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Legend Of The Fall
by Peter Duyzer
9 x 6 x 0.9 inches - 1.2 pounds
- Within Pentecostal and Charismatic circles William Branham
appeared a man with the combined prophetic status and prowess
of Moses, Elijah and John the Baptist. His ministry of healing
spearheaded the Healing Revival of the '40s and '50s. The miraculous
which was said to attend his meetings dwarfed even the biblical
accounts of Jesus' ministry. Appearances of pillars of fire,
Christ, the Holy Spirit, angels, clouds and other phenomena were
stated to accompany his meetings. Discernments of illnesses and
personal information of his patients, staggered the minds of
many. His name is found in many religious encyclopedia and in
countless Internet Websites, pro and con. Legend of the Fall
examines Wm. Branham's life and ministry from the position of
an insider. Peter M. Duyzer's evaluation of Wm. Branham's life
and his message challenges the status quo of Wm. Branham as a
man sent from God. Duyzer holds a Master's degree (MACS) in Modern
Apologetics from Northwest Baptist Seminary at Trinity Western
University, in Langley, BC, Canada.
- Praise for Legend of the Fall
- Few people have investigated and analyzed the life and teachings
of William Marrion Branham in greater detail than Peter Duyzer.
Coming from within Branhams movement, itself, Duyzer demonstrates
a unique understanding of both the man and his message. By all
accounts Branham was both a fascinating and captivating religious
figure of the twentieth century. His claims to be a prophet,
a healer, and one who could disclose personal information of
others, including diagnoses of their medical conditions, wowed
many and earned him a ver y faithful following today. What are
we to make of astounding claims and alleged activities like these?
In this book, Duyzer has done the work that few others are either
able or willing to do. As a trained theologian himself, he has
looked deeply into Branhams sermons and unveiled the teachings
embedded there, giving necessary comparisons with biblical teaching.
He has also provided some background
on the man himself, making this a comprehensive resource. Whether
you are a follower, a critic, or simply a neutral observer, this
book is a must read for anyone wanting to understand William
Branham, his message, or even his life story.
- Paul Chamberlain
- Associate Professor of Apologetics & Philosophy
Director, Institute of Christian Apologetics,
Trinity Western University (ACTS division)
- William Marrion Branham was one of the most interesting figures
of popular religion during the twentieth century. As an influential
healing evangelist of post-WWII America, he captivated crowds
with his humble demeanor. Yet, the latter part of his life was
marked by controversial doctrine and a loss of popularity among
the Pentecostal masses. The Branham story remains fascinating
because his doctrinal teachings endure as the Message,
and followers today believe Branham to be the prophet of the
end-time. In this book, Peter Duyzer, after painstaking and thorough
research into Branhams voluminous sermons (which serve
as sacred writings to his followers) provides a thorough examination
of Branhams doctrine. Readers who are interested
in Branhams message, apologetics, the popularity of new
religious movements, and/or the popularity of end-time
religious groups, will want to read Duyzers analysis.
- Doug Weaver
Professor of Religion
- There is one name that represents the signs and wonders and
healing movement more than any other in our modern history --
that is William Branham. He has become the source of inspiration
and a ministry model for many today, yet much of his life and
teachings are veiled. Peter Duyzers book is unique, because
of Peters former background being part of the message
believers. His research is thorough, as he takes us behind this
veil and presents pertinent information not found anywhere else
on this master of supernatural stories. Branhams claim
to be the last days prophet to the church and his illness diagnoses
are challenged and refuted. With much documentation and insight
Peter shows the internal contradictions in his sermons, and spiritual
experiences that are in opposition to the Bible. I highly recommend
the book Legend of the Fall to
anyone interested in learning about William Branham and modern
- Mike Oppenheimer
Director of Let Us Reason Ministries
- Thirty-two years ago I was a follower of William Branhams
Message. My pastor back then had criticized a booklet
which dared to suggest that if William Branham wasnt lying
about having seen seven angels while hunting Javelina in the
Arizona desert, then he was hunting out of season. That claim
troubled me greatly. I
checked it out for myself, and within 2 months I became a former
follower of the Message. Little did I know that the man who wrote
the booklet that would change the direction of my life would
one day become my good friend and fellow servant of the Lord,
Peter Duyzer. Peters diligent research has led to the publication
of his book, The Legend of the Fall, which I believe is the most
comprehensive examination of the life and teachings of William
Branham available. I highly recommend it not only to those who
want to know more about William Branham and his teachings, but
to those who still follow his Message. I guarantee that regardless
of how much you know about William Branham, you will be surprised
at the amount of relevant information you didnt know after
reading this book.
- John Kennah, Owner of
William Branham and His MessageWebsite
Host of Message of William Branham Support Forum
- Peter Duyzers book, Legend of the Fall
changed my life. If you have ever heard the name William Marrion
Branham, you need to read this book. It will set you free.
- Reba Gould, Former Follower, Tucson, AZ.
- I began to search on the Internet and came across Peter Duyzers
book, Legend of the Fall. In this book the lies in
William Branham Life Story and in his message are exposed one
by one, until nothing is left to hold on to. It was a revelation!
Peter Coen, Belgium.
Years of research and vast numbers of references make Legend
of the Fall the most authoritative book available to date
regarding the ministry and false doctrines of William Branham.
It is impossible to consider the preponderance of evidence and
come away without a new view of Branhams legacy.
- Jennifer Collins, Former Follower, Jeffersonville,
- Mr. Duyzers research is a treasure for people currently
or formerly involved with the ministry of William Branham. He
knows it from the inside out.
- Former Follower, Jeffersonville, Indiana.
- With all of the information now available regarding William
Branhams ministry, it is exciting to finally have a concise
and well referenced work that brings all of the facts together
in one place. I would highly recommend Legend of the Fall
to all fellow students of Truth.
- Emily Arndt, Missionary serving with Christian Veterinary
Mission in Uganda, East Africa
- Legend of the Fall is a goldmine of well-referenced
facts. This book isnt just opinion: its the cold hard truth
about William Branhams life.
- Jeremy Bergen, Editor, Believethesign.com
- My grandfather was William Branhams associate, the
current pastor of Branhams home church of Jeffersonville
of the Fall was fundamental in my realization that the myths
we believed were in error
[and did] not line up with recorded
history, government documents, or even different versions of
the stories Branham told as he travelled from town to town. The
book was painful, each line tearing away threads of fiction that
were woven around the worship that had molded each of us
this book was the reason behind my decision to help extricate
those worshipping this man, who deceived the masses. Without
its gentle approach to difficult truths, the magical spell cast
by fictional heart-warming stories could not be broken. Thanks
to Legend of the Fall, lives are being changed around the globe.
- John Collins, Author and Webmaster, Seek Ye The