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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without
him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the
darkness has not overcome it.”
This is a passage of scripture that most of us are familiar
with. It’s the opening to the book of
John, describing the deity of Jesus Christ when the Word was made flesh and
walked among God’s children.
Jesus was the Word.
He was that same word in the beginning when the heavens and earth were
created, and He created them for Himself.
All Christians believe this.
This is the fundamental teaching of Christianity, the one solid
foundation that we rest our souls upon.
Any teaching other than this is against Christ, and any doctrine against
Christ is from the antichrist.
Yet we find large groups of people that have severed
themselves from the Body of Christ, denying even the God who sent them. The God that created the heavens and the
earth seems unimportant as compared to the doctrines of the men who coerced
them into separating from other Christians.
The Word is replaced with the word of a man.
Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Jehovah’s Witness
faith, denied this fundamental teaching for a new invention. But studying history, this is not a new
invention; Russell is simply one man in a long line of false leaders who lead
God’s children astray.
Jehovah’s Witness cult teaches their followers that Jesus
was not the Eternal Son, that He, like all other mortals, was a created being.
They deny Jesus was deity while he lived on earth as a man.
“We shall see subsequently, when we come to consider
particularly the ransom feature of his work, that it was absolutely necessary
that he should be a man -- neither more nor less than a perfect man -- because
it was man that sinned, man who was to be redeemed, and the divine law required
that man’s life should pay the redemption price for a man’s life.” (Studies in
the Scriptures, Volume V).
On the surface, this teaching sounds harmless. The Word was given flesh and walked among us,
and it is easy to identify this word “flesh” with “human.” But if you dig a little deeper into their
theology, we find that their doctrine denies the deity of Christ in order to
support teachings that stray from God’s Word.
“It was not until the time of his consecration even unto
death, as typified in his baptism -- at thirty years of age (manhood, according
to the Law, and therefore the right time to consecrate himself as a man) --
that he received the earnest of his inheritance of the divine nature.” (Matt.
3:16, 17)” (Ibid, Series I).
This will sound very familiar to some in the Branham
movement. Branham’s new version of Jesus
included this teaching from the Jehovah’s Witnesses for the beginning portion
of the life of Christ, while combining George Lamsa’s version of Jesus during
the crucifixion on the cross. Both beginning
and ending of the life of Christ in Branham’s version were mortal, and from the
baptism until the garden of Gethsemane, Branham included a mixture of the Son
of God and a prophet who could do nothing without seeing a vision from the
“And there He come out. There was nothing. And then here come
the Logos. That looked like a halo hanging yonder. No man has seen God at any
time now, eye to eye. And here's the Logos. Looks like It's a supernatural
Being. It's a Halo. That's the Son of God. Not eternal Sonship, 'cause the
words don't go good together. That's Catholic doctrine, but... Eternal, how
could it be a Sonship and be eternal? If He's a Son, he'd had to have a
beginning of time. Eternal's forever. See? So eternal Sonship, there's no such
a word to make that sensible. But it was the Logos that went out of God.”
“He never did nothing until first He saw the Father show Him
that in a vision. That made Him the God-prophet.”
“The Spirit left Him, in the garden of Gethsemane. He had to
die, a man.”
This theology was not created by William Branham. It was the replication of others long
before. And while Branham promoted
himself as the “Seventh Angel” that would restore the church back to the
“original faith,” we find that these teachings do not fully align with
As with any leader who pulls an unsuspecting victim out of
the Body of Christ and into a religious cult loosely based on Christianity,
these men back these false doctrines with scripture. Verses here are taken, verses there are used,
and they are combined into a magic “potion of scripture” that results in a
But when we examine the Bible in full, we find that this
“man god” version of Jesus does not fit with scripture. It is like finding a puzzle piece from a
different puzzle altogether and trying to force it into that last remaining
piece. No matter how hard you push, it
still will not fit.
The word “Elohim” used in the book of Genesis is plural for
the word “God.” That does not mean that
there is more than one God, but describes the nature of God as being different
than that of a human. While our minds
can only comprehend the way that we were made, the mind of God understands
all. Genesis, correctly translated in
every accepted version of the Bible reads, “Let US make man in OUR image.”
And were it not for Adam’s loneliness, we would likely have
a better understanding of God. The
original creation included both male and female in one earthly body. That body was separated. While many believe that Eve was created from
the bone of a human rib, the original word (Strongs 6763, tsela) describes the
side, not the internal bone structure.
This word is also used to describe the side of a hill in 2
Samuel 16:13, the side of the enclosing temple in 1 Kings 6:5-6, the side of
Ezekiel’s temple in Ezekiel 41:5, and the sides of many other things throughout
Eve was a part of man, in the likeness of God, just as Jesus
was a part of the Father, in the likeness of God.
If we examine the opening of the book of John again, we
understand that the Word, Christ, was in the beginning WITH God, and yet He WAS
God. And this Word, Christ, created the
world for Himself.
“He was in the
beginning with God. All things were made
through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
This false doctrine, denying the Eternal Son of God denies
many other scriptures throughout the Bible.
Paul writes in Galatians that the Christ Child was born as the Son of
“But when the
set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law”
And while the Jehovah’s Witness doctrine that Branham tried
to re-establish did not include a Son that was part of the Father, the Old
Testament describes the coming King as the Son of God. These scriptures are largely overlooked by
the followings of both cult faiths.
