p2. The prophetic utterances of a modern false prophet named William Branham
William Branham of whom others say never failed in his words of knowledge not only had dates that did not come to pass as he spoke using “thus saith the Lord,” but had statements of his time relating to prophecy that failed.
“All my life I saw those visions, and I'll ask anybody to rise and say if ever one of them ever failed. No, never did. It can't. See? It won't.” (60-1208 Thyatirean Church Age)
“Which, I have predicted, six months ago, that this was the closing year for America. And we’ll see whether it is, according to the Gospel, or not. This is the time when she is gone. She is either going up or down, this year. That’s right.” (56-0826 - Divine Love
That is the year 1956, is this true or not? It is not true!
“And the things that’s predicted that’ll happen weeks and months and years later and never fail .” (56-1209E - Jehovah-Jireh)
Branham often used the word predict for both his own visions and prophecy and the Scripture. He said nothing failed, is that true? No it is not.
“And I say this, and make this predicting. I’m not saying it in the
Name of the Lord, now. I’m saying it, as your brother. I predict this.
And listen close. I predict that America, this year, the United States, this year,
will either receive Christ or she’ll start falling, from this year.
Yeah. This is America’s time to repent. And if it doesn’t…I predicted
that on, I think, about January the 15th or 16th of this year, just
feeling led to say it. And it…I’ve stuck with it.”
The followers of the message and the NAR prophets today have the opinion that Branham never failed, the fact is, he was hardly ever right!
After 10 years of ministry he pronounced "
The revival is over. America had her last chance in 1957. Now the
tongues, are God's sign of impending disaster, even as they were when
they appeared upon the wall at Belshazzar's feast
….(The Message To The Laodicean Age)
Branham did not believe we had much of a future, he saw nothing beyond 1977 so his prophecy was to be in his lifetime.
Branham stated numerous times and numerous ways, “ That this age will, end around 1977 …, I base this prediction on seven major continuous visions that came to me one Sunday morning in June, 1933…” (W. Branham, THE MESSAGE TO THE LAODICEAN AGE, p.29).
“I repeat, I sincerely believe and maintain as aprivate student of the Word, along with divine inspiration that 1977 ought to terminate the-World systems and usher in the millennium. ” (Seven Church Ages p. 322).
Branham arrived at these conclusions by his own studying and being led of God, so he says.
Branham said to Clayton Sonmore in 1957 that “Beyond 1977 he saw nothing but “total darkness” for the church world. “ When, I predict, "It's just a few more turns of the sun. This nation is gone." …. And we're just eleven years left. Will it make it? No, can't, see. Eleven years. And, if it does, it'll break all history.” (64-0705, The Masterpiece, Branham Tabernacle, Jeffersonville, IN, 64-0705)
“Then I seen the United States as one smoldering, burnt-over place. It will be near the end. (Then I've got in parenthesis: "I predict that this will take place." Now, remember, ... That's what the Lord showed, but "I predict this will take place before 1977.” (60-1113, Condemnation by Representation, Branham Tabernacle, Jeffersonville, IN; Foot Prints Book p. 601)
His “I predict” was the Lord showing him this.
"I predict that these things will take place between now, 1933 and 1977." Which will give us sixteen more years if my prediction strikes right. Now, there was seven things spoke of that would happen. Five of them has already happened. There's two left to take place. It'll be that way. That's in the Name of the Lord it shall be that way. See? Amen.” (60-1125, Conference, Life Tabernacle, Shreveport, LA).
“THUS SAITH THE LORD" and predicted something but what didn't come just exactly that way. It's never failed.” (53-0216, My Angel Shall Go Before Thee, Pentecostal Holiness Church, Tallahassee, FL; 63-0707M, The Indictment, Branham Tabernacle)
Branham’s predictions carried God’s “thus Saith the Lord.”
