William Branham and the Freemasons
Why was there a Pentagram clearly displayed on the front of the Branham Tabernacle? What does the Pentagram mean?
Was it a symbol of freemasonry? Was it a symbol designed to ward off witches and evil spirits?
Most importantly, why was the Pentagram on display and not the cross of Christ? What symbolism could be more important than the cross on a church? What does that say about William Branham and his beliefs?
Also, why was the Pentagram at an angle? Was it an inverted pentagram, a symbol of Satan? Or was it the Pentagram of Venus, a clear occult symbol? Or was it simply the result of inept installation, the work of an inebriated mason?
We are aware that William Branham stated that he first held meetings in the Masonic Temple in Jeffersonville but that was before the Branham Tabernacle was built and not at the same location.
The Pentagram as a Symbol
The pentagram (also referred to as a pentacle, pentalpha, pentangle or star pentagon) is the shape of a five-pointed star drawn with five straight strokes.
The pentagram is one of the most ancient symbols in human history and dates back to Babylon. The Pentagram is believed to have originated from the star shaped pattern formed by the the planet Venus in its journey through the sky as watched by ancient astronomers.
The meaning of the Pentagram
The pentagram was used in ancient times as a Christian symbol for the five senses, or of the five wounds of Christ.
The five-pointed star is a symbol of the Bahá'í Faith. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began using both upright and inverted five-pointed stars in Temple architecture, dating from the Nauvoo Illinois Temple dedicated on 30 April 1846.
In many contemporary Wiccan traditions (witchcraft), the elements are associated with the points of the Pentagram in the following way: Spirit (top), Air (left), Water (right), Earth (bottom left), Fire (bottom right).
The pentagram was also a common symbol in freemasonry. The following is from a book on masonry:
The Sigil of Baphomet
What is the Sigil of Baphomet? Is this the symbol that was originally displayed on the front of the Branham Tabernacle?
In the illustration on the right, Samael is another name for Satan and Lilith is his wife, a feminine demonic creature of the night, possessing wings and long flowing hair, derived from Babylonian legends. Together they form an anti-Adam and Eve.
The inverted pentagram with a goat's face drawn in it has become the official symbol of the Church of Satan. Here is a description of it from a book published in 1897:
Quotes of William Branham
You Masons here and so forth and ones of you and know the order, how they cut out the stones and hauled them to Joppa and so forth. And by ox cart taking them on down, the tall cedars in Lebanon and how they cut it and so forth and brought it down. But when it was all piled together outside of Jerusalem, there wasn't a buzz of a saw or a sound of a hammer for the space of forty years.
I have nothing against lodges, but Masonry, Odd Fellows, or any of them, would be just as well if it's ceremony. It has it's good and bad, just like the Church. But Christianity is a living Being in mankind, that's a proof of the resurrection of--of God's Son, Who was God with us.
And the trouble of it is, you've got the church, till it's no more than a Masonic lodge, or any other lodge. The church is a house of God where Christ lives and manifests Himself amongst the people. That's right.
Now, in 1933 when we were worshipping over here in the Masonic temple where the Church of Christ stands today, on one April morning before leaving home, I was dedicating my--a car (I got a '33 model car, and I was dedicating it to the Lord's service.), and in a vision I saw the end time. Now, notice how striking this is. Back yonder when I was just a boy, and you can imagine what a 1933 model car looked like--now, what it looked like. And I went over there to the Masonic temple where... Some of you old-timers in here remembers; it's wrote down on an old paper at home. It's already in print and went out around the world. See? That was in 1933. And I predicted that there would be some great tragedy happen to this United States before or by the year of 1977. How many remembers me saying that? Look at the hands. Sure.
No, sir. You be a Christian wherever you are. I don't care where you are, you can still be a Christian.
Someone said to me not long ago, said, "I'm glad the Lord's not that hard to get to." He said...
Well, I don't mean to be that way; I love people. But I just imagine... I went home and I told my wife, and we set at the table and laughed, how hard it would be to get to a Turkish harem, you know. So--so I hope it isn't quite that difficult, Brother Stewart, if you're still in here. But I sure did think that was a little sense of humor that kinda made us all have a chuckle.
So I wished I could see everyone. And I love everyone (That is true.); whether they're a friend or foe, it's just the same.