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John Collins04/30/2013

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One of the most shocking experiences I have had since leaving the cult of William Branham was the time I realized what William Branham was referring to when he spoke of the “amber light” that came when “his angel” was near.  Up until that time, I actually thought the whole angel thing was some sort of publicity stunt, since none of his descriptions of that angel match in testimony, and because he prayed to it like it were some sort of deity.  And we all know that Jesus Christ is above the angels, so praying to an angel, even if it were an angel of God, is dreadfully wrong.

Amber is a color that is in-between orange and yellow.  When artists retouched the “halo picture,” the picture with the florescent light from the Houston Coliseum that Braham paid George J. Lacy to authenticate, they typically paint this florescent light with a yellowish hue, often with fringe colors of orange to match the “amber light.”

But for whatever purpose, Branham used the wrong word in describing the color.  He would often call it an “amber light,” yet describe it as a “greenish color.”  He was describing an emerald color, not amber.

In his description in 1947, a sermon entitled “The Angel of the Lord,” Branham calls it “a great star.  The Light was kind of a, more of a green, between green and yellow, shining on the floor.”  Then he gets into the ever-changing description of the “angel.”

Knowing now that Branham taught from the works of many other cult masterminds, such as Charles Taze Russell and Joseph Smith, I actually lean more towards the angel story being partly true – save the “This angel was Jesus” part, because we certainly know from scriptures that Jesus is above the angels.  And when Branham prayed to it, there was a clear separation between God and the angel he prayed to, so Branham himself realized this angel was NOT God.

In Wicca, what the old-timers used to call “witchcraft,” the angel that brought healing cast a greenish-yellow hue.  There are many descriptions of conjuring up the spirit, and how the room will fill with the emerald-colored tint.

Because it is indeed an incantation, and so many in the cult of William Branham are deeply into numerologies and other pagan practices they do in the name of God, I won’t describe the incantation itself.  But after the incantation, many describe what happens when the angel Raphael, elemental spirit of healing, comes near.

“When asked for healing assistance, Raphael surrounds and nurtures the people with the emerald green light of his halo.  Green is the color of healing and clairvoyant people may see emerald green sparkles when Raphael is around.  {…} You can also work with Archangel Raphael to heal others.  We are all beings of light and anyone can work with the healing energy and assist in another person’s healing.  You do not need any special training to do this type of healing work.  You just act as a channel for the healing energy.”  (

To you who actually study the words of what you call “the prophet,” how familiar does this sound?  We are all beings of light?  You just need to channel the healing energy?  Surrounding the people with a greenish yellow light?

When William Branham taught faith healing, and how to boost one’s faith – faith in faith – to be healed, he often described these things that are practiced in Wiccan healing.

And I felt the Angel of the Lord near, and I raised up.  Shining right down through a little dogwood bush was a yellowish green Light.


And we find out today that your body is made up of light meter.
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George J. Lacy said, "It looked like an emerald light, a burning with flapping flames like that, as it whirled around and around like that. Looked like it was going in a circle a whirling around."


The Angel of the Lord is a Light. It's a Pillar of Fire (See?), just a Light, an emerald-like Light burning, and It moves. And--and you moving, sometimes... It's a human soul. You're just all like, under control.

Read that last part carefully.  You in the cult, you KNOW that it is wrong to worship an angel, to pray to it like William Branham did.  It causes your mind to try to block it, your programming kicks in with denial and cognitive dissonance.  Could it be that your cognitive dissonance COMES FROM being under the control OF AN ANGEL?  Wouldn’t you rather be led by the Holy Spirit than to be UNDER CONTROL of an angel that is used in witchcraft?

Branham’s Wiccan theology was not just limited to his angel, though that was a good part of it.  Branham taught from the Bible as though it were a book of spells, a book of incantations.  He refused to read the scripture in context of the writer’s intent – instead, he would “take this little verse as my context!”  He would combine spells, taking one verse, adding it to another verse, inventing new spells.  And I have no doubt but what he could see into the spiritual realm as to what was happening when he manhandled the Word of God.  I’m sure that demon liked it! 

After he said that the demon had the people under its possession and control, he says this:

And I know just where the skeptic is sitting; I know where the believers is setting. I have to watch just exactly. When that moves, that's a conflict, it's in spirit life.  

Even baptism became an enchantment that required an incantation.  Branham taught that if the minister did not use the correct incantation, they would not be “elect,” or joined to his demon. 

William Branham taught “Jesus Only,” or Oneness, many times throughout his ministry, although he also has a few Trinitarian sermons to attract greater crowds.  According to what he learned from the Azusa Street people, this was the best incantation for great power.  So Branham used it.

