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Racist Elisha

John Collins07/10/2013

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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 prophet. 

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 story backwards:

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, and more.

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."

When Elisha 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 tonight, alive.


"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 Bible.

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.  ...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.  ...often with subliminal messaging.

Listen to this, in the sermon "Gifts And Callings Are Without Repentance."

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.  -50-50-0300  GIFTS.AND.CALLINGS.ARE.WITHOUT.REPENTANCE

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 Memphis, Tennessee:

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 Klan. 

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 racist!

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" ... 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" ...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 ... 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 problem!