In the book of Joel 2:28-29, And it shall come to pass
afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your
daughters shall prophesy, and old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall
see visions. And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days
will I pour our my spirit.
In the 1950s this author came in touch with Pentecostal
folk for the first time in his life. Having been brought up in a conservative
evangelical church, some of the things that I observed were quite shocking to
say the least. However, upon visiting one of their churches, I began to see that
there was a realm of God in the Holy Spirit that I had not yet contacted and
therefore became very hungry for a touch of God upon my young life.
During these times of seeking I heard of a man called William
Branham who his followers said was a prophet of God that was outstanding in his
use of Spiritual gifts.
For many years I kept copies of the things that he did under
the power of the Holy Spirit and was absolutely amazed as to how accurate he
was, particularly when he spoke the words Thus saith the Lord
Then way back in 1933 in the month of June he claims that the
Lord Jesus spoke to him and said that the coming of the Lord was drawing nigh
but before he came seven major events would transpire. So he wrote them all
down, and that morning gave forth the revelation of the Lord.
The first vision was that Mussolini would invade Ethiopia
and that nation would fall at his steps. It happened exactly that way, he just
walked in there with his modern arms and took over that nation. In the vision he
was shown that Mussolini would also come to a horrible end with his own people
turning on him, and that came to pass exactly as he said.
Secondly an Austrian by the name of Adolf Hitler would rise
as dictator over Germany and that he would draw the world into war. It also
showed that Hitler would come to a mysterious end.
The third vision was in the realm of world politics and I was
shown that there would be three great ISMS, Fascism, Nazism, Communism, but that
the first two would be swallowed up into the third. The voice admonished WATCH
RUSSIA, WATCH RUSSIA Keep an eye on the king of the North.
In the forth vision showed the great advances in science then
saw a vision of a plastic bubble-topped car, running down a beautiful highway
under remote control. The people in it seemed to be playing some sort of a game
to amuse themselves.
The fifth vision I saw a moral problem of our age, centering
mostly around women. They would cut their hair short and insist on equal rights,
in most cases more than equal rights. She adopted mens clothing and went into
a state of undress, until the last picture I saw was a woman naked except for a
little fig leaf type apron. With this vision I saw the terrible perversion and
moral plight of the whole world.
In the sixth vision there arose up in America a most
beautiful, but cruel woman. She held people in her complete power. I knew it
could possibly be a vision of some woman rising in great power in America due to
a popular vote by women.
The last and seventh vision I heard a most terrible explosion
and saw nothing but debris, craters, and smoke all over the land of America
Sorting though boxes of papers in my office the other day I
came across these visions and thought it appropriate to include them in our
newspaper. Time will tell as to whether these are from the Lord or not, as the
first visions have already come to pass.
Of course the Bible test must be applied at all times as all
sorts of people have visions, therefore we turn in the Word of God to
Deuteronomy 18:20-22, But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in
my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the
name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart,
How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet
speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass,
that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it
presumptuously, thou shalt not be afraid of him.
At the end of this mans life there was a great deal of
controversy as to whether he was from God or not, but that is not our subject in
this article. We are simply watching with interest, to see whether these seven
things do come to pass or not.
I Thessalonians 5:20 is a very short verse but very profound.
Despise not prophesyings.