Here we are, over 40 years after 1977. Notice he related the end of America to the 7 visions he first got in 1933:
“I predicted seven things was yet in the making of the--before this great consummation or great thing would take place here in the United States--some great horrible thing.” (61-0806, The Seventieth Week Of Daniel, Branham Tabernacle, Jeffersonville, IN)
“… between now and '77, I predict that either a great destruction or a total annihilation of the entire earth, between now and '77; I predicted it in 1933.” (56-0513 Teaching on Moses)
The year 1977 is long gone. The modern day confederation of prophets all look to Branham’s accuracy? Anyone who uses Branham as prophet today should be ignored or rebuked for doing so.
He even configured the years of the Jubilee to the year 1977 prediction.
“From the first jubilee, of Leviticus 25:8, in 1977 will be the seventieth jubilee, making exactly three thousand four hundred and thirty years. …“ I never knowed it until yesterday, that 1977 is the jubilee, and exactly the same amount of time run out that He give with Israel, and everything at the end .” (61-0806 - The Seventieth Week Of Daniel)
The Jubilee was first spoken of in Leviticus 25 to Moses after the 7 feast days, nearly 1,500 years before Christ. From the Exodus most estimate it to begin in 1480’s, BC. To 2017 AD., we count 70 Jubilees.
Branham spiritualized and personalized the term, using “gastronomical jubilee” over 30 times.
Branham confirmed a connection to the Jubilee from the book of Leviticus:
" Now, counting the time, we find that we have exactly (Listen.) seventeen years left, and we will have the same span of time given to us as God dealing with us in the power of the Holy Spirit since A.D. 33 until 1977, the same span of time of 1954 years. God deals with us the same as He did with the Jews. See? How about that? "Now, mark down in your book a little Scripture here I want to give you. Leviticus 25, begin with the 8th verse. God calls a jubilee every forty-ninth year; the fiftieth year was the jubilee. We know that. We understand that. From the first jubilee of Leviticus 25:8, in 1977 will be the seventieth jubilee, making exactly 3,430 years. Jubilee means the going up, the release. . .”
"Did you get that? God has dealt with us exactly the same amount of
time that He dealt with the Jews from the time He give Abraham the
promise until the rejecting of the Messiah in A.D. 33, was 1954 years.
And now, we have seventeen years left. We had about 1930
something years. We got seventeen years left until '77 will be
the seventieth jubilee since the beginning of jubilees. And what will
it be? Oh, brother. Watch close now. Don't miss it. It'll be the
Jubilee of the going up of the Gentile Bride and the return of Christ
to the Jews, when they go out of bondage. Amen. Don't you see? From all
the world they've gather there for that day. Oh, my. See where we're
at? We don't know what time it might happen. We're at the end time
Did Branham indicate any doubt whatsoever that 1977 was the year? Not from his quotes. And in this next quote he says the 7 seals that are in the tribulation are to open before the rapture.
“I want to get these seventy weeks of Daniel and tie it right in here, and show it where it takes it to the Pentecostal Jubilee, and brings it right back with those seven pla-…them seven seals to open here just before we go, and show that it’s at the end, …” (61-0618 - Revelation, Chapter Five #2)
If Pentecost was a jubilee year, than what was 30 A.D. when Jesus said at the synagogue Luke 4:19: “To proclaim liberty to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD."
Which means Jubilee, which is the year of liberty according to Judaism.
He gets himself further into false prophesying by stating,
“Remember, in that day, before the end time comes, before the end time comes, that a woman… There’ll be a great, powerful woman raise up, either be President, or dictator, or some great powerful woman in this United States….Now, you remember, that’s THUS SAITH THE LORD.” See? (58-0927 - Why Are We Not A Denomination?)
“THUS SAITH THE LORD there will be a woman rule before the end time. She’ll either be President, Vice President, or … THUS SAITH THE LORD. …. See if it happens. If it isn’t, I’m a false prophet.” (60-0716 - From That Time)
Copying Branham, Benny Hinn who is a deep admire (one of many) said, “ The Spirit of God tells me, There will be a woman that will arise as a leader in the west. In her day much evil will take place. She will be very powerful.
“The Spirit tells me that, The church, once raptured--following the rapture--a woman president will be in the White House, and that woman president will destroy this nation, but My church will, will be gone. My saints will be home.” (Dec. 31, 1989)
Failed details in his prophecies
“That was Communism, and-and Hitler and-and Nazi, and so forth; and how that Fascism of Mussolini, and Hitler, and Stalin. I said, "One of them will take the place of it. I don't know which one it'll be, but I believe it'll be the king of the north." (54-0103M, Questions And Answers #1.)
