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Dig A Little Deeper: The Maginot Line

William Branham claimed to have "prophesied" the "German" Maginot Line in 1933, eleven years before Germany built it. Is this true? Did the Germans build the Maginot Line, and was it built in 1944?

And in 1933 when the Lord, when we was having meetings over here where that Church of Christ is standing now, the old Masonic home, the vision of the Lord came to me up here and predicted that, Germany would rise up and have put that Maginot Line there. Many of you remember.
- Branham, 58-0927

An international incident between the French military and Germany made international news in January of 1923, ten years prior to William Branham's alleged "prophecy." General Andre Maginot of the French military reported during the French occupation, one was killed and two were wounded as the French line was further advancing.

This angered the Germans, and in March of that same year, a French Official was assassinated in retaliation. The French saw the event as an act of terror, and promised that vengeance would quickly follow. Maginot, now War Minister set severe reprisal measures upon the district occupied.

By April, the conflict was quickly growing in size. Belgian officials joined in pressuring the Germans. At a conference in Duesseldorf, French and Belgian ministers of war met with military commanders. During the course of this meeting, it was decided that the French would not extend their occupation. Instead, they decided to fortify.

In a large-scale operation to prepare for impending military invasion, France decided to fortify their borders. War Minister Maginot decided that the old-style methods of forts protecting large sections of land would not be of any value towards defending against the more modern technology of 1930. WWI had proven these forts to be ineffective, and they could not withstand a second world war. Construction of a new fortification system began on the northwestern, northern, and southern frontiers. Maginot declared that this line of defense would be completed by 1931.

Why did William Branham claim that the Germans built this line of defense named after French Minister of War Andre Maginot?

She'll never rise again. THUS SAITH THE LORD. 1956 she made her fatal move. Now. And she took well on her way about three months ago. Now, she's gone! Right it in your bibles, 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." Eleven years before the Maginot Line was built, I said, "There..." in that same vision I saw Germany fortified in concrete.
- Branham, 61-0312

And the Americans and the Germans built the Maginot Line, and they... And Americans taken a hard beating there but finally overcome.
- William Branham, November 13, 1960

In January of 1932, The French Minister of War Andre Maginot died of typhoid fever and complications, causing a sudden shaking of the French cabinet. But the construction of the line of defense did not die with him. The French continued to fortify their borders, building concrete barriers preventing incoming ground attack from tanks and other artillery. In 1935, still nine years prior to Branham's claim in "prophecy", the French line of defense was named after the late Minister of War. From July of 1935 forward, it would be known as the Maginot Line.

Though the history of this defensive strategy of fortification may seem long forgotten, this was a very hot topic for its time. It was present in newspapers around the globe as the world watched in fear that another world war would bring Armageddon. Many of the newspaper articles we found were printed in cities of Indiana very near to Branham's hometown of Jeffersonville.

Could not any single person in Branham's "Baptist church" have prophesied of this Maginot line? Were the newspaper reporters "prophets?" If we claim that William Branham had special "insight" into this Maginot Line, could we not claim the same for any child sitting in the congregation who had access to his father's newspaper?

Was William Branham really a "prophet?" Or was he simply a man who had money to purchase a newspaper?



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Branham's Statements Concerning the Maginot Line:

And in 1933 when the Lord, when we was having meetings over here where that Church of Christ is standing now, the old Masonic home, the vision of the Lord came to me up here and predicted that, Germany would rise up and have put that Maginot Line there. Many of you remember. And how they'd be all fortified in there, and the Americans would take a great beating right there at that line. It also said what would take place, and about Roosevelt and them things, how he would run and make that fourth term. Perfectly, just exactly the way it come to pass. And also said that cars would keep getting more like an egg, until the last days they'd be just in the shape of an egg.
Branham, 58-0927 - Why Are We Not A Denomination?

It was the late Adolf Hitler who give to the German people a sign that he was a genius, he knowed all about military life. And without discrediting him, he did know much about it. But he assured the German people by building what we call the Maginot Line, or the Siegfried Line, that he poured billions of tons of concrete and steel together, showed his confidence in it, that he moved his headquarters up to the front line, where restaurants and business places operated beneath the ground, where they had billions of tons of steel and cement. No matter how it ever went, Germany was fortified. It was a sign of safety. But the modern blockbuster blowed it into eternity, and Hitler with it.
Branham, 59-1227M - A Super Sign

In her voting she will elect the wrong person. The Americans will take a great beating at a place that Germany will build, which will be a great wall built of concrete (The Maginot Line, eleven years before it was ever built.) But finally they will be victors.
Branham, 60-1113 - Condemnation By Representation

Now, look what happened now. In… President Franklin D. Roosevelt took America to England's tea party. That's right. Germany never picked on us; we picked on them, throwed the whole world into a war, to cause a world war. The Germans built the Maginot Line, which there—any veteran here knows what she took there at the Maginot Line.
Branham, 60-1113 - Condemnation By Representation

