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The Cloud

John Collins04/05/2014
Seek The Truth Blog

William Branham claimed to have had a vision describing the need to travel west and meet with five angels. Five, according to Branham, had a significant meaning in the spiritual realm —since the English word for "grace" had five letters. So he travelled west. 

But in later telling this spiritual event revolved around seven angels, not five. And according to Branham, these seven angels instructed him to return to Jeffersonville, Indiana, to receive the "revelation of the seven seals." During the meeting, Branham claimed that each of these seven angels met him in his room each day, and that he knew absolutely nothing about the sermon on the day prior. This description of seven angels (not five) continued until a magazine article describing a mysterious cloud was handed to him. 

After several sermons, and now having a photograph of a cloud, Branham started to claim that he was standing directly underneath the cloud when it had drifted overhead. In fact, he claimed that he watched this cloud being formed as the seven angels broke through the earth's atmosphere directly overhead. 

This event was supposed to have happened during his javelina hunt in the mountains of Arizona. And though Branham did travel west to hunt, he arrived prior to hunting season. Before the season started, Branham was asked to travel to Houston, Texas to help create support for a photographer's son who was in prison and had been sentenced to die. Ironically, that photographer is the same person who took the other iconic photograph used in the following of William Branham: the "halo" picture. 

Branham preached a sermon entitled "An Absolute" in Houston, describing his upcoming hunting trip. According to Branham, the hunting trip was upcoming, and his agenda was to return to Arizona to hunt javelina hogs until it was time to return home to Jeffersonville for an upcoming meeting. 

There's just one problem: This Houston sermon was given on March 4, 1963, and the cloud had already passed through Arizona on February 28, 1963! 

The cloud was formed at Vandenburg Air Force Base. According to research, the most likely cause of the formation was due to a T.H.O.R. missile detonation -- which commonly produced clouds similar to the one displayed in the Life magazine. It floated from west to east over 320 kilometers north of Branham's hunting location, and was sighted several times along the northern part of Arizona in the evening of February 28, 1963. 

The location does not match —Branham was out of state. The timing does not match; Branham claimed to have seen the cloud in the morning instead of in the evening. And the hunting season that year did not begin until March 1st, creating an impossible situation. 

James McDonald carried out research to testify in the United States Senate on behalf of Unidentified Flying Object researchers in the United States. His investigation is key to the identification of the origin of the cloud, and because this situation proved to have been caused by humans instead of Martians, McDonald abandoned research on the mysterious cloud in Arizona. 

With his abandoning study, followers of William Branham use the lack of investigation as proof of the unknown. Not knowing that McDonald was on his way to becoming an outcast in his peer group, they assume McDonald was a top scientist whose only purpose was to study this cloud. Sadly, McDonald was unable to prove the existence of little green men, and ultimately committed suicide after humiliating himself in the United States Senate chambers.

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