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William Branham's "Jonestown" of 1977

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William Branham's "Jonestown" of 1977:

In the moments leading up to and aggressively in the aftermath of the Jonestown Massacre, government agencies began sifting through private recordings to analyze statements made in private by Jim Jones to his cult following. While the cult members in Jones' South American commune were aware and familiar with his "secret" doctrines the rest of the world was curious to see why people would willingly sever themselves from society and ultimately sever themselves from life. In November of 1978, over 900 people willingly gave their own lives to the belief system that Jones had created. They were indoctrinated with the belief that there was no hope left, and the only way out was death.

Followers of William Branham are shocked when they first learn that William Branham made statements that he did not want on recorded tape. What were these secrets? If this "message" was sent to the entire lost and dying world, why did this lost and dying world not have access to it? How can we claim that large cities like Los Angeles had "rejected the message" when Branham himself hid that message from them?

But William Branham often mentioned the clear separation between recordings produced for resale and recordings intended for private meetings of his cult following. Like Jones, his public presentation was kept separate from the private secrets. In his sermon, "Hearing, Recognizing, Acting on the Word of God" in 1960, Branham says, "We in the Tabernacle here, these tapes are {...} just for friends." (60-0221) When cult followers discover this, the most obvious question asked is, "how can they recognize and act on his word if he keeps it secret?"

But that shock pales in comparison to the actual meat of the sermon. Like Jim Jones, his message is that there is no hope left. Our children have no future, education is no longer necessary and actually makes their futures worse. Many of these statements paint a very similar future to the one that Jones painted for his own cult following.

But Jim Jones did not meet his tragic end in 1965 like William Branham did. Unlike Branham, Jones' future continued to grow darker. The outlook for each of his followers grew darker with it, continually feeding on these "mysteries" instead of Scripture.

How much different would the cult be today had William Branham continued to live until his 1977 doomsday? How much worse after that doomsday came and went. Would his following have also migrated to another country? Would they have taken their lives for no reason other than Branham's private statements about their bleak futures?