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50 Years Ago Today: President Kennedy Assassinated

The words and pictures across the headlines in the news today are very similar to what they were on the same day five decades ago. Fifty years have gone by since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, yet mystery and a plethora of conspiracy theories still surround this tragic moment in American History.

A few days after the assassination Brother Branham preached ‘What Shall I Do With Jesus Called Christ‘ during the Sunday morning service at the Branham Tabernacle. Even though Brother Branham disagreed with President Kennedy on politics and religion he made the following statements in regards to his passing.

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Now I’m sure, this morning, that we’re all aware of the great sadness that’s happened to this nation, of the loss of our President, Mr. Kennedy. Though I disagreed with the man in his politics and in his religion, but yet he doesn’t deserve to die like that. No. And leave those little children behind, and no daddy. And a mother that’s… Mrs. Kennedy, though I certainly wouldn’t agree with her, and her ways and things, maybe, but, remember, she’s a mother. She just lost her babies, and she lost her husband. And he fell right in her lap, and her own husband’s blood poured out over her lap. That’s awful.
Did you ever think… Sometimes we think she sets a pace for the nation, in styles and things. That may be so, too. But did you know, Mrs. Kennedy never did hear one of these Messages I preach about that? If she might hear one of them Message, she might do different. And some of our sisters that hear it, and still won’t cope with it. See? See? See? She was raised a Catholic; that’s all she knows. Nothing against that, see. She… That’s a system. Nothing against the people, the Catholic people. That’s a system, the Catholic system, just like Presbyterian, Methodist, or any of the rest of them, see, or Pentecostal, any of it. It’s the system, not the people.
Mr. Kennedy, I think, done a–a good job of being President. My heart goes out for his wife. And I feel real sad about it, that even our own nation would, the hoodlums and so forth in our nation, would do a thing like that.
 If you can’t disagree with a person, right, and take your own stand; and is no reason to kill another man, just because of things like that. And them little children know, said, one little fellow said, “Now I don’t have nobody to play with me no more. Daddy is gone.” See?
So I’ve always thought that would be my state, someday. It’s almost happened several times, as you know, of being shot in foreign nations; when they’ve had to hold their bodies over me, keep me from being shot, at a distance.”

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But I think, for the sake of this mother, a human being, a mother of children, Mrs. Kennedy, couldn’t we just stand a moment for a prayer for her?
Lord Jesus, we human beings, we have a feeling for one another. And we are sorry, Lord, that our President was shot down the way he was, in cold-blooded murder. And we’re so sorry that our nation has come to this spot, that such people like that are–are in our nation, that would kill a human being in cold-blooded murder; like they shot that colored brother not long ago, and just shot him right down in cold-blood, of race prejudice. And we’re so sorry that such people exist among us, Lord. We, our weakness, has brought this about.
And we pray for Mrs. Kennedy, that wife of this, the President. And know them little babies looking upon their–their father, that left them a few days before that, happy man, and scuffled and played with them on the floor. Now they have no father. And for that woman that… his wife, that her own husband fell right in her lap, and his blood run out upon her dress; just burying her baby.”

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And you’re going to awake sometime. Here, or on the tape, wherever you’re at, you’re going to wake sometime, sinner, and realize that there is a Blood on your hand, and the Blood of the Son of God, and you’re guilty of murdering Him. Your sin murdered Him. Your unbelief in His Word, your failing to see His identification, grieved away the Holy Spirit. And what can you do but stand at the Judgment of God, knowing what’s going to happen to you! Yes, the blood of John Kennedy on the hands of Oswald will be a minor thing, than the Blood of Jesus Christ on your hands when you stand before God.”

