Branhamite Terminology

In order to understand the information on this website, it is important for you to be familiar with the terminology used within Branhamism. Although there are some core beliefs that all Branhamites share, the various sects of Branhamism vary widely in their beliefs and practices.

The Message: This term has several uses within Branhamism. In conversation or preaching, it is often used in reference to his recorded sermons. ie, “The message teaches us to…” Also there is a teaching that William Branham’s message was “Christ”. ie, “This message is Christ”. This is the standard reply to questions about “the message”. This term is also used in reference to a particular sect, ie: “I grew up in the message”.

The Seals: Refers to the seven seals in chapter 6 and the first verse of chapter 8 in the book of Revelation. William Branham preached on the seven seals in March of 1963. He said that “the lamb” opened the seals during this week. This doctrine is very important to Branhamites and is a source a great contention between different sects. Unbeknownst to most Branhamites, William Branham preached his interpretation of the seven seals exactly as Clarence Larkin presented it in his book, “The Book of Revelation” published in the early 1900s!.

The Church Ages: William Branham taught the doctrine of Clarence Larkin, from his book “The Book of Revelation” printed in 1919. In some places he seems to use Larkin’s material word for word. William Branham made gave no credit to Clarence Larkin and claimed his material was a supernatural revelation. In other sermons he did mention that he had read Mr. Larkin or Dr. Larkin’s material.

Message Believer: A person who believes and follows William Branham’s message. Each sect has a different view on how one would believe and follow his message. Within each sect, people of like doctrine are considered message believers.

Message Preacher: A preacher who preaches William Branham’s message.

Message Home: A family that believes William Branham’s message.

Message Kids: Young people who were raised in a “Message Home”.

Message Brats: Some message preachers have referred to young people raised in “Message homes” as message brats. Because of the elitism preached in Message churches, they tend to feel sort of an elite status among the human race. Sorry… actually, their preachers tell them they (the Bride) are a “super race” and actually “gods” according to the scripture.

The Tapes: From early on in the message movement, “the tapes” referred to the recorded messages of William Branham. The term is still used in the common cliche “say what the tapes say”.

Believer: Same as “Message Believer”.

Brother Branham: This is what Branhamites call William Branham.

Prophet: A seer, like the biblical old testament prophets.

The Prophet: Often used in place of “William Branham”.

Prophet Said: Sometimes used in place of “brother Branham said” during a sermon.

Brother Branham Said: A very very common phrase in a Branhamite sermon. Also frequently used by the more zealous followers of William Branham in conversation.

Message Church: A church that preaches William Branham’s message. Each sect typically only recognizes fellow sect churches as Message churches however.

The Bride: Message believers view themselves as the bride of Jesus Christ. They view denominational churches such as the Baptists as being divorced by Jesus Christ because they belong to a denominational church. They feel that the non message believing Christians may fulfill the “foolish virgins” of Matthew 25 if they are martyred for not participating in denominationalism during the “tribulation period”. People who believe William Branham’s message are the wise virgins of course, and will skip the tribulation period altogether via “the Rapture”. Each sect tries to claim this spot as their own, as they claim to be the true message believers.

Jesus Christ Branhamites differentiate between Jesus the man from Galilee and Jesus “the risen Word of this hour”. Using their prophet’s dispensationalist interpretations, Branhamites assert that each “age” or time period of church history has a main spiritual leader that preaches what William Branham called “the message of the hour”. For William Branham’s time period, this was of course his own teaching, and he was the spiritual leader. Therefore branhamites believe that most Christians don’t really believe in Jesus Christ, because they reject “the Word for the hour” or William Branham’s teachings.