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Many of you are familiar of the miracle of the fish and the bread, the account given in scripture describing Jesus feeding five thousand eager followers with just five loaves and two fish. It is a story that every Christian remembers, and one that made the Jews realize that Christ was the Messiah.
The Jews were looking for the promise in scripture of the Prophet like Moses, and John chapter six tells us that the miracle of feeding five thousand made them realize that scripture was being fulfilled. Deuteronomy 18:15 was the promise: "The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen." But was this passage of scripture fulfilled in William Branham? Or Jesus Christ?
Moses was a prophet, but he was also the mediator between God and the Children of Israel. A man standing between God and man. Though Moses was mortal, he was a type of Christ. Moses was a shadow of the things to come.
During the early part of his ministry, William Branham recognized this scripture confirmed in Jesus Christ. Branham referenced this passage in Deuteronomy 18 several times, pointing to Jesus as the fulfillment of scripture.
If I'd ask Moses, the great prophet, "Moses, what do you think about Him, Jesus Christ?" You know what he would say? Moses would say, "He's the One that I spoke of, 'the Lord your God will rise a Prophet up, like unto me" - Branham, 51-0930A
But towards the end of his ministry, something changed. Branham gradually started combining this passage with his teaching on "Son of Man," and later integrating Luke 17:30: "so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed."
Jesus said, in Saint Mark there, He said, "In that day the Son of man will be revealed." Now, remember, not Son of God. He came in three sons' names: Son of man, Son of God, Son of David. When He was on earth, He come as Son of man, He was a prophet. Son of man is a prophet. Jehovah Himself called the prophets, Jeremiah and them, "Son of man, what seest thou?" Jesus come, because He had to come according to the Scripture, as Son of man. Moses said, "The Lord your God shall raise up a Prophet, likened unto me." And He had to be a prophet, Son of man. 194 But after His death, burial, and resurrection, now He has been Son of God, the supernatural, the Holy Ghost. 65-0425 GOD'S.PROVIDED.PLACE.OF.WORSHIP
When he admitted the "secret of the Message," the "prophet like Moses" was stretched from the days of Jesus to his own ministry. It would appear that his strategy was to focus the passage of scripture -- which he originally taught was fulfilled with the first coming of Christ -- to himself:
There is the secret of the Message now, just exactly, "the Father's business." What is the Father's business? Could you think of what the Father's business was, in Him? To fulfill what Isaiah said, "A virgin shall conceive." Fulfill what Isaiah, said again, "The lame shall leap like a hart," and all these thing would take place. Like Moses said, "The Lord your God shall raise up a Prophet, among you, liken unto me." It was the Father's business, to fulfill that Word. Well, if that come down through them stalks, of them natural women; what about these stalks of these spiritual, church women? Churches means women, women means "churches," rather. Is that right? Then what is it now? "We must be about the Father's business," the Wheat would cry back, the Grain. Yes, sir. What must it do? Vindicate Malachi 4, vindicate Luke 17:30, vindicate Hebrews 13:8, vindicate Saint John 14:12, vindicate all of His Word. Vindicate Hebrews, I mean... Revelations, the 10th chapter, of the opening of the Seven Seals, and the mysteries of God; even to serpent's seed, and all, would be manifested; marriage and divorce and all these other mysteries that's been hid under the pillars for all these years, from the theologians and so forth, but it's now the hour. That's the Father's business. Think they would receive It? They want to be dignified, and say, "Our denomination don't teach us That." But the Bible does. That's right. 65-0218
The climax of this teaching, immediately before God removed Branham from his ministry, was to proclaim the deity of this "prophet like Moses" that came from Jeffersonville. His reasoning? Because the English language uses five letters in the words "grace," "faith," and "Jesus."
It has to come five times, God uses that Spirit: Elisha, Elijah, John the Baptist, and for the Gentile church, and then for the Jews in Revelation the 11th chapter. That's, God's g-r-a-c-e, f-a-i-t-h, J-e-s-u-s, Jesus, the--the letter five. Can't stop at four, it has to go to five. See? Notice! Now, He promised that, so that sets the Bible just exactly to this day, and the Sodom and Gomorrah. And Elijah was not... That wasn't Elijah; That was the Spirit of God on Elijah; Elijah was just a man. Now, we've had Elijahs, and Elijahs' coats, and Elijahs' mantles, and Elijahs' everything. But the Elijah of this day is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is to come according to Matthew the seventeen-... 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
Is this correct? Was William Branham "not a man, 'God'?" Is scripture really vindicated by elementary math applied to a language that came centuries after the Greek and Hebrew text? Is William Branham the "prophet likened unto Moses?
Immediately before this chapter, Jesus addresses the Jews. He rebukes them for accepting men that come in any other name. But notice the last sentence. Jesus Christ, in the flesh, fulfilled the prophecy of Moses. Christ was the Prophet that would forever intercede between God and man.
I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?" - John 5:43-47