Bizarre Branham Bites and The Occultic Roots of the NAR

William Marrion Branham

William Branham was raised in an occult environment, both parents believed in fortunetelling. –Kurt Koch

Young William Branham & Early Occult Influences

William Marrion Branham
“If my angel does not give the sign, I cannot heal.”

“Branham’s life was influenced by numerous visions and angelic visitations. His healing powers were occultic. The voices that tormented him, the vibrations and swellings in his hand, the lights, the fiery balls that supposedly danced about the room during some of his healing crusades, the complete exhaustion he experienced after his meetings–all of this is evidence of occultic powers. And this is what men of God tried to warn him of. In fact, when Branham met fortunetellers, they even told him that he was influenced by their kind of supernatural powers:”

William Branham’s mother was 15 years of age, and his father was 18 years of age. When William Branham was born something rather unusual happened on that day – a few rays of light shone into the room and a huge halo, one foot in diameter appeared above William’s mother and baby. Because of this his mother took him to a Baptist church in the local community. That was the first and the last time he went to church in years. –Carl Dyck, William Branham: The Man and His Message (Saskatoon: Western Tract Mission, 1984), page 3.

It should be noted (and keep this in your mind at all times) that Branham’s parents both believed in fortunetelling (so they were not Christian) and this of course means that William Branham was raised in an occult environment. –Kurt Koch, Between Christ and Satan(Grand Rapids: Kregal Publications, 1962), page 150

Branham’s life was influenced by numerous visions and angelic visitations. He recalled that he heard a voice at the age of seven, “Well, I started up the lane again. And I turned to look at this again. And when it did, a human Voice just as audible as mine is, said, `Don’t you never drink, smoke, or defile your body in any way. There’ll be a work for you to do when you get older.’ Why, it liked to scared me to death!” –Brother Branham, taped sermon transcript, p. 24

This would not be the last time Branham heard this voice, later this voice would identify itself as an angel and later he ends up receiving extra-biblical revelation concerning future events.

William Branham (1907-1965) was a Pentecostal minister from Jeffersonville, Indiana credited by some as initiating the Post WWII Healing Revival. The first of ten children of Charles and Ella Branham, Branham claimed to have been born in Cumberland County, KY and reared in the booming Southern Indiana casino town directly across the river from Louisville, KY. He was also a “doomsday prophet”, predicting several years that he claimed to be the End of Days.

When American Prohibition disrupted the thriving liquor industry of the local area, Branham’s family became poor and destitute. Branham’s father, employed as a driver for Otto Wathen of the R. E. Wathen Distilleries, was arrested for violation of the liquor laws, worsening their hardship. At the time, William was in critical condition in the Clark Memorial hospital after being shot. The Ku Klux Klan came to the rescue, paying his hospital bill and making an impact on his life that he would never forget.

*Branham’s Spurious Conversion*

Shortly after the Klan was exposed for taking control of the Indiana government, Roy E. Davis came to Jeffersonville claiming to be a Christian evangelist and becoming a choir leader for Ralph Rader. Davis was at one time an official spokesperson for William Joseph Simmons’ 1915 revival of the Klan, as well as a high-ranking member. He was also affiliated with other white supremacy groups Simmons created such as the “Knights of the Flaming Sword.” 

Shortly after being appointed as an elder of the Rader Gospel Tabernacle, past crimes of swindling, fraud, and multiple violations of underaged sex caught up with himDavis was terminated from Rader’s church, and started a Pentecostal church taking several members from Rader’s congregation. 

*Important Little Known Fact*

*It was at this Pentecostal church that Davis claims to have converted William Branham into his first Pentecostal Assembly. According to William Branham, Davis was his mentor, the one who baptized him, imparted the “Holy Ghost,” and appointed him as a minister. Shortly after, Davis was extradited by the Governor of the State of Indiana to the casino town of Hot Springs, Arkansas on charges of grand theft and connection to murder. William Branham seized the opportunity, taking control of Davis’ rowdy church and forming the Billie Branham Pentecostal Tabernacle in 1936.

*See much more on Roy E. Davis and Branham here –

Bizzare Branham Bites

The man, the body was not Deity, but Deity was in the body.”


