Who is William Branham?
Many Christians today are aware that we are living in the promised “days of the Son of man” (Luke 17:26) because the conditions that the Lord Jesus associated with that future period (Luke 17:27), together with all of the other conditions required to satisfy the many associated Bible “end time” prophecies now either collectively exist in the world for the first time or are in late stage process of being fulfilled.
Few realize however that the revealing of the "Son of man" (a Bible term that refers to a major God sent prophet) that is promised for our day (Luke 17:30) has already been fulfilled.
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Many Christians recognize that "the days of Noah" have come upon the world again because the characteristics that the Lord Jesus told us to watch for, “they did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:27), now describe some of the more notable features and excesses of the world in which we live, yet few extend the scope of this passage of Scripture to include Enoch, the prophet who was sent to first warn of the coming global destruction by water and who was delivered before the judgment fell "And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him" (Genesis 5:24.) See also Jude 1:14-15 and the context of his quote which is taken from the Book of Enoch. Accordingly, only a minority understand that his translation foreshadowed the promise of a corresponding deliverance before judgment falls in our day.
Similarly, we may conclude with justification that the characteristics of Lot's day described in Luke 17:28 when "they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded" have now become dominant indulgences and features of our global society, but still fail to extend the type to include the prophet Abraham who remained apart in Canaan and never dwelt in the cities of the plain with Lot or had to face the destruction by brimstone and fire (Gen. 19:24). We thus overlook that according to the context of the words of Jesus (Luke 17:28-30), Abraham's role as the messenger sent to gather a people to escape the destruction and judgment of Lot's generation necessarily has a parallel today.
Many have become aware that we are now rapidly entering into the perils of the Biblical time of the end, but few have found a Scriptural assurance and faith for deliverance from the coming judgment because they have not known or not accepted the promised "son of man" prophet Messenger of the last days and thus have failed to receive all God's revelation and light for our age or the fullness of the Spirit of the One who sent him to us (John 13:20).
Many will be offended when we state that from his mothers womb, William Marrion Branham was born "a son of man" prophet messenger, sent to the nations to reveal "the Son of Man" or "the God Prophet" i.e., the Lord Jesus Christ, by performing the very same works that Christ had done when in the flesh, including unerringly revealing the detailed secrets of men's hearts on many thousands of separate occasions both in public and in private: this being the prophetic sign that the Jews looked for to identify the Christ of God (Matthew 26:67-68) and which the Lord Jesus as "Son of man" (Matthew 16:13) specifically performed to reveal Himself as the promised Messiah some 2000 years ago (John 1:47-49, John 4:5-29).
Given that John the Baptist was sent to forerun the first coming of Christ (Malachi 3:1, Matthew 11:7-15, 17:10-13), we should not think it strange that a "son of man" such as William Branham would again be sent before Christ's second coming to deliver a Message that would dispel the confusion and mistruths and restore all that Christendom has lost over the centuries since the days of the early Church. Christ is returning for a Bride (a chosen, called out people) who has made herself ready (Revelation 19:7) by full and willing obedience to her Lord and Savior (Luke 14:7-35) and by fulfilling all that His Word and Will (the Bible) requires of her but how shall we make ready if unwittingly, we are found steeped in Church traditions after the same manner that the Jews had progressively bound themselves, and which directly led to their inability to accept Christ's first coming?
Statements that confirm a prophet would be sent to the Gentiles in the last days are found in Malachi 4:5-6, Matthew 17:11, Luke 17:30, Acts 3:20-21, and Revelation 3:14, 10:7/Daniel 12:4-9. Traditional Church teaching has obscured and failed to recognize the importance, meaning and relevance of these passages of Scripture, necessitating the sending of a prophet after the manner that God has always done in the past and as declared in Amos 3:7, "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."
Of those who are aware that Malachi 4:5-6 promises an end time prophet, "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," many interpret the verses to mean that the promised prophet will be sent to the Jews, failing to understand that as a nation, they rejected their Messiah and that it is only the hearts of the Gentiles that can be turned back and restored (Matthew 17:11) to the living New Testament truths: obedience to which first released the power and demonstration of the Holy Ghost that they knew at the beginning (I Corinthians 2:4).
Clearly in order for truth to be restored, it must first have had to been known and then later lost. As a people, it was the Gentile New Testament Church and not the Jews who received and later lost the faith that was once delivered to the Saints (Jude 1:3). Of necessity and by definition, the promised restoration cannot apply to the Jews, but only to the Gentiles. The elect of Israel are in fact to receive Christ just before His second coming when two prophets arise and preach Christ to them with great signs and dreadful wonders. (Zechariah 12:10, 13:1-6, Matthew 23:39, Romans 9:27-28, 11:25-27, Revelation 11:3-12, 14.1).
In Matthew 17:11, Christ shed further light on the future role of the Elijah ministry of Malachi 4:5-6, promising that before His second coming, the same Elijah ministry that had anointed John the Baptist, would come again and "restore all things." As outlined above, the context requires that this can only be Scripturally fulfilled by a Gentile prophet sent to his own people. To reject this prophet, is to reject the One who sent him (Luke 10:16).
To recognize and stand for what God is doing in any generation has never been easy or popular and so it remains today.
“When the disciples spoke of Jesus and his ministry, a man of their own generation, as the fulfillment of prophecy, they were greatly offended - especially the religious leaders. .....
If I speak of Paul, Peter, James, John, or even more recently of Luther, Wesley, or Calvin - people take no offence ..... because to most people they are just historical figures having little or no influence in today's world .......
Rather than recognize, respect, and accept a "contemporary" figure whom God "singles out" for a specific fulfillment of prophecy in the present Age, most professing Christians (especially the religious leaders) will strongly oppose it .....
If we can believe that there is a God and want to recognize and see (understand) what He has and is accomplishing in this generation, then we need to recognize His Works, His pattern, and promises in past generations. For according to His Word, He "changes not" and will act the same today as He did in the past.”
The Acts of the Prophet. Pearry L. Green.
Who is William Branham?