And the Americans… And the Germans built the Maginot Line, and they… And Americans taken a hard beating there but finally overcome. Exactly right. You veterans brethren know that, and you all at the D-Day and so forth, and when they went in.
Branham, 60-1113 - Condemnation By Representation

Said, "We now have a president (Dwi… Mr. Roosevelt), and this Mr. Roosevelt will cause the world to go into a world war through his—in his time of his administration, his—his—as president," and then said, "And during this time they have permitted women to vote, which will be a curse to the nation. They'll elect the wrong man sometime." And they did the other day. Now, think of that. Said, "We will go to war with Germany, and Germany will be fortified behind concrete. And we will take an awful beating at this place," the Maginot Line eleven years before it was built. See? Exactly.
Branham, 60-1125 - Conference

I was quoting last night a prophecy that was given me back in 1933 of seven things that'd take place: Germany, the Sieg—Siegfried Line, and the president election, and all these other things. Five of them has already taken place, two left—the coming of the control of a woman in the United States to take over, maybe a church to take over to rule… Watch. It's THUS SAITH THE LORD. And then I seen them create an automobile that didn't need a steering wheel in it. I seen that Maginot (Maginot Line, it was instead of the Siegfried)—the Maginot Line eleven years and told the people. It's wrote on paper. He's never one time… I charge any person in Divine Presence, or in the world, to ever tell me one time that the Holy Spirit ever spoke and said these things that it didn't come to pass. See? That's right. Oh, what an hour that we're living in. What a moment right now. A hush like a death somewhere. See?
Branham, 60-1126 - Why?

The Holy Spirit said to me. There it is on paper. You can't… It can't be denied. There it is on paper, as the Holy Spirit said. Eleven years before the Maginot Line was built, I said, "The Germans… America will just… President Roosevelt will be the rascal of all of them." And that's right. He was.
Branham, 60-1204M - The Revelation Of Jesus Christ

How many remembers that vision, here in the church? Sure. Said that, how that even Kennedy would be elected in this last election. How that women would be permitted to vote. How that Roosevelt would take the world to war. How that Mussolini would go towards Ethiopia, his first invasion, and would take it; that'd be the end, he'd die off after that. How these great isms would rise up and all fall back into Communism; Hitlerism, and Mussolini, and Co-… Nazism, and so forth, would all fall back into Communism. And eleven years beforehand, it said that "We'd go to war with Germany, and Germany would be fortified behind concrete," the Maginot Line. It happened just that way. Said then, after that, would come to place that… come to pass that science would increase so greatly until they would invent a car, the cars would become more like "egg" all the time. And that vision was told right here where the Church of Christ stands now, at the old Mes-… orphans home. Charlie Kurn, perhaps in the building tonight, was living at the place at the time. One Sunday morning about seven o'clock it happened. And It said, "Then there would come to pass that they'd invent a car that they didn't need a steering wheel in it, it would be controlled by some kind of a power." They've got it now. They got it now, in magnetic power, radar control. They don't even… just set your radar to where you're going, it takes you yourself, don't have to steer.
Branham, 60-1205 - The Ephesian Church Age

And now, and as I started the Sunday school I fell into a trance. We was having it over here at the old Masonic home, Charlie Kern's place, little group of us. And I seen this President Roosevelt leading the world to a world war. Predicted! I said, "And there's three isms: the Nazi, and the Fascism, and Communism." I said… (How many in here remembers?) I said, "Keep your eyes on Communism, it'll all head up in there." I said, "Ethiopia, Mussolini will go to Ethiopia, but he'll fail." And I said, "We'll finally go to war with Germany, but" I said "Germany will be fortified in, in a great big bunch of concrete." Eleven years before the Maginot Line was built, eleven years.
Branham, 60-1208 - The Thyatirean Church Age

Then I said, that "This nation would finally go to war with Germany. And Germany would be built in a concrete wall." And that was the Maginot Line, eleven years before it was ever started to build it, eleven years before. And I said, "The Americans will take an awful beating at that line." Some of these brethren here was at that line, Brother Roy Roberson and them; ask them what happened. They sure did. All right. "But finally," I said, "we will overcome and will be one of the winner in the war between us and Germany."
Branham, 60-1211E - The Laodicean Church Age

A few days ago we… Now, I'm not Democrat nor Republican; I'm a Christian; so I don't mention these things. But I picked up an old book there that the—the Lord had gave me a vision in 1933 when I just first become a minister, going down to the Baptist Tabernacle. And He gave me a vision that morning, and I seen the first one I remember of an international affair. And I seen that President Roosevelt that was in then, and seen that we'd go to a world war. Then I seen also that—that was eleven years before the Maginot line was built, I seen Germany fortify themselves in this big concrete place. I also seen they permitted women to vote, which was wrong. And said they would—they would someday elect the wrong man; they just did it. And then…
Branham, 61-0128 - Why?

