Seventh Day Adventism and the Branch Davidians Essay

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Houteff bought a plot of land and moved outside Waco, Texas, bringing just under a hundred followers with him and thereby establishing the Davidian sect. They built a variety of buildings and named the location Mount Carmel after the mount where Elijah overcame the prophets of Baal. On a side note, this Mount Carmel was different from the one involved in the Branch Davidian inferno. Houteff did not want to break away from the Seventh-day Adventism and continued to view his evangelistic message as directed to the Adventist church. Seventh-day Adventism continued to play a major role in the theology of the Davidians though their relationship was bitter. The Davidian sect grew and although Houteff died in 1955, his wife Florence became…show more content…
Roden affirmed the leadership of Victor and Ellen White and especially the need for a righteous remnant. Roden is responsible for the adoption of the name “Branch,” claiming it as the new name of Christ according to Isaiah 11:1. The Davidians, under Roden, became the Branch Davidians. Roden implemented observance of Old Testament festivals, which wasn’t a big leap from strict Sabbath practice. He was also incredibly passionate about Israel and attempted to establish a group of Davidians within Israel. If they were able to move the Davidians to Israel, they would be one step closer to the millennium and their final earthly dwelling place. Under Roden, Branch Davidians believed that the truth of God would proceed from Jerusalem and since they contained the truth of God, it was necessary that they move to Israel. Unfortunately, Roden’s dream was never completely actualized and upon his death in 1978, his wife Lois Roden assumed leadership of the Branch Davidians. Unlike Florence Houteff, Lois Roden received visions prior to the death of her husband and was even considered a prophetess, whereas Florence was just considered the leader. As the prophetic voice of the Branch Davidians, she formulated new theology, the most important being that the Holy Spirit is feminine. According to her, “the notion of Father and Son in the

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