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The Book of Esther is one that is largely avoided during the
eighteen years of recorded ministry by William Marrion Branham. In fact, he only spoke of Esther fourteen
times on recorded tape, and almost all of those times were during one single
sermon: "The Marriage of the Lamb."
Reflecting on the common viewpoint in the cult, that William
Branham was an "authority" on scripture, this one single book in the Bible
astounds me. Not only was this book
avoided, but the entire theology and doctrinal teaching that came from the one
single sermon preached about Esther is exactly â€¦ backwards!
You see, we were taught to believe many things about Esther
that were either extra-biblical or that strongly disagreed with the
scripture. Since this was the one book
that strongly opposed Branham's extra-biblical teaching that makeup or
cosmetics were designed by Satan, the "god of this evil age," it is no wonder
that the entire book was largely avoided by William Branham and is almost
completely avoided by ministers that still remain in the cult.
There are several things that should have stood out as false
by the men and women who had actually read the Book. Some of them are so obvious that I am
actually surprised there were not school children that stood up in the sermon
and said, "Hey, Mr. Branham! That's not
what MY Bible says!"
We were taught that Esther was a "judge" in the Old
Testament, simply because there was a book written about her life story. And this is very interesting, because in his
use of this extra-biblical teaching, Branham takes the opposing stance to most
of his other sermons — actually AGREEING with women in authority!
If those still enslaved by the cult of William Branham today
were to only read this single statement by William Branham, it would likely
change the course of several sermons and sway many political votes!
And this man and wife, I was eating breakfast with them; they
said, "Brother Branham, look at this. Would you think it?" and pulled
out a letter.
I said, "Well, sister, she just don't
understand." The boys told me their
mother was a woman preacher, and that she didn't go for the Message.
And now she says in here, she said, "Now he said, 'Women
should not have authority over man.'" Said, "How about Phebe in the
Bible, Paul's helper?" Certainly,
she was a seller of goods. And Paul asked the people... Do you think Paul would
say, "Let the women keep silent in the churches, not permitted them to
speak," and turn around and say, "Now, Phebe, my helper in the Gospel,
she is going to preach a few nights"? Why, he would contradict his own
And said, then, to top it all, "I believe it was
Esther... was one of the judges in the Bible." Said, "A woman was a
judge in the Bible. If that's not authority over man!"
And this businessman that was healed right here in the church
not long ago, he said... Now, his wife said, "Brother Branham, that always
I said, "Why, sister, how would that puzzle you?"
Said, "Well, here is a woman judge." I said, "That's politics, not the
church. That don't have nothing to do with the church."
But the sad truth is that this statement, while partially
correct, uses extra-biblical theology to support women in politics. A judge in the Old Testament was a military
leader or ruler who decided the fate of the nations and governed law with
justice in their decisions.
Esther was not in this position, according to
Scripture. Ahasuerus was king, and
Esther, although favored, was still simply one of his wives. She had influence over his decisions, but
through the entire book of Esther, Ahasuerus was the decision maker. And Mordecai was second in command — not
the Jew was second in rank to King Ahasuerus, and he was great among the Jews
and popular with the multitude of his brothers, for he sought the welfare of
his people and spoke peace to all his people."
But the real underlying problem for Branham — most likely
the one that caused him to avoid this very good book in the Bible — is that she
gained the king's favor by using cosmetics in a beauty contest!
And even if she DIDN'T use cosmetics, Esther herself would
be a real eye opener to another one of Branham's false teachings. Branham infected the following with another
false teaching that it was Satan who designed women — not God. And according to Branham, Satan made them
beautiful so that women would be the thorn in man's side!
He couldn't use that twisted theology in this sermon about
Esther. It would have made for one
Imagine if he told the people how beautiful Esther was, and
then injected this false statement into the sermon, one that he taught all
throughout the latter part of his ministry:
Beauty is of the devil, always. That's exactly right.
