William M. Branham
William Marrion Branham (April 6, 1909- December 24, 1965) was a Pentecostal preacher who was also known as a faith healer. Brenham claimed to have been an end time prophet of the bride of Christ and he is the founder of the End-Time-Message churches. All his claims were very controversial and un-orthodox, i.e. he claimed to have been theÂ prophet sent with the spirit of Elijah and also the messenger of the Laodicean church in Revelation 3:14.
As William Branham was baptizing converts on June 11, 1933 in the Ohio River near Jeffersonville. He described how people along the bank saw a bright light descend over where he was standing, and that he heard a voice say, “As John the Baptist was sent to forerun the first coming of Jesus Christ, so your message will forerun His second coming.”[i]
Branham claimed that on 7 May 1946, an angel in the form of a man appeared, saying: “Do not fear. I am sent from the presence of the Almighty God to tell you that your peculiar birth and misunderstood life has been to indicate that you are to take a gift of Divine healing to the peoples of the world.”[ii]
On the night of January 24, 1950, a photograph was taken of Branham during a debate between F. F. Bosworth and a Baptist minister regarding the biblical justification for healing. The photograph showed a light appearing above Branham’s head. Branham believed that the light was supernatural and was a verification of his ministry.Â A copy of the photograph is held in the Library of Congress photograph collection.[iii]
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[i] ^Weaver, C.D., The Healer-Prophet: William Marrion Branham (A study of the Prophetic in American Pentecostalism) (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2000) p. 38
^Vayle, L., Twentieth Century Prophet, 1965, p37. Online at Twentieth Century Prophet, ch 3, Pillar of Fire Appears
^[Jorgensen, O., Supernatural: The Life of William Branham (book 2), 1994, p164]
[iii]. ^Weaver, C.D., The Healer-Prophet: William Marrion Branham (A study of the Prophetic in American Pentecostalism) (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2000) p50