 

* Text in quotes spoken by Rev. William Marrion Branham on 63-1124M

** Photo credit for the picture of John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting President Kennedy’s casket: (Bettmann/CORBIS)

Up2Date: Government Shutdown

“Well, listen brother, don’t you fear about Russia coming over here and whipping us. We’re whipping ourselves. That’s right. Our own morals are degrading us. It isn’t the robin that pecks on the apple that hurts the apple; it’s the worm at the core that kills the apple. That’s—that’s where it’s at now. Termites, they’re eating our nation’s foundation out.” ~ Rev. William Marrion Branham (51-0722A)

Up2Date: Trying To Destroy His Influence

They hated Him because they were jealous of Him. That’s the only reason. They were jealous. They were trying to destroy His influence before the people, the same as they’re doing now. They, if they can just in-… destroy the influence of the Message before the people, then they’ve got the thing whipped.”
~ Rev. William Marrion Branham (62-0601)

Brother Branham made this statement in 1962, but these words are sadly true again today.

He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
~ Psalm 105:14-15

The Prophecy Of The Popes by Saint Malachy

With the recent announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will resign as pope on February 28th I have seen a lot of ‘buzz’ circulating via social media, text, news, etc of ‘The Prophecy Of The Popes’ by Saint Malachy.

The first publication of these prophecies appeared in 1595. This publication was written by Benedictine Arnold de Wyon, but he attributed them to Saint Malachy (a 12th century archbishop).

Many of these prophecies were vague to say the least, but the current focus is on the fact that the next pope is predicted by Malachy’s prophecy to be the last pope who will see the destruction of Rome:

The following is the English translation of this specific prophecy which was originally written in Latin.

In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the terrible judge will judge his people. The End.”
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophecy_of_the_Popes

I’m reminded of another prophecy by a vindicated prophet of God. Brother Branham is quoted frequently as referring to a “pope out of America“. This would fit well with the recent predictions by the news media that the next pope will come out of Africa or Latin America, but that is not what he said.

I believe, one of these glorious days, when this united confederation of church goes together, and the new pope is brought out of the United States and put over there according to prophecy, then they’ll form an image like unto the beast. And I tell you, the true Church of God will be drove together.”
~ Rev. William Marrion Branham
54-1219E – “Acts Of The Holy Spirit”

I felt led to write this article to caution against putting too much confidence, or focus on these prophecies of St. Malachy. If the next pope does not come out of the United States you will find yourself out on a limb, and have to decide whether you can admit that you (and St. Malachy) were mistaken, or if you will cling to your own understanding of St. Malachy’s prophecies, and declare that Brother Branham was incorrect instead.

This is the problem we have seen so frequently; people get out on a limb with their assumptions of how a vision or prophecy will be fulfilled, and then have too much pride to admit that it was their own understanding which was incorrect. This leaves them with no option but to submit that Brother Branham or the Bible must have been wrong instead.

I pray that I never have so much pride that I cannot admit when my own understanding is wrong.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
~ Proverbs 3:5-6

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.”
~ Ephesians 4:14-15

Pope To Resign On 50th Anniversary Of Cloud Picture

Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will be resigning on February 28th. This is the first time a pope has resigned in 600 years. That date will also mark the 50th anniversary of “The Attraction On The Mountain”.

According to the May 17th, 1963 issue of Life Magazine: February 28th, 1963 was the date that the cloud picture was photographed.

Signs of the times are everywhere…

Excerpts from the May 17th, 1963 issue of Life Magazine:

“…a great cloud appeared at sunset over Flagstaff, Ariz. last Feb. 28 and set off a continuing scientific mystery.”

“…‘the cloud was at least 26 miles high and 30 miles across – a lot higher and bigger… than a cloud should be’. The circle was to high to be made by a jet plane, and so far as Dr. McDonald can determine, there were no rockets, rocket planes or bombs being tested nearby that day.”

No water droplets exist at that height to make a cloud.”

That’s what the attraction is. The predestinated Seed of God who can’t do nothing else but follow It, means more than life to us. Take our lives, but you don’t take That. What is the attraction? God, as usual, fulfilling His Word.”
~ Rev. William Marrion Branham
(65-0725E “What Is The Attracion On The Mountain?”)

