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William Branham claimed that the Thyatirean Church Age lasted from A.D 606 to A.D. 1520, and that the "messenger" for the age was Saint Columba. When he copied the dates from Clarence Larkin's "Dispensational Truth" and assigned "messengers" to each age, he forgot to compare them to the lifespans of the men he claimed to be "messengers."

 

St. Columba (521-­597) was not even alive during this Church Age. He was one of the “Twelve Apostles of Ireland”, taught under Finnian of Clonard who is said to be one of the fathers of Irish monasticism.

 

Columba became a monk, and was later ordained a priest. Tradition has it that around 560, Columba got in a harsh quarrel over a psalter (scroll of Psalms). Columba copied the psaltery, intending to keep the copy, and St. Finnian disputed his right to keep it. This eventually led to the Battle of Cul Dreimhne (561) during which many men lost their lives.

 

Columba devoted his life to save as many men as lost their lives in that battle, and exiled himself from Ireland.

 

The main source of information about Columba’s life comes from Columba’s writings of the Vita Columbae, which are essentially three books: One of prophecies, one of miracles, and one of apparitions. These books are the first mention of the Loch Ness Monster.

 

Had Columba lived during his Church Age, he would have been a good choice for Rev. Branham: healing the sick, exorcism, subduing wild beasts, calming the storms, raising the dead, and telling good fish stories about monsters of the deep.

 

Unfortunately, however, he was not alive during this Church Age.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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