The Fifteen Prophecies of 1931:
Most people in the "Message," the collective name for the cult following of William Branham and its splinter groups, are familiar with the "Prophecies of 1933." It is a fundamental part of the cult indoctrination, the claim that William Branham was given "seven" prophecies by "God" in "1933" to warn the nation of the impending destruction "before 1977."
Since this website started, we have been collecting a list of discarded "prophecies" that cult pastors avoid in their recruitment of new members to the cult. So far, when you combine both the discarded "prophecies" and the ones Branham himself changed or altered, we have identified fifteen. And these fifteen, Branham claimed, were written down on a (now missing) paper in 1931, 1932, or 1933.
A researcher sent us the latest in the list of fifteen. In 1961, William Branham claimed to have had his "seven" prophecies in the year 1931 (which aligns with our timeline of Roy E. Davis' (Pentecostal) Missionary Baptist Church. This prophecy, according to William Branham, was that Mary would rule the United States.
There'll come a worship of a woman in the United States, and that'll be Mary. I seen it, thirty—1931. Seven things happened. I got it right on paper here with me, wrote it in 1931. How that I said, "This President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, he will cause all the world, help do it, send the world to war." Hadn't come to war yet, during time of the depression. I said, "Another thing..." And my mother, a square-back Democrat, if she didn't look at me hard when I said that. I said, "I don't care if there's a Republican or if he was a Socialist or whatever he is, this is THUS SAITH THE LORD."
Branham, 61-0319 - Jezebel Religion
Our page on the 1933 prophecies has been updated:
Around 1952, William Branham started claiming to have had a series of prophecies in the early 1930's. According to Branham, God had spoken through him to warn the people of the End of Days, and that warning came through "seven" prophecies." In a large portion of his sermons, Branham would claim that these prophecies came to him in 1933. For this reason, cult members refer to this part of cult theology as "William Branham's Seven Prophecies of 1933."
Upon further examination of his sermon transcripts, however, we find that Branham gives three different years for this event, ranging from 1930 to 1933. And upon examining the prophecies themselves, we have identified as few as fifteen different "prophecies" instead of seven. As time went on and current events were drastically changing, many of his "prophecies" also appear to have changed to fit the times. And as new information concerning past world events became available, prophecie were updated to fit history, some of them the exact opposite of their original prophetic claim. For example, Branham can be quoted claiming that he prophecied that Franklin D. Roosevelt would lead the world into war, and later be quoted claiming that Adolf Hitler caused the war. Some of these "prophecies," such as the claim that the world would soon be driving egg-shaped-cars, are strangely similar to attractions in 1933 Chicago World Fair which had been the talk of newspapers and magazine articles for several years.
When we review the timeline created by government documents, newspaper articles, and Jeffersonville Indiana historical record, the 1931 or 1932 date would seem likely. Branham claimed that these prophecies came to him on his way to the "Baptist Tabernacle". Records show that the (Pentecostal) Missionary Baptist Church was purchased in December of 1930 by official Ku Klux Klan spokesperson and later Imperial Grand Dragon Roy E. Davis. Davis, fleeing prosecution of several crimes throughout the southern states and Louisville, KY, set up his base of operations in Jeffersonville, Indiana along with his brothers Dan and Halbert. While facing criminal trials in multiple states, Davis ordained William Branham as a minister. When the church was burned to the ground, the (Pentecostal) Missionary Baptist Church transitioned into the Billie Branham Pentecostal Church, which later was named the Branham Tabernacle.
Since William Branham usually claimed that there were "seven" prophecies of "1933," cult pastors today have condensed Branham's list of fifteen or more prophecies into the seven most common, and have chosen to ignore the claims to the earlier years of 1931 and 1932. Today, when new recruits are given books, pamphlets, or other cult propaganda advertising these "prophecies," they are condensed to the following list using "1933":
1. Roosevelt (later changed to Hitler) would take America into a second world war (read more)
2. Mussolini would invade Ethiopia and that would be his last invasion (read more)
3. The Maginot or Siegfried Line would be built
4. Cars will become shaped like an egg (later changed to automatic guidance systems) (read more)
5. The United States would be ruled by a woman (later changed to President Kennedy and the Catholic Church) (read more)
6. A progression of decay in the morality of women
7. The United States would be smoldering and burning
When condensed to these seven, Branham's claims do not seem so far-fetched. Most Christians believe in a coming Armegeddon, and a large number of Protestants believe the Catholic Church does not align with scriptural teaching. And with the advancements in self-guidance systems in todays automotive technologies, it is very easy to ignore the "egg-shaped" portion of Branham's prediction concerning automobiles. Most people are unaware that these technologies were "predicted" in the early 1930's, and have long forgotten the "egg-shaped" auto styles that faded as studies in aerodynamics shifted the industry towards sleek, low-profile design.
If potential new recruits were given Branham's full list of (as few as) fifteen prophecies of 1931-1933, cult pastors would have a much more difficult time persuading them to believe Branham had any "gift" at all. Many of them contradict each other. Several can be identified with common fears during the Red Scare and changes in fashion, and a simple study of the World Wars can overturn the same ones Branham himself changed over time. One of them had to be quickly changed after the assassination of President Kennedy, and others because Branham himself ignored the "voice of God" by eating eggs for breakfast while living in the Ohio River Valley. Not to mention that potential new recruits are never told Branham often predicted these events to happen before 1977.
The prophecies of 1931-1933 that we have identified so far:
1. Roosevelt would take America into a second world war (61-0312)
2. Hitler would take America into a second world war (Church Age Book - Chapter Nine)
3. Mussolini would invade Ethiopia and that would be his last invasion (60-1113)
4. The Maginot would be built (58-0927)
5. The Siegfried Line would be built (64-0823M)
6. Cars will become shaped like an egg (55-0501E)
7. Cars will have automatic guidance systems (60-1113)
8. The United States would be ruled by a woman (55-0501E)
9. The United States would be ruled by the Catholic Church (60-0716)
10. The United States would be ruled by president Kennedy, whose wife was the "Jezebel" for this "age." (64-0403)
11. Women will wear fig leafs (64-0726M)
12. United States would be destroyed (63-1117)
13. Do not eat eggs (63-0731)
14. Do not live in valleys (63-0731)
15. The United States will worship a woman named Mary. (61-0319)
Like the Mormon "prophecies of Joseph Smith," cult pastors also struggle explaining why Branham's "prophecies" have never been seen. In some accounts, Branham claimed that the "prophecies" were buried in Roy E. Davis' (Pentecostal) Missionary Baptist Church, making it easier for them to explain for a period of time. For several years, cult pastors claimed that a page containing seven prophecies was buried in Branham's church on the corner of 8th Street and Penn Street in Jeffersonville -- coveniently ignoring Davis' church altogether. This story no longer worked, however, when the pastor of Branham's Tabernacle exhumed the cornerstone of the Branham Tabernacle to find it empty.
They have more difficulty explaining why Branham claimed to have read from this "buried" paper in a 1960 sermon, and why Branham read the year "1932" instead of "1933." They also struggle to explain why they cannot find this paper that Branham also claimed to have been "written in a page of his bible (65-0718E)," "in his desk drawer (52-0727)," and also given to his traveling companions Gene and Leo for them to alter and "bring up to date."
The 1930-1933 Prophecies: http://seekyethetruth.com/resources-basics-1933prophecies.aspx
More on the Branham Tabernacle timeline: http://seekyethetruth.com/resources-deep-branham_tabernacle.aspx
More information on the connection between William Branham and Roy E. Davis can be found in "Stone Mountain to Dallas - The Untold Story of Roy E. Davis" https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GNFEUEW