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<div style="text-align:center; top:+0.2em; font-size:95%;">The comprehensive encyclopedia on the [[William Branham|life]] and [[The Message|message]] of William Branham.</div>
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|'''''In the days of his prominence, the 1950's, what Spirit-filled believer did not know [William Branham's] name?<br>Yet today, we may wonder, what believer does?'''''<br>Robert Price in Douglas Weaver's ''The Healer-Prophet: William Marrion Branham''
 
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[[Image:Branham28.jpg|right|William Branham]]
 
[[Image:Branham28.jpg|right|William Branham]]
'''William Marrion Branham's''' healing ministry skyrocketed him from a rural pastor to an international evangelist in the late 1940's.  However, his visions and doctrine became increasingly controversial until '''his death 50 years ago''' on December 24, 1965.
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'''Who is William Marrion Branham?''' In the late 1940's, his healing ministry skyrocketed him from a pastor in a small church outside Louisville, Kentucky to an international evangelist.  However, as his ministry progressed his visions and doctrine became increasingly controversial until '''his death''' on December 24, 1965.
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The purpose of this website is to provide [[Condensed List of Issues with the Message|independent, objective, comprehensive information on William Branham]] and to ask questions about the facts that we have discovered.  At one time this website was not objective in our approach and for that [[Humble Pie|we humbly apologize to our readers]].  Click on the links below to go to our detailed articles on a variety of subjects related to his life and ministry, his claims, the beliefs of his followers, and the criticisms of his detractors. 
  
Views on William Branham's legacy can be grouped into the following main categories:
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Luke made it clear that we should look for proof that what we believe is true in Luke 1:1-5 and Acts 1:1-3:
 
#Most Christians have never heard of William Branham and have no idea he even has a legacy.
 
#Some older Pentecostals and "charismatic" Christians view him as a great evangelist and gifted healer who strayed from Christian orthodoxy in the latter stages of his ministry.  They believe this is the reason for his obscurity today.
 
#His followers (estimated at between 500,000 and 1,000,000 people) believe him to be Elijah the Prophet, the fulfillment of Malachi 4:5.  There are [[Message Sects|many different sects within William Branham's followers]], although they all refer to themselves as believers of [[The Message|the Message of the Hour]].  Some of his followers believe that William Branham's every word was infallible, while others will admit that he did make some minor errors but he was infallible with respect to his visions, prophecies and his interpretation of the Bible.
 
#Some, [[Research Sources for William Branham and His Message#Independent research sources|as a result of facts coming out of research by us and other former message followers]], view William Branham as a charlatan who was either willfully deceptive, or had untreated mental health issues. 
 
  
The purpose of this website is to provide [[Condensed List of Issues with the Message|independent, objective, comprehensive information on William Branham]] and to ask questions about the facts that we have discovered.  At one time this website was not objective in our approach and for that [[Humble Pie|we humbly apologize to our readers]]. Click on the links below to go to our detailed articles on a variety of subjects related to his life and ministry, his claims, the beliefs of his followers, and the criticisms of his detractors.
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*''Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us,  it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, '''that you may have certainty''' concerning the things you have been taught.<ref>The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), Lk 1:1–5.</ref>
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*''In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.  He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by '''many proofs''', appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.<ref>The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), Ac 1:1–3.</ref>
  
We do not ask you to trust the evidence that we have presented BUT, we have tried to provide footnotes and reference sources from where we obtained the evidence so that it can be '''confirmed independently'''.  Look at the evidence, verify it, and try to answer the questions that we have raised.   
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We believe that all of [[Evidence and the Message|the evidence presented on this website]] is trustworthy.  However, we have tried to provide all of the necessary footnotes and references from where we obtained this evidence so that you, our readers, can '''confirm it independently on your own'''.  Look at the evidence, verify it, and try to answer the questions that we have raised.   
  
