing Nixon, that William Branham was a strong supporter. At the same time, Nixon was also strongly supported by the Klan. During the televised debates between Nixon and John F. Kennedy, a Klan leader publicly endorsed Nixon and gave full support.
Branham's condemnation of Kennedy did not end with the campaign, and continued through Kennedy's time in office and long after his death. In fact, one of the prophecies that Branham claimed to have been given by God in 1933 was reworded and refocused upon President Kennedy. This "prophecy" was originally focused upon the lifestyles of women and their growing freedoms in the United States.
In 1956, Rev. Branham added a prophecy to the list of his "1933 visions" claiming that God had let him peer into the future to see that a woman would be President of the United States immediately before the End of Days.
One of the greatest mistakes that the colored race ever made was down in Louisiana and over in there when they voted for Kennedy the other night, and put him in.
I didn't mean that to do any harm, women; I don't mean you Christian women. But just to see women coming into politics and everything, it's a disgrace; it's a breaking of the American morale. And remember, this is... America will... A--a woman... I--I better leave it alone. But just remember this. I predict this: that a woman will be president before we're annihilated. That's right. I said that in 1933 by a vision.
Before the election of Kennedy, this prophecy was solely focused upon women, describing how the United States would begin to worship women as idols. Adding innacurate statistics to the statements, Branham would describe the sins of Hollywood by claiming that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had documentation in an investigation of a prostitution ring involving female actresses. Though some of these stars were worth hundreds of thousands (and sometimes millions) in the 1950's, Branham promoted the idea that any of the women in the film industry could be bought for as little as $25-$50 a night for prostitution.
And I predicted that America, their number one god would be women. That's what it is. Everything is fashioned after Hollywood. I have things on records from the FBI file that would shock you to pieces just to tell you right where, and the scandal on these movie stars, there isn't a one of them, hardly, but what's prostitutes. And the FBI exposed it just recently; I have it from their own file. And so all of them living out, even these movie stars, where they've proved they went in and picked them up, living with men, twenty-five and fifty dollars a night, of men, all up and down, in Hollywood and everywhere, had private homes and men back in there where they would send them out to these people.
This continued until it became a "prediction," one that he clearly states was not given from the Lord. In his "prediction," Branham describes a woman rising to President of the United States before 1977, which he predicted to be the "total annihilation" of the world:
And then, there'll be a great woman rise up, 'cause America is a woman's nation. And it'll... A great woman will rise up and be president, or something like that in the nation, and then there will come a total annihilation, the entire nation will be wiped out. And that, I predict--now this is not the Lord saying this--the other about the woman and this, is the Lord. But I predicted in 1933 that the world would be total annihilation before '77.
This prediction continued in various statements throughout his sermons, changing ever so slightly to include other options. Branham would begin to entertain the idea that his "prediction" could possibly include a woman as Vice President, or even the Catholic Church -- ideas also promoted by the Klan. In desperation for success, the "prediction" changed to include a man, wrongly elected by a woman. This minor change would ultimately be the grounds for future statements against President Kennedy.
BRANHAM, 58-0720M BY.FAITH.MOSES
And I said, "Remember, in that day, before the end time comes, before the end time comes, that a woman... Now, you all keep this wrote down. There'll be a great powerful woman raise up, either be President, or dictator, or some great powerful woman in this United States. And she'll sink under the influence of women. Now, you remember; that's THUS SAITH THE LORD."
And so, this... I... I won't have time in this meeting to tell you. In 1933, this is a woman's nation. It's the number thirteen. It appears in the thirteenth chapter of Revelation: thirteen stars, thirteen stripes, thirteen... Everything's a thirteen. Everything is a woman. And remember, THUS SAITH THE LORD there will be a woman rule before the end time. She'll either be President, Vice President, or it'll be the Catholic church as a woman.
It was in the year 1961 that this "prediction" that had turned into "prophecy" fully exploded. President Kennedy in office, fear of control in the hands of the Catholic Church, and a very popular First Lady was the perfect setting for the perfect storm. According to Branham, the United States was watching his prediction-turned-prophecy in action:
I said, "Then I seen a... They're going to permit women and are permitting women to vote. And by voting, they'll elect the wrong man some of these days." And you did at the last election. It was the woman's votes that elected Kennedy. We know that, see, between the crooked machines and things fixed up, that FBI exposed.
BRANHAM, 60-1211E THE.LAODICEAN.CHURCH.AGE_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
And I said, "In voting they'll elect the wrong man." I'm neither Democrat nor Republican. I'm a Christian. Both sides is rotten. But they made their fatal mistake the other day. Women done the works.
Now, that brings us then to the election of President Kennedy, and this car coming on the--on the scene, bringing five things out of the seven that has happened exactly.
61-0806 THE.SEVENTIETH.WEEK.OF.DANIEL_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
He give seven things in 1933, would happen. And now every one of them has come to pass but two things, perfectly, just exactly. How that even President Kennedy would be taken in. It's right in there on my books right now, told thirty-three years ago, exactly. How that the Maginot Line would be built, eleven years before it built. How that Hitler would rise up, and--and Fascism, and--and Nazism, and all to bind in communism, and communism would destroy Catholicism. And it will, yes, no matter what they do. And showed, said there would be an Ecumenical Council, and how that all the churches would come together and would form the image called the Mark of the Beast. You see them right on the road, right now. Exactly right. It's got to happen, 'cause it's never failed to be. Anybody that ever knows it, anybody, take them around the world, it's never failed one time. Months and years ahead of time, it's just perfectly right on the spot. It's God among you, people; God in us, the Holy Spirit. Notice, Jesus said that the royal Seed would be identified by the same thing, here in Luke the 17th chapter. "Oh, return, O dispersed, from your denominations, to your own."
As with the other prophecies given by William Branham, this "vision" is a moving target -- one that started as a personal opinion rather than the Word given by the Lord. Through political motivation and promotion of theology, this minor prediction grew into a much larger topic of discussion. Had President Kennedy been in office to fulfill his entire term, there is no doubt that we would have several more "predictions" made into historical "prophecies." Sadly the death of President Kennedy took the wind out of the sails.
What began as a minor prediction that a woman would be president before 1977 grew into a political agenda that involved the same anti-catholicism motivations promoted by other extreme organizations in the United States. It quickly raises the question: Was Wililam Branham involved with those organizations?
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