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A Different Jesus?

John Collins02/11/2013Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV9KLtuQCFY&feature=youtube_gdata

Today, I'd like to discuss the subject "a different Jesus."

This is a subject that has been bothering me deeply for the past year. I have many friends and family still trapped in this cult, and the question that I fight back is, “are they saved?”

Paul says in Colossians 2:18: “Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind.”

This is a very scary statement! Disqualified means that you can’t finish the race, because you violated the rules. Asceticism means denying yourself things that you might enjoy for a purpose of “holiness.” Worship of angels. William Branham even prayed to his angel! Are my friends and family “disqualified?”

This reminds me of the Corinthians. The people of Corinth were easily swayed, and Paul continually wrote the Corinthians to put them back on track. In one of his letters, he rebukes the Corinthians with this statement:

"For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough." - 2 Corinthians 11:4

This thought astounded me, when considering all of the many strange things I'd been taught about Jesus that were simply not in the bible. Were these teachings, from William Branham, a "different Jesus?" Was the "angel" William Branham had with him Christ, or was it a "different spirit?"

Let's find out.

In 1955, William Branham says this: "Michael was Christ, of course, Who fought the angelic wars in heaven with the devil"

So I asked myself: "Is Jesus Christ an archangel as Branham claimed, or is Jesus Christ the eternal God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth as the Bible says?"

Researching this statement with other cults of the past, I found that this teaching was not Branham's "divine revelation," it is a teaching of Charles Taze Russell of the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Studying the works of Charles Taze Russell, I found that many, many teachings that I grew up with were the "divine revelations" of this false prophet that created another cult! In studying this, I found something else interesting:

Jehovah's witnesses deny the power of God by limiting the full nature of God. They teach three main points:

1. Jesus of the new testament is Jehovah of the old 2. Jesus was a man when he was born, but "turned into a god" when John baptized him 3. Jesus died on the cross as a man.

Around the 13th century the term "Jehovah" appeared when Christian scholars took the consonants of "Yahweh" (YHWH) and pronounced it with the vowels of "Adonai." This resulted in the sound "Yahowah," which has a Latin spelling of "Jehovah." The first recorded use of this spelling was made by a Spanish Dominican monk, Raymundus Martini, in 1270.

This troubled me. These things were exactly what I'd been taught! If Jesus died on the cross as a man, could a man bear my sins? Wouldn't it take God to bear my sins? Was this a "different Jesus?"

William Branham says this:

1950: They can't realize the--the Presence, this great thing, the Jehovahof the Old Testament, Jesus of the New

1956: And John said, "I bare record, seeing the Spirit of God like a Dove coming down, and abiding on Him." Hallelujah. There you are. The Dove and the Lamb united together. That's when God and man became one. That's when heaven and earth embraced each other. Hallelujah. That's when God was made flesh...?... it; that's when God came down from the Spirit form and was made a Man and dwell among us. That's when all eternity embraced each other. That's when the human fallen race of Adam's people and Jehovah God and every angel come together, when God and man was made one on that great memorial day when John baptized Jesus.

1960: When He was--last cry, "Eli, Eli. My God, My God," That was a man. "Why hast Thou forsaken Me?" In the garden of Gethsemane, the anointing left Him, you know, He had to die as a sinner. He died a sinner, you know that; not His sins, but mine and yours. That's where that love come in, how He took mine. Oh, hallelujah, how He took mine.

Why was William Branham teaching us the doctrine of the Jehovah's witnesses? Is this a "different Jesus?" Let's find out.

Let's review Hebrews 1, start to finish:

"Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world."

Wow! I had read this before, but never caught it! Who now speaks to us, prophets or Christ? Paul says the Son of God speaks to us! Is His Son God, or is His Son an Archangel? Let's find out:

"He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

"For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you"? Or again, "I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son"? And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him."

So let me get this straight: If Branham said that Jesus was an 'angel,' and Paul said that the Father told His angels to worship Christ, does that mean that an angel worshipped an angel? Let's keep reading:

Of the angels he says, "He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire." But of the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.

So if Paul gives a clear separation between the Son of God and an angel, why did Branham teach that Christ WAS an angel? And is this teaching of the Jehovah's witnesses that Branham copied from Charles Taze Russell the "same message that Paul preached? Let's find out:

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions." And, "You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end."

So, if Christ was the one who laid the foundation of the world. If Christ was the Creator, and if Christ was eternal -- having no beginning and no end, how could he have not been God when he was born?

In fact, it almost sounds like Paul is speaking directly to Branham, arguing with him. Rightfully so! William Branham claimed that he taught the same "message" as Paul. Listen to how this chapter ends:

"And to which of the angels has he ever said, "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet"? Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?"

So I ask you: Why did William Branham teach a "different Jesus?" Since Branham claimed that his "angel" was Jesus Christ, and all prophecy came from his "angel," how does that saying align with these words of Paul? Were we listening to a fallen angel instead of Jesus Christ?

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