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Alpha Roots Chart
Foretelling or Fortunetelling?
“It should also be noted that Branham’s parents believed in
fortunetelling and he was burdened through occultism at an early age [Kurt Koch,
Between Christ and Satan (Grand Rapids: Kregal Publications, 1962),
p.150, quoted in Alfred Pohl and David Cloud, William Branham: Prophet or
Profiteer? (Way of Life Literature, Bible Baptist Church, 1219 N. Harns
Road, Oak Harbor, Washington, 98277, USA), p5].
“His powers were those
of a soothsayer … In fact, when Branham met fortune tellers, they even
told him that he was influenced by supernatural powers … ” Alfred Pohl and
David Cloud, William Branham: Prophet or Profiteer? (Way of Life
Literature, Bible Baptist Church, 1219 N. Harns Road, Oak Harbor, Washington,
98277, USA), p14].
Branham’s official Publications = The Voice of God Recordings, Inc., (formerly
Spoken Word Publications) … Branham recounted … audible communications and
visions that imparted to him specific information concerning future events which
later came to pass. … Not long after the commission as the forerunner of the
second coming of Christ, Branham was visited by an angel. He was told that he
was being given two ministry gifts. He would receive the gift of healing and the
gift of the "word of knowledge." … [Watchman Fellowship Profile,
I'm just your brother, by the grace of God. But when the Angel of the Lord moves
down, it becomes then a Voice of God to you...But I am God's Voice to you...
Now, see, I can say nothing in myself. But what He shows me" (Footprints On
The Sands Of Time, p. 214) [Watchman Fellowship Profile, www.watchman.org/profile/branpro.htm].
In light of claims that
Branham was God's end-time prophet, it is significant that he falsely predicted
that America would be destroyed in 1977 (The Seven Church Ages, p. 322).
Branham was guilty of false prophecy (Deuteronomy 18:20-22). While he tried to
call it a prediction rather than a prophecy (without explaining the difference),
he firmly stressed that the 1977 date was based on his thirty year study of the
Bible and "Divine inspiration." Branham's ministry and claims were
supported by alleged supernatural verification. Signs and wonders, however, are
not infallible proofs. Many conflicting sects and ideologies boast similar
subjective "proofs" (2 Thessalonians 2:9, Matthew 12:39, 24:24,
Hebrews 1:1, I John 4:1-3) [Watchman
Fellowship Profile, www.watchman.org/profile/branpro.htm].
During the final years of
his life, Branham's message focused on eschatological issues. Interpreting
Revelation chapters 1, 2, and 3, Branham preached that there were seven church
ages throughout the history of Christianity. Each church age had a specific
messenger who preached the "message of the hour;" if this message was
not followed, salvation could not be obtained. The first messenger was Paul of
Tarsus, the last was yet to be revealed. Branham concluded that the world was in
the midst of the seventh and final church age and that soon a prophet would
reveal the word of God. Although he made no outright claims, Branham felt that
he was the messenger to the seventh church age, the age of Laodicea. According
to Branham, the age to which he was ministering to was corrupt and the only
means of salvation for this age would be through a prophet, sent from God.
Branham described several characteristics of this prophet, all which paralleled
his life and beliefs [http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/williambranham1.html].
Laodicean age Branham states “As a servant of God who has had multitudes of
visions of which NONE has ever failed let me predict (I did not say
Prophesy, but PREDICT).” That this age will, end around 1977 …, I base
this prediction on seven major continuous visions that came to me one Sunday
morning in June, 1933. The Lord Jesus spoke to me and said that the coming of
the Lord was drawing nigh, but that before He came, seven major events would
transpire.” This was obviously after he heard the voice speak at the baptism.
He was extremely deceived by these signs from the beginning, even as a Baptist.
I repeat, I sincerely believe and maintain as a private student of the Word, along with divine inspiration that 1977 ought to terminate the-World systems and usher in the millenium [sic].” (Seven Church Ages Page 322) … Branhamites like Jehovah's Witnesses say that he said “I predict”, he did not say “thus saith the Lord” yet he did say, along with divine inspiration. We can go to the Bible and see not all the false prophets had said this phrase for their prophecies or future predictions. … Branham said it was the Lord who said this … If he got his revelation from Scripture then it should be the truth no matter what you call it. [http://www.letusreason.org/Latrain6.htm].
