In the Bible, God always brought His Message to the people of the world through the
prophet of the age. He spoke to Moses through a burning bush and gave
him the commission to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt. The visible Pillar
of Fire and other signs were given to vindicate his ministry. John the
Baptist brought a Message preparing the world for the coming Messiah.
While baptizing the Lord Jesus in the Jordan River, a Voice from Heaven
confirmed John’s Ministry, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well
pleased.” Years later, the Lord’s Voice was again heard speaking to a
prophet when He spoke to Paul through a blinding Light, and later
gave him the commission to set the churches in order. Throughout the New
and Old Testaments, God has never spoken to His people through a
denominational system. He has always spoken to the people through one
man: His prophet. And He vindicated these prophets through supernatural
But what about today? Does God still reveal His
Word to the prophets? Are there still supernatural signs? Would God
send a modern-day prophet into the world? The answer is a most
But how will we know when a prophet arises? What will he look like?
How will he act? What sign will he give us? What Scriptures will he
The prophets of old were gallant men of God, and were not afraid to
stand against the religious organizations of their day. In fact, they
were almost always reviled by the clergy. Elijah challenged the
religious organizations of his day, asking them if God would respect
their offering or his. They shouted. They prophesied. They jumped on top
of the altar. They cut themselves with knives. But God did not hear
them. Elijah looked up to Heaven and said, “let it be known this day
that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have
done all these things at thy word.” He then called fire down from Heaven
to consume the offering. Micaiah the prophet withstood the King of
Israel and the entire priesthood when he rebuked the High Priest
Zedekiah for prophesying a lie. The High Priest struck him in the face
and the King imprisoned him for speaking the truth. Even the Lord Jesus
was so hated by the religious organizations of His day that they
crucified Him alongside the vilest of criminals.
If there was a prophet in this modern day, how
would he be accepted by the Catholic Church? The Baptist Church? The
Lutheran Church? Any denomination?
The Lord Jesus commissioned all that believe Him: “And these
signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out
devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents;
and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall
lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:17-18). Is
this Scripture true today? If it is not true, when did the Words of the
Lord expire? Throughout the Bible, the prophets are able to heal the
sick, cast out devils, and perform miracles. Moses set the brass serpent
before the people of Israel to heal them from the bite of venomous
snakes (Numbers 21:9). Naaman, one of the most powerful men in Syria,
came to Elisha to be healed of leprosy (II Kings 5:9). When the young
man fell to his death from the upper window, the prophet Paul embraced
him and brought life back into the dead body (Acts 20:10). We only have
record of about three years of our Lord Jesus’ life. During these few
years, he continually healed the sick. The blind were made to see.
Lepers were healed. The deaf received their hearing. The lame walked.
Every manner of disease was healed (Matt 4:23).
The prophets of old were gallant men of God, and
were not afraid to stand against the religious organizations of
Even the most guarded secrets of the heart were made known to these
men of God. King Nebuchadnezzar had a troubling dream, but he could not
remember what it was about. The prophet Daniel told the King both the
dream and the prophesy that followed (Dan 2:28). Nothing was hid from
Solomon when the Queen of Sheba came before him. He was so filled with
the Spirit that he told her the questions of her heart before she asked
them (I Kings 10:3). Elisha told the King of Israel all the plans of the
King of Syria, even to his words spoken in his bedroom (II Kings 6:12).
Through His own actions, the Lord Jesus showed that this Spirit of
discernment is the Spirit of Christ. He discerned Nathanael’s nature
when He said, “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” And he
went on to tell Nathanael where he was when Phillip told him about the
Messiah (John 1:49). When he saw that Jesus knew his heart, Nathanael
immediately recognized Him as the Christ. The first time Jesus saw
Peter, he told him the name of his father, Jona (John 1:42). Peter then
forsook all and followed Jesus for the rest of his life. Jesus met the
Samaritan woman at the well and told her of her past sins. Her first
words were, “Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet” (John 4:18). All
three of these people were from different walks of life, yet they
immediately recognized Jesus when He showed the gift of discernment. Did
this gift disappear when the last page of the Bible was written? If
these miracles are so plainly written in the Bible, where are they
today? A modern-day prophet would surely be vindicated by miracles.
