William Branham Admitting To Copy Clarence Larkin's Timeline:
Soon after BelieveTheSign.com's FaceBook feed published information concerning Willam Branham's plagiarism of Clarence Larkin for a large deal of his "End Time Message theology," we started receiving requests for more information. Most recently, a researcher was asking for William Branham's statements claiming that his "revelation" came from an "angel."
This claim originated with William Branham. According to Branham, an "angel" came into his church in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and physically drew the "church ages" onto a blackboard by itself.
But is his story true?
As many in the "Message" cult are aware, Branham's "Seven Seals" and "Seven Church Ages" are fundamental elements of the cult's indoctrination. Branham himself claimed that an "angel" gave him these "divine revelations," and cult leaders today still continue this claim. In fact, when asked what Branham's "Message" was, most cult victims would reply, "the revelation of the seven seals."
Many have noticed as we have examined William Branham's "theology" that Branham was not consistent throughout his life. Recently, we published information concerning Branham's first "ministry" and his second, which came long before the cult's headquarters claim of 1946. Why do cult leaders try to hide the details of his other ministries? Shouldn't a "messenger of God" be consistent in what allegedly proceeded from the "mouth of God" as the "word for our day?"
If we study the transcripts we DO have, we find several statements by William Branham that do not align with the cult indoctrination of today. While cult leaders claim that an "angel" gave Branham the "revelation" of the "church ages" and "seven seals," Branham himself at one time would have disagreed. In fact, Branham openly admitted that he copied the dates of the timeline for his "church ages" from "authentic historians" before even preaching the "seven church ages!"
And remember, as I've said before, sometimes on these things we might disagree upon them as far as—as the theology is concerned. And most of my dates I take from the authentic historians, which really not interested in any side, they just wrote down facts, whatever it was, what the churches did. And Iâ€¦ Of course, the Divine part of the interpretation, I try to place it upon there myself, the best that I know how.
-- Branham, 60-1205 - The Ephesian Church Age
Does this sound like a man who believed that the "church ages theology" came from an angel? What made Branham change his story?
As many in the "Message" cult are aware, Branham's "Seven Seals" and "Seven Church Ages" are fundamental elements of the cult's indoctrination. Branham himself claimed that an "angel" gave him these "divine revelations," and cult leaders today still continue this claim. In fact, when asked what Branham's "Message" was, most cult victims would reply, "the revelation of the seven seals and church ages." Rather than accept Branham's original claim that he copied the dates from others, cult leaders today chose Branham's second version of the story:
And, by the way, has anybody ever heard them tapes on the church ages? On the last time I had those ages drawed out there on the blackboard, and the Heavenly Father knows this is true, when I completed it with the best I could, under the inspiration that God would give me, that Angel of the Lord that you see in the picture (many have seen that picture, haven't you, that Light?), It came right down in the room, before about three hundred or four hundred people, went right over on the side of the wall (as a Light like that) and drawed those church ages by Itself. We all stood there looking at It, watched It draw the first church age, the second, third, and fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh.
Branham - 63-0116 - The Evening Messenger
Which are we to believe? Did he copy Larkin? or did the "angel" draw the "church ages" on a wall? And why would an "angel of God" write church "ages," disagreeing with the Book of Revelation which says the seven churches were in Asia Minor -- not a timeline or an "age.":
Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
-- Revelation 1:11
As many are aware, this part of the cult's indoctrination comes from one of William Branham's "supernatural events" that has now been debunked. While claiming to have stood underneath "seven angels" in the form of a cloud, William Branham was actually in Houston, Texas, attempting to sway public opinion against the execution of a homosexual prostitute and his female companion who murdered a real estate agent. http://seekyethetruth.com/resources-deep-ashley.aspx
Branham later admitted that he had read the works of Larkin, but claimed that he did not fully agree:
I had my own idea, as every minister does, of reading maybe what other man had said; and believing as much as I possible, with them, on the things that they had drawed up, their conclusion. I had read the book of Mr. Smith, Uriah Smith, which is the Adventist teacher, and I had read his—his thoughts on it. And I had read Mr. Larkin. I had read, oh, so many different ones, of their commentaries on This. But, somehow or other'n, I thought I had a—a little view of it, myself, that might be of places different. But trying one time, just speaking three subjects, the firstâ€¦ or the four subjects of the four horse riders. I preached on it four nights, one on one horse, and the other. But then just before it happened, I was given a vision, which is on tape, as you all know, Sirs, What Time Is It? that I should go to Tucson, Arizona. And there on the backside of the desert, up into the mountain, where I was with some brethren, and told about what a great blast would go off, and Iâ€¦ seven Angels came down. Me thinking, myself, it was the end of my life; told my wife to get with Billy, and what to do with the children, and so forth, till we met again at the other side.
Branham, 64-0719M - The Feast Of The Trumpets
As many are now aware, there are multiple problems with his account of the "seven angels in the sky," even without the plagiarism of Larkin's work. http://seekyethetruth.com/resources-easy-cloud.aspx
Some have argued from time to time that William Branham did NOT plagiarize, and that the "angels" told Branham which parts of Larkin's work were in error. If so, why did he continue to preach from Larkin's books instead of the Bible? Was Branham's "angel" too ignorant on the subjects? And why was this "angel" not aware that some "church age messengers" were not alive during their "church age?" Did Branham's "angel" require Larkin's works as a foundation for the "revelation?"
It would appear so. Branham continued to copy Larkin on other "revelations," such as the "Future Home of the Heavenly Bridegroom" indoctrination. Branham claimed during this particular sermon that his content came from prayer, vision, and revelation.
Now, way I always find my Messages is by prayer. I'll be sitting in prayer and something reveals to me. And I wait on it a few minutes and see if it's right, then I feel it closer. And then sometimes I keep waiting till it breaks into a vision. But when it begins to come, and I'm satisfied it comes from God, then I go to the Scripture. See, That is, ought to be the confirmation of every spiritual thing that's done, because the Bible is the complete revelation of Jesus Christ; see, It is His Body.
- Branham, 64-0802 - The Future Home Of The Heavenly Bridegroom And
The cult today continues Branham's claim, and this is considered to be one of the "vision sermons," a "revealed 'word for our day'" sermon preached from a "vision." But as with the seals and church ages, it is evident that this "revelation: came directly from the works of Clarence Larkin: http://www.branhamism.org/clarence-larkin/future-home-of-the-heavenly-bridegroom-and-the-earthly-bride/
Why did William Branham's ministry change so drastically after the FBI began examining his pastor and mentor, Roy E. Davis? Why did he begin claiming that the works of others were "divine revelations?" Was Branham purposefully trying to convert his evangelistic following into a religious cult?
The most in-depth comparison between William Branham's plagiarism and Clarance Larkin's origination can be found on this website: http://www.branhamism.org/clarence-larkin/