"I was baptizing down on the river, my first converts, at the Ohio River
... And just then a whirl came down from the heavens above, and here comes that
Light, shining down. ... And it hung right over where I was at. A Voice spoke
from there, and said, "As John the Baptist was sent for the forerunner of
the first coming of Christ, you've got a Message that will bring forth the
forerunning of the Second Coming of Christ." And it liked scared me to
death." [William Branham, How the Angel Came to Me, and His Commission
(Edmonton: End time Message Tabernacle), p.18), quoted in Alfred Pohl and David
Cloud, William Branham: Prophet or Profiteer? (Way of Life Literature,
Bible Baptist Church, 1219 N. Harns Road, Oak Harbor, Washington, 98277, USA),
"I was baptizing down on the river, my first converts, at the Ohio River ... And just then a whirl came down from the heavens above, and here comes that Light, shining down. ... And it hung right over where I was at. A Voice spoke from there, and said, "As John the Baptist was sent for the forerunner of the first coming of Christ, you've got a Message that will bring forth the forerunning of the Second Coming of Christ." And it liked scared me to death." [William Branham, How the Angel Came to Me, and His Commission (Edmonton: End time Message Tabernacle), p.18), quoted in Alfred Pohl and David Cloud, William Branham: Prophet or Profiteer? (Way of Life Literature, Bible Baptist Church, 1219 N. Harns Road, Oak Harbor, Washington, 98277, USA), p10].
[T]here is also Branham's fanciful self claim of coming the spirit of (prophet) Elijah without the qualification of being Jewish, nor being in Israel. For it was John that Jesus said came in the spirit of Elijah making this qualification apparent to all who want to see what the Scripture actually means (Mt.1:2-4). John the Baptist being a forerunner of Christ was alive as He introduced Christ to the people. Branham claimed to be the forerunner of the Second Advent of Christ but the difference is that it is still 40 years later since he died and Christ has not come. A whole generation that would be part of the forerunner has come and gone proving he was not fulfilling this office [http://www.letusreason.org/Latrain6.htm].
"Branham believed himself
to be Elijah on earth: 'See, immediately after the coming of THIS Elijah, the
earth will be cleansed by hate and the wicked burned to ashes' (THE MESSAGE TO
THE LAODICEAN AGE, p.13)" [Let Us Reason
Angel of church of Laodicea?
“Branham proclaimed himself the angel of Revelation 3:14 and 10:7 and
prophesied that by 1977 …” [Burgess and McGee, Dictionary of Pentecostal
and Charismatic Movements, (Zondervan, 1988), p96].
(speaking for Jesus) I am going to speak all right. Yes, I am 'here in the midst
of the Church. The Amen of God, faithful and true will reveal Himself and it
will BE BY MY PROPHET.”
Oh yes, that is so. Rev. 10:7 “And in the days of the voice of the seventh
messenger, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished
as He hath declared to His servants the prophets.” There it is. He is sending
a vindicated prophet. He is sending a prophet after almost two thousand years.
He is sending someone who is so far from organization, education, and the world
of religion that as John the Baptist and Elijah of old, He will hear only from
God and he will have “thus saith the Lord” and speak for God. He will be
God's mouthpiece and HE, AS IT IS DECLARED IN MAL. 4:6, WILL TURN THE
HEARTS OF THE CHILDREN BACK TO THE FATHERS.
( W. Branham THE MESSAGE TO THE LAODICEAN AGE, p.28)
made the claim that the angels to the churches (in the book of Revelation) were
actually men who appeared at various times throughout church history, bringing
new revelation to lead the church into progressive revelation. … Branhams
concept was that each age had a living messenger and that he was the last one.
Ephesian-Paul; Smyrnea-Ireneaus; Pergamean-Martin; Thyatirean-Columba; Sardisean-Luther;
Philadelphia-Wesley; Laodicean-Branham … [http://www.letusreason.org/Latrain6.htm].
