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The Branch Davidians of WacoThe History and Beliefs of an Apocalyptic Sect$
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Kenneth G. C. Newport

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199245741

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.001.0001

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‘But the End is Not Yet’ (cf. Matthew 24.6): Florence Houteff and the End of the World

‘But the End is Not Yet’ (cf. Matthew 24.6): Florence Houteff and the End of the World

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(p.95) 5 ‘But the End is Not Yet’ (cf. Matthew 24.6): Florence Houteff and the End of the World
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The Branch Davidians of Waco
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Kenneth G. C. Newport

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.003.0005

Victor Houteff's death in 1955 had a substantial effect on his founding community and this nearly caused the total collapse of the movement. Several problems arose after his death and the fundamental question was about how someone who was dead would be able to govern a kingdom in Israel that was nearing its establishment. Some of his followers adopted a belief that he would never die since he would lead them to the new kingdom. One of the main options was to believe that Houteff would be resurrected and this idea was even reinforced by biblical texts. Florence, Victor's widow, was one of those who adopted this view. Florence articulated several predictions about the community's future, and that the expectation that Victor would be resurrected lives on still among a number of Davidians today. This chapter looks into Florence's significant predictions and contributions to the community.

Keywords:   Florence Houteff, Victor Houteff, Davidians, biblical texts, resurrection

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