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William Branham claimed to have prophecied in 1956 that Billy Graham would cancel his meetings and that this would mark the end of the revival in the United States.
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William Branham

Who was 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.

Views on William Branham's legacy can be grouped into the following main categories:

  1. Most Christians have never heard of William Branham and have no idea he even has a legacy.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 many different sects within William Branham's followers, although they all refer to themselves as believers of 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.
  4. Some, 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 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.

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 think any of the evidence contained on this website is inaccurate, please try and disprove it.
We will immediately post any evidence that conflicts with what we have found and correct the article on this website
provided that we can independently confirm the accuracy of that evidence.

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

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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, 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.
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