|Prophecy is the foretelling of future events by a human messenger (prophet) under divine inspiration.
Prophecy falls into two main categories: Prophecy about someone else, and prophecy about you. The first category stands as a supernatural witness to identify someone as a true prophet. The second category is a whole other story. For example, William Branham's prophecy that Los Angeles will sink into the Pacific Ocean is not going to directly impact someone living in Budapest. However, someone in Los Angeles who learns of this prophecy will have to make a concious decision to believe or disbelieve the prophecy - and then either move or stay, accepting the consequences of either decision.
In the Bible, the purpose of prophecy was greater than the events prophecied: it was to pronounce Divine judgement, direction, or mercy. The teachings of Biblical prophets were also seen as sacred, as a prophet could not proclaim true and false teaching - i.e. if God inspired their prophecy, he also inspired their doctrine. Famous prophets include Moses, Elijah, Isaiah, Paul, and John.
In June of 1933, while preparing for a two-week tent meeting in Jeffersonville Indiana, William Branham experienced a series of 7 prophetic visions. William Branham said:
The following is a summary of the seven visions and links to more detailed analysis of the fulfilment of each of these prophecies:
- An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, William Marrion Branham, Chapter 9