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Revered among the prophets

"The person universally acknowledged as the revival’s `father’ and `pacesetter’ was William Branham. The sudden appearance of his miraculous healing campaigns in 1946 set off a spiritual explosion in the Pentecostal movement which was to move to Main Street, U.S.A., by the 1950s and give birth to the broader charismatic movement in the 1960s, which currently affects almost every denomination in the country. ... `Branham filled the largest stadiums and meeting halls in the world.’ ... As the pacesetter of the healing revival, Branham was the primary source of inspiration in the development of other healing ministries. He inspired hundreds of ministers to enter the healing ministry and a multitude of evangelists paid tribute to him for the impact he had upon their work. As early as 1950, over 1,000 healing evangelists gathered at a Voice of Healing [the name of Branham’s magazine] convention to acknowledge the profound influence of Branham on the healing movement" (Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements 1988, p. 372.)

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. " ( W Branham,  Exposition Of The Seven Church Ages)

The bible says something quite different in Heb.1 and here is where the departure is from orthodox NT teaching. God speaks through his son today whose writings are in inscripturated. The ex-cathedra of the Pentecostals has had more to wear egg on their face than possibly the Pope.

If we need a prophet for the end of the age, then the church has been missing teaching for 1900 years Eph.4 gave us pastors and teachers. Branham’s followers believed him to be the prophet of the final Church age.

Em 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) we are to separate from them. But our concern is not whether he was absolutely accurate, because he was not.

Branham was confident enough to say "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) This was all done through an angel whose name was never revealed to him.

" 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 "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) notice that the end would come in 1977 and all this would be fulfilled.

" 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…"   ( W. Branham, THE MESSAGE TO THE LAODICEAN AGE P.29)

"Branham was welcomed by many Pentecostal churches and parachurch organizations such as the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship which was in it's heyday during the 1950's. In 1961, the editor of their magazine VOICE said, "in Bible days, there were men of God, who were Prophets and Seers. But in all the Sacred Records, none of these had a greater ministry than that of William Branham." (Discernment Newsletter July/Aug 1990)

Gordon Lindsey, a young Assemblies of God pastor in Oregon, who joined Branham and in 1948 began The Voice of Healing, to publicize Branham's work and bring supporters together. As Branham's tours and fame spread nationally and internationally, other ministers with a gift of healing associated themselves with him and The Voice of Healing. During the 1950s, Branham led the revival in healing that would project such people as Oral Roberts, Morris Cerullo, and A. A. Allen into the spotlight as leaders of their own organizations.

Today Branham is welcomed as a prophet/revelator moving in miracles to many of the Pentecostal's Branham's false statements are overlooked because of the power performances.

"What is God? God is a great Eternal. At the beginning, way back before there was a beginning, he wasn't even God. Did you know that? A god is an object of worship, and there wasn't nothing to worship him; He lived alone. And in him was attributes. What is an attribute? A thought." (The Spoken Word, Vol. 3, p. 79)

When it came to Christ he said, "In Jn.1 in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and was God. and the word was made flesh , and dwelt among us. Now, in the beginning was the word. A word is thought expressed. In the beginning He wasn’t even God." (THE MIGHTY GOD UNVEILED BEFORE US, p.11) So according to his theology Christ was not God but an attribute that was a thought..

Yet he also said "Now, we find, God all ages has had skin on It. See? (THE MIGHTY GOD UNVEILED BEFORE US, p.20) This denies the one incarnation fulfilled in the NT if he always was a man.

" Branham taught that Eve's sin in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3) was sexual sin. According to Branham, Eve was seduced into a sexual relationship with the serpent and became impregnated with her son Cain."The serpent was an upright handsome creature. He was, in fact, `the missing link’ that science even in their unspiritual wisdom, can see is missing `between man and monkey.’ ... Satan used this creature to get himself into the Human race." (Was it an Apple? (Lima, Oh: Bible Believers of Lima). "Branham believed that some humans are descended from the serpent’s seed and are destined for hell, which is not eternal." (Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, pp. 95,96.)

Branham taught that the Word of God was given in three forms, the zodiac, the Egyptian pyramids, and the written scripture.(Al Dager, Vengeance is Ours,  Page 59) this denies the sufficiency of Scripture and Gods specific revelation to man by Moses and the Prophets.It also opens one up to other alternatives

Even the Trinity was not out of reach, despite all persons exist simultaneously and converse he stated "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost has one name, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Conduct, Order, Doctrine, p.392) this is modalism and a denial of the fundamental of the faith.

He also said of himself "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)  It is Jesus who is the only one who is worthy to open the scroll not a sinful man.

Branham had admitted that it was his angel that gave him the revelations as well as gave him the power to heal.

Almost the whole modern Latter Rain adherents look to Branham as a mentor or with some respect as a great healer. If a tree is not good, neither is its fruit.

Paul Cain is one of many who was a William Branham disciple. He is well known in today's charismatic circles, and associated with John Wimber and the Vineyard movement and the prophet/ Apostle movement today.

Paul Cain said of William Branham: "The greatest prophet that ever lived in any of my generations or any of the generations of revival I've lived through." (Paul Cain, Selections from the Kansas City Prophets)

Marilyn Hickey promotes Branham saying "his influence continues today because of his teaching on prosperity and the power of the spoken Word. Upon his death, a fellow revivalist said, "Walk closely to the Lord as Elisha did Elijah so that Dr. Branham's mantle may fall on you . . . in the great revival just ahead"

Earl Paulk" I don't have any doubt in my mind that Oral Roberts is a prophet to the Church to bring us back to the healings. Many of them Branham and many others - I believe that the Hagins and the Copelands , we have varying doctrines here, but I believe they brought us back to understanding the power in God's Word. They were apostles toward that. I believe there are other apostles and prophets God is raising up." (Earl Paulk, "Praise The Lord," Trinity Broadcasting Network, March 4, 1986.)

Rodney- Howard- Browne has said of William Branham: "A true prophet of God. Kenneth Hagin identifies Branham as a prophet as do many others as Oral Roberts, Robert Lairdon. Benny Hinn approves of Branham as well.( Benny Hinn, Praise the Lord, (TBN), April 12, 1991).

Considering what Branham has said and these men's endorsement of him as "TRUE prophet" what then would be a requirement to be false prophet if Branham with all his X-tra biblical package is accepted as the authentic?

I am not aware of anyone involved in the new Revivalism that does not in some way point to Branham as an influence or respect his ministry.

The influence of Branham has certainly been felt with those who are called the anointed today who consider themselves prophets and miracle workers.

William Branham for all he said wrong I don' think could be found as taking advantage of people for money or for the kingdom of God. Today the end justifies the means . Branham did not look in favor on the prosperity preachers and those who manipulate for money with signs following. "… Don't you know that many are going to come in the last day and say, "Lord, Lord, have we not done many wonderful works in Thy Name, even to the casting out of devils?" And He will say, "Depart from me, ye that work iniquity. I never knew you." Matt. 7:22-23. Jesus said they were workers of iniquity. Yet, you get a man that can come and pray for the sick, get oil and blood appearing in the congregation, prophecy coming forth and all manner of the super-natural. and the people will gather round him. and swear that he is of the Lord, even though he is actually making, a money racket of religion and living in sin.( W. Branham, THE MESSAGE TO THE LAODICEAN AGE P.29)

It seems by overlooking what he has said both good and bad the X-treme Pentecostal movement has been impressed only by his miracles despite calling him a true prophet.

 

 

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