Psalms 2 says,
“He who sits in
the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them
in derision. Then he will speak to them
in his wrath, them in his fury, saying,
As for me, I have set my King Zion, my holy hill. I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, ‘You are my Son; today I
have begotten you.’ Ask of me, and I
will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your
possession. You shall break them with a
rod of iron dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”
If we take a quick walk through scripture, we find that all
Old Testament scripture points to Jesus Christ:
If you still ascribe to the Gnostic “Serpent’s Seed”
doctrine that Branham tried to re-establish, you will likely have a different
understanding of this verse, but Genesis 3:15 describes the Christ Child, and
God told Satan that Jesus could crush his head:
“And I will put
enmity you and the woman, between your offspring and hers;
he will crush
your head, and you will strike his heel.”
When Jacob blessed his sons, he foretold of the coming of
will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until
he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.”
God gave Nathan a prophecy of Christ that was given to
comfort David, and He described the coming Kingdom and the throne of Christ:
“When your days
are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to
succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name,
and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”
Micah describes the eternal Son of God. His origins were not that of John’s Baptism
according to Micah, Jesus had origins that were from ‘ancient times.’:
Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans[a] of Judah, out of
you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from
of old, from ancient times.”
The word “Immanuel” correctly translated means “God with
us.” Many are familiar with the prophecy
of Isaiah – it’s repeated by many during Christmas time celebration. But if we examine the prophecy in full, we
find that this Christ Child was the eternal Son of God. God with us.
Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a
son, and you will call him Immanuel.”
When Isaiah prophesied about John the Baptist, he described
the voice crying in the wilderness preparing the way for the Almighty God, not
“A voice of one
calling: In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the
desert a highway for our God. Every
valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground
shall become level, the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it
together. For the mouth of the Lord has
Again, Isaiah tells us plainly that Jesus is God, not
man. Isaiah describes both the Father
and the Son in one single verse:
“For your Maker
is your husband—the Lord Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is your
Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.”
The list of scriptures in the Old Testament that describe
Jesus are countless. Even many of the stories
themselves are a representation of the coming Christ. Entire books, like the Song of Solomon, are a
parable of the Love of God that is shown through His Eternal Son, Jesus Christ.
But before leaving the subject, listen to what Isaiah says
next in Isaiah 54. This prophecy is one
that all Christians should read. It
describes their faith, from the mouth of God through the voice of Isaiah:
“To me this is
like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again
cover the earth. So now I have sworn not
to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills
be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of
peace be removed,” says the Lord, who
has compassion on you.
Notice. “I have sworn not to be angry with you, never
rebuke you again.” “My unfailing Love for you will not be shaken, nor
my covenant of peace be removed.”
God’s message is a message of Love. His Word is a love letter to us. His Son is that Word.
These leaders that come to sever the Body of Christ do not
want this portion of scripture, because Christ is the new High Priest
forever. If their followers knew that
Christ was the High Priest, then there would be no need for themselves to be
their leader – their followers instead would accept the Holy Spirit as their
Branham took two verses that describe parallels in the story
of Noah, and mixed them into a deadly “potion of scripture.” One verse described God’s undying love and
devotion to even a small family, though the world was being wiped clean from
also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might
bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,
in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly
did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was
being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely
1 Peter 3:18-20
This verse, describing God’s Love, was combined with one
describing God’s wrath:
“And he said to
the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days
of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.
And they will say to you, ‘Look, there!’ or ‘Look, here!’ Do not go out
or follow them. For as the lightning
flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of
Man be in his day. But first he must
suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will
it be in the days of the Son of Man.
They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage,
until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them
all. Likewise, just as it was in the
days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and
building, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained
from heaven and destroyed them all—so will it be on the day when the Son of Man
It’s describing surprise!
You’re going to be caught unaware!
But listen to how Branham combined these two, one telling of
God’s patience, Love and devotion, and one telling us, “Please do not be caught
Branham says this:
“Jesus said, ‘As it was in the days of Noah, wherein eight
souls were saved, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of man.’ ‘In the days
of Lot, where three was brought out of Sodom, at that day...’ Now there's
already a group already out, remember. ‘But, as it was then, when the Son of
man will be manifested.’ Look what a day, look where we're living!
But Jesus did not say this!
Jesus did not say that there were only going to be “eight souls.” Jesus was telling us not to listen to men who
would rise to tell us that their “message” was the coming of the Son of Man!
If you have been persuaded by one of these cult leaders to
believe in a different Jesus, you should have no need to fear learning about
the Real Jesus Christ. You’ve had His
Word all along – you’ll find it in your Bibles.
This is not some book that contains an endless number of
rules that you must abide by in order to earn your own salvation. It is not a list of “don’ts” as has been
taught by the Pentecostal faith.
This is God’s Love letter to you. This is God’s Gift. All you need is to accept it by faith. It is by grace that you are saved, through faith
in Jesus Christ, and not of yourselves.
It is a Gift from God above.
The best conclusion we could give to this brief summary of
scriptures declaring Christ as the Eternal Son of God is given by the Apostle
Peter on the day of Pentecost. These
words, these words alone, had the power to save three thousand. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to
“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence
about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is
with us to this day. Being therefore a
prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set
one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the
resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his
flesh see corruption. This Jesus God
raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.
Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received
from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you
yourselves are seeing and hearing. For
David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,
‘The Lord said
to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.’
Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him
both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”