WMB starts out in the way of every cult leader, tell the group that they need to have something greater than everyone else has:
I know many of you are standing again tonight. And, outside, met groups that said they couldn't get in, and they're listening to their radio in the different cars. And now we'll try to make just as quick as we can tonight, on Sunday night, we give over to pray for the sick, have a prayer line as we can get one up here. But we are dedicating this service tonight for prayer for the sick.
And I want you to get built up now in the... this Holy Oracles of God, in the Faith, the Faith of this hour. The Faith! It's going to take more faith than ever was in any age, for this has to be rapturing faith, be taken up.
This is incorrect. The Bible does not teach us that we must have 'rapturing faith,' There is nothing that we ourselves can do, it is a gift from God.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Eph 2:8)
He then tells the congregation that they have a special message, something that the world does not have. It came from one of his own visions, and he called it "the bread of life."
And it gives me great pleasure to get to see when you know that you have a Message from God, and you give it to the people and see the people respond to That. Then you look back and say, "Thank You, Father." Oh, what a joy it is then to see the children eating the Bread that's been sent to them! You realize that was a vision years ago, right here at this Tabernacle? That's right, "The Bread of Life." Brother Neville, you remember it, might. Mighty time!
There is only ONE Bread of Life, and that is the Word of God. No message brought forth by man is the Bread of Life.
WMB referred to "hours" as times of a message. He claimed that he himself was 'Elijah' for this hour. He then speaks of Elijah of old:
This prophet, Elijah, we know very little about him. But we know that he was God's servant, and the servant of God for that hour.
Prophecy is a gift of the spirit, and God does not elevate his prophets because they receive his gifts. Elijah was a prophet in his day and was a true man of God. He did not create a following of worship for himself as WMB did. And he realized that it was a gift of God. Prophets are people who can put themselves out of the way, humbling themselves before God. Diviners are people who cannot put themselves out of the way, and bring forth false prophecy. Elijah of old was the former, and WMB was the latter.
He continued raising up Elijah, the man he considered himself to be reincarnated:
We know little about the prophets. We don't know where they come from. Very seldom... As, I don't know of any that come out of the church or had any genealogy behind them. It was just ordinary man that was fearless, and, many times, uneducated. And they never done any writing, themselves. Isaiah and Jeremiah, a couple of them, done some writings, but this great man Elijah never wrote one thing. Many of them didn't write; maybe they couldn't write. But they were man that were rugged. There's no man in the Bible like those ancient prophets. They defied kingdoms, kings, peoples, churches, and everything else, and stood firm on the Word of God, and God proved them to be right. They were very rugged individuals.
And this Elijah was one of the ruggedest of all of them. He was a man of the wilderness. He came out of the wilderness; he lived in the wilderness. The Bible said he dressed hairy. He had sheepskin wrapped around him, and a piece of leather, of camel skin wrapped around his loins, very... whiskers over his face, and I'd imagine he was a very rugged-looking man, and to look at.
Prophets are not to be worshipped. They fit these descriptions because they were lowly and humble, not because they were rugged and great.
He then makes some reference that makes no sense at all. How Elisha did not die but came before the Counsel at Nicea:
But we didn't... they all didn't all die. They're not all--all dead. In the days of the Nicene Council... many of you people that's read The Nicene Council of the Early Church, when they wanted to make an organization out of it and break up all the other churches, and come into one, when they had that Nicene Council, rugged man like Elisha come in there from the wilderness, eating herbs alone; great rugged man. But the dignitaries, the high-ups, under Constantine, and so forth, stilled their voice. Because those, being prophets, knowed that the corn of wheat of the Church Bride had to fall in the ground, the same as a corn of wheat in the Bridegroom had to fall in the ground. And there it laid for a thousand years.
We can only take this to mean spiritualism, there was no Elisha during the Nicene Council. Nor were there any prophets of God.
