Please Note: You may find in this and other pages at this site a "critical analysis" of man-made religion. Sometimes we may even make mention of Church names, etc.
But PLEASE understand that WE ARE NOT criticizing the People who hold to these Churches or Groups as their absolute - but rather we are
offering a "critical analysis" by the Word of God, of the "SYSTEM" of man-made, man-controlled religion.
These words were spoken to Abimelech, King of Gerar. Abraham had dealt deceitfully with Abimelech. In an attempt to hide the fact that Sarah was his wife, Abraham, fearing for his life, told Abimelech that she was his sister. Therefore, Abimelech, took Sarah and would have made her 'his' wife if God did not warn the King in a dream, instructing Abimelech to "...restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, AND HE SHALL PRAY FOR THEE, and thou shalt live...
From this portion of Scripture we see two things - first: Prophets are humble and sincere but in themselves, they are NOT infallible; but they serve an infallible God who allows His servants to sometimes stumble to teach us that "Without Him we can do nothing." (John 15:5). Secondly: In spite of their weaknesses and failures, God still demands 'respect' for His prophets. "...do my prophets no harm." (Psalms 105:15).
The Lord instructed King Abimelech to "give Sarah back and Abraham would pray for him". The King not only gave Sarah back to Abraham but also gave him, sheep oxen and servants; and the very one who had gotten him into trouble with God in the first place was the only one who could pray and ask God to heal Abimelech and all his household and his nation. This shows the "high esteem" in which God held His prophets.
In this age, considering what Abraham had done, he would have been the last one that most professing Christians would call on to pray for them. Yet, Abraham was God's choice. It is a self-righteous generation which looks for fault, weaknesses, and/or mistakes in the lives of others in order to justify their negative opinion of that individual's belief and teachings. Moses, Job, Samson, King David, King Solomon and other Bible Characters would be rejected by this self-righteous generation. But each one was "God's choice".
In 2nd Chron. 20:20 the importance of the office of a prophet is further established:
According to Biblical prophecy for the last days, God has Promised to send a Prophet, first to the Gentiles and then the Jews, in the spirit and power of Elijah, just before the "Great and Dreadful day" of the Lord. That Prophet is to "restore ALL things" (Matthew 17:11) and "finish the Mystery of God" (Revelation 10:7) and "Forerun the Second Coming" of the Lord Jesus Christ (Malachi 4:5-6). You will find numerous references to this throughout this Home Page. BUT God also warns us that the last days will witness the rise of MANY False Prophets. One TRUE Prophet is promised to the Gentiles, But MANY false ones will arise to "Deceive MANY".
Bible history bears witness to the fact that True Prophets, at the beginning of their ministries attracted much attention. MANY followed them when they FIRST started out with signs and wonders, But when they begin to lay in the Word, asking people to line up with the Truth, most of the people followed him no more. Our Lord Jesus had the same experience in the days of His flesh. He was a great Prophet when He just went forth with Signs and wonders, healing the sick and raising the dead, BUT one day He gave them "The WORD TEST" (John 6:53-67). Jesus "tested" their discipleship with "Doctrine" - A strange Doctrine indeed. MANY of His disciples cut Him off right there and then. They went back and walked NO MORE with Him. Every TRUE PROPHET of God experiences the same thing.
In the last day NOT Many will be following the TRUE Prophet but Millions will be following the False prophets. In these last day, so great is the number following the FALSE WAY that Jesus said, "WHEN the Son of Man comes, WILL HE FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH?" (Luke 18:8). The vast majority of what is called 'Christian' DOES NOT have the faith which Jesus requires of them in this hour - Belief in the WHOLE BODY of Revealed Truth. WHY is the church in this condition? BECAUSE of the MANY False Prophets, who, from the pulpits are Crucifying the True Word and making it of non-effect to the people by calling it error. All they're giving the people is a "traditional Christianity" void of Faith.
It is written in Matthew 7...
