Destruction of Los Angeles
On April 29, 1965 William Branham stood behind the podium at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, and preached a sermon called "Choosing of a Bride". During this sermon, William Branham prophecied that the city of Los Angeles would one day slide into the ocean, and a new coastline would form at the Salton Sea.
Problems with the prophecy
If L.A. ever sinks, it may not be clear whether it is the result of William Branham's prophecy, Joe Brandt's prophecy, or the result of the scientific findings published in Time and elsewhere.
Capernaum never sank
Why does William Branham compare the sinking of Los Angeles to the sinking of Capernaum when, in fact Capernaum did not sink? Rather, it was simply abandoned, and its ruins are on the shore of the sea of Galilee to this day. We know because we've been to Capernaum. The ruins are still there.
Los Angeles was to sink soon after
In 1965, while relating a story about the Alaska earthquake, William Branham stated that Los Angeles would sink shortly thereafter - In a few days a great earthquake's going to strike on the west. And it won't stop. California, Los Angeles will sink. It's going down.
Note that this certainly seems like a failed prophesy. He said that the Alaska earthquake in 1964 was going to be the start of a series of earthquakes culminating with Los Angeles sinking. But nothing of significance followed the Alaskan earthquake.
Joe Brandt's Prophecy
On December 25, 1965 a man named Joe Brandt gave a stack of old papers containing a prophecy he claimed to have written 1937 to Jessica Madigan, who published the series of dreams in a book called "Prophecies of Tomorrow" in 1966. Living Waters magazine then reproduced this prophecy in June 1969. William Branham would therefore have been unaware of this earlier prophecy, which is much more specific in its details.
Documented cases of land sinking prior to 1965
The concept of a great earthquake in California and part of it sliding into the ocean was not a new concept initiated by Brother Branham. The risk of LA sinking was well known and discussed in scientific and popular culture, as evidenced by the April 1, 1957 issue of Time Magazine that reported on the partial sinking of Long Beach in the 1950s. This sinking was blamed on the excessive drilling in the area. It is also well known that Los Angeles lies on the 'ocean-side' of the San Andreas Fault. In this regard, the sinking of Los Angeles may still happen, as the instabililty of the land was well know and documented before William Branham's prophecy.
Pearry Green's Testimony
Pearry Green wrote the following on page 119 of his book "Acts Of The Prophet", with regards to a statement William Branham made to his son, Billy Paul: "Billy, I may not be here but you won't be an old man until sharks will swim right where we are standing." While Billy Paul is alive today, his birthday is September 13, 1935 (i.e., he will turn 80 years old in 2015).
The Honeycomb and the Sandbar
Los Angeles is one of the largest cities in the world. It is also one of the only cities in the world with significant active oil extraction within city limits. The sediment in the Los Angeles basin is up to 6 miles (10 km) deep, and includes the following oil fields:
Combined with the danger of existing fault lines that Los Angeles sits on, the potential for a devestating natural disaster is scientifically plausible.
Since the 1950's, oil producers have been pumping water into the earth to replace the oil they extract in order to stop the land from sinking. The only problem with this process is that water has different properties than oil, as residents of Daisetta, Texas learned in 2008 when the walls of an underground salt-cave (from which oil brine had been extracted) disolved, creating a sink-hole 900 feet wide by 260 feet deep. Between 1932 and 1960 iodine was harvested from oil brine extracted in the Los Angeles basin - raising the question of whether the water being pumped into the earth is currently disolving structural minerals under Los Angeles.
Recent Significant L.A. Earthquakes
We find ourselves at this Christmas, just about like they did the first Christmas though. The world's just about to fall apart, as I preached on once somewhere, about a Christmas message, "The World Falling Apart." And the world again is just about to come to pieces. Look at the earthquakes over here in California. I predict 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 them. They'll go beneath the bottom of the sea. And it's so much sin (You see?), it's the barrier. Civilization has traveled with the sun, from... And it started in the east going west. And now it's at the west coast. If it goes any further, it'll be back east again. So that's the barrier. And sin has traveled with civilization, and it becomes the cesspool of all ages. Things they do that--that human beings in any other age wouldn't have thought of such a thing. Women has throwed theirself to such a filth, till no woman in any age would've ever thought of such a thing as we do today. And then still call ourselves Christians. What a disgrace."
And, of course, the Salton Sea is about two hundred feet below sea level, and if that big churning, that earth swallowing in like that, with hundreds of square miles, hundreds and hundreds of square miles sinking into the earth, that'll throw a tidal wave plumb to Arizona.
Have you ever heard me use that Name unless it come to pass? Ask you! You've known me twenty years. Did I ever tell you anything in the Name of the Lord but what come to pass? If everything I've ever told you would happen, happened, say "Amen." [Congregation says, "Amen!"--Ed.] See? I tell you, now is the hour, you better be getting right, all of us.