“He said, “I am sent from the Presence of Almighty God, to tell you that
your peculiar birth … and misunderstood life has been to indicate that
you’re to go to all the world and pray for the sick people.” And said,
“And regardless of what they have … if you get the people to believe you,
and be sincere when you pray, nothing shall stand before your prayers, not even
cancer.” [William Branham, How the Angel Came to Me, and His Commission
(Edmonton: End Time Message Tabernacle), p.18-22, quoted in Alfred Pohl
and David Cloud, William Branham: Prophet or Profiteer? (Way of Life
Literature, Bible Baptist Church, 1219 N. Harns Road, Oak Harbor, Washington,
98277, USA), p12].
William Branham Healing
Meeting in City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, 1940s.
Eyewitness Report by Alfred Pohl [Alfred Pohl and David Cloud, William
Branham: Prophet or Profiteer? (Way of Life Literature, Bible Baptist
Church, 1219 N. Harns Road, Oak Harbor, Washington, 98277, USA), pp16-22].
Pohl: One of the things
he did was to take the hand of the person, and quite often I heard him say that
the angel that gave him this gift told him that to identify certain diseases –
and he would speak of cancer very much – there are vibrations that he felt on
his hand that indicate that this person has cancer. So he would take the
patient’s hand and hold it. He would say, ‘Yes, the vibrations tell me that
you have cancer.’
Then he’d say something like
this, ‘We’re going to pray for you, that the Lord will heal you.’ And he
proceeded to do this. Then he went on, and when he was through praying, he would
take that hand again or else he would hold the hand throughout the prayer, and
he would say, ‘The vibrations are gone. The cancer is dead. You are healed.’
And the person would rejoice,
of course; so would I. I thoroughly believed in Branham, I thought he was
God’s man and so forth, and we wanted to see people healed. So [supposedly]
the cancer was dead, and we were happy about this.
But then he had a little added
statement there, and that was something like this, ‘Now, you just keep on
trusting the Lord. You’re healed. Don’t loose [sic] your faith in the Lord.
Just keep your faith and trust the Lord, and you’re healed.’ He said,
‘You’re going to be sick for a while. You’re going to be quite sick for a
few days.’ Quite often he referred to three days. ‘You’re going to be very
sick for three days.’
The people often asked,
‘Well, what do you mean, Brother Branham? If I’m healed, why should I be
sick?’ He said, ‘The cancer,
the cancerous growth which is now dead inside your body has to be carried out by
the blood stream. And it’s waste material; it has to be carried out; it’s
poison material, and so you’ll be sick for quite awhile until that is carried
But what happened then was
this: that in the meantime the people wouldn’t worry about it.
They’d say, ‘Well, that’s what Branham said would happen. I’m
But this went on, till some of
these people got sicker and sicker and died. So he had an out. By this time he
was gone [from that place].
O Timothy: Right.
So there were many that he proclaimed healed?
yes. … practically everyone was pronounced healed. But the tragedy is that so
many of those died after Branham was gone. … When the Lord healed people, they
were healed. And there wasn’t such a thing as ‘You’ll be sick for five
days, or three days,’ and so, ‘don’t lose your faith.’ I don’t see
that in Scripture.
O Timothy: I
understand there was a radio pastor whose wife supposedly was healed, and also a
man with four students in the college. Could you tell me about those two?
yes. Yes. The first one I would relate to is a man from a little place near
Regina, Saskatchewan. … He’d flown his wife in from near Regina, and he
said, ‘We’re here. We want Branham to pray for my wife. She’s dying of
cancer. … Branham prayed for her and pronounced her healed. … He had given
them this story, of course, that ‘she’s still going to be sick, though
she’s healed; she’s going to feel pretty bad.’ … About 10 to 14 days
later [the man returned]. ‘Brother Pohl. You were standing beside my wife when
she was sick in one of the rooms in the dorm. Mr. Branham prayed for her, and he
pronounced her healed. … Tell me, how is it that my wife who was healed 10
days ago, is now in the grave?’