 
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|'''''A special message to followers of William Branham'''''<br>To the best of our knowledge, all of the information on this website is factual.<br>[[A Scriptural Challenge to Followers of William Branham|If you think any of the evidence is inaccurate, please try and disprove it.<br>  We will immediately post any evidence that conflicts with what we have found and correct the article on this website]],<br> provided that we can independently confirm the accuracy of that evidence.  
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|'''''A special message to followers of William Branham'''''<br>To the best of our knowledge, all of the information on this website is factual.<br>[[A Scriptural Challenge to Followers of William Branham|If you believe any of the evidence contained on this website is inaccurate, please provide us with the details.<br>  '''We will immediately post any evidence that conflicts with our research and revise our conclusions]],''' provided that we can independently confirm the accuracy of the evidence. <br> 
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On January 14, 2016 we issued "''[[A Scriptural Challenge to Followers of William Branham]]''" and have not yet received a single response.  We are still waiting...
 
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=Resources=
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*The [http://offtheshelf.life/ Off The Shelf] podcast - interviews with ex-message followers, current followers and discussions of important topics relating to William Branham
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**[[List of Off The Shelf podcast episodes]]
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*[https://www.youtube.com/user/believethesign Our Youtube channel] containing a number of videos relating to William Branham
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**[[The September 2020 Debate]]
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*[[List of Issues with the Message|Our full list of concerns regarding William Branham and his message]]
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*[[Sensational Documents|Information that can be printed]]
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*Do you have a question about something you read on our website?  Please [http://www.facebook.com/BelieveTheSign click here to go to our Facebook Discussion page].
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*I need help, [[Resources that have helped us|where can I go?]]
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*[[Sensational Documents|Other Languages]]
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*[[Research Sources for William Branham and His Message|Other websites]]
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=Why do sincere Christians leave the message?=
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*[[Testimonies of Former Message Ministers|Why Message Ministers Are Leaving]]
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*I have a spouse/family member/friend in the message, [[How to help those in the message|how do I help them]]?
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*[[A Scriptural Challenge to Followers of William Branham]]
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*[[Leaving The Message|What does it mean to leave the message?]]
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*[[Testimonies of Former Followers|Testimonies of Former Message Followers]]
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*[[Resources that have helped us|Resources if you have further questions]]
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*[[What We Have Learned]]
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*[[Testimonies of Former Followers|Videos: We Left!]]
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*[[Jesus|Looking to Jesus]]
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*[[Invitation to Eternal Life]]
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=About William Branham=
 
=About William Branham=
 
*[[William Branham, A Prophet?|Was William Branham a prophet?]]
 
*[[William Branham, A Prophet?|Was William Branham a prophet?]]
 
*[[William Branham|William Branham's life story - his youth]]
 
*[[William Branham|William Branham's life story - his youth]]
 
*[[Commission & Ministry|William Branham's life story - his ministry]]
 
*[[Commission & Ministry|William Branham's life story - his ministry]]
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*Did William Branham travel [[William_Branham's Travels#Around the world seven times?|around the world seven times?]]
 
*[[William Branham's View of Himself|What did William Branham think of himself?]]
 
*[[William Branham's View of Himself|What did William Branham think of himself?]]
 
*[[Credibility_Videos#The_Credibility_of_William_Branham|Video: Was William Branham credible?]]
 
*[[Credibility_Videos#The_Credibility_of_William_Branham|Video: Was William Branham credible?]]
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**[[Eyewitnesses|Eyewitnesses: Followers of W. Branham]]
 
**[[Eyewitnesses|Eyewitnesses: Followers of W. Branham]]
 
**[[Eyewitnesses: Non-Message Believers|Eyewitnesses: Non-Message Believers]]
 
**[[Eyewitnesses: Non-Message Believers|Eyewitnesses: Non-Message Believers]]
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*[[Hagin Prophecy|Did Kenneth Hagin prophecy William Branham's death?]]
  
