William Branham issued a prophecy concerning Franklin Roosevelt in 1933 as part of a larger set of prophecies. Jeremy Bergen on his website claims this prophecy failed to come to pass. Let us examine it and see.
Here is the 1960 retelling of the prophecy with which Bergen bases his claims.
I’d like to read you a prophecy that was given… This one first. I speak this in the Name of the Lord. The president which now is, President Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Now remember, this is twenty-eight years ago.) will cause the whole world to go to war. (Now, look what happened now.) In…President Franklin D. Roosevelt took America to England’s tea party. That’s right. Germany never picked on us; we picked on them, throwed the whole world into a war, to cause a world war.Condemnation by Representation, November 13, 1960
Could the whole world be at war until the United States, the world’s greatest power, joined the war? As long as world’s most powerful military remained out of the war, could it be a true World War? No. As long as the United States was out of the war, the whole world was not at war. Thus, it is impossible for the entire world to go war until the United States committed itself to the war. So taking a most literal reading of what was said by Bro. Branham, it did indeed take Roosevelt’s actions to bring the United States fully into the war, and thus bring the “whole world” to war. Because before Roosevelt’s actions, the whole world was not at war.
Did Roosevelt’s actions bring the United States into the war?
BelieveTheSign argues that Germany and Japan declared war on the United States, and as such they were the provocateurs who caused the war. This is true, but we cannot ignore cause and effect. Could it have been Roosevelt’s actions that caused those nations to declare war on the United States? If so, then the prophecy holds true.
Roosevelt had been attempting to bring the United States into the war for years. However Congress refused to allow it. Roosevelt’s economic sanctions against Japan were a key contributor to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Most historians, including one cited below states Roosevelt “was doing everything possible to join the struggle against Hitler,” even while publicly claiming he wanted to remain neutral. Roosevelt was actively attempting to enter the war by alternate means since Congress refused to authorize the war. Another historian linked below states “He not only took America into the war, he carried the country with him.” The Secretary of Navy at the time stated:
“Prior to December 7, it was evident even to me… that we were pushing Japan into a corner. I believed that it was the desire of President Roosevelt, and Prime Minister Churchill that we get into the war, as they felt the Allies could not win without us and all our efforts to cause the Germans to declare war on us failed; the conditions we imposed upon Japan—to get out of China, for example—were so severe that we knew that nation could not accept them. We were forcing her so severely that we could have known that she would react toward the United States [with war]. All her preparations in a military way — and we knew their over-all import — pointed that way”Vice Admiral Frank E. Beatty, “Another Version of What Started the War with Japan,” U. S. News and World Report, May 28, 1954, p. 48
So if we dig just a little deeper into the history of times, we find Roosevelt did indeed goad Germany and Japan into declaring war on the United States because Congress was refusing to enter the war voluntarily. Thus we can safely say, yes, he did take an active role in causing the United States to enter the war.
Did the United State pick on Germany first?
After conquering France, Germany attempted to make peace with Great Britain, and was hoping to form an alliance with it. Germany had no desire to continue the war with Britain or start a war with the United States at that time. Japan likewise at that time was not threatening the United States or Britain in any way. Following Britain’s refusal to negotiate peace in late 1940 and early 1941, Japan began invading British territory in the Pacific. What was the United States doing in this time? Neither Germany nor Japan were attacking the US or US shipping or taking any hostile actions against the United States. However, Roosevelt began sanctions against Germany and Japan in 1939, and consistently increased those sanctions until ultimately joining the war. Germany on the other hand did not begin attacking US shipping until January 1942.
Germany was willing to negotiate peace in 1940 and end the war. This was before the United States or Russia were in the war. In 1940 Germany and Italy were at war with Britian, and Japan was at war with China. Hostilities everywhere else had ceased. It was not yet a true world war. The war could have ended then. However, the United States began the lease-lend program to back British war efforts and keep the war going.
So, as we look at cause and effect we see, it is true that the United States began sanctioning Germany and Japan (picking on them) years before those nations began attacking the United States. And in 1940, when the war could have ended (thank God it did not), the United States through economic actions kept the war going and ultimately caused it to escalate into a truly global conflict.1
In summary, there is a way to interpret history in such a way as to deem this prophecy accurate. This interpretation of history is not the invention of the editors of this website, but a generally accepted interpretation of Roosevelt’s actions in that time.