Bible Believers’ Newsletter 830
“We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . .”
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Charles,” Ella whispered weakly, “tonight’s the night. Go fetch your mama.”
Charles built a fire and then hurried to his mother’s cabin. The night was cold and clear and the starlight made it easy to keep on the path. An hour later he returned with his mother and two neighbor women.
Grandma Branham was a crusty old woman, tough as bacon rind. But seeing this little 15-year-old girl in labor softened her like hot coon grease softens boot leather. (Not that Grandma Branham ever used boots herself. She had never owned a pair of shoes in her life.) Now she took charge of the situation. Having had 17 children of her own, she was well prepared to act as midwife for her new daughter-in-law. She insisted that Charles wait outside. He did not argue. Taking a blanket, he crawled under the lean-to tacked onto one end of the cabin, making his bed on the woodchips and bark. Pulling a flask of whiskey from his pocket, Charles polished it off to calm his nerves. Before long he fell sound asleep.
As dawn approached, the commotion inside the cabin grew more intense. Charles roused. The eastern horizon was turning lighter with the approach of dawn, but the sun had not yet risen. He cursed himself for having dozed, and then worried because his baby had not yet been born. Was something wrong? Maybe he should go inside and check? Before he could make up his mind, he heard the high-pitched squall of a newborn. The cabin door flew open and one of the neighbor women called, “Charles Branham, it’s a boy.”
Sheepishly Charles shuffled inside and closed the door. The room smelled of smoke from a grease candle on the table. Grandma Branham finished washing the infant, weighed him at five pounds, and then gently laid him in his mother’s arms. Charles stood near the bed with his hands tucked into the bib of his new overalls, nervously watching this wiggling, grunting little creature that was his son.
Ella said, “Charles, he’s got your blue eyes.”
Charles studied the small eyes, but in the dim light he couldn’t tell their color. “We’ll call his first name William,” he said, “and his middle name will be Marrion.”
Ella tested the name with her tongue, “William . . . Marrion . . . Branham. It sounds distinguished enough. And he can go by the name of Billy. Charles, I think Billy’s going to have your curly hair too. Open the shutter so I can see him better.”
It was shortly after five o’clock, Tuesday morning, April 6, 1909. Daylight filtered in through the chinks, even though the sun had not yet topped the horizon. Charles opened the shutter, then drew back, startled. Something had darted through the open window—a light, like a star, about a foot in diameter.
Ella screamed and cradled her son tightly to her bosom. The others, bewildered, stepped back against a wall. The strange light circled the room several times, then stopped over the bed, hovering above the new mother and child, glowing yellowish-green, pulsating with a life of its own. For less than a minute it held that position—not long, yet long enough for everyone in the cabin to be sure they had really seen it. Then as quickly as it had come in, the fireball left, whirling up past the rafters and out through the roof.
Charles stared up at the clapboard shingles with wide, unblinking eyes. Suddenly a flurry of wings turned his attention towards the door, where a dove had landed on the sill of the open window. The snow-white dove eyed the room with curiosity, almost as if it was looking for something. When it spotted the newborn baby, it cocked its head and cooed before it flew away. Charles gazed after the bird for a moment, and then rolled his eyes back up towards the roof.
One of the neighbor women muttered, “Well I never. . .” The other mused, “I wonder what kind of youngin’ this boy will be?” Billy Branham was only 15 minutes old. Mother and son somewhat later. (Owen Jorgensen, SUPERNATURAL: The Life of William Branham, p. 15-16).
According to fragments of a Roman inscription discovered recently at Antioch, a cornerstone in Caesarea, and ancient almanacs from Sippar described in PARADE Magazine mentioned by Brother Branham in “Is this the Time of the End, Sir,” Jesus was born on April 6, 7BC. Brother Branham who was himself born on April 6, 1909 said that according to history and archaeology, our Christian calendar should have commenced in 7BC, so that as I write on April 6, 2014, this should actually be the AD2021.
On this notable day we are honoured to release Bible Believer’s Newsletters eYearbooks in the love of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ and appreciation of His end-time Prophet William Branham (Amos 3:6-8; Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 17:11; Revelation 10:7, etc). By the grace of God the inspiration and skill for this project were granted to our Brother Luke. It is designed to enable those without internet access to study the revelation of the “present Truth—what Jesus is doing now” from our free weekly Newsletters and “prove all things” in Scripture offline as explained below.
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Brother Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister who has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations overseas. He pastors Bible Believers’ little flock and is available to teach in your church.
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