The following is an excerpt
from a sermon Brother Branham preached about this visitation:
How the Angel Came to Me And His Commission
Even though he was part of a denomination, the visions continued. He
was told by his clergy colleagues that his visions were not from God. He
was told an evil spirit possessed him. This troubled him deeply. The
burden became too much to bear, so he went into the wilderness to find
the Will of God. He was so committed that he vowed not return without an
answer. It was there, in an old trapping cabin, that the Angel of the
Lord gave him his commission.
All the doubts were gone. Brother Branham now had a
commission and boldly stepped forward. The healing revival had begun.
Hundreds of thousands attended the Branham campaigns. Thousands were
healed in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Other evangelists such as
Oral Roberts, T.L. Osborne, and A.A. Allen soon followed Brother Branham
and started their own healing revivals. The Lord rained down His
blessings like never before. The healing hand of Jesus Christ had once
again touched His people.
The Pillar Of Fire
Brother Branham often describes a Pillar Of Fire that vindicated his
Ministry. It was present at his birth, was seen by thousands on the bank
of the Ohio River, and seemed to follow him everywhere he went. It was
in 1950 that the Lord gave both believers and unbelievers alike
infallible proof that this Pillar of Fire was with the prophet.
The night was shrouded in controversy at the Sam Houston Coliseum.
Brother Branham was leading a healing revival that was sweeping the
land. The blessings of the Lord Jesus were pouring out like rain upon
the spiritual fields of wheat. But the great signs and wonders did not
come without criticism. Like always, the enemy raised up an adversary.
The two forces met in Houston Texas, and the Angel of the Lord Himself
came down to fight the battle.
Thousands were already present to witness the countless miracles that
followed this man of God. A day earlier, a group of local ministers
challenged the prophet to a debate over divine healing, but the
challenge fell to the prophet’s loyal old companion, Reverend F.F.
Bosworth. The many skeptics were championed by one local Baptist
minister – a vocal critic of divine healing. The information of the
debate was leaked to the newspapers, which quickly published the
“The theological fur will fly at 7 p.m. today in the Sam Houston
The skeptic hired a professional photographer, Ted Kipperman of
Douglas Studios, to document the debate with six glossy photos. That
evening, the photos were taken with Brother Bosworth standing modestly
as the skeptic posed in intimidating positions; one time with his finger
thrust into the humble old man’s face.
When the debate began, Brother Bosworth quickly proved the certainty
of divine healing with the Scriptural evidence and then, to leave no
question, asked for all that had been healed of their infirmities to
rise. Thousands rose to their feet. After those that were healed took
their seats, he asked if all those healed by divine healing that were
members in good standing of this man’s denomination would stand. Three
hundred rose to proudly display the mercy that Lord Jesus had shown
The challenge then came from the skeptic. “Let that divine healer
come forth. Let him perform.” Brother Bosworth made it clear that Jesus
was the only divine healer, but the challenges would not stop. Finally,
Brother Bosworth invited Brother Branham to the platform. He accepted
the invitation and took the platform amid shouts of support.
The prophet, filled with the Holy Ghost, gave the following response:
Then I said, "But I can't--can't heal no
one." But I said, "This I do say. When I was a baby born up in the
state of Kentucky, according to my own dear mother, and which has
been vindicated through my life," I said, "there was a Light came in
the room of that little old huddle there, where it was at, no floor
in it, didn't even have a window, they just had a little old thing
for a window there, like a little door, and they pushed it open
about five o'clock in the morning, and this Light circled in just as
it was breaking day." I said, "Since that time, It's been with me.
It's an Angel of God. He met me in person a few years ago. Down
through my life, He told me things that's happened, and I have told
them just as He told me. And I challenge anybody at any place, to go
to the city where I was raised, or anywhere else, that a statement
has ever been made in the Name of the Lord, but what come just
exactly the way it said it would."
After he said those words, the Holy Spirit fell upon the platform,
and the excited photographer snapped a picture. Brother Branham left the
platform with the simple, yet prophetic statement:
“God will testify. I shall say no more.”
