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You can improve this article by introducing more precise citations. The Branch Davidians are a sect that originated from a schism in 1955 from the Davidian Seventh Day Adventists , themselves former members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church who were disfellowshipped during the 1930s. From its inception in 1934, the splinter movement inherited Adventism's apocalypticism , in that they believed themselves to be living in a time when Christian prophecies of a final divine judgment were coming to pass. They are best known for the 1993 siege of their Center near Waco, Texas , by the ATF and the FBI , which resulted in the deaths of 82 of the church's members, including head figure David Koresh . By the time of the siege, Koresh had encouraged his followers to think of themselves as "students of the