He then gives his mythical Elijah magical powers:
Elijah walked right out there, and the Bible said, "He smote them blind." He walked out to them; they were blind to him. Walked out and said, "Are you looking for Elijah?"
He said, "Yes, we're looking for him."
Said, "Come on, tell you right where he's at," and led them right into ambush, right straight where the armies walked right out and got them.
Now, the Bible said, "He smote them blind." That settles it. And people are so spiritual blind today, though the Lord God come down in the midst of the people and do anything, and the things He promised, they still can't see It. They are spiritually blind; don't know God, don't know His great Power. Now, we notice that they did that in the days of Elijah, and they still do it today. God smites them blind. They say today, that, "There is no miracles, there is no such a thing, all this is emotion."
Elijah did not smite people blind. Elijah had no power of his own, he put himself out of the way and was able to humble himself enough for the gift of prophecy.
Elisha is the one to which WMB is referring, and even Elisha did not smite the people blind. God did.
And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the LORD and said, "Please strike this people with blindness." So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha. (2 Kings 6:18)
He then gives Elisha magical powers:
And they said the same thing about Elijah, because when he was taken up and Elisha took his place, a young man, went bald-headed young, the children run out behind him, and said, "Old baldhead, why didn't you go up with Elijah?" See, they didn't even believe It in the beginning, the people, after so many things had been done. And this great man of God had been translated into Heaven by a chariot of fire, and the people still didn't believe It. And had their little children run behind this man and say, "Old baldhead, why didn't you go up?" See? And then the prophet cursed the children, and a she bear killed forty-two of them.
Elisha did not curse the children. He called upon the Lord do curse them. God would not have cursed them without reason.
The word used for 'children' can also be translated as 'youths', which could even be considered as men in their twenties. The fact that the bear mauled forty-two children would indicate that there were even more than forty-two of them present.
The young men were mocking Elisha telling him to "go up," ridiculing the fact that Elijah had been translated. Their ridicule of "baldhead" is ridiculing the prophet himself, as prophets in that day were shaved.
During this large crowd of young men against him, Elisha called for help and the Lord answered. This is a story of deliverance, not a story of magical powers by a grand wizard.
WMB then contradicts his other commands to "stay with the tapes.":
When Jesus was on earth, He had as much unbelief to contend with that we have today, and maybe more. But it didn't stop Him; He went right on performing and carrying out His duty, and God confirming everything He done. He said, "I'm not by Myself. My Father and I are one; He dwells in Me. It ain't Me that doeth the works, it's the Father that dwelleth in Me. And if I do not His works, then don't believe Me; but if I do the works and yet you can't believe Me, believe the works." See? In other words, they..."Search the Scriptures," He said, "for that's where you think you got Eternal Life, is by knowing the Scriptures. And the Scriptures, Itself, testifies of Me." Amen! What a statement! "They are they, the Scriptures, that tell you Who I am," Jesus said.
And it's the Scriptures that tell you the hour that we're living. And the things that you see done, it's God Himself among His people. Nothing can raise the dead but God. Nothing can do the things that He's doing now but Him. For the Bible said, "He's the same yesterday, today, and forever."
So which is it? To stay with the tapes, which contradict the Word of God, or search the Scriptures?
WMB then, by process of comparison, says that he is the Word of God for this day:
Then when a man comes with THUS SAITH THE LORD, he and the Message is one. And when Elijah come with THUS SAITH THE LORD, he and his message became one. Just as Jesus, when He come, He was the Word, Saint John 1. So the Word of God and the messenger of the age was the selfsame thing, all the time. That's right.
Jesus is the Word of God. Amen. Prophets are NOT the Word of God. That is blasphemy. Prophets were not even a "messenger of the age", they were humble men with a spiritual gift.
WMB then reminds the people that God gave him the unknown mystery of the seven seals [the revelation he plagiarized from Clarence Larkin].
