William Branham - No Man Knoweth The Hour In 1977:
To a normal (not programmed) Christian, to hear a minister suddenly start claiming that he has predicted the year of the destruction of the earth is a clear warning sign of a false teacher. To normal (not programmed) Christians, these types of predictions have historically been made by religious fanatics both mentally impaired and seeking followers instead of following Christ. A normal (not programmed) Christian recognizes the full meaning of the passage of scripture, in context, explaining exactly WHY "no man knoweth the hour."
The followers of William Branham, programmed by cult doctrine, often raise a defense of their denomination of faith by attempting to separate "prediction" from "prophecy." And reading through discussion forums debating the many fundamental issues with William Branham's ministry, the conversation quickly runs down a rabbit hole debating the definition of the two words. But in doing so, the underlying problem is lost in human emotion.
For a man to make such a prediction, Scripture must be altered. Words must be added to the teachings of Christ and the apostles, and words must be taken away. And more problematic, Branham's page outlining the "Prophecies of 1933" (which are conveniently "lost" by Voice of God Recordings), is invalidated.
Reading from this "now missing" page, Branham claims to have made his prediction of his 1977 doomsday on a paper written in 1933. Notice, as he reads, he uses words such as "today," and then describes the scene in 1933 verses 1961:
"Now, in 1933 when we were worshipping over here in the Masonic temple where the Church of Christ stands today, on one April morning before leaving home, I was dedicating myâ€”a car (I got a '33 model car, and I was dedicating it to the Lord's service.), and in a vision I saw the end time. Now, notice how striking this is. Back yonder when I was just a boy, and you can imagine what a 1933 model car looked likeâ€”now, what it looked like. And I went over there to the Masonic temple whereâ€¦ Some of you old-timers in here remembers; it's wrote down on an old paper at home. It's already in print and went out around the world. See? That was in 1933. And I predicted that there would be some great tragedy happen to this United States before or by the year of 1977."
Branham, 61-0806 - The Seventieth Week Of Daniel
But earlier in his ministry, as many cult pastors are aware, Branham made no such claim. Did he forget his own prediction? Did his "page" in his "desk drawer," or "flyleaf of his bible" even exist?:
"I'm not one of the people that tries to predict that Jesus is going to come this year or next year. I don't know when He's going to come, or no one else does know when He is going to come. We just know what He said to look for."
Branham, 54-0824 - Jesus Christ The Same
This, in of itself, is not problematic. To a normal, "not programmed" Christian, it is simply a display of his mental state. The arises when he tries to enforce this new "post-dated prediction" with theology. In his "Church Age Book," Branham added additional words to Jesus Christ's teaching on the things that are to be. And he did so to enforce his own prediction, which he claimed to have received through Divine Inspiration.
How does the cult pastor reconcile this addition with these scriptures?:
"Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you."
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
"Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar"
The reason God is so adamant on this is because "The entirety of Your word is truthâ€ (Psalms 119: 160).
"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."