 
=His Prophecies and Visions=
 
=His Prophecies and Visions=
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*[[Did William Branham predict the coronavirus pandemic?]]
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*[[Did William Branham predict his own death?]]
 
*[[William Branham's Visions|Did any of William Branham's visions fail?]]
 
*[[William Branham's Visions|Did any of William Branham's visions fail?]]
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*[[An Analysis of the Seven Visions of 1933]]
 
*[[Proof of the Prophetic|Did William Branham make ANY "before the fact" prophecies?]]
 
*[[Proof of the Prophetic|Did William Branham make ANY "before the fact" prophecies?]]
 
*[[The Prophecies of William Branham|What were William Branham's significant prophecies]]?
 
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*[[Video Resources#Visions by William Branham|Videos: Did these visions of Willliam Braham fail?]]
 
*[[Video Resources#Visions by William Branham|Videos: Did these visions of Willliam Braham fail?]]
 
*William Branham and [[Paul Schafer]]
 
*William Branham and [[Paul Schafer]]
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=Was William Branham honest?=
 
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*[[Roy Davis|When did William Branham embrace Pentecostalism?]]
 
*[[Roy Davis|When did William Branham embrace Pentecostalism?]]
 
*Who was [[The Man from Windsor|the man from Windsor]]?
 
*Who was [[The Man from Windsor|the man from Windsor]]?
*Why did [[William Branham and sexual abuse|William Branham fail to discern sexual abuse]]?
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*Why did [[William Branham and sexual abuse|William Branham fail to discern sexual abuse]] among his friends and associates?
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*[[List of Issues with the Message#Was William Branham Honest?|Full list of issues relating to William Branham's credibility]]
  
=His Teachings=
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=William Branham's Teachings=
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*[[Questions and Answers with a Message Minister]]
 
*[[Doctrines|What were his major doctrines]]?
 
*[[Doctrines|What were his major doctrines]]?
 
*[[Elijah|The Elijah Theology of William Branham]]
 
*[[Elijah|The Elijah Theology of William Branham]]
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*[[Doctrine Videos#Doctrinal Issues|Videos: Doctrines of William Branham]]
 
*[[Doctrine Videos#Doctrinal Issues|Videos: Doctrines of William Branham]]
 
*[[The Sufficiency of Scripture|Do we need a modern day prophet?]]
 
*[[The Sufficiency of Scripture|Do we need a modern day prophet?]]
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*[[List of Issues with the Message#Are William Branham's teachings in agreement with the Bible?|Full list of issues where William Branham disagreed with the Bible]]
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*[[List of Issues with the Message#William Branham's often contradictory teachings|Examples of where William Branham' contradicted himself]]
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=The "Message of the Hour"=
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*[[Questions and Answers with a Message Minister|Q&A with a message minister]]
 
*[[The Message|What is "The Message"?]]
 
*[[The Message|What is "The Message"?]]
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*[[Is the Message a Cult?]]
**[[Message Doctrine|What is the theology of the message]]?
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*[[Message Doctrine|What is the theology of the message]]?
**[[Legalism|Was William Branham a legalist]]?
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*[[Legalism|Was William Branham a legalist]]?
**[[Message Sects|Are believers in the message united]]?
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*[[Message Sects|Are believers in the message united]]?
**[[Bad Fruit|What is the fruit of the Message?]]
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*[[Bad Fruit|What is the fruit of the Message?]]
**[["Blind Faith"|Only Believe? Is faith opposed to reasoning?]]
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*[["Blind Faith"|Only Believe? Is faith opposed to reasoning?]]
 
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*[[List of Issues with the Message#False Doctrine Taught by Message Churches|Strange teachings promoted by message churches]]
=Why do sincere Christians leave the message?=
 
*[[A Scriptural Challenge to Followers of William Branham]]
 
*[[Leaving The Message|What does it mean to leave the message?]]
 
