PUBLIC APOLOGY AND CORRECTION - THE 1933 PROPHECIES OF WILLIAM BRANHAM:
When this website first started, we began asking questions concerning the huge problems we identified in the transcripts of the sermons of William Branham. In an effort to seek truth, we openly stated that if any person or persons were to offer proof of any of the failed prophecies, fictional details of "life stories," or highly unscriptural teachings by William Branham, we would issue a public apology and print a correction.
This is such an apology, concerning some assumptions we made regarding William Branham's 1933 prophecies.
As we examined William Branham's prophecies, we began to notice that there were not "seven" prophecies as the current leadership doctrine maintains. Some have been added or changed over time, some removed, and according to William Branham, all altered to be "brought more up to date."
When we noticed that William Branham claimed to be ** reading ** from a page that he also claimed to have ** buried ** in the cornerstone of the Branham Tabernacle, we cried foul. -- Especially when Branham read the date "1932" for a page he claimed to have buried in "1933" of a building that he purchased in "1936." According to several witnesses at the time of William Branham's death, the pastor and elders of the church dug up the cornerstone to find it empty. Therefore, we began asking why William Branham would lie about such a "spiritual" matter. One cult member actually defended this on recorded testimony, claiming that "God stole the prophecies from the buried cornerstone."
As researchers continue to dig, and more facts are uncovered from newspapers, government documents, and more, the picture becomes much clearer. Like symbolic (accurate) prophecy, when all of the details are made known, the vague symbols start to seem like concrete fact. And the more we uncover on the timeline of William Branham's REAL life story as it relates to Klan leader Roy E. Davis for our next book, the differences between what William Branham said and what actually happened becomes much more apparent.
In this case, William Branham makes very vague statements, leading his listeners to believe that he "buried" his "prophecies" in the building that sits on the corner of 8th Street and Penn Street in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Like those who dug up the cornerstone upon his death to find it empty, we mistakenly believed what William Branham intended for us to believe.
Therefore, we wish to correct our mistake. It may not have been Branham's intention to lead his listeners to believe that his "prophecies" were "buried in the cornerstone" of the Branham Tabernacle building (the same "prophecies" that he later claimed to "read" in that same building or keep in a "drawer"). Therefore, we should begin examining his 1933 "church." (the building, not the people).
Though he was (purposefully?) misleading in several instances, William Branham very openly told us where he [allegedly] received the "prophecies", under whose leadership, and within which building he [allegedly] placed them.
When he described his 1933 prophecies on recorded sermons, he often referred to them in conjunction with his church, the Branham Tabernacle. The physical building "Branham Tabernacle" is situated on the corner of 8th Street and Penn Street in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and was Branham's home church for the largest portion of his ministerial and evangelistic career. But when William Branham described his "church" or his "tabernacle" in association with his prophecies, was he referring to the physical building on the corner of 8th and Penn? Or was he referring to his group of followers that he ALSO called his "church"?
According to Branham, he had a series of seven (or thirteen when counted) prophecies in the year 1933 while walking to the "Baptist church." When listeners hear this part of his life story, they automatically assume that he is referring to the physical building on 8th street and Penn street. But there are three fundamental problems with this assumption: The Branham Tabernacle on 8th and Penn street was not purchased until 1936, and it was deeded to the "Billie Branham Pentecostal Tabernacle," not the "Baptist Church." Most importantly, In 1933, William Branham was a minister in Roy E. Davis' Missionary Baptist church that was doctrinally aligned with early Pentecostalism.
Write it in your Bible; see if it's right. 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. And I said, "They'll go to war with Germany."
61-0312 - Jehovah-Jireh
This does not account for the times William Branham claimed that the event happened in 1932 instead of 1933, or the times that he claimed that he himself paid the downpayment, for the physical building. If part of those claims are true, and he was involved in the purchase of Roy E. Davis' (Pentecostal) Missionary Baptist Church, then it would appear that William Branham was involved in one of Roy E. Davis' fraud scams. And his 1932 date would be more aligned with the timeline:
When we built the little church, right in the time, 1932, and I borrowed the money to put it up, and I never took an offering one time. A little box on the back of the church said, "Insomuch As Ye Have Done Unto To The Least Of These My Little Ones, You've Done It To Me." I never told the people that was there, but when my payments come due it was there.
Branham, 52-0810A - I Am The Resurrection And The Life
Those familiar with Branham's claim of seven (or thirteen) prophecies in 1933 are familiar with his claim of Roosevelt (later changed to Hitler) leading the world into war. And to his followers in other countries, it might seem possible for the local government officials to "lock him up for it." Under the tyrannical authority of a ruthless dictator, this is often the case. But the United States in 1933 was not a dictatorship, and was governed by a democracy of elected officials in a nation built upon the foundation of freedom -- especially free speech. The local, state, and federal officials had no authority to "lock him up" for anything spoken. However, when one considers the history and leadership of Roy E. Davis' (Pentecostal) Missionary Baptist Church, William Branham appears to have been truthful about a narrow escape from criminal prosecution. Branham was not the only elder in the church who barely escaped the long arm of the Law.
