Bible Believers' Newsletter 629

"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
ISSN 1442—8660

Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we appreciate your fellowship and extend an especially warm welcome to our new subscribers.

Our main article closely follows a publication by Canadian Pastor Terry Sproule which incorporates quotations from books by Brothers Gordon Lindsay, Pearry Green and Julius Stadsklev, in addition to observations by Brothers John Wooderson and F.F. Bosworth regarding God's promise of a prophet to this last generation of the Gentile Church. I pray this will edify and encourage the faith of new Believers and refresh and revive you who have been following the Message of Brother Branham for many years.

Subscribers, especially Brethren in the Americas and in Europe, are invited to request our free PowerPoint presentation, "The Second Coming of Christ," which details the vindication of God's Prophet and explains his Message with audio, video, colour images, Scriptural teachings, diagrams, and quotations.

This Newsletter serves those of like precious faith. Whoever will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Everything here presented should be confirmed personally in your own Bible.

Your brother-in-Christ, Anthony Grigor-Scott

Polish MP: 'Russia engineered Air Crash that killed President Kaczynski'

April 13, 2010 — Captain Arkadiusz Protasiuk was flying the Polish presidential plane that crashed near Smolensk airport. The Russian government prevented the Polish president's plane from landing four times to divert him from a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. . . Artur Gorski said the Russians "came up with some dubious reasons" why the aircraft couldn't land, because they feared President Leck Kaczynski's presence would overshadow a similar event hosted by the Russian prime minister a few days before. . . Full story:

April 20, 2010 — "The author who filmed the video of shots fired at the Polish plane crash seen by everyone by now has been stabbed near Kijow on April 15 and transported in critical condition to the hospital in Kijow. On April 16, three unidentified individuals unplugged him from his life support system and stabbed him 3 more times. Andrij was pronounced dead that afternoon. Russian government claims it was a coincidence." Full story:

Who uses Phony Social Security Numbers?

What do you do if the guy living in the White House uses Social Security number 042-68-XXXX that was actually issued in the State of Connecticut between 1977 and 1979 to an individual who was born in 1890? Interestingly, the SSN does not appear in the Social Security death index and now has two dates of birth tied to it: Aug. 4, 1961 and the year 1890. As a US Senator, this man used an entirely different Social Security number—282-90-XXXX.

Using several Social Security Numbers that have never been issued to anyone. . . among the 39 Social Security cards. . . discovered linked to the Obama family SSNs for Obama, his wife and his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, none of them were issued in Hawaii, which in itself, according to [attorney Orly] Taitz, is evidence of Obama's foreign birth.

Clearly, if the 28 Social Security numbers Obama uses, or has used during his lifetime, were appropriated by him for his personal use, a case can be made that he has committed multiple Class C felonies in order to conceal the fact that he does not possess a United States birth certificate. If that's true, and the only Hawaiian birth certificate he possesses is a "Certification of Live Birth" from Hawaii (which was issued as a personal favor to him by Hawaiian Gov. Linda Lingle) rather than a Certificate of Live Birth that is accompanied by "eye witness signatures" which are affidavits of his birth in Honolulu, Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961 rather than in Mombassa, Kenya on the same day. Then, even without the elusive long form Hawaiian birth certificate that appears not to exist, Obama could be forced to resign or be impeached and removed from office. Full story:

Obama is a "Christian," a "Muslim" and even a "Jew." He is an Indonesian, Kenyan and an American. He is Black and White. He is a perfect leader for a new world bereft of race, nation and religion. In fact, he represents an alien satanic force, the Illuminati, intent on gradually enslaving mankind. Read, and follow the links.

Hitler's Freedom from International Debt Slavery

It is always difficult to have an intelligent discussion on the topic of World War II Germany, and Hitler whose hundred and eleventh birthday was last Tuesday, because from school days we have been brainwashed by fraudulent history and lying propaganda of the 'City of London' and Judaeo-Roman false religion raising Auschwitz over Calvary as they march lockstep to Lucifer's global hegemony. Jesus told those Jews which believed on Him, "If you continue in My Word, then you are My disciples indeed; and you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free" (John 8:31-32).

Jewish traitor, US President Woodrow Wilson (Wolfsohn) said, ". . . some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it" (Woodrow Wilson, The New Freedom, Doubleday, Page & Co. 1913, p. 13-14).

In 1916, after Paul Warburg's Federal Reserve System had been in operation three years, President Woodrow Wilson summed up the economic situation in the United States of America as follows: "A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credits. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men . . . We have come to be one of the worst ruled; one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world . . . no longer a government by conviction and the free vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men."

When the countries of the Western World were plunged into the economic depression of the 1930's. . . Jewish President F.D. Roosevelt said: "Sixty families in America control the wealth of the nation . . . One-third of the nation's population is ill-housed, ill-fed, and ill-clad . . . I intend to drive the money changers from the Temple."

London Daily Express, March 24, 1933Illuminus Roosevelt was a lackey of the moneychangers. Hitler was not. The money changers debauched and prostituted not only the German treasury but the people. Hitler bypassed the moneychangers and their gold standard, and within two years he had solved Germany's unemployment. Within five years he transformed Germany from the poorest to the wealthiest nation in Europe and the highest living standard in the world. Judea declared war! Gird your loins with the strong belt of truth from this short account by mainly Jewish historians. If you who support the hypocritical 'politically correct' BIG LIE you are condoning the infiltration of Shoah theology into the world church system and declaring the real liar, murderer, and son of the Devil was Jesus Christ (John 8:44).
Full story: (The Web of Debt by Ellen Hodgson Brown JD).

The Queen –v– John Wilson
Trial by Jury scheduled for 24 May, 2010

After 14 years of fighting in Australian Courts for the TRUTH that the word, 'VARIABLE', means 'UNCERTAIN', I (John Wilson) have finally secured a JURY TRIAL, here in this Parramatta District Court.

