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The Failed Healing of Howard Branham

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The Failed Healing of Howard Branham:

When cult victims first learn of the deaths of men and women who William Branham claim to have healed, they are in shock. It is painful to suddenly come in contact with the real facts behind the tragic death of Donnie Morton, after having been programmed to believe the child lived after seeing the "healer." Why have cult leaders concealed this information for so many decades?

This agonizing discovery of cult secrets becomes amplified when it is closer to home. To learn of the failed "healings" of men and women who were well-known by the cult following is to suddenly face the reality: the elders in William Branham's religious cult knew. They knew of the failed healing. They knew of the failed prophecy. They knew of the deception. Yet they continued to spread cult propaganda.

Such is the case of Howard Branham, William Branham's brother. Born in 1923 shortly before William Branham shot his leg, his father was arrested for producing whiskey, and the Ku Klux Klan came to his rescue, Howard was William Branham's youngest brother.

Howard enlisted in the Navy on June 7th, 1942 as an apprentice seaman during World War II, and was discharged on April 15th, 1944. According to some of William Branham's "Life Stories," this was three years prior to his alleged "angel visitation" and alleged "gift of healing."

And a strange thing of that, that you might not know, the very day the Angel of the Lord called me out, May the 6th, 1947, and issued the gift to pray for the sick, was the very same day that Israel become a nation for the first time for twenty-five hundred years.
Branham, 54-0718A - The Great Coming Revival

Howard was supposedly discharged after contracting rheumatic fever. Interestingly, William Branham claims that his brother knew he was a healer, and begged to leave the Navy in hopes that his brother William would "pass by." (You'll remember, Branham preached many times about when "Jesus passed by," associating passing through his own "healing lines" to that of the Christ.)

My brother, brother in flesh, he's just back out of the Navy, spent four years in the World War II and was laid up to be a perfect total disable the rest of his life, never to move from a chair. Setting out, and from New York there on one of the Long Island Hospital, one of the best doctors in the United States Navy had said, "You're finished for life. You'll lay there. You can't never get away from there." Three valves of his heart was closed with rheumatic fever. He was shell shocked from: went into Casablanca and two-thirds of the convoy was tore up. And he was laying there screaming at the top of his voice, when he couldn't scream, and crying for mother and me. And mother had to sign a release to get him—get them to send him home. And she would be responsible if he died on the road home. And when he got home, he said, "All I want to see is my brother to pass by me." Here he is: perfect health.
Branham, 50-0227 - God In His People

But there is a big problem with this "healing": Howard Branham died of the same disease William Branham claimed to have healed him from!

According to William Branham, his brother was healed of rheumatic fever. But according to Howard's death certificate, he died of rheumatic heart disease and failure - the deadly result of rheumatic fever.

Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disorder caused by a Group A strep throat infection. It affects the connective tissue of the body, causing temporary, painful arthritis and other symptoms. In some cases rheumatic fever causes long-term damage to the heart and its valves. This is called rheumatic heart disease.

Howard Branham died in the Clark County Hospital in Jeffersonville Indiana on November 7, 1957. This is long after William Branham's cult had been established, long after the crowds began to pack the Branham Tabernacle, and long after his "healing ministry" had begun to decline. Many knew Howard, the brother of "the prophet."

Interestingly, Branham's statements about his brother were made during a series of meetings in Little Rock, Arkansas. Those of you who follow the mounting evidence of the connection between William Branham and the Ku Klux Klan remember that Roy E. Davis had a strong presence in Little Rock. Shortly after Howard Branham's death, Davis was investigated for the Central High School Desegregation Melee. Davis had been recruiting in Little Rock for some time under false names, and the F. B. I. later learned that he was recruiting for the Ku Klux Klan.

Why has the cult concealed this information for so long? Why did the former pastor of the Branham Tabernacle continue to boast of Branham's success for decades after his death? Why do so many in the cult ignore failed prophecies, claiming that Branham's "healing" is "vindication" that he was a "prophet?"

Is it simply because they are uninformed? Or is there more to it than this?

Are cult leaders purposefully concealing critical information for the sole purpose of monetary gain?

Our government records page has been updated.

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