Davidians gathered at Mount Carmel Center continued their meetings Monday with addresses based on prophesies of events to begin on or about Wednesday, which they say will culminate in the establishment of God’s kingdom in Palestine.

The three daily meetings are attended by over 600 members from Waco and from all parts of the country and Canada. About 450 of them who came from a distance are living in tents at the world headquarters a few miles east of Waco, near Elk.

Speaking Monday morning at 10:30 was Dudley Goff on “The First and Second Fruits of Harvest.”

Speakers for the 3 p.m. and the 7:30 p.m. meetings are, respectively, G. Walton, who will discuss the meaning of the image in the dream of Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2), and M.W. Wolfe, on Daniel’s vision of the four beasts (Daniel 7) and the composite beast referred to in Revelation 13.

George W. Saether, member of the Davidian Council, emphasized Monday that the meetings are open to the public. Press photographers were requested last Saturday not to take pictures, he said, but only because that day is the Davidians’ Sabbath.

The Davidians are expecting a global war to break out in the Middle East on or soon after April 22.


Read the Tribune-Herald's 7-part investigative series on the inner workings of the Branch Davidians. Hours after Part 2 appeared in print, the ATF raided the group's compound.

Read the Tribune-Herald’s account of the ATF raid on the Branch Davidian compound on Feb. 28, 1993. Four ATF agents and six in the compound were killed in the gunfight.

Read the daily news accounts of the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Elk, which began Feb. 28 and lasted until April.

April 19 and beyond: FBI agents began inserting canisters of tear gas into the Branch Davidian compound in the early morning hours. By noon, it was on fire.

Federal officials left the compound site in late May 1993. As identifications of bodies continued, questions about the survivors, the compound and the cult itself began to emerge.

As the world began to take a critical look back at the events and legal proceedings continue, the ATF's bombshell report forces a shakeup at the top after the raid gone "tragically wrong."

In 1994, the surviving Davidians went on trial in San Antonio. Over six weeks, more than 140 witnesses testified, with the verdict coming just two days prior to the anniversary of the ATF raid.

The Rodenville shootout and the 1988 trial, the end of the world in 1959 and more stories from deep in the Trib archives.