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The Pillar of Fire
Pillar of Cloud


Could this sign be the true origin of the 1st century "ICHTHUS" or "Fish Sign"? 


Another important experience the Lord allowed us to capture on photograph.

In 1980, someone paid for my wife and me to spend a week at a plush resort to celebrate our anniversary. It was something we could not have afforded. Unfortunately, it rained much of the time we were there.

One rainy day, I was disappointed that I hadn't gotten to fish since we'd arrived (I've always loved to fish). Near sundown that afternoon, the rain had cleared enough to go outside. So I walked out onto one of the boat docks to pray.

The sky was overcast and dreary. I figured since the devil ruined my chances to fish, the best black eye I could give him back was to go pray. That may sound like quirky thinking regarding warfare. But I've always done my best to never give the devil the reaction he wants. So I sat on the dock rail and began to pray. Soon the Holy Spirit swept over me like a cloud.

My wife was also taking advantage of the break in the rain to get some nature photos; she’s an artist. She snapped a picture of me sitting on the dock, looking up toward heaven praying. She could not have known the Holy Spirit had just descended on me and was swirling around me just as she snapped the camera. Neither of us saw the light, but I could feel Him and knew His presence had overshadowed me. When He comes that way, it cannot be ignored.

When the film was developed we were pretty stunned. But that was nothing compared what further investigation would reveal thirty-five years later. But what we saw at first blush was the two lights forming what appear to be Halos. The swirling flaming light was hanging in front of me slightly to my right, as shown in the photograph below. Whipping around in a counter-clockwise  pattern, and creating a faint smaller Halo right behind my heart. 

I believe both are consistent with the Old Testament description of the "Pillar of Fire" and the "Pillar of Cloud", respectively. This Pillar was referred to in scrioture as the Angel of the Covenant that led the children of Israel through the wilderness. He appeared to them as a cloud by day, and fire by night. In the image below He appears like fire and smoke (cloud).

The smaller Halo in the circle marked "1" behind my heart appears to be a mixture of fire and smoke, similar to a rocket screaming through the atmosphere. It does not appear to be inconsistent with the biblical description of the "Pillar of Cloud". It's shape actually appears very much like a 1st century "ICHTHUS" or "Fish Sign" as many call them today. Could this be what First Century Christians actually witnessed; Halos hanging over one another in the shape of an "ICHTHUS"? Could this have been the sign that vindicated a stranger to other believers? The first century wsa a time of heavy persecution against the faith. Jesus prophesied it would be dangerous to be His follwer, betrayal would be wholesale. Was this how they would know he or she was a true sold out believer, and could be trusted? Could we be entering a similar time of government and social oppression, and heavy persecution of Christians? Could we be on the brink of God sending that "Strong Delusion"; where we will need mysterious sign vindication to discern between a true servant and a false prophet? Could this be the true origin of the 1st century "ICHTHUS" or "Fish Sign"? 

NOTE: Regarding the Spirit of Elijah, the sign of fire is only part the equation. Just like the power to cast out demons is only part of it. It is a scriptural fact that unsaved people can and will cast out demons! There are some unique qualities to the true ministry of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps He will lead me to do an article on discerning of spirits and signs. Just for a teaser, the Elijah Spirit must come with supernatural signs, but also with mighty power! One unique characteristic of the Elijah Spirit is that He will challenge critics and false prophets both from within covenant ranks, and without; and defeat those who answer the challenge publicly before all! Spiritually speaking, the Spirit of Elijah will dominate the room anywhere He manifests. 

The larger Halo in the circle marked "2" is so bold and bright. It shocked me, and still does after thirty-five years. It appears like a ball of fire whipping around in a circle. It puts me in mind of some of the close-up images I've seen that astronomers have taken of the sun. It does not appear to be inconsistent with the biblical description of the "Pillar of Fire". 

