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Towards the end of John chapter 10, Jesus confounds the Jews by using one of the scriptures from the Old Testament. It is a passage of scripture that was used in Jewish Mysticism, later integrated into Gnosticism, and spread around the world through the more extreme sects of Pentecostalism. Those in the Branham movement will be familiar with the doctrine, which some sects describe as their interpretation of the "Third Pull."
Jews, ready to stone Jesus for His statements making Himself equal to God, asked Christ to make the statement once more. "If you are the Christ, tell us plainly," they cried out, attempting to place Jesus into a position of contempt among the people. His reply is one familiar to any within a religious cult created by the Pentecostal movement: "I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you." (John 10:25-26)
But when Jesus said, "I and the Father are One," the Jews picked up their stones to slay Him.
Jesus, speaking to men familiar with this rising teaching of mysticism, quoted Psalm 82:6: "I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High." If they were to stone Him in accordance with scripture, then they must also support Him according to scripture -- and it's impossible to do both.
As God was speaking to Moses, preparing him to speak on His behalf before Pharaoh, His words were: "See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet." (Exodus 7:1)
Many men who lifted themselves into power under the name of Christiansity use these scriptures and similar to promote the idea that they are more filled with God than their followers. Often quoted from the followers of William Branham, "He was a man, but he was MORE than a man. We worship the God IN the man."
William Branham, taking this theology found in Kaballah, twisted it even further. According to Branham, Moses was not only a "god" to Pharaoh -- Moses was "god to the people."
"Moses had to become God to the people. You say, 'That's nonsense.' Why, He told, even told Moses, Hisself, 'You'll be God, and Aaron will be your prophet!...?...' See? So there He come, see, He had to veil Himself, 'cause God is always behind a veil. Oh, my! Do you see It? [Congregation says, 'Amen.'--Ed.] God is hid from the public. Said, 'Father, I thank You, You've hid It from the wise and prudent, and revealed It to babes, to them that wants to learn.' See?" Branham, 64-0614M THE.UNVEILING.OF.GOD
In Egyptian mythology, the Pharoah was believed to be deity, asending to the stars worshipped by the people. To Pharaoh, Moses was a "god," representing the God of the Jews. But Moses was not "God," he was the same flesh and blood as his brothers and sisters. Placed into his position by God, he was nothing more than a vessel that God chose to deliver His people.
This Egyptian mythology entered Gnosticism through Simon the Magician and Marcus the Sorcerer from Memphis Egypt. Mixed with Christianity, Gnostics believed that they would become "gods," and would have power over those that did not follow their mystic religion. Simon the Magician taught his people the "Third Pull."
There are sects within the Branham following that remain an extension to this Gnostic faith. While dispised by many others in the Branham movement, they firmly believe Branham's teaching that they will become "gods" - not replacing the "god of wrath" that Branham promoted, but forming a Polytheistic religion similar to that of Egypt, Babylon, Greece, Rome, and every pagan religion throughout time.
Branham started claiming that he could speak "squirrels into existence", and referenced these passages to promote the Gnostic teaching that we will become gods:
This is one Scripture that stumped me: "Not if I say, but if you say." Not if Jesus said it, but if you say it yourself. And I thought, "Somehow I've broke into that channel, and I know He's here because I'm almost beside myself." I thought, "I'll make this one ridiculous, sure enough." I said, "They'd be a red squirrel come down off that hill, come right down this a-way, and right by me, and go out, and set on that limb, and look down there at that farmer." Here he come down the hill, went right out, and sat, looked at the farmer. And I shot him. - Branham, 65-1127E
He made Moses a god to Pharaoh once. And He made you a god to the people. That's right. And you this morning are written epistles of God. Your--your lives are of God, and even carries that Holy Ghost. Look here, friends, don't let it pass. Don't just let this go by, as just a little mythical something...?... Will you do that?...?... Branham, 49-1225
The Bible teaches us that there is but One God, and one Mediator between God and man, Christ Jesus. While a Gnostic version of faith can pull scriptures out of context and seem like the Word of God, history records the evil produced by these new and different religions. While the more conservative sects of the Branham faith condemn the extremists groups, they do not realize that they are rebuking siblings from the same father.
We are children of the King, joint heirs with Christ. To a lost and dying world, we are like God, inheriting eternal life through faith in Jeus Christ, the Son of the Living God. We have something that the world does not have, and are to present ourselves as His messengers, pointing others to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are sons and daughters of God.
When you hear men promoting doctrines from Jewish Mysticism, God has given us the Tool to test their teaching: His Word. Psalm 82 does tell us that we are like gods to the people, but reminds us that we are not God; we are mortals designed to worship the One True God. The last two verses of the chapter sum it up quite nicely:
"God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: 'How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah. Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.' They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. I said, 'You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.' Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!" - Psalm 82