When Jesus departed from the five thousand, walking on the water to enter the boat carrying His disciples, the multitude entered boats to follow Jesus. But Jesus rebuked them. Jesus told them that they did not follow because they believed the sign that was given to them; they did not believe that He was the Messiah. They were more concerned for where they would get their next meal.
The followers tried to persuade Jesus to make food, testing Christ with these words: "Our fathers ate manna in the wilderness." The people were looking for another Moses, another mortal to lead them out of their fallen state due to the Curse of the Law. Throughout his sermons, William Branham referenced this passage, pointing to Moses as the one to lead the Children into the Promised Land. But does this match scripture?
Jesus explained to them that He was the Bread of Life, sent from the Father. They were looking for a Moses, but He was the Son of God!
Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." They said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always." Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." - John 6:32-40
But in Branham's version of the 'gospel,' the Holy Spirit is not the guide. Branham tried to resurrect the idea of an Old Testament-style prophet to lead the church into the Kingdom of Heaven. While Christ is referring to the physical death of the Children of Israel as they came through the barren wilderness, Branham adds four words to scripture: "eternally separated from God."
And God never did forgive them, He destroyed them right there in the wilderness. And Jesus said, Himself, "They'll never come, there's none of them saved." Jesus said... They said, "Our fathers eat manna in the wilderness for forty years." He said, "They're every one dead, eternally separated from God. They're every one dead." Certainly! Because they listened to an error. When Moses, the vindicated of God, and a leader to show them the way to the promised land, and they had come so far all right, but then they wouldn't go along with him. Now, believers can see It, but unbelievers cannot see That vindicated. - Branham, 65-1206
With the addition of these four words, the context and meaning of the passage is altered. No longer is the Father in Heaven the hero of the story -- Moses is. And those that did not follow Moses into the Promised Land, symbolizing those that did not follow William Branham, were eternally separated from God.
There's only one problem. Those that remained with Moses would have never reached the Promised Land. Moses was a mortal; sinful flesh. The prophet was not their leader -- God was. Moses was not permitted to enter the Promised Land:
And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them." - Numbers 20:12
Those of you in this following are given the same choice: Remain with your "Moses," who claimed to have given you your "manna" of "Divine Healing." Or follow Christ and enter into the Promised Land.