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Divine Revelation or Clarence Larkin?

John Collins4/3/2012 7:41:00 PMWhen you read WMB's book, 'An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages', you would surely think that he wrote this book without any particular study. Because many have raised WMB up to a level almost equal to God, they even think the entire book is divine revelation.

It is incredible when you find out how much of his content for this book was copied from Clarence Larkin's "The Book of Revelation" written in 1919.

Compare the two books in this particular section, topic by topic:

Watch the words by Larkin, and then the ideas copied by Branham. The wig like the English judges. They hair made white by age. The hair that speaks wisdom.
Larkin, 'His Head and His Hair' wrote:
His "Head" and "Hair" were "WHITE LIKE WOOL," as "WHITE AS SNOW." Here there is a correspondence to the "Snow White Wig" worn by English judges. This description of Christ reminds us of Daniel's vision of the "ANCIENT OF DAYS," "whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the PURE WOOL." Dan. 7:9. Daniel refers three times to the "Ancient Of Days." In Chap. 7:13, he distinguishes between the "Son of Man" and the "Ancient of Days," but in verses 9 and 22 he associates the "Ancient of Days" with a "Throne of Judgment," and as God the Father has committed all judgment to the Son (John 5:22), and the Father and the Son are one, the title "Ancient Of Days" is used interchangeably. And as the title "Ancient of Days" is applied to the "Son of Man" (Christ) at the time He assumes the Judgeship (Dan. 7:9-10), which is not until after the Rapture of the Church, we have here additional corroborative proof that John's Vision belongs to the "Day of the Lord." The "White Hair" of the Son of Man refers to His ANTIQUITY, to His patriarchal dignity, not that His hair was made white by age, for the Eternal never grows old, but it bespeaks wisdom and experience, and the venerableness of His character.

Branham, 'His Hair as White as Snow' wrote:
John first notices and mentions the whiteness of His hair. It was white, and as bright as snow. This was not because of His age. Oh, no. The brilliantly white hair does not signify age but experience, maturity, and wisdom. The Eternal One does not age. What is time to God? Time means little to God, but wisdom means much. It is as when Solomon called to God for wisdom to judge the people of Israel. Now He is coming, the Judge of all the earth. He will be crowned with wisdom. That is what the white and glistening hair signifies. See this in Daniel 7:9-14, "I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of Days did sit, Whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head like the pure wool: His throne was like the fiery flame, and His wheels as burning fire...
...Even the world understands this symbology, for in ancient times the judge would appear and convene court, dressed in a white wig and a long robe that signified his complete authority (head to foot robe) to mete out justice.

Watch what Larkin writes, and then how the ideas are copied by WMB. How those eyes were dimmed by tears. How those eyes wept at the grave of Lazarus.
Larkin, 'His Eyes' wrote:
'"His Eyes were a FLAME OF FIRE." Those eyes that had often been dimmed with human tears, and that wept at the grave of Lazarus, are here pictured as burning with an "OMNISCIENT FLAME." How often when on the earth those eyes read the inner-most thoughts of men, and even soldiers quailed before His soul penetrating gaze, so when He sits as the Judge of men all things will be NAKED and OPEN before Him.

Branham, 'His Eyes as Fire' wrote:
Think of it. Those eyes that were once dimmed with tears of sorrow and pity. Those eyes that wept with compassion at the grave of Lazarus. Those eyes that saw not the evil of the murderers who hanged Him on a cross but in sorrow cried, "Father forgive them." Now those eyes are a flame of fire, the eyes of the Judge Who will recompence those who rejected Him...
...Those fiery flaming eyes of the Judge are even now recording the lives of all flesh. Running to and fro throughout the earth, there is nothing He does not know. He knows the desires of the heart and what each one intends to do. There is nothing hidden that shall not be revealed, for all things are naked before Him with Whom we have to do. Think of it, He knows even now what you are thinking...

Both talk about 'crushing the enemy', but skipping this one because it can easily be implied.

Read what Larkin writes, and then how WMB copies the ideas. How often would you have heard WMB use the word 'cataract' with his Kentucky english?
Larkin, 'His Feet' wrote:
"His Voice as the SOUND OF MANY WATERS." There is nothing more melodious or musical than the babbling brook, or more thunderous than the rush of the cataract over the falls, and there is nothing more fearful to the criminal than the words of the Judge as he passes sentence; but how terrifying will be the sentence when with a strong voice the Son of Man shall say in the Judgment Day, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels." Matt. 25:41.

Branham, 'Voice of Many Waters' wrote:
.Have you ever thought how terrifying it is to a man drifting helplessly toward a cataract? Think now of that roar as he approaches his sure and certain doom. And just exactly like that is coming the day of judgment when the roar of the multitude of voices condemns you for not having paid heed ere it was too late. Take heed this very hour. For at this moment your thoughts are being recorded in heaven. There your thoughts speak louder than your words. Like the Pharisee who claimed so much with his mouth, but not listening to the Lord, his heart became corrupt and evil until it was too late, even now this could be your last call to hear the Word and receive it unto eternal life. It will be too late when you approach the roar of the many voices of judgment and doom...

The Bible says 'angels', but Larkin correctly describes them as 'messengers'. Of course, WMB does also.
Larkin, 'His Hands' wrote:
"In His Right Hand SEVEN STARS."
We are told in verse 20, that the "Seven Stars" stand for the "ANGELS" of the "Seven Churches." These "Angels" are not angelic beings but the Messengers or Ministers of the churches. What a beautiful and solemn lesson is taught here. It is that the ministers of Christ derive their power and office from Him, and that He holds them in His hand. If they are false to Him, no one can deliver them from His power, and if they are true and loyal, no one can touch or molest, or do them harm.

