"Thus Saith The Lord" is the prophet's message to the people from the divine Holy Spirit. The only one with true authority to speak these words it the prophet that the Lord has spoken to, otherwise it becomes using the Lord's name in vain.
Rev. Branham was aware of this fact, and used it very carefully throughout the early days of his ministry - mostly only in the prayer lines and when combined with actual scripture that was truly from the Lord.
According to Rev. Branham, it must be a vindicated prophet:
But the only person that has a right to say, THUS SAITH THE LORD, is a vindicated prophet.
BRANHAM, 50-0405 EXPECTATION_ NEW.YORK.NY WEDNESDAY_
If anyone has based their theory on something other than "Thus Saith the Lord", then obviously the Lord has not given it to them. This would be his theme throughout the latter part of his message, letting the people know that he was the only one of the current "Church Age" that had the power to use the words, "Thus Saith the Lord".
If a prophet, or a dreamer, or whatever it is, or a teacher, hasn't based his theory exactly on THUS SAITH THE LORD, I don't believe it.
BRANHAM, 54-0514 THE.SEAL.OF.GOD_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
Somehow along the way, it got as easy as corn bread and beans: anyone can say it:
Look. Oh, brother, this is like corn bread and beans; It sticks to your ribs. It'll hold you some way, you can go and do a good day's work for the Lord tomorrow, go out and meet the devil, say, "I know where I'm standing, not because a chill run down my back, because THUS SAITH THE LORD. Move off, Satan, I'm taking over now."
BRANHAM, 53-0326 ISRAEL.AND.THE.CHURCH.2_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
Rev. Branham predicted that the three "isms" would end in communism and that communism would burn the Vatican City.
Going to Sunday school one morning, I was caught away in a vision. And I said, "Now..." Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, I said, "Now, there's going to be three great isms. Which is now in existence. One of them is in Rome, which is--is Fascism, and one of them is in Germany which is Nazi--Nazism. And the other one is in Russia, which is communism." I said, "Those three great isms is the unclean spirits that went out of the mouth of the false prophet, and the dragons, and so forth that will unite themselves together, speaking things that they should not, and they'll all beat at one another, until they'll finally wind up in one ism. And I predict that that will be communism. And communism will burn the Vatican City.
BRANHAM, 55-0501E THE.FAITH.THAT.WAS.ONCE.DELIVERED.TO.THE.SAINTS
But the Lord showed me a vision of the great powerful woman, in '33, 1933, it's on paper. Of how that "Roosevelt would cause... he would help cause the world to go to war." How that "Mussolini would make his first invasion to Ethiopia and he would take it, but he would come to a disgraceful end." And how that "Then the three ism: Nazism, Facism, and Communism, would all wind up in Communism."
BRANHAM, 60-1211E THE.LAODICEAN.CHURCH.AGE_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
At the time when communism was feared most by the American people, Rev. Branham clearly used this fear in his prophesies under "Thus Saith the Lord".
You remember that, that Brother Branham said that, THUS SAITH THE LORD. Our nation is debolished. It will never rise. She's gone, like all the rest of the nations. It's the greatest nation in the world standing today, but the very seed of the devil has been planted into the hearts of the people; how it come into Hollywood, how it got out into the people, and begin to this... And you can't tell them nothing.
Get a President up there who will try to close whiskey, and not have prohibition, see what would happen. He'd be shot in two hours after he got in there. Sure, he can't stand it; the whole world's against him. Yes, sir. You couldn't do it.
She's gone. She's invaded, and the spirit of communism has took over.
BRANHAM, 54-0509 THE.INVASION.OF.THE.UNITED.STATES_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
His visions often told how that Communism was a tool by the hand of the Almighty God to destroy the Catholic Church:
I'll prove to you that communism is working straight in the hands of Almighty God to destroy the Roman... And remember, I say this as God's prophet: The Russian empire will drop an atomic bomb of some sort on the Vatican City and destroy it in one hour. THUS SAITH THE LORD. And the Bible said that God took them cruel-hearted men and put them in His hands, and they were instruments in His hands to fulfill His will, and to bring back to her exactly what she had coming to her. That's exactly. That's the Word.
