William Marrion Branham was an influential American Christian minister and faith healer who initiated the post-World War II healing revival. He was born on April 6, 1909 and passed away December 24, 1965 due to a tragic car accident. He was born into the poorest of families, deep in the hills of southern Kentucky. With an alcoholic father and little to no religion at home, he didn’t have much of a chance. Yet, against all odds, William Branham grew up to be a mighty man of God. At about 38 years old, he was praying in a small trapping cabin just north of his home in Jeffersonville, Indiana. It was then, late into the night that the Angel of the Lord visited him and gave him the commission to pray for the sick. His notoriety spread rapidly, and crowds were drawn to his stories of angelic visitations and reports of miracles happening at his meetings. William Branham’s ministry marked the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit since the day of Pentecost, evidenced by the fact that hundreds of thousands attended the Branham campaigns. Thousands were healed in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Other evangelists such as Oral Roberts, T.L. Osborne, and A.A. Allen soon followed Brother Branham and started their own healing revivals. The Lord rained down His blessings like never before and the healing hand of Jesus Christ had once again touched His people. His ministry spawned many emulators and set in motion the broader healing revival that later became the modern Evangelical and Charismatic movement.
Because Rev. Branham operated in the realm of the Spirit and had many angelic visitations, questions would arise and controversy would soon follow. Till this day, skeptics (religious or non-religious) denounce many of the visions and/or messages given by William Branham as un-scriptural, false, over-active imagination, ungodly and such. However, God's hand was upon him, and with sincerity Rev. Branham lived to the best of his ability for the Lord by the leading of the Holy Spirit. According to William Branham, the Lord gave him 7 powerful and prolific visions of the future. These seven major continuous visions came to him one Sunday morning in June of 1933. The Lord Jesus spoke to him and said that the coming of the Lord was drawing nigh, but that before He came, seven major events would transpire. Here are the visions as Rev. Branham recorded them:
He saw in a vision that the dictator of Italy, Benito Mussolini, would invade Ethiopia and according to the voice speaking to him, Ethiopia “would fall at his (Mussolini’s) steps”. However, the voice continued and prophesied a dread end of the dictator, for he would have a horrible death and his own people would literally turn/spit on him.
The next vision indicated America would be drawn into a world war against Germany which would be headed up by the Austrian, Adolph Hitler who rose to power and became a dictator over the German people. The voice predicted that this terrible war would overthrow Hitler and he would come to a mysterious “end”. In this vision he was shown the Siegfried line where a great toll of American lives would be exacted/lost and how the American troops would have a terrible time to overcome it , but Hitler would be defeated.
The third part of the vision was in the realm of the world politics, it showed that though there were three 'ISMS', Fascism, Nazism, Communism in the world: that the first two would come to nothing but that Communism would flourish. The voice admonished him to keep his eyes on “Russia” concerning future involvements, for Fascism and Nazism would end up in Communism; WATCH RUSSIA, WATCH RUSSIA. Keep your eye on the King of the North."
The fourth vision that appeared to him was one in which there was predicted to be tremendous technological advances right after the war. This was symbolized by an egg shaped car with a plastic bubble roof, going down beautiful highways completely under perfect remote control. There was no steering wheel in the car and the occupants of the car appeared to be playing a game like checkers or some game to amuse themselves.
The fifth scene that appeared involved the womanhood of the world. In this scene there appeared the fast moral decay of women. Starting back when she received her so-called liberty to enter into worldly affairs by means of the vote, she soon began to wear clothes that were too revealing. she bobbed her hair and adopted the clothing of men. Finally the vision showed her all but stripped naked and she merely covered herself with a tiny apron about the size and shape of a fig leaf. With her womanhood so little valued a terrible decay of all flesh came upon the earth and with it perversion even as set forth by the Word of God. With this vision he saw the terrible perversion and moral plight of the whole world.
Then there arose in the United States a most beautiful woman clothed in splendor, and great power was given to her. She was lovely of feature but there was a hardness about her that defied description. Beautiful as she was, she was yet cruel, wicked and cunning. She dominated the land with her authority, she had complete power over the people. The vision indicated that either such a woman would literally arise or that this woman of the vision was merely a type of an organization which is scripturally characterized by a female. Though the voice did not speak out and reveal who she was, he felt in his heart that this woman represented the rising Roman Catholic Church, and he inserted in parenthesis beside at the end of this vision which he had written out, (perhaps the Catholic church).
The voice bade him look once more. As he turned and beheld, a great explosion rent the entire land, and left the land of America a smoldering, chaotic ruin. As far as the eye could see there was naught but craters, smoking piles of debris, and no humanity in sight. The vision then faded away.
As in all things, take what you have read or viewed into prayer before the Lord.
*(William Branham: Other Messages, Visions and Dreams by William Branham)*