William Branham and Gordon Lindsay - The Flying Saucer Phenomenon:
It can be argued that the most influential man in William Branham's ministry was Gordon Lindsay. Born in 1906, he is credited for managing the Branham campaigns during the early years when William Branham was virtually unknown. Some say that without Lindsay, Branham would never have been as successful in the heat of the Post WWII Healing Revival.
When members of the cult following of William Branham hear the name "Gordon Lindsay," they assume that Lindsay was a follower of William Branham. How could he NOT be? After being intimately involved with Branham during the height of his healing campaigns, surely this man would have - like the cult today - thought that William Branham was the forerunner of the return of Jesus Christ!
But the history given to the cult following that has entered the Branham mythology omits huge portions of the actual man, Gordon Lindsay.
Lindsay was raised in another cult, the following of John Alexander Dowie in Zion, IL. Dowie claimed to be "God's Messenger" and in 1901, he claimed to be the spiritual return of the Biblical prophet Elijah. He was also well known throughout the world as a divine healer, and is believed to have greatly influenced the Healing Revival through his teaching and his publication, "Leaves of Healing." It is said that his following consisted of 100,000 people, and a good number of them were in his commune at Zion. After Dowie's finances were exposed and the commune imploded, the Lindsay family migrated to California and finally Oregon. It was there that Gordon Lindsay would pastor the Four Square Gospel Church.
But Gordon Lindsay is not simply remembered for being a pastor and a campaign manager. Lindsay was a firm believer in the Book of Enoch, a Gnostic apocalyptic scroll describing the "watchers," mythological angels who fathered the "Nephilim." Lindsay became fascinated with the UFO phenomenon, and is known for a series of books to advance his theories:
* The Mystery of the Flying Saucers in the Light of the Bible - 1954
* The Antichrists Have Come - 1958
* The Signs of the Times in the Heavens - 1972
These books were all published through the Voice of Healing company founded by Lindsay and Jack Moore. Through the publication company, Lindsay authored and edited a series of articles furthering his UFO fascination:
* Signs in the Heavens - 1953
* The Mystery of the Flying Saucers - 1954
* Further Developments On the Flying Saucers - 1954
* Men in the Flying Saucers Identified - 1954
* Flying Saucers, Atomic Bombs and the Second Coming of Christ - 1955
His UFO fascination appears to have influenced William Branham in his own sermons. During the years of Lindsay's publications, Branham himself began to promote Lindsay's books through a series of statements confirming the idea that fallen angels were entering our world.
And said, "I looked back in the east, and I saw, look like, a spot, like one of them flying saucers." 269 See, the world don't know what that is, you know. You know it's on. We know what it is. See? We know it's investigating, judgment Angels, you see. And how at the Pentagon and all, about how it comes right down; and the intelligence, how they can [Brother Branham snaps his fingers onceâ€”Ed.] go like a flash and be gone, pull away from anything they got. See, they don't realize what it is, see. Let them think whatever they want to. They call it flying saucers, or whatever. They don't know, see.
Branham, 65-0815 - And Knoweth It Not
Over time, Branham became so convinced that Lindsay's theory was correct that he began advancing the UFO theology with his own addition. If there were "bad guy" UFOs on earth, shouldn't there also be "good guy" UFOs? So Branham began teaching that the rapture would be executed through a UFO swooping down to pick up the "little bride."
You see these little pockets going through the air, they call "saucers," so forth. People soâ€¦ That, well, we better leave that alone. "Hear all these people come up missing?" you say. Don't hear from them; they're standing there, and they're not there. That's the way the Rapture is going to be. One of them will drop right down, and this terrestrial body will take on a celestial body. And they'll beâ€¦ hide, hair, or bones left; it'll be transformed in a moment of time, dropping right out of space and taking Home that. We see all this going on now, and theâ€”and the Pentagon wondering about these lights, and mystic lights, and everything they're seeing in theâ€”in the sky. You seen they had one here in the paper at Jeffersonville this week, and so forth, "a mystic light." So, oh, they don't know what that is. But listen, little children, It's going to pick you up, one of these days. See? See?
Branham, 65-0822M - Christ Is Revealed In His Own Word
But while William Branham appears to be greatly influenced by Lindsay, Lindsay does not appear to have been influenced much by Branham's "Message." When one examines the photographs of the Lindsay family during his time as Branham's campaign manager, the first thing one notices is the dress code harshly condemned by the cult. If an unsuspecting follower did not realize that this was Gordon Lindsay's family the photographs of the female members of Lindsay's family would quickly be the target of several insults. Using Branham's own words, they would call these women "Bobbed-haired Jezebels," "Harlots," "Serpent's Seed," or worse. Simply reviewing the family photographs during Lindsay's time as campaign manager reveal all of the major rules broken: "bobbed hair," Freeda Linday in pants or with lipstick, perm hairstyle, high-heeled shoes, earrings, and more. http://www.fredalindsay.com/bio.php
Some might argue that Freeda broke these "rules" against Gordon Linday's better wishes, but when one reviews their missionary work during and after Branham's life, it becomes apparent that the two were of the same mindset.
As chief editor of Voice of Healing publications, Lindsay effectively used the publication to promote the ministries of several men, William Branham included. During the Post WWII Healing Revival, Lindsay himself authored several articles describing the successful meetings of everything from new up-and-comers to some of the big-names.
After William Branham's death, however, Lindsay did not remain in the cult following and did began to shift focus. By 1967, the Voice of Healing Ministry had grown into a worldwide missionary organization with an ever-increasing scope of activities reaching around the world with a strong evangelistic message. To more accurately reflect the enlarged ministry and the new international focus, the name was changed in May 1967, to Christ For The Nations. And in 1970, Gordon and Freeda Lindsay started a seminary using the new name, "Christ For The Nations Institute."
When one reviews the life and times of Gordon Lindsay, one quickly is faced with the question: Why did none of William Branham's campaign managers live the lifestyle that Branham claimed to be required for a Christian to be raptured? Why did none of Branham's campaign managers continue William Branham's message after his death in 1965? Why does not the seminary founded by Gordon and Freeda Lindsay promote the Message of William Branham or teach the laundry list of rules one must follow for justification and sanctification? Do not they care about Branham's requirements for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? https://youtu.be/QhfhGscu_KI