Has God forgotten His people? Is He still able
to heal the sick? Does He still speak to us through his prophets?
Did any of the prophets foresee this day? Are there prophesies that
have yet to be fulfilled?
The Promise Of A Prophet In The Last Days
The Lord told us in the book of Malachi, “Behold, I will send
you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day
of the LORD.”
The great and dreadful day of the Lord has yet to come, so we should
sincerely look for this prophet. If the Bible is true, then this prophet
will not come to the mainstream religious organizations. He will come to
a select, predestinated few. Imagine if this prophet came, and he was
missed. What if he is like the prophets of old, and only a handful of
people recognize him? If this prophet is to return in the last day, how
will we know him? The answer is plainly seen in the Scriptures. He will
have the nature of a prophet. He will know the secrets of the heart. He
will perform miracles. The main-stream religious organizations will
attempt to discredit him. But there will be a chosen few that recognize
him as the promised messenger for the day.
How will we know when Elijah returns? What
characteristics will he display, so we can recognize him?
Elijah was a man of the wilderness. Great signs and wonders followed
his ministry. He preached against the evils of his day. He especially
preached against the immorality of Queen Jezebel. When Elijah was taken
up to Heaven in a chariot of fire, his spirit fell upon Elisha. His
ministry was then marked by great signs and wonders, and Elisha also
preached against the sins of the world. Both prophets stood alone
against the religious organizations of that day (I Kings 18:21).
Hundreds of years later, the same spirit returned to the earth in John
the Baptist. The prophet Malachi predicted that Elijah would return to
introduce the Lord: Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall
prepare the way before me... (Malachi 3:1). John the Baptist was
true to form as he called for repentance among the children of God. Like
Elijah, he preached against the king and the modern religious
organizations. The Lord Jesus confirmed that John the Baptist was the
prophet of Malachi 3 in the book of Matthew: “For this is he, of whom it
is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall
prepare thy way before thee.” Matt 11:10
Two thousand years after John the Baptist, it is
again time for the spirit of Elijah to return to earth.
That day has come. In this age, we have seen the spirit of Elijah
return to earth. He defied the modern denominational system. He stood
against the sins of the world. He showed innumerable signs and wonders.
He preached the Bible word-for-word from Genesis to Revelation. And by
reading this article, you are responsible for knowing that God sent a
prophet. The prophet of Malachi 4 has been among us, and he brought a
Message from the Throne of the Almighty God. That prophet’s name is
William Marrion Branham.
Not since the Lord Jesus Christ walked the earth has a man affected
the world in such a profound way. From a humble beginning in a one-room
cabin in the hills of Kentucky, to Amarillo Texas where the Lord took
him home, his life was continuously marked by supernatural events. At
the direction of the Angel of the Lord in 1946, Brother Branham’s
Ministry produced a spark that ignited a period of great healing
revivals that swept across America and around the world. To this day, he
is acknowledged by Christian historians as the “father” and “pacesetter”
of the 1950s healing revival that transformed the Pentecostal Church and
ultimately gave rise to the Charismatic movement, which today influences
nearly every Protestant denomination. However, true to form, the
denominations discount his teachings and deny his commission.
Wherever he went, God proved that Brother Branham is the prophet to
this generation. Like Job, the Lord talked to him in a whirlwind. Like
Moses, the Pillar of Fire was seen leading him. Like Micaiah, he was
reviled by the clergy. Like Elijah, he was a man of the wilderness. Like
Jeremiah, he was commissioned by an Angel. Like Daniel, he saw visions
of the future. Like the Lord Jesus, he knew the secrets of the heart.
And like Paul, he healed the sick.
The Lord has again visited His people through a prophet. In the
darkest time in history, where morality has sunk to depths never before
seen and weapons of mass destruction loom on the horizon, a humble man
was sent from the presence of God to call a dying race to repentance.
His legacy is not simply in books and tapes. His legacy is in the
salvation of millions of souls that accepted Christ because of his
The beloved disciple John wrote about the Lord Jesus: 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. Amen. The same can be
said about the life of Brother Branham. We have about 1200 taped sermons with
thousands of stories about the life of this gallant man. Yet we
continuously hear new testimonies of his influence on the lives of
millions of people. This article could never scratch the surface of the
impact this man of God had on the world.