Then back out there at the beginning of the Seven Seals, when those seven Angels come down in that pyramid form, stood there and told me to return back here and speak on those Seven Seals, and He'd be with me, He'd show me what they were, the lost things. I always thought it was sealed on the back of the Book and it'd be something wasn't wrote in the Book, but it turned out that it was made known that He cannot do that. It isn't something that's written in the Book... It's something that's been hid in the Book. "For whosoever shall take one Word from It or add one word to It..." So it is a mystery that's been in the Book in these seven church ages. Each one of them produced a--a mystery, all about water baptism and these other things that they've fumbled about so long.
The angel did not show WMB these things. They were copied from the works of Clarence Larkin and claimed as his own. He even published them in a book, without even referencing Larkin. Then, he labeled it as a mystery revealed.
Again, he reminded the people of the 'spiritual cloud':
One day, turning it to the right, looking, there was Jesus Christ just as perfect as Hofmann ever drawed Him. It was standing there with a white wig on, looking back down towards the earth, showing that He is Supreme Authority. The Heavens declare it, the Bible declares it, the Message declares it, all the same. Supreme Authority, with the white wig on; you see His black beard under. Many of you have seen the picture. We got it back there. Just turn it to the right, sideways, look at it. There He is, just as perfect as it was, if it had been photographed of Him. They're looking at it from the wrong angle. You got to look at it in the right angle. And only the Lord God can reveal which is the right angle. Turn it to your right and look at it. There He is, just as perfect, had it a-been photographed up there.
WMB was in Houston, TX when this cloud appeared, and it was a missile detonation. There was nothing supernatural about it.
WMB then creates a conundrum with his "beauty is of the devil" doctrine. What about Eve? She was perfect in every way:
Like in the Vatican, they got a--a--a Christ drawed over there, with a little white ring of beard or a ring of beard around His chin, about a half inch long, runs right around the top of His mouth and like this, and call that the Christ.
That just puts me in mind of a Greek artist I seen one time in an ancient cathedral, showing what Adam and Eve looked like; they looked like beasts or something. That's what the carnal mind can perceive of some spiritual thing. I think Adam was the most handsome man that ever lived, and Eve was a perfect woman in every way.
He then reminds everyone of his false doctrine that the message and the Word are one and the same:
Now, we find out that Elijah could say that because the Message of the hour and the Word of God... The messenger, the Message--the Message, and the Word, was exactly the same thing. The prophet, the Word, the Message; messenger, Message, and Message, was the same. Jesus said, "If I do not the works that's written of Me, then don't believe Me." That's good. Any man and his message is one.
That's why today that they do not believe in doing the works of God, because they do not accept the Message of God. They don't believe the Message.
The only difference is that here, he combines the message with HIS message. Now the two became one, and his blasphemy was completed.
He then reminds everyone again about the 'spiritual cloud'. Maybe they didn't know about it yet:
Look! Brother Banks, several of you man that's here tonight, that standing out there on that mountain that morning.
And I want to speak about that mountain, next Sunday morning, the Lord willing. Got a great revelation, something further that I can't hardly keep from telling it tonight. But I have... See? And it just constantly, all the time, one thing happening after the other. See? It'll never stop happening, for it was THUS SAITH THE LORD.
Every one of you here, thousands times thousands over the tape, heard me stand and say, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, it will be thus and thus." And even the newspapers and magazines have to declare it to be the so. They don't know what it's all about, but they seen it. They don't know what it is, but they seen it making the Word exactly the truth.
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Then, he reminds everyone again about his 1933 baptism that we have already identified as a fabrication:
We was standing down here on the river, that Angel of the Lord came down that day, thirty-three years, or 1933 it was, come down and spoke the things that He did. Walked out, and many man stand upon the bank there, said, "What did that mean, Billy?"
WMB claimed that this event was published by the Associated Press by every newspaper "clean up into Canada." The first time he is actually mentioned in a newspaper is 1947, and he told the A.P. his name was Henry.