I Have A Dream

“Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
(Excerpt from the “I Have A Dream” speech)

He may not have realized the Spiritual application, but I believe we can say, ‘Amen’.

“But since the opening of those Seven Seals, of them Angels just behind the mountain yonder, This has become a new Book. It’s the things that’s been hid, is beings revealed as God promised in Revelation 10, He would do it. And we are the privileged people that God has chosen, of the earth, that we might see and understand these things.”
~ Rev. William Marrion Branham
65-0911 – “God’s Power To Transform”

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Up2Date VI (Veteran’s Day)

In 1918 (93 years ago today) World War I mysteriously ended (as a fulfillment of Revelation 7:1-3), and what we now call ‘Veterans Day‘ began as the ‘Armistice Day‘ celebration.


”All the world was going to war; and all of a sudden, it stopped. And I’ve read the decline of the World War One. No man knows today why it stopped; no man give any orders for it to stop. But it was stopped on November the eleventh (That right?), the eleventh month in the year, the eleventh hour in the day, the eleventh minute after eleven. What was it? That the eleventh hour people could come in.” ~WMB (55-0312



They was writing on the decline of the First World War. Nobody knows today whoever made a issue of peace. Kaiser Wilhelm said he didn’t do it. No general said he didn’t do it. But notice, how strange it was. It was on November the 11th at eleven o’clock in the day. The eleventh day of the month, the eleventh month in the year, the eleventh hour of the day, and eleven minutes till eleven. What was it? Hold, stop mysteriously… What did it? God’s issue went forth to hold it. “Hold the four winds.” “Winds” means “war and strife”; we know. Until we have got Israel back in Palestine again, “Hold the four winds,” and it stopped right there on the eleventh hour because…
Remember Jesus speaking of the eleventh hour, people? And the one that come in on the eleventh hour, what did He say? Oh, don’t be dumb; be spiritual. Look, how did He say? The eleventh hour people got the same wage the one did that come in the first hour. Then the baptism of the Holy Ghost has to go right back and seal the Jew, like the first one was sealed, that eleventh hour people. “Hold the four winds; don’t let the world be destroyed until we seal the servants of our God in their forehead.” ~WMB (61-0217)

REVELATION 7

     1     ¶  And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
     2    And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
     3    Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
     4    And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Up2Date V (Commercialization)

WILL THE CHURCH GO BEFORE THE TRIBULATION? (58-0309E)

  Oh, there never was a day that’s so much commercial as today. Just used car lots and everything, so much till you can buy a refrigerator this year and pay about four or five hundred dollars for it, and next year nobody wants it. It’s out of style. Don’t you see where the commercial world has your nose to the grind wheel.
  You can buy a car this year, and next year it’s probably as good as the one you could buy then, but it’ll depreciate a thousand dollars, because they change the radiator cap, or they done some little silly something to it. It’s only a sales talk to fulfill the Bible. “As it was the days of Noah… and in the days of Lot…”

INVESTMENTS (63-1116B)

   This “get rich over night.” I had a friend once that had his life savings in a bank, drawing a small interest, and someone come by with a shortcut. You know, we hear today of so many, shortcuts the thing. The world is full of it; advertisements, and television, radio, newspapers. And if the American people fall for such as that!
  Here long ago, I was listening at an advertisement of a–a–a woman, or talking on the–on the radio. I was in my car, going somewhere, and they said, “Use these fine dishwashing powders,” of some sort, “you don’t even have to wash the dishes. You just put them in there, and pour a little bit in and shake it up-and-down; and it’s no washing, no rinsing, no drying, no nothing.” And it was one of the greatest things that science had ever given us.
  And right back over, about the next commercial, was, “Don’t use these new detergents. Look at mother’s hands, how pretty they are. They burn your hands up. Be… have pretty hands like mother, and don’t use the new detergent.”
  And I happened to live in Jeffersonville, at that time, where Colgate Palmolive Peet big factory is, and the same company made both products. See? See? It’s a–it’s a gimmick. And there is so much of it in the world today!
  And I say this with reverence and respects, and I hope it doesn’t sound sacrilegious, but that same thing has got into the church move. God has no shortcuts. You just pay the price. You come and take the way that God provided for us.