… [Branham would] say, well
‘Your faith failed, and it’s not my fault.’ But, I don’t see that is the
case in Scripture either – where people’s faith failed, and they lost their
healing after God healed them, or the Lord healed them, or the Apostles healed
[T]he other party was a pastor
from Port Arthur, Ontario, … He flew his wife in and the nurse to Saskatoon
… I brought Branham into the dorm and he prayed for this lady as well. He
prayed also for the nurse. The nurse was deaf. He prayed for her healing, and
claimed she was healed. He also claimed that the pastor’s wife was healed of
cancer. … [A]bout three, four weeks later, … I came to Port Arthur, [I
asked] ‘How’s his wife doing? … She was healed in the meetings in
Saskatoon.’ … And they said, ‘Haven’t you heard? She’s dead.’ …
We had more of those cases. … I stood beside bed after bed, person after person who was pronounced healed, yet … they passed away. So there was something very wrong with this type of healing.
On March 17- 24, 1963 Branham preached “The Seven Seal Mysteries” of
Revelation 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10:1-7. … “We find out that during that time I saw
seven Angels in a form of a pyramid that swept down and picked me up.
And I was brought east to
open the Seven Seals for God.”
(Commission By Seven Mighty Angels).
Just who does this man think he is to open the 7 seals. The mysteries of God are
not known to the angels, they are sealed to men and angels. Look what John has
to say about this Rev 5:1-9: “And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on
the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.
Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to
open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or
on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at
it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the
scroll, or to look at it.” …
Jesus who is the only one
who is worthy to open the scroll. Branham is now deceived by the angel into
thinking he is worthy. This is proof this vision and probably others were not of
God but a shrewd deception upon a man who had been given great influence over
the Pentecostal Church [http://www.letusreason.org/Latrain6.htm].
Unscriptural Teachings / Doctrines
Did not Jesus say for us to continue in God’s word, … Branham speaks for God by an angel who gave him some very different things to say … God is not the author of confusion he will not speak one way then and speak another way to someone else [http://www.letusreason.org/Latrain6.htm].
(a) Denied the Trinity
"Trinitarianism is of the Devil. Now, my precious brother, I know this is a tape also. Now, don't get excited. Let me say this with godly love. The hour has approached where I can't hold still on these things no more: too close to the coming. See? "Trinitarianism is of the devil." I say that THUS SAITH THE LORD. Revelation Chapter Four #3 (Throne of Mercy and Judgment), January 8, 1961 (tape #61-0108).
(b) Serpent’s Seed
(c) Baptism in the Name of Jesus only
(d) Denied eternal hell
(e) Believed the Word of God was given in three forms: the Zodiac, the Egyptian
pyramids, the written Scriptures.
His popularity declined in the late 1950s after his numerous bold proclamations of “thus saith the Lord” to establish his doctrines [http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/williambranham1.html].
thing which characterized his meetings was his total dependence upon an angel.
When his angel would show up then supernatural events and manifestations would
begin to occur. Once he was asked if it was the Holy Spirit that did these
things in his meetings. What was Branham's response? No, my angel does these
ministering to people William Branham would always ask them if they believed he
was God's prophet. When they answered yes then he would begin to tell them what
was wrong with them and lay hands on them and send them on their way. It seemed
as if the people had to buy into his claim to be a prophet before the angel
(spirit) would reveal to Branham what was wrong with them.
Branham did reveal things to people and about them that he got supernaturally.
He was not faking these things. What happened in his meetings were without a
doubt supernatural in nature. The issue is this - there are only 2 possibilities
then, (1) they were from God or (2) they were from the devil.
have no Biblical record of Jesus doing His mighty works by the assistance of any
angel(s). He did them by virtue of being God the Son and by the power of the
Holy Spirit. The apostles in the book of Acts did what they did by the power of
the Holy Spirit, again no angel is mentioned.
this Biblical record, why then did Branham need an angel when no other Biblical
prophet or apostle needed one? At best his experience with this angel is
extra-Biblical and thus very suspect. It is now my opinion that this angel was
an angel of light:
such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as
apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel
of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise
themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their
deeds (2 Cor. 11:13-15).
of the signs and wonders in his meetings Branham demanded that the people accept
his teaching. The "Word" he delivered was "confirmed" by
signs following (or preceding at times). What does the Scripture say regarding
a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a
wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you,
saying, 'Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve
them,' you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of
dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord
your God with all your heart and with all your soul (Deut. 13:1-3).
text has always proven troublesome to those in the prophetic movement. They
attempt to point out the signs and wonders proving what they are doing
and teaching is approved of God. The problem is what they are teaching is
usually either diametrically opposed to orthodox Christian doctrine or
extra-Biblical in content.
