The morning of April 29, 1965, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the state of Washington. It centered in the Puget Sound, which is 15 miles south of Seattle.
In the evening service on April 29, 1965, in Los Angeles, California, Brother Branham preached, "Choosing Of A Bride." He began by addressing the concerns the people had asked him about the earthquakes.
The year before, the March 1964 Alaskan earthquake caused damage down the coast. By April 1965, several quakes had already occurred in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska (and other large ones had occurred around the world). Earlier that morning, the earthquake had struck the state of Washington. Concerned by these recent earthquakes, people had asked Brother Branham if he thought the quakes would continue down the West Coast to where they were in Los Angeles, California. That night, Brother Branham approached the subject at the beginning of his sermon.
“That great monster laying up yonder that flipped hisself over in Alaska a few days ago, threw its tail up again this morning along about down around Washington. He could head this way mighty easy. And if the Holy Spirit ever tells me definitely---
“Some of you has been answering---asking me that: ‘Is it going to happen here, Brother Branham?’ No, I don't know that. I just don't know, and till I do know--- That's the truth. I always wanted to be honest with you. I'm just not going to presume, take any ideas, or some---what I believe, or something like that. When I tell you, it's going to be--- Well, He's got to tell me first, and then I'll tell you. I know the whole world is in a shaking condition; we're at the end time. But one thing I've tried to be---
“Brother Shakarian was saying this morning how he used to go through the prayer lines, and reach down there, and get those cards before the people come up, and look at them, and see whether I told them what they had wrote out there. They write all kinds of stuff on their prayer cards, you know, and he was going to see if it was right. He said out of the hundreds that he'd checked, there'd never been one wrong. There never will be one wrong (See?), because that it's as long as it is God. If I ever project myself into it, then it's wrong right there to begin with.
“A little girl whose father's setting listening at me now come to me not long ago. She had a dream. She said, ‘Brother Branham, what does this dream mean?’
“I said, ‘I don't know, sister. I'll have to find out if the Lord will tell me.’ So I went on and tried to ask the Lord, and He never did tell me. So the little girl come back again; she said, ‘Well now, where is the interpretation of my dream?’
“I said, ‘Come here, honey, and set down.’ I said, ‘Your father and mother are very good friends of mine (See?), and they've come all the way from Canada, retired, and sojourned here with me. They believe this what I'm trying to say, and I've never said anything wrong to anybody willfully in my life. If I--- I think I know what the dream means, but until I see that dream myself, and then He tells me what it means, I can't tell you. See, if I just make up something, there might be a time where you needed me between life and death, and then you wouldn't know whether to believe me or not.’
“If I tell you anything in the name of the Lord, it's truly that that's Who told me that. And so far, of all these years throughout the world and around the world, it's never been wrong one time, because--- Now, you know a human being can't be that infallible. It takes the Spirit of God to do that.
“And now I have a message that I'm responsible for. And many times I've been considered amongst the people (Well, maybe someone who just didn't set down and think a minute), that I was a---oh, an awful person, that I didn't like people and I was always cutting them. And that's not so. That isn't so. I love people. But you know, love is corrective.
“If your little boy was setting in the street out there, and you said, ‘Junior dear, I don't want you out there, but---’ and cars buzzing by him, and you brought him in, he run out again, why, you should correct him. If you love him, you will. You have to---
“If you seen a man floating down the river towards a falls in a little boat, that you knowed that boat was going to sink when it hit the falls, would you say, ‘John, you, maybe you ought to think awhile. Maybe you might not make it.’ If I know he's not going to make it, I'm going to almost jerk him out of the boat, if I can, because it is love that does that.”