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Thus Saith The Lord

John Collins02/01/2013Jeremiah 23 is another scripture of condemnation against lying prophets.  Jeremiah was deeply saddened by these men, almost beside himself that any man could tell lies in the name of God.  God's wrath was upon them, all because these men did not tell the truth.

Jeremiah said that his heart was broken, and he had become like a drunkard before men with his angry words from the Lord.  God was continually condemning the people because of these false prophets.  The entire land was in mourning because of the curse God was bringing upon the people, and the beautiful green pastures were drying up and turning into sand.

Everyone claiming to be men of God were turning ungodly because of the false prophets.  Both prophet and priest were found to be evil in the eyes of God, and God was sending down his wrath as punishment.

The visions that came to the prophets came from Baal, and they had led God's children astray.  The people were walking in lies!  

These lies became a way of life to the people.  They had strengthened those who did evil and oppressed those who tried to walk justly before God.  No one was willing to turn away from their evil, because their leaders had taught them under lies.  

God spoke through Jeremiah and told the people not to listen to the words of the prophets who prophesied to them.  These false prophets filled the people with false hope.  They spoke visions from their own minds, and not from the mouth of the Lord.  

Worse, these false prophets uplifted those who did not want to hear the Word of the Lord, saying that "It shall be well with you."  Everyone was becoming stubborn in their own lies, following after their own heart, walking in example of the lies told by their religious leaders.  

God said, "I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.  But if they had stood in my council, then they would have proclaimed my words to my people, and they would have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their deeds."

God said that he was against the prophets who said, "Thus saith the Lord," when God did not speak through them.  He was against those who gave lying prophecies and led people astray.  When these men asked the people, "Where is the burden of the Lord," God told the people to reply, "You are the burden!"  These men spoke false prophecy, coming from men and not God, so God said that the people should speak with the same authority against them.

God said he would cast these false prophets away from His presence.  They would be placed under everlasting reproach and perpetual shame, and their evil would not be forgotten.

Though this story came from an ancient time and in an ancient world, we see the same thing happening today in the cult of William Branham.  Branham spoke many things in the name of the Lord that did not come from God. 

Branham said "Thus Saith The Lord" that it was written in the Bible that men have a right to divorce a woman who cuts her hair.  The Bible does not say this, and in fact women of the Old and New Testament shaved their heads in mourning.  This was NOT the Word of the Lord.

Branham said, "Thus Saith The Lord" that Los Angeles would sink and fall to the bottom of the ocean, just as Capernaum lied at the bottom of the sea.  This was to happen before his son, Billy Paul, was an old man.  Capernaum has never been at the bottom of the sea, and Billy Paul has outlived the life expectancy for men at the time the false prophecy was given.  Not only is he an old man, he is past the dying age for men of the time.  This was NOT the Word of the Lord.

Branham said, "Thus Saith The Lord" that he was going to India, and there would be 300,000 converts to Christ during the trip.  His campaign party abandoned him for his false teaching, and the trip was cancelled.  He continued to proclaim the trip as a "vision from God," telling how the people would hear the miraculous events in that meeting of 350,000 (raised by 50,000).  The nation of India went under political division, and visas were not approved, so again this trip was set back.  When Branham finally did go, he was nearly kicked out of the country, and 350,000 were not saved in the meeting as he said.  This was definitely NOT the Word of the Lord.

Branham claimed it was "Thus Saith The Lord" when he wrote six prophecies down in his Bible in 1933.  This number changed to seven, and the year changed from 1931 to 1932, and not a single one of these prophecies remained the same "word" he claimed to be from God -- over time, Branham changed each one of them to make them seem as though they happened.  

In a vision regarding Franklin D Roosevelt, Branham said that the "word" of the Lord came to him, saying Roosevelt would cause the whole world to go to war.  This changed to "Hitler would cause the whole world to go to war."  This was NOT the Word of the Lord.

In a vision regarding Mussolini, Branham claimed God told him that if Mussolini invaded Ethiopia, then either Mussolini, Hitler, or Stalin would come into power.  This changed over time into "Mussolini and his mistress would die after Ethiopia was invaded, and Hitler would die mysteriously.  In the year Branham claimed to have this word from God, Ethiopia was called "Absynnia."  This was NOT the Word of the Lord.

In a vision regarding women, Branham claimed that the "word" of God came through him, saying that a woman would be president before the End of Days.  This later changed to either a woman being a president, or a woman being a vice-president, or the Catholic Church, and finally that this vision was fulfilled in President Kennedy.  This definitely was NOT the Word of the Lord.

William Branham claimed that only a "vindicated prophet" had a right to use the words "Thus Saith The Lord," yet he used them himself with not a single prophesy vindicated.  He later said that anyone could say it, it was as "easy as beans and cornbread."  Branham took away the focus of Where the Word of the LORD came from in the Bible.  Prophets of God are simply mouthpieces for God, putting themselves out of the way.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Is it not time for us to heed the Word of the Lord, and speak against this false prophet?  Since he spoke the words of a man in the name of our God, should we not condemn his false words?  A prophet is vindicated by his prophecy, and none of Branham's prophecies were vindicated by his original prophecy.  Should we not condemn his prophecy, making it vulgar in the eyes of his followers?  

Should not our Bible be the "Thus Saith The Lord," instead of a false prophet?