Three High Words:
Those who study Branham's sermons chronologically for any length of time have no trouble recognizing that the earliest sermons sound very strange as compared to those recorded later in his ministry. Very few sermons from 1947 and 1948 are still available to the public, and those that remain sound like a completely different ministry from a much different minister.
One can easily find examples of Branham claiming that he had the power to heal without even praying to God, using cheap magician's tricks such as moving bracelets, elements of Wicca, Gnosticism, and the Occult. When an ex-cult member comes to this conclusion, and having been unfamiliar with the pagan teachings themselves, dive into a quick study on these demonic religions to better understand what, exactly, created William Branham and his ministry. At the end of this study, they quickly realize that Gnosticism seems to be the most dominant throughout the early ministry, and that trace elements of his Gnostic faith appear throughout the later recordings.
Very few are aware of Branham's statements describing the "three high words" that he spoke during prayer for the sick. Cult pastors do not describe this practice in their churches -- most of them aware that this is clearly pagan practice, and many of them unaware that Branham used any sort of enchantment over his victims.
"I want to tell you something now. Watch. Here's what takes place. See, it's... I want to know if you all noticed this. We're fixing to close, you know, fixing to go into the meetings. Have you noticed, always, after I ask or rebuke over a spirit, I'm always perfectly silent for a few moments? Who's noticed that in the meetings, let's see your hands. Have you noticed that? Now, here's what it is. There's three words that I have to repeat at that time. See? And it's the three high words of the Bible. No mortal on earth know it. See? And when I ask that, and then I feel that drop, then it comes shakes back to a place in return of that spirit. Then the...?... healed. That's the reason you hear me say that. See? That's what takes place."
- Branham, 48-0302
Those who are brave enough to study the Gnostic texts find similar teachings among the early Gnostic cults that arose to threaten Christianity. Irenaeus devoted his life to defending the faith against these heretical groups, but it is easily apparent that Gnosticism long outlasted his words of warning. Branham's "three high words" appear to come from the Gnostic text entitled "The Gospel of Thomas."
Jesus said to his disciples: â€œCompare me and tell me whom I am like.â€ Simon Peter said to him: â€œYou are like a just messenger.â€ Matthew said to him: â€œYou are like an (especially) wise philosopher.â€ Thomas said to him: â€œTeacher, my mouth cannot bear at all to say whom you are like.â€ Jesus said: â€œI am not your teacher. For you have drunk, you have become intoxicated at the bubbling spring that I have measured out.â€ And he took him, (and) withdrew, (and) he said three words to him. But when Thomas came back to his companions, they asked him: â€œWhat did Jesus say to you?â€ Thomas said to them: â€œIf I tell you one of the words he said to me, you will pick up stones and throw them at me, and fire will come out of the stones (and) burn you up.â€
- Gospel of Thomas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woFqTc1MQuQ