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In 1965, William Branham tried to promote himself as “high priest” over the cult. It’s not that shocking to cult followers, because many will tell you when asked that Branham IS their high priest, even though he is long dead and gone with unfulfilled prophecies galore.
It’s ironic, because he starts the sermon saying this: “You see what a hypocrite I'd be if I told you anything but the Truth?”
The irony is that only a few minutes later he speaks about seeing “Mystery Cloud” over his head in Tucson, Arizona:
If it happens to be that my good friend, Brother Roy Roberson, is listening in at Tucson. Roy, you remember, the other day, the vision you seen when we were out standing upon the mountain? You come up to me, and that Cloud was over the top? Come walking down, you know what He told you; and I told you at that house, the other day? That's it, Roy. Don't worry no more, son. It's over.
Yet the cloud formed by the T.H.O.R. missile detonation seen in the photograph hanging in cult churches around the world was taken north of Flagstaff, THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY KILOMETERS north of their location! And he was in Houston, TX at the time!
Most likely, he felt that he could get away with it without a single person questioning, because later in the sermon, he says this: “And if the prophet says anything that's so, then that's truth”.
While that particular lie is a little comical, what comes next is not. Branham twists the Word of God to set himself on the throne has the new high priest over the people.
The scripture he uses for his “context” comes from Hebrews 7, and he only reads a portion of the chapter:
For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent,... neither beginning of days, or end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
Those of you who have read your Bibles, and have studied this chapter in context, know Who this Melchisedec REALLY is. But let’s listen to Branham’s twisting of that scripture.
The first point Branham tries to enforce is that the new Melchisedec is a ... man.
It can't be that, for in the 4th verse It says he was a person, a "man." So, in order to be a person, he has to be a personality, a "man." not a order; but a person! So he was not just a priesthood order, neither was he a myth. He was a person.
He continues on to describe this “person” as being eternal, which would lead you to believe that he was referring to the Man, Jesus Christ, but he is not. Listen to what he says next:
Now we find in the Scripture that many people teaches that, "three personalities in the Godhead." So, you cannot have a personality without being a person. It takes a person to make a personality.
Branham separates the two. This person, this Melchisedec, was a person, a man, and not part of the Godhead. Branham taught that the Godhead did not include three persons.
Similar to the other sermons we’ve pointed out where Branham claimed that God changed his form into the human being, William Branham, he again drives the same point. He describes the Greek phrase “en morphe,” which literally translated means “the form of.” The “form of God.”
Using that Greek phrase, the one that is used to describe The Christ, Branham takes advantage of the wording. Again, he suggested that God had morphed, or “shape-shifted,” into the form of his servants!
He reveals Himself in His great form of what He claimed, as He en morphes Himself into His servants and proves Himself.
The point he drives home next is the strongest twisting of scripture. You almost have to try to squeeze juice from the dry pages of your Bibles to even make the connection. Sadly, many cult pastors have taken this twisting and ran with it, preaching sermon after sermon after sermon.
The Bible says that “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” And I believe that. God is eternal, and God’s word is eternal.
But Branham twists that to mean that we will one day become the Word. And he leads you to believe, through the course of this and other sermons, that HE (Branham) was the Word! Hence the name “Spoken Word” or “Voice of God.”
Now, this body is subject to the Spirit. Have not yet entered into the Word form, but we are still in the flesh form, but subject to the Word.
If the Word was God, and we are to become the Word, then Branham is telling us that we will become Gods. That is a freemason teaching handed down from generation to generation starting with the Egyptian Pharoahs who believed themselves to be gods. The Gnostics, who the Apostle Paul and Irenaeus condemned, also believed that we would become gods.
Worse, he calls the Word of God “eagle food,” which is blasphemy. Contrary to popular cult belief, eagles eat rotting corpses. “Where the carcass is, the eagles will gather.”
