We all know WMB said the world would end in 1977. He effectively put a date on the end of the world, though he followed up with an 'I predict but I do not prophesy'.
Let's ignore the end of the world for a minute, and study the reason he chose 1977. People often forget that there was an actual prophecy regarding 1977 since the other one turned out wrong...
Read this quote closely:
Based on these seven visions, along with the rapid changes which have swept the world in the last fifty years, I PREDICT (I do not prophesy) that these visions will have all come to pass by 1977. And though many may feel that this is an irresponsible statement in view of the fact that Jesus said that 'no man knoweth the day nor the hour.' I still maintain this prediction after thirty years because, Jesus did NOT say no man could know the year, month or week in which His coming was to be completed. So I repeat, I sincerely believe and maintain as a private student of the Word, along with Divine inspiration that 1977 ought to terminate the world systems and usher in the millennium.
LAODICEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.9
Here are my thoughts on WMB's statement in this quote:
1) Prophets 'predict', and it is called 'prophesy' -- but that has been argued in another forum for ages, so let's skip it.
2) He clearly says that Jesus DID SAY no man knows the hour, but that Jesus DID NOT SAY no man knows the year, moth, or week. Why did he say this?
3) He says that he has maintained this 'prediction' for 30 years, and used 'Divine inspiration' Why did he say this?
Now, read this quote:
Now, counting the time, we find that we have exactly (Listen.) seventeen years left, and we will have the same span of time given to us as God dealing with us in the power of the Holy Spirit since A.D. 33 until 1977, the same span of time of 1954 years. God deals with us the same as He did with the Jews. See? How about that?
Now, mark down in your book a little Scripture here I want to give you. Leviticus 25, begin with the 8th verse. God calls a jubilee every forty-ninth year; the fiftieth year was the jubilee. We know that. We understand that. From the first jubilee of Leviticus 25:8, in 1977 will be the seventieth jubilee, making exactly 3,430 years. Jubilee means the going up, the release.
61-0806 THE.SEVENTIETH.WEEK.OF.DANIEL_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN DA 89-141 SUNDAY_
Notice here that he had 'divine revelation' that 1977 was the year of the Jubilee, and this was a separate event. This he 'prophesied', and then started teaching hereafter.
Now, listen to what he says about this year of the jubilee
And not knowing it, God knows my heart, I never knowed it until yesterday, that 1977 is the jubilee, and exactly the same amount of time run out that He give with Israel and everything at the end. So we're at... And here we are at the end of the age, at the coming in of the seventieth week. We don't know what time that the church will be gone. Oh, my. What can we do, friends? Where are we at?
Event 1) Jubilee, the lifting up, prophesied
Event 2) End of the world, 'predicted' with Divine inspiration <grin>
Many of the 'prophecies,' such as the sinking of Los Angeles were supposed to happen before the 'going up' or the 'jubilee'.
Considering all of this, my question would be: Did WMB put a timestamp on his prophecies, or was he wrong about the year of the jubilee?