But you must understand that Baptism is a profession of faith in Jesus Christ.  I’m talking about Scriptural, New Testament baptism.

Paul says that the Children of Israel were baptized in the Red Sea.  I’ll ask you: did Moses stand there with his staff over the people and say, “I now baptize you in the name of Jehovah because the Jehovah’s witnesses will one day teach William Branham that Jehovah of the Old Testament is Jesus Christ of the New Testament?”  Moses led the people, he didn’t place them under an enchantment.

John the Baptist started baptizing before he had even met the Messiah.  His message was simple: Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.  He was sent to forerun the Christ, and prepare the way for the King.  He was sent because the Children of Israel had turned the book of the Law into an incantation!  They were condemned for following the “letter of the law,” and not the underlying meaning!  The Pharisees were condemned for doing the EXACT SAME THING that William Branham did! 

Cult pastors will tell you that you must be baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved, following after the great and mighty Oz the powerful – ignoring the words of Jesus Christ!  Jesus said in the Great Commission to go forth being baptized in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost! 

Now don’t misunderstand.  I’m not promoting a different “incantation” during baptism.  That is demonic, comes from the deceiver that was conquered and can only have a grasp on you if you worship it.  If you use an incantation of “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”, you are just as wrong as using an incantation of the “Name of Jesus Christ.”

Paul got upset when people started doing this in Corinth.  Some of Chloe’s people notified Paul that men were acting like William Branham.  They were causing divisions, severing the Body of Jesus Christ, just like Branham and the other cult masterminds he followed.  In 1 Corinthians 1, Paul says this:

For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers.  What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.”  Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?  I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name.  (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)  For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Think of this:  Paul did not make a doctrine out of baptizing, and only baptized a few people.  But listen to these words:  “I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name.”

So whose “Name” did Paul baptize in?  “Father, Son, Holy Ghost?” “Jesus Christ?” or “Paul?”

Paul does not teach incantations from the “Good book of spells”.  Paul preaches salvation by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ.  He blasts those men for causing divisions over baptism.  He blasts those who were baptized in the name of other men. 

If you are wondering, the word “Name” meant “authority.”  Branham uses examples like the “name of the mayor in the city,” mocking the others who don’t adhere to his incantation, but even THAT is twisted.  What about “OPEN UP IN THE NAME OF THE LAW!”? 

It is not the letters of the name that give power.  It is the Name, or the Authority of the God that name represents that gives power.  If that God is the Father, then there is power.  If that God is the Son, who is One with the Father, then there is power.  If that God is the Holy Spirit, that Jesus said the Father would send, and these three are One, then there is Power. 

Not the “power” Branham tried to conjure up, either.  Branham used incantations because it was learned to be very powerful in the “Divine Healing” movement.  He followed in the way of John Alexander Dowie, who had a healing ministry that DWARFED William Branham.  The entire city of Zion Illinois, over a hundred thousand people, were setup in a commune.  Branham’s “Little Goshen” of Prescott, Arizona, was only a handful of people.  But both were wrong.  Both claimed to be “Malachi 4.”  Both claimed to be “Elijah the prophet.”  But both were trying to be “Elijah, sorcerer of healing.” 

You with sickness, who have sat there in spiritual pain and agony because your disease persists, you who think that you must not be “living right,” because your healing has not saved you from your awful, dreadful disease: 

Have you ever stopped to consider that your healing might be testimony to another’s faith?  God does not want us to be sick, that part Branham got right.  But we are not in the coming Kingdom!  These bodies are simply flesh and bone, and do not matter one way or another in God’s master plan!  Isn’t the SOUL much more important than the FLESH?  If God can use our flesh so that another’s SOUL is saved, how much more blessed will we be? 

Doesn’t it seem a little selfish to think that we place so much emphasis on these earthly bodies that we ignore the souls imprisoned by the sin that entered the world in the Garden of Eden?  We are just one single grain of sand in a thousand times ten thousand beaches of sand, spread out since the beginning of time!  Our souls are eternal, our flesh is for a short time!

Wouldn’t you rather spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which can save the souls of the lost and dying world than to spread incantations that might heal our body?  Wouldn’t you rather forfeit your health and well being to save just ONE single lost soul?  Wouldn’t it be much better sitting on the other side, putting your arms around that soul that was led to Christ through your pain and suffering, knowing that they will spend eternity with you in heaven?

Or would you rather sit there alone in your corner of heaven, looking down at them suffering in the pits of hell because you decided to take the easy route and use an incantation for the healing of your body down below that was only a “suit of clothes” for a short period of time?