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The Bridge

John Collins04/06/2014
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When God allows a prophet to see into the future, the events made known cannot be wrong; God Himself cannot be wrong. For this reason, the Bible tells us that we are to test the prophets -- if any single prophecy given does not come to pass exactly as the prophet has spoken, than the prophet was not speaking from the authority of God. Instead, we are instructed to avoid the prophet, because they are attempting to lead us astray.

Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:20-22 

But the prophet who shall speak a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he shall speak in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. And you may say in your heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken? When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him. 
Deuteronomy. 18:20-22

William Branham claimed to have been given a vision by God concerning the construction of the Clark Memorial Bridge that joins Southern Indiana to Louisville Kentucky over the Ohio River. In his descriptions of this vision, Branham claimed to have seen the deaths of sixteen men as they fell from the bridge. It was a prophecy of destruction, similar to other prophecies given by Branham to his followers; a proclamation of death from God through this prophet without reason or a plea for repentance.

As Christians, we should examine every prophecy, no matter how big or small, and learn what God is trying to tell us. What was the importance of this prophecy? Did God issue a warning of judgment without a call to repentance? Does this prophecy lead us closer to God, or simply closer to William Branham as the "seer?" Did this prophecy come to pass as Branham Claimed? 

The George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge began construction in June 1928, and was finally opened to the public on October 31, 1929 as a toll bridge. According to government records, this would place William Branham at an age of 20, which would place Branham at an age to give the warning to the target of the prophecy -- the men whose lives would be claimed and the families that would lose their loved one.

But history tells a much different story. During its construction, the operations were monitored by the United States Coast Guard. Their observation of the construction is recorded in a series of log books in logs that were entered every two hours each day, and those logs record everything from the barometric pressures to the groceries and other supplies needed by the men at work. The logs do record deaths, but not from a fall from the bridge. While they describe several rescue operations and and two fatalities. But history does not record sixteen men falling from this bridge.
It is common knowledge that several men died from a bridge spanning the Ohio River from Kentucky into Indiana, however, and that history can be found in any of the historical records of Jeffersonville. There were over thirty fatalities curing the construction of the Big Four Bridge, twenty of which occurred during a single incident. The Big Four bridge was built in sections placed upon pillars, and during severe winds one section was damaged. Forty-one workers were standing upon this section when it fell, and the construction came to a halt while they repaired the bridge with additional support.

The Clark Memorial Bridge, on the other hand, was not constructed in this manner. According to the local bridge authorities, the method used during its construction is the same method used today, and this type of bridge construction has endured due to its increased safety. The Clark Memorial bridge was seen as a huge success with a limited number of fatalities, none of which were a result of a worker falling to his or her death. 

This prophecy is clearly the result of the words of a man, not the Word from the Lord. The Big Four Bridge ended construction in 1895, long before William Branham was born. Since there is no record of this prophecy being given before the event, it would seem as though William Branham claimed an event in the history of the city as a new 'prophecy,' but like the other prophesies we will examine, the facts do not match the declaration of prophecy. The prophet has spoken presumptuously. - See more at: