Pillar of Fire


On the night of January 24, 1950, one of the most perplexing photographs of all time was taken in the Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas. As William Branham, an influential Bible minister credited with founding the Latter Rain Movement within American Pentecostal churches, stood at the podium, a halo of fire appeared above his head.

This picture was the only one that turned out on the entire film taken by two Douglas Studios photographers, James Ayers and Ted Kipperman. Ayers took the photo to Rev. Branham, who said that he was not greatly surprised. He testified that just before the picture was taken he heard the Pillar of Fire descend into the building with a sound of rushing wind. (Throughout his life, Branham insisted that his evangelistic healing ministry was the result of his conversations with angels; he once said a cluster of seven angels met him on Sunset Mountain in Arizona to commission the opening of the Seals, which he believed was in fulfilment of a vision he had told his church several months earlier.) His believers said this pillar of fire had been with Brother Branham since the time of his birth. During his ministry it was photographed several times.

George J. Lacy, Investigator of Questioned Documents, and often hired by the FBI in that capacity, subjected the negative to every scientific test available. At a news conference, he stated, “To my knowledge, this is the first time in all the world’s history that a supernatural being has been photographed and scientifically vindicated.” Mr. Lacy added, “Rev. Branham, you will die like all other mortals, but as long as there is a Christian civilization, your picture will live on.” The original of this photograph is kept in the archives of the Religious Department of the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.

See another photo of Pillar of Fire here.

11 thoughts on “Pillar of Fire

  1. je suis ravit savoir que Dieu nous a aimez il nous envoyez son prophète, laisse que Dieu bénisse seuls et ceux qui œuvre pour l’avancement de message qu’il vous comble; VOTRE FRÈRE PATRICK du CONGO BRAZZAVILLE

  2. I am an editor for Christian.com which is a social network dedicated to the christian community. As I look through your web site I feel a collaboration is at hand. I would be inclined to acknowledge your website offering it to our users as I’m sure our Pentecostal audience would benefit from what your site has to offer. I look forward to your thoughts or questions regarding the matter.

    Vicky Silvers

    • dear ms. silvers,
      thanks for letting me know. you are free to link to the site on your website. however, i would like to mind you that there are some posts and images on my site that your community will find unacceptable. caveat emptor.

  3. Hi! I am from Romania, I don t know much englesh but I am thanckful to God that the message preacked by br. W.M.Branham crossed the world to my country.I belive in supernatural sign and I am waiting for the leither rain when the supernatural will follow the bride. I also apreciate that samebody is trying to point on that sign that was upon the had of br. Branham and I personaly belive that it won t be long and more signes will happend with the bride, as the Spirit spoke throught the profet.

  4. I am thankful to God Almighty for passing this way through His faithful,humble servant, Br William Marrion Branham.I feel as the scriptures said ‘He must needs pass by Samaria’.That could be the same for me in South Africa.I believe that Br Branham’s ministry is a last sign to the gentiles.I am humbled to have come to the knowledge of this truth.We are going home soon.Br Dipalo from South Africa,Pretoria.

    • MATT. P I am grateful there is some part of Branham’s story that you acknowledge but i hate to think of what your opinion is over Moses and the burning bush or Paul’s encounter with the light.

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