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As I look at all of the nations watching the United States
in their decision for Syria, especially the nations that oppose any involvement
in the country’s civil war, my heart starts bleeding for those programmed to
fear the unrest.
I can remember past political conflicts, one country rising
against another, and how all eyes in our church would immediately turn to
Russia. Like Fred Sanford clutching his
chest and looking to the sky, all would cry out, “This is the big one,
No matter which two countries rose against one another, we
were trained to fear the third – completely ignoring what was actually
happening in fear that the minor disputes would ultimately lead to Russians
walking our soil and raping our women.
William Branham would often use fear tactics to further his
grip on the hearts and minds of his cult following. Those fear tactics would always point to the
largest threat at the time of the sermon, and would often involve the country
that was feared the most: Russia.
Small children would sit there through these horror stories,
their spiritually abused minds changed forever by Branham’s disturbed and
warped way of scaring the people into his created religion.
While other Christian churches of the day were preaching the
Gospel of Jesus Christ to save the lost and dying world, children in the
Branham cult were listening to stories like this:
friend, there isn't a thing, this very hour, in the next twenty-five minutes or
ten minutes, for Russia to send up it's satellite and sweep it over here across
this nation, train it's missile, say, "Surrender, or in two minutes you'll
be nothing but dust." They can do it right now. Think of it. They can do
it right now.
would happen? Plane load after plane load, ship load after ship load, of
ungodly communistic soldiers would swallow our lands, would grab our girls, and
take them into the street and treat them like cattle, ram a sword through them,
go into our homes and take our wives out and bust the babies head against the
wall, and ravish our women. You say one thing, it belongs to them.
say, "Will our Pentagons surrender? Sure it would. That'd be the only
sensible thing for it to do. It would have to do it. If it didn't, we'd be
nothing but powder in a few minutes. We'd have maybe a few more hours of life,
but what a slaughter. What? They may be loading on the planes right now. The
ships may be in harbor. Soon, these things that we're talking about can be a
reality. There's not one thing left for it to happen--to keep it from happening
according to prophecy. Here we are. And next week, you don't know what
condition you could be in. The handwriting is on the wall. We're a weighed in
the balance and found wanting.”
Looking back, this is very easy to recognize as spiritual
abuse. Branham was beating us over the
head with the things we feared the most.
He was creating villains that would cause others to cower down in
Very few people have stopped to consider this spiritual
abuse for what it really is:
“terrorism.” The definition of
terrorism is “The systematic use of fear or terror, especially as a means
towards coercing or compelling others into an act or choice.”
When we think of terrorists today, we think of men hijacking
planes or kidnapping innocent victims in order to instill fear in the hearts of
nations, and we falsely think that they are doing it for no reason. But typically, these terrorists are very
religious people trying to convince others into their belief system through use
of fear – just like William Branham did.
But terrorism does not start with the end result; there is a
beginning. There is a journey into what
led the extremist into an explosion.
When we think of terrorists, we also immediately think of
Muslims. Because of the sheer size of
the terroristic threats created, and the massive number of lives lost in their
well planned out and thoroughly executed plots, our media has created a false
association that a terrorist starts big and gets bigger.
But this is not the case, and unfortunately, the number of
lives lost in the end is not the ultimate tragedy.
These men have agendas, and that agenda is not what we see
on television or in the news. Terrorists
have put iron grips on their followers, and seek to gain more followers through
clutches of fear.
They have used religion as a weapon. They beat people over the heads with snipped
out verses of the Koran to create groups of people separated from the
mainstream religion with extreme viewpoints.
Hence the name: “extremists.”
This threat programmed into the minds of Branham’s followers
was a real and present danger. With
every major news event, the cult mind would start a chess game to see how
Russia could strategically get involved to plan their doom.
Even now, as I watch Russia’s reluctance to become involved
in Syria, I feel those programmed false prophecies tugging at my mind, trying
to make me turn my focus from the actual event happening in the world to the
sleeping giant in the corner of the room.
And no doubt there will come a time when Russia becomes an
aggressor – but it will have absolutely nothing to do with Branham’s
Branham’s fear tactics about Russia got the ultimate edge
over his competitors in the “Health and Wealth Gospel” movement. Branham claimed that the Lord had spoken to
him, and told him that Russia was the one that would spark the fuse for
prove to you that communism is
working straight in the hands of Almighty God to destroy the Roman...
