1933 7 Visions of William Branham from William Branham
What is a vision? It is God’s way of communicating with His Servants, the Prophets. Naturally speaking Vision is a “sense of sight” but in Scripture it refers to a “supernatural sense of sight” that transcends the “natural” realm, allowing the Prophet “to See” that which is unfolding in a “Spiritual” dimension. In that dimension the Lord may show His servants things in the past, the present or the future. Again, by vision, the Lord may show His servant understanding of some portion of His Word.
A vision is something like a dream, WITH two exceptions – in a dream the individual is “asleep” and what he or she sees, is ALL transpirmg in the realm of the subconscious mind; But the Prophet in his vision DOES NOT go to sleep. He is fully awake and “what he sees” is unfolding before him in another dimension. In some visions, the prophet himself feels as if he is standing in the center of what he is seeing, totally surrounded by the things which God is showing him. In the Scientific realm it might be called “Virtual Reality”. Science uses scientific equipment to create this allusion, whereas God does it by His own Supernatural Power.
Visions have always been the major part of most prophetic ministries. One noted exception is that of John the Baptist. Not one his visions are recorded in Holy Writ. But in Numbers 12:6 God said: “If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.” This is God’s ordained pattern and order. BUT let’s keep in mind that the vision MUST BE according to the Word of God – Always check it with the Word – the original thought and purpose of God. If it’s not according to the Word then the vision is a “False vision” and NOT from God.
The first record in Scripture, of God appearing to man in a vision, is found in Genesis 15:1. Here we have the record of “the Word of the Lord coming to Abraham in a vision”. Following Abraham, one prophet after another rose on the scene with a ministry of visions showing forth the Word of the Lord. The Bible abounds with numerous examples of visions. One of the most notable is the Book of Revelation. It is a record of one vison after another which God gave to His servant John, the beloved, concerning world events both Jew and Gentile.
The apostle Paul, the Messenger to the first church age experienced visions during his ministry. Therefore, it would not be strange for the ministry of the Messenger to this Seventh and last church age to be accompanied by visions. In fact William Branham’s life was a “life of visions”. From infancy, he was in touch with the Supernatural realm. In his own words he said: “The first thing I can remember in life is a vision. I was eighteen months old…”
Certainly, everyone who has ever read the life story of Brother Branham has speculated on what it must have been like to spend a lifetime in the realm of visions and angelic visitations. WAS it comforting? WAS it confusing? WAS it an ultimate security, or a crushing responsibility? For Brother Branham, it was at times a crushing responsibility.
The astonshing frequency of the visions that occurred in Brother Branham’s life created, at times, a rather unusual predicament for him. When he was under the anointing (which, by his own reckoning, was at least 50% of the time), it was very difficult for him to estimate the number of people present on a given occasion. He couldn’t trust his human eyes to differentiate between the two realms he would be seeing at once. He lived in two worlds at the same time – the seen and the unseen.
Just as God revealed to Daniel those things that would take place from then until the end of time, so it was in June of 1933, when Brother Branham was conducting services in the old Masonic Hall on Meggs Avenue in Jeffersonville, that Seven Major events were revealed to him which were to come to pass before the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. On this June morning, just before he was to preach, this series of Visions appeared to him.
The Seven Visions
He saw in a vision that the dictator of Italy, Benito Mussolini, would invade Ethiopia and according to the voice speaking to him, Ethiopia “would fall at his (Mussolini’s) steps”. However, the voice continued and prophesied a dread end of the dictator, for he would have a horrible death and his own people would literally spit on him.
The next vision indicated America would be drawn into a world war against Germany which would be headed up by the Austrian, Adolph Hitler. The voice predicted that this terrible war would overthrow Hitler and he would come to a mysterious “end”. In this vision he was shown the Siegfried line whereat a great toll of American lives would be exacted, but Hitler would be defeated.