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When I engage someone who is interested in comparing Branham’s “Message” to the Bible with the mistaken idea that they match, I reference one of the most fundamental teachings in the ministry: Branham’s “Rapture theology.” There are many, many other examples. But this one strikes home almost immediately. If the core "mystery" of the mind control cult is not scriptural, then many in the cult are faced with a question that helps unravel the undue influence.

This one statement by Branham is eye-opening to someone in the message who believes he remained Scriptural:

Now, if you want a type of that, now look: "In the time of Noah..." Jesus said—referred to it. Now, in Noah's time, they went into the ark, but they were carried over the—during the time of the judgment. But that—that didn't type Christ's Bride; Enoch typed the Bride. Enoch... Noah went over through... The Bride... Went over through the tribulation period, and suffered, and become a drunk, and died. But Enoch walked before God for five hundred years and had a testimony he pleased God with raptured faith, and just started walking right out, and went up through the skies, and went home without even tasting death, never died at all. Branham, 63-0318 - The First Seal Rev. William Marrion Branham

Several things are wrong here that even a basic study of the Bible can recognize, the biggest of which:

Enoch lived 365 years according to the Christian Bible, not 500. (Branham got this idea from a Gnostic text)

Noah was the most righteous man on the face of the planet according to the Christian Bible — he didn’t “type” those who were not as righteous as the “elite.”

Compared to the Bible:

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. (Genesis 6:9)
And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: (Genesis 5:23)

Once you establish how the very core doctrine of the Message is unscriptural, comes from Gnostic texts, and details of the teaching is in direct conflict with the Bible, the programmed cult follower becomes more open to examining other fundamental doctrines. Especially the doctrine of "rapturing faith" that Branham taught must be achieved in order to be saved from the torture, dismemberment, and even death of those who cannot achieve it. Do any in the cult have "rapturing faith?" Can they "create squirrels" like the "prophet" claimed to have done? According to this doctrine, the followers must also have that same level of "faith!"