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Last week, I watched the events unfold as two young men took the lives of several people in Boston during a marathon. It was tragic, and my heart goes out to everyone involved in the explosion, and my support goes out to everyone helping during the aftermath.
It was not so long ago that the same thing happened on a much larger scale at the World Trade Center. The world we live in is infected with false religion that is costing lives. This should be sobering to each and every one of us, and make us all examine our lives to make sure that they are filled with the Spirit of Christ and not some other spirit.
Islam is a quickly spreading religion, and historically has been one of the longest lasting. Most followers of the cult of William Branham have not studied Islam, but would be astounded were they to compare their own lives to that of the men, women, and children bound by that religion.
And there is a lot of truth to some of the things that the prophet Mohammed brought to the people. Arguably, he was more of a prophet than William Branham, because many of his prophecies seem to have came to pass as he gave them, while Branham's do not. There are at least 160 known and confirmed prophecies in Islam, and like the Branham cult, they will defend these prophecies to the death.
There's just one thing wrong with Islam: While some truth is given, you have to filter through the false to get to it. It is said that before Muhammad, the Arabs had 365 gods - one for each day of the year. Muhammad picked Allah, which was the Arab moon god.
Scriptural stories that are common to us are also common to Islam, but there are historical discrepancies. Even though the Koran was written approximately 500 years after the Bible, the people who wrote the text did not get the history correct - just as William Branham's editors did. The Sura 7 describes Moses being alive during the days of the flood, similar to how Branham taught that Enoch was alive during the flood. Neither match the Bible. Sura 20 describes the Children of Israel molding the golden calf at the direction of the Samaritans, yet the Samaritans did not yet exist!
Yet, if you read the Koran, you will find many truths that you hold dear. You will find many ways of life that match Christianity, and morals that should be the founding basis for good people.
Many who believe in the Koran are very good, friendly people. My neighbors are some of the most wonderful neighbors that any person can ask for, and actually live their lives more according to the Bible that we read than many in the cult of William Branham today. Unselfish, friendly, caring - even to those who do not believe their religion! Often I've wondered if an outsider came into Jeffersonville and watched a condemning group of people telling them they'd go to hell for cutting their hair, or telling the men that "Thus Saith The Lord," you should divorce your wife if she cut her hair, and then while watching a group of loving Muslims show kindness and respect, what would happen? Obviously, the Muslims would seem to be more filled with God than the insulting cult!
The problem is that the false doctrines woven into the truth are very damaging, spiritually. Extremist and radical groups emerge, and threaten the lives of thousands.
Any time there are lies mixed in with truth, the truth itself becomes damaging.
I'm going to give an illustration that is very shocking. Most of the people still bound by the cult of William Branham will never make it through to the end of the story, and hate mail will start pouring in with the word "blasphemy."
But those who are founded in the scriptures will say, "oh yeah! That reminds me of that chapter I read in the Bible!"
Let's imagine on that dreadful trip from visiting Gene and Leo at the Park when William Branham's life was taken, things played out differently. Let's pretend that even ONE of William Branham's prophecies DID come from God and what happened was exactly what God said in the beginning. Let's pretend that men like Branham, Gene, Leo, and Lee Vayle were not instructed to "bring those prophecies up to date" to fit history, because one of them happened.
And let's imagine that during that trip, Branham's wife suddenly put her foot down. She looked over at him and said, "Bill, you tell more lies than any single man I know! You have yet to give one single life story that is truthful, and you keep saying "Thus Saith The Lord" about these things you read in magazines as though God Himself gave them to you.
Let's pretend that she became so furious that she grabbed the handy National Inquirer magazine that he read to get the crazy statistics and 'prophecies', threw it on the floor in front of him and said, "There is going to be BLOOD on your hands if you do not obey the Lord! You are bringing the wrath of God upon us, and I put my foot down! You WILL NOT continue this way, or I will leave you!"
shocking, isn't it!
You see, most cults teach you that the "spiritual leader" is the closest thing to the Almighty God. They set him up as an object of worship! They teach you to fear speaking against the leader, or you will face CERTAIN death! I can't tell you HOW many people have told me that I will die because I even questioned the false prophet!
But this is not what the Bible says!
Let's take the strangest passage of scripture in the Old Testament, and compare it to our illustration of Branham getting a tongue-lashing by his frustrated wife.
Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, "Please let me go back to my brothers in Egypt to see whether they are still alive." And Jethro said to Moses, "Go in peace." And the Lord said to Moses in Midian, "Go back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking your life are dead." So Moses took his wife and his sons and had them ride on a donkey, and went back to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the staff of God in his hand.
Now remember, this is immediately after Moses telling God that he was not able to lead the people out of Egypt. And you can sense a hint of reluctance here.
