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Decoding Rick Joyner’s “THE FINAL QUEST”
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Summary of Chapter 8


7) RETURNING TO THE ERRONEOUS MESSAGE OF WILLIAM BRANHAM:

7 i) Introduction: I was led by the Spirit to compare Joyner’s description of a man he saw exalted in heaven with the description in Roberts Liardon provides of William Branham in Chapter 10 of his book “Gods Generals.” The Lord probably led me to this particular book because it condenses several other biographies of Branham into one easy to use condensed chapter. By comparing the two descriptions it should become clear that the person Joyner believes he saw was William Branham. Because Branham was such an unusual and unique figure there should not really be any difficulty in identifying him from Joyner’s descriptions.

7 ii) Joyner sees William Branham exalted in heaven: During one of his visits to “heaven” Joyner believes he saw a minister he recognised from his childhood seated on “one of the thrones,” (p. 144), of highest honour next to Jesus’ throne. Joyner believes that “Jesus” told him that “I just wanted you to see him here... and understand the position he had with Me... He was a messenger to My last days church but the church could not hear him... his message ... must be recovered,” (p. 145). Gods Generals says of Branham that “From a vision he insinuated, (though never formally acknowledged) that he was THE end –time messenger, and THE Laodicean prophet, who could reveal the seventh seal in the book of Revelation,” (p. 340). So both describe this man as a great spiritual messenger.

7 iii) The scale of ministry matches: Branham was an extremely well known, (and controversial), healing evangelist. His meetings in South Africa in 1951, for example, drew “crowds estimated to be fifty thousand...Every bus in the city was put to work, and still people could not be transported to the Branham meetings,” (p. 331 of Gods Generals). This would fit Joyner’s view of this man having been “a great evangelist,” (p. 144).

7 iv) The dates match: Joyner tells us that this man had been an “evangelist when I was a child,” (p. 144). Although I could not find Joyner’s actual date of birth online he must be in his late fifties to early sixties by now, so he would have been born around about the early 1950’s. Joyner would therefore have been old enough as a child to follow the healing ministries in the late 1950’s and early 60’s. As Branham was one of the most publicised and controversial healing ministries around at this time it extremely likely that Joyner had known about him as a child. Gods Generals states that “Branham preached his last message during Thanksgiving week of 1965,” (p.341), so Branham’s ministry would fit in with the timescale Joyner has provided. Indeed Branham would also have died whilst Joyner was still quite young making the dates a very precise match.

7 v) Branham’s magazines and recordings: Joyner states “I had read about him, and listened to some of his recorded messages”, (p. 144). From “Gods Generals,”“Branham became the leader in the Voice of Healing revival that originated in the late forties,” (p.312). The “Voice of Healing Magazine” was produced by Gordon Lindsay, Branham’s manager, mainly to cover Branham’s meetings although also those of other healing ministries as well. If Joyner had been interested in these things as a child, as he states he was, then he will have definitely read about Branham who also distributed his teachings as recorded messages as well.

7 vi) The claims made by some about Branham: Rick Joyner wrote “many felt that he had walked in more power than anyone since the early church,” (p. 144). “Gods Generals” states that “Tremendous manifestations took place", (p. 327). Whether all of the accounts are true or can be attributed to the Holy Spirit is disputed, however, Joyner’s comment above fits very closely with what many said about William Branham. In fact no other healing revivalist at that time had such great claims made about them.

7 vii) Branham’s appearance of humility: R. Joyner wrote, “It was hard not to be touched by his genuine humility,” (p. 145), “Gods Generals” says of Branham, “He didn’t have a charismatic, exuberant personality, but was best known for his humility and humble origins. He often apologised for his lack of education and cultural abilities. Branham couldn’t speak well before crowds. When he did speak, it was usually with a very quiet and stuttering voice”, (p. 331). I would argue that his shyness and self deprecating behaviour is more likely to have stemmed from Branham’s poor and emotionally impoverished childhood than being a sign of the humility that comes from the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Peter spoke boldly when the Spirit came upon him on the day of Pentecost for example and Smith Wigglesworth’s stutter disappeared to enable him to preach clearly. However the above statement about Branham once again fits Joyner’s description and the fact that Branham did have a type of humility.