Speaking specifically of the "Last Days" Matthew
in chapter 24 warns...
If indeed the "True" and the "False" prophet would be so close so as to deceive the very elected (if it were possible), then HOW are we to distinguish the "True" from the "False"? Since These things are a matter of Life and death, we must be able to separate the two. How are we going to determine which is True and which is False? Does God expect us to judge "that prophet" according to the "traditions" of the church - if so, WHICH church?
If we were to judge our Lord Jesus according to the traditions of the Jewish church, He would be judged a "false Prophet" - and by the 'religious leaders' of His day He was declared to be 'false', even Beelzebub, the prince of devils. If HE were to appear among us today, dressed in a two or three piece suit, doing the same things He did back then, perform the same signs and wonders, THE DENOMINATIONAL AND NON-DENOMINATIONAL RELIGIOUS PEOPLE WOULD CRUCIFY HIM AGAIN. why? Because He would scream out against the "traditions, false doctrines, and worldliness" pervading the church World today.
COME ON! LET'S BE HONEST! "NOT ONE" denomination or non-denominational group is maintaining the "standard" they started out with. WHY??? Because they put a PERIOD, even an Exclamation Mark behind the Truth which God had given them in their day. Their "CREED" was forever settled (not in Heaven) but in the Church, and they aren't going to allow anyone to add to it or take away from it - not even God. Jesus found the same opposition 2000 years ago. They weren't going to allow Jesus to change anything - They crucified Him.
The Bible says, "There, They, Crucified Him." THERE - in the most holy city; THEY - the most holy people; CRUCIFIED - the most shameful death; HIM - the most Precious Person. Let God send His Servant and Messenger today (as He has) to call the churches to repentance, rebuke their worldliness, condemn their "Traditions, Creeds and Dogmas" and correct them in their teachings, they condemn him and brand him a false prophet. In their pulpits (the most holy place) and internet pages, THEY (the so-called holy people), CRUCIFY (by calling it false) the WORD Revealed in This Age.
WHY WOULD the churches do such a thing? Revelation 3:14-22 holds the answer. In verse 15, our Lord Jesus informs the Church systems in this Age (NONE are exempt), "I KNOW THY WORKS!" Then in verse 16 He passes His judgment on the Church - they are SPIT OUT of the mouth of God. OF COURSE, in verse 17, the Church doesn't agree with God's judgment. God looks down and sees the Church (in general) wallowing in self-righteousness, saying, "I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing..." BUT GOD SAID, (verse 17), the Church "DOESN'T KNOW that it is "Wretched, and miserable, and BLIND, and NAKED."
Now, I'm only telling you what the Bible says. Make
no wonder it says in Revelation 18:4:
Surely we can't look to the Church Systems of this day to Vindicate or Sanction any Prophet that God might send our way. No Church will Vindicate any Messenger unless he identifies completely with their way of teaching things. Therefore, amidst all the false prophets that swarm the earth today, promoting their favorite denomination, non-denominational group, doctrine or tradition, HOW are we going to find and identify the TRUE PROPHET of God?
As we consider "God's Way" of identifying a True
Prophet let's remember.....
Indeed, the scientists have taken the world further with their scientific knowledge than the Church has with the Word of God. In fact the churches have not progressed in revelation beyond the foundation revelation(s) which initiated the Revival that each church or group came out of. It's a sad epitaph for the church - That's why God judges her thus in Revelation 3:15-17. He 'winked' at their ignorance for a season (Acts 17:30), but now, IN THE LIGHT OF THE REVEALED WORD, by the Prophet He has sent in this AGE, He commands ALL men everywhere to repent. (Revelation 3:19).
Therefore, you know and I know that NO CHURCH is in any position to judge or pass judgment on "God's Chosen Vessel". By what authority does any church that has been "spit" out of the mouth of God (Revelation 3:16), stand in judgment on "That Prophet" whom God has sent into the world. WHO judged Moses? WHO was ordained to sit in judgment on Elijah, Elisha, or John The Baptist? The WORD Itself Testifies of the Prophets and they testify of the Truth of the Word, even when it is directly opposite to what the people and the church teaches.
