Thursday, December 24, 2015

50 years ago: The death of false prophet William Branham

But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken?
When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Deuteronomy 18:20-22

For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
Acts 20:29-30

On December 24, 1965, William Marrion Branham, generally acknowledged to be the founder of the post-World War II healing "revival," died at the age of 56, six days after suffering serious injuries in a car accident. He claimed to be the "Elijah" prophet of the Laodicean age just prior to the return of Jesus to Earth, and became the object of a personality cult; his followers apparently expected Mr. Branham to rise from the dead, and didn't bury him until April 11, 1966.

Other people have done a better job than this blogger ever could of cataloguing Mr. Branham's heresies and false prophecies (and such an undertaking would require more time than I'm willing to spend). For further information, I suggest Seek the Truth; I have my doubts about the biblical orthodoxy of Believe The Sign, but it's useful for information on William Branham.

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