'''Ranting Daud''' adalah sebuah kelompok keagamaan yang berasal dari sebuah skisma (perpecahan) pada tahun 1950-an dari kelompok "[[Tongkat Gembala]]", yang mulanya merupakan anggota-anggota [[Gereja Masehi Advent Hari Ketujuh]] yang dikucilkan pada tahun 1930-an. Dari awal terbentuknya pada tahun 1930-an, "Tongkat Gembala" mewarisi pandangan [[apokalip|apokaliptisisme]], yang membuat mereka percaya bahwa mereka hidup di suatu zaman di mana nubuat-nubuat Kristen tentang penghakiman ilahi yang terakhir akan segera terjadi. Mereka menjadi sangat terkenal karena [[Pengepungan Waco|pengepungan]] pada 1993 atas Mount Carmel Center (Pusat Gunung Karmel) dekat [[Waco, Texas]], oleh agen-agen BATF (Biro Alkohol, Tembakau, dan Senjata) dan [[FBI]], yang mengakibatkan tewasnya 82 orang anggota gereja tersebut, termasuk pemimpinnya, [[David Koresh]]. Namun, pada waktu pengepungan itu, Koresh menganjurkan para pengikutnya agar menganggap diri mereka sebagai "siswa-siswa dari Ketujuh Meterai" dan bukan sebagai anggota-anggota "Ranting Daud", sementara faksi-faksi
RAnting Daud lainnya tidak pernah mengakui kepemimpinannya.
== Sejarah ==
<!--Also in 1996, a number of Koresh's remaining followers filed an [[civil action|action]] to [[quiet title]] to the church's property under a claim of [[adverse possession]]. Adverse possession requires that the claimant file it against a party that holds [[Title owner|title]] to the property. However, they filed this suit claiming to be the "Trustees" of the church, while contradictorily claiming they possessed the property adversely against the Trustees of the Church.
Another non-Koresh Branch Davidian leader, Doug Mitchell, joined the case in 1998. Mitchell contends that when Koresh left Mt. Carmel in 1984, he adopted the name "''Davidian Branch Davidian Seventh Day Adventist''" for his followers, thus "leaving" the church, forfeiting their claim to be the true Branch Davidians. During the pre-trial proceedings, Mitchell's attempts to obtain an injunction against Koresh's remaining followers that would have prohibited them from using the church's name and property was dismissed for "lack of jurisdiction". Judge Alan Mayfield felt that the matter involved church issues which the court could not rightly consider.
The survivors dropped their claim for adverse possession the day before the trial began, proceeding only on their claims of being the Trustees of the church. Doug Mitchell 's claim to be the rightful Trustee of the church's property was not allowed to be considered by the jury when the survivors' and [[Amo Bishop Roden|Amo Roden 's]] claims were considered, but he was allowed to defend against the others' claims. In 2000, a jury ruled against both the survivors and Amo Roden. However, they continued to stay on the property, along with Charles Pace.
Because of the way the government has been portrayed as having acted in the 1993 standoff, the Koresh survivors have received much sympathy and support from various people and groups who felt that the actions that the government took were wrong. This support has provided them with the means to further their assumption of the church's identity and property, to the detriment of those Branch Davidian Seventh Day Adventists who opposed Koresh. The opponents cannot rightly use the property without conflicts with the survivors and others who are antagonistic or indifferent to their claims. They also labor under the notoriety that Koresh and his followers have brought upon the Branch Davidian name.
A new chapel has been built by the survivors and their supporters near the site of the original complex. The ruins of the old building, including the tornado shelter and incomplete swimming pool, can be seen by visitors. There are also several memorials to the victims - both the Davidian victims, and the Federal Agents who lost their lives. Memorial trees with plaques with the name of each Davidian who perished have been planted on the property. Finally, to show their deep sympathy to the victims of the [[Oklahoma City bombing]], a memorial has been erected at Mt. Carmel for them as well. -->
== Kini ==