For nearly three years invitations had been coming to Brother Branham to conduct a series of healing meetings in the Scandinavian countries. Various circumstances had hindered him from making such a journey, although from the beginning he felt assured that these calls were of God. Therefore, in January, 1950, he called on Bro. Gordon Lindsay to make arrangements for the trip to Finland.
On this date at three o'clock in the afternoon, the party boarded the large overseas airliner, Flagship Scotland, and took off for London, England. It was on April 6, 1909, that William Branham was born. April 6, 1917, was the day that America relinquished her historical isolationism and entered the European War. Historians tell us that it was on April 6, in the year 30 A.D. that Christ died on the Cross. Perhaps the members of the party might be excused for thinking that April 6, is a day of significance.
En Route to Finland, Brother Branham the and ministers who travelled with him spent a few days of relaxation in London, England and two days in Paris. After two days in Paris they continued their journey to Finland via a Scandinavian airliner. On the 14th of April, the group landed at Helsinki where we were met by several ministers including Pastor Manninen, who had given us the invitation, and Sister May Isaacson, our American-born interpreter, whose knowledge of the Finnish language contributed greatly to the success of our meetings in Finland.
The first service at the Messuhalli witnessed a crowd of 7000 in attendance. After that, several thousand waited outside all afternoon, standing in a line four deep and a half mile long, so that they might be assured of a seat in the largest auditorium in Finland.
During a five day interlude, when the auditorium could not be obtained, the Evangelistic party went north to Kuopio which is not far from the Arctic Circle. Faith was very high in this city and some marvelous miracles took place. One of these was the healing of little Veera Ihalainen, a war orphan, whose photograph is shown elsewhere in this book. She was marvelously delivered from wearing a brace and using crutches, after she had, in faith, touched the coat of Brother Branham as he passed by.
This is one event, which will never be forgotten by the members of the party, and others standing present at the time. God fullfilled a prophecy he had given to Brother Branham about two years previous. He had told his church and many others, of a vision that the Lord had given him of a little boy being raised from the dead. He even described the clothes which the boy was wearing which indicated that the vision would not be fullfilled in America.
According to the vision the boy would be killed in an Automobile accident. Two boys would be involved - one would be killed instantly and the second would be critically injured and taken to hospital. When Rev. Gordon Lindsay had first heard Brother Branham relate the vision two years previous, he wrote the details on the 'fly-leaf' of his Bible.
One of the finnish Pastors who was travelling with the party was Vilho Soininen, of Kuopio. He related what happened on that day:
"On Friday afternoon a remarkable and startling incident took place which meant much to Brother Branham and to those of us who happened to be its witnesses. Three carloads of us made an unforgettable trip to nearby Puijo Observation Tower situated on a beautiful scenic elevation. The outing was one of the most precious I can remember, because of the blessing of God upon us.
Standing yonder in Finland that day, and that little boy laying there, dead. He'd been dead for a half hour. I started to walk away, Something put their hands on me. Turning around, I thought, "What was that?" And I looked at the site again. I thought, "Wait a minute!" Bro. Lindsay looked back there on the flyleaf of his Bible where it was written, "And it shall come to pass, a little boy about nine years old, he will be killed by an automobile. There'll be a long strip of evergreen, rocks lapped in there; the car will be laying across the road, wrecked. He will have on little stockings like, up high; a cropped haircut; and his little eyes will be turned back, the bones in his body will be broken."
<I said, "Stand still, all of you!" The mayor of the citythere. I said, "If that boy isn't on his feet in two minutes from now, I'm a false prophet, ride and run me out of Finland." Certainly! "But if he is, you owe your lives to Christ." That's right. They stood still.
I said, "Heavenly Father, across the sea yonder, two years ago, You said this little boy would lay here..." According to the vision the boy was raise from the Dead.
Did you ever think about when someone was raised from the dead, what happens? Did you ever think in Finland there that time that little boy was raised from the dead? His spirit was gone from him. Now, the Word has to go out through into space yonder, and pick up that little soul, and bring it right back. See? How can It do it? It's the Word: heal the sick, raise the dead. See? How is He going to do it? It has to come by a watered Word. He'd showed the vision, and it has to happen. There laid the boy, there was everything laying there just the way He said it two years before, and there it laid. That's the reason I say about The Bear coming down the hill, whatever it was. It's got to happen, it's got to be so. See?