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Most message followers consider William Branham to be an infallible interpreter of scripture. It is the widely held view of message followers that, if we want to know what a passage of the Bible actually means, William Branham is the best source on all counts.
When encountering a passage in scripture that seems to be at odds with William Branham's interpretation, message preachers generally encourage message followers to simply put it "on the shelf" until God reveals to them why William Branham has the correct view.
But there are a number of biblical issues that William Branham seems to have messed up badly:
- Did God change Saul's name to Paul?
- Elijah and Elisha did pray
- Marriage and Divorce
- Was King Saul the people’s choice by democratic vote?
- Can you lose your salvation?
- How hard do lilies work?
- Did John weep for joy or because no one was worthy?
- Were Women were designed by Satan?
- Were Enoch and Noah alive at the same time?
- Is Jesus really Michael the Archangel?
You are currently on the article that is in bold. William Branham stated that Satan was the designer of the woman. He believed that she was not in the original creation and was a perversion from the beginning. However, this is not what scripture teaches.
What William Branham taught
William Branham taught that the woman was designed by Satan for filth, unclean living, and deception.
He taught that Adam was the original creation of God and could not sin, and because Eve was a by-product of Adam and not in the original creation she could be deceived. He taught that she had sex with the serpent and then sex with her husband, and those sexual acts constituted the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Meaning of the word "designer"
- noun: designer; plural noun: designers
- 1. a person who plans the form, look, or workings of something before its being made or built, typically by drawing it in detail.
- synonyms: creator, planner, deviser, inventor, originator; maker; architect, builder
What the Bible teaches
The Bible clearly teaches that God created woman:
- And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
- He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female...
With respect to the introduction of sin into the world, paul said:
- Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned...
- Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
The Bible clearly teaches that God was the creator and the designer of woman. It also teaches that sin enter the world through Adam.
Quotes of William Branham
But the misunderstanding was they thought that I said that Adam never sinned. But Adam did sin. But he did it with his eyes wide open. And instead... In Timothy 3 it said that Adam was not deceived. But the woman, being deceived, was in the transgression. See?
Adam never sinned, the Bible said, that he was not... He... Eve sinned, and Adam loved Eve so well, till he took his place with her to leave the garden. Adam was not deceived. Eve was deceived. Adam wasn't. And Adam was a type of Christ in every figure. And Christ was not deceived and neither was He a sinner, but He come down and so loved His Church, Eve, till He went to Calvary for Her to redeem Her back again. Christ come to take the sinner's place.
Look, a woman is not even so low… She’s not even a creation in God.
Every sin that ever was on the earth was caused by a woman.
...see young ladies that wasn't over seventeen, eighteen years old, up there with men my age now, drunk. And they'd have to sober them up and give them black coffee, to get home to cook their husband's supper. Oh, something like that, I said, "I..." This was my remark then, "They're not worth a good clean bullet to kill them with it." That's right. And I hated women. That's right. And I just have to watch every move now, to keep from still thinking the same thing.
Both of them hated women, or immoral women, the things doing wrong. Look at Elijah with Jezebel. Look at John the Baptist with Herodias. See? Both wilderness men, loved the woods and outside. Come right out of the bushes and send forth a message. He will come on the scene one of these days.
But when the next Elijah comes in the end time, he's to go back and take the--the father's hearts--the children's hearts, rather, and turn them back to the faith of the Pentecostal fathers. See the difference? He'll not be one of these here so-called we have today; he'll go right back to Acts 2 and start right from there. He'll preach the unadulterated Gospel, just say the same things that Peter did on the day of Pentecost, 'cause what he said on Pentecost is vindicated the rest of the Scriptures through.
He'll not twist around with some organization. When Elijah comes, He'll hate women like Elijah did, just like--or bad women, just like John did. He'll be a wilderness-lover just like they were. He'll not spare. We're looking for him to come. He'll come. God said he would, and he'll be here.
Now, but in this last days there's to come a Spirit of Elijah amongst the people, and he's to do the same thing that they did back there. His nature would be the same thing, the nature of the church; the nature of the--the person would be exactly the same thing. And that Message going out trying... He'd be hated by the people. He'd hate women: ornery ones anyhow, bad ones; love the wilderness; moody, upset guy all the time like Elijah was and like John was. And we've seen all this thing come to pass. If we've had the Message, we see Christ rejected. He has to belong to one of these organizations or you can't get into them. So He's--He's throwed on the outside. See? Christ can't work among them.
They call, said I was a "woman-hater," I just don't hate... I just "hate women." See? That's wrong. I love women, I mean, as my sisters.
I ain't going to pat you on the back, seeing you're wrong. I can tell you that. I love you too much for that. Some men that'd do that, it's a different kind of love. See? I love you because I love what you are; you're a helpmate to a son of God, and you're a part of him. See? And I--I love you because that--that you were made in the image of man, and man was made in the image of God, so therefore, together, you're one in Christ. That's why I love you. Any, other thing, is nothing to it. God knows that, all my life. See? That's right. I love you. Why would I stand up and constantly...
When they say, "Tell all the women, when, if they're going to come hear Brother Branham preach, comb their hair different. Put on a hat or something or another, 'cause he'll start blasting away about short hair, and your... Don't wear any make-up," and so forth like that. That's what they did. "All he talked about!