The INJUSTICES resulting from being DENIED my inalienable RIGHT to TRIAL BY JURY in all my appearances in Australian Courts have become manifest to include IMPRISONMENT, DISPOSSESSION of my PROPERTIES, DEFAMATION, ASSAULT by POLICE and SHERIFFS, the DESTRUCTION of my TOOLS of TRADE, the THEFT of my BELONGINS, the THEFT of my PATIENTS' RECORDS, the CANCELLATION of my DRIVER'S LICENCE until 2027, DISTRESS and HARDSHIP to my WIFE and FAMILY. . .

I truly believe that this JURY TRIAL is the most important court case ever in the history of Australia. It is more important that the JURY TRIALS of the EUREKA STOCKADE REBELS in 1854 which is regarded as the 'LANDMARK OF DEMOCRACY' when 6 separate JURIES all found those men, who had drawn up their 'CHARTER OF LIBERTIES' to stand against the oppression and exploitation in the mining fields, had NOT DONE WRONG, ie: the 13 men were found 'NOT GUILTY' when the British Governor, Hotham, charged them with HIGH TREASON and wanted them all hung. . .

From this TRIAL we can begin to put a stop to the STEALING committed by the BANKS through their fraudulent practices of unlawful loan contracts (eg: variable interest rates rendering a contract void for uncertainty) and creating money 'out of thin air' (eg: by Fractional Reserve Banking). . .

From this TRIAL we can begin to restore ALL of OUR RIGHTS, including PROPERTY RIGHTS, FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREE ELECTIONS, etc. From this TRIAL we can begin to return the COURTS of AUSTRALIA to the RULE OF THE PEOPLE so that PEOPLE decide what the LAW IS; so that PEOPLE govern the RULES OF EVIDENCE; so that PEOPLE nullify/defeat bad laws; so that PEOPLE govern THEMSELVES and their COUNTRY. . . Full story:

Comment: We have covered Dr. John Wilson's brave defence against the all-pervading tyranny of the City of London and their international banksters in Newsletters 097; 113; 171; 181; 182; 204; 211; 328; 354; 555; 572, and 592. Pray for John's personal safety and victory in face of the knavish tricks of the minions advancing Lucifer's one world government.

Prefabricated Fascists: the FBI's Assembly-Line Provocateurs

You really have to wonder what's going on when a bunch of White guys from Detroit decide to hold a protest on the lawn of the LA City Hall carrying Nazi banners. The LA Times article mentions "a bare-chested middle-aged man with Nazi insignias tattooed on his chest and back." The counter-protesters beat the hell out of him. . . "the FBI has no problem staging white supremacist rallies and protest marches that help 'local' police departments rack up overtime." If these guys are FBI agents, I assume they are getting combat pay—addition to travel costs from Detroit. It strikes me as incredible that 50 working class White guys have enough excess money to fly out to LA for the weekend to complain about immigration. But if the FBI is funding it, it makes a lot of sense and is exactly what the country needs: At last, a federal jobs program for working class White males Full story:

Comment: Jewish President F.D. Roosevelt made the point that, "If something happens in politics you can bet it was planned that way." Read Protocol 11:3. In 1871 it was decided that "World War Three is to be fomented by using the differences the agentur of the Illuminati stir up between Political Zionists and the leaders of the Moslem world. The war is to be directed in such a manner that Islam (the Arab World including Mohammedanism) and Political Zionism (including the State of Israel) will destroy themselves while at the same time the remaining nations, once more divided against each other on this issue, will be forced to fight themselves into a state of complete exhaustion physically, mentally, spiritually and economically. Can any unbiased and reasoning person deny that the intrigue now going on in the Near, Middle, and Far East is designed to accomplish this devilish purpose?"

Do you see Albert Pike's plan unfolding Jesus' prophecy (Matthew 24:37; Genesis 6:1-7, 11-13)? Can you see that in their unprovoked aggression against Iran, which has no nuclear weapons and has not staged a war of aggression in over a millennia, the leaders of your Hegelian sham democracy are serving the 'City of London'? Just this week Israel's belligerent President stated menacingly, "A threat to the peace of the Jewish people always carries the danger of turning into a threat to the civilized world as a whole." Do you realize Iran is one of five nations not yet under a Rothschild-controlled central bank? And that the "evil eye" on the Great Seal of the United States is focused on North Korea, Sudan, Cuba, and Libya (Revelation 13:13-18)?

After World War Three is ended, those who aspire to undisputed world domination will provoke the greatest social cataclysm the world has ever known. Quoting Pike's letter to Mazzini catalogued in the British Museum Library:

"We shall unleash the Nihilists and Atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will be from that moment without compass (direction), anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view, a manifestation which will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time" (William Guy Carr, Pawns in the Game, p. xv-xvi).

Is this happening (at taxpayer expense), even in "the land of the free"? Find me the man, and I'll find the crime said Josef Stalin's Jewish secret police chief Lavrenti Beria, responsible for the infamous Katyn massacre of captive Polish soldiers and intellectuals blamed on Nazi Germany. Patrick Buchanan's Unnecessary War and Kevin MacDonald's Culture of Critique identify Churchill and his paymasters the instigators of the worst fratricide committed in mankind's entire history.

A Prophet to the Gentiles

God has to judge the world someday and the Catholics say He will judge it by the Catholic church, but which one, there are so many of them? They have two opposing trinities, and in addition to the pope in Rome there is one in Egypt, one in Greece, one in Armenia, one in Syria, another in Russia, and perhaps more. But if God is going to judge the world by the Protestant church, He has hundreds if not thousands from which to choose—each preaching a different gospel. If the Methodist is right, the Baptist is lost. If the Protestants are right then the Catholics are lost. God said He will judge the world by Jesus Christ who is the Word and physical manifestation of His eternal thoughts (John 1:1; Colossians 2:9).

