The Seed Is Not Heir With The Shuck:
Many are familiar with Branham's 1965 sermon, "The Seed Is Not Heir With The Shuck." It's one that is often played in its entirety in cult churches around the world, many thinking that his "revelation" or "inspiration" that prompted this sermon was describing the way to truly sever yourselves from all other Christians -- as any "good" destructive cult leader would do.
Few are aware that this was Branham's first attempt to sever himself from Imperial Grand Wizard Roy E. Davis. Fewer are aware that this "inspiration" was actually about reaping the harvest planted by Roy E. Davis as he traveled throughout the country recruiting new members for the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
About fifteen hundred of them there, and I thought, "My, oh my." Two or three bunches of them had met together. And I thought, "Say, my. How can it be? Now, that great Spirit in this building falling like that; and here, look at this going on up there: them guys speaking in tongues, interpreting, giving message perfectly, and one of them a hypocrite and the other one a real man of God." And I thought, "Now, I'm all confused. I don't know what to do."
189 Well, immediately after it, a good friend of mine, Brother Davis (you know), started saying I was a puppet. That's a girl's toy, you know. And soâ€¦ I was single. And so Iâ€¦ He started carrying on with me, and then going on, kinda joshing with me. And we was having a littleâ€¦ And your mother and all of us was having meetings around different places. The Tabernacle wasn't—wasn't going at that time, and we were having little meetings different places. And finally one day, after the Tabernacle had been built, many years later, I went up to Green's Mill to my cave to pray, because Brother Davis had said some horrible things about me in the meet—in—in his paper. I loved him. I didn't want nothing to happen, and I—I went up there to pray for him. And I went up there, and I got in the cave. And I stayed in there about two days. And I said, "Lord, forgive him. He—he don't mean—mean that." And I thought, "You knowâ€¦" I just happened to think of a Scripture.
191 And I went out. And there was a log (That log's still laying there, was on it here not long ago.) down off the mountain and lays across a little path that comes around from the creek. And I just straddled the log, looked across the mountains way back, back there, and laid my Bible out like that. I thought, "You knowâ€¦" I was thinking of a Scripture: "The coppersmith, he has done me much harm, and said things." You knowâ€¦ I thought, "I believe I'll just read that." I opened up the Bible, and I said, "Wellâ€¦" Wiped my face off, and the wind blowed, and it turned it over to Hebrews 6. "Well," I said, "that's not where it's at." And I laid It back like this. And the wind blowed again and turned It back again. And I said, "Now, that's strange, the wind blowing it back like that." So I thought, "Well, I believe I'll read it." And said: For it is impossible for those which were once enlightened,â€¦ made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and tasted theâ€¦ Word of God, and the thing of the world to come. I thought, "Well, I don't see nothing with that." Read it on down, the rest the chapter. Nothing in it. I said, "Well, that's—that settles that for that." And I—I saw it like this, and back it went again. And I picked It up, and I thought, "Well, what is that?" I kept reading it, and reading it, and reading it, I said, "Well, I can't understand." Then I keptâ€¦ And I read on down: â€¦ is impossible for those which are once enlightened,â€¦ It come on down here to a place here where it said: And the earthâ€¦ drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, to bring forth herbs meats to them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessings from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, andâ€¦ nigh unto cursing; whose judgment is to be burned. I said, "Wonder what that means?"
192 I'd justâ€¦ Now, I wasn't thinking about nothing up there. Just think thenâ€¦ And just then as I was setting there, I thought the Lord would give me a vision about Brother Davis and them down there. And I was setting there; I looked, and I seen something turning out across the hollow in front of me. And it was a world turning. And I seen it was all broke up, just looked like it was all plowed over. And a Man went forth with a—a—a great big thing in front of Him full of seed, and He was casting the seed all the way across the earth as He went. And He went around the curvature of the earth, and He went out of my sight. And as soon as He went out of my sight, here come a man real sneaky-looking, dressed in black garments, going around like this, going [Brother Branham makes sounds to illustrate—Ed.] throwing bad seeds [Brother Branham repeats the sounds—Ed.]. And I watched it, and as the earth kept turning aroundâ€¦
193 After while wheat come up. And when the wheat come up, out of there come briers, and thistles, and thorns, and stink weed, and everything growing up, milk weeds, and everything growing up in the wheat. And they was all growing together. And there come a real bad drought, and the little wheat had its head over like that, and the little brier, and thistle, thorns, they had their head over. Each weed just [Brother Branham makes a panting sound—Ed.] breathing like that.
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Branham continued to promote and praise Roy Davis, who he claimed was his mentor, the man who baptized him, the man who gave him the "gift of the Holy Ghost," and ordained him into the (Pentecostal) Missionary Baptist Church.
It was not until 1965, when Davis' involvement in organizing protests and possibly the assassination during President Kennedy's visit to Dallas was under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Branham is able to preach this "inspiration." Interestingly, he mentions Roy Davis to the crowd, but in a way you might not catch unless you know the whole story. He reminds the people in Jeffersonville that he was an elder in Davis' church before Roy Davis fled on charges of swindling, grand theft, piano theft, underaged sex across state lines, and connection to murder:
And I never knowed to this day what that meant. But here I am tonight, after thirty years, standing in an auditorium that's dedicated now to the service of Almighty God. And me, just a—a lay member, really, just a—a local elder in the—in the Baptist church here, which Roy Davis was pastor at the time. And I am now standing here with the place crowded, right on the same grounds, with theâ€¦ to what I think, is the purchase of the Blood of Jesus Christ Himself, in my hands, to bring this four-days Message of the Lord.
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Why does Branham wait until 1965 to preach the sermon? How many times did he try to break free from Davis, unsuccessfully? Is this why witnesses describe William Branham screaming into the telephone during the last few years of his life? ... or was William Branham trying to distance himself from the quickly growing Kennedy Assassination investigation that would be officially presented in 1966?
More on William Branham's connection to Roy E. Davis can be found in Stone Mountain to Dallas - The Untold Story of Roy E. Davis. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GNFEUEW