Branham next goes through a series of examples from the Old Testament of God speaking to His prophets. That is scriptural, but the point Branham tries to make is not. He stresses the word “Prophet” when describing Christ:
And this Melchisedec became flesh. He revealed Himself as Son of man when He come, as a Prophet. He come in three names of a Son; the Son of man, the Son of God, the Son of David. When He was here on earth, He was a Man, to fulfill the Scripture. Moses said, "The Lord your God shall raise up a Prophet liken unto me." So He had to come as a Prophet. He didn't, never say, "I am the Son of God." He said, "I am the Son of man. Do you believe the Son of man?" Cause, that's what He had to testify of, because that's what He was.
Jesus had the title “Son of Man,” but he also WAS the Son of God. This teaching comes directly from the Lamsa Bible, written by George Lamsa, praised by William Branham as being “scripturally accurate,” yet denying the deity of Jesus Christ. In Lamsa’s theology, Jesus was nothing more than a prophet, like Mohammed, a man with an anointing.
Even Satan knew that Jesus was the Son of God, and called Him by that name during the Temptation. John 1:34 says, “And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
John again says in chapter 3, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
In fact, the end of the Gospel by John says this, “these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
Branham continues for the next several minutes STRESSING the word “Prophet” when speaking of Jesus Christ, and using the scripture “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever,” a verse that hangs in many cult churches around the world. I don’t think they understand what Branham was trying to say with this verse, otherwise they’d take it down along with the pictures of William Branham that they hang as equal to or in replacement of the painting of Jesus Christ.
Branham gives the answer to the question in the title, “Who IS this Melchisedec.” I don’t think that the cult followers catch it, but I have absolutely NO doubt that the cult pastors do.
His answer is this:
Now He promised, just before the end time would come, that the picture of Sodom and Gomorrah would again, "As it was in the days of Sodom, so shall it be in the coming of the end time, the Son of man will reveal Himself again." [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]
He tells about the “messengers” sent to Abraham, to Noah, and more, and then says this:
G-r-a-h-a-m, first time we ever had a messenger, to all the churches, that his name ever end in h-a-m, like Abraham. A-b-r-a-h-a-m is seven letters. G-r-a-h-a-m is six letters. Where is he at? To the world. Six is man's number. Man was created on the sixth day. But seven is God's number.
Branham counted on the cult followers to come to the next conclusion, which is that the numbers of his last name were equal to seven, which he just told them is “God’s number.”
He also counted on them NOT following the conclusion further, not realizing that the numbers of Abraham’s name were counted in English -- not in Hebrew -- and they did not equal seven.
He re-emphasizes his point, using the power of suggestion:
That Melchisedec was flesh, represented Himself in a human body; and then later He was made flesh. And now, tonight, He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Do you believe it?
So, in that huge crowd, just having told them that Melchisedec was made flesh among them, WHICH person do you think they believed to be the new “high priest?”
This sermon is not only heretical, blasphemous, and idolatry, it is in direct conflict with the writings of the apostle Paul.
Paul proclaims Jesus Christ as our new High Priest ...forever... all throughout his writings. In Hebrews 4, he says this:
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
That train of thought is continued in Hebrews 5, and immediately following, Paul warns against apostasy, which is the rejection of the Christian faith. Apostasy is exactly what Paul would call William Branham’s sermon making himself the new high priest.
He starts by explaining the Levitical Priesthood of the Old Testament:
For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
But Paul says that Christ was different:
So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”
Paul does not try to hide the fact that Jesus was the Son of God. He does not try to make Jesus simply a prophet, like the prophet Mohammed. Paul describes him as the Son of God.
He also says that Christ is the priest forever. Not just in the priesthood, but after the order of Melchizedek, high priest once for all.
Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, and was our sacrifice. Our eternal salvation relies on his suffering on the cross, and as Christians, Christ is our ONLY High Priest:
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
Last, Paul calls those who had become tired of hearing the Gospel in its simplicity a bunch of babies. They had not progressed, and were dull of hearing. They did not even understand the basic principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ:
About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
So today, you are given a choice. William Branham claimed that he taught the same “message” that Paul preached, though we have pointed out otherwise. But if so, and if you are still enslaved by chains of bondage in this religious cult, you have a choice to make:
You can either make William Branham your high priest, as he wanted you to do. Or you can make Jesus Christ your High Priest as Paul tried to explain to you.
There are only two options here: Branham or Christ.