Seven Church Age Messengers
In the first chapter of the book of Revelation, Jesus tells John that the seven stars are the seven angels of the seven churches, and the seven candlesticks are the seven churches. The book of Revelation is a prophecy (Revelation 1:3), and both the candlestick and the stars are part of that prophecy.
William Branham taught that according to Revelation 22:8-9, these 'angels' are men. Being in the right hand of Jesus Christ, they have His power, authority, and influence on Church history. Walking in the midst of the golden candlesticks, Jesus is demonstrating that he will be God to each of the pure Christian churches, and will not change (Hebrews 13:8).
William Branham taught that each church mentioned by name represented an Age in the future, and the angels of the Churches were men of influence, being true to the Word of God, leading Godly lives, against organization, and vindicated by the Holy Spirit by supernatural signs following their ministries. William Branham specifically named the angels of the first six church ages as Paul, Irenaeus, Martin, Columba, Martin Luther, and John Wesley, and gave each church age a specific time period.
Other Commentaries on the Book of Revelation
William Branham's commentary on the Church Ages includes a lot of material published by Clarence Larkin, a dispensational Baptist author and Pastor. Clarence Larkin specified dates of each church Age, which are identical to the dates that William Branham uses. However, Clarence Larkin did not name specific messengers to each age. Charles Taze Russell, one of the founders of the Jehovah Witness, was another person who specified both names and dates to each of the Church Ages. In fact, Charles Russell's grave stone identifies his personal belief that he was the Laodicean Church Age messenger.