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William Branham said of himself “it will take a prophet to get the revelation because God has no other way of bringing out His Scriptural revelations except by a prophet. The Word always came by a prophet and always will. That this is the law of God is evident by even a casual search of Scripture.” (Rev. William Marrion Branham excerpt from Exposition Of The Seven Church Ages)

The mistake of the Branhamites is Branham's as well. 2 Chron. 20:20 “Believe in the Lord your God, shall ye be established; believe His Prophets, so shall ye prosper.” The Word always has and always will come to the prophet first and then to his people.” This is not how the New Testament operates with the believers. We are given the Holy Spirit to make us all wise in what Jesus said, not in another prophets words. This was the abuse which became the failure of the Latter Rain Movement. What they have to do is run to the old covenant to prove their point that Branham taught about himself. They like Branham, neglect to understand that this was changed by the God himself, Jesus.

THE BIBLE Heb.1:1-2: “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.”

To avoid this some claim that Branham was not part of the New Testament 5 fold ministry (of apostles/ prophets) and was like an Old Testament prophet.  Jesus made it clear “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come” (Matt. 11:13-14; Luke 16:16). In other words, the line of the Old Testament prophets were finished with John. Even if one were to entertain they continued; it certainly was brought to a close with the New Covenant made at the cross. So none of these arguments hold up to how Scripture uses these terms. Then there is also Branham's fanciful self claim of coming the spirit of (prophet) Elijah without the qualification of being Jewish, nor being in Israel. For it was John that Jesus said came in the spirit of Elijah making this qualification apparent to all who want to see what the Scripture actually means (Mt.1:2-4).

John the Baptist being a forerunner of Christ was alive as He introduced Christ to the people. Branham claimed to be the forerunner of the Second Advent of Christ but the difference
is that  it is still 40 years later since he died and Christ has not come. A whole generation that would be part of the forerunner has come and gone proving he was not fulfilling this office.

One of the Branham's statements was “In the last day NOT Many will be following the TRUE Prophet but Millions will be following the False prophets.” Well said, since the bible never says to follow a prophet, including a true one, but to follow Jesus by the one he sent, the Holy Spirit. So if anyone is following any prophet they are following a false one! Yet this contradicts his own statement of himself. Jude tells us to remember the apostles writings, who were the prophets not look to new ones.

Jesus said in John 6:45: “It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.” Jesus did not point to a prophet, the prophets point to him. And those who receive him as savior and are given the Holy Spirit to learn of Him and His word. We are all taught by God and do not need to rely on those who claim to be in the role of an Old Testament prophet.

Branham “gained popularity through his teachings on what he called “God’s Seventh Church Age,” which would be the final move of God before the manifestation of His Kingdom on earth. Branham based this teaching on his interpretation of Joel 2:23, which speaks of the Latter Rain on God’s blessings upon Israel, and applied this latter Rain to the neo-Pentecostal move of his day. He taught that God’s promise to restore what the locust, cankerworm, caterpillar, and palmerworm had eaten would be the restoration of the Church out of denominationalism, which he equated with the Mark of the Beast. [Branham believed that some humans are descended from the serpent’s seed and are destined for hell, which is not eternal, however. The seed of God, i.e., those who receive Branham’s teaching, are predestined to become the Bride of Christ. There are still others who possess free will and who may be saved out of the denominational churches, but they must suffer through the Great Tribulation. He considered denominationalism a mark of the Beast (Rev. 13:17). (Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, pp. 95,96)

The Last Warning


“This is the end. For seven out of seven ages, I have seen nothing but men esteeming their own word above Mine. So at the end of this age I am spuing you out of my mouth. It is all over. (speaking for Jesus) I am going to speak all right. Yes, I am 'here in the midst of the Church. The Amen of God, faithful and true will reveal Himself and it will BE BY MY PROPHET.” Oh yes, that is so. Rev. 10:7 “And in the days of the voice of the seventh messenger, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished as He hath declared to His servants the prophets.” There it is. He is sending a vindicated prophet. He is sending a prophet after almost two thousand years. He is sending someone who is so far from organization, education, and the world of religion that as John the Baptist and Elijah of old, He will hear only from God and he will have “thus saith the Lord” and speak for God. He will be God's mouthpiece and HE, AS IT IS DECLARED IN MAL. 4:6, WILL TURN THE HEARTS OF THE CHILDREN BACK TO THE FATHERS. ( W. Branham THE MESSAGE TO THE LAODICEAN AGE, p.28)

Interesting that Branham in his Tabernacle Church had a picture of himself with the pillar of fire behind him on the pulpit. Why would someone do this? (It reminds me of Elizabeth C. Prophets poster of the I Am presence behind her as well)

Branham made the claim that the angels to the churches (in the book of Revelation) were actually men who appeared at various times throughout church history, bringing new revelation to lead the church into progressive revelation. (This progression is actually engraved on his pyramid tombstone). There is absolutely no biblical reason to come to this conclusion unless you wanted to be one of the angels.