It also appears similar to the description of "Cloven Tongues like as of Fire" in Acts 2:3. This verse is not describing unknown fiery languages, as many suppose and teach. It is describing pictorially the shape of the flaming images. Flames of fire shaped like tongues. It did not mean that languages of fire literally "sat" on each of them. It is representative of many manifestations embedded in the first century Jewish mindset: the Burning Bush, the Pillar of Fire, the Lord dividing of the Spirit He placed in Moses among the 70 elders, and the Shekinah of God filling the Temple

God was dividing of His Spirit that He had placed in our Lord Jesus Christ among those present at Pentecost. They bore the physical appearance of licking flames of fire in the shape of tongues; and they came to rest over each of them. If you have ever witnessed the Lord manifesting Himself this way, you will know what I'm trying to describe. It likely looked similar to the larger Halo in the circle marked "2"

Another facet of this unusual phenomenon is the area marked "3" between me and the grassy bank. Notice the thick white milky clouded area between me and the row of lounge chairs behind me on the bank. The grass ran down to the shoreline. You can see a boat in the right of the photo. It was beached on the shore, and tethered. Yet the white swirling cloud obscures part of the bow of the boat, nearly all of the shoreline, and little swirls of light appear in front of the dock posts, and massive swirls behind them. It makes me think of a satalite view of a hurricane. This white milky looking cloud of light extends beyond the left of the visual field to about one third of the bow of the boat to the right. This is not the only time I have witnessed this manifestation. This occured in the lives of other men greatly used by God. I cannot count the times I've heard Brother Branham say, "...the anointing is so strong it looks all milky across the audience...." And there are several descriptions consistent with this in the scriptures, from "Solomon's Temple", to the "Mount of Transfiguration" (so-called), and more. I refer to a similar manifestation that occured at a dear friend's home in the article "The Milky Haze".

So I wonder whether these are witnesses to both the "ICHTHUS" and  "Cloven Tongues like as of Fire".

There are other areas we are also looking into, like just above the left docklight. That is not a naturally forming almost perfectly round hole in that thick tree line. It is also some sort of light that doesn't look like it naturally occurs there. Also, there may be another faint amber "ICHTHUS" also in the upper left area of the photo. We are still examining all  parts of the photo. We will attempt isolating these images to view them more clearly. We may have to hire someone experienced and certified in forensic imaging, to examine the negatives, and render an official determination of all our supernatural images.

In summary, I cannot imagine a better way of giving the devil a black eye than this. For the Holy Spirit to respond directly to satan's interference with our trip was amazing. Then for Him to descend upon me so demonstratively, even more amazing. But to produce such spectacular photographic evidence to memorialize it, that is something beyond words. By all appearance, this is a similtaneous manifestation of the "Pillar of Fire" and the "Pillar of Cloud".

The purpose for sharing this is not to boast or to celebritize me, but to testify of Him! But like "The Stigmata", the "Audible Voice", being "Caught Away", and the "Hands of Fire" sign, "The Milky Haze" the "Pillar of Fire" and the "Pillar of Cloud" are each given to strengthen my faith to accept His Commission, to vindicate me as His servant, to show that He is with me, and to warn His people "Hear Ye Him!" Further, it is to show yet another reason why I am willing to follow Him into the lion's den. Experiences like these have been occurring in my life since I was four years old. So why on earth would I not follow my Lord Jesus into the lion's den, fiery furnace, or anywhere He leads?

Pillar of Fire original photo 1


We isolated both amber Halos from the other colors in the photo, and then enlarged them. They have not been manipulated, materially altered, or enhanced; only isolated and enlarged for clearer examination. After hyper-enlargment, the results were remarkable.

In an effort to silence reasonable critics, we present an original cropped image (below) of the Halo in the circle marked "1". The original circle marked "1" (right) is overlayed with the same image after isolation similarly sized (left). The isolated image overlayed below is a true and correct copy of the hyper-enlarged "Ichthus" following the comparison photograph below. It has only been substantially reduced to a similar size for comparison. This side by side comparison shows there has been no material alteration or manipulation of the original. However, the dark background on some bottom edges was impossible to isolate without materially affecting the visible shape of the image. But one can see how much clearer the isolated image (left) is when other competing colors have been removed. And all the images show the how the detail is enhanced exponentially, by enlargement. Below is the comparison photograph.

Pillar of Fire comparison 1


The smaller Halo in the circle marked "1" (the Ichthus) behind my heart in the original photograph is shown in the first sample below. It appears to be a mix of spiraling light, whipping fire, and billowing smoke. That is very similar to what I witnessed when I was caught away (five years earlier). I believe it is consistent with the biblical descriptions of the manifestations of the fire and glory of the Lord described as the "Pillar of Cloud" and "Pillar of Fire".