All denominations have departed from God's Word, adding to it here and diminishing from it there in order to establish their own creed. Not one of them can receive the full Gospel and they will not receive the present Truth —what Jesus is doing now, and having organized under human headship are unable follow the Leading of the Spirit (John 3:8). God deals with individuals—one at a time, not organizations. He has never spoken through two prophets in the same time and place.

As the Word of God comes only to a prophet, we must receive His vindicated prophets for God will judge the world by the iron rod of their unchanging Word. God's first prophet was His first son, Adam, who named all of the animals by inspiration before the fall. Sin entered the world when the first woman disregarded God's Word and her prophet husband's headship to listen to the Serpent incarnate by Satan, to whom Adam surrendered his dominion when he took Eve back to himself, and brought death on the whole creation (Romans 5:17-18).

II Peter 1:20-21, "No prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation because no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but men moved by the Holy Ghost spoke from God." His voice is one man under pre-eminence. He had a Noah once; He had a Moses, a Jeremiah, an Elijah, an Elisha, and a John the Baptist at the end of the dispensation of the Law. Only John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ's first Coming, was inspired to identify Scriptures such as Isaiah 40:1-3 that were being fulfilled. Only John was ordained to identify the Lamb. So in this day at the end of dispensation of grace, with multitudes of Scriptures coming to pass, God needed one man under pre-eminence through whom He could speak the Word to introduce His second or 'parousia' Coming, indict the world church system and condemn the world.

In the days of John the Baptist the priesthood and Temple service were corrupt and the faith of Moses and the prophets lacerated into denominations of Pharisees, Sadducees, Herodians, Essenes and Zealots whose conflicting doctrines "made the Word of God on no effect to them" (Matthew 15:9). And today at "the 'parousia' Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to gather the Bride of all ages to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb in the sky," we witness "the prior apostasy" foretold by Paul whereby the church in Laodicea is materially "rich and in need of nothing, but spiritually wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked of the Blood".

"Where there is no vision, the people perish" (Proverbs 29:18). For this reason God promised to send a vindicated prophet with THUS SAITH THE LORD to restore the apostolic faith (Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 17:11), "finish the mystery of God" (Revelation 10:7), and call the wise and foolish virgin out from Rome and her (once) Protestant harlot daughters to maturity "in the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God" and the great translation (Matthew 25:6; Ephesians 4:13; Romans 8:19; I Corinthians 15:46-57). Over the centuries "the faith once delivered to the saints," such as the true oneness of the Godhead, Scriptural water baptism, the mystery of the baptism of the Holy Ghost without sensation but the Person of Christ performing in you the same works He did, and the original sin, had been lost through Jewish and Judaeo-Catholic martyrdom, while other mysteries essential to the end-time Bride, like the revelation of the Seven Church Ages, Seven Seals, Seven Thunders, Seven Vials and the rapture, that had never been revealed.

His disciples asked Jesus, "What will be the sign of Your 'parousia' Coming and what will be the sign of the end of the world order." Matthew recorded Jesus' response from the perspective of the 144,000 elect Israelites in a lengthy dissertation on events that must take place from the end of God's dealings with Israel as a nation, to Daniel's Seventieth Week, the consummation of Life, the Millennium, White Throne Judgment, and the disposition of sin prior to the renewed heavens and earth (Matthew 24 – 25).

There is little dispute among Bible students, that the fig tree represented Israel and that Jesus was indicating the restoration of the modern state would be the key sign to awaken the elect to the imminence of His second or 'parousia' Coming and the end of the world order (Matthew 24:32-34). This along with independence granted to the former colonies has seen its fulfillment only since the end of the Second World War (Luke 21:29-33).

The signs of the end of the Ages and the Coming of Christ for His Bride also include a repetition of the natural, spiritual and moral characteristics of the days of Noah and Lot; city building, an exponential increase in knowledge, violence, promiscuity, homosexuality, lawlessness, the rise of anti-Christ in religious union, and a global economy preparatory for Lucifer's one world government, international travel, wars and earthquakes. Soon cometh the earthquake.

— The Sign of the Prophet —

Our purpose is to alert the reader to one more vitally significant sign which, likewise, has found its fulfillment in our day. This is God's promised warning before any major, Scriptural happening, and is at once His most vivid yet most overlooked and misunderstood sign.

Amos 3:7, "Truly the Lord God will not do anything without first revealing His secret to His servants the prophets." God's pattern of dealing with His people has always included sending prophets. Amos states emphatically, "God does nothing without a prophetic forerunner" as disclosed by the most rudimentary study of Scriptural history.

Tragically, history also reveals that seldom was a prophet greeted with anything but skepticism and abuse. No matter how great their Divine vindication, they suffered at the hands of those to whom they were sent. Jesus told the Pharisees in Matthew 23:31-36, "Your forefathers were guilty of the blood of all the prophets from Abel to Zechariah," identifying them with the lineage of Cain (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, XIII, 9:1).

In maintaining the consistency of His Word, God promised the world a prophetic messenger to announce His Second Coming. Only one ministry over the past century could qualify as that vindicated Prophet of God. William Branham was recognized by his contemporaries as a major prophet, then rejected by this wicked and adulterous Laodicean generation, whose churches put Christ without the camp, "crucifying to themselves the Son of God afresh" (Hebrews 6:6).