Branham said, “Now, you cannot be omnipresent without being omniscient. God’s not even omnipresent; God’s omniscient. Omniscient which means – makes Him omnipresent (He knows all things). But in order to be a being He has to be in one being.” –The Masterpiece, 1964 (tape #64-0705)

“He’s [God]–He’s infinite, and He’s–He’s omnipresent, omniscient, therefore He knows all things. He can’t be present everywhere. By being omniscient, knowing all things, then He can be present everywhere.” –The Harvest Time, 1964 (tape #64-1212)

So because Branham believes that God is a ‘being’ and not ‘spirit’ he can’t be in more than one place at a time. He does however believe that God knows ‘all things’ hence He is omniscient, so it seems like God is everywhere, but He is not.
The bible says: Jeremiah 23:23-24 “
“Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.”


45 “See, He came in three names. He came as Son of man, which was prophet. .. He never said He was the Son of God; He said He was the Son of man. Now, today; He is the Son of God, which He returned back, and now He is in the form of the Holy Ghost, the unseen Person. but yet, God, the Son of God. In the Millennium: He sits upon His Father’s Throne, which He’ll be Son of David He revealed Himself first as Son of man, a prophet this age, through the church age, Son of man … or Son of God; and in the other age, Son of David. Three sons! ( THIS DAY THIS SCRIPTURE IS FULFILLED), p7

Branham said; “The man, the body was not Deity, but Deity was in the body.” –God’s Gifts Always Find Their Places, December 22, 1963 (tape #63-1222)

Jesus was not God, but He was God. He was a Man, yet He was God. He could cry, and yet He could raise the dead. He could cry for a man being dead and raise him back up again. He was Jehovah-jireh, Jehovah-rapha, Jehovah Manasses; He was Jehovah, all completely. He was Jehovah, and yet He was a Man.” –Questions and Answers #3, August 30, 1964 (tape #64-0830M)

“He was–He was Jesus when He was born. But when the Holy Ghost came upon Him after His baptism, He was anointed with God. God was in Him, ’cause He come to fulfill the Word.” –The Messiah, January 17, 1961 (tape #61-0117)

“And this little Boy, twelve-year-old Child, no wisdom at all, why, but just a twelve-year-old Boy… The Father didn’t dwell in Him at that time, because He come on the day when He baptized Him; he saw the Spirit of God coming down (See?), and went in Him.” –Paradox, February 6, 1964 (tape #64-0206B

“The Spirit left Jesus in Gethsemane and He became just a man– When God looked down upon the body… (The Spirit left Him in the Garden of Gethsemane; He had to die a man.)” –It Is the Rising of the Sun, April 18, 1965 (tape #65-0418M”

He claimed that the Zodiac and the Pyramids were equally as important as the Bible, he believed that God spoke to us in three ways: the scripture, the Zodiac, and the Egyptian pyramids. He claimed all these were revelations of God.

“The first Bible was in the sky, called the zodiac. … in the zodiac is the virgin. The last thing in the zodiac is Leo the Lion: the first coming of Christ through the virgin; the second coming, Leo the Lion, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah” (The Spoken Word; p.10-12 ; William Marrion Branham; Blasphemous Names, November 4, 1962, Branham Tabernacle, Jefferson, Indiana Vol. 3 No. 21)
The idea that the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt was constructed by Enoch as a memorial to God ( William Branham, All Things Are Possible, p. 162).


“Were identified with him in Acts 2. We’re identified with them, with the same baptism, same thing. All he was then, and all he is, all he was, and all he is, we are. That’s exactly.”

“Same thing by being a true Christian. You have to be identified with it. I preached with Moses and war-with Noah and warned the people of the oncoming judgment, to be a real Christian. I was with Moses at the burning bush; I saw the Pillar of Fire; I saw His glory. I was with Moses up there in the wilderness. To be a Christian, I have to be identified with everything God was, to be a Christian. I seen His glory; I heard His voice. Don’t try to explain it away from me now, cause I was there. I know what I’m talking about. I seen what happened. Yes, sir!

“I was at the Red Sea when I seen the Spirit of God move down and part the water from one side, … through about a ninety foot sea. I seen the Spirit of God. I walked with Moses through that dry ground, across that Red Sea. I stood by Mount Sinai and seen the thunder and lightning falling. I eat manna with them out there. I drank from that Rock; I’m still doing it tonight. I was identified with the manna-eaters. I was identified with them that drunk from the rock.”

“I was with John the Baptist and before them critics. I seen the Spirit of God descending; I heard the voice of God say, “This is My beloved Son in Whom I’m pleased to dwell in.” Yes, sir! I sure was Identified with him. That’s exactly right.”