And remember, I say this as God's prophet: The Russian empire will drop an
atomic bomb of some sort on the Vatican City and destroy it in one hour. THUS SAITH THE LORD. And the
Bible said that God took them cruel-hearted men and put them in His hands, and
they were instruments in His hands to fulfill His will, and to bring back to
her exactly what she had coming to her. That's exactly. That's the Word.”
But this “word” that Branham claimed to have come directly
from God was long forgotten when Russia was no longer the main cause of fear
for the nation. The “word” he claimed
the Lord had spoken was denied by the “new word of the Lord.”
prophecy don't stay with that Word... That's exactly. That's the reason I say
today; no matter how good it looks, how many preachers are saying this, that,
or the other, "Communism is going to take the world and throw it
down." Don't you never try to fight communism. Fight Romanism. For, that's
THUS SAITH THE LORD. The Lord said Romanism is going to rule, not
communism. It's just a puppet."
The prophets give road signs; things that prove the Hand of
God in our lives as we are pointed to worship of the One True God. God is the one that gives these signs – not
the prophets. God is the one that tells
us what to look for.
God does not give one prophecy that will cancel the result
of another. There are not two gods
giving different road signs!
Cult followers are given a choice: They either deny Branham’s false prophecy
that God is using communism to “destroy the Roman,” or his second false
prophecy that God is using Romanism to destroy Communism. Both cannot be true.
But from a historical view of Branham’s ministry, these two
prophecies were nothing more than a distraction, one that was described to us
by Christ Himself.
he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, ‘Tell
us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of
the end of the age?’ And Jesus answered them, ‘See that no one leads you
astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will
lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you
are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation
will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be
famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of
the birth pains.”
God knows all things.
His knowledge is not limited to the day and age we live in; God IS the
past, present and future.
God knew that William Branham would distract millions of
people, telling them to watch the “wars and rumors of wars.” God knew that Branham would claim that the
“Elijah of this day is the Lord Jesus Christ,” and many would follow that
screaming voice pointing to himself as Christ.
But Jesus said, “See that no one leads you astray.”
The disciples asked Jesus when the end would be. These things happening now in our news is a
road sign. But they are the signs of the
BEGINNING of the end – not the ENDING as Branham falsely taught.
Jesus goes on to say:
they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be
hated by all nations for my name's sake.
And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one
another. And many false prophets will
arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love
of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”
Branham also programmed a distraction into the minds of his
following – a distraction as to the salvation of his cult that he called “The
Little Bride.” As he led them astray, he
told them that they would not see these things.
They would have “Rapturing Faith,” and would be taken off the scene when
a UFO swooped down to take them home.
But this does not lend itself to salvation.
Jesus said that the “one who endures to the end will be
saved.” There is no mention of the lazy
one who tries to find a way of escape being saved. The false prophet, according to the words of
Jesus, was leading those that were led away from this chain of events.
Branham would often refer to himself as the “Coming of the
Son of Man.” Branham would often quote
Luke 17:30, redirecting it from Jesus Christ to his own cult.
But listen to the description of the coming of the Son of
Man as given by Jesus Christ. Notice
that the “elect” are still on the earth AFTER the tribulation:
after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will
not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the
heavens will be shaken. Then will appear
in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will
mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with
power and great glory. And he will send
out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from
the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
Branham is dead and gone.
His terroristic threats of impending doom from Russia have been
silenced. His unfulfilled prophecies are
nailed shut in the coffin under the freemason-style tomb in Jeffersonville.
His “Luke 17:30” has passed, without a single sign given by
We did not see the sun darkened before he left. We did not see the moon turn black. The stars did not fall from the heaven, and
the whole earth did not mourn.
Branham did not descend from the clouds of heaven with great
power and glory. Branham did not send
angels at the sound of a trumpet.
Many in the cult are looking for the day when those dead
bones will rise from the pyramid tomb to fulfill the otherwise unfulfilled
prophecies, but according to scripture, they are given a choice:
Is William Branham the one that will descend from the
heavens? Is Branham the one that will
send out angels? Are those angels his to
If you are still trapped by these terroristic clutches of
fear, do not be alarmed. God is with
you. God will protect you. There is coming a day, a day like no other,
when God will show his power to the world.
When Christ comes to sit on his throne, and the world sees the power of
God in action, they will be still and know that He is God.
Don’t be caught with your head down looking for some way that
Russia can spark this. Russia cannot
make the stars fall from the heavens.
Russia cannot cause the sun to go dim.
And Russia cannot even lift a finger if it is destroyed by “the Roman.”
Look to Christ. Let
the Holy Spirit give your road signs. Read
the Bible. The Bible tells us the things
that are to be.
Don’t watch Russia – watch Christ.