Question? Are angels men or do they appear as men when they show themselves? Acts 5:19 was this a man who opened the prison? Acts 8:26 was this a man who told Philip to meet the eunuch? Acts 11 when Peter was instructed by an angel, was this a man? Acts 12 when Peter was delivered, was it a man or a angel from heaven?

When Paul warns in Gal 1:6-9 about an angel with another gospel is it about a man from heaven. So why are these angels of the Churches in the book of Revelation men?

Branham's concept was that each age had a living messenger and that he was the last one. Ephesian-Paul; Smyrnea-Ireneaus; Pergamean-Martin; Thyatirean-Columba; Sardisean-Luther; Philadelphia-Wesley; Laodicean-Branham (well named since he represents this church age in apostasy) these are superimposed over his tombstone which is in the shape of a pyramid. It seems he understood the significance of the pyramid from the revelation of an angel who Gave The Commission: “Return back to Jeffersonville. The Seven Seals Of The Seven Mysteries Will Be Opened. One by One WE Will Bring The Message.” This obviously refers to angels (7 of them) not angel (singular). This become significant in understanding Branham's revelation. “Once more God will reveal the truth as He did to Paul. In the days of the seventh messenger, in the days of the Laodicean Age, it's messenger will reveal the mysteries of God (Rev. 10:7) as revealed to Paul.” Branham had consistently put himself on equal par with Paul who wrote the majority of the New Testament as well as John the apostle. So if he taught anything false he would have to be rejected on the basis of what Paul said in Gal.1:6-9 if even he came back with another gospel or an angel from God did let them be accursed.

William Branham Opens the 7 SEALS

On March 17- 24, 1963 Branham preached “The Seven Seal Mysteries” of Revelation 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10:1-7. Branham likened his revelation the Angel that came to Daniel with the Revelation of the Mystery of God for Israel (Daniel 9:20-23).

During one of these Messages he said... That's the reason I had to go West to connect with these Angel's message to come back here to reveal it to the church.”…this Angel was a noted Angel. He was to my left in the constellation in a form of a pyramid. And you remember, it was in the pyramid where the mysterious white rock was not written on. And the Angels took me into that pyramid of themselves - the mysteries of God known only to them. And now, they were the messengers that come to interpret that pyramid or that Message of the secret of these Seven Seals which lays with inside the pyramid.”

“We find out that during that time I saw seven Angels in a form of a pyramid that swept down and picked me up. And I was brought east to open the Seven Seals for God.  (Commission By Seven Mighty Angels). Just who does this man think he is to open the 7 seals. The mysteries of God are not known to the angels, they are sealed to men and angels. Look what John has to say about this Rev 5:1-9: “And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.”

Notice that John says no-one had the right to open the seals or even look at its content, no one was worthy. Not in heaven or earth. So if no-one had the ability how did Jesus? Because John is speaking about no man having the right. But Jesus is not just a man but God as well. The one who had no sin is allowed who died for us, He alone is able to loose the seals. Branham certainly does not come in this category. So whatever angel this was that led him to supposedly do this is not angel of God because angels of God obey God’s word.

Now some say that it was Jesus who revealed to Branham the revelation of the seals. But this is an excuse not to look at what the Scripture actually says. First, the Bible says this is taking place in heaven, not on earth. the scroll is taken from the Father's hands who is sitting on the throne. second important point, the seals are not open today, it is still future.

“ But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”

It is Jesus ALONE who is the only one who is worthy to open the scroll. Branham is now deceived by the angel into thinking he is worthy. This is proof this vision and probably others were not of God but a shrewd deception upon a man who had been given great influence over the Pentecostal Church. This also was the birth of many others that would come afterwards claiming to have visions because of the Latter Rain being poured then and today. Where does the opening of the 7 seal's occur? In heaven at the throne, not earth, so not by any stretch of ones imagination is this possible for Branham to be the one to do this or participate in any way.

