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William Branham told many Bible stories throughout his
ministry, many of which were very similar to what we find in our Bibles, but
almost all of which have been filled with extra-biblical details or twisted in
some way to fit the underlying agenda.
And having been taught under men who followed John Alexander
Dowie — a man who promoted himself as the "Elijah for the last days," It's no
wonder that the Bible story that was twisted the most was that of Elijah the
In fact, I would be willing to wager that not a single
person in the cult who was raised with the teachings of William Branham could
accurately describe the life and times of Elijah the prophet according to
scripture without additional non-biblical details or events that have been
changed into something else.
Branham mentioned the name Elijah over 1,773 times on
recorded tape, almost like a hypnotist repeating a phrase over and over and
over for his patients. Had God been
promoted instead of William Branham [himself], this might not have been so bad,
but to promote himself, the story must change.
The very first time Branham mentioned Elijah, he told the
Elijah the prophet, they were God's gift. Many of them raised
up false prophets. Right in the days of Elijah there raised up false prophets,
but God testified of the prophecy of Elijah. If it's of God, God will testify of it. And
there was Elijah, and he was God's gift to Israel. You believe it?
God did not "testify" of his prophets. His prophets spoke with His Voice. And they were vindicated through evidence
that God's voice was actually speaking — because what God spoke through his
prophets came to pass. They were nothing
more than mouthpieces, men like you and I, who God chose to speak through.
They were not God's 'gift to the people.' They were God's VOICE to the people, and they
generally spoke of the idolatry that the children of Israel had fallen into.
He went on to say that Elijah was Jezebel's "pastor," an
idea that he promoted throughout his ministry so that he could get away with
condemning women for extra-biblical "laws" or rules, such as painting toenails
or wearing eye-shadow.
Jezebel was from the city of Tyre, a city filled with
worship of Melqart, a god that would spread into Rome and later be known as
Hercules. Tyre was a port city that had
great influence over the ancient world.
As the different pagan cities began commerce, the "Pillars of Melqart"
morphed into the "Pillars of Herecules."
This worship was of the greatest evil, and humans were
sacrificed at the foot of the pillars on the Altar of Melqart.
Coincidentally, the eagle was included in the worship of the
"Tyrian Heracles." The eagle was the
bird of sacrifice to many gods in the city of tyre, including Poseidon, Zeus,
But in Branham's version of Elijah, the man "Elijah" was the
object of worship. He was not just a
mouthpiece for God, and he seemed to have some sort of "Midas touch." One extra-biblical detail was the strange
idea that everything Elijah touched became blessed, and Elijah started to rely
on that rather than God:
"Just like Elijah. He took his staff and told Gehazi,
"Go, lay it upon the child." For he knew what he touched was blessed." -47-1221 EXPERIENCES
This new addition to the Elijah story is very strange — and
blatantly obvious that Branham had no idea what was in the scriptures he was
referring to. Gehazi DID touch the child
with the staff, but the staff evidently was not "blessed," because it had no
effect on the child.
Even more to the point, this was the story of Elisha — not
the story of Elijah!
Gehazi went on
ahead and laid the staff on the face of the child, but there was no sound or sign of life. Therefore he
returned to meet him and told him, "The child has not awakened."
came into the house, he saw the child lying dead on his bed. So he went in and shut the door behind the
two of them and prayed to the Lord. Then he went up and lay on the child, putting
his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands. And
as he stretched himself upon him, the flesh of the child became warm. -2 Kings 4
Notice what just happened.
The staff had no power. Elisha
had no power. But Elisha closed the door
and prayed to the Lord. The Lord was the
one with the Power!
Notice after promoting Elijah as some sort of sorcerer,
Branham injects himself into this same story.
He even uses subliminal messaging to tie the story he claims to have
happen in his own life to the story of Elisha in the Bible — he names his
patient "Elijah," and repeats it three times!
The doctors knew he was dead. I went to offer sympathy to the
family. And starting out of the house, the wife seemingly crying of the man.
And as I started out the door, a human hand, seemingly, touched me by the arm.
And I felt it hold me. And as I started forward, I could not move. When I
turned back, the hand left me.
I went to the bedside and looked down upon the man. There was
a Methodist minister's wife in the room, and another sister. And I started to
have prayer. When I come to myself, I was laying on this man's body, the dead
man, had a sheet over his face for at least a half hour. My face was laying
right against him, and I was calling out into the spirit land, "Brother Elijah." His name was Elijah. "Brother Elijah." Calling out into the land for his spirit,
not knowing what I was doing...