Over the nation it looked just like where rocks was blowed out and stumps was smoldering, and—and so forth. And immediately after that, Mr. Roosevelt—truly in the time of his administration here—the world went to war. And Mussolini did just exactly, and Maginot line, and everything that we spoke of. And the electing, and it was women, we know, that elected our president now.
Branham, 61-0129 - Turning Northward

Many of you, if you'd put a righteous President in every county in the whole United States, it's still gone. She'll never rise again, THUS SAITH THE LORD. 1956 she made her fatal move. Now, and she took well on her way about three months ago. Now, she's gone. 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." Eleven years before the Maginot Line was built, I said, "There…" in that same vision I saw Germany fortified in concrete. And America took a terrible beating there, and many of you boys know what happened, was there.
Branham, 61-0312 - Jehovah-Jireh

France tried to build the Siegfried line, Germany, the Maginot line. And after the first World War, then France still wanted their women, wine, and big times. And they built the line, and faced all their guns towards Germany. "Come on now. Let's eat drink and be merry. Everything's just fine." What happened? Germany marched right around behind it. They forgot how to… left a place to turn their guns, and Germany crashed it down. Germany later built the Maginot line. The American blockbuster tore it to pieces.
Branham, 61-0430 - Super Sign

Where is the Titanic today? In the bottom of the sea. Where is Nimrod's tower? She's fallen to the earth. Where is Nebuchadnezzar's immortal city? It sunk. Where is France's Siegfried line? She's blowed to pieces. Where is Germany's Maginot line? She's bursted to pieces. Where is the denominational church? Dead. What is it? All of it is a historical memory. All that's left of the Siegfried line is a history. All that's left of the Maginot line is the history. All that's left of the towers is history.
Branham, 61-0430 - Super Sign

The French, on the Maginot line, thought they'd be no more wars after the first World War, after Canada, and the United States, and so forth, went over and drove the Germans back. They made the Siegfried line. And when they did (I believe it was called the Maginot line) they—they put the guns out, facing over the Rhine, over into Germany, and said, "If Germany ever marches on us again, we're fortified." But Adolf Hitler marched right around behind them, took it. What did they do? Tried to live in sin. Women, wine, and big time. God is not mocked. Be not deceived, God is not mocked. Whatsoever a man soweth (or a nation) so shall they reap: the individuals or to nations. And we must keep that on mind. While we believe with all of our heart, that God's visiting us now on a special occasion to get together here in Grande Prairie. Keep that in mind. God doesn't do anything just for myth. He's got a purpose in doing these…?… He's got something in His mind that He's trying to do. If we can only find what He's doing, find His will… It would behoove us to take a little time and pray, find out what our Father's trying to do. Now, we find out then immediately after the Siegfried line—or the Maginot line, the Germans then built them another line. I believe it was called Siegfried, one of them; it might be vice versa. But they said, "We—we—we'll fortify ourselves in here and put all of our—our—our material down below."
Branham, 61-0516M - God's Provided Way

Now, we find out then immediately after the Siegfried line—or the Maginot line, the Germans then built them another line. I believe it was called Siegfried, one of them; it might be vice versa. But they said, "We—we—we'll fortify ourselves in here and put all of our—our—our material down below."
Branham, 61-0516M - God's Provided Way

But we find it… Our Titanic sunk. Hitler's Maginot line, or Siegfried line, whichever it was, it was crushed to pieces. What do we find ourselves then at the end of the road? Our achievements are no good. So why fool with them? Let's find if God has a way and an achievement.
Branham, 61-0516M - God's Provided Way

The Germans come around and made the Maginot line. And they thought, "If the Yankees ever come over here, why, we'll just get down in this fortified concrete, and we'll be all right." What happened? The Yankees come over with blockbusters and busted them to pieces. She fell anyhow.
Branham, 62-0119 - An Ensign

But we Pentecostal people has begin to think, 'cause we have the name of Pentecost, we can go ahead and live in the world, do anything we want to. We're like climbing Nimrod's tower; it'll go to ashes. Like Adam's fig-leaf apron; she'll go back. Like the Siegfried line in France, Maginot line in Germany; she crushed.
Branham, 62-0121E - The Marriage Of The Lamb

Germany built them a Maginot line, a great Maginot line, fortified themselves under there. But along come the Americans with a blockbuster and blowed it out. See, trying to achieve something with theirselves.
Branham, 62-0624 - Super Sign

All these things failed. The Titanic sunk. The Maginot line blowed up. Nimrod's tower crumbled over. Babylon went down. And the denominations died, they're history dust.
Branham, 62-0624 - Super Sign

