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Between versions of "The Table," the software package sold by Voice of God Recordings containing the transcripts to the audio sermons of William Marrion Branham which some refer to as "The Book of Elijah," we find many subtle and some not-so-subtle differences. From time to time, I compare the latest version of the software (now 2014) with the transcripts from before Voice of God took ownership of the collection. It is interesting to watch the text as it takes new life, growing into "new revelation."
As we pointed out last year, removal of a single word in a sentence can change not only the point being made by the speaker, but sometimes the context of the entire section. By removing the word "homosexual," one might think William Branham was referring to other sins of sexual nature.
Even worse, we find sections of recorded sermon being inserted with the claim that these sections were "lost" and now "found." How do we know they were inserted in the proper position? How do we know they are complete? By adding words into the middle of a sermon, the entire course of the sermon can be refocused.
But last night, I came across something very disturbing. Sections of text were being inserted into "The Table" without the recorded audio. "New Revelations" claiming to be "past visions" are inserted into the "book of Branham." It is appalling; this is something we do not find even in the "Book of Mormon," and we do not have the sons of Joseph Smith altering the book.
The addition is enough to raise an eyebrow of even the most devout Branham follower. Branham spoke so harshly against men building large buildings, taking the money that was used to further the Gospel and spending it on themselves. As he blasted people like Oral Roberts, he cried out that there were people spreading the gospel without even shoes on their feet!
And many of the followers know Branham's voice -- those who have spent a lifetime emmersing themselves into a ministry filled with "Kentucky-English," broken sentences, and overall poor grammar. There are evangelistic organizations that have written reference guides to explain the Kentucky Grammer to other languages and cultures.
What will these cultures say, having been trained to use their "Kentucky Translator," and suddenly see the text of a "vision" that does not translate? Did William Branham suddenly have a spurt of education?
But this vision is not one for the church. It is not a vision designed to further the Body of Christ, no special instructions by God for the comfort of His children and no doomsday prophecies that align with the "god of wrath" that he promoted. This vision is solely for the furthering of the Branham legacy, describing the very same thing that Branham condemned the religious leaders of his day for doing:
Building a new building.
In the "vision of the forest cathedral," Billy Paul Branham (speaking as William) says this:
"The subject would have two climaxes. I was laying a background for my first climax, when all of a sudden I noticed that it was getting late, near the noon hour, and my congregation began to get physically hungry. And they started getting up and walking out, with the intention of returning, but they must have physical food according to their thinking, and some were just getting tired of listening. I noticed to my right side some young married people were leaving, and I screamed out to them, "Don't go! For all these wonderful things that I have showed you, you don't know where they have come from or where you can find them!" Then that was to be my first climax. I grabbed my Bible and screamed, making the climax, "They are found in the Bible, for I am commissioned to preach only the Bible!" But the congregation walked on. I looked towards the forest church, and no one was there. Then I turned, and I said that was the first climax, but in my heart I knew that they would be back for the evening service, and all I would have to do would be lay a little background of my morning service, then I could reach that great climax for the evening service. And my heart was so thrilled, as I turned from my forest cathedral, to wait for the evening service to begin." - Billy Paul Branham speaking as William Marrion Branham (Sermon Index 62-1030X)
John Chapter 12, immediately after Lazarus was raised from the dead, describes the time Christ was to be glorified. It was a time when the Body became the temple, and the Lord dwelt in houses not made with earthly hands. It was a time when Jesus Christ became the new High Priest, establishing the Eternal Covenant of Grace and ascending to the right hand of the Father.
In this passage, Christ makes a statement that many are familiar with:
And Jesus answered them, 'The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. - John 12:23-26
Let's imagine that William Branham actually had a sudden spurt of education, and was able to speak such good English. Does this prophecy serve Jesus Christ, or William Branham? Can a "message" to be given to the entire world be spoken through a single "forest cathedral?" Will God require the two to four million followers worldwide to visit this cathedral to hear the audio recording from a dead prophet?
Does not this vision of a "forest cathedral" conflict with Branham's "tent prophecy" that most of the religious following has now abandoned?
Is this a good way further the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Or is this simply a good way to further Voice of God Recordings?