Fred Sothmann, along with the Simpson and McGuire families, was an early adopter and promoter of the false idea that Bro. Branham was God. He passed away in 2012. He was a key figure duplicating and distributing recordings of Bro. Branham’s sermons, and for several years had been granted sole rights to produce tapes of Bro. Branham’s sermons. Sothmann was with Bro. Branham at the time he met the seven angels on sunset mountain and was sent to preach the revelation of the seals.