It is interesting that WMB brings up the 'king's sword' again, considering that the vision before his leaving for Arizona did not match his account of what happened afterwards. His later accounts of the story lost focus of the 'sword of the king' after the photo of the 'supernatural cloud' was published in a magazine:
Realizing that our time is limited here, especially for those friends who are listening in by this telephone, I would like to call your attention this morning to a--a picture that sometime ago was taken by the camera, of a vision that I had here at the tabernacle, of leaving Indiana, to Arizona; where I was to meet, in the form of a pyramid, seven Angels. Not knowing what would happen later, when I got there, thinking it was the end of my life, that no one could stand the blast; and I'm sure all of you are acquainted with the story. And then in Sabino Canyon, one morning like this, while in prayer, there had been a sword placed in my hand, and said, "This is the Word, and the Sword of the Word."
Later, the Angels appeared as was prophesied. And at the same time, a great cluster of Light left where I was standing, and moved thirty miles high in the air, and around the circle, like the wings of the Angels, and drawed into the skies a shape of a pyramid in the same constellation of Angels that appeared.
As we have already proven in this forum, WMB was not standing there in Arizona when this cloud appeared -- he was in Houston, TX.
Evidently there were people who questioned this cloud back then, because he tried to throw them off trail. He said that they tracked the cloud all the way from Mexico:
Science took the picture, all the way from Mexico, as it moved from northern Arizona, where the Holy Spirit said I would be standing, "forty miles northeast of Tucson." And it went into the air, and Life magazine packed the pictures, "A mystic something way in the spheres, where there could be no moisture, where there could be no evaporations of anything; thirty miles high, and twenty-seven miles across," and coming right up from where those Angels were.
Now, they asked, to know. Science, the one of them in Tucson, wanted to know any significance, but I didn't tell them. You all knew it, told beforehand. But it wasn't for them; it was for you.
It is not true, however. The cloud originated close to Vandenberg AFB, and was on a direct, eastward path over 300km north of where WMB was standing. Also, his account of 'no moisture', and other dynamics are not true.
Then he gets back into his 'revelation' of the seven seals:
And so there He spoke to me, and said, "The Seven Seals will be opened. The seven mysteries, sevenfold mystery of the Bible, that's been closed up since the foundation of the world, will be revealed." And we, yet a humble little group, compared with all the world, we've enjoyed these blessings, a hearing those mysteries. Marriage, divorce, serpent's seed, all these different questions, has been completely revealed to us, not by man, but by God, Himself, that's opened those seven mysteries; of what the Church was, how It was in Christ at the beginning, and how It would be revealed in the last day.
And now, as this went up, we have the picture outside on the plaque. But, then, I have the picture laying present here, if you notice, as Life magazine had it. But I wonder if my audience, visible here, has ever really looked at the picture, see, see, in the way it should be.
We've already proven in this forum that this revelation came from plagiarized works from Clarence Larkin.
He then goes into the seven church ages, that he also plagiarized from Clarence Larkin's works:
You remember, I was preaching when this vision came, upon the subject of the Book of the Revelations, where the old judges, where we seen Jesus in Revelations 1. When we started to open the Seven Seals... or the--or the Church Ages, rather, just prior to the opening of the Seven Seals. Christ was standing with "hair like wool, white." And I described that to you, that the old English judges, and judges of long ago, when they went to the bench, to be sworn in, their supreme authority was given them. They wore a white wig, as it was, over their heads, to show their supreme authority.
Then he goes into the story of the 1933 baptism, which we have also proven was fabricated in other posts of this forum:
I wish, this morning, that I had just much time to--to spend upon these phenomena that's beyond any shadow of doubt, been proven for the past thirty years, or thirty-five years, right here at this church; since down on the river, when that same Light came down here in Jeffersonville, in 1933, and spoke those words, "As John the Baptist was sent to forerun the first coming of Christ, your Message will forerun the second." We're at the end time, and we see it. We wonder sometimes why it hasn't spread over the earth; maybe sometime we'll have a chance to explain that, if God willing.
If it were simply this one retelling, there would be no way to confirm or deny, but in other accounts of this story, he tells how the Associated Press reported the story from Louisville all the way up into Canada. Not a single A.P newspaper from that day can be found containing even a mention of William Branham, and in fact, the first newspaper article mentioning him is in 1947 when he went by the name 'Henry.'
After giving all of these fabrications, he says that 'the word must come first.':
Now I want you to turn in--in your Bibles, as we always believe that the Word must come first, of the reading of the Word. I always read That, because It... My words is the word of a man, it will fail; but the Word of God can never fail.
Had he stuck with this and not told the fabricated stories above, the sermon may have stayed on the right course.
