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Many people that are still enslaved, as well as many who are now set free are aware of William Branham’s story of the man in Windsor, Canada. Branham gave a story to instill fear in the hearts of any who would question his powers, saying that a man in Windsor tested him and was struck paralyzed. While he ran screaming. While he died six weeks later. Or six months later. Or was still suffering from cancer “to this day.” The ever-changing “choose your own adventure” story.
But there was another story Branham used to instill fear in the hearts of men, about a military man who was trained by the army in hypnotism. This man, according to William Branham, followed him around his ministry, from town to town, trying to make the great and mighty Reverend Branham bark like a dog!
It is interesting, because though this man followed Branham from town to town, his first attempt at bringing out the inner ravenous dog had rendered him paralyzed! So for each of the upcoming events for the show, there must have been others helping the paralyzed man work his magic on the minister on the platform.
The first time Branham mentions this strange side-show was 1951 in a sermon entitled “The Angel of the Lord.”
Someone said, "Brother Branham, aren't you afraid to make such statements as that?" No, sir. I've stood before tens of thousands, critics setting everywhere. I've never seen a time but what God always brought the deliverance. I've seen the critics come. A hypnotizer once was going to come to hypnotize...?... Yeah, what the... And the man's paralyzed yet tonight. That's right. Said, "You child of the devil, why do you try to deceive God?"
His use of the word “critics” is key. Over time, as you watch the story change, the travelling hypnotist has less focus, and the critics has greater focus. Like this time he retells the story in 1956 at the Cadle Tabernacle in his joint campaign with the late Reverend Jim Jones. (Jones, who killed his entire congregation in South America).
If there's a critic here, now hear me; this is law. If there's a critic here, I wouldn't stay any longer. 'Cause I'm not responsible for what happens to critics. There's many of them in the insane institution, and some of them paralyzed, and everything else. So I'm not responsible for critics. You just understood what that man come and was going to hypnotize me, setting out in a meeting. They hired him. He come there to hypnotize me, a bunch of guys, and he was setting there. I kept feeling a funny spirit, looked out and seen where he was at. And the Holy Spirit said, "You child of the devil, because you've done that, they'll pack you out of here." And he's been paralyzed two years now. So we're not playing church now, friends.
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It’s a shame, really. If those poor people in Jones’ congregation ONLY KNEW that this paralyzed man travelled from town to town getting paralyzed, and that he was ALREADY paralyzed THREE YEARS prior to when Branham claimed he was paralyzed, those people may have got up and left the meeting and never came back! Think of it! If they knew, Branham could have saved their lives by showing his lies! It would be a paradox!
If you follow the trail of this travelling side show, you’ll find that for a paralyzed guy, this man was well-travelled. In 1953, he shows his face in Madison Square Garden:
There in Madison Square Garden, where we was setting there, they had hired one of these guys to come hypnotize me. Them guys that makes... goes to these army camps and makes them boys bark like a dog. You know how it is. And some bunch of unbelievers, here it is, come and hired that man to come hypnotize me on the platform. And I was standing there speaking. I kept feeling a strange spirit somewhere. I looked out and there it was setting there. I thought, "Lord, what can I do?" I just kept on speaking. I think it's in my book. Kept on speaking, watching. I watched the Spirit see what It would say do. I watched it hang over, and I seen a dark thing move around over him. I turned around said, "Why did you come to deceive like you have?" I said, "Because you have done that, God will rebuke you." And the man's paralyzed today. They took him from the building.
In 1956, the man really was adventurous. Even through the perilous dangers of undeveloped Africa, this military hypnotist braved the elements so that he could stand again, fall paralyzed again, and then be carried out on a stretcher after witnessing Branham’s great and mighty power!