If indeed we are to judge a Prophet by the church - then tell me, WHICH CHURCH? Pentecostal (oneness or Trinity)? WHICH Pentecostal denomination? Methodist? WHICH Methodist denomination? Baptist? WHICH Baptist denomination. One of the Non-Denominational churches? WHICH ONE? Common sense will tell you that you can't take the judgment of one above the other.
A TRUE Prophet Versus A FALSE Prophet
It Is Written in 2nd. Chronicles 20:20...
Again we have "Thus Saith The Lord!" in Psalms
To distinguish between the True and the False is becoming increasingly more difficult for the people of the Twentieth and Twenty-first Century to do. WHY??? Because they have, and are becoming more and more complex in their thinking. The people have become so set in their own ideas as to HOW a prophet should come, and WHAT he will be like, and WHAT he will say and HOW he will act. But according to Scripture God always does it contrary to the human way of thinking.
The human being tends to 'take pride' in his seeming knowledge and understanding of the Bible. They have it all figured out (based on traditional teaching of the churches). Yet when God comes on the scene and fulfills His Word, man fails to recognize it. It's happened in every age. It happened when Jesus came the first time and according to Scripture, it will happen at the time of His Second Coming. The Bible says, "When a man 'thinks he knows' something, he knows nothing as yet as he ought to know it." (1st. Corinthians 8:2).
Ask yourself this question: If YOU were living in the days of John the Baptist, WOULD YOU have recognized him as a TRUE Prophet of God? John came apart from EVERY school of religious thought. He was not a priest, though he was entitled by birth to be one. He was not a Pharisee, nor was he a Sadducee. There is no record that he belonged to the Essenes. He was not educated either formally or religiously by men. he was however, filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother's Womb, and that same Spirit that filled him taught him.
His aims were so different from those around him that he was NOT ONLY misunderstood but VIOLENTLY repudiated. He was not truly understood by his own disciples, and much less understood by the groups who came to question him. His coming, his actions, his preaching - all seemed to cause more confusion than illumination. He seemed more against men than for men. In all realms, except that of the Spirit, he was a non-conformist. EXCEPT for the Very Elect of that day he was either repudiated or held in doubt.
Regarding the True Prophet versus the False Prophet, Jesus said, "By their fruits ye shall know them" (Matthew 7:15-20). BUT then the Question can be asked, "WHAT fruit?" The Same Bible which warns of false prophets and how to identify them, also tells us how to recognize a True Prophet sent from God. Many times people will focus in on the gifts and miracles produced in the different ministries. BUT according to the Bible a "TRUE Prophet" is not to be vindicated by his gifts and miracles alone. He can have these things and still be a "False Prophet". Remember! The Gift and the Miracle aren't false, yet there is an aspect of the man's ministry that is false.
It is written in Matthew 7:22-23...
Mark in his Gospels says:
Moses in Deuteronomy also warns about, NOT the signs
and wonders, but the "teaching" of false prophets. There's
Voice or Message that follows every sign God sends. Here, Moses is
warning about the "Voice" or "Message - Teaching" which follows
Sign shown by the prophet.
False Prophets will prevent the people from following on to know the Lord in the higher heights and deeper depths of His Word. They will teach the People to follow after the 'gods' of denominations, non-denominational and independent groups. A TRUE Prophet will always point to GOD and the Absolute Authority of the Word of God, NOT to a church creed (written or unwritten), and not to any ism or cult.
False prophets will look like sheep (Matthew 7:15). False prophets will be WIDELY ACCEPTED MEN, LIKED, ADMIRED AND WELL SPOKEN OF BY ALL! Luke says: "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! For so did their fathers to the false prophets" (Luke 6:26).