In 1960-61 Branham preached a series of Messages on The Seven Church Ages “ At the conclusion of the series, the Pillar of Fire came into the Tabernacle and drew the outline of the Ages on the wall exactly as the Prophet had drawn it on the blackboard.” The only time I can recall something written on the wall, it was in Babylon and it wasn't a good thing, it was judgment on those present.

The Messenger of Rev. 10:7 “but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel (the SEVENTH MESSENGER), when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.”

Branhamite’s say this verse clearly relates, NOT to a heavenly angel sounding on a trumpet, but it is the MESSENGER (a man) to the Laodicean Age speaking the word of God. At the time of Rev. 10:7 the Message is still going out. It is the last days, however. Time will be no longer delayed. But He is still calling His people unto Himself, but not for long. Yes, this shows us very clearly that this one we call The Seventh Angel, is no spirit being. He is a man. He is a MESSENGER, and since he is the Last Messenger, being the Seventh Messenger, he is the MESSENGER TO THE LAODICEAN AGE. SURELY WE CAN AND WILL KNOW HIM AND LISTEN TO HIM AS ATTENTIVELY AS DID THE EPHESIANS TO THEIR MESSENGER, PAUL. (clearly presented to be on equality with Paul)

If these are all men in Rev.10:7 then much of the book of Revelation becomes distorted as well as other Scriptures. The Churches that have the seven angels over them were existent at the time of the writing, that were not future Churches or representative of Church ages. Certainly not with the Schematic that Branham invented. Not to limit us to a historical interpretation of this only, we can concede that these Churches are examples of Churches throughout all ages and that all 7 can exist even today in type. But How could each age have a messenger if there are only 7, this would mean that each one had to live an enormous amount of time for each age, like 250 years each. Or maybe there was one that lived a thousand years, at any rate this is not consistent with what Branham taught.  However to unlock the misinterpretations of Branham and his followers we need to go back to the beginning of the Revelation to John to understand it correctly.

Rev 1:1: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants-- things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John.

Question? Was this a man sent to John to reveal the things to shortly take place? If this isn't a man then why should we interpret the other angels as men? V.4 “to the 7 Churches that ARE in Asia.” They all existed then it has nothing to do with America, except in type. Then John writes of the 7 spirits before the throne.

Rev 2:1:  “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, 'These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:” Nowhere does this hint this was Paul. He had already finished his race and was resting with the other saints in heaven so this is an impossibility. The apostle Paul did not start this Church alone but many others, no one apostle was over a single Church, they called themselves fellow elders. Besides he never personally referred himself to be an angel over this church. The New Testament teaches a plurality in leadership so this seems to favor Jesus speaking to an angel instead of a man.  Whenever stars are used symbolically it is of angels.

The words spoken by Jesus are given directly to John and then to each angel of the Church. These words are written down. So there are no “other words” to be added by men calling themselves these angels, this becomes our Scripture. 

Rev 7:2: “ Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea.” This one is taken by Felix Manalo who started Iglesia ni Cristo before Branham made up his lineage. Both are wrong since the angel comes from heaven as do all angels. No angel ever had his origin on earth unless one wants to concede to some type of reincarnation.

Before we go further we need to note that the Greek distinguishes  two slightly different words from the same root used of messenger, angellos and angellon. Angellon a derivative of angellos and is used exclusively of John the Baptist. Angelos is  “a messenger” (from angello, “to deliver a message”), who can be sent by God, by man or by Satan.” There are other derivatives angelou, angelos-all are used of angels. I’m not a Greek scholar to discern the fine differences of the tenses and verbs but I point this out to note that there are some differences at times.

Rev 8:3: “Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. And he was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.”

Rev 8:7: “The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.”

Rev 9:1: “Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star (angel) fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit.” Can a man receive the key to the bottomless pit? (this would be Luther)

Rev 9:14-15: “saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.” If the 6th angel is man why not the other angels who kill a third of mankind. Since this has not occurred then the argument for the 6th angel who would be Wesley according to Branham would have already killed a third of mankind. Of course this is nonsense since Revelation's sequence of events is rapid within a span of years not almost 2 thousand.

 In Rev.12:9 the Devil and his angels are cast out of heaven to earth, certainly there is no disputing these are fallen spirit creatures.

In Rev 15:8: “The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.” The 7th angel is among the others in the heavenly temple.

Rev 16:16-17:  “And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.  Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” notice this 7th angel is present at Armageddon which has not occurred and pours out judgment, hardly fitting for Branham. No man is the 7th angel of Revelation. (One can wonder if these are the same 7 angels over the Churches as there is no introduction to them starting in revelation 8)

Rev 10:1: “I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire.” Here it shows that the angels descend from heaven like we have seen previously.