Germany tried. They made them a Maginot Line, got down in the earth so deep, fortified in concrete and things. What did the Americans do? Send in the blockbuster, and blowed them right out of it.
Branham, 62-0708 - A Super Sign

Several years ago, It predicted exactly the Maginot Line, exactly what would take place, exactly Kennedy would take the place, and of this, and there would be a Catholic President ruling here, and what it would be. And there's just two more things left, from seven things that He told me to happen perfectly. That's right. It's on old yellow paper. We're at the end time.
Branham, 62-0708 - A Super Sign

Germans built a Maginot line, said, "We've got something that nobody can get into." And the Americans blowed it out with bomb-busters. Right. It goes to show that man's achievement amounts to nothing, because he's corrupt in his thinking, and he cannot stand. What is it all? There's something in there shows there is an eternal city though. That's right.
Branham, 62-0713 - From That Time

But it's going to happen! Neither was Mussolini in power, neither was the Maginot Line built, neither did the car look like an egg in them days, and the things, neither did the women elect a President that would look like a—a college boy, and all these other things, neither would there be a Catholic President, and so forth, spoke of. About thirty years ago, or more, these things were predicted, but He only showed me way off down to the end.
Branham, 63-0724 - God Doesn't Call Man To Judgment Without First Warning Him

1933, the Holy Spirit came one morning and told me seven things that would take place before this nation was destroyed. One of them is that. It's on old paper there at the church, many has looked at it. How that we would go to war with Hitler and they'd… How Germany would fortify and build a Maginot Line, or the Siegfried Line, I believe it was, eleven years before it was ever thought of. And how that automobiles would constantly shape like eggs. And how that they would permit women to vote, and, in doing so, they would elect the wrong President. And in this would be a woman stand up that would govern the United States; not actually a woman, but a church. Then I seen her with nothing but ashes. It's going to happen.
Branham, 63-1117 - Once More

France, not long ago, thought they could still have their women, wine, and big time; so they made themself, called, a Maginot Line, had their guns all towards Germany, the archenemy. "If they ever come this way! We'll just live any way we want to. And we'll make a big super line out here, make it out of concrete, point our guns. If they ever come, we'll touch a button; it'll all fire and blow them back in Germany." Germany marched right around behind it. They forgot. So have we forgot! God, with His mighty hand, shows this world it cannot stand. But they want a super sign. They made them a Maginot Line, and Germany marched right up behind it, because they forgot. So, they could put the gun on a turret, could roll it back around the other way and shoot. They forgot that.
Branham, 63-1129 - The Super Sign

And is it not a strange thing, that in this day that when we have come through all these things, and the Message has crossed the earth against organization, It's blasted it from right to left, that, in this hour that's been told since 1933, when the Holy Spirit gave me that visions and showed me the end time, seven things that I spoke of, and five of them has already happened, perfectly, right on; like Germany and—and Italy and all the wars, and the national things (seldom speaks to me on those things). But they happened just exactly the way He said they'd happen. How Mussolini would go to Ethiopia, and Ethiopia would fall at his step, and then how that he'd come to a disgrace, and be spit on by his own people; and disgraced, hung upside down, with that prostitute that he lived with, on the street. How that the Americas would go to war with Germany, they'd take an awful beating at a place called, a great line where there would be concrete fortified in there, I believe it's called the Siegfried Line. And there's one called Maginot, I believe that was the French. Was that right? And the Siegfried Line was the German line. And the Lord let me see that, eleven years before it was built. And they never would admit getting a beating on it, the Americans wouldn't, till they almost sunk the complete army. When they went in there, the Germans had their guns just trained right out on that fleet, and let it get right in there, and almost sunk it. And I seen that, eleven years before the line was ever—ever a foundation was ever poured for it, or anything, the Siegfried Line. And all these other things, like machines and automobiles, and—and how everything has come right down exactly what He said, until a woman ruling this nation, which, perhaps, is the church. And then the end come.
Branham, 64-0112 - Shalom

This man, this fighter. The Maginot Line in Germany. All those things, just thousands of things, perfectly on the dot, every time. It can't be nothing else but the Holy Spirit. See? See? He promised it. He give seven things in 1933, would happen. And now every one of them has come to pass but two things, perfectly, just exactly. How that even President Kennedy would be taken in. It's right in there on my books right now, told thirty-three years ago, exactly. How that the Maginot Line would be built, eleven years before it built. How that Hitler would rise up, and—and Fascism, and—and Nazism, and all to bind in communism, and communism would destroy Catholicism. And it will, yes, no matter what they do. And showed, said there would be an Ecumenical Council, and how that all the churches would come together and would form the image called the Mark of the Beast. You see them right on the road, right now. Exactly right. It's got to happen, 'cause it's never failed to be.
Branham, 64-0403 - Jehovah-Jireh #2



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