…But the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God]. (Daniel 11:32 AMP Version)
For nearly nine years, William Branham was the shining light of the Healing Revival. He walked in the prophet’s calling like no other person had been able to do since the early church. Signs, wonders, miracles and spiritual gifts flowed through him.
Then, as the Healing Revival’s fires died down, he started a teaching ministry. Why? What would cause him to leave his prophet’s calling and attempt to take up a new calling?
Gordan Lindsay asked Branham, “Why don’t you function where God wants you and manifest the gift God’s given you? Stay there! Don’t try to get over into another ministry.” Branham simply answered, “Yeah, but I want to teach,” said Branham. (Understanding the Anointing, Kenneth Hagin, 1983,
In his book, God’s Generals, Roberts Liardon wrote:
It is possible that through his prophetic gift, Branham saw the awakening of the teaching gift that would move on the earth through the Word of Faith Movement, which began in the late 1970’s. He obviously jumped ahead of its timing, perhaps hoping to regain his status as the leader of it….(God’s Generals, Roberts Liardon, Albury Publishing, pp. 335)
Maybe Liardon is correct in his speculation about Branham’s reasoning for attempting to be a teacher when he was not called to be one. But I have my own ideas on Branham’s reasoning…and who knows? Maybe there’s some validity to my speculation.
I believe William Branham and the other healing evangelists were forerunners and pioneers, much like Moses. They led the church through a wilderness of unbelief where signs, wonders and miracles were not really known to us Christians. These healing pioneers led us to the Jordan River, but most of them, like Moses, were not allowed to cross over. (There were a few Joshuas and Calebs, such as Kenneth Hagin and Oral Roberts, who crossed over, but not many.)
So, when the church crossed over the Jordan, what happened next?
For over fifty years, I believe the church has been in a Gilgal-like place, just as Israel was when it crossed over the Jordan River into the Promised Land. Gilgal has been a place of circumcision for the church. It has been a painful and frustrating time for us.
Yes, we’ve seen a few healing miracles over the years, but for the most part, healing miracles have just dribbled out of the River of Life on a here and there basis. And we believers have mostly watched our loved ones die and continue to suffer even though we have prayed for them, anointed them with oil and spoken prophetic words to them.
I believe William Branham saw today and the Move of God which is about to happen soon and it caused him to want to be a teacher.
Why teaching, huh?
(Continued in Part 11)