This is the same angel of Rev. 10:7: “but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel. The mystery of God is finished.” Ask yourself, has this mystery been completed? Branham thought so, since he was supposed to be that angel. But it is not about who the angel is, but the mystery of God. The Scripture defines what a mystery is, and there are a number of them.

The word “mystery” is used in the New Testament 28 times. Once in each of the Synoptic Gospels. Paul is the major user of the word and it is found 21 times in his writings, it is used by John also 4 times in the Book of Revelation.

Paul wrote Romans 16:25-26, of the revelation of the mystery of the Gospel now revealed. He said behold I show you a mystery 1 Cor.1:52. There is the mystery of iniquity in 2 Thess.2. The mystery of the body of Christ Eph.3:1-12. The mystery of Christ in you Col.1:24-29.

The mystery of the 7 stars and seven lampstands Rev.1:20 the mystery of the seven stars and seven golden lampstand involve the Church. Rev.1:20 tells us two things. First, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches. Whenever the word “stars” is used symbolically, it refers to angels. This was used in the Old Testament, so it is a mystery (Job 38:7) revealed. According to some scholars and the Scripture each local Church has a guardian angel. The second point in verse 20 is that the seven lampstands are seven churches. The mystery here is that the seven individual lampstands symbolize the seven local churches, which are symbolic of the whole of the Church. Not just in the ages, but as a representation. Because Rev.1:4 said they already existed in Asia at the time. So the letters written to the churches were written in John's time. Even if one opts for the view of these angels being pastors over the Church, it was written in the past  before Branham was born.

Branhamite's believe the Seventh Age Messenger receiving special revelation is found in Rev. 10, we will look to this section as a key to his identity. According to Rev.10:1-3 a certain part of the Book of Revelation is unwritten, for John heard the Voices of the Seven Thunders but was forbidden to write what he heard. The Scripture says, “And I saw another Mighty Angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud; And a rainbow was upon His head, and His face was as it were the sun, and His feet as pillars of fire: And He had in His hand a little book open; and He set His right foot upon the sea, and His left foot on the earth, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth; and when He had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.” Notice the 7th angel (messenger) comes down from heaven, as all angels do, not earth.

Has the content of those seven voices been revealed. What these Seven Voices said was not written, we are told not to “add to” or “take away” from what's written in the Word.

John eats the little book given to him by the angel and is to prophesy again. And in chapter 11the two witnesses ministry to Israel is explained. So it is either 'a revelation' of something that has been written but is presently hidden from our eyes. At present they are sealed up just as Daniel was told to seal up the prophecy until the time of the end. They are still a mystery to us today. But it is written in Revelation 10:7 that ALL Mysteries will be finished at this time. The question is when? If what Branham is saying is true, than we have passed through the worst time period in history without hardly being uncomfortable. Branham states” that with the SIXTH trumpet the terrible woes that come upon the earth in judgment. “ Remember Jesus said of the tribulation it would be the time of Jacobs troubles unlike any other time. If one reads all the Scripture relating to this time period we can unequivocally state we have not experienced it. The “Fullness of the Gentiles” has not come in, nor have the sealing of the 144,000 or all the judgments that proceed Rev.10., all of this makes him  hardly an accurate prophet!

Branham had also stated “ At the sounding of the Seventh Church Age, the last church age, all the loose ends that through these church ages have been probed at, will be wound up together. And when the Seals are broken and the mystery is revealed, down comes the Angel, the Messenger, Christ, setting His foot upon the land and upon the sea with a rainbow over His head. Now remember this Seventh angel is on the earth at the time of this coming. (The Revelation of the Seven Seals p.74) 

This should be enough proof that Branham was not the 7th angel as he thought, because Christ has not come when he was on the earth.

We are not to look for new prophets but to the prophets of old whose writings we have. How do we know this. Look at what Peter says. 2 Pet 3:2: “that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior.”

Even John who wrote the Revelation writes in Rev 22:6: “Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.” This was to the apostles, last of all John. The angel speaks to John saying Rev 22:9: “ For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” Look at what the messenger says Keep the words of this book, not look for another messengers words.