BRANHAM, 54-0513 THE.MARK.OF.THE.BEAST_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
Oddly enough, one day later, he realized that Communism was no longer feared:
But these religious teachers are trying to put it on communism, when they don't realize it's working right in their own midst.
BRANHAM, 54-0514 THE.SEAL.OF.GOD_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
Confusing? It Confused Rev. Branham, also.
Heading up in the federation of churches, which will finally join with Romanism to fight Catholicism--or with Catholicism to fight Communism. Pope John is calling for all the churches to come back, and they will. And they'll unite themselves together, just exactly what THUS SAITH THE LORD.
BRANHAM, 60-0221 HEARING.RECOGNIZING.ACTING.ON.THE.WORD.OF.GOD
Suddenly, the American people no longer feared communism. Probably because they saw that Communism was fading quickly. It was Catholicism that was feared. Quickly, the "vision" changed:
Keep your eyes on Russia. She'll all wind up in Communism. And then it'll all wind up finally in Catholicism. Remember, it'll all wind up in Catholicism in the end time. That's exactly right. That's at the battle of Armageddon, right over in here when Christ comes Himself.
BRANHAM, 61-0806 THE.SEVENTIETH.WEEK.OF.DANIEL_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
There was communism, fascism, nazism. They were spirits. Communism is a spirit. It gets on you. See? It's a spirit. And that--it'll be something like that, only I'd... It--it... That really isn't it. But it'll be three spirits just like that, which they was kind of a forerunner of. But, of course, you know where... It's in Catholicism. You see? But I'd--I--I want to get a few things on that straight before I say it (You see?), to be sure that I know what...
BRANHAM, 61-0808 THY.HOUSE_ TIFTON.GA TUESDAY_
Moreover, the "Thus Saith the Lord" changed from communism to Rome, or Catholicism:
It isn't Russia. It's Rome. THUS SAITH THE LORD. Yeah. Show me a Scripture where communism, or anything else besides Rome, will rule.
BRANHAM, 62-0311 THE.GREATEST.BATTLE.EVER.FOUGHT_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
And Message believers around the world could rejoice, communism was no longer to fear. There was a new fear in the world, and it was Catholicism. It was "Thus Saith the Lord"
Any prophecy don't stay with that Word... That's exactly. That's the reason I say today; no matter how good it looks, how many preachers are saying this, that, or the other, "Communism is going to take the world and throw it down." Don't you never try to fight communism. Fight Romanism. For, that's THUS SAITH THE LORD. The Lord said Romanism is going to rule, not communism. It's just a puppet.
BRANHAM, 62-0422 THE.RESTORATION.OF.THE.BRIDE.TREE_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN
Although, it looks like Catholicism would be destroyedâ€¦
And I said, "There is three isms; Communism, Facism, and Nazism. They'll all wind up out of Russia, in Communism." And it will destroy Catholicism. See if it don't!
BRANHAM, 64-0321E THE.VOICE.OF.THE.SIGN_ DENHAM.SPRINGS.LA SATURDAY_
Clearly, if communism destroyed Rome with Catholicism by an atomic bomb in one hour, there is no way possible that both forces could join together at Armageddon against Israel.
There's that red dragon, the devil. Where's his seat at? In... Not in Russia; in Rome. And said, "The devil give him his seat and his authority, red dragon," not Russia.
I hear great ministers saying, "The Russian is the antichrist." Why, the Russian has nothing to do with the antichrist. That's communism. The faultry of Protestantism and Catholicism has produced communism. The reason the Russians drove them out of there, because they had all the money, and had all the prayers said to them saints, so they built the biggest buildings, and had all the wealth of the people, and bundled it up like that. And they seen they lived no different, and was no different from any of the rest of the world, and they spued it out and formed communism.
Now, if you'll give me one more night, if God does, I'll prove to you that communism is working straight in the hands of Almighty God to destroy the Roman... And remember, I say this as God's prophet: The Russian empire will drop an atomic bomb of some sort on the Vatican City and destroy it in one hour. THUS SAITH THE LORD.
BRANHAM, 54-0513 THE.MARK.OF.THE.BEAST
Luckily, 1 Corinthians 14:8 teaches us this, and we can fear neither Communism or Catholicism, for this trumpet has certainly given an uncertain sound:
For if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself for the battle?