Fulfillment of Prayer for Great Men of the World

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Invitation to meet religious leaders in India. However, William Branham did not pray for these men but invited them to attend his meeting.

In 1951, William Branham stated that an Angel spoke to him in May 1946 with the following commission:

Do not fear, I am sent from the presence of the Almighty God to tell you that your peculiar birth and misunderstood life has been to indicate that you are to take a gift of Divine healing to the peoples of the world. If you will be sincere when you pray and can get the people to believe you, nothing shall stand before your prayer, not even cancer. You will go into many parts of the earth and will pray for kings, monarchs, potentates, and great men of the world. You will preach to multitudes the world over and thousands will come to you for counsel. You must tell them that their thoughts speak louder in heaven than their words. [1]

There is no indication that William Branham ever met a king, monarch or similar ruler. He may have met a few elected officials but none of them would be considered "great".

We believe this to be a failed prophecy.

Kings

King George VI of England

There is no public record of this.

King Gustav of Sweden

There is no public record of this. The only source for this is William Branham who said, "I've been in Hollywood, and I prayed for King George in the palace, and Gustav up in Sweden." (April 12, 1963, Sermon: God in Simplicity).

King Farouk of Egypt

There is no public record of this. Owen Jorgensen wrote that this happened in Egypt, although Farouk was deposed (no longer a King) and exiled at the time of William Branham's visit to Egypt.


Crowds

I'm not very good at...estimating crowds, because I usually exaggerate on it.
William Branham, March 1, 1959, in the sermon "Strait is the Gate".

Crowd of 20,000

Finland: 20,000 based on reports in A Man Sent from God, by Gordon Lindsay

Crowd of 25,000

Mexico: 25,000 based on the biography, Supernatural: The Life of William Branham by Owen Jorgensen.

Crowd of 50,000

South Africa, based on reports in A Prophet Visits South Africa, by Julius Stadsklev. These services were held in a racetrack, as no venue was large enough in Durban to hold all of these people in a single building.

Crowd of over 100,000

India: The meetings in India all took place in a church building. As most sports coliseums hold between 25,000 - 50,000 people at a time, it is impassible that even 20,000 people would fit into one church, even if it had a balcony. William Branham said, And the mayor himself told me that there was five hundred thousand people in the city, had come for the healing services, for the meetings. (February 20, 1955, The Second Coming) So while many people did attend those services, the logistics of the venue make it impossible for even 100,000 to have attended one service.

William Branham once said he baptized 500 people while 10,000 people watched while the newspaper only reported that 14 people were converted in a tent meeting. Based on his reputation for exaggeration, and the fact that that most of the meeting numbers were self-reported, it is very likely that less people came than were reported.


Portions of the crowds that gathered in East London, Durban City Hall, Bloemfontein, and Cape Town, South Africa. Lots of people did came in the 1950's, but he was banned from preaching here in the 1960's despite a THUS SAITH THE LORD prophecy that 300,000 would attend a single meeting in Africa.

Great Men

According to William Branham, he met the following people:

Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India

There is no public record of this meeting. The only source for this is William Branham who said, I was entertained there by, well, the celebrity, that's true, from Mr. Nehru, and the president, and the parliament and all of them. I got their tickets and things, right here in my pocket, their little cards, and so forth. They were nice. Couldn't be any nicer. (October 3, 1954, India Trip Report)

William David Upshaw, Retired Democratic Congressman

Congressman Upshaw was healed after attending one of William Branham's meetings. The story of this event as told by William Branham and as told by Congressman Upshaw differ in their facts.

Richard Nixon, President of the United States

There is no public record of this meeting. It appears that William Branham attended a prayer breakfast with a number of other people that the president attended. It is not known whether they ever talked or were introduced. William Branham said, I had the privilege of eating breakfast not long ago with Vice President Nixon. (June 18, 1958, Sermon: Handwriting on the Wall)

  • Baron Frary Von Blomberg (New Hampshire)
  • Mayor of Durban
  • Mayor of Bombay, Mr. D.V. Patel [2]
  • Acharya Tulsi, Head of the Jain Terapanth[3]

  • Dr. Adolph Guggenbuhl (Swiss Lawyer)
  • F.F. Bosworth (Evangelist)
  • Oral Roberts (Evangelist)
  • Archbishop Palai (India) [4]
  • Archbishop J.S. Williams (India) [5]

  • Various Doctors [6]
  • Various State Senators [7]
  • Dean of Lutheran College [8]

I've been to studies. And in my room, the--some of the best of doctors across the nations has come. You don't know the back of a life, friend, to know what's been, and things I don't tell out in public. Men come secretly, and don't you think there ain't a lot of Nicodemuses yet in the world; it sure is, thousands of them. (Sermon: Demonology, June 8, 1953)


Footnotes

  1. Adapted from Supernatural: The Life of William Branham, Book 2: The young man and his desperation by Owen Jorgensen, 1994, Tucson Tabernacle. Also reference to the following sermons:
    • As I was with Moses, Los Angeles, California, May 3, 1951 (Monarchs)
    • At They Word, Los Angeles, California, May 6, 1951 (Great Men)
    • The Second Miracle, Erie, PA, July 29, 1951 (Statesmen)
    • Jesus Christ the Same Yesterday, Today and Forever, San Fernando, CA, November 13, 1955 (Potentates)
  2. the mayor of Bombay setting on the platform when a total blind man received his sight, (Sermon:Then Jesus Came, Newark, NJ, December 13, 1957) Mr. Patel was a Hindu.
  3. And I was just in Bombay, India, here not long ago, where I was entertained in the temple of the Jains, the Jain religion. And there were seventeen different religions represented in that temple that afternoon to speak to me. And every one of them was against Christianity. (Sermon: Sir, We would see Jesus. Port Alberni, BC, July 24, 1962.
  4. When the archbishop of India came to my place, recently, and received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, Archbishop Palai, he said, "Brother Branham,..."All India's awaiting." (Sermon: Do you now Believe? - Phoenix, AZ. March 7, 1954)
  5. Rev. Ronald Victor, Priest at St. Paul's Indian National Church and Grandson of the late Archbishop of the Indian National Hindustani Church, Rev. J. S. Williams.
  6. Quote: I've been to Mayo's clinics for interview...And many of the fine doctors come to my home to be prayed for. Sermon, Fellowship, Karlsruhe, Germany, August 13, 1955
  7. Quote: speaking a few days with some of the state senators in my home... Sermon: Why? Bloomington, IL, October 5, 1956
  8. After the dinner was over, this Lutheran dean of the Lutheran College stood up and said, "Brother Branham, I brought you out here for one purpose." He said, "That is, we want to find God in the baptism of the Holy Ghost." (Sermon: Spiritual Adoption, Jeffersonville, IN, September 23, 1956)


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