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A Challenge to Message Believers concerning William Branham

Responses to the issues that we and others have raised have to date been non-existent. So to make some of our issues a bit more focused for followers of William Branham, we would like to request a response to the following challenge:

The Test

This is a test for anyone that is a follower of the message of William Branham. Please provide us with an unambiguous prophecy made by William Branham that was recorded publicly (i.e. we can verify on a tape) and that was later fulfilled in a clear manner. We will publish any such prophecy and its fulfillment on our website.

While some view William Branham's healing ministry and his gift with the word of knowledge as proof that he was a prophet, this is not the Biblical test. There are numerous prophecies on this website that were made by William Branham in advance but were not fulfilled. This creates a clear problem with Deuteronomy 18:20-22. One would think that those that believe him to be a prophet would have numerous examples of publicly available prophecies that were later clearly fulfilled. Sadly, this is not the case.

All of the prophecies that we have had pointed out to us are either after the fact (i.e. William Branham only mentions them on tape after they have been fulfilled) or are ambiguous prophecies (i.e. if they were not fulfilled, no one would have been able to point to the prophecy and say that it was clearly wrong).

Most people think of prophecy as a prediction of an event or occurrence that will happen in the future.

We will publish any responses on this page for the benefit of all.

The Problem

A significant problem with William Branham's prophetic ministry is that there does not seem to be a single occurrence where he makes an unambiguous public prophecy (i.e. recorded on tape) that was later clearly fulfilled.

Four Types of Prophecies that William Branham could have made

There are a number of different types of prophecies that William Branham could have made:

A vague Prophecy made beforehand (verified) that was (sort of) fulfilled

This is the kind of prophecy that is seen quite commonly. It contains within it enough vagueness for deniability if it doesn't happen but also something that can be pointed to as a "fulfillment of prophecy" if it does happen. With respect to William Branham, a good example of this would be the "prophecy" of the birth of his son, Joseph.

A Prophecy made beforehand (verified) that was not fulfilled

We have several occasions where William Branham prophesied of things that would come to pass in the future but the clearly did not happen as prophesied ("failed prophecies"). Examples of this would include:

A. The vision of the brown bear
B. The vision of the African meetings.

A Prophecy made beforehand (unverified) that was not fulfilled

This would include prophecies that William Branham said had been fulfilled but, in fact, were not. Examples of this type of failed prophecy would include:

A. The Municipal Bridge Vision; and
B. The Marilyn Monroe Vision.
While these are in effect, "after the fact" prophecies, it is strange that William Branham held out that they were validly fulfilled, when they clearly were not.

A Prophecy made beforehand (unverified) that was clearly fulfilled

Message believers will provide several examples where William Branham stated that he had prophesied something that actually did come to pass. There are several examples of this such as Kari Holma and the vision of the grizzly bear. However, we have no record of these events being publicly recorded before the fact. Therefore, they could simply be after-the-fact prophecies. While one would normally think that "after the fact" prophecies would be amazingly accurate, there are problems associated with a number of William Branham's "after-the-fact" prophecies.

Any of the following "so-called" prophecies cannot be used as proof of a prophetic ministry. Why? There is NO evidence that they were made publicly prior to the events occurring. This would include the following:

A Prophecy made beforehand (verified) that was clearly fulfilled

Anything in this category would be considered a true prophecy. We are unaware of any of William Branham's prophecies that would fulfill this criteria. Because of this, there would appear to be no independent evidence that William Branham actually had a prophetic gift.

As indicated above, we have repeatedly asked publicly for examples of unambiguous prophecies that were publicly announced and clearly fulfilled at a later date, but have had no response to date.

This is a serious problem for those that wish to believe that William Branham was a prophet.

Prophecy in the New Testament

There are three expressions of prophecy that the New Testament speaks of. The first is forthtelling the word of God. It is essentially preaching. This is spoken of in 1 Corinthians 14:6-7 speaks of a prophecy or a word of instruction. So it links prophecy with teaching or word of instruction as synonyms. Thereby, in this sense, the prophecy is teaching the Bible. It’s the word of instruction. That’s preaching and teaching. That’s what I do. And then in 1 Corinthians 14:24 and 25, it says that preaching the Bible, prophesying the truth that is already in Scripture, will allow non-Christians to come in, learn about Jesus, recognize they’re sinful and get saved

The second use of the gift is the foretelling of the future; the revelation of some future knowledge that would otherwise be unknown. An example of this would be Agabus in Acts 11: 28-29

Thirdly, prophecy can be a personal word from God through someone with a gift of prophesy to an individual. Agabus is again a good illustration of this in Acts 21:10-11.

How can we tell whether a prophet is from God?

When we speak of William Branham's visions and prophecies, we are generally speaking of the foretelling of a future event. The Bible lays out a clear test for determining whether a prophet is from God:

And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him. (Deut. 18:21–22)

To verify whether William Branham's prophecies came to pass, there should be publicly verifiable documentation of the foretelling of the event and then the event must take place at a subsequent time in a clear manner.

Unfortunately, we are not aware of any evidence to this effect.

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