William Branham - Just A Man - He Made Mistakes:
For decades, the pastors in the cult of William Branham proclaimed the "perfection of the recorded ministry," referring to the 1200+ recorded sermons of William Marrion Branham. One pastor is often quoted as saying, "It's more accurate than today's newspaper," while others had similar sayings. All of which combined led the followers to believe that each word that proceeded from the mouth of William Branham onto magnetic tape was the voice of God himself. Hence the name: Voice of God Recordings. Branham himself claimed, "I am a voice of God to you."
But after awareness of the many fundamental issues in the ministry of William Branham was widespread, these cult pastors changed their tunes. Following the direction given to them by Voice of God Recording's publication, "Because He Said So," they started proclaiming that "Branham was just a man; he made mistakes." And some of these mistakes, they now admit, made their way onto recorded sermon.
One such mistake is one that William Branham often made, describing the years in which Enoch lived on the earth. While the King James Bible numbers his days as 365, William Branham often described the "FIVE HUNDRED YEARS" that Enoch walked the earth. This, cult pastors now say, is a mistake.
But it is not as simple as that. Were it mentioned one or two times, it could be said that William Branham did, indeed, slip up. And even without the associated doctrine tied to this number of years, one might claim that William Branham simply never read the scripture concerning Enoch of the Bible, and was "preaching from the hip." Though a cult pastor would never admit this, it would be favorable to the truth behind the "five hundred years."
William Branham tied his description of Enoch to the destruction of the world by flood, where Noah and his family weathered the storms in an ark. According to Branham, these five hundred years would have been required -- he often referred to Noah and Enoch walking the earth at the same time. Why?
This was bound to an apocalyptic doctrine, one far older than the doctrines Branham learned from other cult leaders such as Charles Russell and Alexander Dowie. Apocalyptic writings popular immediately before, during, and after the time of Christ produced several pseudepigraphal books. (books written under the name of a famous Bible figure but by a different author than that figure.) The Apocalyptic book of Enoch, not found in our Bible canon, is one such work.
Many copies of the book of Enoch now also contain fragments of the "Book of Noah" that it references. And William Branham's "five-hundred-year-old-Enoch" appears to have came directly from these fragments. Included in the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of some 981 different texts discovered between 1946 and 1956, the fragment of the Book of Noah starts out with these words:
"In the year five hundred, in the seventh month, on the fourteenth day of the month in the life of Enoch. In that Parable I saw how a mighty quaking made the heaven of heavens to quake, and the host of the Most High, and the angels, a thousand thousands and ten thousand times ten thousand, were disquieted with a great disquiet. And the Head of Days sat on the throne of His glory, and the angels and the righteous stood around Him."
- Book of Noah
Again, one can mistakenly describe the number of years in Enoch's life as 500 when the King James Bible says 365. The years alone are of no consequence unless your doctrine includes numerology. But William Branham took the 500 year doctrine from the Book of Noah, and added another theology to the Bible scriptures: That Noah was NOT righteous, and that Enoch typed the "bride" while Noah typed "tribulation and death."
This, as most normal (not programmed) Christians understand, is a direct conflict with scripture found in Genesis 6:9:
"Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God." - Gen 6:9
It is evident why cult pastors so easily backtrack on the doctrine of "perfection" they placed on Branham's ministry for so many years. It is easier to explain why they were mistaken on the "voice of god" to the people than to explain why that voice had to go outside the Holy Writ to justify their doctrines. To put it bluntly, it is easier to say that God's "mouthpiece" was full of error than to explain why God's "mouthpiece" produced doctrine contrary to scripture.
Example of Branham's unscriptural doctrine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbKp4FC_j-M
Book of Enoch with fragments from the Book of Noah: http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/boe/index.htm