In the second chapter of Esther, the Bible describes her as
a "woman with a beautiful figure," and "lovely to look upon." Esther was a stunning beauty, and she was not
"designed by Satan." In fact, God used
her beauty to work his Divine will!
But we were taught that Esther refused her cosmetics and
perfumes to enter the beauty contest as a homely looking woman wearing only the
most modest of apparel. This, according
to Branham, was to be a "type" of the church:
The church is a whole lot like it was in the days of Esther.
Esther didn't take the perfuming of--of the women. She adorned herself with the
modest apparel, the hidden man of the heart. And the king said, "Put the
crown on her head." Esther was a type of the church today, those who are
ready to come out and adorn themselves with the sweetness of the Holy Spirit,
not the perfuming and the dressing of the world, try to compare with them but
that hidden man of the heart, that's the one.
You see, Branham taught that these other women in the beauty
contest represented the women who did not follow his cult. Those women wore COSMETICS! They certainly must be evil! He taught that Esther refused these cosmetics
But the Bible tells quite a different story, right there in
the beginning of the book!
So when the
king's order and his edict were proclaimed, and when many young women were
gathered in Susa the citadel in custody of Hegai, Esther also was taken into the king's palace and put in
custody of Hegai, who had charge of the women.
And the young woman pleased him and won his favor. And he quickly provided her with her cosmetics and her
portion of food, and with seven chosen young women from the king's palace, and
advanced her and her young women to the best place in the harem.
This is exciting!
Esther won the first round of the beauty contest! She advanced to the second round, and won the
favor of Hegai!
So as we see, Hegai provided her with cosmetics. The Hebrew word translated here is "tamÂ·ruÂ·qeÂ·ha,"
which literally translated means "cosmetics."
The King James version calls it "things for her purification," which
according to custom would have included many different oils and spices, some of
which would have included the royal colors.
In the Days of Esther, most of the royalty in the ancient
world adorned themselves with "Tyre purple."
King David was close friends with the prince of Tyre, and established
trade with the port city of Tyre. It is
believed that even the pillars of King Solomon's temple were fashioned after
the pillars in the city of Tyre.
Tyre had unique plants that produced purple dye. This purple had made its way into the citadel
of Susa, and is mentioned in Esther 1:6:
white cotton curtains and violet hangings fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver
rods and marble pillars, and also couches of gold and silver on a mosaic
pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and precious stones.
The blues and the purples that came from Tyre were scarce,
and highly expensive. Most of the
ancient world, with the exception of royalty, did not have access to this color
like we do today. There were no purple
crayons or cans of purple spray-paint!
But we were falsely taught that Esther did NOT use these
things to increase her beauty. We were
taught that she strictly refused them — and refused them ONLY because they did
not align with Branham's extra-biblical teaching.
There were no Laws in the Old Covenant forbidding the
Children of Israel from avoiding oils, spices, perfumes, and paints. There were no Laws that said to avoid the
"beautiful women" because they were designed by Satan — otherwise we would have
been left with one ugly race of Jewish people!
You wouldn't find a "Miss Israel" entry in the beauty pageant — they'd
be more likely to have a "Miss Homely" contest to see which woman is more
But listen to the stark contrast between Esther, having
advanced to stage two of the beauty contest, given cosmetics to make herself
Branham says this:
Now, we find ourselves then, that Esther, after she... They
put her in one of these places, to get herself all fixed up, to make her show
before the king. My! She refused it. She didn't want it. She wanted to go out
just like she was. Amen.
Now that round two is over, Esther having made the cut of
the seven most beautiful women in the land, let's see what the scriptures say
about the time when she would present herself before the king.
Did she suddenly throw out all those cosmetics that helped
her advance to this level? Did she fall
to her knees and pray that God would blind the eyes of the king so that he
would not notice that she refused the customary paints, oils, and spices? Did she have some vision that told her that
the king's secret desire was homely women?