— What say the Scriptures —

William BranhamBefore discussing the life and ministry of William Branham, we will list some of the Scriptures which establish that a prophet was to forerun the Second Coming of Christ. It is commonly considered that since the first advent of Jesus Christ, God no longer uses prophets to minister to His people. A carnal interpretation of Scriptures such as Luke 16:16, "The Law and the prophets were until John," and Hebrews 1:1, "God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in time past to the fathers in the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us in His Son. . ." is taken as proof of this. Let it be clearly understood, these Scriptures do not point to a cessation of prophets (I Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11). They state only that the partial Word each Old Testament prophet uttered was fully expressed in Christ, the Logos (Word), when He appeared in flesh. The New Testament abounds with prophets after Christ, even aside from the prophetic ministries obviously manifest in the Apostles such as Peter, Paul and John.

Let the reader consider Ephesians 3:1-5:

"For this cause I, Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ, for you Gentiles—If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me toward you: how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men [or prophets – Ezekiel 2:1], as it is now revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit".

Here Paul shows that New Testament prophets not only exist but are ordained to carry mysteries the Old Testament prophets (sons of men) under the Law could only see as a shadow. "In these last days God has spoken to us by His Son," defines the first advent. The Son is still speaking through His ordained messengers.

The Scriptures are equally clear that a prophetic ministry would be focal at the end of the world to restore the Gentiles to the apostolic faith or true Message of the Son, (the Logos or Word), and after the translation of Christ's Bride of all Ages, to carry the Message of Messiah to Israel during the great tribulation (Revelation 11). The following Scriptures point to this Gentile forerunner:

Amos 3:7, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, without first revealing His secret to His servants the prophets".

Remember—before any significant, Scriptural event, God always speaks to a prophet to deliver warning and a way of escape for believing souls. He spoke with Noah before the flood, Abraham before the burning of Sodom and Gomorrah; Moses to deliver Israel; John the Baptist before Christ's first advent, and Paul to write and deliver the New Testament revelation to we Gentiles.

Malachi 4:5-6, "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he will turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse".

The Spirit of Elijah is here prophesied to precede the Day of the Lord. Any Bible student understands the great and dreadful Day of the Lord is Christ's Second or 'parousia' Coming to Israel in power and judgment after the end of the Gentile dispensation (Isaiah 2:12, 19; I Thessalonians 5:2-3; II Peter 3:10).

Notice this twofold prophecy, Elijah will come:

    1. To turn the heart of the fathers to the children,
    2. To turn the heart of the children to their fathers.
The following Scriptures show us where this prophecy was partially fulfilled.

Luke 1:17, "He shall go before Him in the Spirit and power of Elijah; to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord".

This speaks of course, of John the Baptist, but notice: the Holy Spirit divided the prophecy of Malachi and showed John fulfilling the first part only; John did not precede the great and dreadful Day of the Lord, but the earthly ministry of Jesus as the Good Shepherd.

Matthew 17:10-12, "His disciples asked Jesus, Why do the scribes say that Elijah must first come? Jesus answered, Elijah truly will come first, and restore all things, but I tell you, that Elijah has come already and they knew him not. . ."

Notice how Christ maintains the continuity of the previous Scriptures, also dividing the prophecy concerning the Elijah ministry. Jesus indicates that part of the Elijah ministry is already fulfilled and part remains to be fulfilled. In this further aspect of the Elijah ministry, He declares he will "restore all things".

II Thessalonians 2:3, "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, until first there comes a falling away and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition".

Paul was stating the Lord's Day would not come until there was a "falling away." The Greek word is 'apostasia' and means a forsaking of the faith. If the reader continues through II Thessalonians 2, noting particularly verses 12 to 15, it becomes evident that Paul was warning of a falling away from the Word of God as brought by the Apostles. This is precisely what occurred from about the fourth century after the Roman Catholic church was organized at the first Nicaea Council. By about 1200 it had replaced the authority of Scripture with the authority of the church and married Christianity with paganism. Since that time there has been a partial reformation of the Roman Catholic system of false worship, and more recently a relapse by the once Protestant churches into the apostasy of which Paul was speaking.

Acts 3:20-21, "And He will send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began".

Peter identifies the fact that before Christ can return physically for the Millennium, there must be a rectification of all the disorders of the fall. This demands the prior restoration of the fullness of the Word and completion of the mystery of God in the revelation of Christ's 'parousia' Coming to His end-time Bride, and afterwards, to 144,000 elect Israelites. Notice the similarity to Matthew 17:11. Both indicate a "restoration of all things." Peter identifies these things as: "All things which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began." It is a restoration of all the Word of God (I Corinthians 13:10; Revelation 10:7). What else is spoken through His prophets (II Peter 1:20-21)?

Now, let us now apply this Scriptural picture to our concluding text to establish:

    1. Elijah is to restore "all things" (Matthew 17:11).
    2. All things are to be materially restored before the second physical return of Christ (Acts 3:21).
    3. All things refer to God's unchanging Word as it was inspired and delivered through His prophets, which is the revelation that must be restored before the first resurrection (Acts 3:21).

Revelation 10:7, "In the days of the Voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God already declared through His servants the prophets should be finished".

This seventh angel is identified as the messenger who would unveil the mystery of God that has already been declared to the prophets. It is the mystery of Christ, which according to I Timothy 3:16 is God manifest in flesh. That incarnation was the whole Message of the early church prophets and apostles. This seventh angel then will reaffirm this same Word or Logos to the Gentile church, which is the continuation God creating Himself in the flesh of His glorified Family as Eve was a continuation of Adam (John 12:24; Revelation 3:14).

The first three chapters of the Book of Revelation describe the condition and characteristics of seven Gentile churches once located in Asia Minor. It is erroneous to presume that this discourse only had an application to John's day. The first verse of the Revelation describes its contents as "things which must shortly come to pass" (in the future), thus the entire Book is prophetic, beginning with the immediate future and continuing through the Gentile dispensation to the calling of the 144,000 Israelites, the millennium, the White Throne Judgment and even the new Jerusalem.