Paul was a prophet who brought the Word direct from God to the people. He was an Apostle for he took the Word of God to the people. Gal. 1:12: “Neither was I taught it (the Word) but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” He called himself an “Apostle” or “sent one” because he was chosen by Christ seeing the risen Lord. Branham puts himself on this equality but instead by an angelic visitors commission. This is not unlike Joseph Smith who started a new false religion by a powerful impersonator. Had he lived he too may have exhibited great powers as well. Actually Smith and Brigham Young may have been welcomed into the Church today for their prophesying. Paul was an apostle because he saw the risen Christ and he was commissioned to write it down as Scripture being taught by Christ, hardly relative to Branham's story of being taught by an angel.

During his healing services “Branham would often fall into a trance then his angel would work through him. He was asked once if the healings were done by the Holy Spirit, Branham replied, “No, my angel does it.” (Kurt Koch, 'Occult Bondage and Deliverance', p.5, 1972)

“Now, I'm just your brother, by the grace of God. But when the Angel of the Lord moves down, it becomes then a Voice of God to you...But I am God's Voice to you... Now, see, I can say nothing in myself. But what He shows me” (William Branham, Footprints On The Sands Of Time, p. 214) 

Did not Jesus say for us to continue in God's word? Here Branham speaks for God by an angel who gave him some very different things to say.

1 Cor. 14:32-33: “And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” Any current person who claims to speak prophetically is subject to scrutiny of the former prophets writings and those who have the gift as well. God is not the author of confusion he will not speak one way then and speak another way to someone else. Branham clearly said it was an angel who speaks to him and does the healing which puts him outside the Scriptural. Amazingly those who move in the “power of the Spirit” don't seem to care what the origin of his power was. This is why I believe Branham was key player in the new Pentecostalism of today's of power displays. He is also one who moved a whole segment of the Church over the line to be prepared for deception.

Just Another False prophet

Ern Baxter, who ministered with Branham for four to eight months every year from 1947 until 1953, said that he never saw his discernment miss once. Whenever Ern Baxter was given a card containing information on the individual's medical history, Branham was able, in every case to correctly diagnose the disease without ever knowing what was on the card in Baxters hand.” (20th-CENTURY REVIVAL MOVEMENTS R. Riss)

Deut.13 tells us even if one is 100% correct if they lead you after other Gods (or a different view of God changing him to another) we are to separate from them. But our concern is not whether he was absolutely accurate, because he was not.

“ See, immediately after the coming of  THIS Elijah, the earth will be cleansed by hate and the wicked burned to ashes. Of course, this did NOT happen at the time of John (the Elijah for his day.)… .” (THE MESSAGE TO THE LAODICEAN AGE, p.13) Branham believed himself to be THIS Elijah, the earth was not cleansed nor the wicked burned with his coming, Branhamite's ignore this.

The greatest of his revelations for the end time came when Branham was when he was waiting to speak in a Masonic hall (on Meggs Avenue in Jeffersonville) and God revealed 7 future events, the last was to occur in 1977. What was he doing in a Masonic Hall is a good question to ask. Masons hold Christ in disrepute.  Why did he have a pyramid over his grave? Who was the angel with no name that came to him his whole life? So many questions and so little answers.

In the Laodicean age Branham states “As a servant of God who has had multitudes of visions of which NONE has ever failed let me predict (I did not say Prophesy, but PREDICT).” 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. The Lord Jesus spoke to me and said that the coming of the Lord was drawing nigh, but that before He came, seven major events would transpire.” This was obviously after he heard the voice speak at the baptism. He was extremely deceived by these signs from the beginning, even as a Baptist.

  1. The first vision was that Mussolini would invade Ethiopia and that nation would “fall at his steps.”
  2. An Austrian by the name of Adolph Hitler would rise up as dictator over Germany
  3. There would be three great ISMS. Fascism, Nazism, Communism, but that the first two would he swallowed up into the third. The voice admonished to -WATCH RUSSIA, WATCH RUSSIA. Keep your eye on the king of the North.”
  4. Great advances in science that would come after the second world war. It was headed up in the vision of a plastic bubble topped car that was running down beautiful highways under remote control so that people appeared seated in this car without a steering wheel
  5. The fifth vision had to do with the moral problem of our  age, centering mostly around women. God showed me that  women began to be out 'of their place with the granting of the vote. Then they cut off their hair, which signified that they were no longer under the authority of a man but insisted on either equal rights.
  6. the sixth vision there arose up in America, a most beautiful,   but cruel woman. She held the people in her complete power. I believed that this was the rise of the Roman Catholic church, though I knew it could possibly be a vision of some woman rising in great power in America due to a popular vote by women.
  7. wherein I heard a most terrible explosion. As I turned to look I saw nothing but debris, craters, and smoke all over the land of America.

