An Interview with Demos Shakarian and Howard Ervin

    From BelieveTheSign
    The following interview between Demos Shakarian and Howard Ervin was given on January 25, 1965 in Phoenix, Arizona, after William Branham had preached the sermon "This Day This Scripture Is Fulfilled".


    Demos Shakarian: "Maybe you would like to say a word, Howard."
    Howard Ervin: "Between twelve and fifteen years ago, Aunt Edith was healed of Raynaud's disease, which I understand is medically incurable. I don't know whether Brother Branham told you the circumstances. And I wonder if I might take just one moment to do so. This is her card that she got for the healing line. She never got in the healing line. She was sitting, seated in the second row, in the auditorium here in Phoenix. Brother Branham had preached his heart out, was just too exhausted to pray for people. But suddenly he looked down at her, looked directly at her, and said, 'You can be healed if you want to be.' And she went out of that meeting, healed, and is still healed."
    Demos Shakarian: "It was an incurable affliction. Wasn't it?"
    Howard Ervin: "Yes. I understand that the disease was incurable. And our physicians here will check me; I'm a layman at medicine. But I understand that it's a disease of the nerves, that affects one similar to leprosy. The nerves choke off--choke off the blood supply, and eventually the fingers just rot and fall off. There was one medical operation, of the surgeon in the East, told them they could perform, and that was to cut a nerve up in here; but, if they had, she would have been a vegetable. But God, by His mighty power, has healed her, and she is healed today."
    Demos Shakarian: "Let's just have her stand up again, back there."
    Howard Ervin: "Would you stand up, Aunt Edith?"
    Demos Shakarian: "And there it is, twenty years later."
    Howard Ervin: "Fifteen years ago."
    Demos Shakarian: "Fifteen years later."

    Notes on Raynaud's disease

    Raynaud's (ray-NOHZ) disease causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers and toes — to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. In Raynaud's disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas (vasospasm).

    Women are more likely than men to have Raynaud's disease, also known as Raynaud or Raynaud's phenomenon or syndrome. It appears to be more common in people who live in colder climates.

    Several studies have shown that Reynaud's disease will go into remission (that is all symptoms of the disease will disappear) in 64% of the cases in both men and women.[1]


    1. LG Suter et al. The incidence and natural history of Raynaud's phenomenon in the community. Arthritis & Rheumatism 2005 52: 1259-1263; and G Spencer-Green. Outcomes in primary Raynaud phenomenon. A meta-analysis of the frequency, rates, and predictors of transition to secondary diseases. Archives of Internal Medicine 1998 158: 595-600.