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John Collins05/14/2013

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My youngest son loves to play Superman.  Not just the small figurines, but we have gifted them with the outfits and capes.  

It’s a dangerous sport.  Once after watching the Avengers, the little guy decided that he could fly.  He climbed on top of my desk, raised his hand in the air as if to say “UP, UP, AND AWAY!!!” but instead he went “down, down, and in pain!”  The cast on his leg lasted a few weeks.

We all know that he is not Superman, though he loves to pretend.  And if my oldest son were to take a picture of him dressed as Superman, in a position where the light was shining in the window on the camera of his iPhone, and the light were to make a strange glow in the image of the little superhero, we’d STILL know that he is NOT Superman.  A strange light on a temporary image does not produce a superhero.

If my grandmother were to walk into the room, and if she were to take a photograph of my son with her old “light struck the lens” camera, and she forgot to advance the picture, and the image resulted in double-exposure over the top of a flying bird, we’d STILL know that he is NOT Superman.  A ruined photograph does not produce a superhero.

If the boy grew up to the age of hunting, but never matured enough to ditch the Superman suit, and killed a squirrel, we’d STILL know that he is NOT Superman.  Killing a squirrel does not produce a superhero.  

The same can be said about anything relating to the child.  The only way he could be Superman would be if he were from the planet Krypton, fell to earth in a space ship, and had super-human abilities.  

We all laugh at these scenarios, but in the cult of William Branham, these scenarios are reversed.  William Branham’s hidden power was supposed to be his prophecy, yet not a single prophecy can be proven to be given before the event happened (save a few that obviously failed like the Brown Bear Prophecy), and most of them were so far off that Branham himself had to change them to fit what actually happened.  His one “superpower” was nothing more than a child’s play act.

But the cult followers claim that he is “vindicated,” not by his “superpower,” but by the double-exposures and acts of nature!  There are photographs obviously double-exposed.  There is a video of the freemason pyramid grave that was recorded over a film of a flying dove.  Worse, when analyized, the frame-rate of the dove is three to four times that of the frame rate of the grave site.  Not only was it double-exposed, it looks to have been intentional!

Branham himself claimed clouds in the sky, photographs of florescent light bulbs in the Houston Coliseum, squirrels, bears, and more as vindication, or as he called it, “signs” that pointed to himself.  And the followers took the bait!  Even to the few followers who will read this or watch this video, they will argue that these are God’s signs to “vindicate” his appointed “prophet.”  

And the “signs” have absolutely nothing to do with the prophecy!  The “prophet” is ONLY vindicated by the prophecy, and according to scripture, EVERY prophecy must be 100% accurate or it did not come from God.  If one single prophecy fails, then the “prophet” was dressed in a “superhero costume.”

Branham twisted Bible scriptures to convince the cult following that the prophets of the Old Testament were “vindicted by God” through signs and wonders.  Moses, he said, was “vindicated” by the pillar of fire that led the Children of Israel.  Followers don’t see the power of suggestion Branham used, because he also claimed that the photograph of the florescent light bulb was his “pillar of fire.”  Branham knew that the cult would follow that statement onto the conclusion, that his “pillar of fire” was vindication by God that he was indeed another Moses.

But Moses was not vindicated by that pillar of fire.  Moses was vindicated by the Words that God spoke through him.  If one single thing that God spoke THROUGH Moses failed, then Moses was nothing more than a man in a “superhero outfit.”

The pillar of fire had one purpose:  To lead the Children of Israel by night.  If you actually read the Book, you’ll find that there was a “cloud by day.”  If you follow that out to conclusion, you’ll quickly recognize why Branham lied about being under the “Mystery Cloud” when he was in Houston.  

There were signs in the Bible.  God gave signs to the people, because God is not physically present throughout most of the Bible.  But there is a difference from scriptural signs and Branham’s signs.  Branham’s signs were designed to vindicate HIMSELF, but God’s signs were to vindicate God.

The rainbow was a sign of the Covenant with Noah.  It did not vindicate Noah, but was placed as a reminder that God keeps His promises.

Moses WAS given a sign to let the Children of Israel know that he was sent by God.  It was not speaking plagues and turning his rod into a serpent like most cult followers are taught -- those signs were for Pharoah and his sorcerers.  

Listen to the difference in signs given to God’s chosen people:   

and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.  (Ex 3:12)

God gave Moses access to great power before Pharaoh -- but did not want the Children of Israel worshipping Moses.  

When Moses did these signs before the Children of Israel, they did not praise Moses -- they bowed their heads and worshipped God.  And the signs had nothing to do with the prophecy, it was simply God’s reassurance that they were about to be delivered.

Gideon was given a sign by God.  He was not confident in his ability to deliver Israel, so he asked God to let his fleece be dry after the dew fell as a sign that God would be with him.  Gideon asked God a second time for the same thing, and God answered.  But again, the sign did not vindicate Gideon -- that sign was to signify that God would deliver the people.  Gideon did not want to stand before the opposition wearing just a “superhero suit.” Gideon did not want to be the superhero.  Gideon wanted God to be the Superhero!