Now when the
turn came for each young woman to go in to King Ahasuerus, after being twelve
months under the regulations for the women, since this was the regular period
of their beautifying, six months with oil of myrrh and six months with spices
and ointments for womenâ€”when the
young woman went in to the king in this way, she was given whatever she
desired to take with her from the harem to the king's palace. —Esther 2
So according to scripture, we find that Esther spent an
entire YEAR applying cosmetics. The oils
prepared her skin by removing wrinkles, much like our wrinkle creams
today. The spices made her smell
wonderful, soaked so deeply in her skin that she radiated an aroma pleasing to
But listen to that one cosmetic used: "oil of myrrh."
Myrrh is extracted from a very small and thorny tree called
Commiphora Myrrh. When the tree is
wounded, it excretes the oil, a resin that is harvested to produce "Myrrh
gum." As it is excreted, it forms a
waxy, yellowish paste. But as it ages,
it produces a darker paste, much like the "face paint" Branham condemned all
throughout his ministry.
This tree and its cosmetic-producing gum was and is native
to Ethiopia, one of the kingdoms under the rule of King Ahasuerus. Not only was it readily available to those in
the royalty of his kingdom, it would have been an even cheaper cosmetic than
the imported Tyre purple.
So now, it's the final stage of the beauty contest. The seven women are prepared, twelve months
of a beauty spa for the elite.
They now would go
before the king, lined up like the runway of our Miss America contest here in
It's Esther's turn.
Last chance! Can she quickly rub
off that paint that has now bleached her skin to a dark yellow hue? Will she roll in skunk spray to remove those
spices, or roll in the mud so that she makes herself more homely before the
Let's see what the Bible says:
When the turn
came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken
her as his own daughter, to go in to the king, she asked for nothing except
what Hegai the king's eunuch, who had charge of the women, advised. —Esther 2
Now THIS is incredibly smart. Esther was not from the city, remember? She was a captive, taken from Jerusalem, and
was not familiar with the king's customs, his likes, or his dislikes. So she asks Hegai to choose exactly how she
should adorn herself. Hegai, the man who
was in charge of making the women â€¦ beautiful!
And it WORKED! Not
just with the King, but also with EVERYONE who saw her!
Now Esther was
winning favor in the eyes of all who saw her.
And when Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in
the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his
reign, the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and
favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on
her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. Then the king gave a great
feast for all his officials and servants; it was Esther's feast. He also
granted a remission of taxes to the provinces and gave gifts with royal
The book of Esther is a very good one, and we have only made
it into the second chapter. Coincidentally,
from 1947 to 1965 on recorded tape, William Branham only made it to the second
chapter — and he couldn't even say what the Bible said in just two of the ten
All things are created by God and for God. God does not want to create an ugly place —
an Satan CANNOT create. God made
everything to be beautiful, from the mountains and the streams to the forest
and the oceans. AND WOMEN!
Women are not secret agents in the secret service of Satan,
as we were taught to believe. If a man has
a problem with women, then he likely has a problem that needs counseling.
I speak from experience when I say that the cult's teaching
on women is very damaging to the men. When
I was in the cult, many men struggled with the natural desires towards women —
simply because they were taught NOT to distinguish between natural affection
and sin. In the eyes of a cult, if a man
has any testosterone, he has been infected.
I wish I had grown up with Scriptural teaching, with no
extra details or completely opposite doctrines.
I wish Branham was not afraid to teach the REAL story of Esther, the one
that is written in the Bible. I wish
that the thousands of children in the cult were not being programmed to believe
that their natural desires were "of the devil," and that their bodies were
trying to attack them, spiritually.
I wish my parents had followed a man who was not afraid to
teach the Bible as-is. A man who did not
delight in "special insight" that did not match the words of the Bible.
Thankfully, my children will not be influenced by false
teaching. The family line of idolatry
ends with my family, and we will not stand to listen to cowardly men who are
afraid to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in its simplicity.
We will not stand for men who add to the Word of God and men
who call these new additions the "Voice of God."
Let the Word of God stand and every man be a liar!