When Reverend William Branham prophesied of God's blessing of Reverend Jim Jones ministry during a joint Latter Rain healing campaign in Indianapolis, Indiana, he had no idea what he had started. As Jones took his place in line as a "Malachi 4 Elijah Prophet," a deadly chain reaction ended in the deaths of over 900 people during what would become known as the Jonestown Massacre.
Did this chain reaction start with William Branham's call for an Exodus during his time in the ministry with Jim Jones? Historical data that has now been made available to the public might hold the answers.
In late 1973 or early 1974, an unknown woman approached Reverend Jim
Jones to receive her healing. Suffering from back trouble and kidney
pain, she came earnestly seeking a special touch from the “healer.”
The pain was so intense that she had been confined to her home, unable
to work. But she knew that her prayers had been answered when Jones
called her out of the audience by name. With just a simple touch of his
hand, she accepted her healing by faith, and went home rejoicing. For
three months, her faith was stronger than her pain. She went back to
work, believing that she was fully cured. Later, when the back pain
returned, she returned to the healing meetings once more, seeking
another “cure” from her special access to divine healing power.
As she approached Jones, she explained to him what had happened. But
she wasn’t speaking to Reverend Jim Jones, she was speaking to a
divine spirit. She was speaking to a “deity” made manifest in the
human vessel that the world knew as the leader of the Peoples Temple.
She called him by name: “Elijah”.
To any familiar with Jim Jones and his theology, her usage of the name
would not have seemed so strange. During his early years as a “Latter
Rain” minister in the Post WWII Healing Revival, the name “Elijah”
carried great significance. Elijah was their healer. Elijah was their
leader. Elijah was the prophet for their day. Elijah was the Messiah,
who came with the “Spoken Word.” No longer were their King James
Bibles necessary; they had direct access to the “Living Word,” which
they believed was made manifest in Jim Jones.
When Jones referred to his healing power as that of Elisha, his
followers would also have understood this name to mean “Elijah”.
They would have understood him to mean that he was filled with twice the
power as his predecessor, another “Elijah”. This was referring to
the book of 2 Kings in the Christian Bible, where the prophet Elisha
asked the prophet Elijah to be given a “double portion” of his
spirit. Shortly before Elijah was carried away on a whirlwind to
heaven, Elisha received the supernatural power of Elijah in “double
portion”. His Peoples Temple cult following truly believed that Jones
had this power, and that through him, they had direct access. Unless
those same people were old enough to remember the “Latter Rain”
revival of 1947-1948, however, they would not have known where Jim Jones
first came in contact with his “Elijah ministry.”
Excerpted from "Jim Jones - The Malachi 4 Elijah Prophecy" by John Andrew Collins. Copyright © 2017 by John Andrew Collins. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
John Andrew Collins
John Collins, Author and Founder of Seek The Truth was born and raised in the "The Message", a destructive religious cult following of William Marrion Branham from Jeffersonville, IN. After a difficult series of life changing events, John awakened to realize that he and his family were under the undue influence of a cult. In 2012, John founded Seek The Truth and began to research and document the issues with "The Message", only to learn that Branham's religious cult was one small cog in a much larger wheel. With the help of others, he established a network of former cult members to assist in helping others who had awakened and were suffering the effects of undue influence.
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