He said, “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, week or day 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 millenium.” (Seven Church Ages Page 322) 

He died before he could see the outcome. We see it, he was wrong.

Branhamites like Jehovah's Witnesses say that he said “I predict”,  he did not say “thus saith the Lord” yet he did say, along with divine inspiration. Lets not forget Branham said  “I never preached anything in my life under inspiration I had to take back, ‘cause I don’t depend on my own understanding.” (Oneness, 2/11/62, V-10, N-2, sermon page 16-87). So then if one excuses this then they must admit the other was not inspired either.

We can go to the Bible and see not all the false prophets had said this phrase for their prophecies or future predictions. When a psychic says I predict and gets it wrong do we say this is not a false prophecy  because they did not qualify it with thus saith the Lord!” How many prophecies have become false without this introduction? I would say more than 50%. Despite the semantics of prophesying or predicting, they both mean the same thing. And he hangs himself by using it on par with his other prophetic visions. One cannot say part of this is true to validate this mans ministry, when another part is false. Branham said it was the Lord who said this and it is a package prophecy. In other words they were not separated; so if one part did not come to pass the whole thing is a false prophecy. Yet Branhamites are a faithful lot, and they will find an excuse for just about anything said. They argue on about this by saying “look at all the correct prophecies.” Even a mediocre false prophet can be right half the time. God's prophets are right ALL the time. And we are told if they are not right we are not required to listen to them, we should get away from them no matter how many miracles they produce. ( please refer to Deut.13 and Deut.18) 

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. The Lord Jesus spoke to me and said that the coming of the Lord was drawing nigh, but that before He came, seven major events would transpire..( W. Branham, THE MESSAGE TO THE LAODICEAN AGE, p.29) He states that the end would come in 1977 and all this would be fulfilled. [Notice the date of the vision, close to June 11, 1933 that the blazing star with a voice at the baptism spoke ,”As John the Baptist was sent for the forerunner of the first coming of Christ, you’ve got a Message that will bring forth the forerunning of the Second Coming of Christ.”]

Branhamites claim “ the Millennium is not spoken of as being an instantaneous happening. Since 1977 God has been “terminating the world systems” and He is “ushering In the Millennium.” (The Publishers of The William Branham Home Page). Nonsense! Read Mt. 25 which is a continuation of 24. Without Christ ruling physically on earth there is no Millennium. There is just too much Scripture to change to make this what they want it to be and protect their prophet.  Babylon is destroyed in one hour; Rev.19:15 says Christ comes from heaven and strikes the nations (Isa.11:4) removing the wicked and He himself rules with a rod of Iron (Ps.2:9 Rev.2:27,12:5).

Branham used the same statements to prove he was a true prophet, but when one of the statements does not come true, then he was no longer prophesying-- only predicting. Peter a true prophet disagrees when he writes 2 Peter 1:20-21 “knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” If he got his revelation from Scripture then it should be the truth no matter what you call it.

Branham falsely prophesied: “that by 1977 all denominations would be consumed by the World Council of Churches under the control of the Roman Catholics, that the rapture would take place, and that the world would be destroyed.” (Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, p.96, Burgess and McGee)

Branham spoke to Clayton Sonmore in 1957 that “Beyond 1977 he saw nothing but “total darkness” for the church world. To Branham the Laodicean Age ended in 1977 and the True Believer is now living in the Bride Age which will end with the Rapture of the Bride. The Believer has now moved beyond Pentecost, into this Age of the “Opened Word” - Opened Vision Ministry - called the Bride Age. 

Well in some respects this is fulfilled but is not a good thing. The Church is very dark today, it has a growing apostasy and it certainly practices an 'open word' where it can mean whatever the speaker says it does. It does have visions which are a dime a dozen; and in my opinion we can trace it back to Branham's influence that the church is in this state. I believe that the Pentecostal movement today that looks to his influence for the most part would actually be condemned by Branham. By the way they practice their gifts and there belief in the Trinity and baptism, as well as some having unity with the Catholic Church. This in no way means Branham was right, it only shows how much further away they have traveled from their moorings of Branham's day. If they can' discern the deception now, what will it be like when “THE ONE” comes rolling into town with words of knowledge and even greater miracles. They will all be in awe and follow him, because of the groundwork laid by Branham and men like him. Not a comforting thought for those who wanted to be on the side of the Lord Jesus.



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