William Branham – the most influential healer in Pentecost
William Branham is touted as the most influential healer in Pentecostal circles, yet many are satisfied with his exhibition of miracle powers, and words of knowledge without knowing what he really believed.
1- Branham denied the Trinity and took a modalistic view like the Oneness Pentecostals. He claimed Jesus never said He was the Son of God and even claimed he had no pre-existence.
2 – He taught that there was no eternal son of God. That God in all ages had skin on him -even before the incarnation.
3 – Branham taught that Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3) was sexual sin, Eve was seduced into a sexual relationship with the serpent that Cain was the offspring of an illicit affair Eve had with Satan (known as the serpent seed doctrine).
4 – He believed in three Bibles; the Scripture, the Zodiac and the pyramids were other revelations of God that preceded the Bible. This shows that he went beyond scripture into occult concepts.
5 – That the Magi were practicing astrologers (not astronomers)
6 – He taught vigorously that denominations were abominations.
7 – He taught on Joel 2:23 that the “latter rain” he identified as the neo Pentecostalism of his time, he taught that God’s promise to restore what the locust, cankerworm, caterpillar, and palmerworm had eaten, would be the “restoration” of the Church out of denominationalism, which was the mark of the beast in the Book of Revelation. Anyone belonging to any denomination had taken “the mark of the beast.”
8 – That a woman cutting her hair was grounds for divorce.
9 – That unborn children are not alive until their first breath.
10 – Branham prophesied that the end of the ages would be in 1977.
11 – Branham believed in annihilationism, that there was no eternal hell, that anything created is not eternal.
12 – That nature was God
13 – Judas Iscariot was the Devil that came from hell.
14 – Branham believed “The Angel of the Lord” visiting him was not Jesus.
15 – That he was one of many Elijah’s but he was for the last days church.
16 – Branham claimed that the angels (messengers) to the 7 churches in the book of Revelation were men who appeared at various times throughout Church history bringing new revelations that led the Church into progressive stages of sanctification. As his pyramid tombstone indicates, Branham was thought to be the angel to the Church of Laodicea-the end time Church. written on it is the 7 messengers -Rev.3:14, 10:7 Ephesian-Paul; Smyrnea-Ireneaus; Pergamean-Martin; Thyatirean-Columba; Sardisean-Luther; Philadelphia-Wesley; Laodicea Branham.
17 – He became convinced that he was the “Messenger of the Covenant” the 7th angel in revelation, the angel of the church of Laodicea.” He was the end-times “Elijah” and the true “Messenger of the Covenant” He also stated “Now remember this Seventh angel is on the earth at the time of this coming.” (The Revelation of the Seven Seals, p.74) Since this did not happen, Jesus did not come, it should be obvious that he was neither Elijah as he claimed nor a true prophet or teacher of the word- he was WRONG. He had other prophecies that were also wrong.