Congressman Upshaw and Voice of God:
Few in the cult are aware, but Voice of God Recordings was named after a 1951 quote by William Branham, in which Branham claimed that the words in his sermon were the Voice of God. Those in the splinter groups of "The Message" who believe that Branham was "just a man," and that the many fundamental issues with his statements on recorded sermon were "man's mistakes" are unfamiliar with this quote that sparked a multi-million-dollar organization in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Now, I'm just your brother, by the grace of God. But when the Angel of the Lord moves down, It becomes, then, a Voice of God to you. Maybe itâ€¦ If I offended you by saying that, forgive me. But I felt that might been resented. But I am God's Voice to you. See? I say that again. That time was under inspiration. See? And I—I felt bad about it the first time, but It repeated it. Now see, I can say nothing in myself. But what He shows me, I say it. You believe it and watch what happens. See, He did. After setting in great meetingsâ€¦ Now, looky here. Mr. Upshaw here sets under Mr. Freeman's preaching. And Mr. Freeman, oh, my, is probably a powerful man in Scriptures.
Branham, 51-0505 - My Commission
But fewer are aware of the unusual connection between William Branham, William D. Upshaw, and Roy E. Davis. After being caught swindling thousands of dollars from the people of Los Angeles and San Bernardino, Upshaw and Davis initiated a scam that would gain millions -- not thousands -- by claiming "healing." former Congressman Upshaw, who was very mobile, even believed to be running as early as 1936, entered Branham's prayer line posing as an invalid in a wheelchair. According to Branham's version of the story, the (very mobile) Upshaw had been bedridden since an early age, and was healed when he rose from the wheelchair that was part of the scam.
The purpose? Davis and Upshaw were an integral part of the formation of the 1915 Ku Klux Klan. Davis helped write the ritual, constitution, and by-laws of the Klan in 1915, and later rose to become Imperial Grand Dragon of the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Together, Upshaw and Davis misrepresented Davis as an F. B. I. agent to create a charitable organization that (apparently) was a false front to the California branch of the Ku Klux Klan. (Very similar to the false fronts that were springing up across the nation).
Interestingly, Upshaw was also present at the meeting where Branham claimed to be the Voice of God. Was Davis also there? Did Branham choose this meeting to rise to cult leader because he knew Upshaw would support him?
More on William D. Upshaw: http://seekyethetruth.com/resources-deep-upshaw.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