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America's Final Decision:

Doomsday cult leaders have one thing in common: ultimatums. As far back as history records, men intent on using fears of Armageddon to attract a following have claimed that their countries, states, cities, and villages had made their "final decision." In vague details through dramatic speeches, these men confuse the people into asking themselves, "What did I miss? Did we decide something I was not aware about? I'm DOOMED!"

William Branham was no exception to his rule. We've listed his many doomsday prophecies in other posts, and it is very clear that William Branham projected his future punishments for these decisions onto the hearts and minds of his following. In his "prophetic" ultimatums, Branham claimed that America had made her "final decision." This "decision," according to Branham, was "Thus saith the lord."

Yes, and some of these days this nation's going to be all shook up, sure enough. Oh, yes... sure. They said them holy-rollers, them Divine healers, that, this, that, and the other, what all they are... Just wait. God's just. He will send the message anyhow. He did in all other ages. He will do it now, and He is doing it.
And the revival is just about over. You remember as THUS SAITH THE LORD, I said, America made her final decision in 1946. Watch, since then. She's gone, and there's nothing left but judgment and chaos.
- Branham, 58-0309M

The problem is, Branham did not appear to believe in this particular "Thus Saith The Lord." He later claimed that a decision was coming in 1956.

And now, let me bring something else. I haven't got it written here, but on magnetic tape (And this is taped too.)... 1956 in Chicago, Illinois, standing at the--that sch--Lane Tech High School (They were there.), I said, "This year is going to be the changing point of America. I'd just come from overseas--don't know why I come. Come back; canceled my meetings in Africa and around--come back."
Branham, 60-1113

Over time, these ultimatums continued to turn into prophetic claim. Branham would scare multiple audiences with claims that God had spoken through him as "Thus Saith The Lord," and that there was no chance for America. She would be condemned and destroyed:

I don't know how long it'll take it to run out, but it will be someday. THUS SAITH THE LORD. It will. She's on her downward move right now. She'll never come back again. She's gone. That's right. She's been gone since 1956 when she condemned and turned away God from the great revival hours.
Branham, 60-1113 - Condemnation By Representation

When describing the problems with these conflicting "prophecies," cult members often quote Branham's statements concerning Jonah's journey to Ninevah. According to Scripture, God did not destroy Ninevah when the prophet Jonah prophesied, and the city was destroyed years later. But through indoctrination, cult members lose focus of the moral of that story.

God often sent prophets asking the people to "repent or perish." Modern-day doomsday cult prophets -- not sent by God -- come with a message, "perish." There is not room for repentance, and no opportunity for God to save lost souls. "Message" cult followers would make the claim that this was not the case with William Branham, and that America was not destroyed in 1946 (or 1956) is evidence of that fact.

But did God continually speak through Jonah to the righteous in Ninevah, threatening them with the next doomsday? Did God use Jonah to rule through fear if impending destruction?

... or was William Branham's "god" different than the God of the Bible?