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First Use of the Name Branham Tabernacle

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First Use of the Name Branham Tabernacle:

Last week, we published a link to the research material now available through, and linked to several interesting articles. Of particular interest is the name used for Branham's church, "Pentecostal Tabernacle". According to William Branham, he had never heard of "those Pentecostals" until after his trip to Mishawaka, IN, years later.

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Out of curiosity, we examined every single advertisement for Branham's church to find the exact date the building changed names. October 13, 1945, is the first mention of the "Branham Tabernacle", after which the name "Pentecostal Tabernacle" was abandoned. (Jeffersonville Evening News, Oct 13, 1945, p3)

Interestingly, the first usage of "Branham Tabernacle" also includes mention of Rev. Robert Doherty of St. Louis, further confirming the 1945 timeline for Branham's already-established faith healing ministry. By 1945, Branham was already promoting himself as a "faith healer" in what appears to be either the second or third attempt at creating a new religion.

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This is significant because in his second (or third) attempt at creating a religion, William Branham claimed to have not received his "gift of healing" until May the 6th, 1947 -- two years later, and changed his background story into Pentecostalism:

"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. Oh, I believe there's something in it. I just can't keep from believing that we're near the end of time. That's right."
- Branham, 54-0718A - The Great Coming Revival And The Outpouring Of The Holy Spirit