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Dig A Little Deeper: James E. McDonald

Are "Message" cult leaders purposefully withholding information concerning the mysterious cloud that floated across northern Arizona on February 28, 1963?

William Branham often mentioned a "scientist" who he claimed could never determine the cause of the mysterious cloud during his recorded sermons from 1963 to the end of his life in 1965. Interestingly, Branham withheld the name of the scientist who we later learned to be James E. McDonald. When Branham referenced the scientific study, he simply called McDonald the "scientist."

How many saw, "A mysterious cloud in the sky"? You see the hands. And now the Life magazine picked it up. And I have the—the article here this morning, in the Life magazine, of to show. Now here It is, the same time I was there. See the pyramid of the Cloud? I was standing just below this. And there, see the distinctive Angel on the right-hand side? See the pointed wing of It? Just exactly what was said. And here it's in the view of Mexico and different places from where they took the picture. Now, this scientist here is trying to—to get all the information about the picture, that he can, about the people who has the picture. He is studying it. Now, he says here that it would be impossible for it to be a cloud, because moisture doesn't go over about, I'd say, about six or eight miles high, something like that. When we go overseas we usually fly nineteen thousand feet, and we're above the storms then. But this cloud, according to this article here of this scientist, is twenty-six miles high.
- 63-0623M - Standing In The Gap

Any who search the most recent version of the "Table," the software search utility produced by Voice of God Recordings will be shocked to search for the name "McDonald." Not a single result will be found. Did Voice of God Recordings remove every instance of his name? Or did William Branham conceal this information from the public? And in either case, what purpose would there be in suppressing and controlling this information?

James E. McDonald was a physicist from the University of Arizona who began studying strange phenomenon in the Earth's atmosphere. Though his name would have been recognized in William Branham's home town of Tucson, Arizona in 1963, he would not have been well-known to the general public of the United States until after William Branham's death. Had Branham used the scientist's name when preaching the Seven Seals to his cult following in Jeffersonville, Indiana, they would never have made any connection between the "scientist" and the actual truth. But for those listening through phone hookup in Tucson, Arizona, the "scientist's" name would have been recognized.

As early as 1952, McDonald began searching for supporting evidence that the Earth was being invaded by aliens from another planet. According to McDonald, these other-worldly beings were harmless, but could be studied through unusual phenomenon in the Earth's atmosphere.

But he was recognized in Tucson, specifically, because McDonald fought very hard to keep missile testing far away from his hometown. He is recorded in the newspapers giving public statements pleading with the government to avoid consideration of using the United States Air Force Base positioned within less than five miles from Tucson. And he succeeded in his quest.

Towards the end of February in 1963, top government officials were brought into Vandenberg Air Force Base to begin these missile tests. Not only were they testing a top secret missile defense system that could intercept and destroy incoming attacks from opposing nations, they were also training top staff of the Air Force through missile training programs during a seven-week missile school. Since this information was classified to the public, McDonald did not have access to the data produced by the missile testing, including any missiles that would have been detonated in the intercept program. Like Branham cult followers of today, McDonald was making uninformed decisions based on partial information.

When the mysterious cloud formation moved across northern Arizona, and not having any data concerning missile detonations, McDonald began his quest to study the cloud for evidence of alien life traveling across Arizona in spaceships. His initial report was a teaser, having just enough information to spawn off a much larger investigation. He declared that the cloud formation was unusual, and that additional study was required.

In the "Message" cult strategy of controlling information, this "teaser" report is the only part of McDonald's strange and unusual history that is given to the people -- especially new recruits. Cult followers are given the photograph of the large, mysterious cloud ring to be displayed in homes, automobiles, and even churches around the world.

But in McDonald's report, he describes a second, much smaller cloud formation that floated across Northern Arizona. This smaller cloud was about one fourth the size of the larger, but had many of the same attributes. Why do cult leaders never mention the second cloud? If the large cloud was made up of "seven angels," would not the smaller cloud have been made up of "seven little angels?" And if the large cloud was angelic conformation that God had given William Branham the "mystery" of the "Seven Seals," would not the smaller cloud have been "little mysteries?" Or do cult leaders realize the much larger questions this smaller cloud poses?

In initial report, McDonald was concerned that he could find no missile launch corresponding to the February 28 event. This initial finding is included in cult propaganda for obvious reasons. If McDonald could find no missile launch, then this must have been an "angelic launch!" But McDonald's "mystery cloud" research of the 1963 cloud was abandoned after Vandenberg AFB released information concerning the top secret program, even though a great deal of information was still classified. McDonald's second report gave multiple reasons why this cloud would never be considered an unidentified flying object, and McDonald moved onto many other unexplainable cloud formations.

