Were Dead Raised in William Branham's Ministry?
Followers of the message often point to the dead being raised in William Branham's ministry as vindication for his status as a prophet.
However, we have been unable to find any evidence that anyone was ever raised from the dead through William Branham's prayers.
William Branham said he had documentation
William Branham stated:
- And then you notice down at the bottom, it had… did you read the little, little inset at the bottom, about raising the dead? Now remember, before you publish anything, you have to be able to prove that. So we’ve got documented statements from doctors, mayors of the city, and so forth, like that, that doctor’s pronounced them dead and gone for as many as eight and ten hours and coming back to life again, through prayer. So it’s a documented statement. This book goes all over the world and translated in different languages and everything. It’s like the Reader’s Digest, amongst the Christian people. And it has to be authentic and has to prove those things when you say them.
- Now, remember, you who reading these Christian Business Men, when they put in there ‘has raised the dead,’ remember, before you can put that in public, you have to have documented statements from doctors and so forth that that’s true. And everything you read in there, we’ve got documented statements of it.
- Now, I have never healed anybody in all my life. But I have seen the Lord heal tens of thousands, of documented statements from doctors and great hospitals like Mayos’. And—and I have seen Him in my short ministry of twenty-eight years for Him, with documented statements, raise up four dead people to this day, that had done passed beyond the curtain of time and was raised. Which we have the statements from the doctors, that—that pronounced them dead and back to life.
But this doesn't exist. It's not true.
No evidence in newspapers
On the left is an article in the July 23, 1947 edition of the Jeffersonville Evening News, which states:
Rev. Branham In The News
The Evening News yesterday received an unusual telegram from Ted Shrader, reporter for the Winnepeg (sic) Tribune, Winnepeg Manchester, Canada, which it reproduces herewith:
REVEREND WILLIAM BRANHAM OF JEFFERSONVILLE
CLAIMS THAT HE RAISED A MAN FROM THE DEAD
IN A JEFFERSONVILLE UNDERTAKING PARLOR.
CAN YOU PLEASE WIRE DETAILS WHETHER OR NOT
THIS IS TRUE? WHAT WAS THE MAN'S NAME?
CAUSE OF DEATH? NAME OF MORGUE? WHEN IT HAPPENED?
(SIGNED) TED SHRADER
- This newspaper keeps abreast of local news in the Jeffersonville and Clark County, and has been doing so for nearly 75 years, but nowhere in its annals appears such a startling occurrence, and the Winnepeg newspaper was sent a wire saying that we could not substantiate this reported phenomenon
- Stories of the healing powers of Rev. Branham, practiced in different parts of the country, have come to this newspaper. Crowds flock to be healed by him in every city he has visited, according to accounts. It is understood that he still retains his position as head of Branham's Tabernacle located at 804 Penn Street, where a substitute minister is conducting services in his absence.
On the right is a newspaper advertisement from the Winnipeg Tribune announcing William Branham's meetings in Edmonton in July 1947. It is obvious that the reporter for the Winnipeg Tribune heard William Branham make a claim in the meetings in Winnipeg in July 1947. He sought to corroborate William Branham's claim but was unable to do so. This appears common of many of William Branham's claims. They are incapable of corroboration as there is no evidence to support them.
- William Branham, 61-0318 - Abraham's Covenant Confirmed, para. 8
- William Branham, 61-0412 - A Greater Than Solomon Is Here, para. 24
- William Branham, 61-0519 - Sirs, We Would See Jesus, para. 5