William Branham was born April 6,
From an early
in any way. There will be a work for you to do when you get older.” William Branham came to know the Lord and was filled with the Holy Spirit in 1931. From that time, the Bible became the focus of his life and Jesus Christ the center of his very existence! He was ordained to the ministry at the age of 23 years, in the Missionary Baptist Church in December of 1932.
For half an hour, this angel explained to Brother Branham about the past and told him of his future. He explained why the ministers couldn’t recognize a gift of God in William’s life, yet the devil could. It was the same in Jesus’ day: the religious leaders said Jesus had a devil, yet the devils at Gadara recognized Him (Mark 3:22; John 7:20).
The angel also told Brother Branham that, even as Moses was given two signs to prove he was sent from God (Exodus 4:1-8), so he would be given two signs also. First, he would be able to diagnose diseases by their vibrations, which would cause his hand to swell. If the swelling went down after he prayed upon the person, he could say, “Thus saith the Lord, you are healed.” The angel said that time would come when Brother Branham would be able to discern the very secrets of men’s hearts (Heb 4:12; John 2:24-25).
From accounts by William Branham’s family, it is evident that he had been conducting healing campaigns at least as early as 1941 when he conducted a two-week revival in
In June 1947, the Evening Sun newspaper of Jonesboro, Arkansas reported that “Residents of at least 25 States and Mexico have visited Jonesboro since Rev. Branham opened the camp meeting, June 1. The total attendance for the services is likely to
surpass the 20,000 mark”. Several newspapers carried reports of healings in the meetings”. His success took him to countries around the world. According to a Pentecostal historian, “Branham filled the largest stadiums and meeting halls in the world.”
U.S. Congressman William Upshaw, crippled for sixty-six years, publicly proclaimed his miraculous healing in a Branham meeting in a leaflet called Standing on the Promises”.
Moreover declaring William
In its February 1961 issue, the Full Gospel Men’s Voice (now the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Voice) wrote: “In Bible Days, there were men of God who were Prophets and Seers. But in all the Sacred Records, none of these had a greater ministry than that of William Branham … Branham has been used by God, in the Name of Jesus, to raise the dead!” Branham’s teachings and notoriety had a profound influence on the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. Though Branham has been dead since 1965, there are hundreds of thousands around the world who regard him as a prophet, and the fulfillment of Malachi 4:5–6.
The Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements contains these comments: “The person universally acknowledged as the [WWII] revival’s `father’ and `pacesetter’ was William Branham. The sudden appearance of his miraculous healing campaigns in 1946 set off a spiritual explosion in the Pentecostal movement which was to move to Main Street, U.S.A., by the 1950s and give birth to the broader charismatic movement in the 1960s, which currently affects almost every denomination in the country”
This photograph was taken on February 28, 1963, and was identified by William Branham as the constellation of seven Angels in the form of a pyramid that he later met according to the vision he had seen in December 1962 and had publically foretold of Their appearance in this area of Arizona.
A few days before his arrival there on a hunting trip, photographers in the surrounding states took this photograph of God declaring in the heavens what He would soon reveal on the earth. Shortly after his arrival, the seven Angels personally met him and administered a Divine commission for him to return to his tabernacle in Indiana for the opening of the Seven Seals.
Brother Branham returned to Jeffersonville, Indiana wherein for seven days, as he waited on God, the voice of God spoke out the Pillar of Fire, revealing the exact Truth of the Mysteries sealed up in Revelations 5 through 8; which revelation was contrary to what everyone (including Brother Branham) had previously supposed, yet was perfectly in line with the rest of God’s Word. As Brother Branham preached seven consecutive nights on these Seals (March 17-24, 1963) his sermons were tape-recorded: Thus the Scripture is fulfilled in our day saying, “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” (Rev. 10:7).