These seven churches then were also prophetic and their characteristics applied to seven Ages which would make up the whole dispensation allotted by God to us Gentiles. From Ephesus to Laodicea, each Age had an angel who would bring it a Message from God. The word "angel," means messenger and here it refers not to heavenly messengers but to earthly through which "the Spirit speaks to the churches." (See Appendix I—Angels). Over the past two thousand years, God raised up a succession of great, spiritual leaders such as Paul, Irenaeus, Martin, Columba, Luther, Wesley and Branham to preserve the faith, from Age to Age.

The Message of each of these angels brought rebuke and correction to the church that had fallen from the faith delivered by the messenger to the previous Age and delivered the Message to the new Age. The Message of each angel brought new birth to those whose lives became written epistles of the Message to their Age. Jesus called the full revelation of each of those Messages, "Seven Thunders," for in the Bible a thunder signifies the Voice of God (Psalm 29:3; John 12:28-29; Revelation 4:5; 10:10:1-4).

After the Dark Ages, God anointed men, most notably Luther and Wesley, to begin the reformation of the Roman Catholic system of worship, and blessed their ministries with mighty revivals as the Light of His Word was reopening to them. The followers of these messengers, however, refused to keep walking in the Light as God continued to unveil it, stopped at a partial restoration, organized, denominated, then died and assumed the identical formalistic characteristics of the very church from which they were once delivered. Hence Revelation 10:7 indicates that the ministry of the seventh angel, or messenger to the Laodicean Church Age, would be to reveal the complete mystery of how God has veiled Himself in the flesh of His glorified Family as He redeemed the saints in each Age. When this final messenger arrives, he will declare all the Word—"all things," from which the early church apostatized and reveal the mysteries surrounding the threefold rapture and the second appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Life and Ministry of William Branham

— A Man Sent From God —

That the ministry of William Branham qualifies as that of a major prophet, thus fulfilling Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7, should be abundantly clear to any who take time to even briefly investigate its magnitude and impact. Gordon Lindsay gave an apt commendation in the introduction to his book — "A Man Sent From God" — in which he describes his experiences and observations as he traveled with God's Prophet:

Many others such as T. L. Osborne, Jack Moore, and Joseph Mattson Boze, were equally awed by the divine vindication in William Branham's life. (For a list of remarks made by these and other servants of God, see Appendix II, Witnesses).

— Acts of The Prophet —

This excerpt from Pastor Pearry Green's book—"The Acts of the Prophet"—will give you a glimpse of the nature of William Branham's life and ministry. Brother Green was a friend and associate of Brother Branham, particularly in the latter years of his life. This rich little book was made up of a series of messages preached by Pastor Green in his own tabernacle then compiled and put into print.

— Early Life and Conversion —

Prophet's birthplaceOn April 6, l909, a fifteen-year-old Kentucky mother gave birth to a baby boy. They named him William Marrion Branham, and on the day that he was born there was a strange aura, a presence, in the rustic little log cabin. A Light came whirling in through the window and hung over the crib. No wonder the people who saw it said, "What manner of child shall this be?" When the baby was but six months old, God's protection over him was demonstrated for the first time. He and his mother, stranded in the cabin while his father was away on a job, were miraculously saved from certain death. A great snow storm had isolated the cabin. Food and firewood ran out, so the young mother simply wrapped herself and her baby in all the bedclothes they had and went to bed, waiting for the end. A neighbor a little way off, by some strange phenomenon that he couldn't explain, had for several days felt attracted to visit the little cabin to see how his neighbors were doing. One day the urge came upon him so strong that he was not able to resist it: he crossed the hills to the cabin and found the mother and child nearly perished. Quickly he gathered firewood and built a fire, made a trip back to his home for nourishment, and nursed them back to health. Thus only by a strange Presence that the man could not explain, was he drawn to come at this hour and save the life of this particular six-month-old boy.

At the age of three, Brother Branham received his first vision. From the vision, he knew to tell his mother that though they now lived in Kentucky, some day they would live near a city called New Albany. It was not long after, that the family moved from Kentucky across the Ohio River to Indiana and a little later moved further south to Jeffersonville, Indiana, which is just a few miles from New Albany, Indiana. The vision was fulfilled.

At the age of seven, Brother Branham had another strange experience that he was unable to understand. It happened one day that, while assisting his father, he found himself passing underneath a poplar tree about the size of a barrel and a voice spoke from it saying, "Never smoke, drink, nor defile your body, for when you are older there is a work for you to do." He couldn't understand the mysterious event; it frightened him, and he ran to his mother. She first thought he had been snake bitten, then thought that he may just have been in nervous shock, so she put him to bed and called the doctor.

Ohio BridgeAt the age of nine, one day while he was playing with friends he saw a vision of a bridge. This bridge was to extend across the Ohio River from Louisville to Jeffersonville. He told his friends that he could see the bridge and to his horror, he saw a portion of it collapse, carrying sixteen men to their deaths. His friends told this around the community and twenty two years later that bridge was built at the cost of the lives of sixteen men. The bridge stands today, between Jeffersonville and Louisville.

Once as a young man, a girl made fun of him because he wouldn't smoke, and he actually tried to smoke to stop her derision. His testimony is that as he reached for the cigarette he heard the whirlwind again, and the more he tried, the stronger it became, until its rushing sound frightened him. Because of this Brother Branham never did smoke.

Another time a man offered him a drink in the presence of young William Branham's father, and insisted that he take it. He was about to take the drink, because his own father called him a sissy, when the whirlwind came again. He could hear it rushing, and as he continued to put the bottle toward his lips, the wind became stronger until It frightened him and he ran off. He did not disobey God—he could not—for God had a plan for his life which He was bringing to pass.