William Branham was initiated into the Pentecostal assembly of the Missionary Baptist Church by an official spokesman for the Ku Klux Klan, Roy E. Davis. At a time when the State of Indiana was reeling from the Klan's attempt to overthrow the Indiana State Government through the infamous D. C. Stephenson, local government officials were writing laws to prevent masked terrorists from creating groups of vigilantes. Jeffersonville, for instance, had passed ordinances preventing the wearing of masks in public, and according to the Jeffersonville Evening News, this and similar laws were effectively preventing a rise of Klan activity. Only a few years prior, Jeffersonville had a Ku Klux Klan headquarters in the Spiel Building on Spring Street, and the Klan had waged war against the local Catholics.
Davis himself had a long history with the Klan. He was a high-ranking member of the 1915 rebirth of the Klan on Stone Mountain, Georgia under the leadership of William Joseph Simmons. Throughout the South, Davis planted churches, published newsletters, distributed literature, and held public debates promoting recruitment for the Klan and other organizations created to establish white supremacy by Simmons. But throughout the states of Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee, a trail of civil and criminal lawsuits followed close behind. In the years leading up to 1930, Davis had been charged with defamation, slander, swindling, fraud, theft, wife abandonment, underaged sex across state lines, and more. And with many witnessess disappearing before his court trials, it was assumed that the power of the Invisible Empire that backed him enabled him to escape brutal beatings, terroristic threats, and even murder.
February 5th, 1930, is the first time we see Roy E. Davis in the Louisville / Southern Indiana area. Narrowly escaping Tennessee after being exposed recruting for Simmons' Knights of the Flaming Sword, Davis sought sanctuary in the rough gambling towns of Louisville, KY and Jeffersonville, IN. His brothers Dan and Halbert, and two of his children that he abandoned when he fled Texas on charges of bank fraud were in the area, and it quickly turned into a Davis family reunion. Like Roy, his brothers Dan and Halbert were active in the "Christian" ministry, and Dan had a church in Louisville, KY.
It was not long before Roy Davis started seeking public attention to begin recruitment for the Ku Klux Klan, and he started publishing letters to the editor of the Courier Journal. In these letters, he spoke against the prohibition laws that had crippled the once thriving liquor industry of Louisville and Jeffersonville, though he also stated that he himself was strongly against consuming strong drink. In the letters, he also described the rowdy crowds of people that frequented his church -- open drunkenness, women sitting in the laps of men, running up and down the aisles, and more. The local Baptist churches quickly distanced themselves from Davis, publishing letters of their own to warn others that Roy E. Davis was not affiliated in any way with the Baptist church.
But Davis continued to make news in the area through his many arrests and criminal and civil trials in the courtroom. He had moved from Tennessee with an underaged woman for the purposes of sex (who later became his wife), which was a violation of Federal law, and it was learned that Davis had been accused of similar charges in multiple states but had escaped conviction in each instance. The situation got really desperate when Davis was accused of swindling money from the people, and shortly after being jailed in Louisville, Davis fled to Jeffersonville. On December 16th, Davis purchased the building where the Branham claims to have had his "1933 prophecies" from the First Church of the Nazarine that was situated on 328 Watt Street. When William Branham described walking to the "Baptist Church" when his "vision" came, he was referring to the building on Watt Street between Chesnut and Maple. Roy E. Davis was the head pastor, and William Branham was an assistant pastor under the mentorship of Davis. Branham is very open about Davis being his teacher, and the one who baptized and ordained him. But he fails to mention Davis' seedy past, sleeping with a seventeen-year-old-girl illegally, and Davis' long trail of criminal activity.
According to the deed to Davis' church in Jeffersonville, Indiana, Davis appointed Henry Steedley and William Adler as trustees for his (Pentecostal) Missionary Baptist Church. He also appointed Clarence E. Myers, who was involved with his churches in Lousville, KY. Then, as he did in Louisville, Roy began writing articles to the Jeffersonville Evening News to gain public attention. But this time, instead of letters to the editor which could easily be argued by the local ministers, Davis wrote articles promoting his church as though he were writing from the viewpoint of reporters for the Evening News itself. The editor of the Evening News quickly objected to this unethical strategy, and halted all promotion of Roy E. Davis and his church.
This was a setback for Davis, but it did not last for very long. On April 17, 1931, Roy Davis, Dan Davis, (about this time Halbert Davis), and their brother Wilburn Lee Davis from Texas held a joint revival in Jeffersonville. It had such a turnout that the Evening News covered it -- and then published an explanation of why they had stopped printing Davis' self-promotion in their newspaper during the months prior.
