Jun
26

2017

Ninth William Branham Excerpt

William M. Branham: The Revelation Of The Seven Seals, Voice of God Recordings, 2012, Jeffersonville, Indiana
Intro: God Hiding Himself In Simplicity p.29 (lines 173-177, re. the way the Lord humbled Moses for the ministry of deliverance out of Egypt):

"God, bringing deliverance, had to train him [Moses] in wisdom, to let him fall, to show him you cannot lean upon your own understanding, or anybody else's undesrtanding. Let him fall, to show his hand. Can you see it? [Congregation says, "Amen." Ed.] God's purpose in doing so, was to display Himself in humility. And He let Moses become the highest, until he would- he would be the next Pharoah. He was a mighty general. According to history, he conquered, Moses himself, the countries around. And then when he turned to the work of the Lord, with all his talent, God let him take a headlong topple, so that he could put him out there on the desert and beat that all out of him; and then appaer to him, in humility, and send him down with a stick in his hand, to deliver the people."

*used by permission.

William Branham (1909-1965) was to 20th century American preaching what Frank Capra (1897-1991) was to 20th century American film-making.

Today is our ninth in a series of excerpts from William M. Branham's two principal written works. We're not going to take time explaining his life or the miracles that attended it, or defend his preaching style or grammar, or his doctrines.

That's all being said and done, and likely will be until Jesus comes back.

Rather than get distracted, our aim is to see Branham's gift of in depth discernment, study, and then fully shouting from the rooftops about biblical passages that Christians historically, and to this day, avoid, gloss over, explain away, or outright change, according to denominational and political fault lines.

Having said that, there might not be two bible expositors or students across the whole Christian spectrum who agree with half of what Br. Branham preached.

Yet and still, in an age where preaching has become so tepid, so nuanced, so easy-pleasy, so cookie-cutter and prosperity bound, there seems to be a famine of the prophetic word, his voice is somehow still welcome. (As for this famine: https://vimeo.com/126142650 ) Why is his voice still so welcome? I'm not sure, but it has something to with the fact that his preaching still prods and wrankles all, just like Jesus', and even galvanizes some to get serious about salvation from our savior who said "not everybody who says 'Lord Lord' will get into the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew7,21)

Long before anybody heard about "the prosperity gospel", Branham was preaching against it. Instead, he preached for all God's people, for humanity, not for pastorianity or churchianity, not for secular power and wealth on behalf of the potentates of the world, but for humanity, poor as well as rich. In this homespun humanity and the breath of his gospel vision, he shares much with the renown American film-maker Frank Capra.

One note of caution, Branham's ability to communicate, especially vocally, is so effective, so boiled down and rich, the apparent temptation of some is to preach his words rather than the same written word and gospel that he so loved.

But that aside, anyone who hasn't sampled Br. Branham's vast gospel output has missed something of the potential breath, vision, and import of our individual faith witness according to the word of God.

Hope you enjoy this series.

Br. Tobin

 

 

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