About Us

Historical Sketch

Benjamin L. Roden was the founder of The Branch Movement, beginning in 1955.  Ben Roden died on October 22, 1978 in Waco, Texas.  Ben Roden was succeeded in The Branch message by his wife, Lois Scott Roden, who began her ministry in the fall of 1977, teaching the message of the Divine Family in Heaven, the message of the Holy Spirit - as the Divine Feminine.  Both Ben Roden and Lois Roden's writing and publishing work began on the continuation of the 430 year prophecy of Ezekiel 4, 1955 and 1977 respectively.  
The 430 year prophecy fulfillment dates, revealed to validate the continuation of The Advent Movement in prophecy, were first put forth by Victor Houteff, the author of The Shepherd's Rod message and movement, the REPEAT of the First Angel Message (WHR 37).  Ben Roden's message was the REPEAT of the Second Angel's message, and Lois Roden's message, the beginning of the revelation of the Holy Spirit (8T251), was the REPEAT of the Third Angel's message, as Ellen White stated, "I was AGAIN brought down through these messages".  Ellen White stated that the Three Angels messages would be repeated with greater light added (Early Writings 259, 277; Testimonies to Ministers 59) that of an "additional" message to the Third Angel, "that OTHER ANGEL" (Rev. 14) that Ellen White wrote about in another place.  There are several references from Ellen White on this future development of truth, future from her time from her passing in 1915.
Victor Houteff's publications, Shepherd's Rod Vol. 1, first revealed the continuation of TIME (time prophecy) as the identifying mark of the true movement within the continuation of the Advent Movement. There were to be only THREE major movements (sealing messages) within Adventism since 1844, the SDA message, the Rod message, and finally, the Branch message.  These three movements were predicted, and depicted, in the Ensign of Isaiah 11:1, that of, the Root, the Rod, and the Branch.  The identifying mark of TIME in the succeeding movements since 1844 were not to be a "test of time", but rather only an identifying mark of the genuine continuation of The Advent Movement, since the 430 year prophecy of Ezekiel 4 was not to be known ahead of time or ahead of the fulfillment date.
Victor Houteff's message itself, The Shepherd's Rod, was based on TIME, beginning in 1930.  The Ezekiel 4 time prophecy of 430 years (1SR114), according to Victor Houteff and his successors, evidenced the beginning and completion of the Protestant Parsonage movement by Martin Luther, from 1517, to the present day.   Both Ben Roden's message and Lois Roden's message was to uplift, and bring more prominently to the church, the work of Christ in the Heavenly Sanctuary (Hebrews chapter 8) during the time known as the "Judgment for the Living" (GC 490:1), and Christ's closing work in the Heavenly sanctuary for the church (5T472), based on the great prophecy in the Book of Zechariah, chapter 3, when the declaration was given to "bring forth my servant the BRANCH" v.8, a message about Christ's New Name (Rev. 3:12) and His closing work in the Sanctuary above, to the church, then to the world.  

According to James White in his publication, "Word to the Little Flock" pages 10-11, he stated there would be "FIVE DISTINCT MESSAGE PRIOR TO THE ADVENT OR WE ARE LEFT WITHOUT A RULE TO INTERPRET THIS CHAPTER" (Revelation 14).   The first three messages are accounted for in 1844.  So when were the other two message-movements to come about?  How would we know what is a true message and what is spurious message? Do Seventh-day Adventists understand the nature and continuation of the work in the Heavenly Sanctuary, when, as Ellen White stated:

"Solemn are the scenes connected with the closing work of the atonement. Momentous are the interests involved therein. The judgment is now passing in the sanctuary above. For many years this work has been in progress. Soon--none know how soon -- IT WILL PASS TO THE CASES OF THE LIVING. In the awful presence of God our lives are to come up in review. At this time above all others it behooves every soul to heed the Savior's admonition: "Watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is." Mark 13:33. "If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee." Revelation 3:3."  {GC 490.1}



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