Voice of God Recordings - Because He Said So - Part 6:
The very first of the fundamental issues Voice of God Recordings tackles in the publication "Because He Said So," is 1977. Ironically, the author wants you NOT to believe that 1977 is the final year of the existence of mankind -- even though "he said so." This is critically important, because they are aware the religious following of William Branham should be (and is by some) recognized as a doomsday cult. It is a unique doomsday cult, simply because the "doomsday prophet" died before his doomsday.
Unlike others in the past who have defended William Branham's 1977 doomsday by trying to convince listeners of a difference between a "prediction" and a "prophecy," Voice of God Recordings employs a new, more deceptive strategy in this article. They do not deny that William Branham gave this prediction under "Divine Inspiration" because they are aware that most cult followers now recognize that "predictions under Divine Inspiration" are also called "prophecy." Even William Branham referred to some of his prophecies as "predictions" given under "divine inspiration."
Instead, the author wants you to believe that readers living decades after "doomsday" can still believe his 1977 prediction because the Bible has "error." Referencing another alleged discrepancy found in the Old Testament, Voice of God Recordings compares 1977 to the years Israel spent in Egypt.
As we've pointed out before, there are multiple answers given in defense of the faith by those who believe in Scriptural Inerrancy. One of the most common is that the time period began when Ishmael, son of Hagar the Egyptian, mocked and persecuted Isaac. When you study from this perspective, the difference in years can be reconciled. Those who do not follow that belief system will point out that this text is thousands of years old, thousands upon thousands of hand-written copies distant from the original transcripts. If there is a difference, is it really important that the dates differ? Was not Israel in Egypt?
This is not even similar to William Branham's doomsday prophecy. Cult followers will unanimously claim that Israel was indeed in Egypt, but they will also unanimously deny that the world ended in 1977.
There is another deceptive tactic employed by Voice of God Recordings that is ever-so-subtle. In fact, most who have left the cult would not notice the strategy, and would ask why the author would admit Branham's failed doomsday date. To the cult member who is reading, it is very powerful: they hand-picked quotes in which William Branham did not claim "Divine Inspiration" on his 1977 doomsday. The did NOT include any quotes in which he DID claim divine inspiration.
"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."
William Branham, An Exposition Of The Seven Church Ages
Voice of God Recordings, Catch The Vision Update, 2012 Volume 2, "Because He Said So"