Dear Esther
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Monday April 13, 2015

Dear Esther,

Thank you very much for you informative column. I only started to visit Rapture Ready this year in my bid to get informed of the end times prophecy, given the way life has become these days. I reside in Zimbabwe and your website has impacted a lot on my life.

I have a question on the Elijah to come. I interact with the Branhamites and they say the Elijah told by Malachi has already come and it was the late brother, William Marrion Branham.

May you help me understand if is it him (William Branham) or is he yet to come before the Tribulation? I go to a mainline Protestant church but the issue of denomination is not my worry; one thing I desire is to part of the bride of Christ.

I await your earliest response.

Tariro


Dear Tariro,

I would urge you to totally stop interacting with the Branhamites as they are a very confused and a deceived bunch. And no, William Branham was not Elijah. William Branham’s teachings were not biblical. His followers carry on his distorted teachings and the fact that they believe he was Elijah is telling of their cultic confusion and delusion.

All cults seem to have one charismatic leader who claims to be specially anointed by God, even a new prophet of God. These cult leaders manage to cultivate a following and create their own ideas of what the Bible says. They seem to undergo a sort of brainwashing and very often cannot be reasoned with. These people are very dangerous because they lead people astray and away from the true teachings of Christ. I would even go so far as to call them Satan’s representatives.

The devil is an expert at using people to do his dirty work. False religions are his expertise. Distorting the truths of the Bible is a sure way to keep people from an eternal life with God. It seems that the devil had a strong foothold in William Branham’s life. Like most cult leaders, He distorted the truth of who Jesus Christ is.

In a speech given October 2, 1957 Branham stated, “See, there cannot be an Eternal son, because a son had to have a beginning. And so Jesus had a beginning, God had no beginning,” (Conduct, Order, Doctrine of the Church, p.273).

He also said, “What is God? God is a great Eternal. At the beginning, way back before there was a beginning, he wasn’t even God. Did you know that? A God is an object of worship, and there wasn’t nothing to worship him. He lived alone. And in him was attributes. What is an attribute? A thought.” (The Spoken Word, Vol. 3, p. 79).

Branham promoted confusion on true God’s nature. The Bible says God always existed and is the one and only God whether one worships Him or not. Now Branham denies God for who He is and reduces God to a thought. I wonder who would be thinking this thought? Branham denied Jesus was God as the Word, he taught the Word was created. John 1:1 states that the Word was “with God” and “the Word was God.” Not so says Branham as you will read next:

“In John 1 in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and was God. and the word was made flesh , and dwelt among us. Now, in the beginning was the word. A word is thought expressed. In the beginning He wasn’t even God.” (The Mighty God Unveiled Before Us, p.11).

Here Branham goes completely against the Scripture (John 1:1) that says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John says the very opposite of what Branham taught: In the beginning He was God, since God eternally is; one cannot become God at anytime. Branham again did not know what he was teaching. In the beginning He was and continued to be God. [1]

William Branham had so many false teachings a thick book could be written citing all of them. He denied the Trinity, he had a distorted view of women, he denied the reality of hell and instead taught annihilation which is absolutely false. The Bible speaks about the reality of hell again and again.

Branham claimed to have an angel guiding him which he referred to as a Pillar of light. And Scripture tells us that Satan can appear as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). Branham also predicted that this Age, that this world would end in 1977. He falsely claimed to be Elijah, and I could go on and on...

I would say Mr. Branham should be remembered for being one of the foremost false prophets and false teachers ever. Tariro, If you take your faith seriously you must detach yourself from false teachings and be sure you are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. You mention that you attend a Protestant church and that you want to be part of the bride of Christ.

You say “denomination is not your worry” but the church and those you are interacting with should be of great concern. I know of few Protestant churches that teach the truth of the Rapture. They are generally very liberal. And many of them are very anti-Israel. I don’t know enough about your relationship with Christ, but I urge you to get involved with a true Bible teaching church, receive Christ as your Lord and Savior if you have not, and then get baptized out of obedience to the Lord.

It is also imperative that you get into your Bible on your own and start studying. Read and ask God to give you wisdom. The more you study the Word of God, the clearer things will become for you. Approach the Lord in prayer and ask Him to give you wisdom and discernment; ask Him to protect you from false teaching.

“But Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29).

“Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).

See if you can find some others who are truly born from above. Meet with them regularly. Make the Lord number one in your life. If you are not sure how to become born-again, please be sure read the article linked below. [2]

Sometime before the Tribulation begins the return of Elijah is prophesied in Malachi 4:5-6.

“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”

Some commentators confuse the return of Elijah with John the Baptist, but Elijah is assured in Scripture before the Second Coming of the Lord and before the Tribulation years begin. John the Baptist was the forerunner before the First Coming of Messiah Jesus as stated in Malachi 3:1 and Isaiah 40:3-5.

When one studies the verses in Matthew 17:9-13 it is abundantly clear that John the Baptist is not Elijah. And William Branham was not Elijah!

Families were once very strong, for many centuries, but as these last days have taken hold there has been a breakdown in the family system. It will be Elijah’s mission to help recover and restore God’s plan for family unity. Elijah’s ministry appears to be one of restoration of the family structure in preparation for Jesus’ Second Coming.

If you have any more questions please get back to me. And be sure to study the salvation article in the Rapture Ready archives linked below [2] titled, “How Can I Go to Heaven: What Does it Mean To Be Born-Again and Saved?”

In God’s love,

Esther

“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed” (2 Peter 1-2).

Endnotes
[1] http://www.letusreason.org/Latrain26.htm
[2] http://www.raptureready.com/soap2/book3.html