Pillar of Cloud isolated


The Halo in the circle marked "2" hanging in front of me to the right in the original photograph is shown below. Again, this image has not been manipulated or materially altered by color, contrast, or otherwise. It has only been isolated from the entire photograph and then enlarged. I have studied and prayed about the original photograph for thirty-five years. Recently, I saw the Halos both isolated and enlarged for the first time in my life. In preparation for this website and a new phase of life and ministry, I've examined these two enlargements carefully. My original conclusion remains unchanged; the "Pillar of Cloud" and "Pillar of Fire" appear to be like a whirling fire churning in a spiral counter-clockwise pattern.



Another remarkable fact is that this photo was taken on regular Kodak 100ASA 35mm film, with a Pentax SP1000 camera. In those days there was no high tech equipment available to someone like me to isolate the Halos from the image, and so enlarge them. Looking at the original printed photograph at the top, you can see exactly what I've seen for thirty five years. I've had critics discount it as merely chemical spills on the negative during processing. Others attributed it to glare on the camera lens. The list is nearly endless of the reasons given why it is not a supernatural manifestation from God. 

First of all, I was there and I know His presence had overshadowed me, just as described on the "Mount of Transfiguration", and other similar occurences. The sky was dreary with a heavy overcast. Look at everything else in the photo and find any such glare. None of the chrome on the boats, the glass and metal on the dock lights, or the water are reflecting any burst of glare whatsoever to produce images like these Halos. But look at how bright the light reflecting off the upper half of my face compared to the rest of my neck and face in the photograph. That is coming from the Pillar of Fire. Some critics even said since I didn't see it, it wasn't there. "...Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone...."; when the Father spoke to Jesus from heaven, the crowd said " thundered...."; and those who witnessed Paul's Damscus Road conversion heard it, but didn't see it; yet it caused Paul to go blind. 

Secondly, I own the negative, and I know there has been no chemical spills on it, ever. 

So back then, all I had to go on was what I experienced and the original photo. But I held it unquestionably to be the "Pillar of Fire" as described in scripture.

Thirty five years ago, I could never have imagined that one day I would discover what would prove it was not glare, chemical spill, double exposure, or any error or trickery. I had no idea the photo documented even more than what I experienced with my five senses that day, swirling light, whipping fire, and billowing smoke. I could not have known that the image held all that information. It may still hold more information that the Lord is yet to reveal.

The plain photograph does not show the detail that isolation and enlargement has revealed. Look at these two enlargements, do either look like a chemical spill, or a simple glare of light? The second sample at the bottom here looks more like a photo of the sun, not a chemical spill. A chemical spill would produce a vastly different appearance than this. If the Lord will allow us to publish "How the Spirit World Works" we will present a thorough scripturally based apology of the photo and the experience. 

What kind of fool would I be to make these claims, knowing that any critic could steal a copy of the original from this website, and then do what we did. If we had manpulated one scintilla of the photograph for fraudulent purposes, the character assassins would expose it. But the fact is, any test done with integrity, should produce the same, or very similar results.

Critics can try to explain away how this light was produced on that 35mm film, using that inexpensive camera, back in 1980. But I know how it was produced; I was there! Only one who has experienced His presence that way could understand how I can be so dogmatic.

I'll conclude by quoting seven words from former FBI expert, and Examiner of Questionable Documents, George J. Lacy. My quote is from a signed affidavit he produced after his rigorous examination of a similar photograph taken thirty years earlier. In that photo there was a Halo hanging over my father in the faith, William Branham. Lacy concluded the Halo was "...CAUSED BY THE LIGHT STRIKING THE NEGATIVE!"

NOTE: We are currently running tests on other supernatural photographs we've taken over the years. Two are images of "spirits of death" we photographed years ago; again on  varying kinds of 35mm film. We plan to either post the results on this website, or include them in our book "How the Spirit World Works" if and when it is published.

Why I did not Share the Supernatural Signs, Photos, and Experiences

Thirty-two years ago

Sometimes people ask me, “why didn't you share these photos, and tell the people about these supernatural signs and experiences when you first came here?The obvious inference is that it would have enhanced my ministry here. That is probably correct. Had I exploited the sacred gifts, experiences, and signs God has given me, I probably could have avoided those 32-years of poverty, shame, and humiliation. But at what cost?

He did not give them to me to be merchandised. I should not be forced to choose between exploiting holy gifts, and poverty. No one should have to defile sacred things to get the church to do the right thing! What's the difference in that and prostitution?