Branham arose, he did signs and wonders, much of what he revealed about people was true . . .(but we cannot discount the reality of familiar spirits who also can reveal exactly the things Branham did with the help of his angel). What of his doctrine? Did it lead God's people way from the true knowledge of God? YES! [http://www.discernment.org/precedin.htm].
William Branham and His Message: An Examination of the Teachings of William Branham from a Former Follower's Perspective by John Kennah at http://people.delphiforums.com/JohnK63/home.htm
The New Order of the Latter-Rain
"In 1699, Jane Leade and the PS wrote a publicly distributed tract entitled: The Declaration of the Philadelphian Society of ENGLAND, Easter-Day, 1699. Addressed to the Catholick Church, Representative and Diffusive. I have the document and I am able to transcribe it all except one word, which I might call upon you to retrieve via a microfilm viewer.
The important part to remember about the PS is that everything they believed in and practiced seems to line up with the Rosicrucians. There are some web sites that state she was a Rosicrucian. I have no doubts that she was. Her life as well as the PS doctrines and practices may give us a rare insight as to how the Kabbala was used as an interpreter for the Bible. I am stating emphatically that the Kabbala was explained in the Theosophical Transactions of the Philadelphian Society as being a primary component of their esoteric beliefs.
This is stated openly so their is no mystery about this. Now, I want you to think of the ramifications here. I have proven that American NOLR leaders George Hurlburt Warnock and George Robert Hawtin both knew about Jane Leade and George Hawtin additionally wrote favorably about both Boehme and Leade in his newsletters which were eventually turned into journals. (Send for these if you can)
What this means is that the NOLR "Pentecostal Movement" as it says it paralleled the other Pentecostals was in reality a rebirthing of the very same "Enthusiasm" that the 17th century Behmenists were involved with. This includes MSOG/NOLR leaders like Bob Weiner and Rick Joyner mentioned and teaching in their writings (I have written proof) the very same prophetic declarations and foretellings as Jane Leade. Not only that, but I have come from a charismatic background for the majority of my life and I have been told that "God restored the gift of tongues in the 1909 Azuza Street Revival." Nothing could be further from the truth as proved through the writings of counter-cult apologists throughout the centuries!!
But beyond all that, even though I knew about the Kabbala connection well over two years ago, I along with another Sister who is helping me, discovered that the entire Manifest Sons of God doctrine stems directly from the concept of ADAM KADMON of the KABBALAH!!!!!!! They are one and the same!! And nobody that I have read has ever made this connection!!!
This fact of the "Divine Family" of the Androgynous "God" whose female half is Sophia created Adam Kadmon or "Adam" who himself was a co-equal. And why not I say! They came from the same family, right! So then, God expected Adam to give birth to other "Sons" from his side and increase the family, right? So, Adam became too preoccupied with the material world, fell to earth, and in the process was sheared or split into Adam and Eve!!
This story is found in the Kabbalah. It is also found in the writings of Jacob Boehme. It is also found as a Dissertation on Man's Fall by German behmenist Johann Conrad Beissel who preached Boehme's doctrines in the streets of Germany before he immigrated to Germantown, Pennsylvania in the early part of the 18th century. He formed the Ephrata Cloister and it was known as the "Woman in the Wilderness". This title has a direct inference to "Wisdom Sophia" whom the Ephratans waited for and whom Rick Joyner mentions he saw and spoke with in his book of visions like "Final Quest."
The Kabbalah and Adam Kadmon and Wisdom Sophia -- do a search on them and then compare the attributes of the MSOG and you will see they are one and the same!
Now we are getting somewhere as we now have pinpointed not only the theosophical roots of the NOLR to Boehme and Leade but we have also identified the origins of the MSOG doctrines as having theosophical roots in the Kabbalah. With that said, we now have a case for openly declaring that the entire NOLR does not and never did have a legitimate foundation and the entire premise that "God is restoring the office of apostles and prophets" was taken from a well known Behmenist and Rosicrucian. In other words, we can now declare that the NOLR is, in fact, the occult!!" [US researcher, personal email on file].