Many people now realizing that William Branham was not truthful about the ‘mystery cloud’ over Arizona have made their decision by studying one of the many untruthful statements about the event or by the timelines that do not add up to Branham’s account.
Yes, he was in Houston, TX to gather enough signatures for a petition to request clemency from the governor for the stepson of the photographer who knew the Houston Coliseum had overhead lighting. Hard-core cult followers will discredit this by asking, “what if he went hunting, went to Houston, and then went hunting again – even though the hunting season and Branham’s own words do not allow this.
Others notice that he inserts angels into the story, and that the angels change from five to seven – to match the seven seals that he claimed to have ‘opened.’ Some even notice that each ‘mystery’ is strikingly similar – even word-for-word – from the works of Clarence Larkin.
Still others notice that he describes a pyramid constellation instead of a cloud, or that he describes a location far from the cloud, or that the time of the day was wrong, or the number of witnesses grows like mating bunny rabbits.
Some notice that he combines different events from Northern Arizona to Southern Arizona, and that story about location of the angels he claims to have met in Arizona under the cloud who told him the mystery behind the seals changes had changed from meeting him in Jeffersonville.
But most Truth seekers and almost all followers have overlooked the worst problem of all: the reason behind the sermons and the ‘mystery’ of the seven seals themselves!
To Branham’s strategy, the first six seals themselves are inconsequential. In his theology, they were applied to days gone by, while he was supposed to be the seventh ‘angel’ who sounded the ‘seventh trumpet.’ The first six seals are practically line-by-line from Clarence Larkin’s ‘Dispensational Truth,’ and tied to the ‘Seven Church Ages’ of Revelation.
But that Seventh Angel – he was something different!
And did you notice that one Angel, I said in there, was a strange Angel? He looked more to me than any of the rest of them. You remember that? They were in a constellation--three on a side and one on top. And the one right next to me here, counting from the left to the right, would've been the seventh Angel. He was brighter, meant more to me than the rest of them. You remember, I said he had his chest out like that, and was flying eastward. You remember like that?
Branham knew that his followers had became so ‘caught up’ in his myths that he could tell them practically anything he wanted about that seventh seal, and they would believe it. Some have said that he did not think this plan out very well before he started combining stories and giving facts that could be easily proven false. But we are going to present to you a different opinion: He did think this through well – very well. The problematic sub points do not matter; they were all part of a far greater and more devious scheme.
Branham was preaching from Revelation 8 through 9, and he knew that he had to be in a place that had all of the natural elements of the story. The book of Revelation describes thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightening, and an earthquake. The angels themselves are described as ‘stars’ – which matches Branham’s first telling of the story, the ‘constellation’ that was in the shape of a pyramid. (Though it doesn’t really match how the story changed after the ‘mystery cloud’ magazine publication that he describes as angels in the form of a cloud.)
He and all of his followers overlook the fact that no one was worthy in heaven or earth to open the seals except the Lamb, Jesus Christ. According to the cult followers and the cult headquarters, Branham opened the seven seals. Why? He promoted himself to be Christ in ‘word form.’ Thus the name ‘Voice of God Recordings,’ and ‘Spoken Word.’
Branham emphasizes the fact that Jesus was ‘a prophet’ several times during the seals – more even than he emphasizes that He was the Son of God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth. But all of this was leading to one final sermon, the one that would set his ministry apart from the rest: The Seventh Seal.
In the original publication of this recording, Branham mischievously cut a portion out of the tape, replacing it with another recording. Those purchasing the recordings believing they were receiving ‘spiritual food’ were receiving nothing more than a fake. Was this really the “Voice of God?” Would God hide His Voice from his humble children? Or was Branham hiding something from those who actually read their bibles?
In the portion of recording that Branham hid from his followers around the world, Branham claims to have been told the ‘mystery of the Seventh Seal.’ It was a great mystery, because very little is mentioned about it in the Bible. Something so great that when the angel spoke, the seven thunders also spoke. A voice from the heaven told John not to write what was spoken, and the famous verse that every Branham cult follower will recognize:
And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there would be no more delay, but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.