“I was with the 120 in the Upper Room. I was identified up there with them. Oh, 1-1 feel religious. Amen! I was identified there. I’m one of them. I was identified; I got the same experience they had. I was there when it happened, to be a true Christian.” (THE MIGHTY GOD UNVEILED BEFORE US p.27)


“It is all over. (speaking for Jesus) I am going to speak all right. Yes, I am ‘here in the midst of the Church. The Amen of God, faithful and true will reveal Himself and it will BE BY MY PROPHET.” Oh yes, that is so. Rev. 10:7 “And in the days of the voice of the seventh messenger, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished as He hath declared to His servants the prophets.” …. He is sending a vindicated prophet. He is sending a prophet after almost two thousand years. He is sending someone who is so far from organization, education, and the world of religion that as John the Baptist and Elijah of old, He will hear only from God and he will have “thus saith the Lord” and speak for God. He will be God’s mouthpiece and HE, AS IT IS DECLARED IN MAL. 4:6, WILL TURN THE HEARTS OF THE CHILDREN BACK TO THE FATHERS.” ( W. Branham, THE MESSAGE TO THE LAODICEAN AGE p.28).


“What is God? God is a great Eternal. At the beginning, way back before there was a beginning, he wasn’t even God. Did you know that? A God is an object of worship, and there wasn’t nothing to worship him; He lived alone. And in him was attributes. What is an attribute? A thought.” (The Spoken WordVol. 3, p. 79).

Branham denied Jesus was God as the Word, he taught the Word was created.

John 1:1 states that the Word was “with God” and “the Word was God.” Not so says Branham, “In Jn.1 in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and was God. and the word was made flesh , and dwelt among us. Now, in the beginning was the word. A word is thought expressed. In the beginning He wasn’t even God.” (THE MIGHTY GOD UNVEILED BEFORE US, p.11). 


William Branham believed in the manifest sons of God doctrine, this became a main heresy of the Latter Rain movement, he claimed he too was a” god manifested in the flesh.” (not the God) He said: “When I told this to a man the other day, when this piece had come out about this man being healed, this same minister said, “They make a god out of you, Brother Branham.”

Well, he was a critic,… I said, “Is that too far from the Scripture to be that?” See? I said, “No, it isn’t.” I said, “Because Jesus called prophets gods.” See? That’s right. God … And they say, “Well, you people try to take the place of God.” 

“That’s not too far out; that’s exactly what it is. That’s exactly! God manifested in flesh, just as He promised.” (THE MIGHTY GOD UNVEILED BEFORE US, p.20)

“In them days it was God in a man, His Son, Jesus Christ. We believe that. Not just a prophet, not just an ordinary man, ordinary human, It was God In Christ, God, in a man, the fullness of the Godhead bodily In a man. God, in a man; now, it’s God in men. See? The fullness of God in the Godhead bodily in His entire Church, manifesting Himself, fullfilling His Word.” (THE MIGHTY GOD UNVEILED BEFORE US, p.20 ). 

Here is the Latter Rain teachings in Branham’s theology. We have a manifest Sons of God teaching in the Latter Rain, that is clearly unbiblical. The Church is not God nor the fullness of God, nor is any one person have God in them as Jesus did. This denies the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son because it makes the Church on equality with him as many sons with the same nature


“And at that time Michael shall stand, the great prince.’ Michael was Christ of course, who fought the angelic world in Heaven with the devil. Satan and Michael fought together, or fought against each other, rather. And now.. ‘And at that time.’ He said, ‘as many was found written in the book was delivered, and those who had done righteous…’. Watch at this.’” (Beginning and Ending of the Gentile Dispensation, Jefferson, In. – Sunday – 55- 0109E)

One of his weirdest teachings is the “Serpent Seed” doctrine where he twists Genesis 3, and instead of convincing Eve to take a bite of the apple, the Serpent goes a mite bit further with Eve:
This beast was so close to a human being (and yet was pure animal) that he could reason and talk. He was an upright creature and was somewhat in between a chimpanzee and a man, but closer to a man. He was so close to being human that his seed could, and did mingle with that of the woman and cause her to conceive. When this happened, God cursed the serpent. (Source)

This is Gnostic nonsense, the Gnostic 3rd century Gospel of Philip states: “First, adultery came into being, afterward murder. And he was begotten in adultery, for he was the child of the Serpent. So he became a murderer, just like his father, and he killed his brother. Indeed, every act of sexual intercourse which has occurred between those unlike one another is adultery.
But this strange teaching goes back even further. The Zohar, the foundational work in the literature of Jewish mystical thought known as Kabbalah brings up this serpent seed teaching. The Zohar (Soncino translation) in Bereishis 36b says;
“When they begat children, the first born was the son of the (serpent’s) slime. For two beings had intercourse with Eve and she conceived from both and bore two children. Each followed one of the male parents and their spirits parted one to this side and one to the other and similarly their characters.”

