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.
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 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 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.
The Tidal Wave
One problem with subsistence (the sinking of land) is that it can create megatsunamis if they occur near water. History records the following megatsunamis created by landslides:
William Branham said:
Recent Significant L.A. Earthquakes