Years later, Branham affirmed that he did warn about Russia as King of the North and had prophesied that all isms wound up in Communism.
Did Khrushchev and Eisenhower represent the 10 toes of Daniel's vision ?
Here’s some good prophecy interpretation and application by the (false) prophet Branham. “ Now, did you notice? Did you know what the name Khrushchev means in Russia? Dirt or clay. He was a heading up of them kingdoms. You know what Eisenhower means, the head of this? Iron. Iron and clay and they couldn't mix together. He took his shoe and beat it on the... There's no mixing together. They can't mix.” (60-1125 Conference)
Yeah that’s real good interpretation of the Bible, and it is completely null and void now that we are over 60 years later and both men are gone. In context of the Bible’s meaning, they had nothing to do with this prophecy of the Bible.
Branham did not know there are others by this same name Khrushchev, and that as a soviet statesman and premier who denounced Stalin.
Branham would utter a “thus saith the Lord" which should always came to pass. But it didn’t. That is not called a mistake in the Bible.
Did William Branham make mistakes or errors in his teaching? Are these mistakes that he later corrected? No, but mistakes he never corrected. Consider these other examples:
William Branham said:
“Based on these seven visions, along with the rapid changes which have swept the world in the last fifty years, I PREDICT (I do not prophesy) that these visions will have all come to pass by 1977. And though many may feel that this is an irresponsible statement in view of the fact that Jesus said that 'no man knoweth the day nor the hour.' I still maintain this prediction after thirty years because, Jesus did NOT say no man could know the year, month or week in which His coming was to be completed. So I repeat, I sincerely believe and maintain as a private student of the Word, along with Divine inspiration that 1977 ought to terminate the world systems and usher in the millennium .” (An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, p. 322)
His 7 visions that his followers and those impressed by his visions he claimed were God given. He then based his date 1977 on these visions.
Was there any "seen error" in William Branham's gift of knowledge, or discernment? Here are a few examples where Message believers allow for leniency in being a good guesser.
“from out-of-town too, but do you believe? You're scared, aren't you.
You are to be mother, and the reason you're scared, you got a rupture;
and you are afraid of this baby whether it'll be right or not. Only if
you won't doubt, Mrs. Hoffman-- Huffler, then you can believe--healed. You believe it?
How does He know your name and know who you are? Do you believe it with
all your heart? All right, Mrs. Huffler, you can go home and bring
forth the baby in peace.”
“If God will reveal to me what you were praying about, will you receive it? Your a praying for your son. And your son has a heart trouble. And he's got a black shadow over him, for death. No, I beg your pardon, lady. He's a sinner. The dark shadow, you are praying for the salvation of his soul. That's what that dark shadow is. Raise your hand if that's true. Hallelujah! I challenge your faith in God.” (58-0330E Christ Outside the Door,)
Here Branham corrected the mother’s prayer for her sons heart trouble which he changes to spiritual from physical.
His uncanny accuracy
Branham either mispronounced the names or misread the cards they issued out beforehand.
“There is a man standing before me, he's had a operation for
hemorrhoids; didn't do any good. Mr. Day, I beg your
pardon, Mr. Short, stand up and receive your healing.”
“We're strangers, aren't we? Lay your hand on that woman behind you, call her Mrs. McAlister. She don't know me. McAllen, rather.” ( 61-0427 Only Believe,)
“You're near Bedford, Springville, something like. That's where it's
at, Springville. Mrs. Burton... not... I beg your
pardon; I didn't mean it. Mrs. Parker, that's your
name, isn't it
“Now, when He [Jesus]come to Simon, He told him who he was. You believe
God can tell me what your name is? Would it make you believe more? It
would? Mrs. Strong... [The sister says "Stout"-Ed.] Stout, would you believe? Go and believe and you...
It's all over.”
These are just a few examples of names supposedly revealed to him. Like a psychic that works the audience, not like Jesus, who did not need to correct himself.