There is something interesting about reading how so many people have been shattered upon learning the truth about the municipal bridge. If you are not aware, this is the truth: 16 people did not die in the construction of the bridge. According an exhaustive search of all historical records, it is nearly certain that only 2 people died in the construction of the bridge. Why does this seem to shake so many people? Let’s see what Bro. Branham said concerning this vision he had when he was just a little boy.
And then sometime about a month after that, I was playing marbles out with my little brothers, out in the front yard. And all at once I had a strange feeling come on me. And I stopped and set down aside of a tree. And we were right up on the bank from the Ohio River. And I looked down towards Jeffersonville, and I seen a bridge rise up and go across that, the river, span the river. And I seen sixteen men (I counted them) that dropped off of there and lost their lives on that bridge. I run in real quick and told my mother, and she thought I went to sleep. But they kept it in mind, and twenty-two years from then the Municipal Bridge now (that many of you cross when you cross there) crossed the river at the same place, and sixteen men lost their life building that bridge across the river.My Life Story April 19, 1959 Los Angeles,CA
Did you know there are thousands of message believers in the Jeffersonville area? There are hundreds of people who attended the Tabernacle and other area churches that fellowshipped with Bro. Branham during his ministry. Of those people, a great many were alive in the 1920s when the bridge was constructed. Do you think that none of them were aware of the truth? Why would people sit there and listen to Bro. Branham make this claim? There is an explanation to this problem which dates back to the time that Bro. Branham was still living.
There is a very simple explanation to this vision’s apparent “failure”. Bro. Branham misinterpreted the vision. He based his interpretation that the sixteen men died in construction based on his incorrect knowledge of what he thought happened during the bridge’s construction. Bro. Branham was living in Arizona during the years that the bridge was constructed. He had no first hand knowledge of the construction period, and would not have had first hand knowledge of any accidents that happened. He therefore would have been relying on second hand information. It seems very likely that he confused stories of the construction of the Big Four Bridge (which did have a large number of people killed during its construction) with the construction of the municipal bridge. Then based on this incorrect information, he made his interpretation of the vision. This was not an attempt to deceive people, it was an honest case of mistaken interpretation.
There is biblical precedence for failure to properly interpret visions, and the true interpretation only becoming known with the passage of time as events unfold. Bro. Branham never states that God gave him the interpretation of the vision. The interpretation was his own.
Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean…Acts 10:17
And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?Daniel 12:8
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the SpiritEphesian 3:4-5
It is our conclusion that Bro. Branham merely failed to properly interpret the vision. The vision itself did not fail to come to pass. Over the course of the history of the bridge, many people have died on it or jumping from it, and the bridge is still here today allowing ample opportunity for more people to also jump or fall from it. It has been a popular suicide spot in the region.
Why didn’t Bro. Branham tell the vision in Jeffersonville until 1960?
Contrary to what some critics allege, some followers of Bro. Branham have been aware of this issue since Bro. Branham was still living. There are records of him reporting this vision as far back as 1948. The vision was printed in the book “William Branham: A Man Sent From God”. The Tabernacle and the churches in fellowship with Bro. Branham in those days had many copies of these books. The believers in the Jeffersonville area were well aware of the vision. To allege he was trying to hide this vision from his church is a bad faith argument. We were aware of it.
It is the idolaters of the Branham movement who refused to explain this properly for decades and leave people ignorant of the truth. It is a great shame, because now many people became aware of it through critics in such a manner that it shakes their faith. Shame on the men who covered up and hid the truth.
You may ask, “If people knew this was a mistaken interpretation, why didn’t anyone try to correct Bro. Branham?” The short answer is that people did correct him. He never mentioned this vision in the later years of his ministry after he learned about his mistaken interpretation.