Cult - Branch
Unlocking the Seven Seals
1918 Victor Houteff joined The
Seventh-Day Adventist Church
1935 Victor started the “Shepherd’s
Rod” with 11 follower
Known as Mt. Carmel Center, located
outside of Waco, Texas
1955 Victor died
His wife, Florence, assumed
leadership of the Davidians.
1959 Ben Roden took control
Renamed the group the “Branch
1978 Roden died
His wife assumed control.
1987 Vernon Howell took control
1990 Howell proclaimed that he was the
He changed his name to David
David (after king David of Israelites)
Koresh (after the Babylonian King
Emphasis on the imminent arrival of Jesus
Believed the “lamb” mentioned in Revelation
5:2 is David Koresh
The lamb is to open up the seven seals, and
Christ would return to earth.
The world would end, and Branch member
would ascend to heaven to be with God.
Growing their own food
Some members obtained out side jobs,
to contributed their income to the
The “New Light Doctrine” of spiritual
Koresh physically assaulted children
Impregnated children at age 12 or 13.
Sell & Carried illegal weapons
1993 AFT agents entered the
compound with search warrant
Many lives were lost
Many members were convicted of
voluntary manslaughter and firearms.