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William Branham prophesied that the return of Christ would take place while the seventh messenger was on earth. Did this happen?
This prophecy is the cause for may strange doctrines that arise in the message, such as the Third Testament sect of Donald Parnell who teaches that Jesus Christ's second coming happened in 1963.
- Now, you see, I'm just not making that up. That's what... It's THUS SAITH THE LORD. I'll read it to you out of the Book: the sounding of the seventh angel's message, the mystery of God should be finished that's been declared by His holy prophets. That's the prophets who has wrote the Word. At the sounding of the seventh church age, the last church age, all the loose ends that through these church ages have been probed at, will be wound up together. And when the Seals are broke and the mystery is revealed, down comes the Angel, the Messenger, Christ, setting His foot upon the land and upon the sea with a rainbow over His head. Now remember, this seventh angel is on earth at the time of this coming.
Message preachers explain this by stating that Christ came secretly (using the same twisted theology used by Jehovah's Witnesses) when William Branham preached his series on the Seven Seals. If they didn't use this explanation, then they would be forced to admit that William Branham was a false prophet. Cognitive Dissonance won't permit them to do this.
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