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By preaching from the books in the Bible that described
God’s wrath against Israel for abandoning the Old Covenant, and never preaching
from the books of the prophets that spoke restoration, only one aspect of God
was portrayed: the God of justice. This God was a God that rightfully brought
justice upon the nation of Israel, who constantly fell into idolatry –
sacrificing to the idols of other gods with animal and even human
sacrifice. God wants us to serve Him and
But by only displaying one aspect of God and removing the
true nature of God, a different god emerges.
By portraying the justice of the loving God, the God that cared enough
for us to have sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, this God becomes nothing more
than a god of wrath.
And this god of wrath played well into Branham’s fictional
stories regarding his journey into Pentecostalism. According to William Branham, his
mother-in-law forbade his leading her daughter into Pentecostalism, and because
he listened to a woman instead of the god of wrath, Branham claimed that his
wife and daughter were smote with vengeance.
Caring nothing for the salvation and grace in the relationship between
Hope and the Living God, this god of wrath ignored the cross to rip her life
from her body in vengeance against this poor mother. And this new god overlooked the grace of the
loving mother and the fragile life of a child.
For the god of wrath, Calvary meant nothing, and Christ died in vain.
This same new god, the god of wrath, was displayed and
uplifted when Branham started rewriting the story of Elijah. While the loving God mourned for the lives of
the Children of Israel being sacrificed to idols at the hand of the wicked
Jezebel, the god of wrath brought vengeance against cosmetics, hairstyles, and
other superficial things that could easily be applied to our day and time. That same god of wrath was being lifted into
power, so that it could condemn this world for cosmetics and “bobbed hair,”
once again ignoring the saving grace that was given as a Gift to all who
believe in Jesus Christ.
But there is a difference between the god that William
Branham lifted into worship and the One True God. The god that Branham promoted looked on the
outward appearance, from the long hair and long dresses of women, to the
covering of leg skin of the men – but this god of wrath also peered into the
heart. Not in the way that the Loving
God peers into the heart, but instead looking for ways to condemn. The god of wrath exposes sin, brings
retaliation, and causes its worshippers to live in self-condemnation for the
sins that plague their lives.
But the One True God looks at our hearts through
Calvary. Christ is our Mediator, and
when God looks at us, He sees the cross.
The One True God also hates sin, but molds us and shapes us as he lifts
us up in Grace. Each time we fall, He
picks us back up to stand even more firmly resolved. All of us are nothing more than sinners,
saved by the Grace of the risen Savior.
The One True God has a foundation of the Gospel of Jesus
Christ, the Good News that while we are sinners that cannot save ourselves by
works, we are saved through the Gift that God gave us. He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay
the penalty for sin. Christ came, lived
the perfect life that we could not live, suffered and died upon the cross,
conquered death, hell, and the grave, and rose again so that we can rise with
him. And this was given to us as a Gift,
not by the merits of anything we did attempting to deserve this – it was a Gift
of the loving God to His children. Now,
simply by Grace through faith in Jesus Christ, each one of us is a new
creature. The sinful flesh that plagues
us is of no consequence – these earthly bodies will fade away. We are now part of the Body of Christ, one
with the Living God!
The god of wrath has several requirements. Each new “law” rose into requirement was
nailed onto the cross of Jesus Christ as a new distractor. As more and more laws became tacked onto the
cross, our view of Christ was slowly replaced with the laws of the god of
wrath. Over time these laws completely
covered what was underneath, and it became necessary to look through these laws
to see the cross. To become closer to
Christ, we must look through these laws.
And while the One True God is lifted into power by our
worship of Christ, the god of wrath is lifted into power by bringing more
vengeance. As these new laws were nailed
to the cross at Calvary, they resurrected many laws from the Old Covenant that
Paul called “obsolete.” But while
nailing Old Covenant law to the cross, many laws were overlooked – causing
followers of the cult to obey part of the law but not all. By attempting to keep part of the Law, and
while breaking other parts of the Law, we were breaking the whole Law, bringing
sin upon us. By Law, none of us can ever
For by works of
the law no human being will be
justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of
sin. Romans 3:20
But while the god of wrath looks to the law, the One True
God looks at the requirement that was the foundation of the Law. As Gentiles, we were not born under Law, but
according to Paul, we also fulfill this requirement:
Gentiles, who do not have the law,
by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though
they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on
their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting
thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel,
God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
But the root of the problem is in the very first chapter of
the book of Romans. The god of wrath that
William Branham promoted is nothing new; there is nothing new under the
sun. The same god of wrath that Branham
claimed to have smote Hope and Sharon Rose is the same god of wrath being
lifted into power by the Romans. It is
the same god of wrath that ignored the truth of the Gospel and turned hearts
away from the power of the cross.