Mr. Kipperman’s associate quickly went to work developing the
photographs for the next morning’s news. He noticed something odd as he
drew the first photograph from the developing solution. It, like the
next five photographs, was blank. He grabbed his heart and fell forward
when he pulled the last print from the solution. There, on that last
photograph, was the Pillar of Fire in a visible form resting over the
head of God’s prophet, William Marrion Branham.
The children of Israel witnessed the Pillar of Fire leading
Moses, and the people of this modern day have witnessed that same Pillar
of Fire leading another prophet.
The photograph was quickly copyrighted by Douglas Studios and turned
over to George J. Lacy, Examiner of Questionable Documents for the U.S.
F.B.I., who authenticated the picture with his expert opinion, “The
light struck the lens of the camera. The supernatural being was there.”
The following is the official document produced by Mr. Lacy:
The Mysteries Revealed
Early in Brother Branham’s Ministry, it became clear that the
denominational system was built to further religious organizations, and
not the true Gospel. Brother Branham believed the Bible word for word,
and would not compromise, even if it meant being ostracized from his
colleagues, friends, or family.
While still a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, he was told to
ordain women ministers. He knew the Scriptures well. I Timothy 2:12
plainly says, “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority
over the man, but to be in silence,” and I Corinthians 14:34 says, “Let
your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto
them to speak…” When the ultimatum was given, he could not compromise
and left the church.
The Lord revealed the truth on baptism to Brother Branham. How could
Jesus command, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”
Yet every baptism recorded in the Bible was in the Name of Jesus Christ?
The apostle Peter commanded in Acts 2:38 to repent and be
baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ The Scriptures work
in perfect unity, yet it took a prophet to reveal this secret.
Even the original sin in the Garden of Eden was revealed not as
eating a fruit, but in disbelieving God’s Word. How could eating a piece
of fruit immediately reveal to Adam and Eve that they were naked? It
simply does not make sense. What does an apple have to do with
nakedness? God’s prophet plainly revealed this secret.
Who were the angels spoken of in Revelation chapter 2 and 3? Their
names may sound familiar. Who are the mysterious horse riders of
Revelation chapter 6? They have one very important thing in common. Is
the United States mentioned in the Book of Revelation? Who are the
144,000 that were saved in chapter 7? Who is the great whore of chapter
17? Her identity and all these secrets were revealed in the Message of
this mighty prophet sent from God.
Not only did innumerable miracles follow this man of God, but the
mysteries hidden in the Bible through the ages were also revealed in his
Ministry. It became clear that this prophet fulfilled more Scriptures
than Malachi 4.
Revelation 10:7: But in the days of the voice of the
seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should
be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
A Voice is crying out to the world to get back to God’s original
Word. Each of us has the same opportunity that Peter, James, and John
had. We have the opportunity to be numbered with God’s select few who
would not bow to the religious organizations of the day.
Trying To Do God A Service Without It Being God's Will
Holy Scripture records the lives and deeds of these men who walked with God
and were so anointed with His Spirit that they declared THUS SAITH THE LORD, and
their words were confirmed by infallible signs and wonders. They were God’s
prophets, and the Voice of God to their generation.
Are times different now than they were when Jesus was here? It was
the religious leaders that crucified Jesus. The disciples were a tiny
minority among a huge religious system. They were ostracized, mocked,
and eventually killed for taking a stand against the mainstream
denominational system. We may not be killed for our beliefs today, but
we are surely persecuted. A simple test would be to ask any
denominational pastor or priest about Brother Branham and his Ministry.
You will hear that he had many miracles – they cannot deny that – but
his teachings were off the mark. What did they say about Jesus?
God honored Brother Branham’s willingness to believe every word in
the Bible, and He is using Brother Branham’s Ministry to save millions
of souls throughout the world. Today, the Voice of the Seventh Angel is
sounding out as loud as It ever has. Upwards of 2 million people
worldwide believe Brother Branham’s Message. This may be a tiny minority
of the two billion that claim Christianity, but when were God’s people
not a minority?
We have about 1200 taped sermons containing the Voice that was prophesied
to come in Revelation 10:7. Each of these sermons unlocks more mysteries
of God. That Voice is available to you if you are willing to hear It.
The choice is yours.