And the Lord said to Moses, "When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. Then you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the Lord, Israel is my firstborn son, and I say to you, "Let my son go that he may serve me." If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son.'"
The children of Israel are compared to God's firstborn all through the Bible. The apple of the Lord's eye. God is telling Pharoah that if he does not release God's pride and joy, God was going to take HIS pride and joy!
But also notice, he's asking Pharoah to let them leave, while at the same time God is going to harden his heart so that he DOES NOT LET them go! There is a reason for this, and if you study the scriptures instead of listen to the tapes, you will find out the reason behind God doing this.
Here is the interesting part:
At a lodging place on the way the Lord met him and sought to put him to death.
This is MOSES! God is going to kill him! He is their "spiritual leader!" Branham said that God sent ONLY ONE prophet for each "age!" (though that isn't true if you crack the leather open and read for yourself).
Next is the funny part. It breaks down OVER HALF of the Message cult theology:
Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin and touched Moses' feet with it and said, "Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!" So he let him alone.
Here we have Zipporah, the wife of Moses, getting so angry with Moses for not obeying God that she cuts off the foreskin of her son's genitals, and slaps Moses with it! It's a PARADOX!
In Egyptian culture, the royalty were circumcised. Abraham visited Egypt, but it is unknown whether or not the children of Israel were circumcised at that point in history, especially since they were slaves and not royalty.
But God wanted the son of Moses to be circumcised, just as Moses was, so that they would be presented before Pharoah as the royal seed of Abraham! They were God's children, the REAL God's children! Pharoah only THOUGHT his bloodline were children of the gods, and actually believed that they WERE gods - but remember, Pharoah worshipped the same God that Branham worshipped: The Eye of Ra. The capstone of the pyramid.
God is telling Moses to show Pharoah that His people are His children, and they are royalty! Yet Moses refused to cut his son's foreskin.
And Zipporah slapped Moses with the foreskin, and said that he was bringing the wrath of God down upon them. Next, she says this:
It was then that she said, "A bridegroom of blood," because of the circumcision.
Let me ask you this. If Zipporah had not just saved the life of Moses by FORCING him to obey God, do you REALLY think that God would have just walked away and forgot about the Children of Israel? "Oh, he was the 'prophet of that age', I can't send two!" NO! ABSOLUTELY NOT!
If God had killed Moses, then God would have chosen another. And if that one did not obey God, then God would have replaced him with another. And another.
The mortal man is not the leader; although cults tell you otherwise, he is just a mortal man. William Branham is not an idol to be worshipped, and when he lies, you call him a liar. When he invents bible verses, you call him a blasphemer. When he says the Lord has spoken when the Lord has not, you call him a false prophet.
Watch what happens next:
The Lord said to Aaron, "Go into the wilderness to meet Moses." So he went and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. And Moses told Aaron all the words of the Lord with which he had sent him to speak, and all the signs that he had commanded him to do.
Wait a minute! Now, we have God speaking to Aaron! Houston, we have a problem! Branham told us that God ONLY spoke to the "prophet of the age!" This is the prophet's BROTHER!
Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the people of Israel. Aaron spoke all the words that the Lord had spoken to Moses and did the signs in the sight of the people.
Wait a minute! Did I just read that correctly? AARON did the signs in front of the people! I thought MOSES was the only one with the power! I thought Moses was supposed to be the "great sorcerer" that nobody was allowed to speak against!
Friends, there is a vast difference between a sorcerer and a prophet. A sorcerer IS THE ONE that teaches you to fear him, and to fear death for questioning. A prophet humbles himself, and does not care if he is not the only one with the Word of the Lord. A true prophet of God wishes that there were ten thousand more prophets of God so that the Word of God can reach more people!
Want to know what happened after AARON (not Moses) did the signs in front of the people?
The scripture says this, after AARON did the signs, and after Moses almost got killed:
And the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.
As Christians, you should ask yourselves: Have you been following a false religion so tainted by lies that it is breeding extremists? When you take a step back and see communes in Prescott, Arizona with all the sexual abuse, preachers in South America who think they are the next thing to God, false evangelists in America who think they have the "anointing of Branham." Or the ones that claim that they have "branham's angel," are these the fruits of the Spirit of Christ? Or is this the fruit of demons?
Part of me REALLY wishes that William Branham's wife would have thrown out all of his National Enquirer magazines and instead, snuck in and replaced them with Bibles. If he was feasting on the Word of God, there would be no need for all of the apologetics that are springing up around the world, and no need for the many support groups for the physically, spiritually, and sexually abused.
Branham COULD have had a very powerful ministry. He could have been a very influential man. If he were filled with Christ, instead of whatever it was, he could have been a great influence to the nation. BUT, he would have had to read the Book!
So I'll leave you with this question: Why did he not read the Book?