Question 5 (ABM) - The coming of the Lord
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Question 5 - The coming of the Lord
Question regarding the coming of the Lord
In 1963, in a sermon entitled "The Breach between the Seven Church Ages and the Seven Seals" (63-0317E), William Branham stated:
Some Message preachers explain this by stating that Christ came secretly (using the same approach as the Jehovah's Witnesses) when William Branham preached his series on the Seven Seals. This is one of the quotes behind the Third Testament sect of Donald Parnell who teaches that Jesus Christ's second coming happened in 1963.
William Branham stated clearly that the return of Christ would take place while the seventh messenger was on earth.
How do you explain this given that William Branham is dead?
Thank you for your continued dialogue.
The answer to this question is relatively short. This particular quote you use is one of the known examples where the tapes were altered from the original. I am glad though to see that you are using the proper unaltered quote.
First I want to introduce the paragraph the precedes your given quote:
My purpose for introducing this preceding paragraph is to demonstrate the "Thus Saith The Lord" is in reference to the preceding paragraph. His statement that the seventh angel will be on earth at the time coming of Christ in Revelation 10 is not a prophecy but his own thought. In 1 Thes 4:17 we find a biblical precedent for this. The Apostle Paul includes himself ("we") in the group of people who would be alive at the coming of Christ and caught up in the rapture. This was obviously incorrect. However, all believers have a right to hope that they will be alive at the coming of Christ. Bro. Branham is relating his hope. His hope though is based on a scripture, Revelation 10:7. At the time, no doubt he thought it safe to interpret the scripture in such a way as to believe he would still be present when Revelation 10:7 was fulfilled. However, the scripture is not that specific.
It is curious that is does not say in the days of the seventh angel, but instead says in the days of "voice" of the seventh angel. Going back to the 1933 baptism, the voice which spoke said he "carried a message" that would fore run the second coming of Christ. It is the message which fore runs Christ. It is in the days of his voice that Revelation 10:7 will be accomplished. Bro. Branham has passed on to his reward, but his voice and his message is still alive and well.
You state: "William Branham stated clearly that the return of Christ would take place while the seventh messenger was on earth." Yes he did. So did the apostle Paul concerning himself in 1 Thes 4:17. Therefore Bro. Branham's statement is with scriptural precedent.
Your question: "How do you explain this given that William Branham is dead?" The answer is simple: Bro Branham was mistaken. Just like Paul was mistaken. His hope to be alive at the time of Christ's coming is a right of all believers. This was not a prophecy. And a review of the scripture he was considering reveals that it leaves open an interpretation that fits events that have occurred.
This is an answer that is not palatable to those who not accept Bro. Branham as fallible.
I look forward to your next issue.