It was early March, 1964, that Brother Branham’s ministry reached into the literal shaking of the earth. He and several other brothers had again gathered to hunt Javelina. The locale was the same general area where the angels had descended and the cloud had appeared. Because of the memory of that event just the year before, one might have expected other outstanding events to emanate from this spot; yet this day as Brother Branham and a close friend, Brother Banks Wood, returned to camp, there was no hint of anything unusual. We know now that, at that very moment, megatons of rock must have lain poised for movement deep in the bowels of the earth.
As Brother Branham and Brother Wood walked along that day, suddenly the Spirit of the Lord spoke to him and told him to pick up a stone and cast it into the air. Obediently, he did as he was told. As the stone struck the earth, a small whirlwind came down with it, and he simply spoke the words, “Thus saith the Lord.” He turned to Brother Wood and said “You watch, there will be something happen. You must do something to cause something to happen. This is the way that things are started.”
The next day the hunting party was prepared to break camp. The members of the party were engaged in various activities, such as preparing their game, and Brother Branham, true to the outdoors man’s code, was carefully ensuring that the fire was out. Suddenly he turned to Brother Roy Roberson, standing near him, and quickly told him to take cover. Something was about to happen. One of the brothers was taking motion pictures of Brother Branham at the time and, just as his camera ran out of film, over the bluff from the north came a powerful whirlwind right above the prophet’s head. The violent force of this whirlwind was so great that it cut part of this bluff out and threw rocks the size of a man’s fist for over one hundred yards. Like a blast, it cut the tops out of the mesquite trees; the sound of it’s fury filled the air. Naturally the brothers with him took cover. Some dived under the trucks or scrambled beneath the bushes, but Brother Branham stood firm. God’s prophet stood through it all, hat in hand, looking up into the midst of the whirling force. As it lifted and returned in the direction from whence it had come, he set his hat back on his head and spoke deliberately, “God spoke to Job in a whirlwind.” Continuing he pronounced the awful news, “The judgement of God shall strike the west coast of America.” Indeed the whirlwind had retreated in the north-westerly direction, toward that coast.
The whirlwind “clapped” three times on that day in February 1964. The answering judgement struck on Good Friday of that year in the form of an earthquake which nearly tore the coast out of Alaska. No one who experienced the terror of that day or who has since examined the record of the destruction and loss of life, could ever forget what it is like to experience the heavy hand of God in judgement.
Brother Branham went on to deliver his message “Choosing of a Bride.” The next prophetic link was forged as he said to the people of Los Angeles, “You don't know what time that this city one day is going to be laying out here in the bottom of this ocean."O, 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 till this day." And Sodom and Gomorrah lays at the bottom of the Dead Sea, and Capernaum's in the bottom of the sea.Thou city, who claims to be the city of the Angels, who's 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, with your fine churches and steeples, and so forth the way you do; remember, one day you'll be laying in the bottom of this sea. You're great honeycomb under you right now. The wrath of God is belching right beneath you. How much longer He'll hold this sandbar hanging 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. Repent the rest of you and turn to God. The hour of His wrath is upon the earth. Flee while there's time to flee and come into Christ." Let us pray.”
This was the great moment for those of us who believed that Brother Branham was the prophet of God with the spirit of Elijah, when the realisation swept over us that the tapes we had heard, the books we had read, and what we had heard this great man of God say, all pointed to a tremendous prophecy of doom for the west coast. Now we realised that he was prophesying. Knowing him to be a word prophet, we knew that he spoke nothing unless it could be found in the Scriptures. Now we began to pay attention.
On August 22, 1965, Brother Branham speaking on a coast to coast, border to border, telephone hook-up, in his sermon “A Thinking man's filter” clearly pronounced judgement on America: “The Holy Spirit in my own heart tonight cries, "Blind Laodicea, how oft God would've give you a revival, but now your time has come. It's too late now. How did you laugh and make fun of the people that God sent to you? But now your time has come. Oh, United States, United States, how that God would've hovered you as a hen does its brood, but you would not." Now, this Voice is going from coast to coast, from north to south and east to west. How God would've hovered you, but you would not. Now, your time has come.Nations are breaking; the world is falling apart. Fifteen hundred mile chunk of it, three or four hundred miles wide, will sink hundred--or maybe forty miles down into that great fault out yonder one of these days, and waves will shoot plumb out to the state of Kentucky. And when it does, it'll shake the world so hard that everything on top of it will shake down.”
Extracts From "The Acts of the Prophet." Chapter 12
by Pearry Green
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And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
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Look at the earthquakes over here in California. I predict that, before the coming of the Lord Jesus, that God will sink that place. I believe that Hollywood and Los Angeles, and them filthy places over there, that God Almighty will sink her. It’ll go beneath the bottom of the sea.
William Branham - Who do you say this is ? (1964)