The Message Connection of Jim Jones and William Branham
In a handwritten note from Rev. Jim Jones to Earl Jackson, believed to be dated between 1957 and 1965, Jones refers to a movement that he describes "the Message," when the note reads: â€œGod sent you to Peopleâ€™s Temple and you must not release yourself. I know there are things about the Message that you may not see but it is God.â€
What is this "Message" Jones is referring to? Why did he capitalize it and underline it to stress importance?
This is the question asked in an article recently published by the Jonestown Institute. Fundamental and especially Pentecostal ministers often refer to their sermon as a "message," or as "Sunday's message," but Jones appears to give this term more significance than simply referring to a "sermon." One of Jones' followers was leaving the group, and this handwritten note is a plea to return to the cult that ended in a tragic death of over 900 people https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonestown
Last year, we published the information regarding Jim Jones' connection to William Branham. In a joint campaign at the Cadle Tabernacle in Indianapolis, Indiana, William Branham ignited the flame that would burn until a little after his 1977 doomsday prediction. (Jones and his followers would drink cyanide-laced Kool-Aid the very next year, 1978.) But at the time of publishing the findings, we had not yet fully compared the ministries of the two Pentecostal-style cult leaders who were known to the public as "faith healers."
Those who missed last year's article can find it here: http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=61481
Now, having examined several sermons, declassified FBI files, recorded phone conversations and more, we find many similarities between the two cult leaders. Both men referred to as the "Spoken Word" or the "Living Word," both declaring themselves as "God's Voice" to the people, both promoting the idea that even their photograph could heal, both claiming to be omnipotent -- they appear to have both read from the same instruction manual as to how to become a mind-control cult leader.
But when one considers the recent events in the "Message" cult following of William Branham, there is cause for alarm. As members of Branham's cult following begin to escape to freedom, those that remain are programmed to believe in an imaginary "squeeze" from outside the cult -- just as Jones' group was indoctrinated to believe. We have "Message" cult followers in multiple countries selling all their possessions and giving to their cult leaders, believing that the coming Apocalypse is at hand. Mass migrations of followers has been happening since 1966, the most recent being 2015. Each time cult members under the mind control of their cult leaders are transplanted, one has to ask the question, "Is this another Jonestown?"
It isn't until you study the theologies of the two cult leaders towards the end of their ministries that concern turns into panic. Branham claimed that after the 1977 "Rapture," there would be two "isms" at war with each other: Romanism and Communism. And Romanism, according to Branham, was the "Mark of the Beast" from Revelation. Prior to his death, Jones began to see Communism as a positive development and abandoning anything that even remotely looked like Romanism. Was the mass suicide of over 900 souls in Jonestown an attempt to find salvation after missing Branham's 1977 "Rapture?"
Find out! Read the article here, and decide for your self how much influence William Branham had on Jim Jones and the Jonestown Massacre: http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=65112