The Bridge Architectural Drawings:
Earlier this week, Seek The Truth published a challenge. Not a challenge by us, but a challenge by William Branham himself. Branham asked that we come to his hometown and validate his many outrageous claims:
You can go to my hometown and find it one time, in all the times that It's ever told anything, that didn't come to pass just exactly the way It said. Now, you pin a sign on my back as a false prophet, and I'll walk through your streets. Cause it's not myself, I'm a man, but He's God. And He's the One Who does the saying. If I would say it, it could be a lie, 'cause I'm subject to any—any mistakes, lies, anything else, like anybody else. But when He says it, it's not me talking; it's Him. And when He speaks I'll stand by His Word. And I know that It's true. It never fails. Watch It on the platform. Many times It'll tell the people just what's—what's wrong with them. I pray for the person. But when you hear It speak out of, THUS SAITH THE LORD, you watch what It says, just lay your life right there, because it'll be just that way.
-- Branham, 53-1106 - Do You Now Believe?
SearchingForVindication.com did. The owners of the website did as the "prophet" asked. They went to his hometown, examined one of his claims, and found a false prophecy. Their work is extensive, thorough, and published:
Shortly after their publication, Voice of God Recordings found a "witness." According to the "witness testimony," William Branham's claim was verified by secondhand information from a family member. This "witness" presented a peculiar argument, claiming that bodies were allegedly buried in the piers of the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge. Here is the full testimony for any who missed it: http://branham.org/videos/20140513_JackVissingInterview_video
As it turns out, the Louisville Public Library has the architectural drawings for the construction of the bridge! Every single detail is described in full, from the steel construction, to the layout of the piers, to the construction of each pier. Do they support this "witness" testimony?
Many are aware that Pearry Green also gave several testimonies about the bridge, some of which are still available on YouTube. According to a consistent Testimony, Pearry Green claimed that William Branham told him a section of the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge fell during construction. The problem? It was not built in sections.
This was a modern structure, and was not built in the old ways. It was designed by Ralph Modjeski and Frank Masters with architectural details handled by Paul Philippe Cret of Philadelphia. Their design included a modern technique of stability, using a network of weight distribution. The structure literally supported itself, from top-to-bottom, end-to-end. As opposed to the Big Four Bridge (which DID have a section collapse). In the old-style bridge building technique, sections were fully supported by each pier. The architectural design of the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge was significantly different. Each section was supported from both above and beneath, through a system of diagonal, horizontal and vertical supports. Though it could certainly collapse, it was designed to withstand tremendous stress at any point along the network of support beams. Quite literally, the bridge could stand without one of the piers.
Refuting the "rumor" Voice of God Recordings published as fact, the piers themselves were filled with grids of structural steel. Perfect for supporting the weight of the bridge and its passengers. Also perfect for climbing, and preventing unwanted dead bodies. Moreover, the decomposition of bodies inside a concrete pier would render the structure unsound. Especially sixteen bodies. There was no event in the history of the construction of the bridge wherein a pier was replaced due to lack of structural integrity. In fact, the piers exceeded load specifications.
Also contained at the Louisville Public Library is an issue of the Courier Journal from October 29, 1929. An entire issue of the newspaper was dedicated to celebrating the successful construction of the bridge. An entire chronology was presented to the public, detailing every major milestone of the bridge -- from long before its construction to the grand opening. There was (as expected) no mention of a catastrophe of any sort.
This is quite different from the construction of the Big Four Bridge spanning between the same two cities. Not only was each catastrophe reported, the names of the dead were reported.
Why did Voice of God Recordings not validate the claims of their "witness" before publishing the "video testimony"? How many other "testimonies" have they published without verifying the statements presented?
Is Voice of God Recordings the distributor of reliable information? Or are they simply another reseller of (not so) interesting fiction?
The video, including the architectural drawings and the Oct 29, 1929 issue of the Courier Journal newspaper: https://youtu.be/HdwCJYtVf_A
More information on the bridge: http://seekyethetruth.com/resources-easy-bridge.aspx