Punishment To Descendants Of A False ProphetJohn Collins01/31/2013God's wrath on a false prophet is not limited to the deceiver himself, but also his descendants and those who follow him. Jeremiah 29 is an example of this, one that we should examine carefully now knowing that William Branham's ministry is riddled with false prophecies.
King Nebuchadnezzar had taken God's children out of Jerusalem and had exiled them into Babylon. God spoke through Jeremiah to the surviving elders that were exiled, both priests and prophets, and even the common people, and Jeremiah sent the Word of the Lord in a letter.
God instructed the people to build houses, plant gardens, and prepare to stay in Babylon for a while. It would not be a speedy return into Jerusalem. They would multiply there, bearing sons and daughters. God instructed them to multiply instead of decrease in number.
But this warning came: God said, "Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, declares the Lord."
God said that Ahab and Zedekiah were false prophets. They spoke lies, claiming to be words that came from the Almighty God, and God's wrath was soon coming. God said that He would strike them down before the eyes of the people, delivering them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar. God would send them directly to be sacrificed in an idolatrous burnt offering before the people.
Shemaiah also rose as a prophet before the people, and he was speaking lies in God's Name. Shemaiah claimed that God had made him a priest in charge of the people, and he was sent to rebuke the other priests.
Because of Shemaiah's false prophet, God spoke his wrath upon him. God said that Shemaiah prophesied when He did not send him to prophesy. He said that Shemaiah had caused the people to trust in a lie. Therefore, God said that he would punish not only Shemaiah, but also his descendants. His family tree would be utterly destroyed, and there would be none living among the Children of Israel in the day when God sent His blessings. He had rebelled against the Lord.
As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Do we not see the similarities between Shemaiah and William Branham? Not only did Branham claim prophesies that God had not given him, he caused the entire following to believe a lie. Not just one lie, many, many lies! Did not anyone notice when God struck Branham down in 1965 for his false prophecy? Has not anyone noticed the dying fruits in the churches established in his name? When we see the others Branham condemned rising in blessings from the Lord, can we not see that he deceived many into thinking God sent him to speak against other churches filled with God's children, when God did not send him to do so?
Have we became the very thing the Bible spoke against?