This god of wrath has one requirement: man to enforce. To lift the god of wrath into power, there
must be a man to enforce the laws that are nailed to the cross. In doing so, man begins to worship the
creation, the man, rather than the Creator:
For the wrath
of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of
men, who by their unrighteousness suppress
the truth. For what can be
known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his
invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been
clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that
have been made. So they are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks
to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were
darkened. Claiming to be wise, they
became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling
mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of
their bodies among themselves, because they
exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature
rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
Those last words are amazing truth. Hope was involved in the youth ministry of
the Pentecostal Tabernacle under Pentecostal Pastor Roy E. Davis when Branham
himself was the assistant pastor. Hope’s
mother did not invoke the vengeance of a god of wrath, and the god of wrath
could never bypass the cross at Calvary to smite one of His own. The Covenant of Grace was established and
could not be denied by God.
Men, exchanging the truth about the One True God for this
fictional story have lifted William Branham into worship. Branham himself is nailed to the cross, and
for a follower to see Christ, they must first look through William
Branham. Through Branham’s filter, they
then must look through the laws nailed to the body of Christ. Only looking through the body of the dead
“prophet” and the laws that he nailed to the cross can they see Jesus Christ.
All because they exchanged the truth about God for the lies
of a man. The created man, and his laws,
are now served by the followers rather than the Creator who died for their sin
and abolished the Law.
When followers read the Old Testament, it is read through
the filter of this man who lifted a god of wrath into power. They fail to see the other aspects of
God. They do not see His loving Grace
and Mercy, because Branham avoided the scriptures that explained the correction
that God was giving to the children of Israel for serving other gods – like
this god of wrath. They see the children
of Israel groaning in agony under the punishment of God, but do not see God
Himself groaning because He was having to do so. They see a taskmaster beating a slave rather
than a loving Father correcting His Children.
The Loving God, the One True God, the God of both justice
and righteousness, has one requirement – and that requirement is not law. That requirement is love. As God was punishing His children for their
idolatry, there is one passage that you will never hear from within the four
walls of a cult church: God speaking
through Micah, crying out in love for His children.
“O my people,
what have I done to you? How have I
wearied you? Answer me! For I brought
you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I
sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam
the son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that
you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.”
shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come
before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of
rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my
firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my
soul?” He has told you, O man, what is
good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love
kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
People ask why I continue.
Seek The Truth and sites like this have exposed prophecies that have
failed, some of which Branham himself admitted to have failed. His life story has been proven more fiction
than fact, and many of the “spiritual events” that he proclaimed have
absolutely nothing to do with God, most of them to support hunting trips. But all of these things are nothing compared
to lifting another god into worship.
Good, Bible-believing Christian brothers and sisters are tricked into
following a different god, and over time are convinced that this new god of
wrath is the same god of the Bible.
And there are many people trapped on the inside that do not
know they are serving a different God.
They place their focus on the Bible above any man, and ignore the
differences between Branham’s god of wrath and the Jesus that they know and
love. They see God as the same loving
God that sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for their sins. They believe that Christ ascended to the
Father and sent the Holy Spirit to lead them and guide them, and believe that
the Holy Spirit will lead them into all Truth.
It is these people that my heart bleeds for. Many have rejected the truth, exchanging the
true knowledge of God for the fictional stories of a man. Once enlightened, their hearts have been
hardened to the Truth in God’s Word.
Now, serving the god of wrath, they have denied the love and grace that
God requires. There is nothing that we
can say or do to help those people, and only the Hand of God can save them from
the fire that they have started to bring down upon themselves.
But those that do know God, those that do not serve a god of
wrath, those are the ones that need the most love and support. They do not need a Christian beating them
over the head with their Bibles – they already know their Bibles. But they are blinded by the spell that this
god of wrath has placed on them. Elect
members of the Body, deception in the church has led them into serving a
different “jesus.” But remember, Matthew
24:24 said that the false prophets would deceive the very elect – if
it were possible. It is
possible to deceive, but God’s children can never be led willfully
deceived. Once they realize the
deception, and as God’s elect, they will flee from the god of wrath and into
the loving arms of Jesus Christ.
Remember, immediately after Jesus gave this warning of the
false prophet that would rise to deceive, he gave the parable of the ten
virgins. All invited, but some had no
oil. When the Bridegroom came to meet
them, the virgins trimmed their lamps, but those without oil went to another
source. They did not have the oil to
begin with, but even more interesting is that not all of these virgins that had
the oil were the bride – under Jewish custom, this was the bridal party, which
included the bride but also included others.
Those that had the oil went into the marriage feast. Those that went away from the body of the
others in the bridal party had severed themselves, and the door was shut.
This parable is the best description of a cult that has
risen under the name of Christianity.
They have severed themselves from other Christians, exchanged the truth
about God for a lie, and have began to serve another god.
This god, usually, is the god of wrath.