Up2Date IV (Instinct)

(63-0607)  BE NOT AFRAID (TUCSON, AZ)

“When Billy and I flew into India, just recently, they had a piece of paper. It’s a bilingual country. And said, “The earthquakes must be over. The birds are returning back.”
Now, India, they don’t have these fine woven fences like we have. They pick up rocks and make their fences, and build their houses, and most of them. And for a day or two, all the little birds that lived in these rocks flew away, and went out. They wouldn’t come back to the rocks, back to their nest. And then what happened? All the cattle that used to come in the–in the evening, when the sun would be hot, and they’d stand in the shadow of these walls, to keep cool; the sheep; they wouldn’t do it. They got right out in the middle of the field and stood against one another.
They thought, “That’s strange. What’s happened to them?”
And then, all at once, an earthquake swept the country. All the walls fell down. And then it was down for two or three days, the earthquakes. Then, all at once, what was left standing up, the little birds begin to come in again, come back. They said, “The earthquakes must be over.”
Don’t you see, friends? The same God in the days of Noah, who could take the birds and the animals, and put them in the ark of safety, away from destruction, that same God still can warn the bird. And the bird only has instinct to go by. If the bird, by instinct, God warning him to get away from the big, falling walls, surely, that by the baptism of the Holy Ghost, that we can get away from these big old walls that’s being traditions that’s built around us, and get out there, if we have to stand, one against the other, and keep in the shadow of the Bible.”

The following are excerpts from an article we found on the Discovery News web-site:

The Smithsonian National Zoo put out a comprehensive list of how animals at the zoo reacted to Tuesday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia. Here’s a look at how they responded…”

Great Apes
* The earthquake hit the Great Ape House and Think Tank Exhibit during afternoon feeding time.
* About five to ten seconds before the quake, many of the apes, including Kyle (an orangutan) and Kojo (a Western lowland gorilla), abandoned their food and climbed to the top of the tree-like structure in the exhibit.
*  About three seconds before the quake, Mandara (a gorilla) let out a shriek and collected her baby, Kibibi, and moved to the top of the tree structure as well.
* Iris (an orangutan) began “belch vocalizing”—an unhappy/upset noise normally reserved for extreme irritation—before the quake and continued this vocalization following the quake.

Small Mammals
* The red ruffed lemurs sounded an alarm call about 15 minutes before the quake and then again just after it occurred.

Bird House
* The Zoo has a flock of 64 flamingos. Just before the quake, the birds rushed about and grouped themselves together. They remained huddled during the quake.

Up2Date III (Nature)

WATCHMAN, WHAT OF THE NIGHT? 
LAKEPORT, CA
60-0722

  He said there would be… The sea would be roaring. Look at it today: tidal waves, never heard of them before in history. Here they are breaking on the shores and killing people. Earthquakes in divers places... I just don’t have the right statistics, but I forget how much that the earthquake has come to a place where every so many hours, there’s so many earthquakes all over the world. Just coming all the time, for the little shell that we live on is becoming thinner and thinner all the time.
  And men go right on living, saying, “There is no such a thing as hell,” look up in the face of God, and deny there is such a thing as hell, and setting on a pot of it. Falling volcanics… And the earth all out of cater… Science says the earth, out in the sea, it’s becoming more shallow; at the North Pole, it’s becoming deeper, because the earth is a spreading out. Oh, it’s just about ready to be delivered. And people see these things…  And He said there would be an unrest in the last days, no peace, unsettled. Look at today, at every nation scared to death. The radio and television screens are set everywhere, I… of the… I mean, radar screens setting everywhere, watching somewhere for a missile to be let loose. And the first missile lets loose, it’s going to be explosion all over everywhere, because every nation is ready. The little nations can’t be ignored any more, because they got the same thing the big nations got. And it’s ungodly men, and it’s ungodly nations.