WMB then describes the 'Good News,' the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is very close in his description:
No wonder the Gospel is good news. The very word Gospel means "the good news." The good news, what? If a man died for our sake, that's good news. If Christ was born, that's good news. But never a news, never was there news like this news, that, He Who made the promise has confirmed the promise, that, "He's alive forevermore, and have the keys of both death and hell, in His hand." All the gloom was shook away. There was no more gloom to be seen, for the Son was up from the grave. There was no, "Well, He will come, or He may come." He had already come, the Gospel, good news!
Notice, the very Message of the Gospel, Itself, is to prove to the people that He is risen. "Go tell My disciples that I am risen from the dead, and I'll meet with them, to confirm this to them." O God, how in this last day there shall be Light again across the earth! "And I'll prove to My disciples! Go tell them that I am not dead, and I'm not a tradition, but I am a living Christ. I'll meet them. Take this Message to My disciples, that I am risen from the dead," the Gospel, good news.
You say, "Is that right?"
This description is close, but is missing VERY important elements. God sent his only begotten Son to earth, who was both man and God. As a man, he lived a perfect life for us, free from sin. Because he was blameless, he died on the cross for OUR sins instead of His own; Jesus Christ had no sin. He was buried for three days, and during that time, he conquered death, hell, and the grave. He rose again so that we can live again with Him.
This next part is interesting. Not from what WMB says alone, but how the editors have capitalized it the words:
Now, if there is another gospel, as Paul spoke to one of the groups, "I am so surprised that you turned to another gospel." Which there is no other, but a make-belief gospel, to a denominational fiction, turning from that good news.
"And because I live, ye live also. And I live in you, and the works that I do," John 14:12, "the works that I do will identify Myself in you." What a Message! No wonder, we've had a dark world of theology, but in the evening time there shall come Light again. There will be a resurrection in the evening time. It shall be Light at the evening time.
This statement is correct, and Paul is correct. The Gospel of Jesus Christ IS the Message, and Message in this case SHOULD be capitalized. WMB and his followers use the same technique for WMB's 'message', which Paul is actually speaking about in this passage. There should be NO other 'message' than the 'Message' of Jesus Christ, which is the Good News -- the Gospel.
It is interesting that WMB condemns the Romans for their worship of the son god:
If there would be any holy ritual, it should come forth on the sabbath day, which was the seventh day of the week, which is Saturday. But did you notice, in this memorial, to wave it on the first day of the week?
"The sheaf, which was the first of your seed that you planted, when it comes up and ripened, you cut down this sheaf and take it to the priest. And let him take it and wave it before the Lord, for your acception, that you are accepted. You have come with your sheaf, and he is to wave it before the Lord, on..."
Not on the sabbath, the seventh day; but on the first day, which we call Sunday, S-u-n-d-a-y.
Course, that's a--a Roman word, which they called it the sun day for the sun god. But how it is changed!
It's not s-u-n anymore. It's the S-o-n d-a-y, the Son day, that that corn of Wheat (God's first One up from the dead) is to be waved over the congregation, that we are His Seed; and that's the first of the Seed of those that slept, waved upon the first day of the week. On Sunday, He raised up. Waved good-bye, and ascended up on High, in the presence of the people.
This is a correct statement. Deuteronomy 4 says to "beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven."
WMB himself did not follow this. He was lured in by the Gnostic texts to believe that the first bible was the Zodiac, which is used in worship of astrology. He turned his eyes away from God by saying that his first Bible was nature, a Pagan belief that has been practiced since before the Dark Ages.
WMB then says [falsely] that the second coming of Christ will be the 'Message'.
Now, Who is the Son of man? "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." And if all the teaching that we have, and confirmation of the Word of God; by Word of God, by signs, by wonders, we see today, that in the Book of--of Luke here, that as we just quoted from, or the--the Luke the 17th chapter and the 30th verse; and Malachi 4, and the different Scriptures that we are acquainted with, that that Word again is waved over the people, that the dead traditions of man is dead, and the Son of God is alive again with the baptism of the Holy Spirit right among us, and is giving us Life.
As Christ was the first One to raise, from all the prophets, and so forth; although typed in many places, He was the Firstfruits of those that slept. In the Bride, coming of Christ, coming out of the church, there'll have to be a Sheaf waved again in the last days. Oh, my!
Waving of the sheaf! What was the sheaf? The first one that come to mature, the first one that proved it was a wheat, that proved it was a sheaf.
Hallelujah! I'm sure you see what I'm talking about. It was waved over the people. And the first time there will come forth, for the Bride age, for a resurrection out of dark denominationalism, will be a Message, that the full maturity of the Word has turned back again in Its full Power, and being waved over the people, by the same signs and wonders that He did back there.
