What is the “Third Pull” Spoken of by Brother William Branham?
This subject tends to be complicated, difficult and sometimes divisive. My hope is that we can keep it simple and to the point. Here is a good explanation of the pulls from Brother Branham;
41 And at that, the Angel of the Lord taken me out then, and He taken me to a real bright stream of water. It was the most beautiful blue water; and great fish were swimming around in it. He said, “I will make you a fisher.” And He said, “Now, cast your lure into the water; and when you do, pull it slow, first time; and the next time, just give it a little jerk, not too hard; and the next time, set your hook for the catch.” And I started to throw my line in the water. I pulled, and everybody begin rejoicing and saying, “That’s wonderful. That’s wonderful.” I got all excited and jerked it hard on the next one out; I pulled the fish and all out of the water. And what it was, it was a little bitty fish, and it, just about the size of the lure. And I got my line all tangled up. And I was straightening out my line, and the Man which was talking behind me, walked around in front of me, dressed in Palestinian clothes and a turban on His head. He had a white robe. He said, “Brother Branham, that’s it.” 44 I said, “I know I didn’t do right,” I said, “I jerked it when I oughtn’t to.” He said, “Don’t get your line tangled up in these kind of times.” And I said, “Well, I’m running it as straight as I can. I’ll be very careful.” He said, “Now, the first time I spoke with you, you put your hands on the people and told them what was wrong with them. And the second pull, why, when you did, you would know the secrets of your hearts. And I made you a seer before the people. But you was always trying to explain it. You oughtn’t to have done that.” He said, “You made a public show out of it.” I said, “I’m very sorry.” 48 Then He taken me from there, and I seen a great huge tent. I never seen such a—a tent. And it was packed and lined everywhere with people. And I walked out to the… Looked like I was standing above the people, looking down, where I’d just made an altar call; and hundreds and hundreds of people were weeping and rejoicing after they had accepted the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. And I looked, and then I heard a man get up and say, “Call the prayer line.” And people begin to line up over on this side, the left from where I was looking down towards the platform, and they lined all the way up and down the street for a prayer line. I noticed to my left, which would’ve been to my right if I was on the platform, a little wooden building. And I seen that Light, that all—they have the picture of, you know, that’s always in the meetings; I seen that Light leave me, and go to that building, and go in that building; and a Voice said to me, “I’ll meet you in there; that’ll be the third pull.” I said, “Why?” He said, “Well, it won’t be a public show like the other.” And I came to.
The third pull is where people get confused and frustrated. They connect this with the tent vision. Some believe that the tent vision was literal and that Brother Branham has to rise from the dead to fulfill it. However, the rest of the vision was in word pictures and therefore I do believe that the tent vision is also. He cast a lure to catch fish and this represented the first pull. The tent vision was a prayer line and a little wooden building. Wouldn’t this also be a word picture? I want to relate this to what the prophet explained the third pull was in the future.
In the sermon Question and Answers on the Seals he states, “Don’t try to make yourself odd to be a Christian, because (You see?), you take yourself away from God and you—you—you… If you can understand it, this is that third pull. You should’ve caught that the other day. See. So then just… You remember, there’ll be no impersonation like there was of the other two. See? So that’s as far as you—you should know.” The seven seals opening and being revealed is the third pull.
In the sermon the Seventh Seal he said, “I’m not prone to be a fanatic. I’m just telling the truth. But you remember, the little shoe that I always tried to explain, how that the soul laid next to so-and-so and the inner conscience and all that kind of stuff, which it only made a big bunch of impersonations start after it. How you’d have to take up the hand, and hold the people and have vibration, everybody had a vibration in their hand. But you remember when He took me up there and said, “This is that third pull, and no one will know it.” You remember that? Visions never fail. They’re perfectly the truth.”
In the sermon Look Away to Jesus he explains the five manifestation of the spoken word and finishes by stating this, “Now, there is my wife, and we’re both before God. But before the doctor’s hand could even touch her body, on the road coming to her like that, something happened, the tumor left. And they couldn’t, he—he said… I believe it was, wasn’t it, sweetheart? “I want to reassure you, Mrs. Branham,” (Is that right, the way he said it? That’s right.) “that that tumor isn’t there. You don’t have any tumor.” 180 What was it? Just exactly according to the Word of the Lord, that was…?… Amen. That’s the fifth time. Five is the number of grace, a number of f-a-i-t-h, too. 181 There is no more doubt in my mind. I know what the Third Pull is, and I know what it does. Now be reverent, just keep quiet, the hour will soon arrive where God is going to do some great things for us.”
A very definitive explanation of the third pull comes in the sermon Anointed Ones At the End Time, “The First Pull, healing; Second Pull, prophesying; Third Pull, the opening of the Word, the mysteries revealed. No more, there is no more higher order to reveal the Word, than prophets. But the only way the prophet can be vindicated is by the Word. And, remember, the Third Pull was the opening of them Seven Seals, to reveal the hidden Truth that’s been sealed in the Word.”
So, let’s put it all together. The Third Pull is:
- The Tent Vision – People going in the little room and coming out different – not a public event
- the Spoken Word bringing the supernatural
- the Opening of the Word, revealing of the seven seals
The tent vision is merely a picture of what happens via the spoken word manifested in the Bride and the opening of the Word. Through the spoken word and the opening of the seals, the Bride will be receive for rapturing faith and be changed.