Branham, 'In His Right Hand Were Seven Stars' wrote:
"And He had in His right hand seven stars." Now of course we already know from verse twenty what the seven stars actually are. "And the mystery of the seven stars are the angels (messengers) of the seven churches." Now we couldn't make a mistake here on any account, as He interprets it for us. These seven stars are the messengers to the seven successive church ages. They are not called by name. They are just set forth as seven, one to each age...

Out of everything he copied, this is the one that makes it the most obvious. WMB originally believed the white horse rider was "the deceiver", but later (before he wrote this book), changed his mind to the Truth.
Branham wrote:
Now, that sounds very good, but it isn't the Truth. No, sir. That... It wasn't. "White" does mean "righteous." We--we realize that, that "white" means "righteous." The teachers taught it, that it was the Holy Spirit conquering in the first age. But my revelation of it by the Holy Spirit is not that way. {...} But He is on a white horse; so if this guy is riding a white horse, he's only an impersonator of Christ. See? (63-0318 THE.FIRST.SEAL_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN MONDAY_)

Notice how he copies Larkin again:
Larkin, 'His Mouth' wrote:
"Out of His Mouth went a SHARP TWO-EDGED SWORD." While the "Sword of the Spirit" is the "Word of God" (Eph. 6:17), and the "Word of God" is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any TWO-EDGED SWORD, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow (the body), (Heb. 4:12), that is not the sword meant here.
The "Sword of the Spirit" is the Holy Spirit's SWORD, and He alone wields it. The sword meant here is the Sword of the Son of Man (Christ), and it is the "SWORD OF JUSTICE," for the Son of Man, out of whose mouth this sword comes, is the "White Horse Rider" of Rev. 19:11-15, "out of whose mouth goeth a SHARP SWORD, that with it He should smite the nations." And that sword, like the "Sword of the Spirit" will be TWO-EDGED also, for the protection of His people, and the destruction of His enemies. This is still further proof that John's vision of Christ was as He shall appear in the "DAY OF THE LORD."

Branham, 'The Two Edged Sword' wrote:
"And out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword." In Hebrews 4:12, "For the Word of God is quick, and powerful and sharper than any two- edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Out of His mouth went the sharp two-edged sword which is the WORD OF GOD. Revelation 19:11-16, "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war...

Notice the quotes that Larkin uses, and then watch which quotes from the scriptures that WMB uses:
Larkin, 'His Countenance' wrote:
"His Countenance was as the SUN SHINETH IN HIS STRENGTH." This recalls to our memory His appearance on the Mount of Transfiguration when "His Face did shine AS THE SUN," Matt. 17:2. And we read of the New Jerusalem that the inhabitants thereof have no need of the SUN, for the LAMB is the Light thereof. Rev. 21:23. And when we recall that the Prophet Malachi tells us that when Jesus comes back He will be the SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (Malachi 4:2), we see that John's vision of the Son of Man was as He shall appear at the Second Stage of His Return, the "Revelation." Thus we have in John's "Seven-Fold" description of the person of the "Glorified Son of Man" circumstantial or indirect evidence that John saw his vision of the Son of Man, not on a Sabbath Day (or the "Lord's Day" as we now call it), but was projected by the Holy Spirit forward into the "Day of the Lord" and saw Him as He will appear then as the Judge, and the coming "SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS." (Clarence Larkin).

Branham, 'His Face Like the Sun' wrote:
"And His countenance was as the sun shineth in its strength." Matthew 17:1-13, "And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart. And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light...
...In Revelation 21:23, "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof." This is the New Jerusalem. The Lamb will be in that city, and because of His presence, there will be no light needed. The sun won't rise and shine there, for He is the Sun and Light thereof, Himself. The nations that come into it will walk in His light. Aren't you happy that day is upon us? John saw that day coming..."
...He's the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star. He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul. Yes, that great day is ready to break and the Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings. (William M Branham).

This in of itself is not convincing.

The end-all-argument proof that Larkin was copied is this:

Compare the dates for the church ages listed by Larkin:

Larkin, Church Ages wrote:
1. EPHESIAN CHURCH AGE (A.D. 70 to A.D. 170)
2. SMYRNEAN CHURCH AGE (A.D. 170 to A.D. 312)
3. PERGAMEAN CHURCH AGE (AD 312 to A.D. 606)
4. THYATERIAN CHURCH AGE (A.D 606 to A.D. 1520)
5. SARDISEAN CHURCH AGE (A.D. 1520 to A.D. 1750)
6. PHILADELPHIAN CHURCH AGE (A.D. 1750 to A.D. 1900)
7. LAODICEAN CHURCH AGE (A.D. 1900 - Rapture)

Branham, Church Ages wrote:
1. EPHESIAN CHURCH AGE (A.D. 53 to A.D. 170)
2. SMYRNEAN CHURCH AGE (A.D. 170 to A.D. 312)
3. PERGAMEAN CHURCH AGE (AD 312 to A.D. 606)
4. THYATERIAN CHURCH AGE (A.D 606 to A.D. 1520)
5. SARDISEAN CHURCH AGE (A.D. 1520 to A.D. 1750)
6. PHILADELPHIAN CHURCH AGE (A.D. 1750 to A.D. 1906)
7. LAODICEAN CHURCH AGE (A.D. 1906 - Rapture)

Larkin produced a series of prophetic diagrams and drawings, from the seventy weeks of daniel, to the church ages, to more. Many, many drawings -- all of which are interesting when you consider these "divine revelations" that WMB claimed to have. Here is an example, for the Church Ages above: