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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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‘For Behold the Lord Will Come with Fire’ (cf. Isaiah 66.15): Theology and the Waco Inferno

‘For Behold the Lord Will Come with Fire’ (cf. Isaiah 66.15): Theology and the Waco Inferno

(p.307) 15 ‘For Behold the Lord Will Come with Fire’ (cf. Isaiah 66.15): Theology and the Waco Inferno
The Branch Davidians of Waco

Kenneth G. C. Newport

Oxford University Press

Although information regarding who initiated the Mt. Carmel fire can only be stated with uncertainty, it appears reasonable to believe that the fire was indeed initiated by the Branch Davidians themselves. Even if the evidence is debatable, others may conclude that the evidence is plain unless it can be determined that the evidence is fabricated and suspect. This chapter attempts to construct a coherent framework for the analysis of various actions at the time through relating these to expectations and plans. Since the Branch Davidians relied heavily on theology, this chapter assumes that their actions may have a corresponding interpretative understanding. The chapter thus concentrates on the notion that the Branch Davidians believed that the cleansing fire, which was part of God's plans, would allow them to pass into the new kingdom.

Keywords:   God's plans, Branch Davidians, Mt. Carmel fire, new kingdom, cleansing fire, theology

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