Judas the Healer

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William Branham taught that Judas Iscariot was given the gift of healing by Jesus Christ.

What William Branham taught

William Branham taught that Judas Iscariot cast out devils and healed the sick.

Look at Judas Iscariot. Judas Iscariot was justified when he believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and accepted Him as his personal Saviour, Judas Iscariot. Judas Iscariot was sanctified in John 17:17 and was given power in Matthew 10 to go out and cast out devils. And Judas Iscariot come back, after he healed the sick and cast out devils, and he come back rejoicing and shouting just as much as any good holy-roller you ever seen. Is that right? The Bible says so. But when he come to Pentecost, he showed his colors.[1]
Now, watch that pattern. I’m taking a lot of time, but look! Judas Iscariot followed those same tracks. He was justified by believing on the Lord Jesus and then accepting Him as his personal Saviour. He was sanctified and give power to cast out spirits; put his name on the Lamb’s Book of Life. But when it come to Pentecost and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, the fullness of the Word, he showed his colors. That’s exactly what the Canaan spies did; that’s exactly what Esau done.[2]

What does the Bible actually say about Judas?

In John 6:70, Jesus says

 Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” 71 (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)[3]

We also read in John 12:

But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, 5 “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” 6 Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself. [4]

Jesus said Judas was a devil. So how was he sanctified? Does the Bible state clearly that

In light of this knowledge, we can look at the specific claims that William Branham's made about Judas.

Did Judas perform miracles?

Many people assume that Judas performed miracles but it is important to look at what scripture actually says and not make assumptions or presume it says things that it actually does not.

Luke 10:1 states:

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.[5]
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” [6]

While some speculate that the Twelve might have been a part of this mission, it is clear that they are not counted among this number, for “seventy-two others” are in view here (i.e. seventy-two other than the Twelve).

A more relevant passage that was not referenced by William Branham is Luke 9:

And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. 3 And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. 4 And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. 5 And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.

 On their return, the apostles told him all that they had done.[7]
......do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” [8]

One could assume that Judas took part in the ministry of miracles that we performed by the disciples but it is also clear that this is an assumption. As a result, it is also clear that one could also assume that Judas traveled with the disciples and even prayed with them but that he was simply part of the group that saw miracles take place as a result of the prayers of the group. Did Judas pray for someone on his own and that person was healed? There is nothing in scripture that would state that such a thing took place. And in light of the other statements regarding Judas, it is also safe to assume that he did not have any kind of a healing anointing at all.

William Branham is simply making an assumption and then uses that assumption as part of the basis for his doctrine - False Anointed Ones at the End Time.

Was Judas' name on the Lamb's Book of Life

William Branham assumes that Judas was part of the seventy-two. This is an incorrect assumption.

While Jesus does state in reference to the seventy-two - "do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven"[9], this reference is not to the Twelve.

We do know that Jesus stated that Judas was a Devil.

William Branham's interpretation that Judas name was on the Lamb's Book of Life. The Bible does not state this.

Was Judas sanctified?

In John 17, Jesus prays:

While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. [10]
I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.[11]

And in John 18, we read:

Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.”  This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.”[12]

Jesus makes it clear in his prayer that Judas is already lost. Judas is not included in Jesus prayer because Jesus is praying for those that are not lost. That is why he singles out Judas as being lost. But John also says that Jeus fulfiled his prayer that he had not lost one. This also makes it clear that Judas was not one of the ones given to Jesus by the Father.

William Branham defines sanctification:

The word sanctification means, “to be cleaned and set aside for service.”[13]

The word "sanctify" means to be set free from sin.

Judas was someone who stole funds while he was with Jesus. He was of the Devil. He was never sanctified regardless of what William Branham believed.

Questions

  • If Judas had the gift of healing, how can William Branham's healing ministry be evidence that he was Elijah the prophet?
  • If Judas fell for money, does it matter that Voice of God Recordings had $110,000,000 in assets when they filed their 2011 tax return? Does it matter that Sarah Branham wrote a letter disclosing that her father was independently wealthy when he passed away, despite his 'backwoods' demeanor?


Footnotes

  1. 54-0103E - Questions And Answers #2, para, 56
  2. 64-0830M - Questions And Answers #3, para. 289
  3. The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Jn 6:70–71.
  4. Tyndale House Publishers, Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2013), Jn 12:4–6.
  5. The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Lk 10:1.
  6. The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Lk 10:17.
  7. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Lk 9:1–6, 10
  8. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Lk 10:20.
  9. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Lk 10:20.
  10. The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Jn 17:12.
  11. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Jn 17:15–21.
  12. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Jn 18:8–9.
  13. 54-0516 - Questions And Answers (Law Having A Shadow


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