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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.

The Vandalia Meetings: Branham's Rise to Fame

The first nationally publicized revival meeting held by William Branham took place in Vandalia, Illinois in 1947. Working with Rev. W. E. Kidson of Houston, Texas, Branham attracted a crowd so large that it caught the attention of local news media and ultimately the Associated Press.

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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?

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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.

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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 into question.

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The Commissions

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.

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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?

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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."

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Moving Targets

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 predictions.

But when the arrow misses the mark, and the target is moved closer to the arrow, can we really call these predictions "prophecies?"

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Advertising Campaigns

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?

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Step 4: Deep Study