The year was 1933. It was a tremenduous year for William Branham. God was blessing his young ministry. Already, his tent meetings were attracting between three and four thousand people each service. During a baptismal at one of these services, God had come down in the form of the Pillar of Fire to commission His servant.
The foundation was laid for his church that same year. The morning he was to lay the corner stone, God gave him Seven Major Visions which concerned world events from 1933 to the end of the Gentile despensation.
Being a prophet to the Laodicean Church "Age", he said that the "Age" began around the turn of the Twentieth Century, perhaps 1906. Many wondered, "How long will it last?" As a a servant of God who has had multitudes of visions, of which NONE has ever failed, he predicted that the Laodicean Age would end around 1977. Speaking with Brother Clayton Sonmore in 1958, he said, "Brother, beyond 1977 I see nothing but Total Darkness for the church." Concsidering the condition of the church world in general - lukewarm with a form of godliness - we can safely say that it has entered into 'total' darkness.
His prediction (not prophecy) was based on seven major continuous visions that came to him one Sunday morning in June, 1933. The Lord Jesus spoke to him and said that the coming of the Lord was drawing nigh, but that before He came, seven major events would transpire. Here are the visions as Bro. Branham recorded them.
The first vision was that Mussolini would invade Ethiopia and that nation would "fall at his steps". That vision surely did cause some repercussions, and some were very angry when I said it and would not believe it. But it happened that way. He just walked in there with his modern arms and took over. The natives didn't have a chance. But the vision also said that Mussolini would come to a horrible end with his own people turning on him. That came to pass just exactly as it was said.
The next vision foretold that an Austrian by the name of Adolph Hitler would rise up as dictator over Germany, and that he would draw the world into war. It showed the Siegfried line and how our troops would have a terrible time to overcome it. Then it showed that Hitler would come to a mysterious end.
The third vision was in the realm of world politics for it showed me that there would be three great ISMS, Facism, Nazism, Communism, but that the first two would be swallowed up into the third. The voice admonished, "WATCH RUSSIA, WATCH RUSSIA. Keep your eye on the King of the North."
The fourth vision showed the great advances in science that would come after the second world war. It was headed up in the vision of a plastic bubble-topped car that was running down beautiful highways under remote control so that people appeared seated in this car without a steering wheel and they were playing some sort of a game to amuse themselves.
The fifth vision had to do with the moral problem of our age, centering mostly around women. God showed me that women began to be out of their place with the granting of the vote. Then they cut off their hair, which signified that they were no longer under the authority of a man but insisted on either equal rights, or in most cases, more than equal rights. She adopted men's clothing and went into a state of undress, until the last picture I saw was a woman naked except for a little fig leaf type apron. With this vision I saw the terrible perversion and moral plight of the whole world.
Then in the sixth vision there arose up in America a most beautiful, but cruel woman. She held the people in her complete power. I believed that this was the rise of the Roman Catholic Church, though I knew it could possibly be a vision of some woman rising in great power in America due to a popular vote by women.
The last and seventh vision was wherein I heard a most terrible explosion. As I turned to look I saw nothing but debris, craters, and smoke all over the land of America.