William Branham often used Amos 3:7 to state that God would not do anything today without revealing it to a prophet. And in the case of William Branham, he was referring to himself.
Amos 3 states:
But is William Branham's interpretation correct? Is the Mormon interpretation of this passage, which is similar to William Branham's, also correct?
What the Bible says?
This verse should not be interpreted to mean that God will always have a prophet on earth. In Amos 3:7 we find God about to bring judgment against the Israelites because of their disobedience. This passage affirms that God had previously warned the Israelites that judgment would follow disobedience, but they had ignored the prophets (Amos 2:12). In context, then, Amos 3:7 simply points to God’s chosen pattern of not engaging in a major action with the Israelites (such as judgment) without first revealing it to the prophets.
Relevant to this discussion is the fact that in Old Testament times the biblical test for a prophet was 100-percent accuracy (Deut. 18:20–22). William Branham did not measure up. Mormon prophets do not measure up. Mormon prophet (and founder) Joseph Smith, for example, once prophesied that the New Jerusalem would be built in Missouri in his generation.Ref>Smith, 1835, 84:3–5</ref>
William Branham's prophecies failed similar to those of Mormon prophets. In fact, we are unaware of Proof of the Prophetic.
This passage does establish that, prior to the New Covenant, when Yahweh is the author of disaster, he tells his prophets. The focus is upon legitimate prophetic authority, not upon prophetic autonomy. What prophets say comes from Yahweh; it is God's “counsel” and is therefore absolutely true. It is not that Yahweh cannot act without the help of prophets or that he is obliged to share his knowledge with them. Rather, consistent with other prophetical (Jer 7:25; 23:18, 22; 26:5; 35:15; 44:4) and historical (2 Kgs 17:13, 23; 21:10; 24:2) discussions on God’s “servants the prophets,” this verse states simply that the prophets carry a message that is not their own. God does explain his own actions and does use the prophets as his spokespersons. But he is hardly dependent on them.
The true prophet cannot ignore Yahweh’s voice any more than sensible people can ignore the roar of a lion. If Yahweh has spoken to someone, can that person be expected not to prophesy (לא ינבא)? To be chosen is to be obliged, as Jonah, for example, learned the hard way.
Moreover, rejection of Amos’ prophecies meant rejection of Yahweh. If people were offended by what Amos preached, he was not to be blamed. His reaction to Yahweh’s revelation was inevitable and proper: he repeated it. Amos’ hard words were not his own, but Yahweh’s through him.
We must test William Branham's teachings to see if he was speaking on his own or whether it was God that was speaking through him.
God’s prophets added stern warnings that we were NOT to add to Scripture or take away from Scripture. The prophets wrote all the warnings and prophecies of God’s plan and the Bible is His complete and perfect plan, nothing was left for our imagination or confusion or for future men to reveal.
Paul preaching in Acts 17 said:
And Jude says:
Jude wrote that it was delivered once and for all—it wouldn’t be delivered again to anyone—Jew or Gentile, preacher or teacher. There are many more Scriptures on the topic, but Jesus handpicked the Apostles who were eyewitnesses of His ministry and the New Covenant. Jesus chose them and trained them and the Holy Spirit helped them. On the Road to Emmaus Jesus told two of his disciples how every prophet spoke of Him—there were no leftover-mysterious prophecies in the Old Testament for a man in the distant centuries to reveal. The Bible is complete and the New Testament made the veiled mysteries in the Old Testament clear. Without salvation and the Holy Spirit a man will never see the kingdom of God or understand the Old Testament.
Paul also said:
Amos 3:7 is under the old covenant. There is nothing in the New Testament that states any similar principle. This was simply the case of William Branham simply pointing to himself, again.
Quotes of William Branham
First of all, that messenger is going to be a prophet. He will have the office of a prophet. He will have the prophetic ministry. It will be based solidly on the Word because when he prophesies or has a vision, it will always be "Word oriented" and it will ALWAYS come to pass. He will be vindicated as a prophet because of his accuracy. The proof that he is a prophet is found in Revelation 10:7:
Now this person, who in this verse is called an 'angel' in the King James version is NOT an heavenly being. The sixth trumpeting angel, who is an heavenly being, is in Revelation 9:13, and the seventh of like order is in Revelation 11:15. This one here in Revelation 10:7 is the seventh age messenger and it is a man, and he is to bring a message from God, and his message and ministry is going to finish the mystery of God as declared to His servants, the prophets. God is going to treat this last messenger as a prophet BECAUSE HE IS A PROPHET. That is what Paul was in the first age, and the last age has one, too.
Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secrets unto His servants, the prophets."