"Sir, I Perceive That You Are A Prophet."
If you were influenced by the teachings of William Branham, this is a passage of scripture that you hold truly dear. Immediately upon hearing these words, your mind goes back to the woman at the well that Branham taught was a "prostitute," and her many husbands. Your mind focuses upon Christ's power to "contact her spirit," just as William Branham claimed to be able to do. But does Branham's version of this story match scripture?
Comparing this passage to Branham's teachings, there are many elements of this story to focus upon. One could easily argue that she was not a prostitute, and that scripture makes no mention of this woman selling her body for pleasure. One might compare Branham's emphasis upon the woman's mistakes rather than the salvation of the city. But today, let's simply focus on that one passage that is deeply rooted into our minds, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet."
William Branham told this story several times throughout his ministry, each time associating that statement describing Christ as a "prophet" with the term "contacting her spirit."
She said, "The well's deep, and You have nothing to draw with." He went on talking to her. What was He doing? Contacting her spirit. And she looked at Him kinda strange. And He said, go right straight to the point. "Go get your husband." That's what her trouble was. She said, "I have no husband." Said, "You got five." She turned and said, "I perceive that You're a prophet." Branham, 53-0506
In Matthew 12, when Jesus healed the blind, the People recognized Jesus Christ as the Messiah when they called him the Son of David. Their understanding was that this Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of the Living God. But the Pharisees began to argue that Christ was Beelzebub, attributing his methods to that of the temples of Baal.
In the worship of the gods of Baal, there were sorcerers, diviners, mediums, and more. Each empowered by the practices of what we would call in our day "witchcraft," these mortals would put themselves in contact with the spiritual realm. "Diviners" were predictors of the future. Sorcerers were men who could take the spirits under their control. Mediums were mortals who could contact the spirits.
When King Saul went to the Witch of Endor to contact the spirit of Samuel, he violated the Law of Moses that bore the penalty of death for the witch. It made himself an abomination before God.
"A man or a woman who is a medium or a necromancer shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones; their blood shall be upon them." - Leviticus 20:27
“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God. - Leviticus 19:31
John chapter two tells us that Jesus, in his Supreme Deity, did not need to make use of sorcery or witchcraft to peer inside of the human soul. Christ knew the hearts of men before they even spoke:
Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man. – John 2:23-25
It is obvious why the Pharisees explained away Christ’s power through the demonic forces of Baal. They did not accept Christ; they were not Christians. They told the people that Christ must use sorcery to perform the miracles.
But ask yourselves the question: Why did William Branham say that Christ must first “Contact her spirit?” What reason would William Branham have to lower the power of Christ from Supreme Deity to that of a prophet – a prophet using powers from the temples of Baal?