Though it has long been forgotten, William Branham claimed to know exactly what was hidden in the scroll underneath this Seventh Seal, the seal that only Jesus Christ, The Lamb, could open. And those following Branham claim that he opened it – not Christ.
In the portion of the recording that Branham cut out, he claimed that the Seventh Angel told him about his “third pull ministry.” He describes a fisherman pulling a hook into a fish’s mouth, and the third pull was to reel the fish in. And the congregation bought it – hook, line and sinker!
Towards the end of the original copy – the one he kept hidden from the faithful followers who purchased every copy of his recorded sermons – he describes the ‘angel’s story:
And just then He picked me up. And He took me up and set me way up high to where a meeting was going on, looked like a tent or a cathedral of some sort. And I looked, and there was a little box-like, little place over in the side. And I seen that Light was talking to somebody above me, that Light that you see there on the picture. It whirled away from me, like that, and went over to that tent, and said, "I'll meet you there." And said, "This will be the third pull, and you won't tell it to nobody."
And in Sabino Canyon, He said, "This is the third pull." And there's three great things that goes with it, and one unfolded today, or yesterday, the other one unfolded today, and there's one thing that I cannot interpret, because it's in an unknown language. But I was standing right there and looked right straight at it, and this is the third pull coming up. And the Holy Spirit of God... Oh, my. That's the reason all heaven was silent.
Now, I--I'd better stop right here. See? I just--I just feel checked not to say no more about it. See? So just remember, the Seventh Seal, the reason it was not opened (See?), the reason It did not reveal it, no one should know about it. And I want you to know before I even knowed any word about that, that vision come years ago. You remember that? And here it is just as this other has--slides right straight into the Word exactly where it was. And God knows my heart; I never one time thought of such a thing as that, and here it was. It's later than we think. Oh, my. Just shows it's from God, for (See?), it fits exactly in the promises of God from the end of the--the message.
You notice. Notice now, for the end-of-time message, this Seal. After all, He--He's revealed all the six Seals, but it don't say nothing about the Seventh. And the end-time Seal, when it starts, will be absolutely a total secret according to the Bible. Before knowing that... And remember, Revelations 10:1, 7 (1-7, chapter 10:1-7) at the end of the seventh angel's message, all the mysteries of God would be known. We're at the end time, the opening of the Seventh Seal.
This, friend, is idolatry. Taking the seventh seal, the greatest event that is to ever happen in the history of this earth, and applying it to yourself? Applying it to the ministry of a man who enjoys telling tall tales and reeks with false prophecy?
Branham knew that his following had tossed their Bibles aside for his fabricated myths. He knew that they would never continue reading to the next chapter of the book of Revelation to see what actually is to happen when the seventh angel sounds his trumpet – and was likely planning to fabricate more stories to point that chapter also to himself and his ministry.
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying,
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign. The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”
Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.
Do you see what the lightning, thunder, and earthquake REALLY meant? The coming of the King! The time when the false prophet is exposed, the antichrist is defeated, and Jesus comes down to reign as King! Not when some false prophet rises to reign as cult leader!
So many people have forgotten the letters that Paul wrote, specifically 2 Thessalonians 2:
Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Cult pastors, you KNOW Branham’s myths are incorrect – you’ve spoken about them behind your pulpits! You know people still believe them, believing a delusion, and yet you allow this to continue.
You know that the seventh seal Branham preached pointed to his own ministry and not the time when we would see the Arc of the Covenant, and Jesus Christ seated on the throne! You know Branham proclaimed himself to be the ‘mystery’ behind the Seventh Seal, which is proclaiming himself to be GOD!
Have you also decided to believe the delusion – knowing that it is just that? Have you became so amazed by the lies that you deny the Truth that is written in the Bible?
Where is this ‘seventh age messenger that is going to bring the “third pull” now? Do you have to inject another “rapture before the rapture” so that Branham can do it? Or do you just want to live the lie, and not distort anything further in the Bible to make sense of the false prophet?