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True Davidians Versus Branch Davidians:
Who is Following the Truth?
: One of the grossest misconceptions forced upon the minds of Seventh-day Adventist(S. D. A.) leaders and laypeople alike is the idea that Davidians are a dangerous offshoot of thechurch who follow the teachings of David Koresh and the Branch Davidians. One source has statedthat Koresh is “the sixth leader of the sixth splinter from the S. D. A. church.”
The article from which this quote is taken tries to prove that Koresh and the Branch Davidians are the modernsuccessors of the
) movement that began in 1930, the “sixth splinter” from themother church since its origin in 1844 as they imply. Nothing could be farther from the truth, as weshall see. The purpose of this study is to examine some of the pertinent historical and doctrinal factsthat will clearly discredit such claims. This is a call to all honest hearted and clear-minded seekersfor truth to give a fair hearing to both sides of the story before making a judgment for or against.
Q: What is a Davidian? A:
Davidians are Seventh-day Adventists who accept and practice all of the fundamental doctrinesof the Laodicean Seventh-day Adventist Church (S. D. A.), which are based solely on the Biblebacked up by the Spirit of Prophecy (SOP).
, they accept the message of advanced lightof revival and reformation that God has sent to the S. D. A. church to prepare it for the judgment of the living. This message, also known as the Shepherd’s Rod (SRod), announces the “great anddreadful day of the Lord” (Mal. 4:5) that will result in purification of the church separating 144,000first fruits of the harvest (Rev 7:1-8, 14:1-4) who will be endowed with a special outpouring of theHoly Spirit in order to gather the second fruits of the harvest, the great multitude (Rev. 7:9), fromthe fallen churches of Babylon during the Loud Cry (Rev. 18:1-4,
, p. 277). The144,000 will be the ones to reach the world with the final proclamation of the gospel, not theLaodicean church in its present condition of wholesale apostasy from God. The name Davidianderives from the following explanation.
“We are the only people who have the message of the re-establishment of the House of David, and of restoring “all things”(Mark 9:12) and are therefore called Davidians.” --
, Vol. 1, No. 9, p. 6
Shirley Burton, Director of Communication, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Memo to PhilRobertson discussing response to media inquirers regarding the “Waco Case”. Also published as, “WasDavid Koresh A Seventh-day Adventist”,
, Vol. 7, No. 7, May 21, 1993, p. 6.
Fundamental Beliefs of Davidian Seventh-day Adventists
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, Vol. 2, No. 10, pp. 21-31