The Rapture is Coming.
Ohio River, 1933.
Ohio River, 1933.
It was on June 11, 1933, as Brother Branham was baptizing in the Ohio river at the foot of Spring Street in Jeffersonville, that a strange Light, like a star, suddenly came whirling down and hung over his head. There were about four thousand people sitting on the riverbank watching, many of whom were witnesses of this unexplainable phenomenon. Some ran in fear; others fell in worship. Many pondered the meaning of this remarkable occurrence. Just as with Saul, a Voice spoke from the Light. These were the words, “As John the Baptist was sent to forerun the first coming of the Lord, your message will forerun His second coming...”
One night in 1946 the angel of the Lord met Brother Branham face to face and told him he was ordained to take a gift of divine healing to the world. The angel told him he would be given two signs to prove he was sent from God. He soon discovered that the first sign was, by its very nature, physically taxing, holding the hands of sick people, feeling the vibrations of their deadly diseases traveling up his arm to his heart. In those early days of his ministry he would pray for hundreds of people a night until he felt dizzy and would almost faint from exhaustion.
Then the second sign came and it turned out to be more physically tiring than the first sign. When the anointing of the Holy Spirit began to discern the troubles of people, each vision drained so much of his energy that he could only pray for about 15 to 20 people a night. The angel said if he could get the people to believe him, no disease could resist his prayers. When he had protested that people wouldn't believe him because of his lowly status, then God had added the two signs for proof of his commission.
55-0117 How the Angel came to me. The acts of the Prophet - The Angel Appears.
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In Houston, Texas in January 1950, an amazing photograph was taken by the Douglas Studios. In the photograph there appeared a light above the head of Brother Branham in a halo like form. The negative was examined by George J. Lacy who was the examiner of questioned documents, in order to determine whether or nor the light could have been the result of improper exposure, developing or retouching. The investigation served to completely authenticate the fact the the brightness was caused by light striking the negative. This picture has hung in the Hall of Religious art in Washington DC, as the only supernatural being ever photographed.
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Shortly before the sunset of Feb 28 1963, a strikingly beautiful and mysterious cloud swept northwards across Arizona USA. Two magazines carried the picture and report of this strange phenomena. (Science Magazine 19/4/63 and Life magazine 17/5/63) The reason for the interest was that the massive cloud hung in a blue sky at a high altitude in which no moisture exists to form a cloud. No feasible explanation has been given by scientific inquires into it, but unknown to the world was that on Dec 22, 1962, two months before the cloud appeared Brother Branham had received a vision which he related to his congregation in Jeffersonville.
This is recorded on the message “Is this the sign of the end Sir”
Brother Branham was hunting in the mountains surrounding Tucson, Arizona, when the events in his vision suddenly came to pass. Seven tiny dots appeared in the sky above him, as these dots materialised, a pyramid of seven angels stood before him. They gave him a commission to reveal the seven seals of the book of Revelation. In the cloud is the face of Christ.
See also: Supernatural Cloud.
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Read the full account in "The acts of the Prophet" - Pearry Green.
Elijah the Prophet
Now, we've come through the church ages, but we're promised in the last days according to Malachi 4 that there would be a return again, a prophet in the land. Now remember, the Word of the Lord comes to the prophet, not the theologian, the prophet. He is a reflector of God's Word. He can't say nothing; he can't say his own thoughts; he can only speak what God reveals.
In Malachi 4:5-6 God said He would send us Elijah the prophet before the great and dreadful day of the Lord. When Jesus was asked why the teachers said Elijah would first come, he told them that Elijah would come and restore all things. Then he told them that Elijah had already come and identified John the Baptist as him. When John was asked "who are you ?" he said "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness". This was Isaiah 40:3. So a man anointed with the spirit of Elijah had to come and "restore". We believe that William Branham was that prophet to restore the things that had gone off into error. You may think that sounds strange, but God proved time and time again that this was no ordinary ministry, with visions, supernatural acts, even the raising of the dead ( after certified by doctors ). We are right at the time of the return of Jesus - the dreadful day of the Lord.
Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
And he shall 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.
Doing God a Service
Many people desire to serve God, but don't know how. They make a mistake by going about it the wrong way.
In 1 Chronicles 13, David desired to do God a service, by bringing the Ark of the Covenant back from Kirjathjearim. All the leaders, and the people agreed. The Ark was carried on a cart pulled by Oxen. On the way, the Oxen stumbled and the Ark was about to tip off the cart. Uzza put forth his hand to stop it and the Lord smote him dead. This happened, because the Ark was supposed to be carried on the shoulders of the priests, not on a cart. This was David, trying to do God a Service without it being His will. He wanted to serve God, but going about it the wrong way.
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7 Compound names.
God has many titles. (There are over 700 in the Bible.) There is a group of these titles, that are called the "Seven Compound Redemptive names of Jehovah".
Just before the picture was taken of the Pillar of Fire, in Houston Texas, Brother F. F. Bosworth had just asked this question, "Do the 7 compound names of Jehovah, apply to Jesus Christ?.
"Yes" was the answer.
In the beginning, God had given Adam the task of naming things. [This is still continuing today].
At different times in the Bible, believers had given names to God, defining His characteristics, especially when He had met their needs.
Brother Branham preached this series in July 1962.
We would see Jesus. Jehovah Jireh 1. Jehovah Jireh 2. Jehovah Jireh 3. A super Sign.
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Acts of the Prophet
Chapter 11 - The Cloud
There they crucified Him
The place of the skull
The Indictment (PDF)
William Branham Life
Pillar of Fire