In a few moments, I laid still, calling. I felt that man's
hand coming up around my ears. The man is working on the Pennsylvania Railroad
"Calling out into the land for his spirit" is communication
with the dead, which is an abomination in the eyes of the Lord according to the
Now this may offend some, and many might pose the question:
"What if this DID happen?"
But remember. If the
"spirit of Elijah" was really in William Branham, that same "spirit" would know
that Branham's version of Elijah was not scriptural. That same "spirit" would be preaching Truth,
not fiction. â€¦because that "spirit"
would have been from God.
Even the story of Elisha was twisted. In Branham's version of a 'prophet', the
'prophet' was the one in authority — not God.
The 'prophet' had the power to make God speak, instead of the scriptural
version of a prophet.
In the Bible, the prophets spoke because God used them as a
mouthpiece. In the fictional stories by
Branham, the prophets commanded God to speak!
Like the garment of Elisha. When Elijah dropped it, Elisha
picked up and had a double portion. He was a type as a type of the Church and
Christ. Christ was taken up. And the same Spirit that was upon Christ is on the
Church tonight, the Holy Ghost. See? "Nevertheless, if you see me go away,"
said Elijah. And he took the garment. Now... And struck the Jordan and said,
"Let the God of Elijah speak."
These words that Branham puts in the mouth of Elisha in his
fictional version are not in the Bible.
Elisha did not COMMAND GOD to speak — he asked where God was:
Then he took
the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the water, saying, "Where is the Lord, the God of
Elijah?" -2 Kings 2
But all throughout his ministry, William Branham would give
fictional stories about Elijah or Elisha — stories that seemed vaguely similar
to his own actions — and then promote himself by representation. â€¦often with subliminal messaging.
Listen to this, in the sermon "Gifts And Callings Are
If I come confessing tonight that I had the spirit of a--an
artist, you would expect me to do the--the work of the artist. You'd expect me
to be able to catch the vision of a roaring sea, and things of home, the
sunset, if I had the spirit of an artist.
Listen closely. If the spirit of some great artist come upon
me, like the Spirit of Elijah--Elijah came upon Elisha... If the Spirit of
Elijah was on the Elisha, he done what Elijah done. And John the Baptist came
in the Spirit of Elijah, and he was, wild man, so forth like the other two had.
But when... Now, he come...?... something like Elijah did, he run into the
wilderness; and John then asked if this is the Messiah, should he look for
another one. He come in--in that spirit.
The title of that sermon is very interesting. The entire sermon is self promotion, Branham
trying to impose the message into the minds of the people that he was the
reincarnation of Elijah. But why
"Without Repentance?" What did Branham
do that needed repentance? This was
before the two homosexual "tape boys" started following him around!
He continues with the subliminal messaging, giving the story
of a woman he claimed to have a son with a sexually transmitted disease in
And I looked, hanging out over the gate and there hung a typical Aunt Jemima. She had
a... Instead of... She had a man's shirt tied around her head. She was looking
over the gate. I come walking by, going [Brother Branham hums--Ed.] going down
the street looking, wondering where the Lord was leading me. She looking, tears
over her big fat cheeks. She
said, "Good morning, parson." I said, "Howdy do, Auntie." It caught me, "Parson?" I
looked around, I said, "Do you know me?" She said, "Yes
sir." And I said, "Do you know my name?" She said, "No,
sir." I said, "How'd you know I was a parson?" She said,
"Parson." Said, "Did you ever hear about the Shunammite woman that had a baby
by... The Lord promised her the baby, and the baby died?" And I said,
"Yes." She said, "I was a woman that way. And I promised the
Lord that I'd raise my baby for Him." And said, "The Lord give
husband and I a lovely boy." And said, "Parson, he took the road
that's wrong when he's about--a few years ago." And said, "He got
a--a dangerous disease, venereal disease." And said, "It went so long
on him, we didn't suspect it." And said, "And now he's laying in the
room dying." Said, "The doctor has give him all kinds of shots."