There were many other signs given throughout the Old Testament, each sign given to show that God was God -- not that a man had become a new superhero.  There are many signs that are described that have not yet come to pass -- though those signs are overlooked by cult pastors who preach that Branham WAS the last sign, the last messenger.

To Egypt, in Isaiah 19, a sign is described, one that has not yet happened:

In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. It will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the Lord because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them.

This sign is the exact OPPOSITE of pointing to a superhero.  It will be a sign of devotion to God, and God will listen to their cry when He looks down from the heavens to see the altar they build.

There are also “roadsigns” in the Bible.  Events given by prophecy to help guide us to the Truth, if we just follow them.  Compare these two roadsigns, one given by the Scriptures, and one given by a false prophet:

Speaking to Egypt regarding their coming salvation:

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.  (Isaiah 19:23)

That highway has recently been built.  We can look to the future, when Egypt turns to God.  

But listen to Branham’s false roadsign:

That great eagle called Nahum, four thousand years ago, went up so high in the Spirit of God until he seen Outer Drive in Chicago, four thousand years later. Said, "The chariots shall rage in the broad ways: they shall run like lightning, they shall seem like torches, they'll justle one against another." --Branham, 57-0714

William Branham is referring to Nahum 2.  This is God, speaking through Nahum, warning of the coming destruction of Ninevah if they do not repent. 

Nahum 2:8 even TELLS us the people this prophecy was given for: “Nineveh is like a pool whose waters run away.”

So ask yourselves:  Why would a prophet of God throw up a false roadsign?  Why would he change the Word of God, alter the prophecy given to Ninevah so that it could point to his OWN day and age?  Why would he point this prophecy to HIMSELF?

Sometimes, when my son has played long hours in his superman outfit, it gets very ragged.  Through the rips and tears of an old, wasted costume, it’s a long stretch to even think he resembles a superhero.  

But to the cult followers, the harder the stretch, the more “glory” in your undying faith the prophet!  Not faith in God, but faith in a man!  

If God were the real target of worship, whether William Branham was sent by God or whether he was a man with the mind of a child in a ragged superhero outfit, it would not matter one single bit.  If God were the target, men and women would not spend hours re-describing the signs that ONLY pointed to William Branham.  

William Branham quoted Matthew 12 all throughout his ministry:  “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign,” pointing that scripture to his own ministry.  It’s ironic, because that is practically the only thing LEFT for his ministry.  If his fictitious stories about his past are taken away, if all of the failed prophecy were taken away, if all the twisted scriptures were taken away, we’d ONLY be left with these “signs,” and they point to William Branham and not Jesus Christ!

Matthew 12 says this:

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”  But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.  For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

The scribes and Pharisees were looking for vindication of Jesus Christ through a sign.  Jesus refused.  In fact, because they did not have faith -- faith in Jesus Christ -- they would be condemned by the men of Ninevah!

The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

Branham also applied that last part to his own ministry.  He even preached a sermon with that title, promoting himself as the “superhero” that was greater than Solomon.  

Yet, in this cult, we have pastors preaching AGAINST wisdom.  Because the wise have noticed Branham’s failing prophecies and have fled for their lives, the cult pastors preach against wisdom.

Jesus said that the queen of the South, the queen of Sheeba, was SAVED because of the wisdom of Solomon.  And Jesus said that HE was that “Greater than Solomon.”  

It’s ironic, because the cult pastors use Branham’s twisting of scripture as their argument.  Branham twisted the scripture, “hidden from the wise and prudent” to also apply to his own ministry.  People do not realize that this twisting makes himself equal to Jesus Christ.

The coming Messiah was hidden from the wise and prudent.  The Bible says that Israel was blinded, so that the Christ could come into the world without the hypocritical Pharisees noticing.

The Pharisees, in their day, set themselves up to be the great and mighty superheroes, the ones who had power over the Law.  And like William Branham, they twisted that Law to fit their own purpose.  They had teams of men pouring over the Law to debate the words of that law, the “letter of the law,” so that they could set themselves up in power and hold the common people spiritually bound.  

But the REAL superhero was in their midst, the GREATEST superhero of all time.  Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, the One who came to save the entire world.  

He needed no sign.  He was the Son of God.  He needed no vindication.  He was vindicated by BEING the Son of God.  He needed no men to scream behind pulpits every sunday like they have no sound system in their churches, proclaiming the works that he did to try to prove a long-stretch lie.  Jesus WAS the Son of God.

The question today is this:  Who is YOUR superhero?  Are you trying to prove a man who’s long dead and gone, one that copied the works of other men and really had nothing original?  Are you trying to uplift a man instead of God, just to save face from having preached the words of a false prophet for so many years?

Or is your superhero Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God?