Message of Terror - Richard Blair:
What harm is there in the undue influence of a mind control cult?
The question raised by members of the cult following of William Branham called the "Message" is easily answered when examining the events that took place either after Branham's death in 1965 or immediately before the year 1977, one of Branham's many doomsday predictions.
After his death, members of his cult following were in a state of panic. Were they following a false prophet? Did they miss the rapture? Was God going to purge the earth and all that was in it now that the cult leader was no longer on the scene?
Members of the Branham cult started evaluating each and every one of the doomsday predictions. Those closest to points of contact with devastation quickly fled for higher ground. Such is the story of cult pastor Richard Blair. According to the Lake Charles American Press Saturday, March 26, 1966, the small group of cult followers were fleeing their home in Juanita to northeast Arkansas. The reason? Branham claimed that a tidal wave was going to destroy their homes.
"Blind Laodicea! How oft God would have give you a revival! But now your time has come; it's too late now. How did you laugh and make fun of the people that God sent to you! But now your time has come. Oh, United States, United States, how that God would have hovered you as aâ€”a hen does its brood, but you would not." Now this Voice is going from coast to coast, from north to south, and east to west. How God would have hovered you, but you would not! Now your time has come. Nations are breaking. The world is falling apart. Fifteen-hundred-mile chunk of it, three- or four-hundred-miles wide, will sink, hundredâ€¦ or maybe forty miles down into that great fault out yonder, one of these days, and waves will shoot plumb out to the state of Kentucky
Branham, 65-0822E - A Thinking Man's Filter
Children ripped out of their schools, families separated, friendships abandoned, and to what end? Many were expecting the doomsday to occur sometime between 1966 and 1977, however their state of unrest did not allow logical thinking. Can any person escape Armageddon? What about the "tent prophecy?" Would running to Arkansas fulfill a failed "tent vision?"
Sadly, mind control cult leaders hold their victims captive through fear. Like terrorists in today's world, they use terror to gain power, and through that terror, they destroy lives. Is this the life God wants for his children?
The Bible says that perfect love casts out all fear:
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
- 1 John 4:18
Is Branham's random doomsday threats "perfect love?" Did his "Message" cast out fear of his followers? Were they living in peace, or left with torment after his death? https://youtu.be/A45iWcAzC_U