7 viii) The errors also fit the description of Branham’s ministry: Joyner, “Even so, I also felt that some of his teachings had gone seriously awry,” (p. 145), “Gods Generals” records, “Branham had an incredible healing gift. But having no bible knowledge to match it he turned into a doctrinal disaster,” (p.342). “He even suggested that animals were a higher rank of species than women,” “He predicted that the destruction of the United States would begin in 1977,” “He often changed his salvation doctrine as well,” (p.341). All except the staunchest Branhamite recognises that Branham’s “teachings had gone seriously awry,” as Joyner states of the man he saw exalted on a throne in heaven.

7 ix) Joyner’s response to seeing Branham: R. Joyner, “I was surprised, but also relieved, to see him sitting on a great throne,” (p. 145). “Gods Generals”, “Though saddened by his death, the Pentecostal world was not surprised, (p.342). “Actually it was an act of mercy on Gods behalf. It is believed that he saved Branham from hell”, (p.343). We would therefore expect Joyner to be both “surprised” and “relieved,” to see who he believed to be Branham sitting on a great throne in “heaven.”

7 x) The description fits Branham in every detail: Rick Joyner “He did fall into discouragement and delusion for a time,” (p. 145). Gods Generals “a cult had formed around his personality…..They encouraged Branham in his weird visions, claiming him to be the new Elijah, the forerunner of Christ’s return”, (p.335). The description fits Branham again.

7 xi) Other evidence: Joyner’s former close colleague and fellow prophet, Paul Cain, claimed he had ministered with Branham in the past and that Branham was the greatest prophet since the bible era. The Kansas City Prophets group that Joyner was closely linked to also drew from the errors of the Latter Day Rain Movement of which Branham was the leading figure. Joyner’s own call to honour the former healing revivalists of this era suggests that Joyner surely honours Branham too. Joyner’s belief that the spirits of these past healing revivalists will return to earth as great white eagles, (see Chapter 5, xxviii), mirrors the Branhamite’s belief that Branham will return to earth as the angel to the Laodicean church in the end times. Therefore it must surely be Branham who Joyner believes he saw exalted on a throne in “heaven.” There really is no one else who fits this description. Those closest to, or in league with Joyner , will know that he is referring to William Branham here. Whilst the more ordinary Christians who read his book will remain in the dark about this as Joyner’s doesn’t actually name this man as Branham. This will not therefore cause them to become suspicious of Joyner’s ministry or cause others to start publically warning about his book. This leaves Joyner free to wait until he has enough support in the body, and others trust him enough, before revealing this to us. However a close study decodes that it is definitely William Branham who Joyner is referring to here.

7 xii) Joyner - a Branhamite: Joyner must surely be a secret Branhamite or Messenger himself. Remember Joyner claims that Jesus told him that the man he saw enthroned in heaven “was a messenger to my last day church, but the church could not hear him for reasons that you must understand”, (p. 145). This is exactly what Branham’s followers claim about Branham today. Using Gods Generals again, “A following was born out of this group…They call themselves “The Messengers.” Today they are also known as the “Branhamites”… They are followers of Branham believing him to be the Laodicean messenger for this church age”, (p. 343). As Joyner’s vision is also calling us back to Branham’s ministry and message Joyner is therefore a Brahamite himself, along with Paul Cain, Todd Bentley and probably Bob Jones as well, amongst others.

In the next chapter I was led by the Spirit to examine some of the spiritual manifestations and teachings that occurred throughout Branham’s life to gauge which of these appear to be from God and which appear to be deceptive and of the occult.

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