On February 28, 1963, an Atlas-D missile (an intercontinental ballistic missile) was launched. According to military specifications, the Atlas missile's warhead was over 100 times more powerful than the bomb dropped over Nagasaki in 1945.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SM-65_Atlas#Atlas-D_deployment

On the same day, according to Vandenberg AFB's launch history, a PGM-17 Thor intermediate-range ballistic missile was launched. The specific type of Thor missile launched was a TAT (Thrust-augmented Thor) which includes three Castor solid rocket strapon boosters—each providing 53,000 lbf (236 kN) thrust.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor_(rocket_family)

James McDonald's fame quickly began to spread after his initial report was published in science magazines in 1963. Though those same magazines did not publish his second report, he was called to speak concerning alien life invading planet Earth at several conferences. In fact, his research data was becoming so popular that it began to worry government officials that these unexplained phenomenon were actually alien invasion. McDonald was called to speak at the United Nations to a very concerned official staff.

But McDonald was not so popular in the community of scientists of his time. Other scientists began examining McDonald's findings and began to cry "foul." Claims were made against McDonald that his motivation for this research was to receive large government grants and make substantial amounts of money while spreading conspiracy theories about "little green men." Many scientists banded together and began collecting research to overturn McDonald's sudden rise to fame, and they began to make waves in the scientific community.

McDonald's fame turned into infamy when the United States Government chose a panel of non-government officials to produce an unbiased report to overturn McDonald's claims of alien life on planet Earth. Their findings were submitted to the government, and McDonald was called to speak before the United States Congress in 1968. By the second Congressional hearing in 1970, McDonald was the laughing stock of the scientific community, and it would be his last major speech concerning "little green men" flying around in unidentified flying objects. In 1971, McDonald would commit suicide, ending a campaign of researching "unexplained" cloud phenomenon.

Why are "Message" cult followers never given this information? Why are they only given partial information concerning an initial report -- a report that did not include McDonald's further research? Why did William Branham refrain from mentioning the name of the scientist?

When one studies the newspaper articles from Tucson, Arizona from 1963 to 1971, it is evident that information is not making its way to the cult following of William Branham. McDonald was often advertised in the Tucson Citizen newspaper. Not only did he hold multiple forums discussing unidentified flying objects, McDonald was advertised in the television section of the newspaper for programming on UFOs.

What would happen if Joseph Branham were to give new recruits the full and complete history on James McDonald and the "mysterious" cloud formation? Would they accept William Branham as "God's prophet?" Or would they claim that he was just another conspiracy theorist like the "scientist" that he promoted anonymously? What would happen if the cult in general were given this information? Would they still believe that the cloud had anything to do with William Branham?

Those who have taken the time to study the "Message" are aware that this "cloud event" is critical. It is promoted as "confirmation by God" that Branham was given the "mystery" of the Seven Seals of the Book of Revelation -- even though no two followers can agree upon what this "mystery" actually is.

Is the research data of Unidentified Flying Objects produced by James E. McDonald really confirmation that "God sent a prophet?" And if so, was "God's Prophet" an alien from another planet? Does this mean that his sons, Joseph and Billy Paul Branham are really little green men in disguise? Are they raising dead people through other-worldly technology?



Vandenberg Launch History:
http://www.spacearchive.info/vafblog.htm

Information on the two missiles launched February 28, 1963
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SM-65_Atlas#Atlas-D_deployment
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor_(rocket_family)

Newspapers from which the articles were taken:

An in-depth study of Branham's "mystery cloud":
A Logical Refutation of Branham's Message

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Branham's Statements Concerning James McDonald (Anonymously):

How many saw, "A mysterious cloud in the sky"? You see the hands. And now the Life magazine picked it up. And I have the—the article here this morning, in the Life magazine, of to show. Now here It is, the same time I was there. See the pyramid of the Cloud? I was standing just below this. And there, see the distinctive Angel on the right-hand side? See the pointed wing of It? Just exactly what was said. And here it's in the view of Mexico and different places from where they took the picture. Now, this scientist here is trying to—to get all the information about the picture, that he can, about the people who has the picture. He is studying it. 83 Now, he says here that it would be impossible for it to be a cloud, because moisture doesn't go over about, I'd say, about six or eight miles high, something like that. When we go overseas we usually fly nineteen thousand feet, and we're above the storms then. But this cloud, according to this article here of this scientist, is twenty-six miles high. It would be miles and miles beyond moisture.
Branham, 63-0623M - Standing In The Gap Now science took the picture of It, you seen It, went on Associated Press. They didn't know what It was. There is a Cloud hanging, twenty-six miles high. That's fifteen miles, or twenty, above even where vapor is at. They don't know what it's all going about, and they are trying to investigate It. And there, right under It, I was standing. And those seven Angels roaring out their voices, of those Seven Seals, standing there. And the witness, three of us, as a witness of the things that was prophesied on the tape, Sirs, What Time Is It? And there now they're trying to find out. It's a mystery to them.
Branham, 63-0628M - O Lord, Just Once More

Even science has to recognize It to be true. They are studying It. They say it's a mystery they can't understand. The science down there in Tucson are trying to understand It, what It is. I thought first I'd go talk to them; I thought, "No, it'd be just like that picture of the Angel of the Lord on the picture, they wouldn't believe It. There is no need to tell them." So, but you see, in the face of all of it, they have to know that it's Truth, anyhow, that it's the Truth.
Branham, 63-0802 - Perseverant


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