William Branham’s strength was that he walked in the spirit realm unlike any person since the Apostle Paul. So what was his weakness?
Branham’s weakness was that he walked in the spirit realm unlike any person since the Apostle Paul.
“Wait a minute,” you say, “how can his strength also be his weakness?”
No one could relate or understand what it was like to be William Branham in the 1940’s. He had sixty or seventy visions a day. In fact, he would have to force himself out of the spirit realm so that he could spend time with his wife and other people.
Before meetings, Branham fasted and prayed for three days. He granted no interviews before a night service. Other preachers handled the morning and afternoon services, allowing him time to prepare himself.
Then, at the evening service, Branham preached a short message before heading to the prayer line. Then, he would not do anything until he sensed his angel standing at his right side. After the angel’s arrival, his two gifts kicked in.
For example, let’s say the sick person Branham was praying for had a sin which hindered the person’s healing. Branham would know about the sin and turn aside to the person and whisper, “The Lord has shown me that you have sin which needs to be repented of before you can be healed.”
If the person refused to admit or repent of his sin, Branham would go a step farther and whisper something like, “Your sin is adultery and you need to repent of it.”
If the person still continued to deny his sin, Branham would press the issue even more by whispering something like, “The name of the woman was such and such. She’s your secretary. She wore a certain color of dress on this date. You need to repent.”
Branham was persistent and dogged when he prayed for people. He wanted them healed. His 35,000 miracles in 1947 attest to the success of his methods.
But all of the agonies of the suffering people weighed heavily on his heart so that he prayed for people until 2 AM in the morning. Night after night. He did not know when to stop. After all, he was the man of signs and wonders and there was no one else quite like him.
In 1948, Branham suffered a nervous breakdown. He was mentally and physically fatigued. His weight dropped considerably and rumors circulated that he was dying.
William Branham did not hold another major healing crusade until 1950.
Now these happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. (1 Corinthians 10: 11-12)
I believe William Branham was a forerunner for the upcoming apostolic move of God, much like Elijah was a forerunner for John the Baptist. And I believe we can learn some valuable lessons from his ministry which will help us in the new move of God.
(Continued in Part 6)