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One of the most obvious issues with the "Message" mind control cult is what former members refer to as the "failed bridge prophecy." It is the easiest to examine, the most well-documented, and the most obvious failed prophecy by William Marrion Branham. Many former members refer to this as their starting place in the journey out -- not so much the prophecy itself, but rather Voice of God Recordings' response to the findings.

William Branham claimed to have had a "prophecy" when he was a child, claiming that he saw a sign in a "vision" that read "twenty-two years." According to Branham, twenty-two years after this, sixteen men lost their lives during the construction of a bridge between Jeffersonville, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky.

A little later on, about two weeks later I was playing marbles with my brother, and I felt something come to me. We lived up on a hill, and the river was below us: a wilderness around. And I saw a bridge come up out of the wilderness. And it started across the river. Sixteen men dropped off in—into the water and perished. And I seen a big sign, it said "twenty-two years." I run in and told my mother. Oh, she said, "Son, you're nervous. You went to sleep and you were dreaming." I said, "No. No. I saw it." So they wrote it down on a piece of paper. And twenty-two years from then, the great bridge crossed the river, and twen—sixteen men dropped off of it and—and drowned in the river. Every time, it's perfect.
Branham, 55-0626A - My Life Story

After Searching For Vindication published a fully-documented account of the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge construction, including the Coast Guard logs and post-construction reports, Voice of God Recordings scrambled to create a Public Relations campaign to explain how this failed prophecy could still be a fundamental element of the mind control cult. Creating a recording by John (Jack) Vissing, they produced a "witness testimony" describing bodies buried in the caisson. Interestingly, they were not concerned with details of Branham's alleged "vision," and neither the number of bodies or the descriptions of death matched William Branham's alleged "vision."

But also of interest is the fact that Voice of God Recordings failed to discuss the issue with the "twenty-two years." William Branham claimed to have been born between 1907 and 1909, which would place this "event" happening in 1931 -- assuming Branham started prophesying immediately after exiting the womb. The George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge opened to the public on October 31, 1921, two full years prior to this alleged "twenty-two year prophecy."

But as with any mind control cult, control of information is a fundamental element in keeping the people under the undue influence. Bypassing the twenty-two years is only one small part of the information that they withheld from their cult followers.

In 1890, nineteen years before Branham's alleged birth and at least seventeen years prior to his earliest given birthdate, Newspapers around the nation were printing details of a tragic event coming out of Jeffersonville, Indiana. Sixteen men did, indeed, die in the caissons, just as Vissing described, but not in the construction of the bridge Voice of God Recordings was referring to. At first, the estimated number of deaths was fourteen men, however after two more bodies were pulled from the caisson, a total of sixteen men died of asphyxiation trying to escape death in the Ohio River.

Why would Voice of God Recordings withhold this information? And why would they bypass any discussion of the "twenty-two years?" Are they purposefully withholding information, as we see with most mind control cults?

In their article defending the many issues with the "Message", Voice of God Recordings made the claim that newspapers would not report such a "little thing" as sixteen deaths. In "Because He Said So," Voice of God Recordings says this:

"If you have heard Brother Branham's life story, then you are well aware of the 1937 flood. This destroyed a large number of historical documents in the Ohio River Valley, which included thousands of newspaper archives. Besides that, a few deaths on a local bridge construction would not have been big news in that era anyway. If it . was . reported, it probably would have been an article buried inside the local newspaper."
- Voice of God Recordings, "Because He Said So"

If the deaths of sixteen men were not important, why did newspapers report them on the Big Four Bridge, built years before. And if the flood allegedly destroyed archives, was it a selective destruction? Did the flood destroy all records EXCEPT the deaths on the Big Four Bridge?

Based on our findings, sixteen deaths was a big enough story to print in newspapers around the nation -- not just buried in a local news archive. We found the story in cities around the United States, "plumb up into Canada."

Is Voice of God Recordings being honest with us?