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1977: The Prophetic Prediction

John Collins7/6/2012 10:30:00 AMMatthew 24:14 tells us that when the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been proclaimed throughout the whole world, the end will come.

Prophecy that aligns with scripture is the most accurate, but is unfortunately one of the most abused. There are many religions and cultures that prophecy of a coming Armageddon, and many Christian leaders who prophesy the same. Their prophecy cannot be questioned since the Bible speaks of Armageddon -- unless a date is given with their prophecy. No man knows the time of the end.

Since the preaching of the Gospel can easily be tied to the end of the world by scripture, spiritual leaders who are watching the spreading of the Gospel have a slight advantage over the members of churches who do not feel the need to study these statistics, giving them a Vegas-style edge over the numbers game. Still, there was not and is not an accurate way for any man to know the end time without some guessing.

Unless you lived in the '50s and '60s.

The International Bible Society boasted that in the years that lead up to the 1960's that it began an extensive mission to translate the Bible in well over 350 more languages than ever before and completing Christ's promise in Matthew (to reach the entire world with the Gospel) around the year 1977 A.D. Obviously, the world did not end in 1977, but many thought it would once the Bible had reached the world.

Those who studied numerology also felt there was significance, especially in the seventh day of the seventh month of the seventy-seventh year (7-7-77). Prophetic songs were written such as "Two Sevens Clash", causing entire cities to remain trembling in fear in their homes.

Those who studied mysticism and pyramidology also believed that 1977 had great significance. Adam Rutherford, believed to be the greatest pyramidologist of all time wrote a book entitled "The Mysteries of the Redemption: A Treatise on Out-Of-Body Travel and Mysticism" in 1957. He believed that the milinnium would begin in 1977 according to the mystic principles of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The IBS, Joseph Hill's "Two Sevens Clash," and pyramid mysticism matched with a long passed John Wroe who prophesied the same. Wroe was so committed to this prophesy that he made a public display of himself by being publicly circumcised in 1823.

William Branham claimed to have based his "prediction" on the scriptures, calling 1977 the "year of the jubilee." The claim was that on the 50th year, there would be a great "going up." His "jubliee calendar" supposedly started in 1933. The only problem is that 1977-1933 = 44 not 50.

Since we can discount this prediction based on his calendar of jubilees with miscalculated dates, we have to assume that his prediction was based on other factors. He claimed to believe the Pyramid was "a Bible" in its day, giving evidence that pyramid mysticism played a role in the calculation. It is probable that he read the works of Rutherford.

He also was greatly involved in the doctrines of numerology, specifically the number five and the number seven. The clashing sevens would have been a significant day in his doctrinal stance. When combined with the forecast by the IBS, we can easily see how his prediction took form.

Many debate whether this was a "prophecy" or a "prediction" by WIlliam Branham, though in the mouth of a prophet these words mean one and the same. This study does not intend to debate the similar meanings of the particular word that he chose.

The question here is, why did WMB chose to say that his revelation was based on scripture? Was he embarrassed that he believed in pyramid mysticism? Or embarrassed that he studied statistics on Christianity? Or was this "prediction" without mention of the other research intended to elevate himself as a more "powerful" prophet?