And said, "He can't get well." And said, "He's been unconscious
since yesterday. The doctor was back here and said, 'Look for the worst at any
time.' There was no hopes for him. His blood was four-plus, and nothing could
help him at all." And said, "He's dying." And said, "I got
down on my knees." And said, "I prayed." And said, "I
prayed, 'O Lawd.'" Said, "'I's
a woman like the Shunammite. Where is You Elijah?' And just begin to
praying." Said, "I prayed and prayed." And said, "This
morning, just before daylight." Said, "The Lord told, 'Stand at this
gate.'" -50-0405 EXPECTATION_ NEW.YORK.NY
Notice the derogatory term, "typical Aunt Jemima." It's very obvious that William Branham was
raised under the influence of Roy E. Davis, Grand Dragon for the Ku Klux
That was about the most racist statement that could have
possibly been made to an African American — but then to call her "auntie" was
the real slap in the face. If William
Branham REALLY had the "spirit of Elijah," he certainly would not have been
But notice the woman's words. In another insulting way of mimicking her
voice, He said, "I's a woman like the Shunammite woman!" And the woman was looking for "Elijah." --not "Elisha!"
If this fictional story by William Branham were actually
true, he would have had the "spirit of Elijah" and not been a racist man
influenced by the Klan. He likely would
have never been a part of Davis's Klan background anyway.
And she seemed to have knowledge of the scriptures — so the
woman would have said, "Where ARE you, Elisha?"
-- not "Elijah."
But in William Branham's fictional version of "Elijah" â€¦ or
rather "Elisha," the story was quite different than the Bible. By 1950, God was taken out of the story of
the Shunammite woman, and the power was in "Elijah" â€¦not "Elisha's" hands.
Remember the part that is in the BIBLE where Elisha prayed
unto the Lord? The part where the Lord
was the object of worship INSTEAD of Elisha â€¦ or Elijah?
In Branham's fictional version, the Lord was completely
taken out. He SPECIFIALLY says that
Elisha — or rather "Elijah" did NOT pray unto the Lord!
"Elijah went with her to the death chamber, and there walked
up-and-down the room, not praying for the baby.
Walked up-and-down the room, then took and stretched his body out over the
baby. Lord God worked in Elijah. Hallelujah! Oh, Christians. You don't realize what I'm talking about
I don't believe. See, looky here. God was in Elijah. And...?... And Elijah knew
it. The woman knew it. And he laid... He knowed. That's the reason he sent that staff. He knowed that everything he
touched was blessed, for God was in him. Oh, my. You see what I mean?
God was in him. And if he touched
anything, it was blessed. He didn't pray for the baby;
he stretched his body over the baby. And the God that was in Elijah... The
breath come into the baby, and he sneezed seven times, and rose up well."
This, friends, is what we in the Christian faith call
"blasphemy." Forget self promotion —
just look at the fictional version of the story. It's a fictional version that takes God out
of the story and focuses on a man. This
is beyond the blasphemy that is warned against in the book of Revelation, "Do
not add to or take away from." This is
twisting the scriptures — twisting with the agenda of self promotion.
As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Why did we not see this when we were in the
cult? Why did we not catch the racist
statements Branham made as he tried to promote himself into power? Did we all want to be racist bigots?
When Branham called the Apostle Paul a "hook-nosed Jew," why
did we not get up and walk out of the service?
Are we bigoted against both Jews and African Americans?
Why did we not see that his fictional story of Elijah did
not match the Bible? When He taught
several children around the world that Jezebel was stoned for a little bit of
paint — less paint than all of the text printed on the books and magazines by
Voice of God Recordings — why did we not realize that scriptures say otherwise?
If a little paint is worse than sacrificing your children to
idols, then think about all of the paint used in printing these books of
fictional bible stories that go all around the world! Instead of painting for beauty, it is
painting for idolatry! Worship of a man!
Don't you want to know the REAL story of Elijah and
Elisha? It's actually a very interesting
and exiting story — one that would make an excellent movie on the Big
screen. It has all the elements of
another movie that would rival Lord of the Rings!
Hundreds of sorcerers rising up in a cult of evil, with
human sacrifice and pagan ritual. An
entire nation taken captive by a cult that originated from Herecules! And one man, a simple man with no power,
overtaking the entire nation! And not
even by his own doing! It was God!
It would be one of my favorite movies. The forces of Good against the forces of evil
— and as in my favorite movies, the forces of Good prevail.
And the evil villainess is slain, freeing the entire nation
from the clutches of an evil cult. But
she isn't slain because of a tiny little speck of paint next to her
eyeball. She is slain because she
trapped an ENTIRE NATION into the chains of bondage by a religious cult.
Aren't you glad that you have been set free from the
religious cult that once had you bound?
Don't you wish that God WOULD send another Elijah to storm into the
headquarters of Jeffersonville and condemn idolatry?
Thankfully, in this last day and age, we are led by the Holy
Spirit, and it is the Holy Spirit that speaks to our hearts instead of the
prophets. Otherwise that paint that is
used to print the words of those books with un-biblical fiction might be a