False prophets make the people to trust in a lie:
In the end it was discovered that Hananiah and four hundred Jewish Church leaders of that day, had a "lying spirit" on them. Even so today - according to the Bible (2nd. Thess. 7-12), God has sent a strong delusion upon the religious people of the Gentile world, to cause them to believe "the lie" and be damned, because they receive not the love of the Truth revealed in their day, by His vindicated Prophet. Rather than accept Truth the vast majority will believe the lie of church tradition, thinking that they'll be saved without lining up with ALL of the Word of God (Matthew 4:4). See also Jeremiah 23:16-17; Ezekiel 13:10a. Jesus said: "IF YE CONTINUE IN MY WORD, then are ye my disciples indeed..." (John 8:31). "AWAKE! Thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee LIGHT" (Ephesians 5:14).
False Prophets will pervert the ways of the Lord for their own purposes, as shown in Acts 13:6-12 and Exodus 7:8-12. They will have power BUT it will be nothing compared to the power manifested in God's True Prophet. Yet the ways of the False prophet are extremely deceptive as revealed in Jeremiah 23:9-32 and Exodus 13. It is the thousands of false prophets standing behind church pulpits today who are leading the people astray - to believe a lie and think that they can live in sin, adultery and fornication; fashion themselves after the rest of the world and still be saved. IN ALL OF THE ECCLESIASTICAL MESS IN THE WORLD TODAY, ONLY THE ELECTED SEED OF GOD WILL NOT BE DECEIVED ( Matthew 24:24, 2nd Chronicles 18 and Jeremiah 28). And they won't be indentifying with any denomination or non-denominational group(s), they will be identifying with the WORD FOR THEIR DAY. Praise the Lord!
One Final Test
God said: "And if thou say in thine heart, how shall we know the word which the LORD hath NOT spoken? When a PROPHET SPEAKETH IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath NOT spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt no be afraid of him," (Deuteronomy 18:21-22).
That is how to tell a True Prophet - When he prophesies in the Name of the Lord and the thing comes to pass. Jeremiah 28:9 says: "The prophet who prophesieth of peace, WHEN THE WORD OF THE PROPHET SHALL COME TO PASS, THEN SHALL THE PROPHET BE KNOWN, THAT THE LORD HATH TRULY SENT HIM." To deliberately reject and/or mis-represent what the prophet says, is to be found guilty of "rejecting the counsel of God" against yourself, as did the Pharisees when they rejected John's Message (Luke 7:30).
A TRUE PROPHET will not take the people away from the WORD of God. He will always be pointing the people, not to a church, but to the WORD, even when it is contrary to the 'traditional teachings' of the Churches of the day. Every AGE has had it's Messenger. This Age has had a Messenger-Prophet. But in every Age when the Messenger came on the scene, there was always something in their teaching which was contrary to the accepted teachings of the church of that Age.
Aside from the fact that William Branham's ministry was accompanied by the "Pillar of Fire", an Angel from the Presence of God, a Cloud of Seven Angels in 1963, he came with an "Open Vision" ministry, manifesting the "sign" of the Son of Man and NOT ONE TIME did his visions fail. When discerning the thoughts and intents (pass, present and future) of the hearts of the people, NOT ONE TIME did it fail. Surely, the same God that was so able to control a man to do these things, was also able to control what he was teaching. William Branham himself confessed saying that the "same God" who does these things through him is the "same One" who tells Him what to teach. BUT of course, man being the nature that he is, wishes to acknowledge God in the Signs and Wonders BUT deny Him in the teaching.
Any SERIOUS investigator, looking into this Home Page will have no recourse (unless he/she be BLINDED by tradition) , but to acknowledge that God has indeed visited this Age in the Life and Ministry of a Mighty Prophet. The William Branham Home Page will show that William Branham was VINDICATED by God, RECOGNIZED by his contemporaries as a major prophet, THEN REJECTED by a wayward and arrogant Laodicean generation.