Step 3: Dig A Little Deeper
Once you come to realization that more than one of William Branham
's prophecies have been
proven false, more than one of his life stories have been proven fiction, and more
than one of the spiritual events he described were nothing more than a campfire
story, it's time to buckle down and examine the motives behind the deception. At
this point, having been programmed to believe that this man from Jeffersonville,
Indiana was a humble man who wanted nothing more than a simple life, most people
ask the question, "Why would our precious brother Branham purposefully try to deceive?"
This is not a question easily answered without all of the background information
to the conclusion. On the surface, William Branham seemed a genuine, humble man
from a poor family and an upbringing that sounds more like a Mark Twain story than
reality. That reality is the part in question.
William Branham gave three different birthdates, two of which were tied to spiritual
events. Only one birthdate can be correct, which would indicate that one of the
spiritual events cannot be accurate. The question is quickly raised: Which birthdate
is correct? The one Branham used on government documents? Or the one that he used
from behind a pulpit?
Many followers of William Branham are familiar with his captivating stories
of his childhood days, roaming the hills of Kentucky as he supported his poor mother
and siblings by hunting, trapping, selling the skins and eating the meat. Most of
Branham's claim to spiritual events involve the wilderness, and in his descriptions
of the great men of the Bible, Branham was quick to point out their "love" for nature.
Believers dedicate songs to the memory of the "Cabin's Location," a small one-bedroom
log cabin where his mother poured coon grease in the matted eyes of the eight other
children packed into the structure. Interestingly, the Branham family moved to Indiana
before William was age three, and it is very unlikely that he would have retained
any memories of the place. But the reality is that only two siblings occupied this
cabin during the time William lived in it.
Combined with Branham's childhood stories was his claim that his father died at a
very early age. According to Branham, after the death of his father, he was not
able to finish grade school. Everything from his poor grammar to his childhood poverty
was blamed upon the death of his father, forcing a young Branham to enter the wilderness
to provide for his siblings. It was because of this death and these wilderness experiences
that enabled the supernatural. According to him, he met God in burning bushes,
whirlwinds in trees, and more. In most accounts, Branham describes God telling him
"not to drink, smoke, or defile his body in any way, because there would be a work
for you to do later."
But when you consider the fact that Branham's father, Charles, did not die until
after William was a Pentecostal minister, these supernatural experiences are placed
William Branham claimed to have been given several commissions throughout his life.
Many times Branham describes an angel, or a "being," present during these events,
though not all of them include descriptions of a supernatural presence involved.
Some of these commissions are strikingly similar to stories found in the Bible,
though in some cases the scriptural versions were focused upon Jesus Christ rather
than mortal men.
Speaking In Tongues
William Branham claimed to have spoken in unknown languages during his prayer lines. According to William Branham, it was not his voice speaking, but "God's Voice to you." Was it?
Oppression of Women
While the New Testament of the Christian Bible teaches gender equality, William Branham taught a very harsh doctrine against women. According to Branham, "women were designed by Satan for filth."
William Branham's claim to be the return of the prophet "Elijah" is based on a series
of prophecies that he claimed to have given in 1933. Though some of these prophecies
seem to be fulfilled, those counted as successful do not always match the original
But when the arrow misses the mark, and the target is moved closer to the arrow,
can we really call these predictions "prophecies?"
The Maginot Line
William Branham claimed to have "prophesied" the "German" Maginot Line in 1933, eleven years before Germany built it.
Is this true? Did the Germans build the Maginot Line, and was it built in 1944?
Dr. James E. McDonald
William Branham often mentioned a "scientist" who he claimed to be baffled by the "mysterious cloud" that floated across northern Arizona on February 28, 1963. Who was this mysterious scientist, and why did William Branham never mention his name?
Franklin D. Roosevelt
When you examine William Branham's statements regarding government officials and those running for candidacy, it is very evident that there were political motivations behind some of the statements in the sermons. Though Branham claimed that he was "neither democrat or republican, I'm a Christian," his rants against political leaders would seem to say otherwise.
John F. Kennedy
Branham's political agenda continued through is ministry, and like the statements regarding President Roosevelt, Branham's agenda towards President Kennedy turned toward prophetic statements. Many of those statements are very similar in agenda when compared to the Klan's issued statement against the election of Roosevelt, and clearly have a racial bias.
Reverend Jim Jones of Jonestown
When Jim Jones needed a headline act for the opening of Peoples Temple in Indianapolis, Indiana, who better would fill the bill than William Branham?
Branham claimed that he never advertised himself as a prophet. Yet we find several advertisements promoting the idea that he could perform supernatural acts, including prophecy. Was he being honest?
Step 4: Deep Study