William Branham told many stories of the awesome power of God that offered him protection, and on the surface, it seems to be just that. God loves and cares for His own.
But when you examine these tales in chronological order, details were added that seem to give the story a slight adjustment in purpose. Over time the stories changed from amazement in God's mighty power to amazement that any would question Branham's authority. The best example of this is the tale of the "Man from Windsor," who suffered several different tragedies for pretending to enter Branham's prayer line without actually having the diseases written on the back of his "prayer card."
During the early stages of Branham's ministry, the Branham campaign would require patients to fill in "prayer cards," a small piece of paper that contained the person's name, address, affliction, and other information. These cards were handed in to the ushers, and given to Branham for "prayer." Then, during the course of the lengthy prayer lines, Branham would guess what each person wrote on the backs of the cards—claiming that God had given him this revelation in a vision he called "discernment."
To question this awesome power was forbidden. Followers of William Branham are trained to believe that questioning the "prophet" is to question the Holy Spirit, and by doing so they can mistakenly drive the Holy Spirit from their presence.
But according to Branham, this man questioned. By heeding the instructions in the Bible to test the prophets, Branham claimed that God smote this man to the ground, paralyzed.
But this was just one version of the story. In other telling the man suffered different consequences, fates that included death, running from the platform, a bedridden condition, pain, and suffering at the hand of Almighty God.
Here is the list of fates that Branham claimed this man to have had:
1. He fell to the floor and began screaming (1950)
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2. He received the diseases that were written on his prayer card and was still afflicted (1953).
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3. He died from the diseases written on the card (1954).
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4. He was still bedfast "to this day" (1956).
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5. He ran screaming from the platform (1956).
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6. He died a year later (January 1957).
57-0127E BLIND.BARTIMAEUS_ LIMA.OH SUNDAY_ E-66 through E-67
7. He was still in "serious condition" (June 1957).
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8. He died 6 months later from cancer (1958).
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9. He was carried from the platform paralyzed and was still paralyzed (1958).
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10. He died six weeks later (1961).
61-0212M JEHOVAH.JIREH_ LONG.BEACH.CA SUNDAY_ E-24 through E-26
11. He died six weeks later (1962)
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12. He received the diseases that were written on his prayer card (1963).
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