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When speaking on the subject of race, William Branham made many statements that would lead his listeners to believe that he took a neutral stance on desegregation and Civil Rights. Because of this, many dark-skinned cult members in Africa are given specific quotes from Branham that give them the assurance Branham was an advocate for racial equality. But before certain audiences, William Branham sided with the Ku Klux Klan's stance against Civil Rights? Why did he do so? And why are dark-skinned cult followers not told that he made such statements?

For example, in 1963, after speaking harshly against Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King for desegregation of schools, Branham claims African Americans should be "satisfied in the state he is in.":

It's just because they want to go to school. They got schools. Let them go to school. That's right. {...} He makes white man, black man, red man. We should never cross that up. It becomes a hybrid. And anything hybrid cannot re-breed itself. You are ruining the race of people. There is some things about a colored man that a white man don't even possess them traits. A white man is always stewing and worrying; a colored man is satisfied in the state he is in, so they don't need those things.
Branham, 63-0628M - O Lord, Just Once More

In 1964, after calling Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King a "communist" (which also aligned with the Klan's propaganda) -- specifically when speaking of desegregation -- Branham asked African Americans to "be content with such as you have"

Like I said, this Martin Luther King is leading his people to a crucifixion. It's communistic. Sure, it is. If them people were slaves, then I'd be down here fighting for them. Right. But they're not slaves. It's an argument, where they go to school or not. Won't go to talking about that. I just thought I'd express it. See? All right. Notice. It's just the devil. Certainly. 196 We're all human beings. We all come from God. God by one blood made all nations. A colored man can give me a blood transfusion. His blood is just the same as mine is. Mine is, I can give him one. Who am I to argue? He is my brother. 197 But I don't believe in marrying, intermarrying like that. I don't believe in a white… What—what business would a beautiful, young, intelligent colored girl want to marry a white man for, and have mulatto children? What would a fine, intelligent colored girl want to do a thing like that for? I can't understand it. And what would a white woman want to marry a colored man, with mulatto children? Why don't you stay the way God made you? "Be content with such as you have." See?
Branham, 64-0418B - A Paradox

When we compare the transcripts of his sermons with the timeline of Roy E. Davis' agenda in reorganizing the many white supremacy groups into the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, we find several statements that raise more than a few eyebrows. But was his connection to the Imperial Grand Dragon more than meets the eye? Was he also involved with their advertising campaigns?

Those who were born and raised in the "Message," the collective name for the groups and splinter groups in the cult following of William Branham, are very familiar with the slogan most often associated with the movement: "Yesterday, Today, and Forever."

It is a passage from the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 13, the eighth verse, and is often used in cult sermons (out of context) to implant the idea that the rules and customs of the Old Covenant Mosaic Law still apply in today's world -- but only the "laws" that William Branham preached.

Few people in the cult read the book of Hebrews in Context to understand the full context of the passage from which this verse is taken, never having read the book without Branham's filter. Hebrews is describing the passing of Old Covenant Law, in exchange for the New Covenant of Grace. Even fewer in the cult read the verse after this phrase, verse 9, as it is largely ignored in the cult following: "Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings." Because of this, the cult has splintered into several sub-cults, each with different (and very strange) teachings.

But most are unaware that this slogan, "Yesterday, Today, and Forever" was the motto used by William Joseph Simmons and Roy E. Davis when they wrote the 1915 by-laws and ritual of the Ku Klux Klan. The 1915 rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan was built upon the premises of religion, and was centered around the same idea William Branham imparted to his following: do not change the old ways, Jesus Christ does not change his ways. It was a slogan used largely against interracial marriage and the desegregation of the south, and was printed on the handbooks, advertisements, and other propaganda used by the 1915 Ku Klux Klan.

When Roy E. Davis, William D. Upshaw, and William Branham began their initiative to place William Branham into a recognized religious leader in 1945, Davis and Upshaw were intent upon converting the many disparate white supremacy groups back to the old ways. Even the name of the Klan organization Davis led bore the name: Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

In doing so, they chose to continue the same slogan: "Yesterday, Today, and Forever."

In 1961, shortly before Roy E. Davis was arrested for bringing the city of Shreveport into a state of rioting and aggressive hate crimes, several advertisements were spread throughout the city, all using the same slogan: "Yesterday, Today, and Forever." According to The Times, January 20, 1961, these advertisements were placed on windows all up and down Texas Avenue. Interestingly, when Davis as arrested, it was learned that he had been staying on Texas avenue for several weeks. One merchant complained that four posters bearing the slogan, "Yesterday, Today, and Forever" were covering windows of his business.

Even more interestingly, when we examine the transcripts of William Branham, we find that Branham himself used this slogan often when introducing the political statements of segregation into his sermons. He would often compare the Samaritan woman's encounter with Jesus Christ from the King James Bible, and use the phrase, "Yesterday, Today, and Forever." In fact, during his series of meetings in Shreveport in November of 1960 (during the time Roy Davis was holding his membership drives), Branham continued the same pattern.