As a teenager, he once went to a carnival, and there a fortune teller, an astrologer, walked up to him and said, "Young man, did you know that there is a sign following you?" How similar to the time when the evil spirit said to Jesus, "We know who you are; thou art the Christ, the Son of God." The priests and the religious leaders, the most religious people in the world at the time of Christ, didn't recognize Him, the evil spirits did. When the apostle Paul went to Thyatira to preach, he was not welcomed, but put in stocks, and a young sorceress said, "This is Paul, who preaches Christ unto us, the Message of salvation." There was an evil spirit in her that recognized who Paul was when the others sought to persecute him. So it was in this generation. The evil spirits could recognize there was something different about Brother Branham before the religious people of the world would admit it.

Brother Branham almost died for the second time at the age of fourteen. Accidentally shot, lying in his own blood with part of his leg shot away where the blast of a shotgun had struck him, he had a vision, or experience, where he himself faded away and he saw people in hell. He saw things that were to take place among the women of the world in the 1960's, the grotesque use of makeup and the like. These women were in hell and it shocked him to realize that there was such a place, yet he resisted the call of God upon his life, though God continued through the years to deal with him, for there was a work for him to do when he was older.

He came west to Phoenix Arizona, in 1927, at the age of nineteen. It was while there, working on a ranch, that he received word of the death of his brother Edward, who was closest to him in age. When he heard of Edward's death, he stood and looked out across the desert, and asked himself whether Edward had been ready to meet God. Then, as he made the journey back to Jeffersonville to the funeral, the question came to him, "Are you ready?" He recalled how his father and mother wept and the great impact this made on his life as he began to wonder about himself. He was ever aware of this Voice, this Presence that he had experienced since he was a baby, wishing to speak to him. It separated him from the other boys his age, preventing their friendship because he spoke of strange things and wouldn't smoke, drink, dance, or run around as they did. He couldn't pattern his life after theirs, yet he didn't know how to surrender himself to God. But through the death of Edward, the Spirit of God continued to be with him and brought him to where he actually tried to pray. He didn't know how, but loving the wilderness, he wrote on a piece of paper, "God, help me!" He left the note stuck on a tree because he knew that God was there in nature. Finally the day arrived when he went to a place, knelt down, and though he still did not know how to pray, cried out in simplicity. That was enough to open the windows of heaven and he said it seemed like a thousand pound load lifted off his shoulders. With no other way to express his extreme joy and relief, he stood to his feet and began to leap and run about. He ran into the house and his puzzled mother asked him what was wrong. "I don't know," he replied, "I just feel so light!" He ran out of the house and down the road, using the only way he knew to express his elation.

Later while working for the public service company, he was exposed to some gas and was poisoned, and became very ill. An operation was performed during which he almost left this life again. The situation was grave until a supernatural event took place as a Light came and hung before him. The doctors didn't expect him to live and when he did survive, one of the doctors came to his room after the operation and said, "Truly, God has visited this boy!" Brother Branham said that at the time he didn't know what was happening, but that if he had known then what he learned later, he would have leaped from the bed rejoicing, healed in the Name of the Lord. After he left the hospital, he sought a deeper experience with God, because he realized that God had done a great thing for him.

On another occasion, as he knelt in a woodshed to pray, a Light came in and formed a cross. It was then that something swept over him and he experienced an exquisite feeling he had never known before. He once told me personally that it felt like rain was pelting down on his body.

Later he heard of a group of people who believed in the laying on of hands for healing, and at their church meeting, somebody laid hands upon him and he was instantly healed of a stomach problem that remained from the gas exposure.

— His Ministry Begins —

It was after this miraculous healing that he first began preaching and from his very first meeting, people were baptized. It was at a baptismal service on June 11, 1933, that another supernatural event occurred.

Brother Branham baptising in the Ohio River June 11, 1933 when Pillar of fire appeared and the Lord spokeOn this day, as Brother Branham was baptizing in the Ohio river at the foot of Spring Street in Jeffersonville, a strange Light, like a star, suddenly came whirling down and hung over his head. There were about four thousand people sitting on the bank watching, many of whom were witnesses of this inexplicable phenomenon. Some ran for fear, others fell in worship. Many pondered the meaning of this remarkable occurrence. Just as with Saul, a Voice spoke from the Light and said these words, "As John the Baptist was sent to forerun the first Coming of the Lord, so are you sent to forerun His second Coming. . ."

— Seven Prophetic Visions —

The year 1933 was a time of major revelation for Brother Branham and those who followed his Message.

It was also in June of that year when Brother Branham was conducting services in the old Masonic Hall on Meggs Avenue in Jeffersonville, that seven major events were revealed to him which were to come to pass before the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. On this June morning, just before he was to preach, this series of visions appeared to him.

Mussolini and mistressThe first was that the dictator of Italy, Mussolini, would invade Ethiopia, and according to the Voice speaking to him, Ethiopia would fall at Mussolini's steps. However the voice continued and prophesied that there would be a dreadful end come to this dictator. He was to die a horrible death and his own people would literally spit on him. It is now history how this all happened.

The next vision indicated that America would be drawn into a World War against Germany which would be headed up by an Austrian. The prediction was that this terrible war would overthrow this leader and he would come to a mysterious end. In this vision Brother Branham was shown the great Siegfried Line, several years before it was built.

The third vision showed that there were three "isms" in the world: Fascism, Nazism, and Communism, and that the first two would come to nothing, but Communism would flourish. The Voice admonished him to keep his eyes on Russia concerning future events, and said, "Watch Russia, she will become a great world power."