With the help of his brothers, the meetings were successful enough to convince another local evangelist, former Jeffersonville mayor Reverend Ralph Rader, who was working towards building his own congregation after returning from out West. Davis became Rader's chior leader for a brief period of time, until the public became aware of his sexual, criminal, and highly unethical history. Rader terminated Davis, and Roy Davis left the position. But with him, he took a large portion of Rader's congregation. Soon after, it was learned that the elders of Davis' church were involved with criminal fraud when they swindled one Mrs. Lelia Cain of $450 to secure the loan for the church. The Governor of the State of Indiana declared that Davis must face prosecution in Kentucky for the crime.
While Roy's scandals were spreading through Louisville and Southern Indiana, Hope Brumback joined Roy's Pentecostal church. Mr Brumback, according to the Jeffersonville Evening News, at one time held the keys to the Klan headquarters in the speil building. Contrary to Branham's "life stories" describing his timidness asking for Hope's hand in marriage from a stern father and a mother who did not want her daughter to "go around those Pentecostals," Hope's mother and father had recently divorced. Hope herself was active in the church, leading the children's ministry. William Branham appears to have been truthful about having been on his way to the "Baptist church" in 1933 -- he was the assistant pastor. If William Branham was truthful about having a vision of seven (or thirteen) prophecies in 1933, it was under the leadership of Roy E. Davis while Hope was an active member. Hope would have, in fact, been exposed to "Pentecostal prophecy." It was about this time that William Branham William Branham held his (first?) revival.
Roy E. Davis made a considerable number of enemies in his trail of criminal activity from Texas to Indiana. But in in 1933, Davis angered most of the town of Jeffersonville when he claimed sole beneficiary of the estate of a widow by the name of Laura Belle Eaken, who apparently willed her money to a large number of people and churches in the State of Indiana. The trial made headlines as the town fought to get their money back, but unfortunately Davis secured the money. Soon after, his church was burned to the ground, and the property was sold to his son, Roy E. Davis, Jr.
William Branham continued the ministry, however, and apparently did so with members of Davis' church. The Billie Branham Pentecostal Tabernacle was purchased in 1936, and an elder from Davis' (Pentecostal) Missionary Baptist Church was on the deed as a trustee. William Branham himself often asked if there were any "old timers" from his church in 1933 in the audience, referring to those who were in Roy E. Davis' original congregation. William Branham's "church" was effectively Roy E. Davis' "church." And when he referred to dedicating a "Tabernacle" As he did throughout Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and other states, Roy E. Davis had planted a church, appointed a leader, and mentored a doctrine that would sway public opinion for recruitment in the Ku Klux Klan. And that leader was William Marrion Branham.
The early Branham Tabernacle, though situated on the same property, looked nothing like today. According to William Branham, elder George DeArk who came from Davis' church was a "mystic" (fortune teller), and his influence appears to have made its mark on the structure and doctrine. Above the door of the original Branham Tabernacle hung the pentagram, which local Jeffersonville Christians of the day would have cringed at seeing, and Branham's sermons were filled with references to astrology. According to Branham (and likely from DeArk), "the Zodiac was the first Bible."
As Roy Davis' criminal and immoral past started to catch up with him in the local area, the federal government and other States governments suddenly became aware of his whereabouts. Though he was able to continue his base of operations in the Louisville / Southern Indiana area for a period of time by hiding in Louisville, the Governor of the State of Kentucky extradited Davis to Hot Springs, Arkansas on charges of grand theft and connection to murder. His brother Dan Davis was arrested in Jeffersonville for having swindled the locals in the revivals. Interestingly, the witnesses that could have put him in prison "disappeared" before the trial.
Though many of the statements William Branham made about his "life story" have proven to be untruthful, it does appear that he was truthful in narrowly escaping prison time, even if he was not truthful as to the reason why. And though large portions of his "life story" surrounding the death of Hope (Brumback) Branham was untruthful, it would appear that it was highly likely that her mother begged him to keep her away from the people he associated himself with. Any mother would desperately plead with her son-in-law to save her daughter from sexual predators, swindlers, theives, and murderers. But why were the details of his "life" story concerning his early church twisted to leave these details out? If he was truthful about being appointed by Davis to lead the church, and continued to promote the Klan leader until the day of his death, what purpose would he have in hiding the details of his transition into the leadership of Davis' Pentecostal church?
Was William Branham involved in the criminal activities? If he did not "bury" the "prophecies" in the corner of 8th and Penn, did he bury them in the cornerstone of Davis' (Pentecostal) Missionary Baptist Church? Will Voice of God Recordings seek the actual cornerstone, positioned on 328 Watt Street? Now that we are correcting our mistakes, will they correct theirs?
The research material, including newspaper articles and court records: http://seekyethetruth.com/resources-deep-branham_tabernacle.aspx
The research on Roy E. Davis: http://seekyethetruth.com/resources-deep-davis.aspx
The research on Ralph Rader: http://seekyethetruth.com/resources-deep-onlybelieve.aspx
More on the connection between William Branham and Imperial Grand Dragon Roy E. Davis can be found in "Stone Mountain to Dallas - the Untold Story of Roy E. Davis": https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GNFEUEW https://www.facebook.com/SeekYeTheTruth/photos/a.281312795303458.48697.214739791960759/851205754980823/?type=3