I've had it in Africa, they was standing there, witch doctors standing and challenge. Don't you never make a statement there, unless you know what you're talking about. Drink blood out of a human skull, and cut themselves, and things. And stand there and challenge, and speak the Name of the Lord Jesus and see them fall prostrate on the ground. That's right. See them go in, standing, trying to hypnotize me. And went over there, he was going to make me bark like a dog, and standing out there trying to do something like that. I felt that strange spirit, while the anointing was on; I looked around. I said, "You child of the devil. Why do you do that?" I said, "Cursed be you; you'll not move from your seat in the Name of Jesus Christ for the glory of God." And he paralyzed, setting there in the seat and they packed him out.
That trip evidently took some wind out of his sails, because Branham continued to tell his story for quite some time before the military hypnotist had the energy (and movement) to travel. But a few years later, the side show was ready, and he packed his bags to travel to Canada:
That fellow that time they hired to come up and hypnotize me, setting out in the line like that. They had them in these army camps to hypnotize these soldiers and make them bark like dogs, and act, you know, how they would do, just under hypnotism. And this fellow come up, and the devil sent him around, was going to hypnotize me at the platform. You remember when it happened in Montreal. And when he did that, I felt that evil spirit, and turned around. I said, "Why has the devil put that in your heart?" He looked at me real funny and ducked his head down. I said, "You try to hypnotize a servant of the Lord?" He thought it was a telepathy. And I said, "Because you've done this, God will judge you for that. See you unto it." And they packed him out of there paralyzed and he's paralyzed yet today.
Again, it was a tough time for the hypnotist. His act in Montreal was so draining of energy that it was a couple of years before he was able to do another side show.
But when William Branham decided to return to his hero’s followers, those enslaved by the cult leader John Alexander Dowie in Zion Illinois, the hypnotist could lay paralyzed no longer. It was time to go show those other cult drones the power of a REAL wizard! So he packed his bags, and headed for Zion.
I know a man tonight setting paralyzed, been that way for several years. When I was up there at Zion City, when that man setting back there, trying to hypnotize me before those people... And I just kept trying to run a prayer line, and he kept setting there. He'd go to the army camps, you know. He'd--he'd make the boys, hypnotize them, make them bark like dogs, you know, and act like that. I kept feeling that funny spirit. And they'd--they'd had him come in there, a familiar church.
Again, this was very painful, having to fall paralyzed. It shut the travelling side show act down for a couple of years.
But when Branham decided to return to Windsor, Canada, this man knew he would have to rise again to fall just once more. He couldn’t let the other critic, the other man who fell paralyzed by faking his prayer card, perform a better stage act than his! I mean, really! Who could beat an act where Branham barks like a dog!
So he packed his bags, rose again, and headed for Windsor:
A man stood one time, trying to hypnotize me, there in Canada. What's that across from Detroit, what is that city up there? [Someone says, "Edmonton?"--Ed.] No, across from Detroit. ["Windsor?"] Windsor. Yeah, he come over there. They had hired him to go hypnotize people, for the army. You know, make them bark like dogs, and things like that. And that guy setting out there; I keep feeling an odd spirit, and I noticed it. And the Holy Spirit said call him, said, "Son of the devil, why did he put that in your heart to come here? Because you've did that, they'll pack you out of here." He is still paralyzed. That's been about twelve years ago. They packed him out. Yeah.
Windsor was fairly easy for the side show, and though he was paralyzed, he decided to stick around. Branham was having another meeting in Toronto, not far from where he performed the previous act, and so the military hypnotist would stick around for one final performance.
This would be his greatest act ever! He would show the ultimate power of William Branham!
This time, rather than perform his act up next to the stage, the side show hypnotist arranged to be struck down right in his seat at the point of the wizard’s finger. There would be great special effects. A dark shadow hovering over the man, and the wizard searching, searching to find who was behind this dark shadow. Like gazing into a crystal ball, the great wizard would see through the shadows at his great nemesis: the side show hypnotist freak of nature! The man who could fall paralyzed hundreds of times, but had the power to rise again!
