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At 5:36 PM on March 27, 1964, a megathrust earthquake ripped
through south-central Alaska causing destruction and tsunamis resulting in 143
deaths. This earthquake, lasting almost
three minutes, was the most powerful earthquake recorded in North American
history, and the second most powerful that has ever been measured by the
seismograph. At 9.2, it is the number
two largest earthquake in recorded history.
This natural disaster brought worldwide attention. And with widespread attention, it attracted
the spiritualists and doomsday prophets.
Just as we see today with Pat Roberson and his use of fear to gain
support during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti or the hurricane that struck New
Orleans, we find devious minds preying on the weakness of the human heart were
alive and well in 1964.
But one spiritual leader, William Branham, turned this
catastrophic event into a prophecy. Not
one that came to pass, however. Even
though this was “prophesied” after the event happened, we find after examining
the prophecy that this was indeed another failed prophecy in the long line of
failures for the cult leader.
The first time this earthquake is mentioned on recorded tape
is in April 1, 1964, only days after the event.
But though this alleged prophecy was given after the event, no mention
of prophecy was given. The earthquake
was used as a tool in the sermon, used as a fear tactic to instill “godly fear”
into the hearts of men:
“Now we see things happening like’s been happening in the
world the last few days.
For instance, the great earthquake in Alaska. Never has
been an earthquake like that, in all the world. Did you notice? It come on Good
Friday. You know, the last time the world was shaken was on Good Friday, too,
when our Master died, and it shook the whole world. And remember, it might be
the sign of Him returning. He said, that, "There'd be earthquakes in
divers places." Today we got another one in California, and they're just appearing
everywhere, light earthquakes. We notice, even the Capitol building has moved
out of its place, and moved back. And--and down here in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
there's a swimming pool there, dashed the waters out, from plumb from Alaska.
Over in Switzerland, Sweden, and through there, shook buildings and things,
around the world.
I believe that it's trying to open our eyes, to see the
hour that we're living. I'm here in godly fear, that, it may be sooner than we
think, of His appearing.”
But notice. Branham
says that he believes it is trying to open the eyes. He uses it as a warning for preparation in
the sermon, not a declaration of judgment.
Over time in the sermons from 1964 to 1965, Branham gradually
changes this “warning” in to prophecy.
But never was any explanation given by God as to what the people of
Alaska had done that was so awful that it deserved the wrath of Almighty God.
When Branham describes how this “prophecy” was given, it was
not the Lord speaking through him – instead it was a “spirit” that Branham
called the Holy Spirit telling him to say the words “THUS SAITH THE LORD”:
“He said, ‘Throw it up in the air, and say, 'THUS SAITH
THE LORD.' I did. Down from there come a
little funnel of wind. I said, ‘Within twenty-four hours, you'll see the hand
But was this the Holy Spirit?
When Old Testament prophets declared judgment on the nations
in the days of old, God spoke through the prophets to rebuke their constant
fall to idolatry. Like a father
correcting his child, God gave reason for the punishment. Many times there was an option to prevent the
judgment, if they turned from their wickedness to God.
But the poor people of Alaska were given no warning, given
no reason, and seemingly being destroyed simply because William Branham said
so. Again, notice Branham said in the
sermon, “I SAID,” not “GOD SAID.”
What if I suddenly did like William Branham, and threw a
little rock in the air and said, “Judgment is going to strike Montana!”
I’d have the entire church questioning the nonsense I just
spewed from my mouth! Why is God going
to smite Montana? What did those poor
people do? Can they repent? Is it too late? Why did God not warn them first!
The first time this earthquake is mentioned as a
“prediction” was in a sermon entitled “Jehovah Jireh,” also days after the
quake. But it isn’t Branham who
predicted the earthquake. This prophecy
came from Jesus Christ, not William Branham:
“Did you see
Alaska having a couple more earthquakes today? One of them, as hard as the
first one was, only didn't shake it down. You know, Jesus said them kind of
things would take place just before His Coming.”
But there is one change to the Words of Christ that Branham
has employed in this simple sentence – again, one used in a fear strategy. Branham said that Jesus said these types of
earthquakes would happen “just before His coming.”
What Jesus actually said is found in Mark 13:8:
will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be
earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.”
Jesus said that the quakes signified the beginning, not the
end. There is a long list of things
described for our roadmap, from tribulation to the stars falling from
Immediately after giving the description of how the false
prophets would rise in our roadmap to the Kingdom, Christ told us what would
happen just before the end – and it was not an earthquake to punish the poor
people of Alaska:
“But in those
days, after that tribulation,
the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars
will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And
then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.”
It feels strange having to say that this was a failed
prophecy since it was “given” after the event happened. But the cult followers are programmed to
believe that anything William Branham said from behind a pulpit is absolute
truth. Even though they are given access
to the same resources to try to find a single prophecy given before the event
that happened just exactly as Branham claimed, they refuse because they falsely
believe they can rest assured in the words of Branham rather than the Word of
But even though this prophecy was given after-the-fact, it
was given incorrectly. In this scenario,
and if this were true, the Word of God would have failed. Under Old Covenant Law, God did not strike
without warning for repentance. This
would be a different god, a ruthless one that did not care for his children and
did not desire for all to be saved and all to believe in His Name.
And God does not strike an entire state filled with good,
Christian people as judgment for some unknown mistake, and then change His mind
about His own actions. He does not
strike with judgment and then say that it was a “warning shot” for the coming
According to the words of this “prophet,” God failed. God abandoned us. God deserted people for no known reason. The people of Alaska are severed from the
Body of Christ without any knowledge as to why.
They do not even know what they should repent for; Branham never told
This is not the God that we serve. We do not serve a narcissistic god who shows
“random wrath.” We do not serve a god
that strikes without warning, instills fear in our hearts, and tell us, “Just
kidding, guys! That was just a
warning! I was only joking when I said
‘judgment’ – did you really believe that?
FEAR ME or I will send the REAL judgment upon your heads for that
If you are trapped in
this cult, you don’t need to fear this man.
You don’t need to fear your pastors, or even your “friends” who tell you
judgment awaits for reading your Bibles when it directly contradicts with
prophet who shall speak a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded
him to speak, or which he shall speak in the name of other gods, that prophet
shall die. And you may say in your
heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken? When a prophet speaks in the name of the
LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which
the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall
not be afraid of him.”
The “prophet” is dead.
This prophecy given in Deuteronomy was accurate. Branham gave a presumptuous prophecy, one
that the Lord did not Give him, and our Bibles tell us that we do not have to
be afraid of him any longer!
We are free!
Paul said in Galatians 4:
you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not
gods. But now that you have come to know
God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and
worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once
Come to know God. The
REAL God, the God of the Bible. The God
who loves us, cares for us, and one day will return to take us into our New