If My Angel Does Not Give The Sign, I Cannot Heal
Years ago (William Branham) told his interpreter, Pastor Ruff, “If my angel does not give the sign, I cannot heal.” Ruff noticed several features of spiritism in the work of Branham, and therefore stopped working with him. These “angels” of whom (Harry) Edwards and Branham spoke are evil spirits masquerading as angels of light. As in many areas of the occult, we are here reminded again that the devil appears as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14)

*”THERE ARE DISTURBING POWERS HERE. I CAN DO NOTHING. * Another evidence is the fact that neither Edwards nor Branham were able to perform cures when faced with born-again Christians who had committed themselves to the protection of Christ. In the case of Branham, I have experienced this myself. When he spoke in Karlsruhe and Lausanne, there were several believers among the audience — including myself — who prayed along these lines: “Lord, if this man’s powers are from You, then bless and use him, but if the healing gifts are not from You, then hinder him.” The result? On both occasions Branham said from the platform, *“There are disturbing powers here. I can do nothing.*
Kurt Koch, Occult ABC 1978, p. 235


Another evidence of the demonic nature of Branham’s visitations is the legalistic bondage that accompanied them. The devil is a slave master. The Lord Jesus Christ sets the captives free. Branham never did experience the liberty of conscience and action that Christ gives. He lived in fear and acted under a compulsive-type behavior associated with demonic oppression.

We have quoted Branham’s own statement about being a prisoner to the visitations. Consider Branham’s painful, servile relationship with the angel:

“One evening, just before a meeting, Branham told his interpreter, ‘Don’t stand to the right of me because my angel stands there.’ Branham described the angel as a well-built man, dark hair with folded arms. The angel supposedly stood next to Branham, and what the angel said, he had to obey.

“Branham said that the angel was with him day and night and without him he had no authority in his preaching. In fact, he could not even decide things in his own private life. In his healing, Branham was always told by the angel who to heal and who not to. 


Once an interpreter asked Branham, ‘Do you think your power to heal people comes from the Holy Spirit?’ ‘No,’ Branham replied, ‘my angel does it.’ Kurt Koch confirms ‘the fact that Branham’s angel was a spiritistic rather than a divine angel.’ He relates a story about a woman whose brother-in-law, in spite of being a minister, was involved in occultism, spiritistic meetings and magic. When Branham first was introduced to him, Branham spontaneously said, ‘You look exactly like the angel which appears to me every day.The weird, spiritistic minister frightened Christians who knew him” (Carl Dyck, William Branham: The Man and His Message, Saskatoon: Western Tract Mission, 1984, p. 16).:


We believe Branham was influenced by demonic spirits. The bondage in which he lived was an occultic bondage. His powers were those of a soothsayer.

When he was very young approximately 3 years old, he thought he heard a bird speak in a tree, “And I turned and listened, and the bird flew away, and a voice said,” You’re going to spend a big part of your life near a city called New Albany “(which is 3 miles from where he was raised. (How the Angel came to me, and his commission, p.59).

In his own words he said: “The first thing I can remember in life is a vision. I was eighteen months old...”(7 Consecutive Visions (Concerning Endtime Events From 1933 to The End). This is amazing that he can remember something at a year and half old when most children cannot even remember from 3-5 years old. Why would God give a child who is not a believer such an important a panoramic view of the end of time when he can barely understand or speak?

“Another time years later ‘I was crying, and all at once I heard something making a noise like a whirlwind, something like this going “Whoooosssh, whooooossssh,” just a noise like that. Well, it was awful quiet, and I looked around. And you know what, a little whirlwind, I believe you call them a little cyclone. And I was under a great white popular tree, …. And I heard that noise. … And I got just few feet from that, out from under the branches of this big tree, and, oh, my, it made a whirl sounding. And I turned to look and about halfway up that tree was another whirlwind, caught in that tree just a-going around and around, moving those leaves. … So I watched, but it didn’t leave off. Usually it’s just a puff for a moment, then it goes, but it had already been in there two minutes or more.