At first glance, the casual reader would mistakenly believe that William Branham taught that there was no difference between African Americans and whites, and that he was against segregation. But each time William Branham mentioned segregation, he reminded the people of two things:

1) Blacks and whites are two different races of people
2) Yesterday, Today and Forever

The second part of this is critical, because William Branham often used the phrase, "Yesterday, Today, and Forever" to imply that the subject matter at hand was something that should not change for his followers. He would bind this phrase to statements made by Old Testament prophets regarding the Old Covenant Law, as well as New Testament apostles referring to cultural issues of their time. Using this statement, Branham successfully convinced his followers that rules of the early church issued for the specific issues of their day are still applicable in vastly different situations of his time.

This strategy, in fact, was the foundation upon which the 1915 Ku Klux Klan and the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were built upon. The Klan was firmly against integration of the school systems, as it opened the door for interracial marriage. Klan propaganda, including this slogan, was given religious context in order to convince the nation that interracial marriage was "evil."

Here are some examples of Branham's usage of this phrase in conjunction with segregation.


Now, what is it? It's a picture. The Holy Spirit's right here now. See? It's a picture to show you people that Jesus the same yesterday, today, and forever. Here… He was a Jew; the woman at the well was a Samaritan, a different race, and there was a racial segregation; and here's the same thing tonight: white man, colored woman.
Branham, 56-1001 - The Ministry Explained

She said, "It's not customary for you Jews to ask us Samaritans such. We have no such customs." In other words, it was a segregation, like in the south, the white and colored. {...} "He's the same yesterday, today, and forever," He's got to be the same sign tonight of Messiah.
Branham, 57-0305 - Divine Love

She said, "We have a segregation. It's not customary for you Jews to ask Samaritans such. We have no dealings." He said, "But if you knew Who you were talking to, you'd ask Me for a drink." {...} Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Does the Bible say that?
Branham, 57-0307 - God Keeps His Word #2

And this Samaritan woman come out. And He said, "Woman, bring Me a drink." And there was a segregation like they have it in the south. {...} If that was Messiah yesterday, it's the same today, if He remains the same forever.
Branham, 58-0312 - Jesus Christ The Same Yesterday, Today, And Forever

the woman come up to draw water. He asked her for a drink; she said, "It's not customary, segregation." {...} He's the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Branham, 58-0625 - A Greater Than Solomon Is Here

He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. Now, first, here's a woman like it was at the well. We meet, know not one another. If the Holy Spirit can use me to tell her what her troubles is, like He did the woman at the well, how many in here would accept it and believe that it's the truth, if both of us with our hands up, saying that we never met before. Now, sister, I just going to say a word or two till I can—like He did. He begin carry a conversation with the woman until He found where her trouble was. And then He said… He got to talking to her, said, "Bring Me a drink." You remember the story? "Bring Me a drink." And she said, "Why, it's not customary for you Jews to ask Samaritans such. There's a segregation; we have no dealings with one another."
Branham, 59-1125 - From The Beginning It Wasn't So

He got to talking to her about segregation. She said, "It's not right for you to ask me the Samaritan, but have any dealings with each other." But when He found her trouble, He said, "Go, get your husband and come here." And He told her. And she said, "I… Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Now, we know that when the Messiah cometh, Who's called the Christ, when He… We know He's coming, when He comes that'll be His sign." How many knows that, that the Bible teaches that? Well, if that was the Messiah sign yesterday, and He's the same yesterday, today, and forever, wouldn't it be the same sign today
Branham, 60-1127E - The Queen Of The South

But when they talked to the woman at the well, the Samaritan, when the Samaritan woman said, "There was a segregation," He let her know right quick that there was no difference between the colors that we was. {...} But you are—being a—a colored woman, me, called white man. Then we're two different races of people. {...} He is the Lord Jesus, the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Branham, 61-0424 - The Greatest News Flash In History


Was William Branham purposefully using the Klan's slogan when speaking about segregation? Was he a leader in the Klan movement, or was he simply a minister that had been persuaded to use the slogan?

As we've pointed out earlier this week, Roy E. Davis' Ku Klux Klan membership drives were highly publicized in Shreveport -- as was the threatening cross burning, the Klan violence, and his arrest. William Branham was holding meetings in Shreveport during the Klan drives, and many who attended Branham's meetings would have come in contact with the many Klan advertisements throughout the city bearing the slogan: "Yesterday, Today and Forever."

Did William Branham's following in Shreveport grow and thrive because he was politically aligned with the Ku Klux Klan? Is that why they continued to support Branham and his "Message" long after Branham died?

Are cult pastors today concealing the fact that William Branham was an integral part of a terroristic organization started by Roy E. Davis and William D. Upshaw?

New articles added to our Roy E. Davis research page:
The Times (Shreveport) January 20, 1961

Timeline, Newspaper Articles, and information on Roy E. Davis:

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":