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The Commission

John Collins05/17/2013

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During William Branham’s ministry, Branham associated many current events to stories given about his own life, trying to convince the people that they were signs that he was a prophet sent by God.  One of those events was the return of Israel to their homeland.

Often, he would proclaim “How an angel came to me,” even preaching sermons with this title, and would try to convince the people that it happened the very day that Israel became a nation.

In 1954, he preaches a sermon entitled, “The Great Coming Revival And The Outpouring Of The Spirit.”  In this sermon, he says this:

And a strange thing of that, that you might not know, the very day the Angel of the Lord called me out, May the 6th, 1947, and issued the gift to pray for the sick, was the very same day that Israel become a nation for the first time for twenty-five hundred years. Oh, I believe there's something in it. I just can't keep from believing that we're near the end of time. That's right.

On recorded tape, this is the date given for his commission to heal the sick.  May 6, 1947.  Coincidentally, this date is only a few days before the first time Branham first mentioned in any newspaper, and at that time, he went by the name “Henry Branham.”

That meeting was in Vandalia, Illinois, in a high school gymnasium holding about 2500 people.

It is interesting, because to the people in Phoenix, Arizona, Branham discusses the Vandalia meeting and the visitation from the angel:

The last time He spoke to me was at Vandalia, Illinois. Is anybody here from the Vandalia meeting, was up there at Vandalia, Illinois? A person in the building here that was there when the Angel of the Lord came down, and said, "You are confined. It'll come to pass... []


The “Blank spot in tape” here is very critical.  Whatever supposedly was to come to pass has been snipped out.

And this is Branham’s commission story.  “How the angel came to me.”  The great commission to start healing the sick, from the “angel of god” that met Branham that very first time in either a room of a cabin with a wood floor, or a cave with a dirt floor, or a room with a wood stove, or a cave with a big opening, by an angel in a turban or without, who had a shaven face or a long, flowing, white beard, who had either white hair or dark hair.  Whatever he saw, this was supposed to be the date.

But to the Associated press in Vandalia Illinois, on June 30, 1947, William Branham says this:  

When I was 14, I tried to smoke a cigaret.  A man with a long white beard and flowing robe visited me.  He told me not to smoke.  I haven’t touched a cigaret since then, and I never drink.  Then 11 months ago, I got a call so insistent that I went out and started healing people.

June 30, 1947 minus 11 months would place the “angel visitation” in September of 1946.

Yet in a 1945 pamphlet entitled “I Was Not Disobedient To The Heavenly Vision,” Branham’s healing ministry was in full swing.  In that pamphlet, Branham claims that his commission came in March of 1945.  Not 1946.  Not 1947.

At the beginning of the pamphlet, Branham says this:

It was in the month of March, 1945, one morning about 3:00 A.M. that our Lord Jesus Christ gave me a vision. This He has done many times and I most humbly praise Him for it.

In this vision, Branham describes a large tent, a large mountain, and a large number of white-robed people making up a huge audience.  He describes how he announced the vision to his church, and how God immediately called him to heal the sick.

The first healing he describes is that of a young Betty Daugherty.  How he was rushed to St. Louis, Missouri to pray for the child, and how God used him in a mighty way.

He tells of the trip to St. Louis, and of a great healing campaign along the way.  How a seventy year old woman was healed with a head injury.  An asthma case.  A paralyzed woman who rose up and walked again.  A deaf man made to hear, a dumb boy made to speak.  The list goes on and on and on.

This is 1945.

Yet on recorded tape, Branham continued to say that his healing commission came from an angel, and he continually tied it to current events.

In 1959, William Branham preaches a sermon entitled “Who Is This.”  He starts the sermon by associating his angelic visitation to the Jewish Nation, just as he said a few years before.

At the very beginning of the sermon, he says this:

And last week, you know what taken place in Israel, the last sign. Israel became a nation in 1947 on the same night the Angel of the Lord visit me. When It came at me at twelve o'clock, it was noon when they signed the--that peace pact with the world and the League of Nations and so forth, overseas. But last week, they got their own currency. They are... They got a regular Jewish money that they use now.

Not only is the date of his commission incorrect, which completely cancels out his conflicting angel stories, the date of the treaty signed to form the nation of Israel is also incorrect.

Israel gained their independence in 1948.  The Israel declaration of Independence was signed on May 14, 1948, one day before the British Mandate was about to expire.  The final draft for the Declaration was created on May 12, 1948, and the meeting to vote on its acceptance lasted from 1:45 to after midnight.  

On the 14th, a secret conference was held at 3:30PM, and the actual decision HAD to be made after 4:00PM.  Because of religious custom, they were not permitted to vote on it before 4:00PM -- it would have breached their sabbath.

4:00PM is obviously NOT noon, as William Branham invented.

So not only did William Branham invent the story about the angelic commission to attract new audiences, he also tied events to that story using dates and times that were simply pulled out of a hat.

Branham’s fictional life stories served one purpose:  to exalt himself.  Branham looked to promote his own glory through his storytelling, and he was a great storyteller.  But this was not of God.

Jesus condemns men who exalt themselves in John 7.  John 7 describes another Jewish celebration, the “Feast of Booths.”

John 7 says this:

After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him.  Now the Jews' Feast of Booths was at hand. 3 So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing.  For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.”  For not even his brothers believed in him.  

Jesus’ brothers, like many today, were seeking after a sign.  They did not believe him.  But Jesus did not entertain this thought:

Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil.  You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.”  After saying this, he remained in Galilee.

The focus of Christ was not works.  While Branham said that “80% of Jesus ministry was healing the sick,” the Bible clearly declares the focus of Christ to be the Word that he brought forth.

But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private.  The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?”   And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.”  Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.  

This was the perfect opportunity to display great works.  He could have passed out prayer cards, asked the people to write their names and addresses down, and played the guessing game as to what they wrote on the cards with the help of a few disciples.  But he didn’t.  Jesus had one focus:  The Word.

About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching.  The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?”  So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.  If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.

What Jesus said there is key.  Even for HIMSELF, he told the people to study the TEACHING.  They should see if the teaching is from God, or if he had spoken it on his own authority.

Next, He speaks words of wisdom:

The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.  

The message of Jesus Christ is exactly the OPPOSITE of William Branham.  Even Jesus gave the glory unto the Father.  And in Him was no falsehood.  

Branham’s ministry is riddled with falsehood.  As more and more information comes forth, we are actually struggling to find portions of Branham’s stories that are actually true.  But the life stories are of no consequence.

The problem with William Branham’s message is the teaching.  A man who seeks after his own glory, a man who twists scripture to fit current events and uplift their own ministry, cannot teach truth.  And Christ said that in Him is no falsehood.

So the question becomes this:  If Branham’s ministry was the opposite of Christ’s, does that make his ministry the message of the Antichrist?

It can only come from one or the other.  God or Satan.  You must make the choice. 

Did God lie?  Or did William Branham lie?

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