But she is designed to be a sex act, and no other animal is designed like that.
...There is nothing designed, in all creation, that can stoop as low as a woman can.
...Notice, there is nothing designed to stoop so low, or be filthy, but a woman. A dog can't do it, a hog can't do it, a bird can't do it. No animal is immoral, nor it can be, for it is not designed so it can be. A female hog can't be immoral, a female dog can't be immoral, a female bird can't be immoral. A woman is the only thing can do it.
...Notice, the reason that animals couldn't do it, a female animal, they were in the original creation. But the woman was not in that original creation. Now we're going back to dig this up, then bring you right down to the modern day, in the Testament.
She is designed, alone, for filth and unclean living. A dog can't, and no other female can. It's just the woman that can. A dog or any other animals, once a year, and that for her babies; not for sexual pleasure, but for her babies. The old sow hog, the old slut dog, once a year, one moment, that's for her babies. But a woman is designed for any time she desires. I've got some stuff crossed out here now; you can imagine the rest. A dog can't; woman can. I hope that the Holy Spirit reveals to you the rest of this I crossed out here.
She is the only specie, specie of female, that is made prettier than the male. There is not another specie among anything. All other creatures of God is beautiful males, such as in animals, birds, and so forth, always the male is pretty.
Look at the big buck deer, big fine horns, great specie; and the little, humble doe. Look at the big rooster with all of his pretty feathers; and the little, brown hen. Look at the birds, the cock and the hen. Why, why was it such, of all the creatures of God? Every creature, in the male is the prettiest. Between the sheep, between the--the hogs, between the horses, between anything else, it's always the big male that's pretty, and in the birds.
But in the human race, it's the woman that's pretty, not the man; if he is, there is something wrong, there is crossed-up seed somewhere. Originally it's that way. Why, why was it done? To deceive by. Her designer, Satan, is still working on her, too, in these last days.
Now, there is nothing can stoop like her, and she is designed so that she can be deceiving. And Satan is really working on her today, in these last days, because he is her designer. I can prove that now. To go right back at the beginning, who started to work on her, Adam or Satan, God or Satan? See, that's her designer. It's her chief weapon to throw man to her filth, being a pretty woman, she can sway a man any way she wants to. Brother, it ain't the bootleg joint down here that gets the man; it's the pretty woman walking down the street, twisting herself, half dressed. That's what takes... That's the deceiver right there. And she is deadly with it, absolutely deadly. You may question me about Satan being her designer, but that's the Truth. Satan designed her. He still does it.
Let me show you something in the Scripture. I got to take you back to Scripture, and you draw your opinion as you look at it today.
Satan is the one who features that kind of beauty. If we'll notice, he was the most beautiful of all the Angels in Heaven. Is that right? And he desired to make Heaven a more beautiful place than the kingdom of Michael. Is that right? Also, to show that Cain was his son, he offered a more beautiful worship, decorated his altars with fruits and flowers, and so forth. Is that right? Beautiful! Sin is beautiful, what we call beauty today. And sin is deceiving, by beauty. You'd never look at a woman going down the street and tell what's in her heart. See? But I wanted to say these things so that you could see why that Satan is her designer. That's exactly right, his own son proved it, Cain. Now, she is beautiful so she can deceive.
Now watch His great program unfold, as we go on through here now, just as perfect as perfect can be. I didn't know this till the other day.
Why didn't He make her like that in the beginning, like the rest of His females? Because it would be unbecoming to Him. He is the Fountain of all purity. That's the reason He had to let Satan get a hold of her, what he done in the perversion. Such a creature would be, would not be becoming to Him, originally designed for.
All His works that He designed, in the original, is in continuity. All of His original works was in continuity. The female dog, the male dog; see, female cow, the male cow; everything in continuity. All nature is in continuity. Seed die, go in the ground; just like death, burial, resurrection. The sap goes down out of a tree, drops its leaf, comes back the next year with the resurrection of a new leaf. See what I mean? Everything, even nature, of God, is all in a continuity, in one; and here is one designed out of the continuity of God. Nature is so designed so it can't sin. Think! The original creation, of God, could not sin.
Oh, don't you see it now, in this view here, the perversion of the church? The original is God's Word! There is no sin in God. See what I mean? Here is a creature that come into existence by a perversion. God is going to have a Church, but look at this perverted thing they got out here.
...Oh, are you happy? [Congregation says, "Amen."—Ed.] I have told you the Truth, THUS SAITH THE LORD, all the way through! ["Amen!"]
God's first Adam didn't have any choice, for his wife. He didn't get a choice. God just made him one, and he didn't get to choose her. So we find out that she led him astray from God's Word. He didn't get to pray over the matter. He--he--he isn't like you and I. He didn't get a choice. And again, by doing that, she led him from his rightly position as being a son of God. And she did it by showing him a more modern way of living, something that they really shouldn't have done. But the character of her showed that she was wrong. Her motives and objectives were simply wrong. And persuaded him, by her reasoning, that the modern new light that she had found, which was contrary to God's Word, was a better way to live.
- The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Ge 2:22.
- The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Mt 19:4.
- The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Ro 5:12.
- The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Ro 5:18–19.
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