Christ does not return as a 'message', Christ returns as Christ.
And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. (Luke 21)
(And no, this is not the 'spiritual cloud' that WMB claimed, it has been proven in this forum that he fabricated that event.)
We are actually warned of this very statement made by WMB in the book of Luke. Jesus warns us, "See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he!' and, 'The time is at hand!' Do not go after them." (Luke 21:8)
WMB Then makes a false statement about the Holy Spirit, saying that it was not for everyone -- only a chosen bride:
Now, the Holy Spirit comes now. Of course, It wasn't sent... Why won't all the people receive It? It wasn't sent to them.
This is not scriptural. The Holy Spirit is for ALL who will believe in Jesus Christ by faith.
And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on ALL flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; (Acts 2:17)
Notice that it also mentions daughters prophesying. How many MSG churches do you know that would listen to the prophecy of a female?
WMB then pulls a few punches against the people smarter than himself, and includes denominations with the punch:
And when we see, not a denomination, not a Ph.D., not a LL.D., not a good neighbor; but a son of God molded in the image of God, with the dynamic Power of God to answer the request of this day, that He's the same yesterday, today, and forever, there ain't no hen going to hold you. He hunts for his Mama. He's an eagle, to begin with. He recognizes. This real eagle recognizes the call of God's Word. Why? He's an eagle. A eagle to a eagle! The Word before the foundation, the Word to the Word! The Word, predestinated, to the Word written for the hour. You realize your position. He hunts for It.
Historically, this is not accurate. Great men of God do not fit into WMB's mold of the perfect [uneducated] man. The fact that they wrote books of original thought instead of plagiarized books of Clarence Larkin's work can testify of that fact. St. Luke was highly educated, a physician to Paul. Irenaeus rose up against anyone who taught Gnostic doctrines similar to WMB's, and he was the one that WMB 'chose' as a church age messenger.
During his own time, people outside his little following could see that a cult was forming. They could see that WMB was elevating himself to the level of Jesus Christ, and bringing Jesus Christ down to his level:
As in the Marriage And Divorce case, the other day. When the Holy Spirit had told me that, I come said it just the way He told me.
Some minister lady give me a right sharp, little bawling out. She said, "I guess you take the place of God?"
I said, "No, ma'am."
Said, "Well, you told them their sin is forgiven." Said, "Where?" Said, "Only God has power." See, another Pharisee. See?...?...
Knowing that there were probably many others who came forward to set WMB back on the right path, it is interesting that he chose a woman as the one who condemned him for his blasphemy. By using a woman minister, which is wrong according to the scriptures, ALL ministers who condemned him fall into the same category.
He then condemns anyone who takes communion that does not have the same physical shape as the broken bread that WMB and his little following took:
Talking to a little preacher the other day, he said to me, he said, "Now, Brother Branham, I've come out and joined, went over to a certain-certain church, a Pentecostal church."
Where, the Pentecostal now has started taking the round wafer, you know. You've heard of that, I guess; the kosher, the moon-god, you know. And they all accepted it and taking it. This man said... His--his congregation went to him; he said, "What I bless is blessed." Now, ain't that what the priest says, he "has power to turn it back to the body of Christ"? See, just six of one and half a dozen of the other, just the same.
The funny part here is that the 'round wafer' would have probably looked more like the bread that Jesus broke for the Last Supper. Unleavened bread is usually cooked in a rounded shape and broken into the jagged edge before eating. It may have actually looked like a half-moon when they ate it.
WMB then gets into the baptism:
And he said, "I want to ask you something." He was trying to dodge that issue of the baptism in Jesus' Name, because this was the man that said it was--it was the antichrist that did that. He said, "Do you think it's all necessary that a man should be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ?"
I said, "Yes, sir."
He said, "After he's been baptized in name of 'Father, Son, and Holy Ghost'?"
I said, "Yes, sir. He hasn't been baptized, at all. See? He hasn't been baptized, at all; no Name. That's a title." I said, "It isn't recognized." I said, "Why did--why did Peter..."
He said, "Well, now, let me tell you something." He said, "Now, in Acts 10:49, he said, 'While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell upon them.'"
"But," I said, "he turned right around and said, 'Can a man forbid water that these should not be baptized?'"
We've already covered why the words spoken have nothing to do with the outward display of faith, but the interesting part here is that he mentions this instance in Acts 10:49. WMB (and most message churches today) teach that you must be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ in order to receive the Holy Ghost.
In this passage, the Holy Ghost fell upon them BEFORE they were baptized!
WMB's mother had a dream that a women told WMB that he was a 'madman.' Rather than showing Divine Love and trying to help the poor lady, WMB decided to condemn her for her shoes! He must have thought about that fact after he spoke, because he cut himself short.