Boys Life MagazineThe fourth vision predicted tremendous advances in science right after the war. In this vision, he saw automobiles shaped like eggs traveling the American highways. I ask you to look at the advertisements of the Volkswagen today, even comparing it with the shape of an egg and saying, "Some shapes cannot be improved upon!" In 1933, this car had not even been designed. Also he saw a car with a bubble roof, traveling completely automatically down the highway with the driver turned and playing some kind of a game with those in the back seat. The car had no steering wheel. They have such automobiles today, controlled by electronics, which were displayed in the 1962 World's Fair.

The fifth vision involved the womanhood of the world. In this vision he was shown the rapid moral decay of the women, starting back when they received their so-called, "liberty" to enter into world affairs by means of the vote. He saw that this right to vote would result in the election, by the women of America, of a "boy" president. (Just remember that Jack Kennedy won his election by the vote of the women). Finally, the vision showed the women stripped practically naked, covered merely with a tiny apron about the size and shape of a fig leaf.

2 euro coinIn the sixth vision, there arose in the United States a beautiful woman, clothed in splendor and royal robes, with great power given to her. She was beautiful to look upon, but there was a "hardness about her that defied description." Beautiful as she was, she was cruel, wicked, cunning, and deceitful and dominated the land with her authority holding complete power over the people. The vision indicated that either such a woman would literally arise or that this was merely a type of an organization Scripturally characterized as a woman. Though the Voice did not reveal who she was, Brother Branham felt in his heart that this woman represented the rising Roman Catholic church, and he inserted in parentheses at the end of the vision, which he had written out, the words, "perhaps the Roman Catholic church".

Then the Voice bade Brother Branham to look once more. As he turned, he beheld a great explosion which rent the entire land and left America a smoldering, chaotic ruin. As far as the eye could see, there was nothing but craters and smoking piles of debris, with no humanity in sight—the seventh vision then faded away.

— Commissioned by an Angel —

After Brother Branham's strange early life, the years passed by, and he served God to the best of his ability as a pastor and laborer in the Kingdom of God.

The beginning of what was to be a tremendous change in his life and ministry occurred on May 7, 1946. It all started as he was leaving on a hunting trip with a friend. Directly as he walked beneath a maple tree in the front yard of his home, on 8th Street in Jeffersonville, Indiana, he relates that a mighty, rushing wind came into the tree. It hit the top of the maple tree and it seemed to him that the tree would be torn apart. The tremendous impact caused him to stagger and his wife and others ran to him, thinking that he had become ill. He turned to her and said these words, "For over twenty years I've not been able to understand this ministry, this strange feeling on myself. I can't go on like this. I've got to have the answer! Is this of God! What is it all about?" He told her that he was going away, that he would leave her and the children to seek God with his Bible and prayer and that he would not come back until he found the answer.

Having made up his mind and stating his intentions, Brother Branham went alone to seek God in a secret place, determined to know the answer and to find peace in his heart about this. Prophet's secret caveGod, sometime or another in Brother Branham's younger life had led him to a cave which he has spoken of often in his later tapes and said that no man could find it. The cave is furnished by nature as though for his very own use. Inside there is a round rock shaped like a table, another, shaped like a chair, and also a place for a man to lie down and sleep. He put none of this there—it simply was there. It was to that secret cave he went that eventful night. Brother Branham lay prostrate on his face in the cave before God. After he had prayed his heart out in sincerity, seeking God, he sat up and waited for an answer. How many times have we heard him say, "They that wait upon the Lord. . ." So often when we pray, we do all the talking, and as soon we are through talking, we get up and leave. He said that the secret is after you have prayed to have patience to wait until God chooses to speak back. That is, if you believe that God has heard you, then wait for the answer.

It was about the 11th hour that he saw a soft light appearing before him. He looked up and rose to move toward this Light and there hung that great star. It didn't have five points like a star, but looked more like a ball of fire. Then, he heard footsteps, and a man of great stature approached him. The man weighed perhaps two hundred pounds, had a dark complexion, no beard, and shoulder-length hair. As the man caught his eye, Brother Branham became very fearful, but the stranger looked at him in a kindly manner and began to speak. Just as an angel stood by Paul and gave him instructions, so this angel stood by Brother Branham and gave him instructions, I have placed these instructions here in seven separate categories:

"Fear not!" said the angel, putting Brother Branham at ease, and continued, saying, "I am a messenger, sent unto you from the Presence of Almighty God." That was the first phase, calming any fears and identifying Himself.

In the second phase, he spoke to Brother Branham about his life, saying, "I want you to know that your strange life has been for a purpose in preparing you to do a job that God has ordained for you to do from your birth."

Third phase: the angel telling him that there were some conditions that he must meet and keep. He said, "If you will he sincere, and you can get the people to believe you. . ." And then he went on to the fourth phase—the results:

He said, ". . . nothing will stand before your prayers, not even cancer!"

The fifth phase of the angel's message was a warning to the people that they were to confess their sins before they came before this man of God, and that he was to tell the people that their thoughts speak louder before the throne of God than do their words. This was a warning to all mankind.

Then, the angel went into the sixth phase and told Brother Branham things concerning his life and ministry. He was told that he would preach before multitudes all over the world and that he would stand in packed auditoriums, with people turned away for lack of room. His church in Jeffersonville would become a centralized place where people would come from all over the world, seeking his prayers for their deliverance.

Not only that, but the angel went on to say that "You shall pray for kings and rulers and potentates."

You ask, "Did this happen?" Let us see if it did.

