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Hearing the testimony of Philip, Nathanael did not fully believe that Jesus was the Christ. In response, Nathanael asked, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip replied: "Come and see."
When Jesus recognized Nathanael before having ever met him, Nathanael praised Christ by giving even more titles confirming the heralds of the Old Covenant. "Rabbi," (or teacher). "Son of God." "King of Israel." Because of his belief in the statements made by Christ, Jesus said that he would see the heavens open and the angels of God descending.
When Jesus spoke these words, He gave himself a title that also fulfilled several Old Testament prophesies. And yet the followers of William Branham believe that this title Jesus uses was not for himself -- Branham taught his following that this title was to be applied to himself, a "20th century prophet."
Which is correct? Was William Branham correct? Or was Jesus using a title that we should be applying to Christ?
Jesus told Nathanael that he would soon see the heavens opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. This title, "Son of Man" is used several times throughout Branham's ministry, and even printed on publications, church marquees, and bulletin boards to describe Branham's ministry. Specifically: Luke 17:30, which reads, "so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed."
Branham taught his followers that this verse was to apply to himself:
But, now, God has promised us these things in the last days. In Malachi 4, said that Jesus Christ would come down and impersonate Himself in human flesh like He did at Sodom. That's right. And said the world would be in a Sodom condition. And said, "As it was then, the Son of man will be revealed that day." See, this Man that come down in the form of a man, which was "Elohim," by Abraham, before this promised son came. Look what it was, Abraham said it was God. And the Bible said there was three man came to him, dust on their clothes, travel, set down and eat like man. And Jesus said, "Just at the time the world gets in a Sodom condition, then the Son of man would reveal Himself again," not Son of God. Son of man, see, would reveal Himself. - Branham, 65-0718
Luke 17:30, says the Son of man is to reveal Himself among His people. Not a man, God! But it'll come through a prophet. - Branham, 65-1127B
In John 21, Jesus appeared once more to the disciples. Though the focal point of the passage is Peter, who enjoyed an incredible amount of fish in his net, Nathanael was present.
The disciples did not recognize Jesus as he stood on the shore. It was not until he commanded them to cast their net on the right side of their boat, and the large number of fish filled the net that they realized that the Son of man was once more being revealed. Verse 14 states, "This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead."
The fish in the net, so many that they were not able to haul them all into the boat, represented the people that these disciples would "catch" by telling them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was the Body of Christ, a body without number.
One must ask themselves after reading this passage: Which "Son of Man" would you rather follow? One that invited all to come, countless in number, simply by telling them that He died for them on the cross? Or one from the 20th century, who excluded and secluded with a small group to condemn all other Christians who did not agree with him to eternal separation?
As for me and my house: We believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of Man, just like He said, and all who claim this title for themselves or point others to a mortal claiming this title are nothing more than wolves in sheep's clothing.