God did not tell me I was allowed to make these things public, until recently. For me, it is better to be in obedience and endure the abject poverty, than to deliberately go out of His will in order to prosper. I can honestly say, there were times I thought of giving up; but never once was I tempted to exploit the signs, experiences, and photographs. Perhaps the following two part explanation will help.

First of all, the signs were for me, not for them. The “Burning Bush” was for Moses, not for Israel. Moses' “Hand” becoming leprous then being healed, Moses' “Rod” becoming a snake and again becoming a rod, and pouring water on the ground and it turning into "Blood", each were initially for Moses, not for Israel. Moses revealed these things to Israel much later, during the "Wilderness Experience". But they were initially given to Moses to help him believe enough to accept his commission from God; and to withstand when satan would test his faith to the extreme. Until recently, I was not given permission to share these experiences publicly.

Secondly, before I came here, the Lord gave me instructions on how I would know who has His Holy Spirit in them. He had placed His Spirit in me and confirmed that with supernatural signs. He did that for me, to confirm these things to me and in me. It was not for them, at that time.

He assured me that if they have His Holy Spirit in them, that Spirit will recognize who I am by the Spirit He placed in me. His Spirit will not repel His Spirit.

Those who know how the spirit operates understand what I'm saying here. This was demonstrated in Brother Branham's ministry, every time he ministered in the Spirit.

The Lord showed me if they repel me, never accept me, reject me, shun me, never allow me to get close, push me away, or any of those kinds of conduct, then His Holy Spirit is not in them; regardless of what they may claim, feel, or do.

That's another spirit in them that hates the Spirit He placed in me.

So that is how I'll know who they are, by how they respond to me; not by how they respond to seeing Him manifest supernatural signs through me. There's always a multitude ready to follow after the fishes and loaves. As throughout scripture, the signs were to be shown to the elect, in the wilderness.

Now I can just hear some critic arise, citing for example Paul's bitter dissension with Barnabas over Mark. I would say to Mr. or Mrs. Critic, remember in your current role that's all you are, is a critic. Contrary to what you may believe, the Holy Spirit did not prompt you with your criticism. He knows the truth. He's the One who revealed this to me. He's the One who confirmed it countless times with signs. Had “...the Spirit of Truth come....” to prompt you, that would have been to “ you into all truth....” My recommendation is to first get deliverance from all evils spirits, then seek the infilling of the Holy Spirit, and then ask “...the Comforter....”, and “...He will teach you all things....”

A few months after we moved here, the Lord gave me Ezekiel 33:30-33 as a pattern of what was to come. All these years later, He has vindicated me unquestionably as His servant, and as one of His prophets, just as promised. Over these three-plus decades, those verses He gave me in Ezekiel have unfolded like a blossom opens in spring. And just as that passage states, they “heard my words”, but would not do them; they made a “show of love”, but chased after covetousness; and I was to them as a “ of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument....” And just as He promised me, “...when this cometh to pass, (lo it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them....” As they always have, those things I have prophesied over this place, and these people, will come to pass. Woe unto them who have not repented in that day!

The purpose for sharing these supernatural signs and experiences is not to boast, but to testify of Him! These signs and experiences are not to celebritize me, but to magnify Him! He gave them, and continues to give them, to vindicate me as His servant. Further, it is to show yet another reason why I am willing to repeatedly follow Him into the lion's den; and why I've been willing to endure the decades of extreme adversity, abject poverty, insults, humiliation, and public shame. I love Him!

Sixty years ago, He revealed Himself to me by His power and marked me as "His Property" with "His Stigmata". Forty years ago, He revealed Himself to me by snatching me away ("Caught Away") and engulfing me into His glorious Shekinah Presence, and similar to the Mount of Transfiguration account. Twenty years ago, He gave me a conditional promise of my full ministry and confirmed it by the "Hands of Fire" sign, which remains to this day. He has made me know experientially that ALL power and authority is in Him; and that nothing and no one can stand in His presence; no demon, no principality, no angel, no disease, no military force, nor satan, and not even death can stand against Him! Everyone and everything is subject to Him! He’s been with me, even in me all my life! He has always delivered me! I am His property! He defends me extravagantly! Woe unto me if I preach not the gospel....


- GERRY PHILLIPS - 1955-2015