Well, I started up the lane again. And I turned to look at this again. And when It did, a human Voice just as audible as mine is, said, “Don’t you never drink, smoke, or defile your body in any way. There’ll be a work for you to do when you get older.” Why, it liked to scared me to death! …. I dropped those buckets, and home I went just as hard as I could go, screaming at the top of my voice.

Well, I told that to Mama, and-and she just laughed at me. And I was just hysterical. She called the doctor, and the doctor said, “Well, he’s just nervous, that’s all.” So she put me to bed. And I never, from that day to this, ever passed by that tree again. I was scared. I’d go down the other side of the garden, because I thought there was a man up in that tree and He was talking to me, great deep Voice that spoke. (William Branham, My Life Story (Edmonton: End Time Message Tabernacle) pgs. 14-15

When he was about seven years old, the wind was blowing through the trees and a voice come out from the trees saying, “Never drink, smoke or defile your body in any way, for I have a great work for you to do when you are older.” (My life Story, p.24)

Asceticism is to renounce things of the flesh, any vices. They can adopted ultra strict diets, embrace harsh regimes of living, and deny themselves every earthly comfort. This voice is asking him to do just that. Many cults stress holiness and morality. The only means we have to test the spirits is rightly dividing the Word of Truth.

What I find interesting is that this angel never told him the gospel, and he says “I have a great work” not God, nor does he mention Jesus Christ .The voice is not pointing to Christ but asking him to do something that can be done in any religion.

His healing powers were occultic. The voices that tormented him, the vibrations and swellings in his hand, the lights, the fiery balls that supposedly danced about the room during some of his healing crusades, the complete exhaustion he experienced after his meetings–all of this is evidence of occultic powers. And this is what men of God tried to warn him of. In fact, when Branham met fortunetellers, they even told him that he was influenced by their kind of supernatural powers:

“What made me more scared than ever, every time I met a fortuneteller, they would recognize something had happened. And that would just … it just nearly killed me.
“For instance, one day my cousins and I was going down through a carnival ground, and we was just boys, walking along. So there was a little old fortuneteller sitting out there in one of those tents. … She said, ‘Say, you, come here a minute!’ And the three of us boys turned around. And she said, ‘You with the striped sweater’ (that was me). …
“And I walked up, I said, ‘Yes, ma’am, what could I do for you?’

“And she said, ‘Say, did you know there’s a Light that follows you? You were born under a certain sign.’
“I said, ‘What do you mean?’
“She said, ‘Well, you were born under a certain sign. There’s a Light that follows you. You were born for a Divine call’”
(William Branham: The Man and His Message, pp. 22-23).

Branham tells of other instances in which soothsayers told him similar things. He said, “And every time I get around one of them, that’s the way it would be.” Then the preachers, saying, “That’s the Devil! That’s the Devil!” (Ibid. p. 25).
This is a sad story. It is too bad that Branham did not listen to the wise voices which were warning him that the visitations were demonic. It is too bad that Branham did not listen to his own fears and his own conscience which caused him to want to escape the visitations. It is too bad that Branham did not listen to the Bible. As it turns out, he did not listen to wisdom. Instead he allowed the demonic powers to control his life, and he, in turn, led multitudes of other people into all sorts of error and confusion.

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Matt. 24: 27 For as the lightning. cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. East=India.
THE SON OF MAN, GOD IN FLESH, FROM INDIA“Luke 17:22, Hebrews 10:5.
In accordance with this, God came down and tabernacled in the body of Bro. Lawrie. William Branham

“Prophet Branham of USA foretold of His coming from Nazareth, a place in the East, a prophecy also fulfilled before our eyes.”

Bro. Lawrie says, ‘I don’t glory because I am the Son of Man. When God opened my eyes and explained the Word, it w as like God telling me that it is written in the Bible about me. He explained to me the portions in the Bible which mention of me. ELOHIM. Watch that Capital “EL” (L). (The name of Son of Man should start from the letter ‘L’). LAWRIE…God gave Brother Branham a ministry – a child ministry. He gave a great man, a child ministry.”

Discerning the World had this to say:  “Mike Oppenheimer from Let us Reason Ministries has released an extraordinarily well researched book exposing the incredible practices and false teachings of William Branham. Branham is the father of the satanically inspired Latter Rain Movement that has completely engulfed the church with it’s ‘unholy spirit of fire’.  I urge all to get this book and read it, you will not be disappointed if you are seeking the Truth – your eyes will surely be opened.”

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