Michael the Archangel
The following is a list of interpretive issues that William Branham got horribly wrong. this is important because most message followers hold him out as an infallible interpreter of scripture. If we want to know what a passage of the Bible actually means, William Branham is the best source on all counts.
In fact, message preachers generally encourage message followers that encounter a passage in scripture that seems to be at odds with William Branham's interpretation to simply put it "on the shelf" until God reveals to them why William Branham has the correct view.
But here are a number of biblical issues that William Branham seems to have messed up badly:
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Are you aware that there are similarities between some of Bro. Branham’s teachings and those of the Watchtower Society, the Jehovah’s Witnesses?
This is the first part of a series examining those similarities.
Are Michael the archangel and Jesus Christ one in the same person?
This is what Bro. Branham taught:
But who does the Bible say that Michael was?
In the book of Daniel, Daniel was told by the angel that …the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
Michael is obviously a very powerful angel and one of the chief angels, but does that make him Jesus Christ? The book of Daniel does not even call him the Chief prince. He is just ONE of the chief princes.
In the book of Jude, verse 9, Michael the Archangel is pictured as arguing with the devil, disputing over the body of Moses and tells Satan, “The Lord rebuke thee”
Who is “The Lord” that Michael is referring to?
In the Greek the word is kurios.
There are a number of New Testament passages that also contain the word “Kurios”, such as:
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Kurios shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)
And God hath both raised up the Kurios … (1 Cor 6:14)
One Kurios, one faith, one baptism… (Eph 4:5)
...that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Kurios... (Phil 2:11)
There can be no doubt that Michael, when he said “The Lord rebuke thee”, was referring to the Lord Jesus Christ.
So how could Michael be Jesus Christ if he is saying “the Lord rebuke thee”? If he was also the Lord, why didn’t he just rebuke Satan himself?
When William Branham or the Jehovah Witnesses teach that Michael is the Lord Jesus, they are doing so without Biblical evidence.
So what did Bro. Branham teach about Jehovah Witness doctrine? We can learn by hearing the following quotes
Do you think that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are a false sect or will you remain silent on the issue?