Nov 10 2006
William Branham is often given credit for being one of the leaders of what became the "Latter Rain Movement." Latter Rain teaching has driven much of what is promoted as "revival" in the church today. What do we know of Branham’s beliefs?
"And what of William M. Branham's teaching? What kind of error and confusion was he sowing into the body of Christ? We've already seen that Branham rejected the doctrine of the trinity. But this was just one of the milder of his bizarre and heretical teachings. Some of the other teachings of William M. Branham include:
"Branham's belief that the word of God was given in three forms: the Zodiac, the Egyptian pyramids, and the written scriptures. The Zodiac theory, as we have seen, was also espoused by Franklin Hall [another influence on Latter Rain theology].
"The 'serpent seed' doctrine, which was based on his interpretation of Genesis 3:13, in which Eve says to God, 'The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.' Branham claimed that the word translated 'beguiled' meant 'seduced sexually'. He claimed that Satan seduced Eve sexually, and Cain was the result! Since that time, according to Branham, evil has been passed from generation to generation through women.
"Branham also claimed that the angels of the seven Churches (Revelation 2 and 3) were actually men who God sent at various times to the Church throughout history, to provide her with revelation from God to lead her into the future. Branham taught that he himself was the angel of the seventh, the Laodicean, Church age. He even had this claim stated on his tombstone."