I stumbled across this article recently and thought you may find it interesting. I have heard of this doomsday prediction before, but never really knew any of the details…

By Nicholas C James

If you’re interested in doomsday scenarios, you’ve probably stumbled across references to a prediction that the archangel Gabriel purportedly made to the members of a group called the Sword of God Brotherhood. According to this prediction, the world will perish during the year 2017, and only members of the brotherhood will survive.

The Mysterious Brotherhood

What is the Sword of God Brotherhood, and how did they come to be the recipients of this prophesy and divine destiny? The more you look, the murkier things look. This prediction is widely repeated on internet sites, especially those that chronicle past doomsday prophesies that have not come to pass, along with lists of future events that are already being anticipated.

The vast majority of these sites use exactly the same language, suggesting that they all come from a common source, and the authors haven’t even bothered to spin the content. On one doomsday chat, a participant asked if anyone knew how he could join the Brotherhood. Apparently he was hoping to be among the chosen survivors. Most of his associates dismissed the prophesy as bunk.

A participant in one discussion mentions that the Sword of God Brotherhood appears to be an offshoot of the group, The Covenant, the Sword, and the Arm of the Lord, an Aryan organization founded in 1971 that was based in Elijah, Michigan. Its members believed that the end of the world was imminent, and holed up in their compound preparing for the catastrophic event. They stockpiled weapons and practiced paramilitary operations, believing that the United States government was deeply corrupt and would ultimately implode, even without their help.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms laid siege to the compound in 1985, and ultimately raided it on April 19 of that year. Unlike many similar raids, this one ended peacefully as a result of successful negotiations. However, both the fatal raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas eight years later, and the Oklahoma City bombing ten years later occurred on anniversaries of the Michigan raid.

Because of the importance of doomsday lore in the orientation and actions of the CSA group, it seems plausible that the Sword of God Brotherhood may have been somehow affiliated with them. If this is the case, then it makes sense that a religious group already expecting the end of the world would receive a prophesy that contained additional specifics.

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