The Basics: Toddler Prophet
Followers of William Branham
believe that as a toddler, young William became the
mouthpiece for God to his parents, telling them that they were to move near a city
called 'New Albany'. In the accounts given on recorded tape, Branham claimed that
a voice spoke to him from a tree and gave him this prophecy. According to Branham, this event happened
at the early age of fifteen months — a time when most children are learning motor
skills and attempting to grasp the basics of language.
As you will find with the descriptions of many of Branham's prophecies, the details
of this prophecy change over time, and it was not a gradual progression of change;
the changes in detail seem to differ from telling to telling. While sometimes he claimed
this vision came to him at fifteen months, in
other sermons he described this prophecy being given around age four. And while age
four would seem more likely — at an age when the language skills would have developed
enough to correctly communicate this prophecy to his parents — The Branham family
had already been in Indiana for almost a year. The birth of William's younger brother, Melvin Branham, took place after their move.
If we examine the birthdates of his siblings, combined with Branham's descriptions
of the toddlers in the log cabin, we find several conflicts with the idea that Branham
had sufficient language and motor skills to properly relay this vision
to his parents, or to even understand what a 'city' meant. Branham would often describe
himself as wearing a toddler's dress, and described "Humpy" as crawling around in the same
outfit. According to Branham, this vision took place while Humpy was still
crawling on the floor in that dress. Humpy was born in Kentucky on May 12, 1910.
During these life stories Branham would claim to have been born April 6, 1909.
He claimed that the family moved less than a year later, which would place the family's
relocation around May 12, 1912 — assuming Humpy was walking by the age of one year.
The next brother born into the family, Melvin Branham, was born in Indiana
in 1912. Only William and Humpy were born in Kentucky.
But if we bind these prophecies to a 'toddler prophet,' we create other major conflicts
with the life stories. Branham claimed to have supported his poor mother and siblings
after the death of his father, Charles, and this support came through hunting and
trapping to sell the skins of his prey. While it would be a phenomenon for a toddler
to have the language skills necessary to understand and relay a prophecy from God,
it would be an impossibility for his tiny arms to carry the rifle as he wandered
through the wilderness. These stories of his childhood included accounts of his
other siblings in the log cabin, but with only Branham and "Humpy" being born in
Kentucky, the other children in the story did not yet exist.
As this prophecy is tested, we find several major issues. And unlike the prophets
of the Bible, this prophecy was not written down by scribes, handed down through
time until the event happened, and tested according to the vision's accuracy. The
only way we have to test this particular prophecy is through Branham's accounts
of the vision, which would imply that we are studying a fictional prophecy.
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Branham's accounts of this prophecy:
I was born in a little mountain cabin, way up in the moun-tains of Kentucky. They
had one room that we lived in, no rug on the floor, not even wood on the floor,
it was just simply a bare floor. And a stump, top of a stump cut off with three
legs on it, that was our table. And all those little Branhams would pile around
there, and out on the front of the little old cabin, and wallowed out, looked like
where a bunch of opposums had been wallowing out there in the dust, you know, all
the little brothers. There was nine of us, and one little girl, and she really had
a rough time amongst that bunch of boys.
65-0419 MY LIFE STORY, LOS ANGELES, CA
Later on when I was about three years old, I remember hearing a voice speak to me
and tell me that I would live near a city called New Albany
51-0501 EXHORTATION OF.DIVINE HEALING, LOS.ANGELES, CA
And about a year from then, or less than a year, my father came to Indiana.
52-0713 EARLY SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES, HAMMOND, IN
And from a ...little small lad of about, I suppose, 2 yrs old, was the first time
I remember of that speaking to me.
53-0612 PALMERWORM LOCUST CANKERWORM CATERPILLAR, CONNERSVILLE, IN
At about fifteen, eighteen months old I had my first vision.
53-1104 DEEP CALLETH UNTO THE DEEP OWENSBORO, KY
When I was eighteen months old, I remember of a Voice speaking to me and telling
me that was going to live near a city called New Albany.
53-12-06 DO YOU NOW BELIEVE WEST PALM BEACH
One of the first things I can remember, it seems strange, but I remember when I
was yet crawling. In my days when baby was crawling, they had long dresses...And the
next thing I remember was God speaking to me in a vision, and telling me that I'd
spend a bigger part of my life near a city called New Albany.
54-0619 GOD'S PROVIDED WAY OF HEALING, CHICAGO, IL
I had a rock and was throwing it down like that, in the mud, trying to show my little
brother how strong I was...and a Voice said, "You're going to spend a big part of
your life near a city called New Albany." 28 That's three miles from where I was
raised. Went, about a year later, to the place, having no idea of ever going...New
55-0117 HOW.THE.ANGEL.CAME.TO.ME.AND.HIS.COMMISSION_ CHICAGO.IL
The first thing I can remember was the vision when I was born in the state of Kentucky,
and told me I'd live in Indiana near a city called New Albany...And I wasn't but eighteen
months old when the vision came.
55-1608 ABRAHAM, MACON, GA
Visions, the first thing I remember as a little baby boy was a vision. I wasn't
eighteen months old when I told my mother where we'd live at, And spent my life
near New Albany.
55-1114 THE DARKEST HOUR THEN JESUS COMES ALONG, SAN FERNANDO, CA
When I was just a little boy, I don't know how old, I was just still crawling. I
must've been not over two years old. I remember the first thing I can remember is
a vision...when I was just a little boy. And it told me that I was going to live in
Indiana near a place called New Albany...I was thinking I come there when I was three
57-0114 THE INFALLIBLE PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION STURGIS, MI
When I was about three or four, between three and four years old, He spoke to me.
I was in the mountains of Kentucky, said, "You'll live near a city called New Albany."
57-0811 EXPECTATIONS AND LEADINGS OF THE SPIRIT, EDMONTON, AB
I've saw visions since I was about eighteen months old. First vision I ever saw,
I told my mother where we'd live, and near New Albany, Indiana.
58-0316 DOOR TO THE HEART, HARRISONBURG.VA
A Voice came...and it said, "You'll live near a city called New Albany." And I've
lived, from the time I was three years old until this time, within three miles of
New Albany, Indiana.
59-0419 MY LIFE STORY,LOS.ANGELES, CA
When I was just about two years old, the first vision I ever remember seeing...
I was playing in the backyard with my little brother, who could just crawl. And
there was a voice came from a bush and said, "You will live near a city called New
Albany." It... I was very much frightened, and ran into the house to tell my mother.
She didn't know what it meant. But three years later, we moved near a city called
New Albany, Indiana.
60-0210 REVELATION THAT WAS GIVEN TO ME, SAN JUAN, PR
Since I was a little, bitty boy of about two — two years old, I started seeing visions.
First vision I ever seen was in a bush, and the Angel of the Lord was in there like
a wind, and told me that I'd live near a city called New Albany. I was two years
old, living in the mountains of Kentucky, and I spent my life within three or four
miles of New Albany, Indiana
60-0803 ABRAHAM, YAKIMA,WA
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