There was a lady came by. Now, you know what kind of shoes people wore thirty-five years ago. There was a lady come by, had on a great big pair like they wear today, spike-heeled shoes. And she come by. And I said, "Wait a minute, sister. You can't walk that highway with that." And I said, "You--you, you can't do that."
And she said, "Ah!" She said, looked around at the rest of the women, said, "Don't believe him. He's a madman. See? Don't believe him. I'll show you I can be justified, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost, and still walk that." And she... I just let her go. Couldn't do no more about it, couldn't stop her. And she jumped up on the highway. And she looked back at the sister, said, "See, I told you!" She started to run up, and she...
You know, as the Bible said, in Isaiah, 5th chapter, that they would have "outstretched necks." They have to; they're pitched over, see. "Mincing as..." They have to, have to twist, "Mincing as they go, making a tinkling with their heels; see, the daughters of Zion in the last day."
And she started up that highway, just as hard as she could run. And, after a while, the road got narrower and narrower. She started reeling, mincing like that, and off she went.
And mother said, "The horriblest screams that I ever heard in my life, was that woman falling into those flames and smoke, going down, down like that." Said, I "turned around and said, 'See?'"
There is absolutely no mention of the shape or size of the shoes we wear in the Bible, and nothing that could possibly support this 'high-heeled doctrine that WMB taught. Had Jesus stood there in WMB's place, He would have probably said, "My child, could I help you across the street?" This action WMB took is the opposite of the Divine Love that Paul taught.
Could it be that his own mother was prophesying in a dream that WMB was sending poor souls to hell by not showing Divine Love? Notice the Narcissistic personality disorder showing its ugly head. Rather than stare in horror at what had just happened, WMB looked at the woman and said, "See?" as if to tell her, "I told you so!"
WMB again twists the scriptures to elevate himself to Jesus Christ:
Well, how can the Bride come, and fail to manifest everything was promised of Him; and the Groom come, and He wouldn't be the Bride? But when He did everything, even to proving it by raising Himself up from the dead, afterwards, then don't the--the Bride have to do the same thing, have to be exactly what the Word said She would be in these last days? Don't She have to return through Malachi 4?
The scroll of Malachi was entitled "The oracle of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi," but we will not get into that argument here. What is incorrect is that Malachi 4 speaks of Elijah coming BEFORE the coming of Christ, not AS the coming of Christ. Christ will not return through Malachi 4 as WMB falsely stated.
WMB then gives his account of Enoch, which he got from the Gnostic 'Book of Enoch':
Let's take another man. There was a man by the name of Enoch. Now, he had walked with every Word of God, for about five hundred years. He had a testimony, that, "I haven't one time failed His Word." He got so full of the quickening Power
This conflicts with the Bible, which says that Enoch lived 365 years, contrary to the Book of Enoch.
Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years.
He then elevates Elijah by comparing him to Jesus, since he also claimed to be Elijah:
That same quickening Power of God presented in both of these prophets. Look at their names, are almost the same, Elisha, Elijah. See the Bride and the Groom? One of them is Mr. Jesus; the other one is Mrs. Jesus. You see, almost the same, just--just between the--the He and She. See?
Did WMB forget that the names 'Elijah' and 'Elijah' looked NOTHING like each other in the original Hebrew symbols? Only two of the symbols matched! It would be interesting to see how many other names use those two symbols.
He then brings up his 'divine revelation' of the seven seals again, as if to somehow say, "See, I did that":
Look what we've seen in this day. The Quickening Power has come to us, to open the Seven Seals. What was that, the intelligence of a man? No, the quickening Power of God. See, the quickening Power of God foretold this would take place. See, the quickening Power of God made the world testify to It, it's the Truth. The Angel of the Lord, I told you, was around, in a Pillar of Fire; quickening Power let the world testify that It's the Truth. And, in that, they didn't know what It was; and we knew, just look this a way, and It's our Lord up there, you see.
This was not to WMB from the 'quickening power of God.' It was to Clarence Larkin through the 'quickening power of God.'
This [blank spot in tape] is interesting.
Now look at transfiguration. We was, every one, represented there. There was the living saints that had raptured, there was Elijah standing there; and there stood Moses, the dead saints repre-... Also, both of them had quickening Power. Whether one died, and the other didn't die, they're all there.
Notice, oh, look what we are now seeing in these last days. The same thing that He promised, John 14:12. Now look. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] Certainly.
This scripture, John 14:12, is one that supports the Trinitarian doctrine. It shows the personification of the Father and the Son, and says that the "Son is going to the Father."
"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me[e] anything in my name, I will do it.
Quick! Let's hide the scriptures that prove our doctrines wrong!!! We can't let word of this get out!