William Branham (we call him Brother Branham) began his life in the Spring of 1909. He was born into the poorest of families, deep in the hills of southern Kentucky. Within minutes of his birth in a tiny one-room cabin, a strange Light entered the room and hovered over the bed where he was laying. It was the beginning of a supernatural life that would change the face of the modern Christian world.
With an alcoholic father and little to no religion at home, he didn’t have much of a chance. Yet, against all odds, Brother Branham grew up to be a mighty man of God. At about 38 years old, he was praying in a small trapping cabin just north of his home in Jeffersonville, Indiana. It was then, late into the night, that the Angel of the Lord visited him and gave him the commission to pray for the sick.
Brother Branham’s ministry marked the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit since the day of Pentecost. Hundreds of thousands attended the Branham campaigns. Thousands were healed in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Other evangelists such as Oral Roberts, T.L. Osborne, and A.A. Allen soon followed Brother Branham and started their own healing revivals. The Lord rained down His blessings like never before. The healing hand of Jesus Christ had once again touched His people.
Brother Branham’s ministry had no equal. He proved that Jesus Christ is as alive today as He was when He walked the shores of Galilee. Like the apostle Paul, Brother Branham showed that the Gospel is not in word only, but also in power! Revelation of the hidden mysteries and the manifested power of God had come together in one, very special ministry. Brother Branham passed away as a result of a tragic car crash in December, 1965.
The Pillar of Fire
January 24th, 1950 a photographer named Ted Kipperman was sent by Douglas Studio to cover a debate on the controversial topic of Divine Healing (specifically relating to Bro. Branham’s ministry) held between Mr. Bosworth and Mr. Best at the Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, Texas. At the end of the debate Mr. Best demanded that Bro. Branham present himself in person on the stage, and posed for several aggressive photos before challenging Bro. Branham as a divine healer.
Bro. Branham denied ever referring to himself as a divine healer, and stated, “Anyone knows that God will have nothing to do with error, and if I tell the truth, then God will speak of me.” (51-0718 The Angel of the Lord) The Pillar of Fire, as described in scripture and seen at many of Bro. Branham’s meetings descended at that moment, and Mr. Kipperman stepped forward and took the photograph featured here. The photograph was verified as being an authentic capture of a supernatural being by Mr. George J. Lacy of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners.