First of all, the following is written with respect. These next few blogs are meant to be a bridge between various perspectives of the Godhead and the Scriptures, and are not meant as an attack on any particular perspective.
Godhead means “the nature of God”, but in practice is a term for “what” God is, rather than “who” God is. At its greatest depth, knowing about someone is much less rewarding that knowing someone. For example, your doctor may know more about you than anyone else, and yet not know you at all. Yet it is this topic of “what” God is that has divided Christianity for centuries.
While a member of another religion may not regard these differences as important, professing Christians have in the past killed each other for holding different interpretations of the Godhead. That is why it is more important to know God than to know about him.
Although I anticipate that some of the statements in the following blogs will be met with criticism, my intent is not to yell, hate, start any wars, or bring persecution on anyone. Rather, what you will read in the following pages is a layman’s interpretation of the Godhead as taught by William Branham, a man approved of God through many documented miracles.
Putting a Name to the concept
The following is a very short summary of what will be discussed in the following blogs:
First, to differentiate William Branham’s teaching on the Godhead from concepts such as “Trinitarian” or “Oneness”, I will refer to his doctrine with a unique name: the Doctrine of the Temple. This title is based on the union of the following three scriptures:
1) “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:” (Genesis 1:26)
2) “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up…But he spake of the temple of his body.” (John 2:19, 21)
3) “It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:” (Hebrews 9:23 & 24)
In other words: God made man in his image, Jesus called his body the “Temple”, and the temple on earth is an image of what exists in heaven.
The New Testament starts with an Angel’s visit to a virgin named Mary, who tells her that she will give birth to the Son of God, and call his name Jesus. The name of the Temple we will be talking about is Jesus – both on earth and in heaven.
“And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” ~ John 3:13
Jesus is the Name. And the Name was placed in a Man; not a church, not a denomination, not a creed, but a Man. He chose to place His Name in Jesus Christ. Now we find out that then He becomes the place of God’s worship, where you worship Him. ~ William Branham, Sermon: God’s Chosen Place of Worship, February 20, 1965.