WMB Claimed that the angel of the Lord appeared to him the exact day when Israel was declared a nation on May 6/7 1947.
His first "official" healing campaign is in newspapers across the nation, June 30, 1947 -- which he claims the commission from the angel was from 1946 and not from 1947.
Not only do his own words contradict themselves, history itself contradicts both conflicting stories. Take a look at these quotes:
"And a strange thing of that, that you might not know, the very day the Angel of the Lord called me out, May the 6th, 1947, and issued the gift to pray for the sick, was the very same day that Israel become a nation for the first time for twenty-five hundred years. Oh, I believe there's something in it. I just can't keep from believing that we're near the end of time. That's right." (GREAT.COMING.REVIVAL_ CHICAGO.IL SUNDAY_ 54-0718A)
"The very day that Israel was declared a nation again for the first time for twenty-five hundred years, that same night the Angel of the Lord sent me out to pray for the sick, the very same time, May the 6th, 1946, the Lord Jesus did that." (MANIFESTATION.OF.THY.RESURRECTION_ LA.CA MONDAY_ 54-0809E)
"And last week, you know what taken place in Israel, the last sign. Israel became a nation in 1947 on the same night the Angel of the Lord visit me. When It came at me at twelve o'clock, it was noon when they signed the--that peace pact with the world and the League of Nations and so forth, overseas." (WHO.IS.THIS_ CLARKSVILLE.IN SUNDAY_ 59-1004M)
"The very hour, by the Pan American chart, that Israel was declared a nation for the first time for two thousand years since they'd been scattered, not a people, it was that very same hour, exactly to the hour, that the Angel of the Lord met me up yonder and sent me to the--with the Gospel-- the very same thing: May the 7th, 1946." (GABRIEL'S.INSTRUCT.TO.DANIEL_ JEFF.IN DA 1-44 SUNDAY_ 61-0730M)
Israel declared its independence on 14th May 1948, which is now known by their national holiday, Yom Ha'atzmaut. Human error is irrelevant in this case, since WMB held the same story so many times, so many years apart.