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The last year of his ministry, William Branham condemned Los Angeles for rejecting his ministry, and pronounced judgment against the city with a punishment of destruction. Branham claimed to have been given a vision by God in which the God compared Los Angeles to Capernaum. In this vision, Branham claimed that God destroyed Capernaum by pushing it beneath the sea for rejecting Christianity.

Capernaum was a fishing village at the time of the Hasmoneans (140-116 BC). It is still located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee to this day. Archaeological excavations have revealed two ancient synagogues built one on top of the other. Capernaum was spared by the Romans during the Jewish Revolt (AD 66-70), and was referred to as a fertile spring in the writings of Josephus. Many homes were built in the 4th century, and one of the homes was greatly transformed in the 5th century. Evidence shows a constant transforming city since before the days of Christ until about the 5th Century. It has never been under the sea.

It is common knowledge that California sits on a fault line that produces major earthquakes , and it was common knowledge long before Branham made the prediction. Los Angeles is particularly brittle under its foundation, which is a science William Branham discussed in his sermons—also before the prophecy was given.

Others have recorded predictions that an earthquake would sink Los Angeles, dating back to at least 1937. While in a hospital, a 17-year-old Joe Brandt had an out-of-body experience that was so clear to him that it was written down and formed into a book in 1965.

I've been thinking about it all morning. I'm going home tomorrow. It was just a dream. It was nothing more. Nobody in the future on Hollywood Boulevard is going to be wearing earrings — and those beards. Nothing like that is ever going to happen. That girl was so real to me — that girl with those kids. It won't ever happen — but if it did, how could I tell her (maybe she isn't even born yet) to move away from California when she has her twins — and she can't be on the Boulevard that day. She was so gosh-darned real. The other thing — those ham operators — hanging on like that — over and over — saying the same thing:

"This is California. We are going into the sea. This is California. We are going into the sea. Get to the mountains. Get to the hilltops. California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Utah. This is California. We are going into the sea." — The Coming Earthquake - Joe Brandt

May's Department Store
Branham claimed that he could see nothing past 1977 except devastation, and made that very clear throughout his ministry. According to a book by Pearry Green, Branham said he saw that Los Angeles would be under the ocean before his son Billy Paul grew to be an old man. He claimed that he saw sharks swimming in the streets where they were standing, in front of May's Department Store. One would conclude by combination of multiple prophecies that Branham believed this event would happen before 1977.

"Billy, I may not be here but you won't be an old man until sharks will swim right where we are standing"
—The Acts of the Prophet, Pearry Green, page 119

Billy Paul Branham was born on September 13, 1935, meaning he is at a ripe old age of 78 in 2013. Yet William Branham himself claimed to be an "old man" at age 56. One would also conclude that Branham's description of the vision would picture a man much younger than his own age. Regardless, Billy Paul Branham outlived the life expectancy for men at the time William Branham made the claim to this prophecy.

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Branham's account of this prophecy:

And this scientist was speaking, being on an interview. We was watching on television. And he said, "Beneath that is just a churning lava." And he said this, he said, "That is a chunk will break loose," and said, "and it will." And this inter-... The man, scientist interviewing this chief scientist, said to him, said, "Well, that could then all sink?" He said, "Could? It's got to!" Said, "Well, course, will probably be many, many years from now." He said, "It can be in five minutes from now, or it can be in five years from now." He just lotted five years. But just as I sure was standing there under that Inspiration, put judgment on that West Coast, and then followed it right up here with the sinking of Los Angeles, she is gone! That's right. It will happen. When? I don't know.


