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The Fallen Angel


Though his description of it changed often, William Branham claimed to have an  “angel” on the platform with him during his ministry.  He claims to have met the angel in a cabin (or cave depending upon which version of his story he told), and claimed that he could do nothing without that angel present.


Was an angel really with him?


This is a loaded question.  Though there is enough evidence of contradictions in Branham’s own words to make the story seem like a small school child telling a big fib, I believe that it is possible. 


This is thought sends chills up my spine after learning the Truth about the Supreme Deity of God.  God is not an angel, and God is worthy of all worship and praise.  To pray to an angel would be to worship it, which the Bible forbids.


Yet, in 1948, we find William Branham doing just that:


March 5, 1948, sermon entitled “At Thy Word, Lord,” Paragraph 48:


Now, shall we bow our heads now for prayer. Father, realizing that I be afraid to step into this realm now, without.  You would hold my hand... Now, my mind is going back to around two years ago, when in the room that night, that Angel of God came walking in there and said, "You are--been borned in this world to take a gift of Divine healing to the people. Many will not believe you; yet many will. If you'll be sincere and will get the people to believe you, not even cancer shall stand before your prayer."


Notice.  In the first part of the prayer, Branham was praying to the Father.  And he said that he was “afraid to enter the realm” that he was about to enter!  The chills up my spine continue to grow, because this is the very thing that sorcerers did in the Old Testament.  The very thing that the Mosaic Law called an “abomination” worthy of stoning!


The second part of the prayer was NOT to the Father.  It was not to Jesus Christ.  It was directly to the angel:


Angel of God, I do not see You. But I know that You are standing near. Please, Thou knowest my heart, and know how I love these people. Stand by me tonight. And may not one go through without faith. And I know that Your Words have been true. I've took You at Your Word, for You said You were sent from God. I believed You. And You've stuck by me. You have confirmed the Word with signs following. Now, again tonight, in this March the fifth, this Memorial night, may You stand now and heal every one. Grant it. May every demon be submissive to the Name of Jesus Christ.

And now, Father, I step out here in this realm of Spirit faith, challenging every demon that's here in the Name of Jesus Christ.


The “organization” capitalized every reference to the “angel,” in the same way they capitalized the Name Jesus Christ.  Though the editors are reading the very same abomination that I’m reading, they also worshipped the angel. 


Branham makes a clear separation between God and this angel, because he says that it was “sent from God.”  And not by Branham’s own understanding, he says that he “trusted it” not to have lied to him!


In Colossians 2, Paul condemns the very thing that Branham had did, even in the New Testament:


For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.


Notice this.  All of the “mystery” was in Christ.  There are no longer “hidden things.”  Why did Paul say this?  Let’s find out:


I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.  For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.


It is almost as if Paul were writing directly to us!  Plausible arguments are very difficult to see through, and Paul writes this letter so that we are not led astray.


Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.


Here comes the warning:


See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.  For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 


There is no greater authority!  We have been Paul warns us not to be led captive, not to create another leader!  He says that the entire fullness of the rule and authority now dwells within us!


In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.  And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.  He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.


I’ve been asked many, many times.  If not Branham, whom do we follow?  Paul just answers this question directly: follow NO man!  Christ disarmed the rulers and the authorities.  They are put to shame!


Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.  These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.


Paul repeats the thought from earlier; the one that sends cold chills up your spine.  This time, it sounds like he is speaking directly to us about William Branham himself:


Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.


Branham held fast to an angel.  He even prayed to it.  His mind was sensuous.  That’s why his stories grew and grew over time!  This made him puffed up, so much that he called himself “Jesus Christ” before the people in 1965! 


He insisted on asceticism for his people, denying themselves the things they enjoyed for a holy cause.  And worst of all?  He not only worshipped an angel, he prayed to it!


The very last paragraph of this chapter speaks directly towards the asceticism that Branham and those like him tried to spread.  Paul says that these teachings come from the elemental spirits, and the legalism behind them cause us to submit to worshipping a fallen angel:


If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulation?  “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings?  These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.


As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Why did Branham worship an angel, when the Bible calls it an abomination?  Why did he pray to it instead of Jesus Christ, after speaking to the Father?  Isn’t Christ our Mediator?  Were we worshipping an angel by practicing asceticism?  Were we also an abomination before God?


It appears that our cult was worshipping a fallen angel from the simple fact that William Branham himself prayed to it.  But asceticism is a topic that requires further investigation.  It is our mission, as Christians, to discern the Truth from error.