Toronto would be his greatest and final act:
Remember, here not long ago in Toronto, we was standing there preaching, praying for the sick. I kept feeling an odd spirit; it was sitting over to my left. I kept watching it. There was a man sitting there, a bunch had hired him to come in there to hypnotize me. He would go around to army camps and make soldiers get on their hands and bark like dogs, and things; hypnotism. I felt that evil spirit. I didn't know where it was coming from. I keep watching. I seen that dark shadow. I waited just a few minutes. I said, "You child of Satan, why has the devil blinded your mind to something like that? Because you've come to take over God, challenge God's Spirit, they'll pack you out of here." He paralyzed right there in his seat and is still paralyzed. See?
William Branham enjoyed using the word “type.” Any event that had any sort of similarity to another event would be called a “type.” Fictional stories would become “types”, Bible stories would “type” his own ministry, and scriptures would “type” other unrelated scriptures in the web of deceit that Branham wove.
In William Branham’s mind, this hypnotist would be a “type” of what the cult of William Branham would later become.
In a book entitled “Propaganda” published in 1928 and written by Edward Bernays, nephew of the great Sigmund Freud, the entire schematics of William Branham’s ministry is laid out – from start to finish.
Propaganda describes how to achieve mass psychology. You do not tell people what you want them to believe, you sway their opinion to come to that conclusion on their own. In other words, you do not tell them that you claim to be a prophet – you let them decide that on their own.
Propaganda describes how you give the target audience some sort of media that they can take home with them and study themselves, alone, and without you being present. Books, magazines, newspapers, anything that the reader can hold in their hands, get alone with, and casually be persuaded. That list did not include magnetic tape, because at the time it was written, magnetic tape was not yet invented. Oddly enough, it was invented the same year that the book was actually published!
William Branham uses the word psychology over four hundred times on recorded sermon (magnetic tape). Almost every instance of this word is to defend himself against the thought of his using hypnotism to heal patients, and many times he would actually come right out and say, “This healing is not hypnotism.”
But while he defended the single instances of those who handed in their prayer cards for him to magically guess their name and address, and tried to claim that his healing powers were not psychology, the overall sway of public opinion from humble preacher to great and powerful prophet was taking place already in their minds.
Like the “type” of the travelling hypnotist, William Branham travelled from town to town, handing out tapes to let the people take into their homes, get alone with the subject matter, and come to the conclusion that he was the great and powerful Oz.
And like the hypnotist, who could rise once more to be paralyzed again in another city, the people likely would have realized what was going on if they did not come back for another tape. But each time they received another recording of the stage acts, they would become paralyzed, spiritually.
There is another “type” that applies to this situation, and it is found in scriptures.
Mark 2 tells the story of how a man came to Jesus, filled with sin. But rather than strike him down for his sins, Jesus performed the exact OPPOSITE from Branham’s travelling side show.
Why? Because Jesus did not have a travelling side show. Jesus came to save the world from sin, not place more sin on their shoulders and strike sinners down paralyzed.
Jesus Heals a Paralytic:
And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
This passage of scripture is wonderful. We are all sinners, saved by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ. No man’s sin is greater than another, and no man can point to another man’s sin without first taking the huge block of wood out of his own eye.
If you were interested in Christianity, and you had never heard about Jesus Christ before in your life, which would you rather hear? The story about the great wizard who struck people down, or of the Great Son of God who lifted people back up?
Maybe you are in a third-world country, living in a land with vast unreached territory that is primarily filled with idol-worship. Would you turn from your idols – that you are told will bring you healing – to follow a minister who goes from town to town striking people down to the floor paralyzed? Is THIS the God that you want to serve?
Or would you rather hear of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, who came to the world with the SOLE PURPOSE of lifting you back up? Wouldn’t you rather hear how Jesus Christ will save you from your sin – instead of strike you down for it? How he suffered on the cross for your sin, paying your penalty so that YOU don’t have to!
Would you turn from your idols to the god of William Branham? Or would you turn from your idols to the God of the Bible who loves you enough to send His Own Son to die for your sins?
Friends, I’ve made my choice which God I will serve. Which God will you serve?