Brother Branham returned to his little tabernacle the next week, and the old timers will tell you of a sincere young man speaking without a doubt in his mind telling them what that angel had said, and saying, "There will be thousands come here, they'll crowd you out. You won't find a seat unless you're sincere with God and come early." People of the city, educated people, looked at him and said, "Well Billy Branham, they'll never do that." But did they? In Brother Branham's files is a letter from the late King George VI of England, thanking him for coming to him, at the King's request for prayer, when the King was healed of a leg ailment. Also in a meeting one day, a very well-known congressman, a member of the United States Congress for years, confined to a wheel chair, was sitting back in the aisle of the auditorium while Brother Branham was preaching his Message of faith and healing. Like Paul in the Book of Acts, he stopped his sermon, looked down at this man and said, "Sir, I perceive you have faith to be healed. Rise and walk out of the wheelchair." And Congressman Upshaw, who had been confined to the wheelchair for over 60 years, stood to his feet and walked down the aisle, praising God. He returned to Washington D.C., stood on the steps of the Capitol Building, and declared William Marrion Branham to be a prophet of God of the twentieth century. Faithfully, as long as he lived, the Congressman sent Brother Branham a Stetson hat for Christmas every year. In contrast, there were other people in the world who shrugged him off as an unknown. They just were not listening, or could not hear.

The healing of Congressman Upshaw was carried by Reader's Digest. Is it not interesting that two wonderful articles of healings like this in the life and ministry of Brother Branham were carried by the largest circulation magazine in the world, Reader's Digest, quoted second only to the Bible? People say "I read it in Reader's Digest," in the same manner that others might speak of the Bible. It was nothing less than God ordaining it so that the world could know that He had sent a prophet. If they would only have listened.

The seventh phase of the angel's Message concerned the different phases of Brother Branham's ministry. Some people refer to these as the first sign and the second sign. But Brother Branham spoke of them as the "three pulls." (Like the pulls a fisherman makes in attracting the fish, setting the hook, and taking the fish). The angel told him that, under the anointing, he would be able to take people by the hand and the spirit of disease in that person would cause such a commotion and a reaction when it made contact with his spirit that he would be able to feel this vibration physically in his hand. By telling people what the disease was, it would inspire the faith of the audience, and they too, would believe.

— Three Pulls —

When I first saw Brother Branham, this was the phase of his ministry, the "pull," being manifested. When people came before him, unless he could visibly see their ailment, like blindness, being crippled, or paralysis, he would take them by the hand, and if they had sin in their life, he told them first of their sin.

The second sign, or "pull," was to be his knowing the secrets of the heart. He would be able to just talk to people and he would know their name and other facts about them. (Remember, the Word of God is sharper than a two edged sword and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart). People began to see this manifested in the late 1950's and the early 1960's in Brother Branham's ministry.

But there was to be a third pull and of this third pull or the final phase of his ministry—he said, "This will be the thing that will take the Bride in the Rapture."

— The Third Pull —

In one of Brother Branham's sermons entitled, "The Anointed Ones at the End Time," he was endeavoring to explain the significance of this latter part of his ministry. The following excerpt was uttered as he came to the end of his Message:

"Notice the very day when this messenger begins to declare his Message. See? The First Pull, healing: Second Pull, prophesying: Third Pull, the opening of the Word, the mysteries revealed. There's no higher order to reveal the Word than prophets. But the only way the prophet can be vindicated is by the Word. And remember, the Third Pull was the opening of them Seven Seals to reveal the hidden Truth that's been sealed in the Word."

Brother Branham's third pull was the teaching segment of his ministry. The first two pulls drew attention to his prophetic ministry by the constant exercise of the supernatural, but this generation needed more than a demonstration of miracles. God's purpose was to send this Elijah with a Message of restoration.

— God Vindicates His Own —

The world, however, remembers him chiefly for his operation in the realm of the Supernatural and certainly in our day, there has been no parallel. The Gospel of John comes to a close with this remarkable statement:

"And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written" (John 21:25).

It is not preposterous to say that such also is the case of the ministry of Jesus Christ in His prophet today. To attempt to outline the miracles and Supernatural manifestations and their implications would be as impossible as Abraham counting the stars. Till the last year of his ministry (1965), God's humble prophet was still being used to discern hearts, heal every manner of illness and perform diverse miracles. By the providence of God's grace, and a wonderful invention called the tape recorder, thousands of the miracles were recorded as they happened. The world has been left with an authentic record of God in action, not two thousand years ago, but today! Thousands still living, who were in Brother Branham's meetings, witnessed his gift of discernment and saw the healings which took place.

— A Prophet Visits South Africa —

Probably, his greatest single crusade was held in South Africa. His entire ministry in that country was so phenomenal that Julius Stadsklev, who traveled with him, wrote a book dealing only with that trip. In his book—A Prophet Visits South Africa—he relates vividly the results of the Durban meetings. Following are just a few remarks taken from his book:

A local Pastor named John F. Wooderson was one of three whose comments were recorded in Mr. Stadsklev's book. The following is a further excerpt:

    "But is it not the ministry of the miraculous given to men by God in these days which is a most vital factor and potent force in the spiritual awakening of the countries of the world. Is not this God's answer to an age of apathy, unbelief and skepticism? Under the God honoured ministry of Brother William Branham the most amazing scenes were witnessed. One could not help but be reminded of New Testament days. From everywhere the sick came with all manner of afflictions . . . some on crutches, wheelchairs, and stretchers. The extraordinary gift possessed by God's servant, which was manifested in the diagnosis of the ills of men and women, together with his deep humility and overwhelming compassion for suffering humanity was convincing proof that he was indeed "A man sent from God." Never will we forget those prayers which came from the innermost depths of his soul, as he called upon God to "have mercy upon these poor people and heal them." And whilst he prayed, the answer came! All over those vast gatherings men and women were delivered from the power of Satan in their bodies. Crooked limbs were straightened—the blind saw, the deaf heard. Cancers, growths, heart ailments were healed in the Name of Jesus. Brother Branham faithfully pointed his large audiences to the only source of healing, and never failed to discredit the idea that he had any ability to heal".

Let me conclude this portion with some comments made by F.F. Bosworth as he described his impression of the prophet's ministry:

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Brother Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister who has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations overseas. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.

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