That is solemn warning. We don't know what time, and you don't know what time, that this city one day is going to be laying out here in the bottom of this ocean. "Oh, Capernaum," said Jesus, "thou who exalted into heaven, will be brought down into hell. For, if the mighty works had been done in Sodom and Gomorrah, it'd have been standing to this day." And Sodom, Gomorrah lays in the bottom of the Dead Sea. And Capernaum is in the bottom of the sea. Thou city, who claims to be the city of the Angels, who has exalted yourself into heaven, and sent all the dirty, filthy things of fashions and things, till even the foreign countries come here to pick up our filth and send it away, to your fine churches and steeples, and so forth, the way you do. Remember, one day you'll be laying in the bottom of the sea, your great honeycomb under you right now. The wrath of God is belching right beneath you. How much longer He will hold this sandbar hanging out over that? When, that ocean out yonder, a mile deep, will slide in there, plumb back to the Salton Sea. It'll be worse than the last day of Pompeii. Repent, Los Angeles.
BRANHAM, 65-0429E THE.CHOOSING.OF.A.BRIDE A few nights ago, many of you, just in about a month before going over to Africa, many of you perhaps has the tape, of you people that get the tapes, on, Choosing A Bride, was preached in California. The last few minutes of that tape, I don't remember of ever being there. But the Spirit of the Lord came in such a way. I had been condemning them the way they were living and doing, and after the Gospel had been preached and declared before them so much. And all of a sudden the Holy Spirit spoke out and said, "Capernaum," see, "the city that calls yourself by the name of the angels," that's Los Angeles, "thou are exalted into Heaven, but be brought down to hell." See? And then after it was over, why, I was outside, and Brother Moseley and Billy was with me. And they said... Went back and looked, and the whole floor was just laying full of people, ministers sobbing. And I went and got the Scripture. I said, "There is something about that in the Bible." And it was Jesus rebuking Capernaum, all those coastal cities that He had visit. Why, He said, "Capernaum, thou art exalted into Heaven, will be brought down into hell." He said, "For if the works had been done in Sodom and Gomorrah that's been done in you, it'd been standing today." And at that time, Sodom and Gomorrah was in the bottom of the sea. And just after that, maybe a hundred years or something, after Jesus' prophecy, Capernaum, the only coastal city that He had visit, a earthquake sunk it in the sea. And you know that was a direct answer to California, to Los Angeles. And then in Tucson the other day, just as I got back, a great earthquake had happened out there. And the scientists was on the television drawing it out. It was in the papers. That, the earth, the other day, split from the Aleutian Islands, or from Alaska, around the Aleutian Islands, about two hundred miles out into the sea, come back in at San Diego, went around Los Angeles, and come out at San Diego. And it's pulled loose several inches. Houses has toppled down. Motels has went in. And the scientists on this panel was — was asked. Said, "Well, that could fall in someday?" Said, "Could? It will!" And he used the scientific names of how the lava has... That's what's caused these earthquakes all along, around San Diego and down in there. It's been that hollow place. And now all of it's begin to break in, like sand falling in, and now it's just a crust. And it's pulled loose, several inches. They could take radar and stuff, and follow that crack, and mark it. I see where it was at. And it pulled loose, several inches more, maybe two or three inches the other day, again, right after that prophecy was given. And the ones that was interviewing the scientists, said, "Well, it probably won't be in our age." He said, "It could be in five minutes or in five years; but it's going to fall in."

What'd I say just before this big happening here in California? "You people here in Los Angeles, ever year when I come back there's more bobbed-haired women and sissified men than there was the first place, more preachers going into organization. You're not without excuse! If the mighty works had been done in Sodom and Gomorrah was done in you, it'd be standing today. Oh, Capernaum, thou who callest yourself by the name of the angels, Los Angeles!" See what's happening? She is going right on to the bottom of the sea. When? I don't know when it's going, but it's going. You young people, if I don't see it in my day, you watch. She is gone! Ever learning,... never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now here is the shocking, here is the shocking part. Listen to this. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith that was once delivered to the saints, of course. "Concerning the Faith." "And he shall turn the Faith of the fathers, or the children, back to the fathers." "Reprobate concerning the Faith." Uh! You know what reprobate means? If you got a Scofield Bible, there's a "h" there. Right up there, says, "apostasy." An apostasy, that's what it is.

And then, the last meeting I had in California, while speaking, and didn't know nothing happened till I got on the street, It told California, said — said, "Capernaum, Capernaum, the city that's called by the name of the angels," (that's Los Angeles) "you've exalted yourself into heaven, but you'll be brought down into hell. For if the mighty works had been done in Sodom that's been done in you, it would have been standing till this day." Now, the last few days, the great roaring and popping. Then, here come out a paper of science, said, "It's all honeycombed, it's got to go under." They just know it. And you watch, the water will come plumb back into the Salton Sea. Los Angeles is doomed for judgment. I tell you before it happens, that you might know when it does happen. I never spoke that by myself. And I've never had Him to tell me one thing but what happened. And you can bear record of that. That's right. When? I don't know. I went out, and they told me what I said. And I listened, went back and searched the Scripture. You know, Jesus said, almost in them same words, about Capernaum; and Sodom and Gomorrah was — was in the bottom of the Dead Sea, I suppose was then. And later, about a hundred years later, Capernaum slid into the sea, and it's in the sea. The same God that put Sodom in the sea for its sins, the same God that put Capernaum in the sea for its sins, the same God will put Los Angeles in the sea for its sin, that city of — of corruption.

Remember, that same God that said that, said, "Los Angeles is doomed." And she is finished. I don't know when. I can't tell you. I didn't know I said that. But this brother here, I believe it was... No. One of the Mosely's, I believe, had me out on a street out there. I didn't know what it was till I looked back. I looked back in Scripture. And Jesus said, "Capernaum, Capernaum, how oft... You that's exalted yourself, rather, up into Heaven, shall be brought down into hell. For if the mighty works that been done in you, had been done in Sodom, it'd a stood today." And about a hundred and fifty years from there, (Sodom had already, in the earth) then Capernaum is in the water, too, today. And that same Spirit of God that said all these things, and done all these things, It said there, "Oh, city, Capernaum, who called yourself by the name of the Angels, Los Angeles, how you've exalted yourself into heaven! The very root and seat of Satan, see, you've exalted yourself." Preachers, it's a graveyard for them. Good men go there and die like rats. What havoc! "You that call yourself by the name of the Angels; if the mighty works had been done in Sodom, that been done in you, it'd stood today. But your hour has come." You watch and see. If it ain't, I'm a false prophet. See? There she is. She's laying there.

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