*[[Testimonies of Former Followers|Testimonies of Former Message Followers]]
 
*[[Resources that have helped us|Resources if you have further questions]]
 
*[[What We Have Learned]]
 
*[[Testimonies of Former Followers|Videos: We Left!]]
 
*[[Jesus|Looking to Jesus]]
 
*[[Invitation to Eternal Life]]
 
 
 
=Resources=
 
*[[List of Issues with the Message|Our full list of concerns regarding William Branham and his message]]
 
*[[Sensational Documents|Information that can be printed]]
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/BelieveTheSign Facebook Discussion]
 
*[[Sensational Documents|Other Languages]]
 
**[[French]]
 
**[[Italian]]
 
**[[Romanian]]
 
**[[Dutch]]
 
**[[Español]]
 
**[[Português]]
 
*[[Research Sources for William Branham and His Message|Other websites]]
 
*[[Resources that have helped us|Biblical resources]]
 
  
 
We pray that the contents of this website would speak to your soul, and lead you closer to Jesus Christ.
 
We pray that the contents of this website would speak to your soul, and lead you closer to Jesus Christ.
 
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THE DEBATE
On September 12, 2020, the first-ever English language debate between a message pastor (Jesse Smith of Akron, OH) and an ex-message Christian (Rod Bergen from the Off The Shelf podcast) took place. The discussion was moderated by Jay Cox and Tim Kraus.

Click here to watch the debate

Welcome to Branham.Online
The comprehensive encyclopedia on the life and message of William Branham.
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William Branham

Who is William Marrion Branham? In the late 1940's, his healing ministry skyrocketed him from a pastor in a small church outside Louisville, Kentucky to an international evangelist. However, as his ministry progressed his visions and doctrine became increasingly controversial until his death on December 24, 1965.

The purpose of this website is to provide independent, objective, comprehensive information on William Branham and to ask questions about the facts that we have discovered. At one time this website was not objective in our approach and for that we humbly apologize to our readers. Click on the links below to go to our detailed articles on a variety of subjects related to his life and ministry, his claims, the beliefs of his followers, and the criticisms of his detractors.

Luke made it clear that we should look for proof that what we believe is true in Luke 1:1-5 and Acts 1:1-3:

  • Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us,  it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.[1]
  • In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.  He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.[2]

We believe that all of the evidence presented on this website is trustworthy. However, we have tried to provide all of the necessary footnotes and references from where we obtained this evidence so that you, our readers, can confirm it independently on your own. Look at the evidence, verify it, and try to answer the questions that we have raised.

A special message to followers of William Branham
To the best of our knowledge, all of the information on this website is factual.
If you believe any of the evidence contained on this website is inaccurate, please provide us with the details.
We will immediately post any evidence that conflicts with our research and revise our conclusions
, provided that we can independently confirm the accuracy of the evidence.

On January 14, 2016 we issued "A Scriptural Challenge to Followers of William Branham" and have not yet received a single response. We are still waiting...


Resources

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Why do sincere Christians leave the message?

About William Branham

His Prophecies and Visions

Was William Branham honest?

William Branham's Teachings

The "Message of the Hour"

We pray that the contents of this website would speak to your soul, and lead you closer to Jesus Christ.

Have you heard the OFF THE SHELF podcast??
When a follower of William Branham's message has a difficult question, particularly where William Branham and the Bible appear to be in disagreement, it is common to hear message ministers advise them to put it "on the shelf".

Why are people continuing to leave the message in unprecedented number? Come listen to interviews with former message ministers such as Jeff Jenkins and James Rozak, as well as the authors of websites such as searchingforvindication.com, as they tell their stories of why they could not continue to follow the message of William Branham. The Off The Shelf podcast is about taking important scriptural issues "off the shelf" and examining what it means to be a true follower of Jesus in the context of scripture and the message of William Branham.
Click here

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Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love. (2 John 1:3 NLT)
  1. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), Lk 1:1–5.
  2. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), Ac 1:1–3.