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Very few of the members of the "Message" cult outside of Jeffersonville are aware that the Branham Tabernacle is equipped with radio broadcasting equipment. It is a long-forgotten piece of history worth examining further. What were they broadcasting? Who were they broadcasting to?

In 2013, we examined the coincidental timing of William Branham's "change in his ministry," wherein he claimed that he would be able to practice clairvoyance (discernment) for hours upon end rather than for just a handful of people. In his early ministry, Branham claimed that he became so weak that he had to be carried from the platform after only five to ten clairvoyance readings. But interestingly, after the invention of the transistor radio, Branham was able to practice his "supernatural powers" for very long periods of time.

But the radio broadcasting equipment that the people are aware of having been installed in "Joseph Branham's half of" the Branham Tabernacle is on A.M. Frequency for use with portable and household radios. What is it used for? Why do they have it?

Whenever my family attended to Jeffersonville, this equipment was very handy for multiple reasons. New fathers, like myself, were able to take unruly children outside and allow them to use their excess energy in the containment of my vehicle rather than in hard chairs during an incredibly long two-and-a-half-hour tape recording. The radio broadcast was limited in range, only covering the parking lot adjacent to the Branham Tabernacle. This, we were told, was because the Tabernacle did not have a long-range broadcast license.

There were other advantages to the "parking lot radio." On any given Sunday, we could watch a family arrive at the church during the latter part of the sermon -- fully dressed in suits, ties, and fancy dresses -- and then chat with people exiting the building as though they had sat through the full sermon with them. Some families arrived with only five minutes remaining, walking towards the crowd exiting the sides from the back of the building. To each side they congregated with, it was impossible for the people to know they had missed the entire service. Did they walk around from the other side? Where did they come from?

Some of us often wondered why the Tabernacle did not broadcast further. We truly believed in Branham's doomsday prophecy, and were saddened for those who had never heard about it. Why did they not broadcast just a bit further? Could they save the people in the city? What if we all joined together and helped pay for a slot in the local radio? National? Shouldn't we want to warn everyone? At the time, we thought that the church had very little money and could not afford the cost -- none of us stopped to do the math on what 10% tithe would look like for hundreds of people both in the building and in their automobiles.

But things were not always this way. Before Branham's failed 1977 doomsday prediction, churches were on fire to reach the souls that would be burnt over by fire. They wanted to reach them, to tell them about "the prophet," and save their souls.

Attached is a copy of a section from the Louisville Courier Journal newspaper from 1950. The Branham Tabernacle was advertised in the Sunday paper in the radio programming guide. WLOU 1350 played the Branham Tabernacle at 9:00AM.

In 1984, Joseph Branham founded a radio broadcasting station under two corporations, Ordinary People National and Ordinary People International. But rather than contain themselves to only playing William Branham's ministry, the corporation was formed with Kenneth Hagan and T. L. Osborn's ministries. It seemed that the "ordinary people" were less focused on attracting followers to William Branham, the "prophet."

Ordinary People National:

Ordinary People International:

But in today's day and age, one has to take a step back and consider all things. Radio broadcasting is not as widespread as television. To reach souls today, one would need to play the "prophet's 'message'" on national television. And one would assume that this would be far too expensive for such a small group of "believers" as this, had Voice of God Recordings not posted a hundred million increase in assets and moved the money into a new foundation, Jehovah Jireh. Why are they not using this money to save the lost on national radio or television? Is not this much closer to Branham's "doomsday" than it was in 1950 when the Tabernacle was broadcast to the local area?

Did 1977 remove their burning desire? Or is the cult afraid of the publicity?

The video:

The government records: