Some parents legally signed their young daughters over to Koresh for “spiritual marriage.”
In Texas, girls as young as 14-years old could legally marry with the consent of a parent or guardian. Even though Koresh wasn’t legally marrying multiple wives, he still sought out parental approval when taking an underage girl into his harem. Most disturbingly of all, many parents consented to the arrangement.
Koresh also orchestrated sham weddings between the men and women to cover up his polygamous ways.
Because he wasn’t legally married to more than one wife, Koresh’s sexual activity with minors could be prosecuted. Thus, he arranged a union between his youngest wife and another member of the Davidians in order to cover his tracks. Although he didn’t allow the married couple to consummate their marriage, he did require the husband to claim Koresh’s children as his own for legal purposes.
Koresh declared himself husband to ALL of the women at Mt. Carmel – even if they were already married.
In a “prophecy,” Koresh told his followers that all of the men were to remain celibate for the rest of their lives, and that he would take on “the burden of sex” for the entire group – even the married couples. Although Koresh lost a handful of followers after declaring this insane rule, many stayed with him and submitted.
Koresh was trying to produce children who would witness the “End Times.”
As part of his desire to claim all of the women for himself, Koresh made it his mission to produce 20+ heirs who he though would be the next generation of prophets – prophets who, he said, would usher in the “End Times” as described in the Book of Revelation.
The Branch Davidians were waiting for the world to end.
Because they were an Apocalyptic cult, the Davidians expected the world to end in a hail “of fire and brimstone,” as Koresh preached through his interpretation of the Book of Revelation. He claimed to be the only prophet on earth who could unlock the meaning of “the seven seals” – a description in Revelations about exactly how God would bring the world to an end.